Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Gregos Journey

by yotam180 - Jam Entry

“Are you sure you want to do it? You know how dangerous it is…”
“I know. But it’s worth it”

This game is about a man named Professor Gregos. He and his coworker, Dr. Amy, have been trying to create a time machine for more than 6 years, in order to prevent WWII. And this night, Gregos has finally found the last power stone to power the machine and take them to the past.

But an accident happens, and instead of taking him to the 30’s, it takes him to the Stone Age. Determined to return to the present, he tries to seek for new power stones to power up his machine.

The game is made out of 4 levels – present, Stone Age, Ancient Egypt and The Medieval. In each level, you have to get 3 power stones, power up the machine and proceed to the next level.

As you pass from time to another, riddles and traps become harder to solve, and you can find yourself stucked in a room with no possibility to exit. The game has no “you lost” screen. You can not die in this game. The worst you can do is to never win – get stucked somewhere and not be able to go back to the present.

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We took a game which was too much for us to do in 72 hours. We have cut several levels out (including Ancient Rome, the Renesans, and even the future). We didn’t succeed in putting a lot of features because of the time limit, and we don’t even have a proper UI and winning screen. Hope you forgive us for that.

Special thanks to all our team members. Without you it would have never been possible to complete this game. Thanks to:
Yotam Salmon – for programming
Or Navon – for texture and models design
Ron Popov – for level design
Ilya Vikulov – for sound composing
And Shai Kimhi – for level design and programming

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Personal note:
I have had a great time working on this game, especially because it was my first Ludum Dare ever. I have participated in Hackathons and Global Game Jams before, but it’s my first time participating in LD. I must admit that the 72 hours is very deluding. Gives you the confidence that you have so much time, and after you spend your 60 first hours doing almost nothing, you realize how tight on time you are. Next LD I’m going to attend to the compo and make a much simpler game (maybe a platformer. Yeah, platformers are cool). Thanks to everyone who helped this LD to happen, and thanks to everyone in this community! Keep the great work up!

Cheers, Yotam.

Downloads and Links


Comments

GrassWhooper says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:01am

hey there.
nice game you got right there, however i have one complaint in the second level, i just failed to find the stones, there are "binary rocks", "normal stones(which dont power up the machine)" and a paper (which is a very nice touch that i have liked hehe).

i can not hold the binary locks, and i tried placing the stones and paper above them, nothing happened, i also tried putting everything i can hold (normal stones and paper) above the camp fire but also nothing happened.

i was honestly enjoying and liking the game till i got stuck here :D

but besides that, i like the game, keep up the good work you and your team :) .

yotam180 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:35am

Hi @GrassWhooper. Thanks for the comment. We really were worried that the cave level would be too hard. The thing in that level is that you have to represent the number 36 (which is on the note) in the binary lock (making it 0100100). Basically putting the rocks in the right places. Then a stone door opens and lets you to the next level. I might upload a video showing the solutions for stucked people.

Thanks again for the comment!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:30am

Very Nice i love your Game Good Works )=

Capitals says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:02pm

The games atmosphere was the most interesting thing about this game, if you take anything from this it is this. The use of v2t narration was a bit cheap, but the story was interesting. I found the pyramids puzzle really confusing and the room didn't look great.

mvasko2 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:32pm

Quite impressive for 72 hours!

I really liked the puzzles, they were quite the brain stretchers, and I must admit that without reading your comment "spoiling" the solution for the first level (or second scene - simply the one with the binary stones), I wouldn't have made it to the end. It makes sense, but honestly, it would never cross my mind.

Considering it was made in 3 days, both the amount and quality of the content is really high, good job!

Also, is it really "to be continued"?

yotam180 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:36pm

@mvakso2 It's planned to be ;) We already designed a large part of the future level, and we absolutely don't want to waste it, right? So when we have time (hopefully today or tomorrow) we'll add the next level.
Thanks for the comment, anyways!

Petzi says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:38pm

On the Egypt level, I pressed one of the buttons with the Purple letters on the wall and they sunk into the wall, never to return. Did I break the game?

yotam180 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:44pm

@Petzi Nope, it's to prevent brute-forcing those buttons. However, they're supposed to return after like 1 minute... Didn't this happen?

Lojchin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:49pm

Very good game and graphic!

JK5000 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:50pm

A great little adventure game. For the second level, would it not make more sense to place a stone on the third and sixth places.

yotam180 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:58pm

@JK5000 What do you mean? The right solution is putting the stones on the third and sixth places... I'm not sure I understood you :P

mathiasj says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:06pm

The game is nice even though I don't know how to proceed in Egypt. I know that the number's supposed to be 5 but once I press the button nothing really happens. When I press a symbol button, all of them disappear...

But still, the game itself and the puzzles are nice!

yotam180 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:15pm

@mathiasj
*spoiler alert* the numbers change the direction of the light

*more spoilers*
That changes the symbol which the sundial points on.

*even more more more spoilers*
Then you take that symbol and press on the same symbol button on the wall. This opens a secret door. Enjoy!

holgk says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:34pm

Nice stargate inspired game. Impressive work, especially for a first timer.

Casevse says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:35pm

Good atmosphere! To much work for only 72 hours. Good work!

happy30 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:53pm

I wasnt sure what to do after the binary lock, but i liked the enviroment :)

darthbox1 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:05pm

Very cool and inventive game. The graphics are quite nice!

nicso says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:05pm

Got stuck on egypt too, light buttons didn't came back :(
Nice entry tho (not sure if prehistoric mens where aware of binary counting)
Voices sounds pretty cool for vocal synthesis ^^

ValiaP says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:38pm

Honestly it's impressive for 72 hours. I enjoy the story. The scene was build up properly. And the second puzzle was fun -- binary lock and the LD36,that's a cool idea.:D I really enjoy the open gate animation. It reminds me of golden age sci-fi. Another detail I really enjoyed was that most decorations have descriptions, which made the mood more vivid. But I suck on the Egypt level. I pressed the light buttons and they just disappeared.

frix360 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:02pm

Very nice games. Puzzles are quite hard and that is nice :). Graphics look great too. Good job.

yotam180 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:19pm

To everyone who were complaining about the egypt level - I'm not at home now, but when I get back I'll fix it ASAP. Thanks for all the comments!

Findor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:49pm

Even didn;t finieshed, but still good :) I think you guys should continue it, definitelly :)

Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:53pm

The game is great, but too hard for my brain. I could not wrap my head around the egyptian level. I loved the voice acting tho. That cold voice of the women was really fun to listen to also the limited gameplay mechanics were used really well. Graphics are in the category of programmer art.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:11pm

It's nice buddy, even tho we don't have to much time to make everything, we encounterd the same problem but we managed to finish everything just on the last minute, i like the game, it's not to easy, that's a very good point right there!!

JK5000 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:02pm

You asked med way I would place the stones on the third and sixth places. It is because 36 contains the numbers three and sixth. Is it not more logic to use then using binary numbers? I think binary numbers is logic for programmers, but not so much for none programmers.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:31pm

great puzzle game. love to see more

Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:48pm

Cool game, love the implementation of dialogue. Very interesting puzzles.

The controls locking until the end of a step made it a little frustrating at times, however.

metalhaze says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:04pm

First off i want to say that the game was great, the puzzles were hard and the story was engaging. It was a nice touch to have voice acting.

When I say the puzzles were hard it's an understatement i literally had no idea what to do on some levels and I only made it through the cave with trial and error. If not for the comments section i do not think i would have been able to complete the game.

Otherwise i had fun stretching my brain capabilities, great work!

MonsieurDuc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:30pm

nice one dude keep going :) !!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:51pm

I was doing the binary lock left-to-right rather than right-to-left - didn't realise until I came to your comment! Argh. Great music though and I liked the text-to-speech stuff.

- Vicky

robochris says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:55pm

Pretty fun little game. Would play more if they had more time.
BTW i completely guess the sun dial symbols. Didnt understand what the thing on the wall meant

colozz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:45pm

YOU WON!


The first puzzle was funny to solve!
The second lead us to some interrogations (is the answer 5 or 6?), the last one just consisted in finding the glasses

Fun to play though, the voices made us laugh ;)

kyyninen says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:43pm

Synth-voice acting was a nice touch. To be completely honest I solved most puzzles by reading the comments here and brute-forcing, only in the middle ages I had tiny inkling of what I should be doing. That's mostly about me being bad at puzzles so don't worry about it :)

One thing of note: I first played this game with quality set to Fastest, which made textures so blurry that reading them was impossible. You should probably set texture resolution to full on all quality settings or have fewer of them to begin with.

Aug 31, 2016 @ 5:58pm

Great job - this was a fun game with some nice brain teasers. The music was really nice and fitted each of the rooms. The main lab had really nice atmospheric sounds - it was a shame that the other levels didn't seem to have as much love.

The atmosphere was the true winner - the half hints and story discussion were all compelling for something so short.

I also struggled with the second level! Only got it when I read your spoiler. I did guess that it was something to do with the magazine, but the leap to binary was too far for me to make by myself.

Enjoyed the other puzzles. The letter block placement was infuriating, but I actually really enjoyed that puzzle - it gave me a sense of achievement!

Great game, good job.

Elit3dGaming says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:20pm

Puzzles are very challenging, had to read the spoilers as I was struggling. Great game however and very relaxing to play as the music is soothing.

AWOL says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:34am

very Nice! this is up there in the ranks. Kinda like portal but not like portal, lol.

Ebriosus says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:10am

Pretty cool game! The Microsoft Sam and Mary voices were a hilarious touch. The stone age puzzle really confused me and had to look up one of the comments here to solve it, but the other puzzles were done quite well.

Keep it up!

Sep 1, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Very nice game and atmosphere.

But you lied to us! You said that the puzzles become harder as one progress in the game, but it is the contrary: the stone age one is by far the hardest, and the middle age one is too easy. :P

Anyway, good game overall, for a jam. Hope to see it continued. :D

About your comment on my game (Lost Earth), yeah, it could've been a compo, but I started working on it only Sunday by noon, because of job. It took me 30 hours to build it. Also, it's a Jam entry because I used music made by my friend (it's on the description).

cubotrox_toni says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:06pm

Very good graphics for 72h dev, and puzzles are interesting. Good work man

yotam180 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:02pm

@Lênon Kramer To be honest, we were sure that people will easily (or at least with a small effort) solve the binary lock, then the Egypt level will be hard, and the medieval level will be a bit tricky but easier.
Didn't know how hard the cave level would be!

Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:35pm

Nice to see other Israelis in the competition :)

Nice models and textures!
You guys did good work on the levels and the puzzles were really smart in the way they were constructed, I did manage to get to the end.

I think you managed to create quite a lot, maybe expecting to make another 3 levels on top of that was a bit too much, so you shouldn't feel like you made too little.

The portal reminded me a bit of stargate, for obvious reasons XD

Well done on all your work.

Sep 8, 2016 @ 6:22pm

Interesting game! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :) https://youtu.be/66O503w0cEI

alfie275 says ...
Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:24pm

Hey, fun game, though the Egypt puzzle stumped me for a while and I think I got it accidentally as I didn't figure out the number sequence things.

You can see my playthrough here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yese3tXZX38

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