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

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Punch Card Panic

by Quicklyer - Competition Entry

A simple homage to Apple II adventure games like Transylvania.

You have the most important program in human history contained in your box of computer punch cards and you must try and navigate a busy office to get them to the punch card computer.

Note: if you lose input focus by switching out of the game, pressing TAB on the keyboard should bring it back (thanks Anudin).

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Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:24am

Great game!

Something happened after I sorted the cards and put them in the punch card computer though - some text scrolled off the screen before I could read most of it, leaving me with a message (won't say what that was as it might be a spoiler). After that I couldn't enter any further commands.

Anyway, it was a great blast from the past and not too much verb guessing involved - well done!

Quicklyer says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:27pm


If I had spent more time on it I would have fixed a few things like the "too much text" issue, and worked on a less abrupt ending.

I thought I'd submit it as-is (mostly done) for anyone that might get a nostalgia kick out of it though.

joemag says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:10am

Fun, very old school Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Couldn't figure out how to sort the cards but the art really sold the mood. Great work.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:39am

This perfectly captures these older text based adventure games. I adore how you can just toss your box of punch cards on the floor.
The only thing it's missing for me is the ability to get told off for typing bad words.

Anudin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:56am

Controls feel really nice and I think the graphical style and the font fit really well together.

Anudin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:00am

@Quicklyer just one thing I have to add - if I click outside the game video it breaks the game

Quicklyer says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:09am

Oops yeah, thanks Anudin. If you lose keyboard focus in the game, pressing TAB on the keyboard should bring it back.

Not sure why clicking on the input area doesn't work. Maybe because it's a lower z-order on the page than other elements on top of it. Another thing that would have been nice to fix.

malec2b says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:04am

Really captures the feeling of that era of adventure games really nicely. Haven't figured out to do about my punch cards falling on the floor, though.

SamuelSousa says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:59pm

Really nice entry to the game jam. Good job!

Unfortunately I was only able to "go inside" and "talk to receptionist".
...I suck at these

Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:15pm

Great game and the art fits the game perfectly, at one point it seemed the game recognized every command I typed in except when I got to the sorting machine then it was like running into a brick wall. Can you guys tell me how to get past it? I can't really think of any complainants about the game, good job.

Allthebees says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:37pm

Reminds me a lot of old school adventure games so good job!

RIPPorkins says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:44am

I was always bad at these games. Can't get past the crowded hall. I've tried everything from sneaking around to jedi mind tricks. I'm sure I'm missing a simple verb. Could you add a help that gives you basic hints or the ability to examine/observe a room?

Well executed though. Definitely a throwback to the old days. Second punch card game I've played for this jam, and so far the best! Well done!

squirrelbot says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:16pm

I got to the computer, but couldn't use it. A help function would be highly appreciated.

Damdoshi says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 2:46pm

It was nice. The graphics are authentic. There is some challenge. Good work.

fixedgerald says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 2:12am

Interesting. Haven't played a text based adventure in awhile.

AnaGF says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 1:31am

Nice game. I like the old school vibe :) It is also very intuitive, and art matches the game very well. Nice one!

rodobodolfo says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 7:42am

Wow. I was really impressed with this one and had a good time. I haven't played a game like this since I was a kid! The writing and artstyle was great. I'd hate to work in that office, sounds like they are frantically putting together a ludum dare entry!

g12345 says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 12:12pm

This was a nice small text adventure. I got it somehow on my first try, completely by luck.

(Well, I did ended up reading the code at one point to guess a verb, but otherwise it's like... how did i ever get into the computer room so easily?... turned out i did just enough...) :)

Sep 10, 2016 @ 7:55am

Nice nostalgic entry, definitely takes me back to the old text adventures. Liked the visuals also which I think worked really well with the text descriptions.

csanyk says ...
Sep 14, 2016 @ 3:38am

I like old school text adventures. This was well done. I managed to run the program successfully in about 10 minutes or so. It was the best day of my life.

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