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

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Roby Robot

by lonesurvivor - Competition Entry

If your movement seems to be stuck, you probably clicked outside of the window while moving. Just click on the game window and press the corresponding movement key once to stop it.
I also recommend to use the downloads instead of the web version, because it has some problems with the sound.


This is my first Ludum Dare game and my first finished game at all. It is a small point and click adventure where you control Roby the steam-robot. Moving ist done by WASD and Space, interacting with the mouse: left-click for picking items or interact with stuff, right-click for inspection (most of the time).

The game is made with Godot Engine 2.1, asesprite, Krita and bfxr. I also used a (public domain) font from

So the graphics are OK, I think. Since I'm not an artist, I did a good job in creating those items and things (which was surprisingly much work). The code is a mess. Don't look at it.

There is a bug that the text window is above the grass. I couldn't fix it in time. It is rarely noticable, though. Also due to the lack of time (and being exhausted) there is sadly no music. But there is sound. Talking of that, Godot Engine has some problems with playing samples (huge delay between issuing the play command and the sound being played). I tried to improve that by reducing the latency, but that can cause problems (it doesnt for me, but who knows what other computers do). If it is weird and annoying, or you just dont like it, you can mute the sound with the small button besides the inventory.

The Mac and Linux builds are not tested by me. I don't know if they will work.

One last word: Since english isn't my native language, there may be some weird sentences in the dialogues. I really hadn't the time to read through all of that again.

So have fun, and please leave a comment!

Downloads and Links


Hi_ImTemmy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:16am

The graphics are awesome! I couldn't find a gear in the end to open the door, but I managed to repair the steam machine. Good work!

QwaKlak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:22am

Fine but first time when i run this game was bugged ... pipe, fuel and water ware interact with engine but nothing happend.

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:56am

I love the art! Good entry, nice job!

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:56pm

The pixel art was well done, but the inventory bugged, then my movement glitched up and it locked into going left.

Ib1s says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:01pm

The game is intriguing: the player has to figure stuff our himself and find the solution. I like that kind of games. Unfortunaly, I was not able to jump after I have put charcoal in the machine to burn.

RafaCP says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:09pm

Awesome game!
Got as far as fixing the steam machine. Found the key but couldn't operate the door.
Loved the art and animation.
Missed some soundtrack tho.

CMLSC says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:09pm

I tried everything I could think of, but the play button didn't work for me for some reason.

Jupitron says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:13pm

Cool art and good platform feeling, couldnt stick to the story part.

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:14pm

I never saw the inventory bugging out, so I have no idea where that comes from. The problem with keep going into one direction can normally be solved by pressing the corresponding key once (this usually happens when your window loses focus while pressing buttons).

Regarding the engine where nothing happens: You need to do this in order to being able to open the door. Sadly i forgot to include a change of the inspection text when you have completely done it.

But thank you all for your comments!

ninja00283 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:24pm

So i didn't get far, but i thought i still share my experience.
The art is awesome, but i couldn't enjoy much of it because the controls.
Sometimes i just sopped being able to jump, once when i the key the robot just ran left in to the house.
So yeah it could use some improvement.
But as far as i know it has one of the best stories to tell.

FaeLD says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:24pm

I quite liked the game, very standard platformy stuff but all done quite well for a jam - jumping is a bit floaty and the web browser version dropped frames sometimes (download worked better), but all in all I enjoyed my time with it

Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:40pm

This is a delightful little game! I love the graphics and the story. At one point, jumping stopped working all together, but other than that a wonderful game. Good job!

DiegoCTorguet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:42pm

I couldn't manage to finish the level but I find the game interesting and much more completed than the average.
Nice game there!

g_o says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:24pm

Pretty fun game!
I actually played more time than I intended, didn't make it to the end but made lots of progress I think (got the key the brass plate, fixed the thingy still couldn't open the door though, got the saw etc...)

Overall it's a simple game but done in a lovely way, the art was cool the sounds were cool as well.. perhaps a soundtrack would add to it even more.
Great job!

lightsoda says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:28pm

Seems like a fun little game. It keeps bugging out for me though. Either I get stuck moving left, or the jump stops responding, it seems to happen when I try to use an on something, like a burner or the table.

lightsoda says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:29pm

s/use an on/use an item on

I a word above.

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:04pm

I guess you played the web version? This is probably caused by the game window losing focus for whatever reason (mostly clicking outside of it). The desktop version should work better. And if you get stuck moving, just refocus the window by clicking and then press the corresponding movement key once. It should be good then. I never had problems with the jump though. Can't really tell where this is coming from.

But anyway, thank you for your comment

tenpn says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:04pm

I like it! You could make it a bit clearer what's interactable and what's not - pixel hunting is no fun.

zulman says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:43pm

I think you are good with controls and environment. Also it's looks like very lightweight game with fast gameplay, but because of little platfroms unpolished state it's hard to play. Also some tooltips/reactions on mouse over/out or custom cursors will be perfect (when i played first time i didn't try to use mouse after first try).
In any case pretty good platformer with interesting story here, good job :)

wheerd says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:44pm

Amazing game for 48h! I love the graphics style (smoking steampunk robots FTW). Even though I don't like point-n-click adventures very much, with the hints from the inspect function I managed to solve it. Some of the item combinations are fairly absurd, as one would expect :D I did not experience any of the bugs the other commentators mentioned. Really solid game, I would definitely play it if you want to flesh out that story :)

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:20pm

Good Works Amazing Game )..

vitineth says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:41pm

The graphics are great and made the game nice to play. It lagged at times when playing which made it a little difficult to continue but that might just be my browser. I downloaded it for windows and it worked wonderfully. It's a lot of fun to play but I couldn't find the cog that was needed to open the door. Might just be me being stupid though. It was so much fun to play and I'd love to continue if I could find that gear. A great entry, well done.

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:02pm

Thank you for your comment (and everyone else too, of course)
I'm pleased that you had fun! If you want a little tip, you get the thing you need for the gear from the guy on the floating island. He just wants some oil...

owndbyu says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:12am

Very cool! Love the inventory system and the particle effects, jumping straight into the story made me want to get out there and fix the world! Well done! Loved the animations and the conversation bubbles.

A nice submission for sure!

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:16am

I'm sorry I really want to finish the game but I keep on hitting bugs. The first time my character just keep going left and doesn't stop no matter what I do. The second and third time the character just stop being able to jump so I couldn't continue. I love the graphics and the sound effect. It has an interesting story as well but I just couldn't finish playing :( I will come back once you fix the bug :)

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:54am

I'm sorry that this happens. I seriously have no idea where that comes from, especially the jumping bug. It never happened to me. The keep walking bug seems to be caused by losing window focus while walking, as I mentioned above and in the description. I can only recommend to download the desktop version, it should work better in general. I'm not sure if i will fix the bug, I'm kind of done with that quick-and-dirty code xD.
But anyway, thank you for playing!

keln says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:18pm

Cool inventory concept and game in general, it has comments for all things, it felt completed. Some music could have been great. I had the jumping bug and couldn't play more :(

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:18pm

@lonesurvivor thanks for you tips! I downloaded the windows version and it works flawlessly. I guess it is only the web version then. I finished the game after getting stuck for about 10 minutes. I got to the stage where I had the steam machine running but didn't know what to do next with the flower. Until I accidentally discover I can right click on things......It would be nice if the game explains the control more at the beginning. Overall nice game! Well done!

lightsoda says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 7:56am

Yeah I did play the web version, and I also knew about the possibility of losing focus, as you had pointed that out previously. However, I'm not sure that's the issue, the last time I tried pressing the same movement key as suggested, but nothing, clicking stuff and getting "not close enough" and dragging stuff in the inventory still worked.

lonesurvivor says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 12:03am

Hm ok thank you for telling me. This is weird, as I said above, it never happened to me. So I don't have any clue what to do about it. But I guess I don't have time to fix it anyway, working on a new (and more "serious") project already.

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