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

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by danilafe - Competition Entry

My first time participating in LD!

Gears is a pretty difficult prototype game about an ancient computer! Based on the Antikythera mechanism*, the computer in this game controls some parts of a temple. It can break and create walls, move around a "cursor" and even kill intruders! However, the workings of the computer are complex, and you may be the only person capable or controlling it. Are you up for the challenge?

On startup, the game contains instructions on how to play.
I didn't get a tutorial level in, so you'll have to read the instructions to figure out what to do.

*I have done 0 research on the culture surrounding this ancient contraption.

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PotatoIng_ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:54am

Really hard to get into, but I like it! Can't seem to delete gears however, that could just be me:0.

PotatoIng_ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:55am

Deffintly will check later:)

danilafe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:59am

Deleting gears can be done with Delete :)

Or should be, it deletes the gear under the cursor.

manabreak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:34am

Really difficult game, but I like the take on the theme!

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:59am

Interesting idea, but the instructions are super dense and the controls are a bit wonky. Lots of potential, but the UI is real rough to get around.

A little odd that the copper gears look like there's a progression from 1 to 4, but they end up just going in different directions.

Could be really cool to introduce gears over time so you don't overload the player with all of them at once.

PotatoIng_ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:01am

Maybe my delete button is working:0. Really fun nevertheless!

danilafe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:11am

The UI is definitely the weakest bit, I agree.
To be honest, most of my time went into rendering the god damned lava tiles so that they change based on lava around them.
I wanted to make it to Compo, but if that wasn't my goal, tutorial levels would definitely be necessary. Thanks for the feedback!

Aun says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:28am

Very hard game, I am not sure to understand the goal completely. Sure tutorial levels are necessary or at least progressive difficulty because reading and remembering everything is quite hard at first. The music is quite painful :) I guess it depends on which gears you use.

Sun-Wukong says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:01am

Looks interesting, but I can't delete gears! Tried all combinations with the Delete button, but with no success.

Flatgub says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:14am

I had to mute the game because there was a lot of loud overlapping sounds but after that it was great! Quite an interesting system for programming!

burnedkirby says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:40am

Messed up the second level by forgetting to check the human under the cursor, too bad there isn't a reset level button.

Has potential, and is interesting, reminds me of assembly.

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:40am

Really confusing at start and the sounds are pretty annoying, but overall cool concept.

TheMightySice says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:01am

Theme on point, but really hard. And the sounds can get a little bit annoying. And a tutorial would be helpful since the start is confusing.

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:45am

Very difficult, it surely helps if you have some background in assembly xD

And, for the other players, you can delete gears with backspace, not with the delete button.

LCMW_Spud says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:55pm

Very difficult, as many others are saying, but it is very much like programming.

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