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

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by ReboundGames - Competition Entry

I've been making an ARG recently so I have puzzles on the brain. What's in the box? You'll just have to find out. Apologies to people who hate riddles (or slide puzzles).

If you're having trouble figuring it out, you need to rearrange the letters so that the middle row spells out the word.

Pre-rendered animations were done in blender, and rendered on my painfully slow GTX750ti.

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Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:26pm

Looks very professional and works smoothly.

SetTheBet says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:41pm

Simple idea but well executed. Could have worked a little more with the looping background sound though. Well done.

fitret says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:44pm

Solved all the puzzles! I really liked it. The word puzzles themselves were good, which was definitely key to the game's enjoyment. I really like the scramble aspect though, as it really helped me figure out what some of the harder ones were. I think this worked out super well because it meant you could have relatively hard word puzzles but use the letters as clues to the player. Great game!

Pusty says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:53pm

Great game had fun playing it and it worked very well

McMutton says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:05pm

Don't like shifting puzzles, therefore: Thanks for making the solutions pretty easy/not many moves from the initial position.

It's a nice little game... only tried to get the word "Basilisk" once before checking which letters are actually available :p

Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:43pm

Super slick looking graphics, and, I have to say, sliding puzzles are a secret pleasure of mine (something nostalgic about them).

Perhaps a double meaning of "Ancient Technology!"

CMLSC says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:20pm

Wow, this is actually one of the best and most polished games I've seen so far. :D
I can't think of anything wrong with it.

BoltKey says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:41pm

I suck at riddles, but at least I have the excuse that I am not native English speaker. I got stuck at third and had to check the code for solutions. Nice graphics, clever riddles.

demogorgon says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:19pm

Wow, that was a really good experience. I do admit I chose to cheat and look at the source for answers for a few. I don't like slide puzzles, but I liked this, which is unusual.

Swampie says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:22pm

Great game, loved it!

NinjaNic says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:09am

Very cool game! I love the puzzles.

LoneSpelunker says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:15am

Nice implementation of a word scramble puzzle. I had fun with it. The clues are nice and cryptic while still giving actionable hints.

CodeChomper says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:17am

Very Nicely done!! You should be proud.

brookzerker says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:17am

I love the animations, although ultimately I gave up because I am not into these kind of puzzles. As some others have mentioned the background looping sound could use a bit of work as it was distracting me from solving the first puzzle.

Great job!

Move127 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:08am

This is a lot of fun. I like that it is two different puzzles in one.

ethankennerly says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:10am

When I watched and hear the smooth animations of each piece and the word complete, I felt impressed! When I got to word #3 I felt stumped.

zhtroy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:34am

Nice graphics.

MaTeX-7seven says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:41am

Simple but well executed. The word puzzles were nicely thought. Well done.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:44am

Simple concept, smooth execution (if you nit pick, the sound looping poorly and the riddle text being selectable are two little issues). Stuck on 8 though! :)

That said, not super in tune with the theme and I would have liked to be able to push multiple panels at once.

MarekkPie says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:05am

Idea is fun and well executed. Echoing what others have said about the lack of an interesting background effect. Would have also liked keyboard control since playing on a notebook is tedious.

ReboundGames says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:29am

@Rico The Jammer The text is selectable on purpose in case (like me) you're lazy and want to copy/paste part of it into google if you don't know the answer. Thanks for the feedback!

KevKevOnFire says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:18am

Well done. Riddles are good, but not a fan of sliding puzzles.(Personal taste, I'll acknowledge.) Like others have said, tenuous on the theme connection and that goddamn clicking. Otherwise, it's all pretty tight.

SamuelSousa says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:28am

Slick presentation! Although it showed a little fps drop.
Very well suited to the theme. Like the clock in background, its more than enough for sound.

Got stuck on Level 3 ... Not English...

kiguel182 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:30am

I'm terrible at sliding puzzles AND riddles but I think the execution here is pretty great. Simple yet effective. The clicking does get a big annoying although I can see how it adds a bit of tension. Great work!

XAND says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:15pm

The puzzles were a bit difficult, but that's because I'm dumb. Awesome game. :)

ReboundGames says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:19pm

@SamuelSousa Glad you enjoyed it! Were the FPS problems during the gameplay, or the cutscenes?

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

Can't believe you made something THAT good in just 48 hours. Thumbs up. Nice puzzles

tomdeal says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:55pm

very cool game! well polished and quite difficult, especially for non-english people :-)

Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:19am

Very well executed and i'm glad someone else went for a puzzle game too!

I can see this playing on a mobile device too.

Mettra says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:32am

I love slidey puzzles. Though I had to google search poker terms. I had trouble seeing the solutions at first. Simple fun, kinda wish there was more of a conclusion.

Findor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:20pm

Pofessionaly done. And it also looks good. Congratulations!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:23pm

Well made, solid puzzle game! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36 games, if you’d like to take a look :)

Allthebees says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:28pm

Absolutely loved the game! Great concept, really nicely executed!

justinooncx says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Gah, couldn't get the ninth one. Still, a pretty interesting puzzle game, and very nice riddles. Well done!

ReboundGames says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:05pm

@justinooncx That one is probably the most obscure, almost to an unfair degree, so don't feel too bad if you didn't know it.

n42k says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:25am

I loved the detail in the animations and the very fitting sounds, the environment around the game is great. Unfortunately I'm not that good with riddles so I couldn't complete it, gave up on the second level and gasped when I saw the answer in the source code.

sftrabbit says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:34pm

Really nicely done. Much more enjoyable than a normal sliding puzzle game and having duplicate letters makes it less frustrating. Great idea.

Pickens Inc. says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:15pm

Very polished! You could easily release this as a mobile app and sell it. The puzzles were just tricky enough, though I couldn't beat 8. Sorry you couldn't make it to the stream, but you can watch the VOD.

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 2:02am

It was pretty and I liked it.

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 10:38pm

Fantastic puzzle game, I really enjoyed the riddles. The final one had me stumped for quite a while. Great work!

patfran says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 12:34am

I got stumped by the cat riddle, but good job! Very simple, but works well.

Xatpy says ...
Sep 10, 2016 @ 8:52pm

Very cool!

Sep 11, 2016 @ 4:30pm

You watched us play this one, so you know most of what was thought. A solid little puzzle game with some legitimately difficult (but solvable) riddles.

The highlight is up on twitch:

SamuelSousa says ...
Sep 12, 2016 @ 2:53pm

The fps drop was right at the begginning when zooming in to the box.

Tea Doogun says ...
Sep 27, 2016 @ 6:04pm

Good puzzles, enjoyable game :)

I was very happy with myself when I finished it.

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