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

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by Traf d-Lo - Competition Entry

The Game:
Identify items of ancient technology from human history. Slow down the spinning items to make identification easier, but slower speed means a lower score. Also gives you a humorous summary of your ancestors based on what you thought each item was.

This is my first LD entry, coded with the awesome Love2D, and although it's a simplistic game I'm happy to have got it into a working shape from scratch especially as I'm only just learning Lua.

The Good:
Everything at least works even if the layout is a bit odd in places!

The Bad:
I underestimated how much time would be needed to create pixel-art type images. As a result the amount of content is severely lacking. Appearance would have been improved greatly if I'd had time to use bit-mapped fonts rather than relying on a default system font. I would have liked to add more pzazz by way of effects etc but the game is a bit too simplistic to warrant it.

Having a better grasp of the language selected would have been useful! At least I learned how to package up Love2D programs for Windows, despite developing on a Linux box, and how to use the excellent Piskel in some detail.

The download is for Windows 64 bit (archive includes source)

A source-only *.love file is available for Linux users (who will need to install Love2d to play it).

Downloads and Links


Ghen says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:01pm

nice quiz game, even tho the spinning object dizzying my eye a bit cause of too concentrate on it lol
very nice entry :)

kadexus says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:03pm

The spinning makes it super hard to see what the objects are. Very interesting concept though and a nice bit of history!

Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:18pm

Thanks - you can slow down the rate of spin with the down arrow (but it reduces the score too).

BoltKey says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 8:02pm

I like the take on the theme, and the art. Also, the idea with rotating items is itneresting.

Tropferl says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 8:27pm

I found it a bit too hard to guess from ten possible answers. I would reduce it to three and then go up while progressing.

I like the art, it would be cool if the moderator has some little animation, but that's polishing and not so important here)

nander says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:32pm

Annoying rotation, bit hard because of that.

Art is nice though.

Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 9:38pm

@nander thanks, you can slow down the rotation with the down arrow though

WhiteSeal says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:17pm

Really fun quiz game and a great idea. The only downside was that the game was quite loud when I launched it.

Aug 28, 2016 @ 10:18pm

I like the eight bit music style / art style :D

Crack498 says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:06pm

Even though it's a short quiz, there are many options to choose so you really have to think about the answer, and also the end if a bit funny so extra points for that :D

Kalibrated says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:53pm

Hey grats on the first jam game! I do wish I could have seen which ones I got right and wrong - would have been cool to learn about.

hermetic says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:47am

Quiz game, or just a quiz...?. Spinning was a little disorienting after a while. You missed an opportunity to teach people by not showing which was the correct answer. Must have taken a long time to find a source for obscure objects.

fabbyrob says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:49am

Love the ending! And those are great sprites, next time you'll be set to make something visually stunning for sure!

quentinus60 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:27am

good quizz and the rotation is a good idea

BloodJohn says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:51am

nice quiz. need easy level for beginners. spinning too fast can't see. I don't know a single thing from the list :( need a shorter list to have a chance to guess.

gurkan96 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:00am

interesting idea really hard to see when everything spinns around but i guess thats kind of the point! and i suppose i also need some more historical knowledge before i can be good at this game

Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:11am

Thanks for all the kind comments :D

Almost everyone seems to have missed the point that you can slow down the rotation completely by pressing the down arrow - the instructions are on both screens but I obviously didn't make a good job of highlighting that fact.

With regard to knowing which ones you got right, these are named and shown in red/green on the final screen. I wanted to have a picture next to all of them but there wasn't room with the existing layout.

KevKevOnFire says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:53am

I have a serious issue with the spinning. And yes, I know you can slow it down. But the game punishes you for stopping the spinning, making you get dizzy from staring at blurry spinny things in the hopes of getting a few more points.

All in all, it works, but I just couldn't keep going for more than a single round.

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:49am

Got a score of 294! Good quiz game, learned quite a few tools that I didn't know about. The graphics and the music was very cute the relaxing, really good game :) Yes I do want to see the pictures next to the answers too, that would be nice.

QwaKlak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:51am

It works, so much, intresting concept. But i don't want play it even more than 4 tries.

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:09pm

Hey nice quiz game. Thumbs up!

headchant says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:58pm

Nice to see you using Löve! Awesome idea, the rotating things could have been a little bit bigger but that's just me and my bad eyes. The descriptions were great - really inventive and cryptic. Had a lot of fun with this one. My highscore is only 206...

KayZ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:45pm

Interesting game. But quite hard. Funny positive and negative descriptions of the items.

Quicklyer says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:53pm

Right on with the theme, and pretty impressive catalog of obscure tools. Very nicely done!

Love2d sounds cool too, I’ll have to check that out. Great to see so many Linux supported / web games.

dkdwrek says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:58am

Nice entry! The rotations can get a bit dizzying, but overall good game.

esquellington says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:13pm

Great idea, and the best theme-fitting entry I've tried. Spinning makes me dizzy, I had to stop all of them, but had much fun trying to identify them and, specially, reading the descriptions.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:09pm

Great little quiz! I can see why you added the spinning, though I can also see why people don't like it. The best bit are the descriptions and silly puns at the end :)

Also, thank you for pointing out the existence of Piskel. It's exactly the tool I've been looking for for several LDs, and was considering writing myself.

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