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

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Artefact-O 36

by SamuelSousa - Jam Entry

You come in touch with a piece of Ancient Technology:
Is it malfunctioning? What did this retrograde species meant with it?

Estimated Development Time: 40 Hours

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madalaski says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:14am

Really good game! Interesting themes, defying expectations at every turn and difficult as hell. Congratulations on making a fine game. =D

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:14am

Really creepy, really cool, I love the feel. Concept is a masterpiece.

burnedkirby says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:21am

Wow. this game has a lot of unexpected moments within it. Very well thought out. Though the boss on level 9 was so hard, I had to memorize the time between the shots that the robot fired since the projectile was just about too fast to react to. Did not expect level 10 to be what it was (like level 1).

Joff says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:23am

I have no idea what was going on but I really enjoyed it, Good work on making something different with the theme.

jakatpemadi says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:25am

Good game it is. The animation is fluid. I think it is better if you add background music and sound effect.

Thanks. :)

asteryz says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:25am

I love the creepy atmosphere and the sudden twists. Good job.

cabbage_ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:31am

This was a very strange and confusing game with a great aesthetic--loved the minimalistic presentation. I enjoyed playing it and you left me wanting more! Always nice to see developers experimenting with new and unique methods of storytelling.

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:32am

Well the concept is great, but it has an issue with the fact you can mash fire and just turn back and forth until everything's dead. In addition, in the sea of my bullets it can be hard to see enemy projectiles.

TheMightySice says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:32am

Really good game! The level selection was genius and the animations awesome. 10/10

Vaiaphraim says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:22pm

Lots of fun to play with all the twists :)
Funny enough, I started to run left in a level, just to see what happened - died after a while, so I thought I'd explore the other direction (turns out you still move left anyway haha)

Nice work! I'd recommend changing the bullet shooting height just a few pixels, so the enemy ones can be picked apart (or maybe change the size a bit so they can be recognized)

Will Edwards says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:54pm

Its amazing to reflect on how exciting this kind of graphics was back on the ZX81! I remember typing in a downhill skiing game from listings in a magazine and getting that same kind of flickering monochrome graphics feel... :)

Sun-Wukong says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:27pm

What? I don't ever...

Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:50pm

Oh my, this game is something! So much variativity, levels are small but SO different from each other. You put a lot of effort in this one, great job.

Level 9 is a bit annoying though as you can't predict when robot shoots.

Evilperson77 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:01pm

Full of surprises, intriguing theme, just perfect for my short attention span. As for level 9, I just kept jumping non-stop, avoiding all the missiles.

RhythmLynx says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:05pm

Ah that was really cool! Nice job

justinooncx says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:06pm

Preeeeetty trippy. Definitely had my attention. Besides the mindscrewing, it's a pretty neat game, simple and fun with lots of twists!

LCMW_Spud says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:10pm

Very good at messing around with our expectations of what the game was, and the core gameplay was fun too

CMLSC says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:40pm

I beat the game... I think... XD
I was completely confused but I still found the level design cool. :P

Jupitron says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:40pm

Really fun game, i liked it being objective based. Mysterious narrative is cool. Simple but effective art!

pressxtoskip says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:46pm

I loved the animations. Their little heads collapsing down made me laugh. First level with the flashing hurt my brain a little though.

QwaKlak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:48pm

Nice game. I think you should work on lvls i mean lvls shouldn't be too flat, no chalange if you are hitting all time space, left-arow and right-arow. btw. i found glitch on stage 6 i can't back to menu after death here is screen . can't do nothing.

tenpn says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:53pm

I love the animations almost as much as the monochrome aesthetic.

SamuelSousa says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:02pm

Hi @burnedkirby
You could have just left through the left exit :)

Hi @jakatpemadi
I think I will ... not just yet. Thanks!

Hi @cabbage_
I will see what I can do!

Hi @Ilseroth
Thanks for the feedback I was afraid people would find it hard so I decided to leave it a little on the easy side has I could before the final levels.

HI @Vaiaphraim
Thanks for your input totally agree :)

Hi @Will Edwards
I think I only played one game for the ZX it involved train and a theatre curtain... Not sure what console if was but I believe it was ZX and I never forgot about :) (I took inspiration in the Magnavox! - it had no color only plastic screen overlays)

Hi @facelesstheone
I did die a lot on that one on testing :)

Hi @QwaKlak
There is no glitch! You just didn't follow the sign :)

SetTheBet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:42pm

Well executed. Hard to give some advices as sometimes you dont know if its intended by design or a very weird bug :D

wheerd says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:01pm

I like how this game messes with your expectations. The killing in the first levels was pretty easy by cheesing the enemies. But I guess that might be part of the game's design. I really enjoyed this game, nice to get something unexpected.
Not sure if I haven't missed some weird hidden secret somewhere :D

BMacIntosh says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:04pm

Funny! Great animation, good difficulty, requires you to think a bit on a few of the levels. Almost gave up on 6 (?) (the one with three players) but figured it out.

g_o says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:11pm

Asthetic is nice
I personally didn't like what you did there...
It's ambitious and all but isn't intruiging enough to do what it wants to.. I don't know to put it bluntly it's like the game thinks it's impressive when it really isn't as it thinks it is.
I didn't play for very long but that's how I feel.

MarekkPie says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:19am


That was...

Hold me...

Super interesting meta game. Would have loved to hear what crazy sfx/music that could compliment the game!

brewerdave says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:37am

I really like the art in this game. The interesting story line was nice too.

kiguel182 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:25am

Great entry! It has a really cool presentation and it's an intriguing experience. I love this type of experimentation and I think you pulled it of.

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:25pm

Great games i like it good works

kingpirux says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:20pm

i loved it! the glitchy aestethic, the simple gameplay :D congrats!!

Togimaro says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:54pm

Really nice game! The narration is super cool :)
The glitched aspect is very well made! And the pixel art is cute!
Really good job!

dwhiffing says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:22pm

Really liked the weird aesthetic and store line :) Nicely done for a jam!

BloodJohn says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:55pm

After the torture of flickering in the first level, surprisingly enjoyable animation. Very cleverly done!

brookzerker says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:53am

I had no idea what was going on most of the time, but I enjoyed shooting the robots anyways. I didn't enjoy the strange glitches like the first and last level. They hurt my eyes as I was playing in a dark room :(

monstersauce says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:04pm

Creepy weird I love it :D

Drury says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:37pm


Pretty much my thoughts, and when you take that away there's not much else to the game, other than it being kinda well-made (no technical issues, other than the lack of audio).

Aug 31, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Really neat story! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36 games, if you’d like to take a look :)

g_o says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 7:24pm


I agree.
It's kinda proof that it's hard to make clever games which are honestly good. The game shouldn't try to be clever it kinda grows out of the sheer beauty of exploring a thought and only later on realizing and making it a "meta" element in a game.
It's not like this is personal, I try to be honest .. I guess a tiny bit pretentious is the words I tried to avoid.
But indeed it was polished which is something I never get right in the compo. So in no doubt this has the potentiall I just personally don't like it.
The technical skills are there.. the soul is kinda missing

monkeybit29 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:46pm

not quite sure what was going on in the game, but had some interesting twist, i think it needs music

csanyk says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:51am

It starts out a little to easy, but there's a good sense of building a progression that makes it feel like it's leading up to something worthehile. I got up to level 8, but couldn't figure out how to go right on that level.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 1:57am

I really liked the TRS80 look. Really great game.

Daniel says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 12:36pm

I love the simplicity of the art reminds me 70's games like space invaders, really lovely work well done.

vicious_br says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 5:54pm

Well, you should have received the same feedback that my game ( play here). I like the minimalist aesthetic, the mechanics are very similar to my game. I could have more lives and the first level has tilt, I do not know if it's intentional, but almost gave up for it. Let put fullscreen on this page or on the page

Linus123xbb says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 7:20pm

Neat game, it was unique and combined many mechanics to create a really fun game. Good job!

Geckoo1337 says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Simple, but efficient. I had fun for 3/4 minutes. I liked the b&w aesthetic. However I have no sound. I could be improved with other features ++

Thrainsa says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 10:52pm

i love the concept is not only you playing game but also the game plauing with you, Go > and exit, really good job, and lovely pixel art animation

Boberro says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 10:27am

Too bad it's mute. In this kind of creepy-pasta game distorted sound is a must. Looks good as an experiment with new aestetics though.

nihilaleph says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 4:04pm

Yaiii I beat it!!.... I think.... xp
Concept is neat and the minimalist aesthetic is really nice. I really miss some SFX, but time is short. And I am still a bit confused...
Anyway nice job!

Larzan says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 7:56am

Wow, one of the best games i have seen on any LD, very creative mechanics, a lot of different inovative ideas, nice b/w gfx and animations, add sound and more levels (use the mechanics you have but make longer levels of it, combine the mechanics in some, ...) and you have a great game!!!
You should keep at it, there is a market for these games (vvvvvv and such)

PlasmaErnst says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 1:56pm

I like that it's so unpredictable. Also the visuals fit the game well. Very nice work!

Hero7785 says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 12:48am

That was so cool. Loved the art and atmosphere, wish there was sound

charlesbaby says ...
Sep 19, 2016 @ 1:58pm

Great that you had a playable game! Someone's a Braid fan, eh? ;P

Biggest improvement would be sound. Also, level 8 was really hard!

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