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

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Ancient Robots

by TimBeaudet - Competition Entry

Control an Ancient Robot thought to be a plane or space ship using the age old technology of punch cards. These punch cards seem to be made of stone and have aged well.

Use the mouse to select which Punch Card instructions to give the robot.
You can click a card from the planning area to remove it if mistaken.

Extra Controls:
WSAD, ARROWS, or Right Mouse Button will allow you to move the camera
SPACE or Middle Mouse Button will reset camera to see the robot

Downloads and Links


TimBeaudet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:52pm

Post Compo fixed game breaking level reset issue. Should be able to move from level 1, to level 2, to level 3. Game should then always start in level 3 which has 5 different ways of winning with varying difficulties.

TimBeaudet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:53pm

"by always start" I mean until the game is closed completely and restart, then it will start back at level 1.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:10pm

Always like a game were the core conceit is programming :)
the presentation of the cards was also nicely done!
Good stuff Tim, sad I couldn't do Ludum this time around.

WERT Studio says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:34pm

reminds me of sid meier pilots but here its more a puzzle game

Jwatt says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:38pm

The presentation is very transparent, good work on that. What makes this unique is that it's so freeform - it's not a puzzle game with predefined steps, you're just exploring the level with (presumably) random cards.

This made me think of how the punch card system could be used in an RPG. Like making the environment also dynamic, so that different cards would have different use cases.

pighead10 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:13pm

Nicely done. A solid foundations of a puzzle game. A little slow paced for my liking, but still fun.

g12345 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:20am

Well, as I already said before in chat, I like RoboRally too. The fact is, I am also very bad at it, and every time they ended up completely somewhere else.

Somehow I don't have this problem here, and I could sail through the first levels easily. Perhaps it's the clearer graphics, or because I have a top-down display, but everything seems so much easier here.

It is funny though that my playthrough usually involves a u-turn and then walking backwards. It almost seems you have too many cards going the opposite direction. :)

Tijn says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:54pm

This game is really awesome. As someone already said, programming games are always appealing to me.

How many puzzles are there in total? I haven't finished the game yet, but I'll keep playing until I do for sure!

It runs great on Mac by the way, good job :)

Wan says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:38pm

Finished the game! I was afraid for a moment that I'd have to pick all 5 stars to finish level 3, but your first comment here reassured me :P

The game works really well with a lot of different ways to approach situations, while leaving a little part of puzzle solving to how lucky our draws will be.

A typical example: for the final level I aimed for the bottom star on the island. After a few turns I ended up just above it, rotated to the right. Unfortunately, I couldn't get a "turn right card" to finally face the star... BUT, I realized I could still win by just playing "move forward", then "move backwards" :D

I also love the effort you put into animations, it really sets the mood for a card game.

5/5 Fun & Innovation, 2/5 Audio ;)

Danae123 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:44pm

Fun puzzle, cute graphics, shame there's no music but thoroughly enjoyed the game :)

euske says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 1:08pm

I liked the mechanics and hoped it had more levels. Good job!

ciaodavinci says ...
Sep 6, 2016 @ 4:02pm

I like the concept of punching cards, both for movement and as an ancient technology. I also enjoyed the animation of the grid when hitting a rock. It feels like the plane's navigational system is breaking. Perhaps having a wider range of pitches in the sfx would make each of them stand out more (moving, turning. colliding, etc.) Nice job!

n42k says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 12:39am

Experimental Linux build runs perfectly!

Gameplay itself was interesting, I thought it was one of those visual programming games at first (Such as "Golem", in this LD, at, but it was far from that. The card system made it random and fun, and since I was forced to pick 5 cards it was sometimes difficult to choose the best combination.

I figured out how to play without reading any instructions, which is very good.

Sound effects were very fitting, maybe there could have been music?

dollarone says ...
Sep 22, 2016 @ 7:45pm

finally got around to playing you game. Nice job! Mechanics are great and I like that you can hold on to cards. Levels are time-consuming to make, so I understand there's only a few. Would be cool to add a "shoot" card and enemies :)

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