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

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by jackyjjc - Competition Entry

Telegraph is a new technology in the country. Therefore, the ministry of truth is looking for someone to operate it. Fortunately or not, you are being selected.

PS: I would argue telegraph is relatively "ancient" for us now :p

Author: @jackyjjc

Credit where credit is due: Heavily influenced and inspired by "Papers Please"

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btwj_ says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 3:49pm

Nice atmosphere, very "Papers, Please"-esque. Could be a fun way to learn morse code :)

Traf d-Lo says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 4:04pm

Good work. For some reason it got stuck when trying to send 'I am' - even though I entered the pattern exactly (3 or 4 times)

Azlen says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:02am

You really nailed the "Papers Please" feeling.

I got stuck at the Day 1 Report. The "start working" button did not have any effect.

Also, I definitely agree with @btwj_, this would be an amazing way to learn morse code!

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:08am

I found this unexpectedly fun. The art really fits the game. Great job!

RasmusErik says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:16am

Nice atmosphere,
good art and game concept.

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:21am

@Azlen on which platform you ran into the day 1 report problem? I will try to reproduce it

Ghen says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:23am

the artstyle remind me of "papers, please", simple yet effective use of the theme, very good gameplay, and responsive as well
awesome game, and awesome entry :D

JK5000 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:31am

A really fun morse coding game. The idea and story is really great. I Also got stuck in some of the reports, but it helped to press the spacebar.

Joff says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:39am

Love the Papers, Please style. Lots of fun to play and one of the few games I am going to keep to play again a few more times later.

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jackyjjc says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:28am

@Azlen @JK5000 thanks for letting me know about the bug, it is "fixed" now (I just removed that button and you can use SPACE bar to skip the report) :)

Flatgub says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:48am

The atmosphere is amazing and you definitely convey a Papers Please vibe. Fun game and I liked the story x3~

I kept making mistakes because the time it takes for a . to become a - was too long and a lot of my -s became .s

adrian09_01 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:03am

why it's so damn hard :P really nice "Papers, Please" vibe. I tampered the messages and got arrested.

mutsop says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:07am

I really like this! You could almost use it to learn morse code. The design, font, atmosphere is really lovely! Well done!

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:36pm

Big fan of Papers, Please, and this has given me a feel close to it. +1 for the artstyle and +1 for the design :)

QwaKlak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:45pm

Realy cool game i don't know why but i like it and i will be playing in the future for sure.

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Well done!
I really like what you made out of such a simple idea. Nice graphics, nice messages, nice gameplay. And it's not as easy to not make mistakes than it seems to be.

Jupitron says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 1:36pm

Incredible. Only that.

Xlip says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:42pm

this is surprisingly addictive... first time i met the telegraph i always think using it must be difficult. it is true :D i liked the simple gameplay and graphics.By the way the dates are very difficult :D

Blipi says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:32pm

Really really enjoyed the game! Its beauty realies in its simplicity yet complex gameplay! Love it!

BloodJohn says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:40pm

AGAIN?! Morse code - not mine. Heavy they work!
Perfect the atmosphere.
A few moments diligently rattled by a space.

scriptorum says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:31am

Great theme and atmosphere. I loved the distracting messages in the corner. And I was having a good time but apparently I'm an impatient telegraph operator, and the appropriate location for such people is Siberia.

teamBallShui says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:55am

Love the vibe. Very heavy atmosphere. I'm a fan of Orwellian dystopias so extra props to you. The notes in the upper right are a great addition. Gameplay is somewhat addictive and harder than expected.

One suggestion: Give a short period when you get a new message where you can't type in anything. I pressed space right when my last message was disappearing and immediately screwed up the next one.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:21pm

Nice art, nice story, feels a lot like papers please. I'm really glad you didn't expect us to memorise Morse code XD Nicely done!

Schrunkin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:32pm

Pretty art, nice tactile sound when pressing space, it feels as if you are actually using a real telegrapher. And the little sound on/off button is nicely integrated into the telegrapher and doesn't ruin the atmosphere, really neat :)

cushycode says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:50pm

Neat game! Got some nice "papers please" vibe from it, the difficulty increased too, which is nice.

nanimono says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:16am

Interesting look & feel, but gameplay itself is not rewarding and boring for me.

Hammers says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:44am

Great stuff. The theme is great and you've nailed the atmosphere. The controls are tight, and you have a really nice difficulty curve. Not much I can fault about this!

Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:58pm

The plot is good.

Somehow I broke day 7, I just typed the last word of the previous day and then pressed space one more time (no word was given at this moment). Then I heard the message "click" but no message was shown, game is stuck now.

All Hail the Party!

mitya1234 says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 9:53am

Perfect. This is really nice entry for a rhythm game. Paper's Please atmosphere is quite good. But it's hard to keep the rhythm to proceed difference between dot and dash. My game has also the Morse code, but timing doesn't matter. Because timing at the Morse code is hard for players.

axoona says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 11:28am

nice entry, its an original idea.
I helped the rebels and got arrested, they didn't even thank me :(

Waynetron says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 9:03am

Forgot to comment on this before. Lovely little game. Would work great on touch devices.

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