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

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by Bellatrion - Jam Entry

Phew, finally finished it ! I think I haven't been able to work more than 15 hours on that game, I hope i'll have more time next jam !

The enemy is preventing you to use the modern ways to communicate, so you have to give orders to your army by using a simplified telegraph of Chappe.

An order is composed of 2 keywords :
First, the unit to move (Tank, Bomber or All)
Then, the direction (N/S/E/W)

You have a limited time to enter each keyword.
To enter one, you must move the "arms" by using either your mouse wheel or the mouse buttons on the circles of the telegraph.
If the order is composed of unknown codes, or if the keywords are not "Unit, then Direction", none of your units will move.

The enemy will move its units (always both) when you will give an order.

If 2 units are colliding, a fight happen :
The bomber always beats the tank.
If 2 bombers or 2 tanks encounter, they both die.

If a unit die, it gets back to its initial position.

You have to reach the enemy base before he reaches yours !

POST DEADLINE : I made the game a little easier, with more time to give orders

"Dirt Hand Painted Texture" is from The Chayed - KIIRA (
"Tank Pack - Bleed's Game Art" is from Bleed (
"Simple Explosion" is from Bleed (
"Trees and Bushes" is from chabull (
"Aircrafts" is from chabull (
"Top down painted tanks" is from irmirx (

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Togimaro says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:59pm

Really hard to play at the beginning xD but really good idea for the theme!
The game is fun after 3~4 fails :D
Good job!

David Cookie says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:23pm

Yep, it's effectively a little obscure at the beginning, but it's a good idea once we handle it! :)

axoona says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:29am

nice take on the theme.
the UI could be a bit improuved though, I had a feeling that the steering of the telepraphe was a bit random, it didn't really respond to my "clicks" sometimes

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