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

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by ErikU - Competition Entry

Hi there and welcome to my comp entry, Endeavour. It's a text controlled game where you lead an explorer through a perilous journey with plenty of surprise twists. The ending might also leave you scratching your head!

For the best shot at success, use short, imperative commands like "walk", "look", and "eat". If ever you get stuck, "help" should provide you a large hint.

If you're a Unix user, try using some of the more well known Unix commands. You might find some fun surprises.

Apologies for no sound. I guess this really is Ancient Technology!

Any feedback is very welcome, and thank you for playing Endeavour.

Downloads and Links


steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:15am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

ErikU says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:04pm

Hi there. Thanks for the offer. I've made it available at

Would you be able to comment here when the video is released?

Stending says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:43pm

I love the animation and humor, but I'm still stuck... it's the best text based game I've seen on this LD so far though!

mihaivdev says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:46pm

I really like this! One of my favourites so far. I am always fond of text adventures and yours is great. Really well executed and a fair amount of depth for such a short time. You're right about the ending, did leave me scratching my head and I'm not 100% sure I fully get the connection to the theme but loving this either way. Well done and good luck!

RIPPorkins says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:03am

That was a cool game! Definitely wished It could have gone for longer (I actually went through the code to make sure I didn't miss anything!)

It would be cool if 'help' would give you a list of commands you can do, instead of just a hint.

MiniBobbo says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:04am

This was fun. I'm proud to admit that I passed the phantom without needing a hint!

The graphics and mood fit the game perfectly. I'm still not sure what happened, or how it fit the theme, but that's ok.

lightsoda says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:36am

Overally pretty nice.

Not sure if this was intentional: "Only a bite to to the boot"

dissonent says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:41am

I absolutely love this game's mechanics. I'm sure this is how old text games back in the day must have been, but I had never experienced this myself, so this was definitely unique to me. I also love the humor in the story. Good work!

Kazik_210 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 8:18am

Cool! It reminds me of the times when I played in Leisure Suit Larry

zulman says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:28am

Good old times :) Love the idea of text adventures with visual part. How to fight against the red scorpion?

Aerohand says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:38am

epic game.

squirrelbot says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:03pm

Fun. Ending was a bit odd. Is there a way to avoid the mummy guy, or is it a mandatory ending?

ErikU says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 2:36pm

@Zulman: The answer is quite unintuitive! There are a few hints if you try and whip it, go east, sleep, and look. If those stump you, try "hint"!

@squirrelbot: Unfortunately it is entirely linear. But at least you can get revenge by playing the game through once more, swapping places again :P

Gipzo says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 7:02pm

Great idef! And execution. Thou I got stuck with the snake, I can imagine that the game is good.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:48am

Great idea and the vague hints helped slightly. The pixel art is nice too!

tonynogo says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 4:24am

What a nice game.
It was fun, it made me laught! Graphics are cool.

Sep 3, 2016 @ 9:12am

Good animations and pixel-art graphics. Fun to play thanks to the humour and the help command which can be very usefull at some points so there is no blockage in the gamethrough.

leondryaso says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 9:23am

Very nicely done, I like the particles everywhere :D Though it could be longer, I have a feeling that I missed something. The control mechanics are great.

HuvaaKoodia says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 6:13am

Simple, linear and funny. The twist makes sense thematically, but a mummy with a computer really doesn't.. make sense.. at all.

Nice use of regex in the command system though.

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