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

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by Bogden - Competition Entry

Decipher the ancient runes and discover what they mean.

Submit your own glyphs for others to see!

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PotatoIng_ says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:18am

Took me a while to figure out what "Create a gylph" means:0. Do other people see them later?:0 Pretty fun game:)

Steven Miller says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:22am

Fun game, being able to create glyphs (and I assume have other people see them) was cool.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:44am

Very cool idea, but not too sure about the implementation. You will very quickly have hundreds of glyphs so we learn practically nothing when playing. On top of that I suspect that when from a puzzle to the next we stumble upon the same glyph it does not represent the same letter right?

Still: very cool idea.

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:02am

Yup @Rico The Jammer, the glyphs do not persist across levels. They're entirely symbolic. Just thought it would be fun to contribute to a library of symbols that other people would be playing with

danilafe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:17am

Do you crowdsource glyphs?
If you do, that's awesome!
Either way, really nice game!

RasmusErik says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:10am

So nice, love the game,
and this kind of puzzles.

I spend quite a bit of time playing it,
thanks for making it :)

Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:11am

Very very interesting, i found myself lost at first, but was i enojoyed myself. Good work!

Ghen says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:13am

holy crap, are those glyph created by users?, awesome idea!
and when you say create it indeed create lol
very good idea and execution :D

Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:17am

Good fun for a break at work, feels like it would work on a mobile device while commuting. Otherwise, minimal graphics and kind of unintuitive UI.

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:27am

@MirrorPolygons Any advice on the UI in particular? Would love any detailed feedback you might have.

slam_nine says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:47am

The letter boxes look right on chrome, but on firefox they are just lines, like there's zero height on the input box. Not sure if it's just on my end.

Great idea of crowdsourcing the glyphs, though!

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:54am

Very cool idea. Requires thinking and is very fun. Would make a fab mobile game! I love the idea of crowdsourcing too!

JK5000 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:17am

Fun little game, and let people make glyphs i brilliant. Well done.

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:23am

@slam_nine thanks for letting me know. Think it should be fixed now.

amras0000 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:26am

Cute concept. The glyph making works well enough, and seems to have a wide diversity of non-dick drawings in its database now :)

These sort of ciphers work best for long phrases, like the quotes you have set up. Titles of games or films were a bit more frustrating since I might not recognize them. Though having a puzzle consist of about half dozen different short phrases might work too.

The UI is simplistic but works. To keep with the ancient theme, you may have wanted to use a brighter and darker sandy brown. Just a personal preference though.

Emkiusz says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:28am

@slam_nine Got the same problem and because of that took me a while to understand how the game works, but anyway, game is really cool.

dhalvin says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:58am

Really like how you submit glyphs and make them and everything. Very cool feature.

Flatgub says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:02am

Really neat puzzle game!
The idea of crowd sourcing glyphs was amazing at first but I think I've got my fair share of genitals now xD.

Also this is probably my fault but I was incredibly reliant on hints. Without a starting couple of letters, just the hint "movies" and the layout _____ ______ doesn't give me any ideas, since anything could be anything. Its like hangman without knowing if you got the letter wrong.

tomer_cool says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:34am

The game is nice, good idea.

spacewarp says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 11:44am

I do really like this. The community generated glyphs are a very neat thing, even if it's a bit annoying to have to repeatedly try and draw something new.

Bogden says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:46pm

@spacewarp you can always skip if you get tired of drawing! :D

joemag says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 8:16pm

Neat idea, I wonder if autofilling all the spaces that use the same glyph takes some of the challenge out of it. There's also no feedback for when you've entered something incorrectly, could make you more careful when entering letters.
Overall a cool idea and interesting twist on a classic word puzzle.

wheerd says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:20pm

The crowd sourced glyphs are what really makes this a cool game for me :D I am not a huge fan of hangman style word games, but this little twist saves it ;)

jakatpemadi says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:18pm

Interesting, creating crowd source glyph. I wonder is there any algorithm to censored a not neat glyph. Or may be a "flag" feature is good for flagging the not neat image.

Good concept by the way. Thumbs up!!

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:33pm

A really interesting game, pretty unique concept.

omid says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:34am

This game looks great. It isnt too complicated and is a cool idea that is very appealing. I enjoyed the uniqueness of this game and how creative it was. Overall it was a very great game. 10/10 would play again.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:36am

Fun little game. I love the idea, and really wanted to see my own glyph show up. Awesome work.

to improve it I think it may be a little better if it starts with some hints, so it goes a title faster.

Drumsmasher17 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:36am

Very cool! got really entrenched in this one

Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:59am

Damn that tested my memory. Fun and interesting concept!

DaleP says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:06am

Ooh, I love seeing games make use of user-generated content like this. Would be awesome to be able to see a library of all of the glyphs people have made.

RIPPorkins says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:12am

I just had fun making glyphs. Do you do some kind of ocr on them to see if they make sense or do you just pick them by hand? Very cool!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:44am

Very Nice i love your Game Good Works )=

ill_lo9ic says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:54pm

Really cool use of crowd sourcing.

I wish the glyph creation was a little smoother to use (maybe just higher resolution?)

Clever game though!

cjames says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:22am

Wow this is a pretty cool development. Can't wait to see some of my cool runes show up! (I tried hard on them, possibly too hard)

Rfdshir says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:47am

Hi, Bogden! You-ve asked me about stop motion animation. Well, it's not so hard, if don't need a transparent background. Otherwise, you will need a uniform background for photos and skills of working with chroma key. I use "bluebox" plugin for the Gimp. Creating character animation for "No Man's Clay" took about two hours (including modeling, filming, processing, and import to Unity3D).

Rfdshir says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:50am

And, and, you have really interesting game! An unusual approach to the theme!

genluck says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:28am

Nice take on a hangman-style game, but w/o a penalty. Really neat implementation of the glyphs, I made a sweet eagle

TeamPoops says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:40am

Am I supposed to be able to type inside the boxes for the letters? Because I can't. Otherwise, I love the user-generated content idea!

Bogden says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:43am

@TeamPoops what browser are you using? Should be working on Firefox and Chrome.

Jwatt says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:47am

Ohh, this is a novel approach to user-generated content. It's quite interesting as an experiment in its own right.

But... there's no way to deduce your way through any of the puzzles, is there? Like, it doesn't seem to give any kind of feedback about the correctness of your guesses, so trying to figure out any glyph comes down to randomly getting everything right. There doesn't seem to be a Hangman-like penalty either, you only get to request a hint (and that feels like cheating).

Am I missing something?

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 4:18am

It would be a lot better if the contributed glyphs have more connectinos and meanings with the core gameplay!

quentinus60 says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 4:42am

really good puzzle game ! good job :)

Bogden says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 4:51am

@Jwatt this type of puzzle is known as a cryptogram. You're able to solve it using letter frequency and order clues, based on the glyph representations. Here's a website that explains them:

For instance, if the puzzle was "THEY GOT THE THING", the cryptogram might be "BQLE JUB BQL BQRWJ". The big hint here is the sequence "BQ". It occurs three times, and "TH" is the most common digraph in English. So you can try that out and see how the puzzle looks. "TH__ __T TH_ TH___".

From there, you can see that the three-letter word "TH_" is almost certainly "THE", which gives you "THE_ __T THE TH___".

After that, it's mostly guessing and checking, with the last clue being that the first letter of "__T" matches the last letter of "TH___".

Hope that helps!

Moski says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:03am

I'm impressed at how such a simple concept can be expanded endlessly by user input alone. I like how users trying to get hints only further feed the beast. That's quite clever. I'd really like to know at some point just how many glyphs were created. Keep up the good work! :D

GhostBomb says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:32am

Cool concept! The game works a lot better with longer phrases or titles. Shorter answers tend to be mostly guesswork.

Will Edwards says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 8:59am

I'm very enthusiastic because I enjoy playing with ciphers with my kids!

The puzzles really need to be longer passages of text. If you download random books from project gutenburg, for example, and take paragraphs out of them, and show glyth frequencies, then ... :)

caryoscelus says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 10:10am

Very cool! Though game/movie names are kind of hard to guess - not enough info. Deciphering quotes was really fun.

Supr says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 10:43am

Interesting concept. But don't sure i quite enjoyed the game. Maybe because this mechanics isn't too suitable for the idea.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 11:47am

Very interesting concept. Not quite a game though, but for people who love crosswords and other word-based puzzles it will be very interesting.

Zccc says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:21pm

Very cool idea, but you can't really guess without hints! You should make the player learn which glyph was which letter.

thegunmaster says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 2:11pm

Interesting idea, I love the option of creating glyphs.
It is unfortunate that the nature of the game makes it so you will prettymuch always need a 'hint' or probably a few.

Tselmek says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:45pm

I love the community aspoect to this concept, it's really cool. The gameplay gets repetitive rather fast though and the use of hints is not avoidable.

Sep 2, 2016 @ 11:08pm

Really nice concept, I love games where some content came from the community, well done!

hermetic says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 3:22am

Simple crypto style puzzle game. The crowd-sourced glyphs is a neat concept. It could lead to some problems, like people creating the same glyph repeatedly. Other than that, I have nothing bad to say. It's a good implementation!

dreamlogician says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 3:45am

Fun fun fun! The one-word puzzles were a bit too difficult, but other than that I really enjoyed the challenge level.

Steven Miller says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 4:52am

After revisited this now that there are significantly more glyphs, I can say that the crowd-sourcing aspect is extremely cool. Also, after playing for a while, I think an option to pick the category would be a really great addition.

JonathanG says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:15am

Would be nice with more music/sound/theming to add some mood.
As for the puzzles, it can be almost impossible to start solving without a few clues. I suppose you could trial and error the letters and see if legible words come out. The glyph making is nice and fast which is really cool.

Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:27am

Gorgeous! I love the generation method, at the two bit, small canvas glyphs is a great way to save on space! I could make mine as detailed as I liked without worrying about squashing your server!

cubotrox_toni says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:27am

Good work @Bogden

I like the games with simple idea/concept and I think this is one of them. This can be a good entertainment in mobile devices for the downtimes.
You should use the right click to white color, or hotkeys to change color quickly.
The UI is perfect. This kind of game does not need anything else.

AlexanderMerk says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:39am

Simple idea with intresting concept, createing glypth's is excelent :)

BloodJohn says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 11:11am

It's a great idea! I hate crossword puzzles, but this experience busting letters a pleasant surprise. The opportunity to invent their own character - as icing on the cake. =)

Narkhos says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 12:12pm

Cool idea to replace the now traditionnal 'wait for an hour or pay to access the next level' by an art contribution to the game. With a user login system you could add some nice community features :)
Work well on windows but I encounter a problem on android touchpad : the virtual keyboard show up but input does not work.

Muel says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 1:23pm

I spent about 15 min playing this. It's really fun and well executed. Can't see any flaw.

MaxguN says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 3:52pm

Nice idea and quite good execution. I would suggest maybe give lists of games / movies to find rather than just one. With just one word and no repeating letter, I feel like the purpose of the game is defeated. I definitly had most fun on long quotes.

Also, it would be nice to have multiple alphabets across the game, so you can take notes, have an easier time and complete your notes ;)

ethankennerly says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 4:55pm

Me and my girlfriend enjoyed deducing the letters of the Chinese proverb! That is clever to make glyphs and puzzles.

TomBuston says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 8:53pm

Great game ! I think the most fun riddles were the longest ones as you could really deduce the sentence based on the glyphes.
Well done !

Sep 3, 2016 @ 11:55pm

This was great fun, like a different variation of hangman. Crowd-sourcing the glyphs was such a cool idea

MrMordem says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 10:17am

Awesome concept ! letting players create their glyphs to add up to the pool as the game gets played by more and more people is really well thought out !

had fun creating glyphs, although i couldn't manage to solve any puzzle since there are so many glyphs now :p

but hey well done ! nice entry :)

Sep 6, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Very clever game! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

ikroth says ...
Sep 9, 2016 @ 12:13am

This is a super interesting game. The glyph entry idea is amazing.

invader says ...
Sep 17, 2016 @ 4:40pm

Glyphs part is really amazing. It is something that definitely should be reused for a bigger project.

personalurban says ...
Sep 23, 2016 @ 9:58am

Really good, well done, enjoyed it

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