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

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Ancient Technology

by tonynogo - Competition Entry

During an archaeological excavation, you discover a strange machine...

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Lon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:54am

A strange machine with strange sights to see. Got a little wild playing with the bottom right row.

MrBrenan says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:32pm

Wow my eyes !
Unplayable !
Argh !
Great job !

guoboism says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:51am

I like it. Very Experimental! You have to experiment with the buttons and guess what kind of meaningfull image would finally appear or is there?

Sorry I dont have too much time on this, but the exploration is fun.

Skye says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:50am

I have no idea what I'm doing, but... it looks cool!
I can't find anything to do, other than to mess with it to create pretty patterns, which is fun, I guess.

Guennor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:45am

I don't think this is a game. It's more of an interactive experience.

When on fullscreen, the mouse position is not aligned with the button pressed.

Also, it's mind blowing that it's 2016 and there are still people using the theme of the jam as the name of their games.

wheerd says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:39am

It was nice figuring out what the individual buttons do. Some of the patterns also look pretty cool. I guess there is no actual goal or image that you have to find. Oh, and in full screen, the mouse position is off, so you have trouble hitting the buttons. Interesting experience overall :)

Diz Three says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:45pm

Not sure of what I am doing but, all I know is that I am being put in front of a strange machine.

I assuming that there is no actual goal for me just to click on the random buttons to see what it does and "unleash your imagination"...

Still, it is experimental and you have nice graphics there,
I could say this is a game about using your imagination or creativity...? Overall, it is a nice experience/game.

Good luck on the next LD! :D

skorpyo says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:10pm

Everything is red. Am i summoning the Satan? Where's my shotgun, we're playing doom! I Stopped the motion! I am closer to the secret. I kinda figured it out xD Interesting idea for a puzzle. You should've added an easter egg in this game =)

AODQ says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:24pm

You can't turn the bottom-right row (the ones that control motions) buttons off. The first column can't be turned on. The first block first row gives you horizontal blocks placed over on vertical axis, the column representing which colour, the second row is for horizontal blocks, third is like the first but larger, and the last row just affects the texture. top right second block affects magnification, top left the background, and the bottom row motion, the rest of the block seems to add pixels at different scopes. It was fun figuring out what the buttons do but there is nothing really here to create an interesting thing to look at.

tonynogo says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:26pm

@Skorpyo @Diz Three @wheerd @Guennor @Skye @guoboism @MrBrenan @Lon
Thanks for playing and thank you for your feedback.
It's more an experience than a game.

What you will do if you were facing a machine from ancestral time and with no clue about its utility?
Press all the button seems a natural reaction :)

My regrets : I would like add more effect and make my effect stranger. But 48h was short ^^ Thank you again

tonynogo says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 7:18am

@AODQ I agree with you.
Due to the limited time, I implemented only "basic" effects in my shader. I would be more fun with more various and strange distortion, color or displacement.
Maybe I will improve it some days.
Anyway, thank you for your feedback!

CalmKai says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:20pm

Interesting puzzle! It takes some time to figure out!

Damdoshi says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:51pm

Well. It is funny to discover how your machine works. A goal would certainly be nice, but, I do not really figure out how to include it inside the concept. But well, there is certainly a way.

I guess it was fun to program, though.

Sep 1, 2016 @ 4:43am

A little interesting, it was neat to see what the buttons did. Seems like the far left one is a sort of clear-all deal? Not sure :P Would've been cooler if there was a goal, but certainly interesting

Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:10am

Yeah, it is pretty fun to try and understand how the machine works, but then it's a bit disappointing to realize that there is nothing to do with this newly acquired knowledge.

I though for a bit that the goal would be to match the background image and that some clever almost unnoticeable alterations of the pattern could make the triangular shapes appear using the right transformations.... I am not even sure such a thing is possible though!

Dietrich Epp says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 12:29pm

Next time please just use a zip file like everyone else.

Interesting machine, not sure what it does though.

qikcik says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:47pm

Wow, this amazing, it is very important to discover how the machine works, cool game and good job :D
ps. sorry for my bad English :P

stefvanschie says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:49pm

It's an interesting concept to say the least. It was fun, but I don't think you can really play this for more than 5 minutes, because of the lack of content. Maybe you could have expanded it a little bit.

Daniel says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:17pm

I feel that the game is a bit boring not much to do.

Alphish says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 4:46pm

That was pretty curious game, and an interesting take on the theme. I more or less figured out the purpose of specific parts, though I would have liked to have some sorts of pictures instead of abstract patterns, maybe even hidden in specific R/G/B settings? Still, that's pretty neat concept to play with for a bit. ^^

On a side note, the mouse coordinates reading fails in fullscreen mode; it alters the wrong buttons. For a while I was wondering why switching one button changes others, offset by a few positions. >.<

Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:55pm

That was... interesting? I obviously just tried clicking on all the buttons trying to find out some message or hidden image, didn't find any.. is there really anything to find?

teamBallShui says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 1:23pm

Nice little experimental game. Is there an end to it?

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

Really strange xD
But cool! I was happy to understand the role of the buttons while playing ^^
Good job, but please, less blue next time... my eyes burn xD

ajayajayaj says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:08pm

Cool game, kinda psychedelic. Pretty confused what the goal is though.

Linver says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:56pm

I know what deal ALL BUTTONS! MVUHAHAHAHA 0_ะพ
Exploring is good, but you should add goal, or secret messages. I realy wanted hints by pressing sounds.

komilll says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 7:07pm

It's kinda interesting experimental demo but it was boring after 2 minutes without any goal.

tphx says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 5:38am

Visual drugs. I like it. Very unique and unexpected. I think my eyes are broken.

Frump says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 5:41am

Interesting. I was hoping there'd be some hidden images visible with just the right combinations. I'd love to hear if there is.

Hero7785 says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 3:28pm

Cool effects, what am I doing?

Sabina Lis says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:36pm

I got a bit dizzy with some effects, it was nice to try but would benefit from having another objective. Good job!

local minimum says ...
Sep 3, 2016 @ 10:47pm

Fun machine to play around with. I did have some interaction problems with it though that I doubt was intended. When I clicked with my mouse typically the game considered that I pressed a button about 2cm to the right on the screen. I could offset for that in my mind, though it did kind of take away the feeling that I was indeed interacting with this strange machine. The very abstract machines/games like this are rare among Ludum entries, but I cherish them each time! Great fun!

Narkhos says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 9:24pm

It was fun to play with this machine. It reminds me some classic demoscene effects. I think I found out the point of each button and I can control the render quite well. Just searching for how it works is fun but adding some hidden things to discover would have been even more rewarding.
Great Job :)

HeliosStudio says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 3:10am

That was interesting, had a lot of trouble with the fullscreen though, as mentioned before the buttons are not aligned with the keyboard and I though that was some kind of mechanic of the game.

Tegu says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 6:01pm

Quite a weird little machine. Definitely had some demoscene-ish vibe to it. Even though this really wasn't a game, it was fun to poke around and see what happ
ens. However, somehow I wished that some combinations would have revealed something. I didn't seem to have any issues with the keyboard alignment in fullscree

At some point I managed to get some funny waving that resembled a flickering CRT display. I also tried to write my nick but E turned out to be a bit difficult
: I consider that my characteristic pattern which describes my mind perfectly.

NightShadow0 says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 6:29pm

This is an interesting idea, i like the concept of making you figure out what each button does, i could see it as the basis for a puzzle game.

puppetmaster says ...
Sep 14, 2016 @ 8:50pm

Very cool experimental machine. It's like old school television repairing and setting up the one and only channel.

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