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

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...or other functional audio input device
If the default device does not work, you may need to change the input device with V before attempting to play.

Phreak36 is a game about phreaking, and getting long-distance telephone calls for free. The goal is to produce a sustained tone at 2600 Hz. The keypad does not work, sorry. :(

You can

v = Change input device
z/page down = Lower goal frequency
x/page up = Raise goal frequency

Most people (almost everyone) will be unlikely to hit 2600 Hz. Try lowering the goal to ~1600 for a comfortable whistle.

nerds: If you happen to try a blue box or similar out on this, let me know the results (I don't expect it to be good). I understand this is not an authentic representation.

I planned to have a moodier setting, with drizzling rain, an actual background, functioning phone numbers, and maybe some music... but between ambition and excessive relaxation that didn't happen.
I appreciate the feedback. Thanks for playing!

Downloads and Links


Darenn says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:27am

Good idea ! I didn't have any problems with the microphone. I seemed to be very dumb while playing your game :'). Graphics are simple and effective. I like the concept of using our voice in a game. This was surely an awesome challenge for you. It was impossible for me to produce a sustained tone at 2600 Hz, I lower the goal to 1600 as you adviced ;) Keep creating games !

quentinus60 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 6:42pm

It was fun ! good job :)

RIPPorkins says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:18am

Great idea! After a bit of practice I got to 2600. I woke up my wife trying to get to 4khz, but never got it to be stable. One feature it definitely needs a way to get restart after you get the free call.

tmpxyz says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:40am

I've never tried anything like this, finally got a "FREE CALL" by whistling hard. :D

Is there anything else after that?

Damdoshi says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:15pm

Nice idea. It was funny to play with the echo it creates on my machine. I tried to whistle, but 1700 was the max I reached.

beep -f 2600

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