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

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The Language of the Gods

by ladybenko - Competition Entry

OK, so this theme gave me an idea for a game I really liked but it was clearly out of the scope for a jam. Nevertheless, I wanted to do a prototype to try out graphics, the mood, and the atmosphere of the game. The idea was to have a more story-heavy entry, but you can only do so much with 48…

I will write a post-mortem in the next few days, so stay tuned! :)

UPDATE:

- Put the mirror at itch.io as the main link / embed source for this entry.

POST-COMPO BUGFIXES:

The rules allow for some simple bugfixing or game crashing bugs. These are the fixings I made:

- Fixed 1st puzzle to be completed accidentally because it was just only one note. Now it is too. Diff with the patch here (https://github.com/belen-albeza/ldjam-36/commit/c2e267151c62689fe93851f9f855823289522937)

- Fixed spelling in one the strings in the game. Diff with the patch here (https://github.com/belen-albeza/ldjam-36/commit/be91c11bde02375e4033932d7ccb52bfcdd4708a)

Downloads and Links


Comments

NinjaNic says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:45am

Very good start to this game! I love the pixelated theme. Amazing job for being done in under 48 hours! I think that even after the jam ends, you should continue working on this beautiful game until it's a full fledged story. I want to know what happens next. Is he stranded? Are there other worlds?? Where did that ship come from??? I'd even be content with just an "exploration mode" where you explore the whole planet without solving the puzzles. The art is just that cool.

Aside from that, can I ask what program/language you used to make this? I love pixelated games and I try to make my own, but my process seems to be inefficient and slow, and I cannot make web games.

Thank you for your time, and good work on this LD entry!

Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:05am

Super cool art style and music.

I think this might certainly be worth pursuing after the jam to see where it might go.

I definitely got one of the patterns wrong and was still able to progress, though.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:20pm

Nice graphics and lovely music! The usability felt good as it was easy to learn how to play.

That the game was so short and that there was not explanation to what was happening (or what that other voice was) takes the overall experience down a bit.

kikijones2001 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:36pm

I love the art style and would definitely love to see more added to the game after the jam is done.

RhythmLynx says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:13pm

Gorgeous pixel art, would love to see a post-compo version

ladybenko says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:41pm

@NinjaNic Thanks for all the feedback! :) About your question, I used JavaScript as a language, with Phaser as a library/framework.

tenpn says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:46pm

Lovely presentation.

Gammel says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 5:49pm

Short but good entry, the art, sounds and atmosphere are ok.

pavel_insight says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:19pm

Very nice game, Belén, with its own spirit and touch. I would like to play a full version of the game, if you are going to make it someday. :)

Iker FRuTeRo says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:57pm

Very good entry. I Want more

jakatpemadi says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:30pm

I enjoy the game!! Please make more!

sararyCow says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:00am

Short game but with a surrounding atmosphere and a intriguing plot. Would be nice to see what you could do with a bit of more time.

sugarbyte says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:57am

Love this style, and the music puzzles are really well done and satisfying!

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:44am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! Simple mechanics that still offered a decent amount of challenge.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 indiexpo.net ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

namu says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:34am

Great job for being made in just 48h and solo! The music and the pixel art fits very well and makes you believe you are really stranded.
Definetely will play a full version of the game, I'm curious about what happened to the guy, where is he and what are those artifacts.

Good job!

BubsyPoochies says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:16am

Woooaaahhh :D so much potential there!!

scorched says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:43pm

I liked the game!
Step sounds are a bit annoying though

Remynfv says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:51pm

Haha! That was cool!

publicidadeba says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:23pm

Cool Atmosphere for sure and I loved the art style

RePixelated says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 12:01am

I really loved the art style and the colours, the puzzle mechanic was nice too and definitely something you could build upon.
I think the music could have been improved, for me it felt a little to simple and the loop was quite noticeable, more variation could have been added into it, but the style of it was great.

Overall great and polished entry, especially with the pixelated art and the whole vibe of the game. (By the way, I will try out that colour palette you used, it looks really sweet. ;D)

Aug 31, 2016 @ 11:27am

Amazing premise! Shame it ended so soon. I love the pixel art and the artifact sprite, it reminded me of HAL from 2001

Dedioso says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 5:13pm

This game is really cool. I love the graphics and the music. The riddles were great because the sound was cool and the mechanic easy but enough challenging. Despite many of the comments saying that you should continue this I think that it's great like this.
I mean if you want to go on with the game then thats great as well. But I like the end. It connects so much with the gamejam. Maybe you could make some more levels (especially the riddles, I love them) but keep the ending.
In the end its your decision. Thanks for making this game i really enjoyed it! ;)

RafaSKB says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:56pm

Graphics sooo cuuutee!! The retro platform feel is amazing, and the mechanic is pretty nice too, and challenging. I failed a few times on the last one. The message about the game being short actually added value to it haha

Nice entry! :)

randomhuman says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:12am

Very pretty and great music - I would have liked to have seen where this was going!

Casevse says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 10:16am

Perfect atmosphere, the pixel art rules! Shame that it's very short.

P.S. I read your blog posts about this jam, good stuff. Saludos!

rodobodolfo says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 7:30am

Lovely low res artwork with a great style. The memory puzzles have potential, I even screwed up a few times on the final one as my memory is rubbish. Very intriguing. Keep it up!

Deive_Ex says ...
Sep 11, 2016 @ 4:27pm

Well, it was very short, so I can't really say much... The art style is kinda nice and the "story" got me curious (mostly because of the name of the game).

Sep 13, 2016 @ 1:45am

I was surprised on the duration of the game, the art style was amazing and that "Simon Says" type of gameplay was fun.

WERT Studio says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 1:12pm

neat pixel art and this twist with simon as the old technology

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