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

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by FaeLD - Competition Entry

An ancient obelisk has been discovered. Try and solve its secrets.

(Certain features are only playable after 10pm. You should be able to cheat it by changing your system time though)

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Hi_ImTemmy says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:01am

Interesting idea. Quite like the meta mechanic of being based on real time (makes playing it first thing in the morning though a bit hard!)

onyon says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:08am

Not sure what should I do, got all 3 of them stuck at the same textbox and got pretty confused. Can't really judge.

DiegoCTorguet says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:11am

I think it has some good intentions but I don't really know how I should play it.

TheMightySice says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:17am

Ok so the system time change worked, but I still failed to play the game. Maybe it's just me but besides changing some color, I couldn't figure out how to play.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:24am

Very cool concept. Great work.

asteryz says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:28am

Very cool idea, but I need more feedback to understand whether what i'm doing is leading anywhere. I'm sure there is more to it and maybe im stupid, but I couldn't find out the right approach and was just randomly changing colors.

FaeLD says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 10:39am

Seems to be a general consensus that it still needs a bit more feedback for the user, which is fair (the bottom square buttons on the obelisk are also pressable at certain intervals, which seems to not be easily noted).

@onyon - they have 5 dialogue each, so that's expected.
@asteryz - after changing a colour, wait for the yellow flash at the top, should be more feedback that you're doing something right.

Thanks everyone for trying it though :)

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:55pm

I managed to open up the obelisk after much effort. The guys were saying "WHATS HAPPENING??" or something along those lines. Then the game crashed. Much sad. I cried.
AMAZING game though. I congratulate you thoroughly on creating such a awesome mental challenge.

FaeLD says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:01pm

@peterthehe oh no, that's intentional - the runes on the obelisk and the ones you press pretty much state that it's a doomsday device and in 48 hours I couldn't think of a better way of representing that :p

Good job on opening it though!

peterthehe says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:18pm

Oh. In that case, THAT WAS ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS. Maybe throw in some Windows 95-esque critical dialogue boxes or some glitches (to make said crash seem more intentional?)

lonesurvivor says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:45pm

Great concept! I played around with it a bit and found out how parts of it work. And I know what to do i guess. But I couldn't find out how the buttons affect the runes. Maybe I will have another look at it later.
Anyway, very nice game!

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 7:43pm

Great Idea,,Good work

wrexialmt says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 9:09pm

I love this idea, really like the meta-time part of the game. The puzzle is fun, and yes I opened the damn thing. Good job, and I should've looked at the title screen more *hint for other players*.

Lojchin says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:31am

Interesting and good game!

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