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

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by kmitz - Jam Entry

At the dawn of Humanity, great thinkers were figuring out one of the biggest problem of their time: the wheel was born. Such injustice was unbearable for all the hard-working square wheels that brought some much to our hairy ancesters.

You, supporter of the square wheel, go and fight obsolescence by upgrading yourself to a super-powered mega-wheel! Justice will triumph!

Have fun!


All assets (sounds, music, artwork) are original and were made especially for this gorgeous LD36!

- LEFT and RIGHT arrow for directions
- SPACE to jump
- ENTER to restart


- add a proper end to the game
- adjust puzzle difficulty
- adjust wheel controls
- fix sound triggers


- Dev: @laudeam
- Artwork: @el1sed + Jean-Baptiste Dessaux
- Sound: @atefvinc + dritz
- Level design: Jean-Baptiste Dessaux

- added checkpoint system
- added intro scene
- added credits screen
- music v2 without the annoying "chirp effect"
- WaterWheel and item animations
- Fixed some cheats
- Increased platforms speed

Downloads and Links


steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:41am

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 ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

Diptoman says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:51am

Did you just make me feel bad about a square wheel? ;_; 11/10!

Seriously though, very nice atmosphere - it's well polished and pretty unique. Like you don't "roll", but you kinda-sorta-roll. :P

Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:11pm

Nicely done, I'm loving the art, music, and atmosphere of the game :D Finding the tools to and getting chiselled was neat, good job on the game!

xzippyzachx says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:13pm

The music was great and I love the art to!

squirrelbot says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:15pm

The goal is unclear, but the puzzles are interesting. I got to the gear, but didn't know where to go from there. I like the art style, though.

Hammers says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:19pm

Poor little guy :-(

The art is lovely and the music particularly is great, gives the game a nice melancholy atmosphere. I have to say I got a bit stuck once I'd found the chisel and become round, not really sure where to go next. But I might come back and have another go when I have some more time :)

DespiteSoft says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:36pm

Awesome game, music and graphics form a great atmosphere! Reminds me of Seiklus, although I played that game a long time ago.
A cogwheel that clicks right into dinosaur bones? Genius.
However, I did not get all the progressions. I was the cogwheel and came to a fire place (after you build the wood bridge). It looked like I could get the next update there, but I guess I was there too early or too late? I could not progress and did not find anything else.
Were there hints in the cave drawings? I could not decipher them.

cushycode says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:43pm

I quite like it! The emotional aspect got me the most, and when my creator refused to take me in after i changed myself to better fit his ideal i took a flying platform to the moon. Great experience!

pogo says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:47pm

Great atmosphere, good art.
The big open world was pretty, but it was a little too big to know where I should be going. I stumbled upon the upgrades by chance rather than strategy.

moudel says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:04pm

Very nice game !
Sadly I ended in a landfill ... Maybe there is a better ending ?
Music fits perfectly to the game, Thanks !

TagliatL says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:20pm

I like the mood of the game and the way we are connected to the square! I felt a little bit lost in the level design but it was cool!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Beautiful graphics and music! It reminds me a lot of Dustforce's aesthetic, which can only be a good thing!

As for things to improve, there was a painfully high chirping sound in my right headphone at a certain point in the square wheel's song, which took away a bit of the atmosphere. I also ended up needing to ride the elevator four times, so I'd probably appreciate if that was a little faster too.

None of this stopped me enjoying the game, though! This makes me wish the rating system was in place this LD, so I could give it full marks!

Findor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:00pm

Mm, interesting game! Really good piece of work!

HeliosStudio says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:05pm

I really enjoy the graphics, it looks really nice but I think it would be better if it was a little bit more challenging

henriquebach says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 2:27pm

love the art, but i wasn't able to complete the game, got stuck in an ascent.

PlasmaErnst says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:48pm

Woo! Super nice graphics and sounds (- except for some chirping sound-glitch now and then).
In some situations it was hard for me to tell if something is in the foreground or background.
The controls felt somewhat "vague".
Overall very pretty and atmospheric, cool!

Sep 1, 2016 @ 6:31pm

Very atmospheric game =) I like the art style and idea behind all these.

xirion11 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:00pm

Really good graphics, a clever use of the theme, I really liked the music and the huge world.

Great job!

oab says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 7:56am

Great graphics and music. :)

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