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

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Free Afternoon

by axoona - Jam Entry

do you still remember floppy discs, dial phones , walkmans...
you have a free afternoon and you just want to play your video game

free afternoon is just what you need to deal with ancient technology

music, graphics, design and developpment by axoona
game made with FlashDevelop (Actionscript), GIMP, LMMS, Audacity & Ivona Software

post-jam version is basically the walkman level improved visually + medals

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steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:46am

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.

novotmike says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:10pm

Fun little game with nice use of the theme. I really enjoyer dialing the phone!! The music in the menu was a bit "strong" for me, but otherwise great game.
Love the graphics style too.

holgk says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:27pm

Oh nice game. I had some flashbacks about this pile of floppy discs you needed for a game. Nice interpretation of the topic.

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

Functionally different and unique to most other LD36 entries. I think that using the dial phone created the right balance of fun and frustration, and I was curious to look around it.
The description and in-game dialogue implied that there would be walkmans in the game, but I was unable to get there, it may have been my ineptitude, but I thought I checked every option.

jackyjjc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:45pm

damn it these old techs, they are so frustrating to use and why the instruction was not correct (flip table)...haha I love your game it was funny and the atmosphere was great. It did cause me annoyance i guess that was the point of the game :p Love the ending, more table flip. Well done! The graphics was great and the puzzles was interesting. There were issues with the 'continue' feature though. For example when I was on the phone, if i exit and continue, the phone state was wrong I think.

sorceress says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:47pm

Nice experience, albeit a little buggy with the telephone. Is the game music available on audio cassette? :D

kuro says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:06pm

Is there anything else beyond dialing and listening to all options? I wasn't able to get anywhere, and got quite nervous waiting for numbers to dial after a while...

kyyninen says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:54pm

I do have a free afternoon. Menu music was indeed way too loud compared to the rest of the game. I had a good time as long as it lasted, but minor gripe: I'm almost certain that this kind of attendant system doesn't work with rotary phones.

DrZanuff says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:53pm

I Liked the game. But the old phone part was just too much boring and slow, and I think this is the purpose of the game, to show how was the technology back then, and we were all used to it. Nice man!

axoona says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:59pm

thank you all for your comments!
@blueLama and @kuro to advance after the phone part you need to hand up the receiver after you learn the solution to your installation problem. I have added a hint in the game for this part because it probably wasn't clear.
I have also turned down the volume of main song.
@sorceress the game soundtrack is available on a cassette in-game. but I still have an old casette recorder I could record it for real! ;)
@kyyninen yes you are certainly right, it wouldn't work! but then there would be no game :D

axoona says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:21am

sorry @BlueLlama I misspelled your name in my previous comment:
to advance after the phone part you need to hang up the receiver after you learn the solution to your installation problem. I have added a hint in the game for this part because it probably wasn't clear.

Bellatrion says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 7:04am

Nice game ! I really liked the interactions with every screen. Good balance between frustration and humor :)

Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:19pm

It's an interesting sequence of mini-games =) Good execution of the theme, I remember all these technologies, and it made me smile to do all this stuff again. Good job! )

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

Great interpretation of the theme. I cant really say that the game was fun (that probably wasnt your goal) but it certainly lets me appreciate the convenience provided by todays tech. It was a really nice gimmick to include the soundtrack and it would have been really awesome if the game you try to play is actually a low-fi version of the game itself. or maybe this would have been a bad idea but I found the current ending to be quite anticlimatic. Still a really nice game

Druid says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 11:07pm

I really can't say too much about this game :D Not because is bad, but because i thought it will be about pc and floppy disk but there was pretty funny plot twist so, enjoy it yourself!


My english is not that great but still. I enjoyed this game. But i did not played it for too long because i did not have free afternoon :D

rjhelms says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:13am

Love the music! I like how this is different from a lot of the other games that take the retro-computing approach to the theme, by showing how things were often a pain in the butt back in the day rather than being a pure nostalgia trip.

David Cookie says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 11:50am

More an experience than a game, but I think you made the good choice. Showing how frustratring were all these "new" technologies back then with a simple screen of each device and realistic interactions.
Really not that simple to do cause of all the graphics and sounds that this type of project implies! But you manage it really well, and the music adds even more to the frustration. A pretty nice take on the theme, well done!

Togimaro says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 12:57pm

Ahah funny :D
I have recently bought an Amiga 500 and I understand the problem xD
Good idea!

MacDocBros says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:28pm

I enjoyed sound of this game the most, but it's a good game overall :)

JK5000 says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 8:00am

This is fun little adventure game. The story is great, and the music fits the game very well, but the puzzles is a bit too easy. Overall a great game. Well done.

Boberro says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 8:19am

Did people really call those support lines? Somehow I never did, and I don't remember anybody calling them either, but maybe that was the perk of living in area getting them games with slight delay (walkthroughs were already in magazines before you could get the game).

WERT Studio says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 2:46pm

The Telephone is not possible to get through but i can see what you did there neat

Sep 6, 2016 @ 9:15pm

Nice graphics! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

sararyCow says ...
Sep 8, 2016 @ 3:05am

Good entry, it realy brings the mood of a well spent free afternoon :D.

The ending is pretty realistic xD.

Conk says ...
Sep 13, 2016 @ 5:53pm

Nice use of theme, was hoping for a retro game at the end (unless I failed?) But I guess that would've been pushing it for time ;P

Good graphics too, nice and consistent (:

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