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

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Topeka Jones: Raider of the Lost Temple

by TeamKawaiiju - Jam Entry

Take on the role of the intrepid explorer, Topeka Jones, as he makes his way through a lost temple in search of the legendary idol. Solve the puzzles to proceed through the rooms and escape with the treasure!

WASD - Movement
Space - Jump
Shift - Run
Left Mouse - Pick up/use highlighted item

Jeff Wheaton - Coding/Set dressing
KC Simon & Sara Scherba - Modeling/texturing

*Fixed an issue where players could get into the xylophone's chamber while it was retracting into the ground
*The door following the idol room now closes after the player walks through it

Downloads and Links


omid says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:04am

Wow really cool idea. Not too difficult but requires some brain work. I like how the game really focuses on the theme and has cool graphics. Overall really cool game:]

Drumsmasher17 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:26am

Very cool visuals. Couldn't get past the xylophone bit though, but thats cuz I'm stupid

simple_blue says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:33am

Nice job on graphics and the ability to highlight objects and select them. Was not able to make it past xylophone, possibly provide a more feedback to the user for if they are on the right path.
Keep up the good work.
I am able to get into the xylophone by standing on the button and running, which breaks that aspect.

Mikhail says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:35am

Good game. I enjoyed it!

HawkSandwich says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:36am

Looks nice, has cool puzzles, it's great. The ending is a bit abrupt but of course that was due to lack of time. Hard to believe this was made in 3 days, great job :D

olkeencole says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:37am

Great graphics! I can't get enough of them. I always love 3D when it is done well. I'm super jealous! The picking up mechanic is great and really liking the puzzles. Only needs a crosshair I think. I will be coming back to this one for sure.

TeamKawaiiju says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:43am

@Drumsmasher17 and @simple_blue, the trick is reading the darker glyphs on the wall behind the xylophone. We were very concerned about this puzzle being too difficult when we were planning it.

@olkeencole Image effects are a beautiful thing. I didn't know they existed until this weekend, haha.


simple_blue says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:53am

@TeamKawaiiju I was thinking that, but I still had a hard time reading which ones were darking. One idea would be to make the order darker, remove the box around the first two, but then make glyphs not on the xylo darker, so the user would be able to figure out that you hit all the ones that are actually on the xlyo, versus having the ability to tell darkness. My apologies if too critical.

simple_blue says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:54am

@TeamKawaiiju The game seems very reliant on being able to tell darkness. Also for the switch room, possibly make it so the switch comes back up if it did not work.

irwatts says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:56am

I'm not sure if I'm too dumb or it's a bug, but I can't get past the first room. The xylophone can be a little difficult to highlight as well. The art looks pretty though, everything feels nice and I want to get to them coins!

TeamKawaiiju says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:51am

@simple_blue, thanks for the feedback! I may go back and look into making some adjustments.

steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:14am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! 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.

ccegeadamcc says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:31am

Great game, great graphics :D

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:05pm

Very Nice i love your Game Good Works )=

chipcaramel says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:35pm

A great game overall!

holgk says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:53pm

Wow realy good game. Well done!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:33pm

Great graphics and atmosphere, amazing work so far! I agree that the xylophone puzzle was a tad too hard for so early into the game!

djfariel says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:04am


This was fantastic. A few things.
First, xylophone room can be ran in to from the start, which traps the player below and forces a quit. Can be fixed by increasing distance.
Second, the urn room was really hard not because of the puzzle itself, but because the four urns were not in a line. This, coupled with the fact that the walls had the same pattern, made it very confusing as to what EXACTLY I was doing. I eventually figured it out, though.
Third, grabbing an urn and jumping on top of it lets you fly. This means you can get out of the level during the "final run."
Lastly, I had no idea what the scary magic zodiac symbols were so I just jumped over them and carried on.

Awesome job all around. I'm impressed. :)

Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:11am

really fun game. loved the puzzles.

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