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

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Call of the Ancients

by fenwick - Competition Entry

Call of the Ancients is a very fun, gameplay-rich browser game.


Update 2016-08-28 2:30 CST: fixed some text alignment and scrolling issues in IE and Firefox.

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kadexus says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:20pm

This is extremely creative. By the way, everyone should call the number and actually go through the process - considering that's the majority of the 'game' :)

Very very cool and clever idea, LOVED it.

Ghen says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:31pm

hey, i got runtime error 18652 when try to click it, the main menu works just fine

fenwick says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:47pm

Hey Ghen, please call the support number with the you error code and we can sort it out :)

fitret says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 6:57pm

Really really interesting, but I got stuck after "setparam". Is there more to it?

fenwick says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:07pm

@Fitret using setparam correctly is the last step to making the game "beatable", it should kick you out to the main page and then you should be able to beat it.

ReboundGames says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:16pm

Excellent, although for me the console scrolls back to the top every time it prints something out, which made it hard to read the messages at the end. Did not expect an ARG from ludum.

ReboundGames says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:16pm

Oh, the title is clever as well.

fitret says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 7:21pm

@fenwick Figured it out. Really liked this!

SetTheBet says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 8:10pm

Yeah well.. I'm not calling to the other side of the world. Sorry.

Swampie says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:19pm

I'm getting a runtime error on both Chrome and Firefox

NinjaNic says ...
Aug 28, 2016 @ 11:57pm

I keep getting an error as well, but I'd prefer not to call that number.

abhimonk says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:07am

Really cool idea. Never seen anything like this before. I couldn't figure out how to get the password for the login though.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 12:28am

Ok, that's an awesome idea.

Later on, I'd love to hear/read about your thoughts and process in putting this together.

You should check out an audio piece by Mark Wingate called "Welcome to Medicare!"

You can listen here:

swellbastion says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:04am

omg that was awesome. I'm like 44% sure that wasn't a live person

seurimas says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:06am

Clever and funny. Loved it, especially the notes and the angry messages.

xesenix says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:13am

Please call (844) 293-0481 with your error code
to chat with an associate.
Error code:

Multitudes22 says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 2:19am

That's certainly one of the unique "games" I've seen on here. While it may not have been a traditional game, I still had fun going through the process and calling the number, and fun is what we all do it for, right? :)

appleskin says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 3:59am

10/10 That was entertaining. Well executed "simulation" and convincing voice acting

smilewood says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 4:14am

Very unique! I was unable to follow through the entire treasure hunt of a game you have set up, as I don’t currently own a phone, but this IRL game is a fun idea.

Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:00am

That sounds like a great great idea. You should probably release a standalone at a later date to allow people who, like me, are not in the US to be able to experience the... experience.

I think Cardboard Computer did something similar with a free Kentucky Route Zero spin-off called (pun!) Here And There Along The Echo.

KevKevOnFire says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:44am

Ah geeze you got me. Blurring the line between joke and game here, but I laughed like a moron. So there, are you happy?

Lojchin says ...
Aug 29, 2016 @ 6:47am

It is a really creative and funny.

RIPPorkins says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:43am

Hahaha, pretty funny. Now how do I get past the 3-headed dragon in level 5?

dkdwrek says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:58am

This is fantastic! I loved the game, and can't wait to check out the code.

qzqxq says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:15am

This game was the best ludum dare game I've played so far.

8Keys Studios says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:59am

Wow, this was my favorite experience in a long time. Very inventive. It actually made me a little nervous in parts.

Raiyumi says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:07pm

Woah, this is really clever! :)

n42k says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:33am

If to progress the game I must make an actual call I can't do it as I don't live in the US.

kardfogu says ...
Sep 4, 2016 @ 6:04pm

Well, most people just can't call that number. It is quite dumb if you think about it, isn't it?
No, not clever at all.

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