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

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Legend of ZOL - Lightbringer

by Nervous Composers - Jam Entry

The Nervous Composer (b. 2011)
Legend of ZOL - Lightbringer
Book, cup, phone, pencil and figurines on wooden table top
1280 x 720 pixels
Courtesy of Ludum Dare 36

In our entry, we present the 'Gamebook', a piece of ancient scripture / technology that hasn't left the shelf in over twenty years.

This piece is known as the 'Lightbringer', Book 1 in the Legend of Zol series.
It's the beginning of a Gamebook epic similar in style to Lone Wolf, another series popular during the 90s.

We hope you will enjoy this piece, and maybe be wowed by the *AMAZING* art and writing.

Credits for BGM from Kevin Macleod:
'Hidden Agenda'
'Simple Music to Frighten Small Children By'

Downloads and Links


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

Interesting concept! Wish it was much longer though, the humour is great and would love to play more of this!

holgk says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:00pm

Wow fantastic game. The mechanics are simple but they are working. The animation of the flipping page is realy great. Nice art style. You did a realy good job.

frix360 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:28pm

That is a very fun game. :D Nice idea and visuals. Good job.

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

Nice concept. I like it. Very good visual presentation.

Geruhn says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:50pm

Nice graphics and I like the background track.

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

Really nice game, I loved the choose your own adventure style! The humor and music were on point too :D

AWOL says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:02pm

This was different. It's really nice and the music was perfect.

mvasko2 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:03pm

Haha, this game spawned a big smile in my face :D
I loved everything, the concept, the music, the incredibly funny story and the way it was interconnected...

Excellent work! Would play more of this.

DiegoCTorguet says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:09pm

This may be one of the best games that give importance to the sense of humor. Good job!
Kevin Mcleod is always a reliable musician too.

Xakkar says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Nice and interesting game)

Amine Tcherak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:28pm

Realy cool game good job

Kazik_210 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:46pm

interesting idea and nice drawings == good game :D

mathiasj says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 4:52pm

I love this game! First of all, let me say that the music realy stands out and is awesome. I could listen to it all day!
The writing is incredible and story keeps you interested. I just have to try all of the available options to see what's gonna happen!
Oh and you got me with Mom's Spaghetti :D

Jadernak says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 5:10pm

Absolutely loved it, tried to see all the outcomes. The recursion was very well done, thumbs up.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:22pm

Cool game with nice art and music! Would be cool if the adventures at first option (30 and 2) would've intertvened later on in the game.

Is there any ending that ends happily without me dying nor being called a coward? I couldn't find any other kind of ending at least.

Skully says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Laughed out loud a few times, loved it. And it looks great too - even if the ring stain stressed me out. Love that you added in sounds for poking the things on the desk too haha.
Great job!

Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:23pm

The game is really funny I literally had a smile on my lips for the whole time playing. The art is the best I have seen so far this LudumDare and just the overall feel is great. A lot of choices which I liked and everytime I died I did so in a funny way at least. Could imagine the game to be successful as a mobile game with more content and maybe selling it for a dollar.

Findor says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Original idea! I like the humor of the game, art is pretty good, everything is simple and smooth. Well done!

metalhaze says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:25pm

I used to love the choose your own adventure goosebump books so this was like a breath of fresh air. I also quite enjoyed the humor and found myself laughing quite a bit. Good job!

TheLaw says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:31pm

Cool idea for choose-your-adventure game! ;)

Also good design. Your art creator had many pictures to draw :D

Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:37pm

Great art style and cool concept. Like it's a simple mechanic that you've made work really well. Loved everything but the music - got a bit repetitive.

PS My adventure does not sux :( But I went back and did another one because of that ending screen haha!

sudorossy says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:37pm

I really enjoyed this game, works really well with my touchscreen laptop! should consider to port on touch screen devices -itsandrea

Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:38pm

i like the humor and the graphics ont his one :) ;) Great work guys :) Im amased how well we can do under pressure :)

thenanox says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 8:57pm

really liked the humor in all the game :) congrats for the interesting concept.

Hero7785 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:25pm

Loved the humor and art work

colozz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 9:45pm

Your game is AWESOME!
It's the first game from LD36 I spent so much time on, good job!

gonutz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:15pm

Unfortunately I cannot run your 64 bit executable on my 32 bit system.
Still, the .exe seems to be the game and not an installer. I complement you for creating a single .exe file that is downloaded directly when clicking on the link. This is how it should be.

tmpxyz says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:38am

Ha, it's an interesting little adventure.

Findor says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:44pm

haha, it was fun :) Good graphic, and I like the music. I didn't win :(

kostik1337 says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 5:01am

Thank you for making this game, I really enjoyed it. For a second I thought that decisions on one route affect choices on another, but you stayed true to gamebook mechanic.

pixelpotions says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 4:39pm

I loved it and I love these adventure books! Awesome experience, I don't really get what's happening when unlocking the phone though? The art is beautiful and the music fits the book perfectly.

I fixed the bugs in my entry if you are interested to check it out.

Sep 4, 2016 @ 2:39pm

Such a great entry, always loved the old lone wolf series so was a nice reminder to play this. Really nice writing and art and the quick play through and restart meant I could keep trying to see the different endings. Has made me want to pull out my old pick a path books.

g12345 says ...
Sep 7, 2016 @ 8:05am

Loved it.

So many little touches, so many drawings, and so many funny things...

I feel like I should have made a book game like this too, and therefore you must be my doppelganger... "THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!"

Well, and I won the adventure. At least, on (one of) the "win" path you can still get a fun adventure with that note.

dollarone says ...
Sep 15, 2016 @ 10:51pm

Very clean and neat presentation, and fitting music. I got flashbacks to reading these books when I was young(er), and this was no less evil. Had me laughing :)

Would be cool to see a longer story, hope you guys continue the series!

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