Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting ldjam.com working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Dawn Experiments

by Ekilibr - Jam Entry

It's a day like another. At dawn, the sun starts to rise up. 42, a tiny robot, awakes. It's time to get out now. Well, at least try to.


Dawn Experiments is a puzzle game in which the simple goal is to go out of the Room you're locked in.
Solving puzzles will always bring exit forward, but you may to use 42 as a piece of the puzzles, or even unsolve some of them to be able to solve some others.


Controls :
- Arrow keys to move
- Space Bar to interact with objects


Credits :
Mathieu Clavel - Game Design / Art
Louis Denizet - Game Design / Programming
Arthur Dos Santos - Sound Design / Music (artist name : Cinetiq)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness74%
#47Overall(Jam)4.05
#81Audio(Jam)3.89
#100Mood(Jam)3.92
#126Fun(Jam)3.74
#218Innovation(Jam)3.55
#264Theme(Jam)3.87
#297Graphics(Jam)3.84

Comments

Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:57pm

wow! What a great entry! Why doesn't it have more comments?
Fantastic atmosphere, groegeous art and affects, clever puzzles and really great sound design. I also loved the use of lighting and how it brings in the connection to the name of your game.
Great job!

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:55pm

Thanks a lot for the feedback! Glad that you liked it!
We haven't voted yet for entries, as we had to go back to work as soon as we published the game...That could explain the lack of comments for now :)
But for sure we'll do it (starting tomorrow at noon!).

MrErdalUral says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:56am

Sokoban with lazers! I love it!

reheated says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:24pm

Innovation: Definitely original gameplay, even though there are similarities to other block-pushing style games.
Fun: Great! I was frequently kicking myself when I realised the right thing to do (after doing something dumb). It's not very hard - actually the difficulty is just nice.
Theme: I think it's an excellent take on the theme, the way the puzzle builds up over time.
Graphics: Excellent.
Audio: Very excellent!
Humor: N/A?
Mood: Great, especially thanks to the sound.
Overall: A very enjoyable experience both thanks to the gameplay and the presentation. Just the sort of game I like, so thanks!! I feel relaxed after playing it.

Avon says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:32pm

Great entry. Love the cute sound effects the robot makes, the music is very atmospheric, and the art is beautiful.

The puzzle is fun to solve as well, though I think I broke it the first time, on the last puzzle the upper door on the right stopped working, and I found no solution but to restart.

Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:34pm

Interesting puzzle with neat graphics

Drkr says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:45pm

Took me a while to understand the puzzles and figure out what I was trying to do but once I got it, it was fantastic having all the symbols light up. Only thing that annoyed me a little was it felt too slow dragging the blocks around. Really great game, congrats guys, and big props for the art and sound too.

#gmdsgn says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:37pm

Nice logic puzzle !

Swingularity says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 2:15pm

Very nice game with a simple mechanic that's well executed. Nice audio and mood :)

wowa_u says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 2:29pm

A very nice puzzle game! Not to easy and not to hard, i had fun :)

Khaoz_Fang says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 3:58pm

stuck on lv 5. The graphics and audio are really beautiful

phoenix1987 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:23pm

That was an incredible game. You and your team did an absolutely fantastic job. This is one of the best games I've played in a while and I hope you pursue this as full game. Once again well done 5/5

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 5:50am

Hello there! First of all, thank you guys for all your feedbacks. We're glad to see that you enjoyed it (really)!

@Khaoz Fang, please do not hesitate to watch the YouTube video, in which you'll find the solution for each symbol.

@Avon, I'm curious about the breaker you found in the game. If you ever have any screenshot of the situation, we'd be very happy to look at it.

@Drkr, we wanted to give some weight to the blocks, in order to make the pace of puzzles a bit slower, more on the peaceful reflexion side. Maybe we pushed it a bit too far...! Thanks for the feedback :)

Almax27 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:58pm

That was excellent! A not too difficult but very satisfying puzzle :)

liquidmedia says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:56pm

Good game, just a bit slow on the movement for me. cool puzzles, I need more time to play all of it, thanks

iamkraya says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:35am

This is a great entry, the puzzles are well designed. Good job - Joey

Diplodino says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 4:06pm

Really nice game guys ! Puzzles are clever, graphism, music and soudn design make a really neat atmosphere. 42 is really cute, I love the sound it does when you hit space bar and the little antenna to grab cubes. Well done, thank you for the game :)

Meta-link says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:09pm

Great puzzle game ! The core mechanics is working very well, the art and the music are really neat !

Goob job guys :)

Quetzakol says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 8:18pm

I did not manage to finish the puzzle. But except that... amazing ! The atmosphere is perfect : the graphics, the sounds and the music are all great and create such a unique sensation ! Congratulations !

BoltKey says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 12:14am

Wow, great all the way. Best puzzle I played this LD. Very good difficulty scale.

Pierrec says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 2:49pm

Really nice puzzle. There's nothing really new here, but the only fact to set the whole puzzle in a single room makes it great. Plus I didn't feel the need of any tutorial and understood everything by myself, which means the design is top-notch! I finished it and really enjoyed it

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 3:03pm

Hello guys! Thanks a lot for the great feedbacks!
Balancing the difficulty was one of our biggest challenges during this LD (previous LD game was far too difficult), so we're glad most of you felt we placed the cursor at the right spot :)

@Pierrec, special thanks for the comment about the design, meaning big from l'Oujevipo-guy ;)

SmokeNMirrors says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 3:20am

I was looking forward to trying this out, but the .exe doesn't do anything when I run it :( :( :(

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 10:36am

@Smokenmirrors, could you try to download it again ? Then extract the eqqxe from the rar archive and launch it directly from your computer.
I just tried to redownload it and didn't had the issue (nor other players it seems)

Miziziziz says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 10:27pm

Hey avast is blocking this file when I try to run it

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 11:14pm

You may want to ignore the warnings of your antivirus. It's an exe file that is not verified as it's a custom executable (like others submissions I guess?)

Maffew says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 1:25am

Clever puzzle game, nice sound and art, well done

aeveis says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:00am

solid entry! I think perhaps some feedback with the dotted boxes (perhaps collision effects if you try and drag boxes through them) just to make it more clear only you can walk over them. Other than that though, I liked the puzzles and the ending.

mirta000 says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:10am

didn't get very far in, but it's a very cool entry. Took me a while to figure out that you press space to hook to objects and not necessarily push them.

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