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Ranked from 2 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.
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A very intriguing attempt to subvert the roguelike genre! I really enjoyed the variety of neat reasons provided for the unusual transactions.
Completeness: Solid and stable
Aesthetics: An interesting thing to judge. The "bad" UI is part of the charm of this sort of work-game. My complaint here may be it wasn't taken far enough - the g-codes allows highlighting, but I was looking for weird meta-g-codes to allow flagging, or to allow teleporting to other lines via search (to avoid grid bugs) or what not. This could make it suddenly a multi-dimensional game of how to flag what you see with fewest commands. Currently it is very one-dimensional as you have the solitary axis of movement.
Fun: Unfortunately, the game is balanced way too easily. The bad transactions are obvious. Too much time is available to complete it. While the elbereth/grid bug interaction is interesting, you don't require it to finish the game.
Innovation: Very cool departure from the norm; but holds back enough to let us still see the roguelike source. I like the whole idea that the current line is "me", but I'm also the operator...
Scope: Very limited set. I would have loved to have more RNG in the items to make it harder to tell correct from fake, and more g-codes.
Roguelikeness: Lack of 2d motion really prevents it from being a true roguelike disguised as a ledger. The grid bugs, though, bring it from the abyss of non-roguelike into a roguelike world by causing the spreadsheet to suddenly become a 2d cave complex....
No idea how this can relate to roguelikes. Even looking at it as a game not related to roguelikes - no idea how I'm supposed to make assumptions about some items... There is not enough information! Well, I can just memorize... But then there are only 3 levels. This game leaves "Uh? What was that?" feeling...
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