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A jam submission


Discover a hacker within the Lawerence Berkley Labs network in this historical terminal adventure game.
Submitted by Underflow Studios (@UnderflowStudio) — 1 day, 16 hours before the deadline
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Linux compatibility#124.0004.000

Ranked from 4 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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While pretty short, this is a pretty good sandbox for exploring this type of system.  As you said during development, you needed to strike a balance between historical realism and freedom to explore, and going in blind I did find myself just wandering around trying things, which I really liked.  I'd imagine playing a more fleshed-out version of this game would be really fun.

The only suggestion I'd give is that I think it might work better as a unix-only game: I could imagine that one could set up a sandboxed shell environment with an entire filesystem to explore, and then you would be able to take advantage of commands that are already implemented by the user's operating system (ls, cat, grep, man, etc.), as well as shell features like tab completion (yeah, probably not historically accurate) and history.  In particular, the ability to "ls -R" during the time when I was pretty lost at the second part would have been nice, as would a more fleshed-out manual system (explaining where log files are, for example).  The fact that history was preserved between different servers, and didn't care about which user I was logged in as, was also confusing (...and also having the ability to log in as different people was pretty funny).


I really like the concept here, and in general, the interface is what it needed to be.

I felt like there wasn't enough differentiation between in-fiction terminal output and narration in one or two places.

It would have been nice to have access to the man command as a way of giving more in-fiction actions to do and a way of giving information on commands that fits with the BSD environment. Similarly, it would have been fun to have more files in the various machines' filesystems to explore and sift through while finding the right path forward.

It's always great to see a project with sources. If you continue work on this, I'd love to play more.