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A jam submission

Sentient Beings (TALP)View game page

Hunt for sentient life on another planet
Submitted by Grizel (@TristinGrizel) — 1 day, 1 hour before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Cheatsheet (optional)#14.2864.286
Graphics (optional)#24.7144.714

Ranked from 14 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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As someone who studied mycology in grad school, doing a project collecting mushroom specimens from grasslands, I really appreciated this game =) I also appreciated that when trying to pick or take some things there was a note that it might disturb the ecosystem. Overall the game is really well executed: the art is beautiful, the variety of music/sfx fits nicely, the required verbs and nouns are clear. It was also fairly long, with lots of different puzzles, so that's quite impressive for a jam submission (especially since this was your second!).

A couple little things you might edit: After I got the power back on, I missed part of the message (seemed like it was missing a "press any key" to hold the message until after I read it). Also I would add "DEPOSIT" specimens as another synonym alternative to "DROP". In scientific writing I am used to seeing "the dried mushroom specimens were deposited at xyz herbarium".


Story is very simple, but the concept of collecting new life is very fun. Took me a while to find the last specimen, but the cheat sheet was super helpful. The electrical panel puzzle was a little challenging (maybe too much so for a young kid), but I found it really enjoyable. I never felt like the puzzles were unfair - they always rewarded a little time and thought. Art is very cute as well


Thank you so much!

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Wonderful game. Smart puzzles, great graphics, luscious storytelling. Very funny!

The code to put the system back online is the one that I found the most complex, but very intelligent in its approach.


Loved this game. Super chill, attractive environment, really fun and challenging puzzles. The launch code challenge was a tough one, but so worth it.

Awesome! This one will be remembered.

I’m having trouble with the launch code, any hints?


Completed. I found the answer in the Walkthrough.
Great game, thanks.


Thank you for playing it! 

It says it has no specimens when in fact it has two. This looks like a bug, but I’m not sure I can reproduce it! I had to type INSERT SPECIMEN and they all went back to their respective places. I went back to get them and came back to the bug. I guess that’s what I did…

Developer (1 edit)

Good to know, thank you :) The specimens are supposed to be dropped in the collection box. 

Edit: oops, I responded before I saw your other comments! But I will be fixing this :)


I absolutely LOVED the atmosphere in this game.  No peril, no stress, just a lovely experience of wandering around a beautiful environment with gorgeous chilled music, collecting shiny things.  Exactly my favourite kind of game.

A few quick comments (spoilers):

After getting the specimen out of the burrow, I couldn't pick it up until night had fallen - is this a bug?

If you fill the nocturnal enclosures before the diurnal ones, and examine the full nocturnal enclosures, it says 'All of the enclosures are full!  Once the nocturnal enclosures are full, our mission will be complete!' when the nocturnal enclosures are already full.  Should it say 'diurnal' there?

(After I subsequently filled the diurnal ones, it still said the same thing, even though the nocturnal ones were full.)

The only thing I was flummoxed by was the launch code. I hadn't noticed that there were numbers that corresponded to the map areas, and by the time I had to enter the code I had already secured the robot and couldn't go back outside to check the areas!  Is it possible to un-secure the robot or to see the map from the launch manual at all?

Overall, a really great, polished game.  A pleasure to play.

Developer (1 edit) (+2)

Very helpful feedback, thank you!! Totally didn't think about not being able to see the area numbers after securing the robot 🤦‍♀️😁 Will fix these things tonight 😊
Edit: Fixed... Thank you again, and I'm so glad you enjoyed playing it!