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A jam submission

Wisdom of the AncientsView game page

Submitted by meatpudding — 1 hour, 5 minutes before the deadline
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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
xkcd-ness (how well it matches/interprets the comic)#523.4743.474

Ranked from 19 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Link to xkcd comic / 'what if' article the game is based on

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Various xkcd mashups

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Feels really incomplete due to all the missing areas.
I feel that searching the world in the search of an answer somehow left by a previous programmer is a good analogy to the state of mind that is described in the comic. Quit good on that front.


Not sure what to do, as the controls seem a little weird - one moment you're flying a plane and the next moment you're teleported back to your home. I like the sunset view from the plane though.


Feel like this game could be really interesting given a bit of work. As it stands, it's a bit hard to feel like I'm really doing anything. The plane bit was kinda long, and it seemed like you were supposed to dodge birds, but there wasn't much of a penalty for doing so.  I do quite like the part still at the house where you could look around and look at stuff, even if you couldn't really do anything with them.

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This one is . . . interesting.  I like the idea of searching the world for a solution, but this game doesn't execute it very well.  I get in the plane with no idea where I'm going or why--and somehow I find a line of code on a mountain and then head back to my house?  And apparently that's it, since when I go back to my room I thank denvercoder09, so . . . yeah?  There's not even a proper ending that I could find, the game just kinda stops and you can do everything again if you want.

Like @enoua5 said, I can walk out of all the boundaries and into the void.  Which is somewhat distracting from the game's main goal.  The jokes scattered around the house are kind of funny.  But the game is both too obtuse and too simple for me to really like.  Though I like the running animation.

Over all, this game is ok.  Thanks for making it.


I like the idea of this; It's a good interpretation of the comic
Some issues I came across:

  1. I can just walk past the boundaries of the room and just.. keep going off into the void
  2. Sometimes the text gets unreadable as its draw over other black lines
  3. I have no idea what to do in the plane. I just keep flying with no way to stop.