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When the world had stopped and everything became alien, one researcher stumbled upon a cave that lead him to the center of the world. There he found a machine...




Get the game on itch.io. Windows, Linux and Mac versions

I won't go into the details about the gameplay - just play the game, if you're into DROD or The Witness or puzzle hunts the chances are you'll like it. It's pretty short, about 65 levels and revolves around working out the rules of things and applying them.

The game was made in a week thanks to those people and websites:

- Aleksander Kowalczyk - Made (almost) all the art in the game
- Jakub "AceMan" Szeląg - Made the atmospheric music
- Alex Diener - Provided the voice overs
- http://freesound.org/ and http://www.freesfx.co.uk provided the sound effects
- Maurycy Zarzycki - Programming, game design, puzzles, story

And an important thing! The game was made in a week for the MonoGameJam. If you have some spare time check out the entries and vote for the one you like the most (or rate each game separately, I honestly have o idea how the voting will look like).

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There's more than a few knots in that difficulty curve.

I had to guess the answer to the first 30-symbol puzzle because the answer I calculated was twice the number of symbols you're allowed to enter.

And the next puzzle introduced the "obviously modern" symbol, and I have absolutely no idea what it could be.

And I guess there's no way to save or even tell how many more puzzles there are to do?

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Oh good, so I wasn't the only one getting a 15 there. Calling the symbol obviously modern didn't help me, but the symbol itself ended up being reasonably interpretable in its design.

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There's more than a few knots in that difficulty curve.


There are, although considering the constraints of the jam and the feedback I've got so far I am still happy with the result.

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I had to guess the answer to the first 30-symbol puzzle because the answer I calculated was twice the number of symbols you're allowed to enter.


A lot of people has tripped on so there certainly is something the game doesn't adequately teach. Rule spoilers in the secret tag.
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And the next puzzle introduced the "obviously modern" symbol, and I have absolutely no idea what it could be.


It's "painfully modern" :). Some spoilers about why it says that but I am not giving an explanation what it does:
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And I guess there's no way to save

It auto saves. Honestly I am surprised that anyone has asked about it because I figured auto saving of some kind has been in almost every game and decent software in the past 10 years or so, but I guess they also often have a mark indicating an auto save has happened so I should've added an information about it.

Add it to the bucket of the things I couldn't really do because of the time constraints of a game jam, mostly any kind of QA :).

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or even tell how many more puzzles there are to do?

That's a subjective thing but I prefer the sense of mystery!

Thanks for the feedback! Perhaps there is a point after all in making a "deluxe" version or a tiny sequel in the future where I'll have time to iron out all those things.

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Just played through the game. A nice little puzzle, and definitely worth expanding on. Some more detailed thoughts (with a lot of spoilers):

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Just played through the game. A nice little puzzle, and definitely worth expanding on. Some more detailed thoughts (with a lot of spoilers)


Thanks for the feedback! It shows just how much a game like this needs testing from various people and, possibly, much more time to think things through :). (also insert something about striking balance between catering to people who are quick to figure things like that out and people who need more repetition).

So originally this puzzle type was supposed to feature in This and That (did I ever mention that?) but I decided to not do it, and one of the ways to handle this problem that I was considering was to make the level layout two-dimensional, so to speak. That is, each column would be a new rule, and each cell in that column would reiterate the same mechanic in different situation, possibly dividing it into sections like "Basic", "Advanced" and "Edge cases".

So the level layout would look like this


 Digits | Multiply | Divide
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    1   |    2*3   |  etc.  
   11   |    1*3   |        
   1 1  |    3*3   |        
    2   |   2*2*2  |        
    3   |   11*1   |        
        |    1*11  |        
       


So you can go vertically down and keep learning the rules for one glyph, or go back to the top and do an exam that unlocks the next column (glyph). Or even more complex, where at first you have columns and a column is divided into rows, and each row is a separate interaction with the introduced glyph, and each cell in that row is another puzzle with the same rule just to give you more "space" to learn the rules.




On a side note, it seems Machine at the Heart of the World has won the jam! I've written on my site about Machine, inspirations and the jam.

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I wrote a blog post about the process of making Machine at the Heart of the World and some critical analysis of the design from my POV.

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One solitary question.
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There is only one ending :)

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