Power is dwindling, but the games aren’t
The 39th Ludum Dare concluded recently, with over 2,300 games submitted that have some tie to the theme ‘running out of power’. You’ll find three of the best to the right, but I’m going to use this space to highlight another: The clever and gorgeous Ministryof Synthesis. In this puzzle-platformer, you have just an hour to think your way through an ancient reactor, which has only a smidge of backup power remaining after it suffered a serious meltdown. To open the thick bulkhead door in each room, you have to drag cables from one sound device to another, using your portable oscilloscope to ensure that the waveforms match and aural harmony is achieved. It’s a fairly tough system to get to grips with, but you’ll have an advantage if you’ve ever messed about in a music creation program.
There’s not a lot of time to escape this doomed reactor.