Ludum Dare 41: Binary Blocks

“Binary Blocks” by Antti Haavikko.

“[M]ainly a game about building binary trees to do one’s bidding. But there is a second “game” hidden in plain sight but it is only for block haters evil people.”

In this neat jam entry you have to build a specific binary tree to collect all the stars in a level. You control the structure of the tree by sorting the blocks in the stack on the left side. The lowest block will be placed in the middle, afterwards it will grow under specific rules: When the next block has a higher value, it will go to the right side, if the block has a lower value, it will go to the left. How the whole gameplay evolves after that, you can find out in our gameplay video or by playing the game for yourself. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang out of it quickly.

In some ways, “Binary Blocks” reminded me of the wonderful puzzle game “World of Goo”. Both games have an easily understandable, but difficultly to handle puzzle mechanic, which is based on the connecting of elements. Also, you can feel a special vibe in the whole game, an atmospherical touch so to speak. That isn’t just implemented with the help of the mysterious, calm background music, but also because of a similarity between the goos and the blocks: Both are cute to look at, but the game doesn’t really care at all about them. They are disposable. Whenever you fail to solve a level on the first try in “Binary Blocks”, you can simply give it a retry, but that means to destroy all the smiling blocks. Speaking of destruction: You may find another game in there, when you are a patient, bad person. Just remember, sometimes the beginning is already the end of something.  >>PLAY

Recommended by Sebastian Standke.