Ludum Dare 42: Runnink out of Space

“Runnink out of Space” by Aurel Bílý & Marwane Kalam-Alami.

“The gameplay consists of exploring rooms, answering riddles, and transforming words, while managing a growing inventory of known world and words.”

I will not lie: This word puzzle game is pretty hard, especially if you’re not a native English speaker. Therefore, it was impossible for me to solve a specific puzzle without looking at the makers’ walkthrough. So why am I recommending this game when I find it so difficult? The answer is simply that the puzzle design is absolutely brilliant. I’ve never seen anything like that before, and that’s why I was able to safely ignore the slightly frustrating moments.

“Runnink out of Space” is a curious mix of a word puzzle game and a special kind of metroidvania. You have to make your way through a maze and there you get different tasks and riddles. To solve them, you must either type in a word (this is possible in rooms that have a green interaction icon) or you must have the word already in your inventory to drag it into the text (this is required in rooms with a yellow / orange interaction icon). Only very rarely, however, will you simply find the word you are looking for. Instead, you must transform the words you have already found to get another one!

To do that, you have to head to the rooms that show a blue interaction icon. There are people or machines to assist you. Each of their word transformation type is unique in the game. For example, in one room you can flip a word completely (the word ‘slip’ would then become ‘pils’), while in another room you can chop off the first letter of a word (so ‘slip’ would then become ‘lip’). These are just two examples, of course – the game itself has a lot more in store for you! All in all, that’s a very innovative puzzle game and I’m still amazed. Try it out! >>PLAY