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: “Runnink out of Space” is pretty difficult, especially if you are not a native English speaker. Therefore, it was impossible for me to solve a specific puzzle without looking at the makers’ walkthrough. However, the puzzle design is absolutely brilliant and I have never seen anything like that before, as you will find a curious combination of a word puzzle game and a special kind of metroidvania here.

You have to make your way through a maze, facing different tasks and riddles in each room. To solve them, you must either type in a word or drag one, that already exists in your inventory, into the proper text field. As you will only very rarely have the correct solution already, you must transform the words you have collected so far to get another one.

In some of the rooms you will meet characters or machines who can assist you at that. Each of their word transformation types is unique in “Runnink out of Space”. For instance, in one room you can flip a word completely, letting the word “slip” be transformed into “pils”, while in another room you can chop off the first letter of a word, which lets “slip” become “lip”. These are just two examples, of course, as this game has a lot more in store for you. All in all, this jam submission is a very innovative, challenging puzzle game, of which I am still amazed. >>PLAY