The Telephone


  • Currently 4.4/5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Rating: 4.4/5 (177 votes)
| Comments (68) | Views (140)

The TelephoneHere's a stylish and unusual game, simply called The Telephone, created as a university project by Michael Clague. In it you embark on an adventure by dialing in destinations. The destinations are 3-digit telephone numbers that you find in each 'level' that take you to the next. Each destination is unique in its objective, sound, and interface. For example, one destination requires you to win a game of rock-paper-scissors 3-times to advance to the next. It's a very simple premise for a game; one that allows for a free-form expression of creativity and art: And it works.

Reader reviewThe following is a reader-submitted review by Yukito (6/09): The Telephone is a rather old and short point-and-click 'adventure'—somewhere in between an escape-the-room puzzle and a webtoy. It's rather hard to pigeonhole into a single category.

That being said, The Telephone, as short as it is, provides some unique and different puzzles. As with most interactive art pieces, discovering the rules oneself is the whole point of the game.

Beginning with nothing in front of you save an old rotary telephone, you are asked to call into hidden worlds, each world providing you with a new telephone number—a new world to call.

While some of the puzzles are easier (the right word might be "straightforward", as the easiest puzzle is also entirely luck based) than others, all of the are doable with a little clicking and a little patience.

The most interesting aspect is that, while the game has a linear progression, if one knows a number (or tries random ones) they can skip over worlds to a section they like, or do any of the worlds in any order.

The art itself is the best part of the game. From paper cutouts, to photographs, to brush paintings, each world has it's own unique style.

The Telephone may be short, but it is a nice little escape.

Play The Telephone

Walkthrough Guide


(Please allow page to fully load for spoiler tags to be functional.)

Thanks for your interest in AOOA, here is a list of the music I used or sampled in AOOA hope this answers your query!

Dial 580

(Garden of Eden)
Jackson Browne - I've Been Out Walking

Dial 164

(The hand of God)
Stiltskin - Inside

Dial 824

(stone, paper, scissors)
Harry Belafont - Mama Look At Bubu

Dial 920

( see no, speak no, hear no evil)
'Carmina Burana' - O Fortuna
Iron Maiden - The number of the beast

Dial 666

(The Clown)
Sigur Rós - Jósef Tekur Fimmuna Ì Vinnuna

Dial 217

(the piano)
Close encounters theme

Dial 314

(Fin)
Benny Goodman - Let's Dance

Cheers
Michael Clague

68 Comments

that was a neat game.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Excellent game, but sort of eaaasy. Fun nonetheless and great graphics.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
punky munky January 8, 2005 12:00 AM

yay! i beat it (easy though)

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Dudemom_2000 February 25, 2005 7:46 PM

Great Time Waster game! I enjoyed it very much. It was easy enough but very enjoyable to play.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

sort of creepy sometimes but still fun

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

i think im being real dumb but how do u get the number from the one with the piano thing

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

wow. I loved that. The atmosphere on every level was just gorgeous.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Christine April 10, 2005 5:20 PM

ThANKS! Good choice for a short little game!
I really enjoyed that brief break from my homework! But alas, time to get back to the drudge of Neuroanatomy.
Thanks again Jay!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Im really stuck on the part with the piano.. HELP.... its bugging me...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

The piano is easy...just play the same notes the piano does three times and the #s come up. Happy keyboarding!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Kamehameha_cuty May 25, 2005 5:08 PM

Really great game!! Nice and simple just like I like it. I need a simple game after all those point and click games where you need to find clues and solve puzzles escape (even though those were kinda fun too). My only complaint about The Telephone is that its too short. Other than that I loved it!!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Not a game, but an experience that everyone should try. Beautiful.
I have only just found this site, and this "game", along with Treasure Box, must be one of the most enjoyable times I have had on a computer.
Brilliant.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Well, SteveC, you're in for a treat, because there are many wonderful games here.

I'm glad you found it. =)

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

that was a very cute game. i loved it. so easy!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

i have no idea how to do the 2nd level...i dont get the jesus hand thing...how do u do it

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Shar-ever tried dragging something?

:]

haha Jay, yet another brilliant game : D

I loved it except for the Devil thing was scary haha

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Adeel Syed July 28, 2005 12:02 AM

Unbelievable.

Creative thinking.

That person's mind hasn't been ****ed up by alot of hardcore facts and school.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

For some reason on the piano level, i can only see the very tops of the numbers after i've played the piano and therefore can't move onto the next level! Someone help me out here.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Actually, i zoomed in and managed to get them... only to realise it was the end. Hahah how sad :(

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Minveital July 31, 2005 5:36 PM

on level two, there were only darkness, but then i move the mouse around...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hi,

I am goin ape s**t over here. How do you solve the one with the harp sounds and lights over the city. I just don't get it.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Has anyone figured out the 'Bonus Beat'?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
KumikoDee August 12, 2005 4:29 PM

hahaha... i actually really enjoyed that. it was something my head didn't hurt on and really cute, all at the same time. ^_^ Kudos!!!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

hello mr.jay ive wanted for the longest time to ask you what the name of the accoustic sounding song was on the first level with the crows?? what band is that or even better yet what is the name of that song...

thank you

great game by the way

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Thanks for your interest in AOOA, here is a list of the music I used or sampled in AOOA hope this answers your query!

Dial 580

(Garden of Eden)
Jackson Browne - I've Been Out Walking

Dial 164

(The hand of God)
Stiltskin - Inside

Dial 824

(stone, paper, scissors)
Harry Belafont - Mama Look At Bubu

Dial 920

( see no, speak no, hear no evil)
'Carmina Burana' - O Fortuna
Iron Maiden - The number of the beast

Dial 666

(The Clown)
Sigur Rós - Jósef Tekur Fimmuna Ì Vinnuna

Dial 217

(the piano)
Close encounters theme

Dial 314

(Fin)
Benny Goodman - Let's Dance

Cheers
Michael Clague

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Hehe. That was fun, AND a good time-waster. The music was great, too. I loved O Fortuna. XD I just wish that it was longer...and harder. XD Still, very fun.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

i loved this game. nice and easy although that devil man was scary -shudders-

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
amber rohrig December 13, 2005 12:48 PM

hey, I loved this game, I wish it was longer. if you make a new one email it to me

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

its a good game...buuut its a bit creepy at times....creeped me out...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I'm glad you-all thought it was easy! I am, I hate to admit, stuck on the first level. Love the music but cannot for the life of me figure out what the heck I am supposed to do. Anyone care to leave a hint? Please?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Ohhh. Okay, I'm really dumb. Now I get it. This is fun.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I feel stupid...I didn't realize you have to pick up the receiver...*sighs*...anyways, cool game!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

That was really well done...maybe it couldve been longer? I found that if you dial a wrong number, a message plays to you! Its nothing great..it just says its a wrong number but i still find it funny! A great game, well done.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Loved it. I really liked the imagination in this game and the graphics were nice too. There really need to be more games like this.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
JavaJunco March 8, 2006 9:23 PM

This is exquisite! Beautifully crafted. Short, but wonderful. Being able to play the piano was an unexpected treat! Thanks!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
3D Preacher April 28, 2006 7:31 AM

Wow this is a great game. Both creepy and... still. If you get what I mean.

You know what? I'm going to play it again.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

wow that was easy and I didn't remember what notes played on the piano but I found out all u have to do is shake the limb!!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Oh my God! Nico's These Days is playing on the first level! The first flash game that I can leave the volume up to (on some of these parts). Very happy i found this site this week. Thanks, Jay. I thought flash games were dead.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

666 would be too easy to guess lol

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

in the piano part, when you get the notes, the guy putted the introduction of Pagan Poetry - Bjork. did u notice?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Thanks Jay! It was great...I have found it as easy as life! ;) U know what I mean... Solution s simple if we know how to look from the right side!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
richard mitchell August 28, 2006 7:58 PM

nice, i liked it, clear and interesting, cheers

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

was great fun - bring on some more

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
PapaChabre September 6, 2006 9:47 PM

That was really neat. The only tough part was the piano. Had to sound it out because I missed the key strokes at the beginning.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I love trawling the archives of this site and finding little gems like this one.
The atmosphere of this game is so wonderfully eerie. I've never seen a telephone be put into that creepy context, but it really works. I've never seen a telephone look so frightening!
I just adored the combination of inteactivity and sounds, as soon as I finished it I had to play it again right away.

Although I think each and evey level are genius, I have to say I was most frightened on the first level when I took the apple from the tree the music stopped, all the birds died and someone is screaming in my ear! Argh!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

wierd little game!!!! v cute tho...i love this site by the way!!!!!!!!! x x x

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

This is the scariest thing i ever saw! Ahhhhhh help me mom. :0 im warning you dont do this. Satan is COMING!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

This is such an amazing game ... love the ambience, the music, the art ... but I was really unhappy when I finished it so quickly, because I liked it so much. I would love *any* more games by this guy! (Perhaps a proper room escape? He'd do an amazing job if it!)

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Absolutely delightful game. I echo the comments of others, wish it were longer. Lots of fun!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Technochocolate February 16, 2007 12:03 AM

How come every single really artistic point-and-click game ends so soon?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

stuck on level 2, don't know what to do next after I got the beautiful night view city and God's Hand, I think..??

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

who knows how to fingerpick the first song "these days" by jackson brown like that? I MUST KNOW!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
***N.J. E$HA*** Author Profile Page May 20, 2007 2:33 PM

Wow!!!!! It was a nice game. The only part that freaked me out was the devils and then the dead birds!!!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Candyholic Author Profile Page June 4, 2007 8:45 AM

Beautiful.
Absolutely beautiful game.
Too bad it was so short.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
Anonymous August 13, 2007 8:06 PM

on the second level you pull the hand down twords the city and the piano you play the same thing the piano played at the begining

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I hate this. I hate it for being so short. its awesome. why arn't there more 'games' like this? ones with no objective, just pure random fun and art? the internets is a cold, cruel place full of violence, youtube-esque commentry and newgrounds .-.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
slyfan548 October 16, 2007 6:31 PM

Wow...

The devil one was scary...

Also, At the end, I saw "Bonus Beat," what is it?

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

This game was a nice break time puzzle. A little easy, but pleasant all the same. Also, I don't see how the devil was scary.

P.S.:Bonus Beat is a music segment that could be played when clicked on if you choose to, slyfan548.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

Very nice! The artwork and music are terrific, and kept me drawn to see what was next. It would be nice to see it all pulled together into a story.

Thanks to Michael Clague for posting the additional info about the music.

Looking forward to more from you.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

definitly kid safe.

DEFINITLY CREAPY!!! O_O

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I never really found it creepy, except for two Places you could visit. The idea of a telephone that could temporarily send you to different little Places sounds clever and whimsical, though it was given an eerie atmosphere. This has been a favourite of mine, and I go back to play through it every so often.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

What a simple concept yet an awesome game.

Too short and bit easy but otherwise great.

I'm new on here and am just trolling the archives...

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

The clown scared me... I love the way the devil one built up. You could easily guess what that number would be, but it was worth going through all of it anyway.

Fun game, too short.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

This was the first game I ever played on JayIsGames! :D

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I remember this one! Lovely little game.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
maati.oriani October 31, 2010 5:38 PM

Super cool game, but its short and creepy. I mean, what's the goal? What's the meaning?! lol Don't let my crazy questions bother anybody. Like I said, super cool game!

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

I actually really loved the devil one, for the music.

Reminds me of Death Note. XDDD

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply
lycyfyrsam Author Profile Page August 21, 2012 3:34 AM

stunning stunning stunning stunning--but way way way way too short.

Score: 0 (0 votes) Vote up Vote down Report this comment Reply

^ Scroll Up | Homepage >

Leave a comment [top of page]

    Please consider creating a Casual Gameplay account if you're a regular visitor here, as it will allow us to create an even better experience for you. Sign-up here!
  • PLEASE UNDERSTAND SITE POLICIES BEFORE POSTING COMMENTS
  • You may use limited HTML tags for style:
    (a href, b, br/, strong, em, ul, ol, li, code, spoiler)
    HTML tags begin with a less-than sign: < and end with a greater-than sign: >. Always. No exceptions.
  • To post spoilers, please use spoiler tags: <spoiler> example </spoiler>
    If you need help understanding spoiler tags, read the spoiler help.
  • Please Preview your comment before posting, especially when using spoilers!
  • No link dropping, no domains as names; do not spam, and do not advertise! (rel="nofollow" in use)
On the Edge of Earth: 5000> Tricky On the Edge of Earth: 5000 is a sci-fi adventure game by Roope Tamminen, originally developed for the Ludum Dare 48 game jam under the theme of "Connected Worlds". In it, you play as an astronaut attempting to terraform a world, using a whole bunch of sciencey stuff he doesn't quite remember how to use. While enjoyment will on the player's tolerance for tinkering, On the Edge of Earth: 5000 is a charming experience that rewards experimentation.  ...
1,741 Views
3 Comments
Hero and Daughter> Dora Tongue firmly planted in cheek and, um, assets spilling out all over the place, this dungeoncrawling RPG translated by vgperson and created by Tachi follows Ralph, a hero busted back down to level one, as he summons powerful female companions to help defeat the Dark Lord.  ...
Aries Escape: Episode No.14> elle While browsing a new display at the fine arts museum one day, you wind up trapped inside a strange exhibition. The artwork here is quite puzzling—literally. To escape these rooms, to even find the door, you need to collect clues and useful items, then use them to solve a series of puzzles.  ...
1,622 Views
14 Comments
Button Escape 24> Dora There are eleven buttons you need to find and click in order to escape from this challenge by Tototo Room, but first you need to get in touch with nature to solve the puzzles in your way...  ...

Recent Comments

 

Display 5 more comments
Limit to the last 5 comments

Casual game of the week

9 Clues: The Ward

Your Favorite Games edit

add
Save links to your favorite games here. Use the Favorites editor.

Popular on JiG


The Room

Virtual Villagers: Origins

Submachine 9: The Temple

Surgeon Simulator 2013

The House 2

Papa's pastaria

Fireboy and Watergirl 4: The Crystal Temple

Fireboy and Watergirl 3: The Ice Temple

Moonchild

The Royal Trap

Loren the Amazon Princess

1931: Scheherazade at the Library of Pergamum

Magical Diary

Heileen Series

Visit our great partner: maxcdn!

Monthly Archives

Legal notice

All games mentioned or hosted and images appearing on JayIsGames are Copyright their respective owner(s).

All other content is Copyright ©2003-2014 JayIsGames.com. All Rights Reserved.