Mono


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Mono

TrickyThe winner of the minimalism-themed Ludum Dare 26 game jam, Mono, a Java game by Timtip Games, is a uniquely artistic top-down mix of puzzles and skill. In it, you must guide an eye through a series of colorful levels. Move with the [WASD] or [arrow keys], attempting to make your way to the purple diamond that marks the exit. Crashing into a red wall sends you back to the beginning, hitting certain gray walls activate triggers that move walls, and blue walls bounce you around. Each level mixes up the formula with shifting gravity, portals, procedural lighting, and all sorts of cool gimmicks.

MonoMono is over way too fast, but it is an incredibly satisfying work. It's a very tight experience: each of its eight levels is packed with evolving mechanics and clever design, supported by engaging visual design and a soothing soundtrack. A well-deserved victor, it's the kind of gem that is so densely packed with ideas, that one thinks it could only have come together through the pressure and constraints of the Ludum competition. Still, we can't wait to see what Timtip can come up with next, though, of course, we're okay with giving them a little more time.

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Not working well for me (Safari 6.0.4, Java 7 Update 21, Mac OS X 10.8.3). After a few seconds the game stops responding to any keystrokes.

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oreilley Author Profile Page May 31, 2013 9:14 PM

I had quite the problem as well, when using Chrome (27.0.1453.94) all my PC's red flags popped up with security issues...not saying there is a security risk, just that my PC did not recognize the game/link? Any reason for that?

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@oreilley: Perhaps because it's Java, and the JVM tends to be overcautious in giving security warnings for unknown code.

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dranerertiam Author Profile Page June 1, 2013 7:23 AM

Don't work with Chrome
Don't work with Firefox
Don't work with Safari

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Wonderful

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Wow, this really really does not want to respond to keystrokes.

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The downloadable jar works a lot better for me.

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