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Legend tells us of King Midas, granted a gift by Pan that all he would touch would turn to gold. The tale is the inspiration for Midas, a puzzle platform game by Wanderlands, and overall winner of the Ludum 22 Game Jam. In it, you must guide the king to his love, but not before you reach the river that will wash him of his "gift". The theme for the competition was "Alone", a word that's perfectly captured by this short, challenging, and even poignant game.

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Honestly, this was a fairly simple game where 10 levels can be done without a walkthrough - but here one is anyways.

Midas Walkthrough

Level 1: No text

  1. Press Right go into the water so that he could touch the girl

Level 2: No text

  1. Press Right to go to the steps then Space to jump past the steps and block.

  2. While you can definitely jump towards the girl, it will turn her into gold if you do not touch the water first. This is something that holds true for all stages.

Level 3: She waits for me everyday.

  1. Go Right to the top of the 2 steps, then Space to jump to the last step at the top.

  2. If you get stuck in the gap, press R to restart. This stage shows you the limitations of Midas' jump - 2 blocks wide, 1 block high.

Level 4: This is the price of gold:

  1. Jump over the girl, touch the water, then touch her.

  2. Remember! You can not touch the girl while you have the golden touch!

Level 5: A heavy heart.

  1. Go under those blocks to your right, and touch the blocks that hang there. Get out of the way!

  2. Golden blocks that are not supported by Black blocks will fall - and when you touch the third block, this will give you a staircase.

  3. Make sure you do the same thing to the 3 blocks on the right side of the object before you touch the water - once you lose the golden touch, you can never get it back!

Level 6: I step in the same river again and again

  1. Quickly go to the right before the blocks under you give way. This is the introduction to levels where you need to have good reflexes.

  2. Touch the block in the air to give you a staircase.

  3. Touch the water, get the girl. When you go down to touch the water, make sure you don't touch the bottom set of blocks, otherwise you will create a wall.

Level 7: just so I can touch her hand.

  1. Jump over the girl, then carefully jump so that you land on every other square until you reach the water - so that you have a way back to the girl.

Level 8: I am a prisoner to Pactolus*.

  1. Carefully touch only 1 or 2 of the three blocks above you, and dodge by standing under a block you did not touch.

  2. Jump (you will most likely touch the block you are under) so that you are on the block(s) that fell down in 1, and repeat step 1 again.

  3. Jump out, touch water, touch girl.

Level 9: But I must have her!

  1. Carefully get all the blocks on the left side down first. Safest way to do so is from left to right.

  2. Because of Mida's jumping ability, you can get away with only touching 3 blocks on the right side to build the staircase to touch the water. Best if you did this staircase by touching the bottom, then left middle, right middle.

  3. Once you built both staircases, be careful and either just touch one of the 2 blocks that platform the water, or if you accidentally touched both, you'll have to make a jump from on top of the water.

Level 10: My burden only grows.

  1. Stand under the leftmost block. Touch it, and get away.

  2. Get onto this leftmost block. You will most likely touch the second leftmost block in this process.

  3. Do not touch the water yet. Touch the middle block.

  4. Now make a leap of faith for the water, then touch the girl.

Level 11: My world collapses.

  1. Go left, but you must not touch the black block that is under the preset gold block, nor the 2 blocks on the left. Stop where there are 2 blocks on top of each other - this is the only safe spot.

  2. Carefully jump on top the block just left of you only. Then quickly touch the block in the air, land on the block you started on, go to the block on the left, and time it so that you jump back to the safe spot (which should now have 1 black block, 2 gold blocks).

  3. Touch the block under the gold block, make your way to the water and the girl.

Level 12: And she feels so distant.

  1. Jump off so that you land on the block just to the right of the girl, make a quick jump to touch the block in the air (as well as the block to the left of the block in the air - third block to the right of the girl), go onto the block on the left (second block to the right of the girl) then jump onto the block that should have fallen down by now (middle).

  2. Same as before, carefully jump squares to touch the water so that you have a path back to the middle.

  3. While on top of the middle block, make a leap of faith and you'll get the girl.

Level 13: I live on borrowed time

  1. Quickly jump, touch the block left of the girl, but you must not touch the block over the water. If your timing is good, you will be able to jump on top of the block that was to the left of the girl.

  2. Touch the block the girl is on, land on the block that is under the girl, go Right off, but hold Left so that you land on the platform the water is on.

  3. Touch water, touch girl.

Level 14: Is she still waiting?

  1. Just jump, run, jump, run - hit every block you can. Jump on top of the water and stay there.

  2. Once all the blocks have fallen, make your way back to the girl.

Level 15: Or is love just fool's gold?

  1. Hit the block above you. Wait a little, then go to the block on the right, then jump onto the block above you.

  2. Touch the block that is above and left, wait till it falls, then jump onto the two-block island.

  3. Land on the right side of the heart, where the 2 blocks are.

  4. Touch both blocks that compose of the top right side of the heart. Do not touch any other blocks.

  5. Touch water, touch girl.

Credits

Most people know full well of Midas' myth - the man who turns anything he touches to gold. But what some may not know is that a variation of this myth was that he even turned his daughter into gold.

In Level 8, Midas mentioned that he is a prisoner to Pactolus. This is the river that the Greek God Dinoysus told Midas to wash in so that it would wash away his power of the golden touch. This, of course, is the water that you touch on every stage.

That is what the credits mean to me - that Midas simply can not undo the damage which he has done. Even if he had the ability to jump that gap (which he does not), he can never get his daughter back ever again.

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Have I hit the end of the game?

2 lines of credits, a golden queen to reach, and an apparently-impassible gap to jump. Game title flashed over right before the stage started.

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Likewise I can't complete the level with the two credits. I assume this must be the end.

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Yes, it is the end. It's a metaphor :)

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I see two possible interpretations of the credits screen.

1.

The girl is already turned to gold, therefore dead and unattainable. The impassable gap is only to solidify that fact, to show via gameplay mechanisms that the entire effort was for nothing, only postponement of the inevitable. Even the curing water doesn't help anymore. All in all, very deep and touching.

or

2.

Harry Lee and Jarrel Seah are royally trolling us and busting their guts from laughter imagining how some OCD folks will probably be trying to jump over the gap for days. Hillarious.

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Tobberian Author Profile Page January 13, 2012 8:10 AM

There's a:

level selector (up to 15 only). Just click rewind in the right click menu (not sure if they are unlocked at start).

won't change end though.

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That was pretty.

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Really cute game. Quite enjoyed it.

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Can't get #13. Can anyone help?

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Anonymous January 13, 2012 11:24 AM

@OtherBill

From your starting block, step onto the next one to the right. Then begin to move right again right before the block under you falls, and touch the following blocks in order in quick succession:

  1. the next block to the right, walk on it

  2. the block on which the queen is standing, by jumping

  3. the block underneath #2. Do not land on it; touch it at its right side while you're falling your way back to the water.

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Can't get through level 11, any help ?

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@Anonymous: Thanks! :-D

Very cute game. Well done!

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Honestly, this was a fairly simple game where 10 levels can be done without a walkthrough - but here one is anyways.

Midas Walkthrough

Level 1: No text

  1. Press Right go into the water so that he could touch the girl

Level 2: No text

  1. Press Right to go to the steps then Space to jump past the steps and block.

  2. While you can definitely jump towards the girl, it will turn her into gold if you do not touch the water first. This is something that holds true for all stages.

Level 3: She waits for me everyday.

  1. Go Right to the top of the 2 steps, then Space to jump to the last step at the top.

  2. If you get stuck in the gap, press R to restart. This stage shows you the limitations of Midas' jump - 2 blocks wide, 1 block high.

Level 4: This is the price of gold:

  1. Jump over the girl, touch the water, then touch her.

  2. Remember! You can not touch the girl while you have the golden touch!

Level 5: A heavy heart.

  1. Go under those blocks to your right, and touch the blocks that hang there. Get out of the way!

  2. Golden blocks that are not supported by Black blocks will fall - and when you touch the third block, this will give you a staircase.

  3. Make sure you do the same thing to the 3 blocks on the right side of the object before you touch the water - once you lose the golden touch, you can never get it back!

Level 6: I step in the same river again and again

  1. Quickly go to the right before the blocks under you give way. This is the introduction to levels where you need to have good reflexes.

  2. Touch the block in the air to give you a staircase.

  3. Touch the water, get the girl. When you go down to touch the water, make sure you don't touch the bottom set of blocks, otherwise you will create a wall.

Level 7: just so I can touch her hand.

  1. Jump over the girl, then carefully jump so that you land on every other square until you reach the water - so that you have a way back to the girl.

Level 8: I am a prisoner to Pactolus*.

  1. Carefully touch only 1 or 2 of the three blocks above you, and dodge by standing under a block you did not touch.

  2. Jump (you will most likely touch the block you are under) so that you are on the block(s) that fell down in 1, and repeat step 1 again.

  3. Jump out, touch water, touch girl.

Level 9: But I must have her!

  1. Carefully get all the blocks on the left side down first. Safest way to do so is from left to right.

  2. Because of Mida's jumping ability, you can get away with only touching 3 blocks on the right side to build the staircase to touch the water. Best if you did this staircase by touching the bottom, then left middle, right middle.

  3. Once you built both staircases, be careful and either just touch one of the 2 blocks that platform the water, or if you accidentally touched both, you'll have to make a jump from on top of the water.

Level 10: My burden only grows.

  1. Stand under the leftmost block. Touch it, and get away.

  2. Get onto this leftmost block. You will most likely touch the second leftmost block in this process.

  3. Do not touch the water yet. Touch the middle block.

  4. Now make a leap of faith for the water, then touch the girl.

Level 11: My world collapses.

  1. Go left, but you must not touch the black block that is under the preset gold block, nor the 2 blocks on the left. Stop where there are 2 blocks on top of each other - this is the only safe spot.

  2. Carefully jump on top the block just left of you only. Then quickly touch the block in the air, land on the block you started on, go to the block on the left, and time it so that you jump back to the safe spot (which should now have 1 black block, 2 gold blocks).

  3. Touch the block under the gold block, make your way to the water and the girl.

Level 12: And she feels so distant.

  1. Jump off so that you land on the block just to the right of the girl, make a quick jump to touch the block in the air (as well as the block to the left of the block in the air - third block to the right of the girl), go onto the block on the left (second block to the right of the girl) then jump onto the block that should have fallen down by now (middle).

  2. Same as before, carefully jump squares to touch the water so that you have a path back to the middle.

  3. While on top of the middle block, make a leap of faith and you'll get the girl.

Level 13: I live on borrowed time

  1. Quickly jump, touch the block left of the girl, but you must not touch the block over the water. If your timing is good, you will be able to jump on top of the block that was to the left of the girl.

  2. Touch the block the girl is on, land on the block that is under the girl, go Right off, but hold Left so that you land on the platform the water is on.

  3. Touch water, touch girl.

Level 14: Is she still waiting?

  1. Just jump, run, jump, run - hit every block you can. Jump on top of the water and stay there.

  2. Once all the blocks have fallen, make your way back to the girl.

Level 15: Or is love just fool's gold?

  1. Hit the block above you. Wait a little, then go to the block on the right, then jump onto the block above you.

  2. Touch the block that is above and left, wait till it falls, then jump onto the two-block island.

  3. Land on the right side of the heart, where the 2 blocks are.

  4. Touch both blocks that compose of the top right side of the heart. Do not touch any other blocks.

  5. Touch water, touch girl.

Credits

Most people know full well of Midas' myth - the man who turns anything he touches to gold. But what some may not know is that a variation of this myth was that he even turned his daughter into gold.

In Level 8, Midas mentioned that he is a prisoner to Pactolus. This is the river that the Greek God Dinoysus told Midas to wash in so that it would wash away his power of the golden touch. This, of course, is the water that you touch on every stage.

That is what the credits mean to me - that Midas simply can not undo the damage which he has done. Even if he had the ability to jump that gap (which he does not), he can never get his daughter back ever again.

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simple but addicting...nice game!!! like to see a sequel of some sorts... red blocks float up, green left and/or right ... perhaps?

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super-guest January 13, 2012 4:23 PM

i read a version of king midas that has the daughter cured.

anyways this is a charming little game to wast a few minutes on

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Great game! I like the idea of the way the gold blocks change the environment, it's a simple but effective gameplay. Adding in the water ups the ante, without making the game too challenging.

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I can't figure out how to start over. :(

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@ TheJen
Read Tobberian's comment. Very odd and most likely an error in the coder's side to have left that there, but one may as well use it since its already there.

One should be very careful though - this tends to screw the game up quite a bit. You may sometimes end up with bugged levels where there is blocks, no water, no girl, random blocks turning into gold, random blocks appearing where they shouldn't (and you getting squished) - if the level is clearly bugged, just refresh the page - this usually solves the problem.

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