You know, I like to consider myself a savvy internets lady. I hardly ever need to look up basic HTML coding, and I can even script a cutscene or three in WeiDU. (That's right. I'm cutting edge.) Turns out none of that qualifies me at all for Greg Shuflin and Alex Nisnevich's extremely clever puzzle game Untrusted, where you find yourself trapped behind bars with only a computer and must literally code your way out to alter the world around you. Just use [WASD] to move around in each stage, and anywhere in the black areas in the red code box to the right side of the stage window to enter or change scripts. Below that, you'll see a few helpful buttons. API will open a reference window that will detail what some different functions do. Reset, well, resets any current level to its unaltered state, while Execute puts whatever code you've entered or changed into effect. You can access any levels you've already finished by clicking Menu, and if you want to disable audio, just click the speaker icon above the game display window.
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Essentially, you're playing by modifying the game's source code, or at least what it lets you modify within each level's design, and yes, you will need to actually write or know how to change some script. Many levels have multiple solutions, so don't be afraid to get creative or experiment, through attempting to brute force something will only get you so far... like the second level. Things get increasingly complex as you go along, throwing more hazards and elements into play to contend with, and you'll have to be smart and sneaky to win. It doesn't offer a lot of help apart from a few nudges here and there, so don't expect it to tutor you... it isn't trying to be a step-by-step tutorial, and if you love the nuts and bolts of what makes games run, chances are you'll love this too. With its simple, stark presentation and well-chosen soundtrack, Untrusted is one devious little game that is hard to pull yourself away from.