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May 12, 2016

theseus

You can't jump but you can grow in the puzzle platformer theseus by Dan Harris. To finish each level: stand on all exit pads AND don't stand on any blocks without an exit pad!

85 comments:

Helen said...

Well I was enjoying it until the part where it said don't stand on blocks without exist pads left me utterly confused. I also had to keep scrolling the screen down as it doesn't fit on my laptop screen which is irritating. I suppose I should also add the customery comment of 'first' here!

Bart said...

That part had me confused at first too :) It means your body can only stand on those green pads, no other bottom parts of your body can touch the ground (where there are no green pads)

Tom said...

Is there no way to save progress? I was on level 11 or so when flash crashed, and when I restarted I was back to level 1.

Anonymous said...

anyone know how to pass level 12 im so stuck

Thomas L. said...

Level 12: Collect the 8 squares, jump down on the small square, extend to the left to a lenght of 5 blocks and add 3 blocks to form an "inverse L" on the top of the rightmost block. The rest should be obvious.

Anonymous said...

Level 12 hint - tried that three+ times, it didn't work. Gave up. Assuming it's buggy (I'm using latest FF on El Capitan)

Thomas L. said...

Sorry to hear that. A more precise hint for level 12:
After jumping down, you should build this shape
___##
____#
#####
then move left and finish by building
##_##
#___#
#####
(# = block , _ = empty space)

For myself: I'm stuck on level 22 and giving up here.

Yannick R said...

Thomas, if I remember well, level 22 is the last level... Pretty challenging, but not impossible.

SPOILER




You have to make your last cut so that a single block falls on the single target.


Great mechanics, tough problem solving, great game in my opinion !

Anonymous said...

I can't manage to find a solution to lvl 10, for the life of me.

Anonymous said...

Ok, I finally understood that if you cut some part in the air it didn't fall, so I passed lvl 10... But now I'm stuck at 17 :(

Anonymous the 2nd said...

Ya, I had to have the same realisation then it was fairly plain sailing until 17.. Now stuck as hell..

Anonymous the 2nd said...

and now not.. in hindsight, so obvious..

17 SPOILER

Go right, drop, then left collecting everything as far as you can go. Cut at point where left section drops to level below, go right until below rh end of cut piece, add piece to vertical & rejoin to horizontal piece. Go right and drop.

Kate said...

I for some reason can not get past level 5 =-(

Anonymous the 2nd said...

Kate - figure out where you have to put a new square/block to prevent dropping thru the gaps as you edge out to collect the last 3 blocks..

Matteic said...

I love the little legs and the eyes

Anonymous said...

Can anyone please give a little more help on level 22?

Anonymous the 2nd said...

LVL 22 - It's all about making long shapes and reaching out to stuff.. though that's kinda obv

If that doesn't help spoiler below:

22 SPOILER!!

Go left and collect 'splitter'
Go right and collect 'merger'
Split top 6 blocks off and select them
Go left and merge to left end of the 'E on its back' shape
Go right again and pick up 4 blocks and 'splitter'
Fill in the 2 gaps in the shape to make a 2x8 block
Split horizontally and select top half
Go right to collect 'merger'
Go left all the way to make a 1x16 shape and merge
Go right and drop
Collect 'splitter' by adding the 2 remaining blocks to reach it
Go left all the way and split off left end block to drop onto exit pad

Anonymous said...

Need help on level 13.

SilkeH6 said...

I'm completely stuck on lvl 9.

SilkeH6 said...

Of course I figure it out now.

Anonymous said...

And a hint for level 9? I start with a single block, then I collect the 2 single blocks to the right, stack vertically over the single block and collect the four blocks up.
Then... ?

Etienne de Roquefeuil said...

For level 9 : afet collecting the four blocks, add two to the bottom right and two to up left

Anonymous said...

How about level 5?

Anonymous the 2nd said...

5 - As mentioned above you have to figure out where you have to put a new square/block to prevent dropping thru the gaps as you edge out to collect the last 3 blocks..

Anonymous said...

Struggle-bus-ing with level 11. I start out looking like a little upside down u and have one extra block and one split. I can't seem to figure out what to actually do though :(

Anonymous said...

Stuck on level 19 - can't figure out where to make cuts & fuse.

Anonymous said...

SPOILER

Level 11 - collect the block and split. - Use the block to make a rectangle. (after that it should be simple).

SilkeH6 said...

I'm also stuck on lvl 11 and the above comment does not help. Where do I split?

Anonymous said...

Once you make a rectangle, it will let you cut the whole thing in half, horizontally. You can then move the new small rectangle to the bottom.

SilkeH6 said...

Yes, thank you. I figured it out five minutes after posting the comment. Irony.

Anonymous said...

I can't get past level 5!!! I'm so confused....

Anonymous said...

^I meant level 3, sorry! I don't know how to collect the three blocks

SilkeH6 said...

Stuck on lvl 19. Some hints on where to cut?

For lvl 3, you just grow some squares vertically.

Helen said...

Thanks Bart and everyone else for the help and walkthroughs, it's a really challenging (yet addictive) game and once I began to think along the right lines I managed a few levels without any help before I had to come back here for level 11 which was a headache haha!

Cynthia said...

Interesting game mechanic. So far I'm enjoying the game. Thanks Bart. :)

colinbashbash said...

I got stuck at level 5 of all places and then on 22. At least level 5 i figured out myself. Did anyone manage to get all the powerups collected on the "end"-sandbox-y" level?

colinbashbash said...

nevermind that, i got everything in the sandbox, i just didn't get all of the stuff connected. guud 'nuff

Stevens Miller said...

The "exit pad' thing confused me, too. Funny, but that one moment just took all the fun out of what was shaping up to be a good puzzler. Interesting...

Leslie said...

It's not there anymore for me, I don't know if that's temporary or not. Incidentally, Bart, your website has been going down for me repeatedly, and I've been using Google's cached versions. This happens both on my laptop and my families desktop, so it's not just one faulty computer.

Anonymous the 2nd said...

19 - Go right, cut off piece that stops you from dropping down, merge with chunk on right then cut off piece to leave shape you need to touch both pads.. Go left and drop onto pads

Bart said...

The developer changed the link of the game, should be working now again, cheers!

Anonymous said...

Stuck at level 26... any hint please? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Any hints for level 23? (it looks like when the URL was changed, there were more levels added).

Thomas L. said...

Level 26 (just from my memory - too bad one cannot select levels and replay them): Add a block to the upper left to make a T-like shape, go right, drop a little bit, but stay on the inactive shape, add a block to the bottom of the 'T', then merge. Rest should be obvious.

Thomas L. said...

Too bad, there is no way of saving the progress. Had to leave the game at level 30 and by no way I'll play all the levels again just to reach 30 another time.

Jessica said...

Stuck on level 13. I can't think of any other way to get past this level aside from adding the new block to the top left corner to grab the splitter, but then I don't know how to complete the level. Help??

Anonymous said...

SPOILER

Level 13 - put the new block on the bottom right, before you drop down.

Anonymous said...

Please - help on level 23.

Yannick R said...

Tip on level 23 : you need to grow vertically, then right. Then move your shape full right to grasp the block on the right. At this point, you need to have 2 "growings" left.

Anonymous said...

On level 23, I'm getting that far, but then I'm always falling.

Rebecca said...

I am stuck on level 30! I see how to solve it with four splitters, but not with three.

SilkeH6 said...

Further SPOILERS for lvl 23: you grow twice vertically and then at the top once to the right. Then you move right to get the block on the top right. You have two grows left at this point. You add them to the bottom right. And then you move one step left, so you're no longer touching the top block.

SilkeH6 said...

Any tips for level 24? I'm getting stuck more and more frequently.

Anonymous said...

Lvl 24: Go right an collect both items. Go left till 1 block is over the edge. Split straight up where the Edge is...

SilkeH6 said...

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Need some help on level 27

Anonymous said...

Lvlv 27: Drop on the left Side, but don't miss the Ledge with the items.
Connect 1 Block to your left End, go all the way ricght, join with the right soldi fragment, go all the way left. Now you just need to split correctly...

SilkeH6 said...

I need some help on lvl 26 as well. I just don't get it.

SilkeH6 said...

Got it! Somehow...

Rebecca said...

Can anyone help with Level 30?

colinbashbash said...

wish i could help. i'm stuck at 28.

Anonymous the 2nd said...

Woohoo!! More levels!..

27 - I couldn't drop left and land on the ledge with items.. just not possible.. So I dropped right and that was easy.. then added block on left end, etc..

Anonymous said...

heeeeeeelp !
level 30 ? anyone ?

Anonymous the 2nd said...

Nope, 30 has me stumped.. Anyone get it?..

SilkeH6 said...

Sorry. Stuck at lvl 28.

Sidenote: It'd be really convenient if there was some sort of saving function built in. Going through all the earlier levels goes pretty fast at this point, but it's still kind of annoying.

Yannick R said...

For those who are stuck, I have uploaded a walkthrough video for levels 1 to 30. I am currently stuck at level 31.

https://youtu.be/bTW04kLS-jY

I agree about the need for a saving feature.

Rebecca said...

Thank you for the walkthrough, Yannick R! I was stuck on level 30 for days.

Yannick R said...

You're welcome, Rebecca. Level 30 was certainly tough. I hope you can help me on level 31 ! I'm far from the answer for the moment...

Rebecca said...

Detailed walkthrough for Level 31:

1. Pick up the splitter.
2. Divide in half; select the lower three.
3. Pick up the extra block.
4. Go all the way to the right and pick up the splitter.
5. Add a block to the right at the top, under the green button (making an L-shape).
6. Split in half. Select the top two blocks, which are horizontal. Now you're traveling with the green button.
7. Go right. Pick up the two joiners and two splitters as you fall, and go down to the end and grab the third splitter.
8. Position the block with the green button directly over the first hole from the left.
9. Split, selecting the green button block.
10. Join.
11. Split, selecting the lower block.
12. Go right. Join. Go right.
13. Build straight up through the middle hole.
14. Split, choosing the single upper block.
15. Ta-da!

Yannick R said...

Well done, Rebecca, and thank you ! I hadn't been able to figure out how to carry the green button.

I'm a little sad that there is only one level missing in my walkthrough now...

DH said...
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Dan Harris said...

Hi! This is Dan Harris, the creator of Theseus.

Thank you all so much for playing my game and working through the puzzles together. It's amazing to read and watch all of it.

I've just updated the game to add arrow buttons that let you skip between levels. You can now get back to where you left off, or skip a level you're stuck on.

Finally, I'm working on a vastly expanded version of Theseus, and it's now on Steam Greenlight! If you enjoyed playing this version, it would mean so much to me if you'd vote for Theseus on Greenlight, and share this link with anyone else who might be interested in seeing a full version on Steam: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=684652823

You can also find me on Twitter @themeorch. Thanks again, everyone!!

Anonymous the 2nd said...

I have another end for 31 that doesn't use all the 'functions':
Get to stage 11 in Rebecca's instructions then..

12) Go right to collect one building block
13) Reposition under button and join to it
14) Build one block on top of button
15) Split from lower block and have one building block remaining unused!

Rebecca said...

Very clever, Anonymous the 2nd!

Dan Harris said...

Anonymous the 2nd -- Nice going, I didn't consider that solution! In fact, my intended solution for Level 31 was a little different than Rebecca's: After step 7, you position your left block over the middle hole, split and choose the left block, and then continue from there.

Yannick R said...

Dan, there is also two different, albeit very similar solutions to level 30 : on the last split, you can choose to end with a 5-block vertical bar instead of a 6-block one. Granted, it wouldn't change anything in level 31 anyway.

Nonetheless, I think it is very difficult to come up with levels that only have one solution, so you deserve praise for your level design.

Dan Harris said...

Thanks, Yannick! And great catch with the alternate Level 30 solution!

It certainly is difficult to make levels with a single solution -- this is a fact I'm actually embracing with the expanded version of Theseus. Many levels will have multiple intended solutions, and you'll be taken to a different next level based on which solution you find. You'll be able to replay levels in order to find the other solutions and explore more of the game world.

I'm working on a post about this design challenge. That and other updates on the game will be found on its Steam Greenlight page: bit.ly/TheseusGreenlight. Please share that link around -- the game needs all the support it can get to make it onto Steam!

Yannick R said...

I think it's a great idea to use multiple solutions as doors to different levels !

In that regard, I would suggest that you consider providing a comprehensive level map that allows players to keep track of what they have already explored and gives them a hint at what they might have missed.

I voted on your Greenlight page already. I am curious though about your plans for the expanded, paying version of the game, such as, will it also be Web-based ?

Dan Harris said...

You've got me figured out, Yannick :-) The map you described is essentially exactly what I'm working on! I have no intention of hiding which levels have alternate solutions from the player, as that would just lead to tedious replaying of levels that only have one solution. The puzzle will be finding the solutions, not locating them.

As for whether there will be a web-based version of the full game, I'm not sure yet. It's currently planned for Windows, Mac, and Linux. I do also intend to offer it outside of Steam, such as on Itchio or the Humble Store.

Yannick R said...

Glad you had the same idea ;-)

If it's not web-based, may I ask what platform/language you're gonna use to develop it, as a fellow game developer ?

Dan Harris said...

It's being developed in GameMaker: Studio, which compiles for the web just fine -- it's more a question of whether the much larger game would lend itself to being played in a browser (I currently think it probably wouldn't be the best fit).

Anonymous said...

I liked this game a lot.
It reminded me of a game called...
The I of It.

Anonymous said...

Dan Harris I congratulate you, this is a big win, and I appreciate that you keep improving!

Dan Harris said...

Thanks so much!

Emily Chan said...

I know EXACTLY how to pass level 12 without arrows. Okay, first get the 8 squares. Then, without making the squares, go down. Then, make 2 more squares on the bottom row. Then make 2 squares upward on the right side ONLY. Right next to the top square, put 1 square next to it. Move left next. Then, do the exact same thing as you did to the right side to the left side now. You have now successfully did it! ♥

 

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