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Mar 15, 2014 | 12:12 PM EDT
  • Daily 4th Place March 16, 2014

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Initiation 5 Points Complete Lesson of Peace.
Understanding 10 Points Complete Going for the Top.
Enlightenment? 25 Points Complete Enlightenment.
Enlightenment. 50 Points Complete the Koan.
More than Body 50 Points Complete levels 16-25 with a total of 20 preserved drops.
More than Thoughts 50 Points Complete levels 6-15 with a total of 5 preserved drops.
Good Karma 100 Points Complete the game without dying or restarting levels more than 10 times total.
There Is No "More" 100 Points Complete levels 31-35 with a total of 20 preserved drops.
Killing the Buddha Secret Medal: Unlock this medal to view its details!

Author Comments

A kōan /ˈkoʊ.ɑːn/ is a story, dialogue, question, or statement.

'Koan' is a puzzle platformer telling the story of a typical city dweller on his way to enlightenment. The Protagonist follows the tutelage of a mysterious Zen teacher who sends the him on perilous journeys through metaphorical landscapes and the depths of his subconsciousness.

WASD/Arrows - to move
R - Restart level
The mouse will be useful too

- We sent our game to Indie Basement 2.0 contest! It is the biggest indie contest in Poland (on Pixel Heaven event). The jury leader will be Johannes Wadin - the man who created Pid and Shelter. Here you can find some details:
Wish us good luck!
- We are very happy about our 2nd Place at StencylJam :). We will soon start our new, bigger, standalone project in Stencyl 3.
- Hey guys, If you haven't found it yet, wrote positive but truthful review about Koan. We are very happy about that : ) Check it out!
- Just found there is a Stencyl Jam [And we wanted to buy Stencyl 3.0. I think the world is trying to help us : )], so we tag Koan as stencyljam2014.
- Logo sound added
- "Going for the Top" bug fixed
- Some levels have better graphics
- Space can be use to jump
- Medals fixed



Rated 5 / 5 stars

That was wonderful, one of my favorite games ever. One obvious bug is that the rightmost orb during the boss battle always falls WAY through the tiles. There were a few other similar tile glitches throughout the game, but none so noticeable. I'm not complaining, it's just that it probably wouldn't be too hard of a fix, and it would make that important moment in the game more polished.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I'm always having a mini heart attack whenever I jump dangerously on some blocks XD Hahahaha It's quite challenging a bit but It's amazing :D


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

ALMOST perfect.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Challenging but not impossible! I don't usually play platform game, but this!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Breathtaking. Rarely ever do puzzle platformers go an extra mile, and actually make an adventure of themselves, and this is one of those rare cases.

First of all, I'd like to say I love the traditional eastern music, and the beautiful atmosphere set with the graphics and sound effects. It's relaxing, and allow for concentration without disruption too.

I like the gameplay a lot, it's all about meditating, opening new paths with blocks and just overall being patient to reach the goal. The reason why I say this is a puzzle platformer that is also an adventure is that, first of all, the stages are in general much more interesting and more demanding of exploration than in most puzzle platformers I have played (most puzzle platformers I have played are in-your-face enough to require zero exploration, and that gets lame after a while).

Also, there are some parts in which you must be clever, and some stages are intelligent enough to attempt to distract you from your goal in order to test your focus, and that's just awesome (that one stage where the key is slipping down, for instance). I like how the more you progress through the game, the more serious, interesting and dangerous the stages become (eventually fire breathing demons are added to the mix, and then come tame demons, and all other kinds of awesome stuff). The "killing Buddha" part was pretty epic too.

I like the "life lessons" in between each handful of stages, where you sit down with the master to hear words of enlightenment, those are pretty cool, and sometimes pretty serious (if you're too proud of yourself for having achieved enlightenment, you're doing it wrong!). Also, there's actually a plot that gets thicker after a while (not too thick, but I won't spoil) that also serves to teach a lesson.

There's a bug, though. Sometimes, when I retrieve the game from a checkpoint, I still have all the keys and blocks I had before, but they are available for pickup again, making it so that I can cheat the game through restarting.

Nice, very worth a play, and highly recommended.

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