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Mar 15, 2014 | 12:12 PM EDT

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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.
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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 4 / 5 stars

really cool game, great philosophy... the end i climbed to the top and used every ther another way to finish ?


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Hey! :)
Nice to see you here ;D
Great game man. I really enjoy atmoshere.
Great sound and music work!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Interesting end, haha. The game wasn't the most fun, but I enjoyed it for the most part. I liked how you put together the ideas and made the levels reflect various concepts. Kept me playing. :)

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very good game, it got me right away, the only problem is when I was about to finish the game on the level "Follies of the Ego" I got to a checkpoint with less keys than I needed and now I need to start the game all over again because reset button will only take me to the checkpoint with a door closed and no keys left. You should add a reset button to start the level all over again.

zenmasters responds:

Hey man. Thx for the review. I'm pretty sure you can finish the level, just look around it and keep zen : ) Hope you don't reset your save ; )


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I was quite impressed by this. I was in no way expecting a game that about zen philosophy. It really is a unique kind of thinking that isn't discussed much here. I appreciate all the details put into everything. It was pretty hard at first, but then I learned to, well, concentrate. You can really hold onto the ends of the cubes.

It reminds me of something similar in the Gex games. I just love the wide open space you create for the player. I can see why this is fairly popular. It's interesting to have a game that teaches meditation. It's quite a learning experience.

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zenmasters responds:

This comment show me that we did right thing when publishing this game. Thank you for that Ericho : )