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A Blast from the Past 10 Points

I Understand

Ridiculous 25 Points

Let's see a bright smile.

Agar Man 50 Points

Nag a Ram

Clarity 50 Points

You're on your own.

Cries of Truth 50 Points

Listening is a virtue.

Rotate 50 Points

Thirteen.

Substitutions 50 Points

We all get replaced.

Secret Medal ????? Points

Unlock this medal to learn its secrets!

Secret Medal ????? Points

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EDIT: Thank you for the frontpage feature!

This is the sequel to the game "Playing With Letters".

Instructions are stated further down in the description.

The 'solution' to the first 'puzzle' is as follows:

"I understand"

More about that is in this news post, along with a hint about the secret ending:

http://lucidshadowdreamer.newgrounds.com/news/post/968499

(Also check it out if you're having trouble with the riddle).

This is a text-based puzzle game.
It is highly recommended that you play the original before you play this one, even though it's not absolutely necessary:

http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/658976

This game probably won't be easy to beat, but hopefully it'll be just as entertaining as its predecessor.

INSTRUCTIONS:

- press 'z' to progress in the game.

- press 'enter' to either give a solution, or to draw the next line of text if the screen is not yet filled.

- press 'backspace' to immediately draw out all the text on the screen in order to speed up the game, especially if you've taken a break and quickly want to get back to where you left off. Naturally, 'backspace' also deletes any text you've written.

You can usually find hints in the title of each level, or occasionally, even by hovering over the medals.

Please don't write any walkthroughs in the reviews.
This game is as much about the story, as it is about the gameplay.

As a bonus, if you want to watch me play the main theme, I recorded the process and uploaded a video of it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lOmd_pveoM

I don't want to drag this description out any longer, so please...
Enjoy ^ ^

Reviews


This made me feel smart because I was able to figure everything out without too much trouble (besides the secret ending, I'll get to that eventually). This one was definitely harder than the first game, but I like how it was justified by the detective using a computer.
Normally I'm not interested in text-based games, but this one was really enjoyable. Nice work!


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Hehhe, well since you were able to beat the game, chances are you are fairly smart ^ ^

The secret ending is a bit of a bitch, as it's pretty unfair. It's a bit meta I guess, but it's super cool once you get it :)
Not the ending itself, but realizing what it is, I should say.

Yeah, I think this one is a bit harder too! I'm glad you enjoyed it regardless. I'm super glad that you like this game, especially since you don't normally find yourself playing text-based games!

Thanks for playing, and for leaving a nice review :3


i was so hoping you would make a sequel for the previous one which i loved, and was almost losing hope, and then you came and did it! this was really fun, maybe little short and easy since only thing i got stuck was the third one with rotate and such, and of course the secret ending.

I was so sure that it had something to do with all the skills learned in the game, so i started my journey. the real surname was easy to figure out, same as in the previous one but with a little tweak, but anyway, i started hunting the secret from that. i translated the surname in the rotate 13, after that i went and translated it to morse code, and THEN i translated it to binary, and guess what i got! aaaabsoluuuutely nothing... BUT, then i took the surname, put that in the morse, and that into binary, and it translated to P@ like as in pat, which i celebrated thinking i finally got the answer!!! aaaaaand then it wasn't that... so i got frustrated and tried couple of combinations until i just gave up and just looked the answer... and let it blow my mind... and now i start to be skeptic about everything...

buuut, it was really fun game, and i'm really looking for the next one! so, any idea when its coming out or are you even planning it to come out any time soon or do we have to wait another year for it?


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Heh, I know it took a while, but I hope you're happy with the result!
Taking games takes time, especially since my main shtick is being a composer/musician. It may have been fairly easy for you, but I need to keep the games at a level where they'll be enjoyable to a larger playerbase. Naturally, I still don't want the games to be super easy ^ ^

You came up with some pretty nice stuff to try for the secret ending! I've seen a few other people come up with some really impressive things as well :)
I'm glad to hear that you don't seem to be disappointed with what it actually is in the end though :)
It's quite easy to hide information right under their noses, if people don't know that it exists, or where to look for it.
Btw, try to avoid what could be spoilers in later reviews :p

Thanks for playing the game, and for leaving a positive review! I appreciate it, alipapapupu (cool name too; has an interesting phonetic ring to it).

I'm sorry to say, I think you'll have to wait for longer than a year. As I mentioned, game developement isn't really my area of expertice, but rather a hobby I have fun with on the side. Thanks for the enthusiasm though!
I'm sure I'll get to creating it eventually though :3


After a long break, I came back to play the sequel. Honestly, this was very challenging, but the challenge is what made it so fun. I was banging my head against the wall for the "Rotate" puzzle for about an hour. I did cheap out a little and read a hint you gave someone else, but it suddenly clicked. That was a tough one. This game was even better than the first. I was so enveloped in the game that I didn't care if I solved the puzzles in one minute or one hour. It got my brain working, and it was fun to change my point of view about certain aspects of the puzzles to get the right answer. You are an amazing author and musician (oh by the way, did I mention the music was awesome? No? Well, it is) and your clever word play is so creative. Additionally, what a clever name for the title of this game; you put so much thought into it. I can't wait to see what games you make in the future.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks a lot for playing and reviewing both games!
It's good that you didn't let the challenge thwart you :)
I don't think that reading up on any hints is cheaping out. I only write replies, knowing anyone can read them; any hint you find is fair game ;)

Awesome that you enjoyed this one even more than the original! I sometimes think it's a shame I can't play these games myself, as if it was the first time, since I created them. But I always like hearing what others thought of the experience ^ ^

Thanks for complimenting the music too! Music is my main thing, after all, while games are somthing I tend to develop on the side :3

Great job managing to get the secret medal ;D
I don't know what kind of games I create in the future, but I hope they will be enjoyable :)


Played both as per the recommendation. This is very well done, although the the difficulty really is subjective, because after playing the first one it made certain puzzles in here just click easier. It took me an hour, instead of two like the last one. Not to say this didn't come with more unique and interesting challenges.

Either way though, proud to say I didn't need a walkthrough for this, just a couple sites so I didn't have to do certain things by hand. The secret ending i guess I have to leave for another day, but I may be PMing you (to avoid spoilers) about that final question. Because SERIOUSLY, that 3rd letter bro really. I'm lucky I got the rest of it and was able to piece it together.

Either way, great game with great lore, music and puzzles.

Hope you keep doing what you love and would love to see more from you in the future.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Awesome! Thanks for playing both games, ClanZT ^ ^

Yeah, the difficulty is definitely very subjective (based on the time it has taken people to beat the games). It's always difficult for me to balance it so that it pleases a large userbase. But I think I've managed ok :)

Nicely done, managing to beat both games on your own! It's definitely allowed to use other sites; in fact, the games would be way too difficult without them for most people.
Thanks for avoiding spoilers! :)
You can indeed PM me in case you need more clues :D

Once again, thanks for all the compliments!

I'll definitely always stay creative, and keep working on projects whenever I have time ;)

Thanks for the support!


I find that the first paragraph for the Assimilation puzzle very ironic. When playing the previous game to this, I took some word or an idea and went to google to find a word that might fit the answer. After many trial and error, I would eventually find an answer and feel all the strain on my brain being rushed out and leaving me feel refreshed, it was kind of rewarding.

This game is no different. It has challenging puzzles that takes time to solve and it gives the same rewarding sensation. But as I sit here for the last five hours with the Assimilation puzzle in front of me, I began to notice at how surprisingly true that last sentience is.

These puzzles are definitely more challenging and (judging from what I've noticed and your theme for the game) elaborate.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

As for the assimilation puzzle, you've already used the keys needed to unlock the door. This door has two locks, so you'll need both keys ;)

Btw, if you or anyone else needs hints, I think absoluteDETH is fairly happy to help if you PM him :)
(You can PM me too, ofc, but I tend to be busy every now and then).

Google is definitely a useful tool, and is even recommended for beating the games :)

I believe that the more difficulty one has had with a certain puzzle, the more rewarding it probably is when one solves it. That's what I hope, at least x'D

I think that this second game is indeed more challenging, but it seems to be well received thus far! :D

Thank you for playing, and for leaving your thoughts :3

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