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What's the meaning of the phrase 'Give up the ghost'?

To die, or in the case of inanimate objects, to cease working.

What's the origin of the phrase 'Give up the ghost'?

There are many uses of this phrase in the Bible, including this, from Miles Coverdale's Version, 1535, Acts 12:23:

Immediatly the angell of the LORDE smote him, because he gaue not God the honoure: And he was eaten vp of wormes, and gaue vp the goost.

The metaphorical use of the phrase, that is, in relation to something not living and not able to become a ghost, is 19th century; for example, James Kirke Paulding's, Westward Ho! , 1832, includes:

"At length it gave up the ghost, and, like an over-cultivated intellect, became incurably barren."

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Give Up the Ghost

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There are all kinds of phrases and idioms we use day to day even though we have lost their origins. We know what they mean, we know when to use them, but we don’t know where we got them. In so many cases they come to us by way of the Bible, and especially the King James Bible. This is exactly the case with the common little phrase “Give up the ghost.”

The Expression

We use the expression “give up the ghost” to describe death—the disconnection of the soul (the ghost) from the body. Yet today we would not use the phrase in a solemn occasion (“We are gathered here today to honor our friend who gave up the ghost on Saturday”). Rather, we tend to use it humorously to describe the “death” of something that is inanimate or relatively unimportant, as in “My iPhone finally gave up the ghost.” A small-town newspaper laments , “History is strewn with towns that gave up the ghost when companies moved on” while a home renovation column in the Sydney Morning Herald begins “The vanity unit in our bathroom gave up the ghost recently, and as we are saving for a major renovation in a few years…” In this way we use it as a form of personification, to make it seem as if something has greater significance than it does intrinsically.

The phrase was popularized by the King James Version of the Bible, though the King James drew from the Coverdale Bible. The KJV uses it in a number of passages: Luke 23:46 and John 19:30 when describing the death of Jesus and Acts 12:23 when describing the death of Herod. “And immediately the angel of the Lord smote [Herod], because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.” Most current translation render “gave up the ghost” as “breathed his last” or simply “die.” A quick check of the Greek shows that the John passage is different from the others in that it explicitly references “pneuma” or “spirit.” Thus the ESV does well to translate it differently from the other two: “he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” It is only here where “give up the ghost” is a literal rather than idiomatic expression.

The Application

Though the idiom is no longer used in modern Bible translations, it lives on in the culture around us. In this way it gives us reason to consider its significance. It is drawn most naturally from John 19:30 and, thus, from the most momentous event in human history—the death of Jesus Christ. There is much we can and should learn from it. We see that Jesus “gave up his spirit ” and this reminds us that Jesus was fully human even while he was fully God. There is and was unity of body and soul, of the material and the immaterial. And then we see that he “ gave up his spirit.” This reminds us of his uniqueness, for there was something active rather than passive in this “giving up.” To the end, Jesus was willingly enduring his suffering and sacrifice. Yes, he was dragged to the court and the cross, yes he was nailed to the tree, but all the while he was willing, he was still in control. He was willing to suffer in this way even while he had the power and authority to make it stop. This is consistent with what he said in John 10:17-18: “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

And finally, this little phrase is a call for us to remember that we, too, are more than bodies, more than what can be seen, touched, and killed. Though our bodies can and will be destroyed, in that moment we, too, will give up the ghost. The soul will live on until it is at last reunited to a body that is remade, restored, and perfected. This is the great promise of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Not surprisingly, many Christian songs express worship for these beautiful realities. “ In Christ Alone ” is a stirring example:

No guilt in life, no fear in death This is the power of Christ in me From life’s first cry to final breath Jesus commands my destiny No power of hell, no scheme of man Can ever pluck me from His hand; Till He returns or calls me home, Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.

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What Does "Give up the Ghost" Mean?

Malcolm Tatum

Give up the ghost is an English saying that is most commonly associated with ceasing to exist or function. The more common application of this idiom has to do with death, with the implication being that at the point of death the body gives up the spirit or ghost, which is then free to move on to another sphere or realm. A slightly different application of give up the ghost is utilized when an individual chooses to cease working on what is perceived as a lost cause, or chooses to cease activity on some task that has proven beyond his or her capabilities.

The origins of the idiom give up the ghost are sometimes traced back to the earlier versions of the Christian Bible. Versions as early as the 16th century included the use of the phrase in the Book of Acts of the Apostles, found in the New Testament of the Christian scriptures. In this particular text, Herod is struck down by an angel of the Lord, and is said to give up the ghost, or die.

The saying "give up the ghost" is usually associated with death, which allows one's spirit to move on.

In English-speaking countries, "give up the ghost" is only one of many colorful expressions used to describe the act of death. Such phrases as passing away, kicking the bucket, cashing in one’s chips, headed for a dirt nap, and buying the farm are only a few of the idioms and expressions that are used in the place of simply saying that an individual has died. Some of the colorful phrases used to describe dying are intended to imply that the spirit of the deceased is moving on to another realm of existence, while others that are considered less somber are sometimes used to either ease the sorrow that occurs when a loved one dies or perhaps even celebrate the death of an individual who is not particularly popular.

A suitor is “giving up the ghost” when it becomes obvious that the object of his or her affection will never return those romantic feelings.

While often having to do with death, a broader application of this phrase has to do with simply giving up. For example, if an individual works hard to make a success of a business but is unable to make any profit with the operation, he or she may choose to giver up the ghost and shut down the enterprise. In like manner, the phrase can even refer to giving up on a romantic situations, such as a suitor giving up the ghost when it becomes obvious that the object of his or her affection will never return those romantic feelings.

After many years in the teleconferencing industry, Michael decided to embrace his passion for trivia, research, and writing by becoming a full-time freelance writer. Since then, he has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including LanguageHumanities, and his work has also appeared in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and several newspapers. Malcolm’s other interests include collecting vinyl records, minor league baseball, and cycling.

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Being German, I've come to notice, that this phrase does also exist in the English language and it immediately struck me as a literal translation from German to English. "Den Geist aufgeben" is a metaphor for dying in German, where "Geist" ist used for both a spook as well as for mind or some sort of an inner, aware energy, that ceases when a life ends.

I would imagine, that with the Protestant translation directly from Martin Luther´s Bible, this phrase got absorbed into English, where the similar word "ghost" is pretty much only used in a sense of a spook.

I'm surprised this article didn't mention an earlier incident in the New Testament. While Jesus Christ was dying on the cross, He made several utterances, some to the crowd and some to God. One of His last utterances was "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit". It was at that point His spirit, or Holy Ghost, left His body. I've always associated the idiom "giving up the ghost" with that passage in the Bible.

I've been known to say a machine that cannot be repaired has given up the ghost. Any time spent on trying to revive it would be wasted. I think a lot of other people understand the idea of an older device simply conking out from years of operation. When I go shopping at the computer store, I'll tell the clerk my old laptop gave up the ghost.

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The saying "give up the ghost" is usually associated with death, which allows one's spirit to move on.

The Origin Of The Phrase Give Up The Ghost

A ghost in the woods

Have you ever heard someone use the phrase, "Give up the ghost ?" Maybe you have, but there's also a good chance you haven't. It's not really a common idiom that arises in conversation anymore, but you may have seen it pop up in various works of literature from centuries past. It sounds creepy, doesn't it? Still, what does it mean when someone "gives up the ghost?" Are we referring to someone who is holding an actual apparition hostage? Are we demanding that they release the paranormal entity from forced captivity? Someone should really give an explanation already.

Well, the meaning of the phrase is quite simple and almost self-explanatory: to give up the ghost means to die, according to The Free Dictionary by Farlex . So in a sense, we are talking about releasing a ghost from captivity — our own ghost from the captivity of our own bodies — and death is the key to the prison. 

Where did the phrase originate?

Like so many other phrases that have been casually woven into common vernacular over centuries past, "give up the ghost" traces its origins all the way back to  The Holy Bible . In the Book of Job (4:10), the exact dialogue reads, "Man dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost" (per The Free Dictionary by Farlex ). The explanation is right there in the words leading up to the phrase — death. Man dies and wastes away, and his ghost is relinquished unto the ether. 

It appears again in Mark 15:37 when, after suffering immensely upon the cross, "Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost." According to The Grammarist , the widespread use of the phrase in common language likely started to proliferate sometime in the 1600s after The King James Bible was published and made available to the masses.

Modern usage of the phrase

If you're a fan of Radiohead , you might already recognize the phrase from one of their more popular songs in recent years. " Give Up the Ghost " appeared on the band's 2011 album " The King of Limbs ." True to Radiohead form, the track seems to invoke something unnerving from within, yet somehow manages to comfort the listener at the same time. "Give Up the Ghost" is more or less the perfect song to give up the ghost to. 

Musicians seem to be rather keen on the phrase. " Give Up the Ghost " is also the title of Folk/Indie Rock singer Brandi Carlile's 2009 studio album. It's hard to argue that it doesn't make for a good song/record title, but songwriters alone certainly don't hold precedence over the timeless idiom. In 2004, author Hilary Mantel chose "Giving Up the Ghost: A Memoir" as the title for her own autobiography (via Goodreads ). 

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Die, as in At ten o'clock he gave up the ghost . This expression, which employs ghost in the sense of “the soul or spirit,” may itself be dying out. [Late 1300s]

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What Does it Mean that Jesus ‘Gave Up the Ghost’?

The phrase “gave up the ghost” is an old English translation of the Greek phrase “paradidōmi to pneuma.” The old English phrase means the moment a person dies as if the soul is released when the body transpires. 

What Does it Mean that Jesus ‘Gave Up the Ghost’?

I recently went to my uncle’s funeral. My uncle was a great man who loved his wife and family with all his heart. He lived a long life, almost 80, when he passed suddenly taking out the trash one evening.

We celebrated and grieved my uncle near his home in Ohio. We told stories and comforted one another. For those of faith, we declared we would see him again one day, as he was a man of faith and service in his local church.

Despite being older, his death was unexpected and quick. It was not what any of us would have chosen. I can’t say for sure, but perhaps it wasn’t what my uncle would have chosen, either. However, whether the death is sudden or at the end of a long illness, death is the appointment for us all.

Every human being is appointed to die once and then face the judgment seat of God ( Hebrews 9:27 )), where every knee will bow, and tongue will confess ( Philippians 2:10-11 ).

This is the future for all men and women. The time is appointed for us by God, not by our choosing, no matter what we believe. As sinners, we are already slaves of death.

This is the gospel that God sent his Son for the world so those who would believe in Jesus wouldn’t be slaves of death but have imperishable, eternal life.=

At the center of the gospel is the person, Jesus, who was sent as a sacrifice for our sins. This Son of God had never sinned and by extension, never under the slavery of death.

This is the background for a mysterious statement from the King James Version of the Bible. At his death on the cross, Jesus “gave up the ghost.”

What Is the Context When Jesus ‘Gave Up the Ghost’ in Luke 23:46 ?

Chapter 23 of Luke recounts the events leading up to the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Jesus had been arrested and tried by the Sanhedrin, the religious ruling council of the Jews, people who were supposed to be upholding the Old Testament Law and the truth of God.

Since the Jews were a conquered people, they didn’t have the authority to carry out a death sentence, so they sent Jesus to Pilate, the local Roman governor.

Luke 23 begins with Pilate’s questioning of Jesus. When Pilate realizes this is both a religious matter dealing with the local kingship of Judah, he sends Jesus to Herod.

Upon being questioned by Herod, Jesus said nothing, even though the chief priests and scribes accused Jesus. Herod and his troops mocked the Son of God, placing a type of kingly robe on him as a joke, and sent Jesus back to Pilate.

Pilate could still find nothing wrong with Jesus and decided to simply chastise Jesus and release him, since by local law and agreement with the Jews around Passover, he could release one prisoner to the Jews.

The Jewish leaders roused the people to instead called for Pilate to release murderous political revolutionary Barabbas. The Jews cried, “Crucify!” until Pilate relented and delivered Jesus up to be crucified.

Jesus forgives the men who drove the nails into his hands, all while being mocked by the crowd. If he was the Son of God and could do such miracles, why didn’t he save himself?

This is a valid question.

After dealing with the two thieves, one of whom is promised the Kingdom because he defends the innocence of Jesus, the sun darkened, and the veil of the Temple was torn in two.

At this point, we get to the crux of it. Luke 23:46 in the KJV says, “And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, he said, Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit: and having said thus, he gave up the ghost.”

He gave up the ghost.

What Was the Significance That Jesus ‘Gave Up the Ghost’?

The phrase “gave up the ghost” is an old English translation of the Greek phrase “ paradidōmi to pneuma .” The old English phrase means the moment a person dies as if the soul is released when the body transpires.

Other translations don’t use this old phrase for death, however. Even the New King James Version changes it to, “He breathed his last.”

Why is it important for the KJV to use “gave up the ghost”?

First, we can look into the text of Luke 23:46 to give a hint. What words did Jesus say before dying? Jesus said nothing randomly, nor did he speak of his own, as he clearly expressed. He only spoke what the Father spoke ( John 12:49 ), so these final words were intentional and had meaning.

Before his death, Jesus said, “Father, into Your hands I commend My spirit.” Here Jesus states he chose the moment of his death, that he had the power to choose exactly when he died.

Some might argue it is possible Jesus simply understood he was about to die; the moment was close. This happens to people who aren’t the Son of God, a mystical reality where regular everyday people sometimes know they are about to die and express it just beforehand.

Even without looking at other gospel accounts of his death, we see the moment carried extreme significance. The sky darkened. The veil was torn in two. These were important symbols of a spiritual breaking of the old ways and bringing of the New Covenant .

Further, we have other evidence from Jesus’ words of his power to choose when he died. In John 10:17-18 KJV, Jesus says, “Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.”

By his own words, then, Jesus told people no one took his life, Pilate, Herod, the Sanhedrin, or even the men putting the nails in his hands. It was completely his choice. The Father commanded, but Jesus chose to obey.

God is love, and love doesn’t force, coerce, or manipulate. Love speaks truth and gives a choice. Because Jesus was the Son of God and loved us and his Father, he obeyed; knowing the joy set before him ( Hebrews 12:2 ), he chose the cross.

Therefore, we see why the King James makes an interesting choice with the phrase, “gave up the ghost.” When used to describe the death of regular people, “giving up the ghost” doesn’t mean they chose to die in the moment, only that their soul left their body.

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But with Jesus, the term takes on a deeper meaning. He chose to come to the Earth as a man and die on the cross. Unlike every other human being, he had the power over death while alive and chose exactly when it would happen in obedience to his Father.

What do other accounts add to this discussion?

What are Other Gospel Accounts of the Moment of Jesus’ Death?

Luke is the only gospel recording Jesus’ words after crying out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit,” after crying out with a loud voice and immediately preceding “giving up the ghost.”

Mark and Matthew give us different last words from Jesus, which are “Eli, Eli, sabachtani?” which meant, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ( Matthew 27:46 and Mark 13:34 ). Jesus says this when the darkness covers the Earth, also written about in the other Gospels.

However, both Matthew and Mark include Jesus crying out with a loud voice before he died, and afterward, Jesus yielded up his spirit.

Yielding his spirit is the same sentiment as “into your hands I commend my spirit” and “he gave up the ghost.” Jesus yielding his spirit also meant he chose to die at that moment.

John’s gospel provides a slightly different perspective on the moment of Jesus’ death. The final words in John 19:28-30 are “It is finished!” followed by bowing his head and giving up his spirit.

“It is finished” correlates with the completion of the work of Christ in salvation and also the signs around his death like the earthquake and the veil being torn in two.

Again, we have “he gave up his spirit” in death, a clear indication of a personal choice by Jesus to die exactly then, revealing his power over death even while living in a human body.

But didn’t he show this power over death in other narratives, as well? He raised the dead several times, notably Lazarus ( John 11 ). He declared during the raising of Lazarus that he, himself, was the resurrection and the life.

He who is resurrection and life cannot be subject to death in any way. He already was the resurrection before he physically manifested that reality in literally rising from the dead.

This is the life he gives to his followers.

What Are Important Lessons We Can Learn from Luke 23:46 ?

As stated before, God is love, and he will not force us to follow him. We must choose to die to ourselves and live for God. However, that choice is only available because Jesus paved the way, the firstborn from the dead, and invites us into a work we could not do.

We can’t overcome the power of death on our own. Only Jesus could accomplish that by choosing to die as the perfect righteous Son of God in a human body to defeat the power of death over humanity. This is a finished work Christ invites us into through faith and grace.

If we will believe, we can then make the choice. God will not force us. Nor will he manipulate or coerce us to love and follow him. Even the power to make the choice comes from his grace, which we don’t deserve and could never earn.

But if we do, then we also choose to die to ourselves and follow the teachings of the Bible.

Jesus said in Mark 8:34-35 , “When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it.”

Just like Jesus, we must see the joy before us, the eternal life offered, and endure our own cross. This is a life we would lose anyway since we are slaves of sin and death, and no amount of effort on our part can break those chains.

We must offer up our lives willingly, overcoming sin and death by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our own testimony , and not loving our own lives ( Revelation 12:11 ).

When we willingly choose to give up our lives for Jesus and the Gospel, the power of death over us is eternally broken. We are filled with the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead ( Romans 8:11 )). Jesus, who is the Resurrection, lives within us through the born-again New Creation. Even when our bodies die, we will be resurrected in new bodies like Jesus had ( 1 Corinthians 15:49 ).

Even Death itself can’t kill the Resurrection, and we are able to say now and later, along with all the saints of God, “Oh Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?”

Like Christ, let us give our lives, our souls, willingly unto the God who will translate us into an eternal life no worldly power can kill, giving us victory now and later over the power of Death.

For further reading:

What Did Jesus Mean by ‘Father, Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit’?

What Is the Significance of Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?

Is the Holy Ghost Different from the Holy Spirit?

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When Do You Give Up the Ghost?

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i need to give up the ghost

Happy spooky day, friends. Do you know what is scarier to me than a bloody bucketful of zombie eyes? It’s giving up. And for good reason.

Do you know the number one reason businesses fail? You guessed it. The founders give up the ghost. And in the wise words of Will Ahmed, “Companies only really fail if the founders quit or if they run out of money.”

There are dancers I remember auditioning with decades ago who were just plain bad. Today? They’re doing national tours. Because they never gave up the ghost. See, tenacity builds talent, whether we believe it or not.

But, we have to give up some things from time to time. Otherwise, we will just continue to collect responsibilities throughout the rest of our lives and we will asphyxiate under a pile of old obligations.

So, how do we know when it’s time to give up the ghost?

Well, first things first, it’s important to know what the heck that phrase means, anyway.

In today’s society, giving up the ghost means stopping an activity because it is no longer successful. We give up the ghost when we quit a job or file for divorce. Or, we can even give up the ghost when we stop trying to change another individual.

But, the etymology of the phrase is derived from the moment when a living human releases one’s spirit and passes away. Giving up the ghost indicates the death of something - a human, a project, a relationship, or an identity.

Now, I am not one to give up easily, but I am learning that hanging on to outdated obligations can be a pretty terrible usage of our valuable time and energy resources. I want to say I have never given up on anything, but I have. And if I hadn’t? It would have been a pretty dumb decision not to do so.

Here’s what’s going on. The company I co-founded, Danscend, is moving to a different level of operation. With some pretty large contracts looming, I can no longer spend part-time time on this growing juggernaut of an obligation. And this is an awesome thing!

But, what about the other things in my life? If I need to add at least 5-7 more hours per week to this endeavor, I will need to let go of one of my other obligations (or live on 5-6 hours of sleep per night).

Which of my lovely Caspers do I need to give up to add fuel to the brightly burning fire of the company that (I believe) is changing the landscape of the performing arts industry? Which ghost do I give up?

Well, in my mind, we let go of things when one or more of these situations occurs:

It is hurting our mental or physical wellbeing or the wellbeing of others

The output is significantly larger than the input (effort, time, or money)

It stops growing or producing fruit

Something else takes over and we can no longer sustain both (or all)

It’s like when I planted 3-4 chive seeds per pot instead of one. They all grew together at the same time and began taking each other’s resources. Eventually, I had to choose one or two of those chive plants and send the other two into chive heaven.

I have a ghost I need to give up.

I have been writing every day for years. Since May of 2020 to be precise. I love writing. I’m good at it. I have a degree in it. And it’s my outlet for understanding the world around me. I write to you, but I also write to myself. I learn as I go and I (hope to) bring you all with me.

Now, don’t worry - I’m not giving up this blog. A good friend warned me not to give up writing for good (I won’t). I have a few writing contracts in the new year, a column in a publication, and an itch to understand my world through words.

But, I do need to make space for what is to come (which is all good things). So, I will be giving up the ghost of my daily paid blog. (Sigh.)

I know this doesn’t apply to all of you, but I did want to share my thoughts behind the decision.

And for those of you who have been supporting me and reading my words every day, I am truly, truly grateful (and humbled). I will continue to write everyday and I will share much of my work with you (I know who you are), but writing a new blog everyday was, well, a lot.

So, I will be writing a few blogs per week. I will share most of them here with you. For free.

Thank you for understanding. And thank you for going along this journey with me. You’ll all “see” me next Monday. But, I will miss some of you tomorrow.

I now officially “exhale” and release my daily blog ghost. I am grateful for her, for everything she has taught me, and for the opportunity to share with you all.

Giving up is very difficult for me.

But, with every extra chive that is pruned, the ones that remain grow taller and stronger. Thank you for reading, friends. I will be here next week.

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Code | Art | Music | SFX | Puzzle Design John M. Williams @GateEightyEight

Opening Poem Anonymous Japanese Folk Song Translated by Kenneth Rexroth

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does this have any edge case where it would infinite loop like in baba? did’t find it so far

[MASSIVE SPOILERS FOR THE GAME; DON'T DECODE UNTIL YOU'RE DONE WITH ALL 50 LEVELS]

contents: review and a bugging question

fb v'ir orngra nyy 50 "abezny" yriryf (fperj lbh, yriry 1)

v srry gung guvf jnf n ernyyl jryy qrfvtarq tnzr. rirel yriry npghnyyl qbrfa'g ercrng (va grezf bs pbaprcg), rira jura gur yriryf ybbx fvzvyne (rfpncr naq uvtu svir). gur fbyhgvbaf jrer ernyyl uneq gb svaq, ohg fbzrubj ernyyl rnfl gb ercebqhpr bapr lbhe qvfpbirerq gur "pyvpx" va gur pber bs gur chmmyr.

naq bs pbhefr, gur synve! abg eryngrq gb gur tnzr ohg v ernyyl yvxr ubyqvat n xrl naq yrggvat zl punenpgre onat vagb n jnyy... fb shaal :) abg bayl vf gur yriry qrfvta tbbq (vapyhqvat gur "erghea gb yriry 1 guvatl"), gur tencuvpf ner ernyyl avpr gbb!

guvf jnf n terng tnzr, ernyyl. juvyr v'z gnpxyvat yiy 51 (gung'f zl anzr sbe gur erghea gb yriry 1), v'yy or cynlvat fbzr bs lbhe bgure tnzrf! jhzchf jhzc lbh vf ernyyl sha gb cynl, ohg v'z ybbxvat sbe fbzr bgure sha chmmyr/cyngsbezre tnzrf... pbageby gur obql ybbxf vagrerfgvat naq shaal

ohg jung qb lbh qb va yiy 51??? v haqrefgnaq lbh unir gb hfr gur "erq pvepyrf" gb qb fbzrguvat, ohg v'ir gevrq chggvat vg orfvqr gur tenirfgbar naq chfuvat vg (abguvat unccrarq, ohg v znl or qbvat fbzrguvat jebat)

zl frpbaq gubhtug vf gb gel gb chfu bar bs gur cbegnyf, ohg fbzrubj v pna'g rira qb gung! (nf nyjnlf, v znl or qbvat fbzrguvat jebat; v'z jbexvat ba gur cbegny gung vf ng gur obggbz evtug bs gur qvzrafvba evtug bs gur tenirlneq)

zl oenva vf ernyyl oheag... (yhpxvyl v qvqa'g trg n urneg nggnpx! un un...) fb sbe abj, v'yy or cynlvat fbzr bs lbhe bgure tnzrf! v'z nyfb qrfvtavat n tnzr bs zl bja (cngevpx'f cnenobk + tvir hc gur tubfg + fbzr fbxbona guvatl gung v unira'g pnzr hc jvgu n anzr sbe), naq v ernyyl gunax lbh sbe gur vafcvengvba gung lbh unir tvira zr (naq fgvyy pbagvahr gb tvir). lbh'er n terng tnzr qrfvtare. qba'g fgbc perngvat tnzrf, cyrnfr...

Omega_3301 :)

what a sweet review -- thanks omega! that's very flattering.

not sure if you were able to figure out the end. i can give you a few hints. they'll get more explicit each bullet point down. (BIG SPOILERS FOR END OF GAME)

  • gurer'f n pbeare-pnfr zrpunavp va gur tnzr gung unfa'g orra "hfrq" hagvy guvf cbvag (nygubhtu v'q or fbeg bs fhecevfrq vs lbh unira'g frra vg). lbh arrq vg va guvf yriry.
  • gur zrpunavp vaibyirf gjb gryrcbegref.
  • gur tubfg jnagf gb rfpncr guvf jbeyq.

if you're still stuck, here is the explicit instruction on the goal of the level (but not the steps to solve it): (BIG SPOILERS, SOLUTION FOR END OF GAME)

  • lbh zhfg chfu gjb pbaarpgrq gryrcbegref gbtrgure arne gur tenir. guvf jvyy pnhfr gurz gb rkcybqr naq qrfgebl gur tenir.

ooh, interesting! seems like my "loophole" wasn't a loophole after all! now time to get the portals out... how hard could it be? by the way, could i get an idea of how hard this is (relative to the other levels)?

now i understand why there is so much empty space...... time for some fun!

it's can be tricky but it should be easier than some of the levels in the 40s. certainly easier than level 50.

Ok, this should be fun!

First thought: (like 1 minute thoughts)

-v cebonoyl unir gb hfr gur 2 erq guvatf gung ner haybpxrq nsgre v svavfu nyy abezny yriryf (qhu)

-v guvax v unir gb hfr gur snpg gung v unir 2 ragenaprf (Nsgre fbyivat gur abezny chmmyr,  v unir 2 jnlf gb ragre gur ertvba jvgu gur cbegnyf)

-v guvax vg nyybjf zr gb ragre n cbegny gung unf orra qvfnoyrq, gura chfu vg nsgrejneqf

Time for the final boss! (And then move on to control the body)

i'm stuck on level 24... here's what i found out: [rot 13]

-gur cbegny zhfg or qhcyvpngrq, naq v fraq zlfrys guebhtu gur cbegny gb trg gb gur bgure fvqr (jvgu gur k gbb)

-v qba'g guvax v fraq nalguvat ryfr onpx (be fraq zlfrys onpx)

-v'z abg fher nobhg guvf ohg v qba'g guvax vg'f cbffvoyr gb qhcyvpngr zlfrys be nalguvat bgure guna gur cbegny

-gur cbegnyf ner "zhygv ynlrerq"; gur gbc evtug cbegny yrnqf gb n qhcyvpngrq irefvba bs gur cbegny orsber pbclvat

-v arrq bar k sebz gur cerivbhf ynlre naq bar sebz gur nobir ynlre, gubhtu v'z abg fher ubj gb oevat vg sebz gur cerivbhf ynlre (fperj gur oernxvat oybpxf)

i'm pretty sure that some of the points i listed is wrong though

could i have some hints about how to continue? (or if my approach is correct at all)

btw, this is an amazing game, love this thing frustrating but fun

there's a sneaky trick to this one, haha. you're close!

let's say your third bullet is wrong and see if that's enough of a hint. if not, lmk

OHHHHHHHHHHHH I FIGURED IT OUT

turns out you need to [rot 13] (reveal the hints in order, for anyone who is stuck on this level)

-lbh arrq n k sebz gur cnfg naq shgher

-gur qhcyvpngbef pbcl gur cerfrag fgngr bs jungrire vf vafvqr gur cbegny

-gur k sebz gur cnfg vf uneq gb trg hayrff lbh unir gur gevpx

-cercnengvbaf, qba'g fghss gur k va gur cbegny naq qhcyvpngr

-lbh unir gb trg gur k bhg bs gur jnl (naq ernql gb fraq vagb gur hccre evtug cbegny) jvgubhg fgrccvat ba gur pehzoyr oybpxf; guvf vf qbar orsber qhcyvpngvat

-vs lbh tb guebhtu gur cbegny lbh jvyy chfu gur k va n cynpr jurer lbh unir gb hfr gur pehzoyr oybpxf; guhf, lbh pna'g qb gung. vf gurer nabgure zrgubq?

-ubj jvyy qhcyvpngvat lbhefrys nsgre fghssvat gur k va gur cbegny uryc?

thank you so much for your help!

and escape is also hard i think pulling one x from the future is the hard part now

but maybe 2 from the past? idk aaaaaaaa

ok i actually need hints

currently gave up on level 25 and working on level 26 "in series" it feels easier to approach

here's what i found out about level 25:

-gurer vf bayl bar jnl lbh pna pebff gb gur bgure fvqr, fb vs lbh jnag gb qbhoyr onpx, lbh arrq gb haybpx gur 2 "4" ybpxf ng gur obggbz

-zl ceboyrz vf gung vs v haybpx 2 bs gur ybpxf, gur ynfg ybpx vf vzcbffvoyr gb ernpu (v'yy unir gb gnxr nabgure 4 sebz gur arkg cbegny ohg gung arrqf 2 4f gb oevat onpx)

-guvf vf whfg n thrff, ohg qb v arrq gb hfr bar bs gur qvzrafvbaf gb fgber gur 4f? (naq v guvax gurer vf ab cbegny chfuvat urer)

-v guvax v znl or noyr gb chfu gur ahzore oybpxf ol sbezvat n 10 4 10... punva fb v qba'g unir gb fgrc ba gur pehzoyr oybpxf

it's definitely the hardest level so far

I only got to level 4 yet I loved it. Great puzzle game and  I hope to be able to finish it someday

Thanks for playing!

As a puzzle design nerd and fan of witness-like games that don't tell you a goshdarn thing and let you microdose epiphanies, phenomenal. I felt smart, I felt dumb, I felt alive

glad you enjoyed it! :)

This is a really great puzzle game that hits all the right buttons. The mechanics and components are very simple, but you've managed to use them to create some really interesting and unique puzzles. Really great work!

Thanks! Glad you're enjoying it :)

I finally got 36, useless; probably my favorite! If not, it is one of the 16 I will eventually beat. The game is excellent, the way it puzzles you without any tricks!

I'm creating a co-op bundle with the best tic-80 games. Revenue would be shared between developers. For now the bundle is composed of : the tic-80 console, Last In Space, 8bit panda, shadow over the twelves land and multiple puzzle.

Feel free to contact me on my twitter or by mail : darenn.gamedev[at]gmail.com if you're interested. Have a great day !

im so dumb that i dont know 3+6=9 lol

it's ok just think of them as abstract symbols and figure out addition solely by experimentation.

i already beat that, and 3+6=9 is important step, lol

Is level 37 even possible?

Yes, I can confirm that all the levels in the game are possible!

If you want a hint, let me know what you've figured out so far.

Nevermind, I got it. It really was impossible according to the rules of the game as I understood them. After I realized this, then I concluded that I must be mistaken about the rules in some way.

Very nice! Deducing that can be very difficult. You have to challenge your assumptions one-by-one.

Stuck on 17... I feel like there's something about the doublers that I'm not understanding!

Nevermind  - I got it  :)

very nice. that's a tricky one!

legendary puzzle game. Very fun and nice.

I have a small question- sorry for disturbing, how did you make the undos not jump two steps. It's something I've been struggling with on my own puzzle game because say if you press undo and you have to undo left then up, it skips to up instantly. It's something that has bothered me in tic for a while

Hey minidavid -- glad you enjoyed the game.

As for your question -- TIC-80 does not provide much structure as an "engine" so there is no "correct" way to implement undo. It very much depends on how you've implemented it in your game.

As a guess, perhaps you're undoing on button hold rather than button press so that it's triggering multiple times very fast?

Levels 35 and 36 have had me stuck for a couple days; hints appreciated! Awesome game!

Getting into tough levels there. Hard to hint without knowing what you've already figured out. Reveal them in order until you get an idea. I've kept the hints kind of high-level:

Hints for 35:

  • Jung vf gur fgehpgher bs guvf yriry? Ubj jbhyq lbh oernx gung fgehpgher?
  • Gurer ner gjb yriryf ba gbc bs rnpu bgure, ohg lbh pna bayl npprff unys bs gur nernf jvgu gur fgnegvat ynlbhg.
  • Lbh zhfg oernx gur cnevgl bs gur plpyr gb npprff arj nernf.
  • Gurer ner gjb jnlf gb trg gb na nern vs gurl nera’g oybpxrq: pybpxjvfr naq pbhagre-pybpxjvfr.

Hints for 36:

  • Jung pna lbh qb gb n cbegny gb znxr vg zber hfrshy ba guvf yriry?
  • Vs lbh whfg unq 2 fbyvq oybpxf lbh orng gur yriry.
  • Jung vf gur checbfr bs gur cbegny ba gur vfynaq? Ubj pbhyq lbh rire znxr vg hfrshy?

Any hints for 33? I've been stuck on that one for a while and have no idea what to do. I can't even unlock two of the doors on the right side, never mind all four of them.

Sure, reveal the hints in order until it gives you enough direction to continue.

Hints for level 33: ( rot13 )

  • Vf gurer n jnl lbh pbhyq gnxr zber 5f jvgu lbh guebhtu gur frevrf bs cbegnyf?
  • Gb trg rabhtu 5f, lbh arrq gb fgber gurz vafvqr n cbegny.
  • Gur bayl jnyy gung rkvfgf va guvf yriry vf gur 5 qbbe. Pna lbh hfr gung va fbzr jnl?
  • Lbh arrq gb or noyr gb chfu gur cbegny naq gnxr vg jvgu lbh.
  • Lbh pna hfr n 10 ntnvafg gur 5 qbbe gb or noyr gb chfu gur cbegny.

Answer to 7?

Plz help <3

Hints for level 7: ( rot13 )

  • Qbrf vg znggre juvpu funcr lbh hfr gb bcra gur jvyq qbbe?
  • Ubj pna lbh trg rabhtu funcrf gb bcra nyy gur qbbef?
  • Pna lbh hfr n lryybj qvnzbaq gb bcra gur jvyq qbbe?

i stuck level 4

Hints for Level 4: (use rot13 to decode)

  • Jung unccraf jura lbh yrnir n fdhner jvgu n tenl fvtvy ba gur tebhaq?
  • Jung unccraf jura n funcr yrnirf gur fdhner jvgu n tenl fvtvy ba gur tebhaq?
  • Ubj znal gvzrf pna lbh pebff gur zvqqyr jnyy?
  • Ubj pna gur checyr K uryc lbh zvavzvmr gur ahzore bs tenl fvtvyf lbh fgrc ba?

Hey I tried to hide your response but I accidentally deleted both your posts (I think because one was a parent of the other).

Try not to post direct solutions or hints within the comments. The rot13 is so that people can optionally interact with the hints. Some folks want to solve levels without hints and I don't want them to be scared to read the comments.

Any hints for 26 "In Series"?  I can get a 2 and a diamond or a 2 and a heart, but for the life of me can't figure out how to get both a diamond and a heart.  This is the Double Black Diamond of games, but it has totally gotten its hooks into this Blue Square intermediate player.  I'm still hoping for the rest of the walkthru, as  this isn't the only level that is haunting me...

I don't have great hints for this one, just some strategies to try. It's a rough one and it's hard to think about! (use rot13 to decode)

  • Gel gb or njner bs nyy gur bcgvbaf naq zbirf lbh unir.
  • Unir lbh gevrq oevatvat oybpxf onpxjneq?
  • Unir lbh gevrq yrnivat fcnpr gb ghea nebhaq naq oevat oybpxf sbejneq?

Finally got it.  Thanks!

OK, so nearly all of them seem impossible at first glance but 21 is killing me, particularly after I found 20 to be relatively easy..  and particularly as it doesn't seem to given anyone else any trouble!.. Hint please?..

Well surprising because 21 is quite "logical" in my opinion (and easier than 20...) - this is the beauty of this game : each player has its own way of playing it. Hint : gur serr fdhner yrsg gb gur "9" vf * irel * hfrshy

Thanks A12r13 - easier than 20?! Gah.. your comment helped, though indirectly - somehow it triggered a breakthrough on how to get a 6 and myself into the right position to open the first lock. I'm now able to get to almost thru but with a 6 where I need a 9... EDIT: Ah, got it! Yup, so obvious and simple when you get there..

would you give me a clue for 20?  I can get both 10s or both 4s, but that's it.

You're pretty close then! Hope these help:

  • Lbh arrq gb pyrne gur fvqrf va n pregnva beqre.
  • Vf vg cbffvoyr gb qrynl pbzovavat gur ahzoref? Jura vf vg arprffnel?

OMG never mind, I finally figured it out!

Can someone please explain like I'm five: why is it that sometimes in the higher levels when you go through a portal it seems to undo the last few moves? I can't quite grasp the logic of that and it's making it impossible for me to advance. 

Which levels specifically @megpea27? Are you sure it's undoing or are you being taken to a different place?

Like level 26 "in series" for example. I will have pushed one of the hearts into the heart block, then joined the line of items in between the two 1s and pushed up into the portal. When I come out the bottom, everything resets.

Ah yes, that's an infinite series of rooms -- entering the portal does not "reset" the room, it brings you to a new room with the same layout.

OHHHH... that makes a lot more sense. Thanks. I love this game, even though it makes me feel stupid. It's probably the most challenging and most rewarding game I've ever played. Still desperate for a walkthrough or some hints, though.

Awesome game, made me create the account here just to thank you. Took me 2 weeks to finish, but it was worth it. If I may ask, how do you create so difficult puzzles? I mean, when you design a hard level, I suppose you don't know immediately it's solvable, do you? Can you please shed some light on the process?

Yes, I like to say creating a puzzle is a lot like solving a puzzle :)

I always had a document open while making levels. Any time I saw a surprising edge-case or something unintuitive or cool happened, I would write that down in the document.

Each level started with me trying to force the player to do one of the cool things in the document. Sometimes, the conditions were specific enough that it was basically a full puzzle on its own. Sometimes it wasn't hard enough, so I then had to add complications and test to see if it was still possible.

The most important thing was iteration. Usually, my first draft of a level wasn't very good. Every time I worked on the game, I would go through a few levels I had already "finished" and made sure I still liked those levels. I tried to simplify each level to align with its core ideas. If I was unsatisfied with some part of the level, I would try to make small changes to improve it. If I thought the level was now overshadowed or just bad I would scrap it completely.

This iterative process slowly turned a lot of initially mediocre levels into interesting and challenging ones.

Thank you, I think you did a great job. Looking forward to your next game :)

Im having lots of fun but i cant do lvl 10

Here are the hints for level 10 I posted below:

Hints for level 10: (use  rot13  to decode)

  • Jung unccraf vs lbh chfu ba gur erq fvqr bs n cbegny? Ubj pna guvf uryc?
  • Gur purpxreobneq qbbe bayl bcraf jura nyy bgure qbbef va gur nern ner bcra.
  • Jung beqre zhfg lbh bcra gur qbbef va?
  • Vf gurer n jnl gb fgber n funcr ba gur gbc vfynaq sbe yngre?

im stuck on level one, can someone help me ?

Hints for level 1:

(decode with rot13 )

  • Jung unccraf vs lbh fgrc vagb n cbegny?
  • Pna lbh cerqvpg juvpu fvqr bs gur cbegny lbh’yy rkvg sebz?
  • Unir lbh gevrq chfuvat gur urneg vagb gur urneg qbbe?
  • Bapr gur urneg qbbe vf bcra, ubj qb lbh trg onpx gb gur purpxreobneq tbny?

This is a very good puzzle game. I want to finish this game, but the last level I'm stuck at is level 50. What I figured out in rot13:

Lbh arrq gb chfu n cbegny pbagnvavat 3 urnegf va nabgure cbegny. Lbh pna'g chfu obgu n cbegny evtug naq n cbegny qbja, orpnhfr gura lbh pna'g ernpu gur ybpxf. V'z cerggl fher lbh unir gb chg n cbegny va cbegny va cbegny hagvy lbh pna unir rabhtu urnegf. Gur ceboyrz vf gung gur gbc yrsg 3 ol 3 nern vf gbb fznyy gb znarhire gur urnegf.

Thanks in advance.

You are on the right track and I think making good deductions so far! The devil's in the details with this one. Make sure you stay organized and use every space you can. Think about all the directions you can enter the portals from and what the geometry of the level means for sneaking more hearts in.

It turns out I was pretty close. Some conformation I was on the right track helped.

I was really enjoying this. The puzzles are actually pretty challenging and really satisfying to finally get them.

But I finally got completely stuck on level 36 - I couldn't find any way to move anything in a way to even get started. So I went to refresh my browser to see if anyone was talking about that level in the comments. Hit Ctrl+R.... and completely reset my progress instead of refreshing the page. Rough choice of shortcut key there. I notice that's not documented so maybe it's a default part of the engine being used? In any case, I don't know if I can be bothered going back through the first 35 levels again. But good game and enjoyable puzzles until that happened.

Interesting! Ctrl+R is indeed reset in TIC-80 but it shouldn't delete any save progress (e.g. when I try it right now the progress stays). Maybe some weird bug in in the engine or some setting your browser had coincidentally clear it?

I hacked together a save editor real quick. It's available here: https://gate.itch.io/ghost-save-editor?password=ghost-save-editor

To use it, just launch that page and check the puzzles you want completed in your save file. Exit that page, and when you reload the main game, the progress should be there.

Oh, cool thanks! Interesting that you couldn't reproduce. I tried it again - finished a couple levels and hit Ctrl+R again, and again lost my saves. I'll do a little more testing around in different browsers etc when I've got some time, see if I can narrow it down. Edit - actually just tried again, and my progress stayed. Okay, I'm not sure what happened. If I see it again, I'll try to figure out the reproduce. Now to figure out 36...

Soooo good ! 

Loving this! Having some trouble on 39 and 44 (40-43 were relatively quick!).

Taking your cue and using rot13 go describe what i've attempted:

39: cerggl trahvaryl fghpx, v'ir zrffrq nebhaq jvgu fgnpxvat obkrf, svthevat bhg qvssrerag jnlf gb cbfvgvba gurz fb gung gur yrsg snpvat obk raqf hc bhgfvqr ba gur yrsg snpvat fvqr, chfuvat obkrf hc ntnvafg gur terl jnyy vafvqr bs gur obk gb zbir nebhaq, ohg ubarfgyl whfg ab cebterff.

44: v'ir pyrnerq gur K naq urneg (gubhtu xvaq bs jbaqrevat vs v nz fhccbfrq gb qb fbzrguvat orsber gung), naq vg frrzf gur bayl ivnoyr fcbg gb ghea bss gur ubyr ol gur qvnzbaq vf oruvaq gur tngr, ohg v pna'g svther bhg ubj gb erfphr gur 'bss' obk sebz gurer. boivbhfyl v pna'g chfu vg onpx bhg. v'ir gevrq gb znavchyngr gur cbegny fb v pbhyq chfu vg bagb gur bss obk naq fjnyybj vg gb ab ninvy. unir nyfb gevrq gb fbyir ol zbivat gur cbegny ba gur svefg fperra gbjneq gur oyhr pvepyr tngr, ab qvpr. ohg v thrff gy;qe v'ir ng yrnfg svtherq bhg ubj gb pyrne bhg gur k naq urneg tngrf.

Great job getting so far already! This is not an easy game.

Yeah those are both very tricky puzzles. 39 because it's very cramped and requires some good Sokoban and spatial reasoning, and 44 because the lynchpin is tough.

It's hard to hint because they're both pretty involved, but:

Hints for 39:

  • Gel sbphfvat ba fnivat n fvatyr funcr. Bapr lbh pna qb gung, vf gurer n jnl lbh pna rkgraq gung grpuavdhr gb gjb funcrf? Naq gura guerr?
  • Lbh arrq nyy gur fcnpr lbh pna trg. Vs lbh qba’g unir rabhtu ebbz va n yngre fgrc, vf gurer n jnl gb cbfvgvba guvatf va na rneyvre fgrc gb svk gung?
  • Vf gurer n jnl gb hfr n cbegny gb chg gur fgnegvat cbegny va n zber snibenoyr fcbg?

Hints for 44:

Since you're a little farther in this one, I'll give some more direct hints:

  • Lrf, gurer vf n jnl gb erfphr gur bss oybpx sebz oruvaq gur tngr, ohg vg'f n irel gevpxl zbir.
  • Znxr fher lbh qba'g hfr lbhe erfbheprf orsber vg'f nofbyhgryl arprffnel. Lbh arrq nyy gur ryrzragf lbh unir npprff gb.

thanks much! i'll dig into these soon, but that latter hint on 44 is def something i was wondering and glad to have the nudges in the right direction, and similarly on 39 super helpful to know what the basic strategy i'm looking for is ( and I had accomplished bullet 3 on 39 so glad to have figured that out :) ) 

edit: whfg tbg 44--shaavrfg guvat, v unq abg erfrg gung chmmyr bapr, v jnf fhecevfrq gb svaq gurer unq orra gjb K'f!  gung cyhf lbhe uvag naq v ernpurq gur oernxguebhtu cerggl dhvpxyl. irel sha yvggyr chmmyr. 

Nice game. Love it

13 is confusing

Couple hints for 13 (decode with rot13 ):

  • Jung qb gur pybfvat jnyyf nyybj lbh gb qb jvgu gur cbegny ba gur evtug vfynaq?
  • Jung beqre zhfg lbh ergevrir gur funcrf va?
  • Vf gurer rire n jnl gb chfu gur cbegny gb gur evtug?

I am having a hard time with some of the levels that have a hole in the floor... like Backup (18) and Errata (20). Is there a trick to these holes I'm not getting?

Good question! I don't think there's a specific unintuitive trick around the holes. The walls that pop up work the same as the holes (the only difference being a wall is created rather than a hole) so if you can solve level 4 you basically know everything you need to know about holes.

Gah.. I can't even see how to start 18 without going over the hole, and even then I'd need to steer each 'key' symbol over that point to get them to their 'keyholes'..  EDIT: Ok, of course, I'm forgetting all that I've been learning!.. Still stuck with how to get all the pieces in the required end position though!..

Damn, the solutions are so devious but so obvious when you get them! This game is going to take me a  year at this rate.. love it.. kinda reminds me of Riko

I am loving this game, but I could really use a walkthrough... this gets really challenging!

Yeah, it's tough! Maybe I could introduce an in-game hint system. Need to think about it a bit. I have a day job so I can't dedicate all my time to this game and it takes a while to write good hints.

In terms of getting stuck, if you've given it a good shot I would suggest skipping ahead. Maybe something in a later level will trigger some understand that will help you with the previous one.

One thing that would be kind of cool is being able to use the mouse to mark the ground with some pen/brush tool. It would really help dealing with recursive portals.

any hints on how to do level 10?

Hints for level 10: (use  rot13 to decode)

I am very impressed with your neat puzzle design. And the best part is the puzzle elements are quite simple but are capable of great level design. I liked the game very much! 

Fun game! Any advice on how to do #22 (and maybe #23 as well)?

Ah yeah, tricky ones!

(use rot13 to decode the hints)

Hints for level 22:

  • Pna lbh hfr gur snpg gung gur cbegnyf ner pbaarpgrq gb lbhe nqinagntr?
  • Ubj pna lbh zvavzvmr gur ahzore bs genc jnyyf lbh gevttre gb chfu gur cbegnyf jurer lbh jnag gurz gb tb?
  • Pna lbh hfr gur fnzr cbegny gb erfphr obgu n fvqr oybpx naq gur zvqqyr oybpx?

Hints for level 23 (tough level!):

  • Ubj pna lbh trg gur cbegny gb gur pbcvre? Ubj pna gur ahzore oybpxf uryc?
  • Vf gurer n jnl gb neenatr gur ahzoref vafvqr gur cbegny fb gung gurl pna or ergevrirq sebz obgu pbcvrf?
  • Vf gurer n jnl gb chfu gur cbegny bagb gur pbcvre jvgubhg gur vafvqr cbegny qverpgyl gbhpuvat gur gbc jnyy?

Thanks! I’ve been able to do #23, but I’m still kinda stumped on #22. Honestly, the game gets rather challenging around that point, I haven’t been able to solve most of the puzzles after #21.

Regardless, it’s an incredibly unique puzzle game. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a puzzle game use teleporters/recursion as adeptly as your game has. It makes to excited to keep playing on!

Also, would you mind giving me the hint for #34 “Hidden”, please? Thank you.

Tough to write hints for these! Basically no content is "locked" in this game, so playing through the levels or getting stuck is just part of the experience. I don't want to be too explicit because seeing the answer won't be nearly as satisfying as arriving there in some way.

That said, I do plan on recording a walkthrough video at some point and maybe I'll come up with hints for all the levels and have an optional in-game hint system. Not sure yet!

Hints for 34: (use rot13 to decode)

  • Jung qbrf vg zrna jura n cbegny vf lryybj? Vs guvf yriry vf fbyinoyr, jung zhfg gur cbegny ynlbhg ybbx yvxr?
  • Ubj qbrf gur jnyy ba gur svefg fperra uryc?
  • Ubj pna lbh rire erfphr gur checyr K? Jung jbhyq arrq gb or gehr?

Seems like I've reached the limit of my smarts/ingenuity/patience at around lvl. 20.. 22 has got me totally stuck too.. Read your hints and yeah, I can get the right and centre into the RH portal but can't see how to get the left 1 into the LH portal or the contents of the other out of the centre island.. ?!.. EDIT: and yet I just got lvl. 23 reasonably quickly  (15 mins?)  which you consider tougher (with the aid of your hints admittedly)..

I know this is old, but: have you been able to figure out 22? I just finally got it after leaving the portal in the middle island bridge instead of taking it all the way up to the 1

how did you find it solved on the level 23

Been playing today and absolutely love this game, so many cool ideas in it 😊👍❤️

oh my word level 15 😂 🧠📤📥

Ha ha, no kidding.. I'd been getting thru them ok then that one stumped me for days but opened it up this morning and got it first try.. 

One of the freshest little puzzle games I recently played :)

im stuck on level 3, but its a really good game so i dont mind

I love this game! It took me a while to figure out level 4 but nonetheless it was a great level. Awesome game design and cute puzzles :>

When's the walkthrough getting on YouTube?

Stuck on level 4, but the graphics, the game and level design are so amazing! Totally love it :3

Hints for level 4 below: (use rot13 to decode them)

  that was a good puzzle :-)

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