Lost In Transmission by mtrc

made by mtrc for LD28 (COMPO)
Roboprobe's one-way mission to the Space Lab is complete, but he's not ready to be shut down just yet! Help him repair the communications array and grab an escape pod back to Earth!

Roboprobe can be sent commands to move him around, but he can only be given each command once! Think carefully. . .

Want a little bonus ending? Complete the game without failing any of the levels! Restarting with 'R' doesn't count :)

Run the game by double-clicking the .jar file


Arrow Keys - Movement
Spacebar - Dash
R - Restart Level


Lost in Transmission was made by me, Michael Cook! It's my third Ludum Dare entry, and my second trying my hand at art and music. First go at animation too. I'm pretty pleased with this one, although the mechanics didn't come together in time to make really satisfying puzzles. Hopefully what's there is interesting and fun enough for you!

Music made with Bosca Ceoil, SFX using CFXR and art using Pixen. Coded in Java + Flixel-GDX.

Say hi - mike@cutgar.net
More from me on Twitter - @mtrc
More games by me, including past Ludum Dares at



Coolness 75% 2
Overall 4.00 19
Audio 3.42 102
Fun 3.95 12
Graphics 3.33 291
Humor 2.74 307
Innovation 3.54 134
Mood 3.50 105
Theme 3.56 136


16. Dec 2013 · 05:37 CET
Very nice.
16. Dec 2013 · 09:33 CET
It looks good, sounds good and plays well. Very cool :D
16. Dec 2013 · 14:28 CET
Thanks both of you! Very kind words :)
16. Dec 2013 · 16:42 CET
I enjoyed this! :)
16. Dec 2013 · 16:47 CET
Great game and also good use of the theme
16. Dec 2013 · 16:51 CET
Awesome! Great puzzling with the right level of difficulty and explained very well!
16. Dec 2013 · 17:00 CET
I played it to the "Circumvention" level. Really good game in overall, especially on level design. This game got highest score I've rated so far :)
16. Dec 2013 · 17:16 CET
My personal contest winner so far. Great job! Very polished!
16. Dec 2013 · 17:29 CET
When it opens, it crashes immediately...
Crash report:
16. Dec 2013 · 18:02 CET
Hey NikinCZ! Did you extract the zip file into a folder? Running the jar from within the zip can cause errors.
16. Dec 2013 · 18:50 CET
I can't extract the files. I always get the error, that the compression of some files is not supported. I am using 7Zip. I really would like to test and review it! Can you please also upload a packed jar maybe?
16. Dec 2013 · 19:01 CET
Oh, I could it open with the laptop of my girlfriend. This is so nice! Cute graphics and nice animations. Simply love it :)
Steve [tacospice]
16. Dec 2013 · 19:20 CET
Excellent game!

Some tricky puzzles towards the end.
I got stuck on Circumvention first, then I almost gave up on Quad Core, and and the last level was only slightly less tricky.

But I got it at last! Back to Earth!
Should replay for the bonus ending, bookmarked the page to remind me.

The background music is nice, but the sound effects can be a little grating. Not sure why, maybe they're much louder than the music? I dunno.

Overall 5/5 for a job well done!

PS: I couldn't open the zip in 7zip, got an error about unsupported compression or so. Worked with Windows' built in zip manager. Oh, and I replied to your comment on my game!
17. Dec 2013 · 01:14 CET
Thanks for playing everyone! Apologies to those who had issues - hope it wasn't too much trouble. Thanks for playing and replying Steve! :)
17. Dec 2013 · 01:19 CET
A very fun puzzler. Pat yourself on the back.
17. Dec 2013 · 01:25 CET
This has been the best game I've played so far in LD28.
The graphics all go together and the audio/music adds to the spacey theme. Puzzles are engaging but not too hard, it was just right. Great job! Hard to believe it was made in only 48 hours. But how does it relate to the 'You only get one' theme ?
17. Dec 2013 · 01:47 CET
Thanks for playing, both of you!

@bttf - You Only Get One chance to send each instruction to the robot ;)
17. Dec 2013 · 01:51 CET
That was a really cool puzzle game :) Job well done!
17. Dec 2013 · 06:06 CET
17. Dec 2013 · 10:15 CET
Not too difficult, but still had to stop and think about a couple of the levels for a minute or two. I liked the extra bit of ending for the no-failure completion too.

Audio was great, and art was good too. Nice game overall.
17. Dec 2013 · 16:02 CET
Loved the game! Cute little puzzler, well done! :)
17. Dec 2013 · 19:38 CET
Nice . I finish all level
18. Dec 2013 · 01:33 CET
Really great game, and really nicely polished. Tutorial levels were great, and the puzzles were challenging. The music, art and animation are really nice - you should be proud of your efforts.
18. Dec 2013 · 18:40 CET
This is just so good, elegantly simple design but with depth to the puzzles and possibilities. Well played sir
19. Dec 2013 · 12:44 CET
Thanks to everyone who has played, rated and commented! I'm sorry I didn't reply to the comments sooner. I really appreciate it, and the comments always spur me on with the next game :)
19. Dec 2013 · 17:28 CET
Cool. This was short and interesting enough for me to play again. In my 3rd try, I finally saw the bonus ending - the greeting :).

Don't know if I can find other ways but in the last 3-4 levels, I have to send the instruction while the robot is still moving. That makes the connection between the game and the theme seems less strict.

Everything else is perfect :)
19. Dec 2013 · 18:32 CET
Very nice twist to a well-proven mechanic. I think I've found either a bug or a strange feature which prevented me from completing one of the levels. Unfortunately I can't remember its name and I've already closed the game, but it said something about inconvenience and had two terminals to repair. Oh, wait, you have it on one of the screenshots! So the thing is: on that level I go down-left-down-up-right-down-left, repair the console, wait until I'm over the gap and facing right, at that point I press up and the robot stops going right and goes up instead (shouldn't I be able to do that?) after that I press down, go through the gap and on the bottom level and technically I still point right (or is it down? I never actually checked if you can dash down), so if I dash I have to break the block and get to the second console and fix it. But instead as I press space nothing happens and message appears saying that I don't have any other moves and I lose.

I hope I didn't lost you completely and this information was somehow helpful. Good luck!

P.S. That repair sound is horrible, had to mute my headphones at some point, sorry.
19. Dec 2013 · 18:52 CET
@anvoz: Being able to send instructions while moving (except down) is totally intended. It's the only thing that makes the later levels work really, it was hard to design interesting puzzles otherwise :)

@mortus: Thanks for bearing with it and I'm sorry about the repair noise - I think it got corrupted in export from CFXR and became awful. What you've found isn't technically a bug I guess, but rather a feature I didn't make clear - you can't dash downwards. Although it does sound like you managed to do more actions than should be legal in that level. I'll check it out, thanks :)

If you want a tip to try the level again:

Down - Left - Down was right. Try going Left again at this point :)
21. Dec 2013 · 01:45 CET
Nice puzzle platformer. Good use of theme.
21. Dec 2013 · 04:56 CET
Cool game!
21. Dec 2013 · 05:09 CET
I feel you nailed every category. Well balanced in every respect - production, gameplay, presentation. Great game.
21. Dec 2013 · 06:17 CET
Loved it, great puzzler, completed it but hope to see more levels =D
21. Dec 2013 · 11:28 CET
Great all round effort, which introduces lots of different elements :) I love the lil animation when you fail, poor robot :(
21. Dec 2013 · 12:18 CET
Great puzzle game, solid presentation, good introduction of game mechanics. I hated the rocket sound effect, it destroyed the calm mood of the background track. Overall all: Well done!
21. Dec 2013 · 12:40 CET
very nice game ^^
21. Dec 2013 · 17:03 CET
Great game! Well design mechanic and puzzles!
22. Dec 2013 · 15:42 CET
Nice idea :)
24. Dec 2013 · 18:31 CET
24. Dec 2013 · 18:40 CET
This is really good! Nicely designed levels that make good use of your game mechanic, cute graphics, quality SPACE MUSIC and everything.

Very nice job.
03. Jan 2014 · 04:52 CET
Coll puzzle, man.
Sometimes collisions laggy.
But good job in any case =)