This game was made for Ludum Dare 36. The theme was "Ancient Technology". An online version here

You are a student and your teacher ask you to solve some rope linking problems for his future flying machine. As you advance in your studies, the problems become harder and new kind of ropes appear.

This is a puzzle game in which you have to understand what are the rules assigned to each rope. A second goal is to use as little ropes as possible. The score is printed for each level at the top right hand corner and at the end of the game, you have the total number of ropes used. Share it in the comments :)

Good Luck :)

If you enjoy the game, you can also create your own puzzles (only with the exe version). To do so, you have to create a text file. A puzzle is represented on a single line (you can have multiple line in a single file). You have 10 numbers for the ropes followed by 10 numbers for the pulleys (0 there is no pulley, 1 there is a pulley). For the ropes, here is the encoding :

0 = no rope

1 = black rope

2 = blue rope

3 = green rope

4 = orange rope

5 = red rope

Example :

0 1 2 1 4 1 5 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Then, once you have your puzzle file, from the main menu, press P to go to the customized puzzle mode. Choose your text file and enjoy ;)

You can share your challenges in the comments for more fun :D

Tools used:

Game Maker




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More information

Published59 days ago
PlatformsWindows, HTML5
TagsGameMaker, ld36, puzzle, ropes
Player countSingleplayer

Install instructions

Simply execute the exe file or visit for an HTML5 version.


TheArtOfTheRope.exe (20 MB)
Project Game Maker (4 kB)

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