A downloadable videogame for Windows and macOS

Close your eyes.

Now reach out, carefully, until you touch something. Feel it; examine its shape, its edges and contours.

Now tell me what it is.

That is how you play ________.

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Controls:
- spam your keyboard to see (or to let out your frustrations)
- type the name of what you see
- keyboard or mouse for menus

Difficulty:
To complete this game will almost certainly take a team effort. We recommend playing it with friends, though it might be possible to complete it single handedly?!

There are 20 levels in this experimental, odd little thing. _________ was put together just for the fun of it by;

Rowan Crawford (https://twitter.com/Sumaleth)
Ben Weatherall (https://twitter.com/SunraHeadgear)
Rich McBride (https://twitter.com/Tanngnost)

We hope you enjoy _________. Thanks for playing.

Update:

v1.2 Fixes two levels that were broken on some computers and it again tweaks level flow to make the transition to secret levels more intuitive. Some improvements for readability on very high resolutions too. Finally, I added a 32bit Windows build.

v1.1 Improves the intuitive flow from the regular levels (1-17) through to the secret levels (18-20). Plus there are some small bug fixes.

StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rating
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(24 total ratings)
AuthorRowan Crawford
GenrePuzzle
Made withAdobe Photoshop, Unity
Tagsartgame, Atmospheric, Casual, Experimental, party-game, Singleplayer, Unity

Download

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_________ (What Even Is That Thing)-1.2-win64.zip 38 MB
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_________ (What Even Is That Thing)-1.2-win32.zip 36 MB
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_________ (What Even Is That Thing)-1.2-mac.zip 42 MB

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small hint for level 19:

if you listen to the ingame music you'll hear someone say something

Really loved the idea of this game, it made it so unique, and it was fun to spam my keyboard and have a purpose for it. I'm a fan of puzzle games, riddles and all that, but even for me some of the puzzles were hard to guess, mainly the references of specific things, like the films or the IQ ones (I also don't get the horse one, I guessed the answer, but it took me a while).

About the secret levels, yeah.. I got them, but I almost threw my pc out my window. I didn't get the first and for the second I had to do a bunch of stuff to get the audio reversed, no complains for the third tho, loved that one haha.

Overall, it was fun, a little bit hard, but fun. Even playing with more people, I don't think they'd had get some references either. Maybe a way to see more hints could help or make less specific references.

Thanks for making a game like this. My favorite level was the patience one, clever hahaha

I use MX-15 Debian Jessie 32 bit
and Wine 1.6.2-20 for windows games.

I can't start the game.

I wouldn't have a clue how to solve that, unfortunately. :( The win32 binary is straight out of Unity's exporter so it seems like it just isn't compatible with that particular setup. Hope that's not too disappointing. :}

I can't figure out 19! I've read the hints and I looked at the comments and I've tried just about everything! Help!!!

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i unlocked level 18 but i dont know the answer i got close with cola but nothing else works

nvm i got it it was coke

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Love the idea and the vibe. The mentioned bar looks extremely cool though.

nice game. some good puzzles, i especially appreciate the feature where the text will get yellow if you are close with the letters. though some of the puzzles were i would say too difficult compared to others, i have no idea for example how a horse is connected to rain and fauna, and ones that reference something ultra specific and current-era like QI and spielberg films just utterly murder the flow of this game imo. the musical puzzle especially, i figured out what i was supposed to do but even then it takes the dude like 5 minutes to say it, i thought i was on the wrong track for a while. and i have no clue how in the world i was supposed to figure out the last one, the image illustrates like a dozen things but i am supposed to focus on the nonsense in the middle and realize it is not some random vines or gas from earth or anything like that but this very obscure concept and word noone ever uses ever.  and the last puzzle in itself, like what the hell? ah yes, i remember when frogger consisted of two boulders and a diagonal line. still though, the parts like "time" and "nothing" gave this game a lot of charm and personality and i appreciate it, it was great when i could actually figure out the puzzles on my own.

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Thanks for playing it and for the feedback.

This was a quickly made game that has a lot of in-jokes and local-game-dev references which do make it difficult for the average player, which is why we suggested playing it with a group of people (it increases the odds that someone will get the reference).

Your feedback gives me a good idea of how I'd need to approach the puzzles for a properly paced, full-length release of this idea though.

I couldn't figure out 19 :(

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thanks for making this game called ujhhhhh I think it was _________ right, a bunch of underscores :)

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Hey thanks for playing it! That was a lot of fun to watch. :)

ya

Awesome game! But I can't figure out how to unlock the last 3 levels even with the hints (https://itch.io/post/763655 )  =(

I added some more hints to that post :)

Has anyone even unlocked 19 or 20?  :D

I added some more hints to https://itch.io/post/763655

Got to 18/20 but couldn't figure out the last 2 secrets. Quite fun, if a little devilish. It would have taken me far longer if I weren't playing with another person!

got 18/20 (couldnt figure out how to unlock 19 and 20) and had fun with it

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I got less than half of these.  I found the challenge impossibly hard.

Try playing it with a friend, or a group; you might find that a good brain's trust can unlock them without too much work. (Though, playing games with other people is difficult at the moment so stay safe above all!)

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I've really love this game but I cannot for the life of me figure out how to unlock the last level. 

super cool, but I couldn't figure out the final 3 levels. I was thinking maybe the pictures are a clue to solutions in the level select screen, but I couldn't figure it out . . . . 

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I wrote some hints here: https://itch.io/post/763655 :)

hey, thanks for the reply! unfortunately that link seems to be broken 

Oh sorry, I fixed it! (it's the reply just below here a couple of posts ---v )

had fun, thanks! (didn't figure out how to unlock 18-20)

First; you can type on the title screen and on level screens.

Second; the 3 icons on those levels give clues. The first one shows 9 underscores, the second is a reversed musical note, the third is a 5x4 grid with all but the last 3 boxes filled in.

Good luck. :)

More hints:

1. _________ is, not coincidentally, the title of the game. But what letters do those underscores represent?

2. The clue here is a reversed musical note, and do you notice anything about the ingame music?

3. There is only one place you'll find a 5x4 grid in the game and it shows a picture depicting what phenomenon?

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Still don't get the music hint. Also tried everything could think of for #19 to no avail. Did get three yellow words but nothing came of that.

edit: Got one for a different film too. Still having trouble figuring out.

how did u unlock level 19