A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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"Compared to this DiCaprio’s dream within a dream nonsense was a piece of cake!" -Alpha Beta Gamer

Press Ctrl is a mind-bending puzzler where your avatar controls another avatar via an in-game keyboard. Most Original Game | GMTK Jam 2020

Controls

  • [Ctrl] - start playing
  • [ ↑ ][ ↓ ][←][→] - move your avatar
  • [Esc] - exit
  • [R] - restart the current level
  • [F] - toggle fullscreen

Features

  • Unique Inception-style puzzle mechanic
  • Weird thumb creatures
  • Four deceptively-simple levels with increasing difficulty
  • Around 30 minutes of brain-melting gameplay (unless you rage-quit earlier)

Playthroughs

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StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Jul 12, 2020
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(27)
AuthorIdan Rooze
GenrePuzzle
Made withAdobe Photoshop, Unity
Tags1-bit, 2D, Casual, Experimental, Pixel Art, Psychological Horror, Retro, Unity, weird
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, High-contrast, Textless
LinksBlog

Purchase

Buy Now$1.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Press Ctrl - windows.zip 21 MB
Press Ctrl - linux.zip 22 MB
Press Ctrl - macos.zip 20 MB
Press Ctrl Jam Version - windows.zip 18 MB

Development log

Comments

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Where do I download the original jam version?

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omg, this game is fun but I droped my head on my desk for the third level... gotta sleep now cya 

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this game is extremely hard, but very fun. great job

i would buy this if it had more than 4 levels i would buy it for $15 or $20 even if it had maybe 30-50 or more it looks like a good game but more is better i think in this case.

:l

How did you not call this Gameception????

doesn't work on macos :(

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I'm sorry that you're having difficulties. I would suggest downloading the official itch.io app and launch it from there.

yeah, trying standalone and from itch app, still doesn't work :(

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Will look into it, you'll get your game!

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I have uploaded a new version, please let me know if it works for you via the itch app. Also, is your system 32 or 64 bits?

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I will not pay 2 $ in a game that I will play for 2 minutes, I will pirate the game. :D

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Hope you'll like it. if you did, I'd appreciate your donation.

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Neat idea for a game

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i wanted this free but is ok i loved the idea and i wanted to try finish this game fast but i dont have money because im brasilian so sorry but i loved that idea

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hello, I wonder if you will put your game on stea

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The game is now on stea

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Very original game indeed.

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great!

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I never thought it would matter this much whether I went down and then left or vice versa! Kudos for making this in a single jam!

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When linking to this page, it is said the game is free. Yet here I see it costs 2$, am I missing something?

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Hi Keller, the game was free for the first month after its release. What link brought you here?

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Yesterday I saw GMTK's  "The Best Games from GMTK Game Jam 2020", your game was featured and intruiged me. I googled your game and found this page as well as a reddit post (over a month old by now) about Press Ctrl, here's the link: https://www.reddit.com/r/IndieDev/comments/hworlp/press_ctrl_was_ranked_number_1_in_originality_out/

Pricing after a month makes sense. I might as well buy it, cheers from another Israeli!

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Fuck this shit. Good game though. Very clever design! :)

Thanks for playing, davebertaud!

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I found this game as it appeared on Hinata channel on youtube. Fantastic job on the game. I loved it. I wonder if you made the game recursively? That would be a nice challenge.

Also, I think it would be a nice touch if the avatar's screen also showed the CTRL screen that the game starts with. That way it would feel like there's always a new layer of gaming instead of a new layer of keyboards.

Hi nonameron, thank you for the feedback! A certain aspect of the game was made using recursion (specifically closing multiple screens by pressing the Esc button), but in hindsight I could use it more.

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Oh my this was tough

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Thanks for the comment, el_matin!

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input lag: the video game

Basically this. :)

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What a mind boggling intresting gameplay... Loved my brains out!! 

Glad you enjoyed it, Creative Canvas!

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Congrats on having the most original game of the jam!

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Thank you, JorWat! I'm grateful. ☺

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AAAAA THIS F*CKED ME UP REAL BAD. I LOVE IT!!!

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XD please accept my apology.

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awesome X 10

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Thanks X 10

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INCEPTION...

;D

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Love the idea. It's really out of control and innovative.

To my surprise, there are logical strategies in this ridiculous controls!

 

Thank you kindly, and congratulations for finishing the game :)

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Great idea, great and nerve wrecking game!

Thank you for the feedback, Discordula!

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This game is absolutely fantastic, great job!

Any chance of a linux or web build so I can show to some specific friends??

Would make sure to upload one after the event ends!

Works perfectly on Wine

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A Linux version was uploaded, mut! Would you please let me know if it works properly?

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I actually asked it for a friend, he played and it seems to have worked!

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Hurts my brain, I love it!

♥♥♥Sorry♥♥♥

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Wow, what a mindf*ck! Really simple premise, but really challenging, especially the later levels! Well done!

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*Tips hat*

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It's the first game among all I saw on this Game Jam, where developer came up with a really interesting idea on the topic. Good job!

I'm very honored, rembocoder.

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Amazing game..

N8Dawg ♥

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You broke my brain and I will never forgive you...Really great game though.  Maybe it starts off a bit too difficult, but it's entertainingly difficult like 'Getting Over It'.  

You're too kind, SpoilThatSong. :)

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Really great little game! :D

Thank you ThatFidgetyGuy!

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Very clean execution of a neat idea, though kinda frustrating due to your main character’s movement speed and the proxy character’s friction.

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Appreciate the feedback, Alon ♥

Hi Alon, I increased the friction of the avatars, and fixed the issue with diagonal movement not being normalized, and thus too fast. The game should feel much better now. ☺

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Hi, that’s good to know though I recommend you list this as a “post-jam” version and keep the original version as well. It’s unfair to keep only the updated version you fixed after the jam-contest concluded.

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There are two versions available, the original one and the post jam one.

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So difficult, great job!

Thank you so much Izick!

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Congratulations! Now I hate you. Great Job tho!

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Thanks Parion! (:(

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i absolutely love it and hate it

It loves you back but it doesn't hate you back.

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Agh! It's very frustrating, but it's a neat concept. Although AGHHHHH

Thanks _primecode. And my apologies.

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This is soooooo good

Thanks, Vedir! I appreciate it.

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I HATE THIS FUCKING GAME OMG

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