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You were hologramming while flying and now you've crash landed on an alien planet!

The aliens all seem pretty friendly, despite you not being able to speak their language. Luckily, you're an alienguist, so you should be able to use your cunning linguistic skills to decipher their mysterious language. Source enough spaceship fuel to make it out of the planet's gravity well, before human civilisation ends!

How to play

Use arrow keys to move.
Speaking to aliens will teach you words.
Use the panel on the right to organise and say words.
Have fun!

Software used:

Made By:

  • Andrew Wilson (@chao) - Coding, Linguistics
  • Steven Hart (@neverlucky) - Coding
  • Ango Zhu (@infraxion) - Art, Music, Sound, Linguistics
PlatformsWindows, macOS, HTML5
Rated 3.7 out of 5 stars
(3 total ratings)
AuthorsChao, Occasionally Lucky, Infraxion
Made withUnity
Tags2D, language, Ludum Dare 45, Pixel Art
LinksLudum Dare


Alienguistics_linux.zip 33 MB
Alienguistics_mac.zip 32 MB
Alienguistics_win32.zip 30 MB
Alienguistics_win64.zip 32 MB


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I think I collected all the words through questioning, but I can't figure out what I'm supposed to saw to progress the goal. Thanks for making this though-- we need a lot more entries into games about linguistics :3

I also SUPER enjoy the sounds. The whole premise of getting to hear the player character attempt to imitate sounds is delightful.

I don't really understand what you're meant to do in this game, I'm just clicking random symbols and then I learn letters? I don't feel like I earned the new information, but at the same time it's not enough to do anything useful with, and I keep learning new characters that are back at square 1 with no letters.

What's the goal exactly? How does the "learning" mechanic work?


I really enjoyed this! Having some more responses would be useful, since the characters don't seem to be able to understand many phrases other than those that are required to progress, but this was a charming game overall, both in concept and execution. I also found the art style very appealing despite its simplicity. Great job!


Seems like a cool concept although learning the letters bit by bit without anything concrete seems a bit weird and at a point I'm not exactly what I should say anymore.


I'm pretty much at the same place right now, I have enough words to start a thought and not finish it. Doesn't exactly help that just asking what they mean will just put you in an infinite question loop. Having a fun time but it's definitely frustrating trying to figure it out.

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This game seems great, but you can't scroll on the right panel, which makes the game unplayable after a bit.

Edit: nevermind, figured out scrolling.

It doesnt work right..