Simply perform the correct procedure to not explode.
The game is clean and I loved the graphics of the computer. I also like the idea of using books to solve puzzles, a bit like the library in MYST 1. I just think that some of the puzzles were a bit too complex but easy (I mean, solving the puzzle was straightforward, just requiring a lot of handwork from the player).
For example in the login puzzle, I found really funny the idea that the red book is not the book with a red cover, however, the puzzle to get username and password is a simple letter and page count that you tell to the player. It requires a lot of concentration not to miss one letter or one page, but it does not require actually a real problem solving or clever connections between hints from the player.
This was a very nice and polished entry, but holy crap the Auxiliary D-Lay procedure was frustrating! 😄 I dunno if I'm just super bad, but I had to crank the scale of my desktop up to 175% on my 14" laptop to even have a chance at it. 😅
I enjoyed the other puzzles very much though, and the game fits the theme very well!
This game does a good job of recreating the feel of old technology — it reminds me of Apple computers from the 1980's (or thereabouts). The color scheme and overall mood reproduce the experience of being an office-worker in a large beaurocracy. It brings back memories! I was hoping the sticky notes would provide the necessary login information, but to no avail. The puzzzles are beyond my ken — but that is mainly my fault (am not good at puzzle games, with few exceptions). Regardless, the retro-graphics and retro-sound are well done.
I guess one way to improve this game is to let the user log in (after solving a relatively simple puzzle), then increase the difficulty of the puzzles gradually. Just my 2 cents.
I survived! And I love this game! Lots of brilliantly creative puzzles here. The Auxiliary D-Lay was the hardest part for me, but it became manageable on fullscreen.
I guess I was hoping for more assignments after this first task, but it's already a hugely impressive amount of content for a game jam!