I (Barely) See What You Did There: This Is A Tab

By Nathan Grayson on May 18th, 2012 at 11:00 am.

The actual game looks nothing like this. Hooray!
Clever things can be acknowledged in a myriad of ways. A knowing nod. A brief chuckle. A loud groan followed by social ostracization and self-loathing if it’s so-bad-it’s-good-no-wait-it’s-still-bad pun. This Is A Tab transcends all of these things. Designed as part of Ludum Dare 23 – whose theme was “tiny world” – it’s, er, a pretty literal interpretation of the theme. It’s also incredibly brief, but so, so worth the time. Admittedly, this thing’s a bit of a one-trick pony, so saying much more would ruin the surprise. But gosh, you still get a figurative pony. I’ve been asking for one of those for years, and all I’ve gotten are figurative sweaters and socks.

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35 Comments »

  1. Kynrael says:

    Ahah this was awesome, loved it !

    • EhsanKia says:

      This game is a perfect example of why I absolutely love indie games.

  2. Nemon says:

    Tabulous! And fun as well…

  3. Luke says:

    Excellent. Although, hard to see.

  4. John Connor says:

    My eyes hurt…

    • PodX140 says:

      The eye-strain really isn’t worth it.

      • Wunce says:

        I disagree, the eye strain is a feature!

        • Cim says:

          Unless your one of those hardcore players that want realism in all your games, I suggest pressing the Windows key and the + key at the same time before playing this.

  5. Toberoth says:

    That’s brilliant! But painful.

  6. Tom Walker says:

    First game I’ve completed in months.

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    Andy_Panthro says:

    Serious eye strain, but worth it.

  8. MadTinkerer says:

    SPOILER:

    I didn’t know it was possible to include interaction in a… URL icon(?) or whatever it’s called. Well done.

    • baby snot says:

      Favicon. Yes pretty neat trick.

    • 626 says:

      There is no actual interaction per se, just x&y co-ordinates stored in a script which updates the favicon each time you move. Very cool indeed!

  9. mmiasmostati says:

    I didn’t think I’d ever be thankful Windows came with a magnifier tool, but now I am.

  10. Heliocentric says:

    Magnifier ftw.

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    stahlwerk says:

    It doesn’t work in safari, but Firefox and Chrome can handle its favicon trickery.

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    Lars Westergren says:

    This has to be this HTML5 thing I’ve been hearing so much about. It’s even better than I expected!

    • Didero says:

      It’s not HTML5, it’s just Javascript.
      Interesting game nonetheless.

  13. FreakyZoid says:

    That’s not the right way to use “myriad”, by the way.

    • noom says:

      I believe myriad could be used both in “a myriad of ways” or “myriad ways” in that sentence. Bit of an odd word really.

    • Zugbop says:

      It’s perfectly fine, not that it matters.

  14. aukondk says:

    I have so many tabs open in Chromium I can’t even see the favicon. :P

  15. Cim says:

    Unless your one of those hardcore players that want realism in all your games, I suggest pressing the Windows key and the + key at the same time before playing this.

    Gotta say though, that was really entertaining for what it was.

  16. max pain says:

    FINALLY a game that I can play at work.

  17. El_Emmental says:

    I don’t seem to be able to interact with the tab (and its favicon)(even using the Windows magnifier to click/drag the green 4-pixels cube, or the black box).

    I tried Firefox (up-to-date: 12.0, but with a few extensions such as TaxMixPlus and TreeStyleTab) and vanilla Chrome (up-to-date: 19.0.1084.46 m) on a x64 Win7 system.

  18. Network Crayon says:

    Good thing the little man wasn’t wearing a grey jumper….

  19. yazman says:

    I just don’t understand this….. am I missing something? He gets sucked up by the green beam and then it just goes to a black screen.

    • Lucifalle says:

      You are missing something, the hint is in the name ;-)
      Observe closely.

  20. Aradalf says:

    This is truly brilliant.