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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  1. Kynrael says:

    Ahah this was awesome, loved it !

  2. Nemon says:

    Tabulous! And fun as well…

  3. Luke says:

    Excellent. Although, hard to see.

  4. John Connor says:

    My eyes hurt…

  5. Toberoth says:

    That’s brilliant! But painful.

  6. Tom Walker says:

    First game I’ve completed in months.

  7. Andy_Panthro says:

    Serious eye strain, but worth it.

  8. MadTinkerer says:


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

  9. mmiasmostati says:

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

  10. stahlwerk says:

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

  11. Lars Westergren says:

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

  12. FreakyZoid says:

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

  13. aukondk says:

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

  14. 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.

  15. max pain says:

    FINALLY a game that I can play at work.

  16. 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.

  17. Network Crayon says:

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

  18. 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.

  19. Aradalf says:

    This is truly brilliant.

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