Annulus offers life on the inner-edge


Annulus [ site] is one of the Ludum Dare 38 games which has caught my eye. With this one it’s because the tiny world it takes place within is ring-shaped (hence the name). With that in mind you’re generally navigating the inner surface of the ring, foraging, hunting and investigating ruins.

As per the developer:

“A small, circular world. Can you guide your tribe? Inspired by A Dark Room, Non-Stop by Brian Aldiss, and the works of Iain M. Banks.”

I was playing using the WASD keys and the navigation goes a bit strange at points because as you travel around the ring the axes change every now and again in relation to where your little person is so I’d suggest using the mouse instead.

Mostly I wanted to flag this up as an interesting space to play in although from the few minutes I’ve been exploring the decisions you make are of the general resource management kind – gathering all the berries for a one-time bumper crop or making smaller-yield repeat visits. You know the sort of thing!

Here’s the Ludum Dare page if you fancy.


  1. Sakkura says:

    Should take a fair while to complete the game if it’s actually ringworld-sized.

    • MrUnimport says:

      This is a ring world game, not a Ringworld game.

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        phuzz says:

        If it’s based on Banks, then it’s an Orbital. Mind you, they’re still about ten million kilometres around…

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          Zarkonnen says:

          Yep, it’s an Orbital, or an Orbitalette, I guess.

        • shadowmarth says:

          The Culture had orbitals, but it also had Rings. I don’t recall if any of the books ever went to one, but they definitely referenced them as being much larger and rarer than orbitals, which is sensible.

          • Nauallis says:

            Isn’t one visited in the first book, Consider Phlebas, when the dumbass protagonist and merry band of idiot misfits raid that ultra-long city ship that chugs along on the world-ocean? Was part of the Idiran War evacuations, and the Minds left it in place because there wasn’t enough time to move it and/or they were using it as bait to make the energy grid detonation more destructive.

          • tigerfort says:

            @Nauallis: Nope, that was an Orbital. They’re much smaller than Ringworlds, but they’re still millions of miles across.

  2. Nauallis says:

    But life on the outer edge would be forceful if not straight-up magnetic.

  3. golochuk says:

    This game is fun, or more accurately, would be fun if it wasn’t made in 24h and thus really lacking in length or stuff to read or challenge. It’s good at stimulating the imagination and would be an intriguing premise for a bigger game.

    It’s really great that you can see the ring shape of the world and think about it anytime. The funky camera is bad; the control change is too annoying even though it reminds you of the shape of the world, and by the end of the short game I was starting to get nauseous.

    Overall :) out of ten and would like to see more.

  4. Kristen.maxwell says:

    Puts me in the mind of Rama.