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Polymute is a game about changing yourself into other things to solve puzzles, explore the world, or just to express yourself. Explore the mysterious ruins of the Crystal Spire and the caverns below, and uncover what secrets they may hide! As you learn more about the world, so too will your abilities grow, allowing you to transform into more and more forms!


Controls:

Right Mouse button to move

Left Mouse to use Actions

Scroll Wheel or Q and E to select an Action

TAB or Middle Mouse to open/close the Form menu

ESC to open the Main menu/Options

The 1-0 keys on the keyboard will also let you change your HUD/UI color.



This game was made both by myself, Linker, (Ben Maksym, @BenjaminMaksym) and The Wood Between the Worlds (Isaac Trail, @pqqq_ghost) doing the music. Be sure to check us out if you like our work! The game's OST can be found at the following link:

https://thewoodbetweentheworlds.bandcamp.com/album/polymute-original-soundtrack


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so not to be picky but have you considered having checkpoints for that final encounter, because I don't think I can handle repeating the entire thing over and over again for how ever many more dozen attempts it's going to wind up taking me to get through it

I'll consider it, sure! May not add them for a bit, but I'll see what I can do

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alternately, even just giving more time to react would help a lot probably

I think I'm stumped; can I ask for some hints? I have the deluxe magical boots, an eye-shaped gem, 6 tablets (though I have no idea what they're for), I've made the chameleon potion (and used it for something), and the invisibility potion (which I haven't found a use for). There's one mysterious room near the beginning of the game that I haven't found a use for, and another room with a glittering barrier that hasn't yielded to any of my ideas for how to cross it...

I'm not sure how much more specific to get; are there any obvious things that I should be thinking about at this point in the game? (I've forgotten a few things that I've since rediscovered through wandering, but I've been wandering long enough now that I think I might actually be stumped...)

If you have the eye-shaped gem, your next goal should be finding a way to upgrade it. See if you can find someone in Monster Town to help. You'll need the ability to fly though!

Bug report with the puzzle to get the lace root: I had figured out the form to assume, but not the color to assume, so I decided I would just try all 7 colors; but as soon as I was in the right form, talking to the person guarding the garden made them say the line about "you solved my riddle", even though they hadn't moved. They didn't move until I changed my color to purple... although that was the color that I started the game in, which seems like it might be a bug? (Why even ask me to be a particular color if I'm that way automatically? Plus I don't remember the effigy being that color, although I'm not certain that what I'm thinking of was the effigy, so I'm not certain about that part.)

I couldn't get out of the catacombs so i closed and reopened the game, and my save was deleted. Not really sure if I should keep playing.

Huh. That's... ...Not supposed to happen. Why couldn't you get out of the catacombs?

Also, if you want to post screenshots or anything to help me figure out why you might be having those issues, I'd be happy to see what I can do!

I've decided to play through the whole game again and I got past the point. Did you set it up so that you have to talk to the cyan nose before you can leave the catacombs without getting robbed?  Because thats most likely why. This game is great either way :)

You should only get robbed once in the catacombs, when you're going in, which takes away your ability to transform until later on when you get it back. I don't know if that's what happened for you, but you shouldn't be being robbed again when you leave the area. Regardless, glad you've enjoyed it!

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Okay I didn't download any update, i think every barrier/puzzle got reset maybe. And I did notice that in the spire, even though it saved in the boss room all the puzzles to get there were reset. Fortunately they could be solved conventionally from the other side.

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Oh well, I had a lot of fun playing this and I hope I can complete it and find everything. Best game played in a while.

New challenge: complete the game backwards

Huh. Maybe there's something to reset them after the boss? That's really weird. I'll have a look and see what I can find I suppose!

Or maybe the Objects.ini folder in the game files got deleted somehow? I don't know how it would have been, but that's what stores all the puzzle solving. If it got deleted, things would get reset... 

No, it's still there.

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Is there any way to get out of the Spire??

And at the end do I just have to close the game?

There should be a way to get out of the spire! There's either a teleport in and out (which you have to unlock) or you can go out the main doorway I think. If you're stuck inside for some reason, send screenshots and I'll help as best I can!

Also, at the end you do just close the game. However, it should save just before the boss, so you can do anything else you want in the game after you beat it.

The barrier in the main entrance reappeared and I'm stuck.

Huh. That's a new one. That shouldn't be happening, I can assure you. Did you download an update to the game after creating the file, by any chance? That may have screwed something up if so, but otherwise I'm at a loss for why that's happening. You may have to edit your position in the game's save data to get back outside.

First, close the game. Go into your local appdata and look for the game's file. It may either be labelled "Polymute" or "Transmute_Deluxe2". When you find it, open it up and go into the "Options.ini" file. Look for the setting labelled "Respawn."
Once you find it, set the x value to 2464 and the y value to 1176. Save and close the file, and then run the game. You should then be back outside the spire.

Sorry about having to give you a back-end solution, but I'll see if I can find out why that's happened.

Ok, thank you I'll try that!

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Yeah, I'm out now.

Did I really mess up forever the fuse puzzle with the three golems? is there any way to redo it?

Unfortunately no, that's beansed for good.

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Ok, just seems weird to have missables in this kind of game, in the end I edited my save's player position to get the treasure and get out.

Yeah, that's the only one really unless you miss getting a form somewhere along the line. I could potentially add a way for the puzzle to reset, but it'd take a bit of doing.

I love the game so far, but I've been stuck in the Clockwork Complex/Underground Lair part for a while now. I've been (i think) everywhere, and I can't find what I have to do. I'm probably just small brain though.

I've saved the elephant already and don't know what cold thing to give him.

See if you can find some Ice!

Thank you, that helped! But now I can't find the way into the Catacombs to get the Norn Leaf :( I'll search some walkthrough

Is there a way to easily undo the effects of an invisibility potion?

Couldn't figure out its use and it prevents me from accessing certain areas requiring guards to see me... :o

If you drink another potion it should cancel the effects! You can either brew another one, or drink a pre-made one elsewhere.

Love this, it feels very affectionately crafted. The story also actually gets pretty interesting later on. But I'm so frustrated that I can't figure out the last few things in the game. Could you please drop a hint on where to find the magic boots? What's the Lace Root for? And what's going on in the crystal cairn, because I have the crown and wand, yet nothing happens. These things keep me up at night.

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Thank you for the kind words! The Magic Boots can be found near the Shroomish Marsh. Look around very carefully! The Lace Root will come after that, as you may discover. Also, if you have the crown, then the Crystal Cairn is done; you'll get something special when you finish the game though. Also, out of curiosity, did you find the Gold Wand, or the just the Transformation Wand?

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Thanks for the help, I found the boots . Though now that you mention it, I only have the basic wand and there are still a few hints scattered in the game, which I haven't used: 1. "Go east in the Starlit Observatory."  2. "Go west path both hammer and sentry". Also, as I understand it, if I enter the final maze with the wand, something will happen?  Aaah, I feel like I'm so close to solving it

You're on the right track, but you may need to think outside the box to figure it out!

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Did it, wow that's tricky. And tbh I never would've figured it out, if you hadn't mentioned somewhere, where to look (can't remember, where I read that). It's kind of unreasonable, but then again it's not like the player's enjoyment depends on whether or not they can solve this ultimate puzzle. So yeah, loved the game. 5/5 and I look forward to your next project :)

I think I got stuck. I got stuck on the shore in boat form and now I don't think I have a way of getting out of this position. Any advice?

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Oh jeez, that's an oversight on my end. I'll fix that asap!

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Okay, I've pushed a quick hotfix update; if you download it, you should be able to get out of that jam. If you still can't, let me know!

That fixed it! Thank you for the quick response.

No problem! Thanks for letting me know!

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Looks to be a very fun puzzle game. I suspect I'll have trouble with the word puzzles, but it looks like a great challenge.

You may want to consider adding a way to access the Form Menu with the mouse. Either make the toolbar clickable, or map the middle mouse button to it. Then the game would be playable with only the mouse. (I ended up mapping a mouse button to Tab using AutoHotKey, it works really well.)

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That's actually not a bad idea! I may just do that! Thank you!

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Such a cute, retro-influenced game!! The characters have a lot of charm, and it's really calming to play

Thank you so much! I'm really glad you're enjoying it!

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just need to find one more emerald tablet...!

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I'm enjoying this a lot so far! The puzzles / transforming mechanics are really clever and the art & dialog are lovely. Can't wait to keep playing.

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I beat it! This game is really solid - there's an amazing amount of narrative & puzzle content (a lot more than I expected, honestly) and it all comes together so well. Beautifully done. Here's my playthrough: