Submachine: 32 Chambers
August 2nd 2010
Submachine: 32 Chambers is the third side-story game and second Submachine game to be featured in the Jay is Games Casual Gameplay Design Competition. Submachine: 32 Chambers was released on August 2nd, 2010. The game is a reference to a note found in Submachine 4: The Lab where an explorer was trapped in 32 chambers of sand.
This game recounts the exploration of the 32 chambers by an unidentified explorer.
At the start of the game, the player finds him/herself in front of a rusting and broken portal which cannot be used, as it breaks when the player enters coordinates and activates it. The player must progress through 32 rooms of sand, solving various puzzles with the help of items they find throughout the tunnels.
The final room is a large and incomplete Mesoamerican calendar. The player completes it with several items they have found in the tunnels. After the calendar is fixed, it disappears into an abyss, and two dates appear: "21/12/2012" changing to "21/12/7137". According to Skutnik, the player has stopped the predicted doomsdays on those dates.
List of locations
There is only one location in this game, namely:
This area consists of thirty-two chambers half-buried in sand, made in the style of the ancient Central American cultures, showing illustrations and glyphs carved in stone, among other things. From the portal in the beginning, and the note from Submachine 4, it follows that the area must have three-number coordinates, but they are currently unknown (though in the SubVerse we can see two sublocations of this zone, they are karma portal locations).
According to Mateusz Skutnik he first came up with the idea when he saw the theme of the Jay is Games Competition. The theme for the competition is "sandbox", and he thought about the 32 chambers mentioned in Submachine 4: The Lab, and in his words "it just clicked".
The game eventually won all three categories in the contest and averaged a rating of 4.8/5 from 900 votes.
|Main series||1: The Basement • 2: The Lighthouse • 3: The Loop • 4: The Lab • 5: The Root |
6: The Edge • 7: The Core • 8: The Plan • 9: The Temple • 10: The Exit
|Side series||Ancient Adventure • Future Loop Foundation • FLF • 32 Chambers • The Engine • The Explorers|
|Other games||iSubmachine • Sketch of Submachine 2|