sphinx of black quartz judge my vow is a dislocated puzzle poem. player languages themself across the blank expanse, making memory incantation to untie cipher sentences. a post-mortality warning to the world's cocky wordsmiths and anyone out to out-talk death. for 0 - 1 players. best with headphones.

made by bryan depuy (itch.io), sam pollock & griffin epstein for ggj 2017.

thanks to freesound.org users magedu for "old PC boot," sinjohnt for "restaurant ambience," and spoonsandlessspoons for "computer running ambient." others sounds in the public domain. audio licensed via CC 4.0 specs

Install instructions

keyboard required. headphones / loud speakers enthusiastically encouraged.

webGL version should play in most browsers.

windows zip includes an .exe and data folder. extract them into the same location and run.


SPHINX_Win.zip 26 MB


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my screen just says "whisper whisper whisper" the games been brilliant but I'm wondering if this is the end - or if I got something wrong at some point.

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it's the end of the web-only version! when we do live installs this is the part where the dot-matrix printer kicks in...