Join Ludwig on an exciting journey through the world of physics. Find out how energy is created from fire, water, wind and sun and use them cleverly to protect the Robotronics on Unitron against the impending energy collapse! Ludwig is a new type of learning game, which not only conveys knowledge, but is also really fun to play!
User reviews: Mixed (33 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 6, 2014
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"Find out how energy is created by journeying through a world of physics with an adorable robot."

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7.5/10 – Games for Change

3.5/5 – SteamFirst

About This Game

OVERVIEW
2098. Mankind has left the Earth and is now living in space colonies. Ludwig, a research robot from a faraway civilisation and his spaceship are looking for forms of new energy. Unfortunately, mankind´s new space colonies are not listed on his interstellar maps, which results in a fatefull crash with the physis, the biggest station with a billion inhabitants. The crash does not only tear a huge hole into the physis´ protective cover, but also damages Ludwig´s spaceship badly enough for him to lose control of it and crashland on planet Earth. Now it´s a race against time.

Will Ludwig succeed and get his spaceship going in time to save the physis?

FEATURES
  • Explore the area where the spaceship crashed or an enormous dam, travel by balloon through the snow and ice or cross an almost endless desert. There’s so much to discover!
  • Find the weirdest components and construction plans. Use them to develop practical new gadgets to supply Ludwig with energy!
  • Discover physical phenomenons and analyse them in order to reveal the laws of physics and solve the tricky puzzles in the game.
  • thrilling storyline arching over 4 unique environments
  • more than 8 hours of gameplay
  • developed with physics-teachers, pupils and educators - 100% curiculum based
  • comes along with didactic materials for school useage

WHAT THE GAME IS ABOUT
  • The game tells the story of "Ludwig" - a small research robot who is on an important mission to find new forms of energy for the home planet of the Robotronics. After a long journey he finally reaches earth - just to find it abendoned. Humans exhausted nearly all energy sources and left the planet. They live in big space stations. Unfortunately Ludwig hits one of these spacestations with his spaceship and crashes down on earth. A damaged spaceship, a far away homeplanet in desperate need of energy know-how and 1 billion humans in a damaged spacestation - now it´s up to you as a player to clean up this mess!
  • While following the storyline Ludwig has to learn about the human technologies on earth. Starting with the most basic form of energy production - combustion - he has to advance through a techtree to find and learn about more sophisticated forms of renewable energy.
  • Ludwig doesn´t know anything about the laws of physics on earth (remember - he´s an alien from a far away robot civilization called the Robotronics...). So he uses his scanner to find and analyse physical phenomenons which appear in the gameworld. All the knowledge is stored in a dynamical conceptmap - the knowledgebase.
  • The knowledgebase is empty when you start the game. While playing, it fills step by step with new nodes. You will end up with a huge concept map of physical knowledge on renewable energies. (developed together with physics teachers and educators).
  • The game features 4 unique "themeworlds". These quests in these environments are based on a specific topic (combustion, water power, wind energy, solar energy). The themeworlds are connected by the storyline.
  • Every themeworld features a minigame - called laboratory. A laboratory illustrates the core knowledge of the themeworld (for example: How does a pumped storage power station work? or Where should i place my windmills to get the most efficient energy output?
  • All this educational gameplay is nicely embedded in the storyline. The game is NOT devided into playing- and learning- or assesment elements. You always KEEP PLAYING the game!
  • Ludwig is designed to be fun to play (please judge for yourself ;-) but it can also be played in schools. The game comes along with a set of didactical materials for teachers to support embedding Ludwig in classes.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP (SP3) / Vista / 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Celeron 2.6 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce 8400 GS
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: 7 / 8
    • Processor: Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Geforce GTX 760
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
I can say that this game is pretty amazing.
Although it is targeted for kids, I had a lot of fun finishing the 1st stage.

This game teach a lot of things like what material burn easily?, what is the residue if you burn a piece of wood?, etc.
Science & Nature lesson are cool!
The main character is a funny robot and the conversation are full of jokes.
All the puzzles are challenging, it's fun to solve it.
There is Main Quest & Side Quest for more challenging gaming experience.

Buy this for your younger brother/sister or maybe your kids.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Personal Rating: I liked this game quite a lot.
Classic Rating: ★★★★☆

Graphics and Artworks/Cutscenes are pretty good, storyline is deeply and well scripted, characters are original and funny; there are some links to famous games/movies too, like Half Life and Star Trek. Music is good too, even if it's the same track for several locations - as it was for characters, there is at least one link to a famous TV Show also for the soundtrack: A-Team.

Gameplay has some issues, nothing really bad though: controlling LUDWIG can get a bit boring because of the camera and environment which covers your visual at some points; in the last chapters i experienced several jerks while grabbing stuff and while moving myself around: i did even set graphic settings to "performace" but it didn't change a bit.. the game takes some time to load and quit too.

So, in the end LUDWIG is a game about exploration, reading, learning stuff and solving puzzles (nice ones if i have to say, some are easy enough, others are a bit more challenging but never too difficult): probably best suited for kids, i enjoyed it anyway :-)
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 31, 2014
pros:
+ great story
+ great characters
+ worth a few laughs
+ it should be able to teach your kids something
+ even though the puzzle's, trivia and adventure elements are aimed at children, going through the game stil took me 9 hours. lots to collect and explore, 1 of the few games that got me to read each dialog. (i might have left the game on while doing something else occasionally)

cons:
- not challenging if you have had your first physics/chemistry classes (aimed at children)
- game play can feel a bit slow at times, althoug its not bad compared to other point&click adventure style games

overall i really enjoyed this game even though i was a bit dissapointed about the lack of challenge.
the dialogs are funny and the story is thought out very well, and suprisingly deep.
at the end it was a very entertaining casual experience.

i experienced no crashes, although there often where lagspikes when picking up stuff, nothing to interuptive though. initial loading time when starting up can be quite long, but thats the only time i was bothered by long loading times.

even though others have said something else, i would like to say that this game does present fun for all ages, it however, is not fun if you do not take the time to read the dialogs and get into the story.
but thats true for all games. rpg's are always, get x of this, kill x of that, escort john to his market stall. in fps games you are always running around shooting things. in racing games you always drive laps. even the best puzzle games with the funnest gameplay mechanics will still get repetitive without story and arbitrairy goals and rewards.to have fun you WILL have to take the time to read a lot of dialogs :)
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
12.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
I had a lot of fun playing this game!
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11 of 21 people (52%) found this review helpful
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2014
The English translation is abyssmal, and the game has a lot of text. Some very annoying design decisions evident right from the start help this conform to the stereotype about educational games. Maybe if they had focused less on the minigames and promoted the core experience, which is sort of a free-roaming adventure game?
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
Interesting idea, but poorly executed. The hydroelectric power mini-game is a good example of some of the problems with this game. If you lose the mini-game the first time the 'reset' button doesn't actually reset the game. It will take you back to the beginning, but whatever the status of the basins and generators were at the end of the last game will be your new starting point. It is also unrealistic as the upsteam and downstream basins will completely run dry within a couple of hours. The translation is also not great; in the mini-game I'm using as an example you are told 'You loose' if you lose.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
A possibily fun little puzzle game that is hurt by its aggressive hand-holding and cuts to mini cutscenes every minute of gameplay. This may in fact be a child's game, and it really does treat the user like an idiot.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 16
very basic 3rd person padventure with gravity related puzzles. seems to target very young audiences and has way too much text and tutorial stuff going on.
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44 of 54 people (81%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 6, 2014
This game is honestly soo different then anything you will ever play. At first everything is hard the controls are really weird and it's just you talking to your spaceship. After about 30 minutes of walking around you kind of get a feel for the game and everything begins to make since......

The game: You are a robot named Ludwig where you crash land on planet earth, you are a simple robot with a very intelligent spaceship ( that helps you every step of the game). Your goal is to explore and find and discover every element we know......for example we know how to make a fire but Ludwig does not. So you have to go and find parts to make a decoder to read a manual for a BBQ and this allows you to make a fire....but before you get hurt, your spaceship makes a combustion lab which allows you to test all combustibles ( you get to see when they burn, when there is nothing left and the molecules left behind)

The good: The game is its weird kind of fun. If interested in science you get to learn a lot of interesting things about our elements. The world is beautiful, mini games are fun.............a little addicting

The bad: The controls basically suck, The music is repetitive and just sucks ( I had to mute it and play my own music)
a lot of talking between you and your spaceship before you can get going, have to read a lot to fully understand every option in the workshop.

Buy it: If you like science and want a game where you can relax use your intelligence go for it. I know I'll be playing it some more

Rating: 7.5/10
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31 of 35 people (89%) found this review helpful
7.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
Finished (almost 100%) in 7 hours. Enjoyable, but I probably won't play it twice, since I didn't see much replay value in it for me. Relatively stable with only one crash to desktop, and it would have been nice if the game could be played in a window instead of full screen. Loading screens are longer than I would have liked. Played one level via Steam Streaming on my Mac without trouble.

Game itself was a fun adventure. Graphics were nice and controls were fine. It appeared to be educational, but I certainly didn't learn anything I hadn't already learned in highschool.

[Edit: Registration no longer required with latest update.]
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
Despite bad first impressions when I started playing this game, it has been improved. Especially now that they have listened to the customers and have removed the login page.

This game is really good. Here are my thoughts so far:

PROS

- It is very easy to learn. The controls are weird but easy to understand and get used to. The tutorial helps a lot.
- The gameplay is fun. The puzzles are interesting and fun.
- The graphics are good and the artwork is pretty.
- The game is very educational. While most of it is learnt it high school, I managed to learn something from this game.

CONS

- No option for windowed mode or ability to change resolution.
- The game has crashed once, even though it was on medium quality for graphics on a very high performance PC. Maybe this issue has already been fixed.
- There is no option to save in the menu. You have to find the save points in the game in order to save, which there are lots of them around. However, in a rush, it might be hard to find one and walk to it in order to save the game.

After a lot of consideration and thought I have decided to recommend this game.
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14 of 18 people (78%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 16, 2014
It's a great game for little kids. If you are older than 12 years old you probably wont find this fun unless its like one of your first video games.

I played for about 30 minutes and the whole game is just go here click on this, go over here and click on this. There's no voice acting, just text reading. There aren't really puzzels so much as just looking for things and then finding them and then clicking a few menus to use them.

Just a heads up I didn't buy this game I got it in some 2 dollar bundle on indiegala or something. Anyway its NOT a bad game its just not fun if you are of a certain age.

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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: June 23, 2014
EDIT 5.8.

You don´t need an account anymore, thanks to the Developers!

So I can finally tell you that this is definitely a little gem under all this mud that is released on Steam
recently and it deserves more attention.

Graphics, landscape and atmosphere are very nice.
The science-oriented puzzles makes much more sense than these random puzzles from other adventure games.
Very good edutainment for the whole family.

The only downside for me are the keyboard and mouse controls, which took me a while to get used to. Sadly a controller is not supported, altthough the game would be perfect for a controller.


Old Review, no more valid:

Maybe the game is good.
I don´t know that because I am not willing to support account making and always online DRM for a single player adventure game.

Yes, always online DRM, be aware of this before you buy!

Edit 3.7.
After the Announcement that they want to remove the login:
"We just wanted to let you know, that we are aware of this problem and try to implement a better solution (no login + steam cloud savegames) as soon as possible. "
I am looking forward to play the game when this is done. And hopefully I can change my review after I try out the gameplay.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 24, 2014
Why, in the name of almighty steam, do I have to be online and register an account for a single player game?



/edit: registration is removed, so at least in this concern, I can thumb-up the game now. Read other reviews concerning gameplay.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
The game requires you make an account and in my case the game said my e-mail confirmation was wrong. It wasn't, so I gave up.
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I think this game is supposed to be a robot who has crashed on a planet and is going around looking for energy sources.

Didn't make it past the first 'upgrade' screen, as there was no discernable way to apply the upgrade and then exit back to the main screen.

Feels buggy and unfinished...

(Note: Acquired via a bundle)
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3 of 14 people (21%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 25, 2014
Crash-to-desktop twice in a little over an hour, once during the tutorial. Fun idea, but the quality's lacking.
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1 of 14 people (7%) found this review helpful
1.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 2, 2014
the game keeps breaking on me please tell me what to do!!!!
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