You've finally tracked down a copy of Thirty-Six, a long-forgotten board game from the '70s. It's rare enough that its existence was considered apocryphal, but you were confident that there was something to the rumors on forums and old usenet threads.

It took more than a few train rides and back alley meetings, but you've found it: the strange novelty board game enchanted so that it could only be played once. Eager to document your experience, you sit down at the nearest table, bright sunlight illuminating the game in front of you. Your friend has volunteered to play the role of the game master, forfeiting any chance they have of getting their own turn.

What is it

Thirty-Six is a 64x64 trial and error game in which you have to solve puzzles with no undo. Levels can have different rules, and it's up to you to figure them out without losing. Made for LOWREZJAM 2022, it was inspired by 4x4 from LOWREZJAM 2020.

This is a one and done game. Your progress will be saved, and you cannot replay the game.

How to Play

Arrow keys/WASD/D-pad – Move.

Figure it out as you go.

C – Toggle colorblind mode.

M – Toggle audio.

-/+ – change game scale.


  • Consider your options before moving. Sometimes you will start one move away from defeat.
  • All levels are possible.
  • Failure is inevitable.

Colorblind Mode Cheatsheet

Since space is at a premium, each color is identified by one character,  which can lead to some ambiguity. Here's what color each character corresponds to.

B is blueR is redG is greenY is yellow
X is dark grayx is grayP is purple= is brown
W is whiteb is sky blueT is teal


Game by Kevin Hutchins

Inspired by 4x4 by Val Hutchins

Logo font uses a modified Alagard by Hewett Tsoi

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Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
AuthorKevin Hutchins
Made withPhaser
TagsBoard Game, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly


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Well, I'll accept my 9/20! Cool concept.

Impressive! I think that's better than anyone I showed it to.

Really interesting take on a game to restrict it to one run through. I enjoyed playing it.

Thanks! :)