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You are a new low level program in the Distributed Differential Optimization Subroutine. Character transformation is your task, efficiency is your goal.

In Glyphtic, your goal is to turn one word into another word. Sounds simple, except there is a limited set of possible operations, and sometimes it’s not a word at all. Ultimately, your goal is to perform the transformation in as few steps as possible.

This demo includes 8 puzzle sets of 5 puzzles each, spanning 2 different character sets. Future plans include many more puzzles and more character sets.

Give it a play and leave us any comments or questions below. We are open to any and all feedback.


  • D-pad to move
  • Press A to select a character / operation
  • Hold A and move to select multiple characters
  • Press B to cancel
  • Press Menu to see these instructions in-game or return to level select 


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

glyphtic-playdate.zip 115 kB
Version 2


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I enjoy this game a lot! My only complaint is that on an actual Playdate device, the text is VERY small. Any chance the font size could be bumped up a notch or two?

I think I also discovered a bug:  On the DATABASE>DEBATES level I deleted every letter out of the word, then selected the empty block and clicked "Insert" and the game crashed.

Thanks for the feedback and the bug report! We’ll take another look at the font size and look into that bug.

Glad you’re enjoying the demo overall, and let us know if there are any puzzles you particularly enjoyed.