Update: The phone account is currently out of credit

Thanks to everyone who played the game so far! Unfortunately, the account is out of credit, so calls will not work anymore, including in the browser (it does a real Voice-Over-IP call).

For longevity I plan to make an entirely browser-based version that doesn't require a phone call, so if you would like to stay updated you can follow me on itch.io to get updated!

And perhaps I'll put some more credit on the account for one final run through...


Link to the Ludum Dare entry: https://ldjam.com/events/ludum-dare/47/phone-tree-of-despair


Phone Tree of Despair is a game where you navigate a phone tree while trying to avoid getting stuck on a hold loop. To play this game, you literally call a phone number.

Your goal is to navigate the infuriating expertly designed, user-friendly phone tree to renew your registration! Solve some puzzles along the way, and reflect on how much we all love automated phone systems.

Warning: This game may frustrate you. It sure frustrated the heck out of me!!  😡

How to play:

US 🇺🇸: Call +1 (928) 569 9118.

AUS 🇦🇺: Call +61 2 5551 6125.

Web 🌐: Use the virtual phone above!

Estimated time to completion: 30 minutes.

(Also there is a secret ending!!)

Note: If you call one of the real numbers, this game may cost you money depending on your phone plan. Watch out for international phone call fees if you're calling from a different country.

If that's a problem, you can use the web version on itch.io, which doesn't need to you make a real call :)

The reviews are in! 🗞

Now I have to figure out what to do with my time. Like anything sounds fun now.

- My housemate, upon completing it.

Walkthrough 🐾

For those who are having trouble (or don't have the patience to figure out the full game), here's a walkthrough!

Hosting costs 💸

This game costs a small amount to host, so if you want to help cover costs, you can send a donation via the itch.io page. $1 will be more than enough. I've loaded it with enough credit to last a while but it's possible it'll go down if it goes viral or something 😅

Credits ✨

The programming and music were created entirely by me. Special thanks to those who did voice acting:

  • Zoe
  • Kang
  • Michael
  • Me (Jez)
  • Random person yelling on the street who you can faintly hear in the background in one part.

All recordings were obtained during the compo time period, as per the compo rules :)

Post compo tweaks:

  • Fixed a typo in a URL redirect that previously gave you an error message and ended the call
  • Added an entire web calling interface!

Updated 26 days ago
AuthorJez Swanson
TagsLudum Dare, Ludum Dare 47, phone
LinksLudum Dare


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How long do you estimate the browser version to take you? absolutely no rush, i just want to know if i should recommend this now or wait till i can play adhsijhfaiousdf

Thanks for asking! I'm planning on taking a look later in December, when I'll have more time

Great! I'll keep an eye on it nwn

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Without raytracing, physics, even graphics of any kind, this is the most realistic game ever.