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Malayalam - Island of Mysteries
Author: MJK Submitted: 9th November, 2008 Favourites:11
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Edited By MJK on 11/26/2008

The first version of Malayalam. Because right now I need some serious sleep , I'm just gonna copy+paste some kind of a description here. For more detailed description, check out the game manual at

Malayalam – Island of Mysteries is a puzzle adventure, in which the player controls a character named Thomas Paine, a 34-year old fisherman, who has shipwrecked somewhere in the Eastern Indian Ocean. He drifts onto an unknown desert island named Malayalam, where the adventure takes place.

The initial goal for the player is to stay alive and secure sufficient living conditions to enable further progress in the game. This involves finding food, hunting, constructing tools, building shelters, sleeping, and other everyday activities on the island.

The second goal is about solving quests, which are often some sort of puzzle or riddle presented to the player in form of pergaments and bottle posts. In these, the player needs to seek solutions using objects or information he has discovered on the island. The ultimate goal is to solve all missions on the island, and find a way off.

The game awards Malayalam Points for each day survived and for each quest solved. Players can compete with each other in an online highscore table, which ranks every contender by the number of Malayalam Points earned.

The game has a forum/website at


- Shake palms, some of them drop bananas and coconuts = good source of food
- One axe head can be found in the south of the Kanauj region, which is north from the region where you start the game. Check out the green dots in the map.
- Try different fishing locations, e.g. salmons are much better fish than sardines and give more food

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Posted by Ecstazy 10th November, 2008

Oh I launched the wrong file, my bad.
Posted by Torava 10th November, 2008
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This game seems great expect the graphics, which looks like a mixture of Photoshop graphics and pixel art. There's so many glitches in the game. I hope you'll fix the most of them fast as possible.
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Posted by Toasty 11th November, 2008
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This game is great, played it for a while and took some time to get used to it. There are a few bugs that I hope can be corrected like i was unable to drink the water bottles and starved to death. But when i reset the game it was working ok. Still a great game, ill just have to save more often.
Posted by Cecilectomy 11th November, 2008

are you sure it was water bottles? sometimes i picked up a "water bottle" and it said i picked up a sardine.

i think the whole "trying no to die!" aspect of the game detracts a bit from actually playing it. i died from starvation in a matter of a single day. you wouldnt die that fast if you were really on an island. you can go upwards of 40 days without food, and upwards of a week without water. you starve too fast in the game.

its riddled with other tiny flaws as well. like chopping stuff. a lot of the time i would chop really slowly then bug out and start floating away. i had to right click twice to stop moving and start moving properly again.
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

cecil, there are many ways to get more food easier. For example, some fish can give you like +40 food per a fish etc. There is a Tips & Hints forum at in case you are interested to check it out.

Currently the Best Malayalam Player is WonderLlama with 1750 Malayalam Points, 12 solved quests and 6 survived days - well done! Check out the complete chart at
Posted by Cecilectomy 11th November, 2008

MJK, the food isnt the problem, as i said my food/water % thing was at 94% when i "starved". i cant find WATER fast enough. im at a point right now where its 34degrees celcius (i assume your water thing goes down faster when its hotter?), my water is at half, and im frantically trying to find as much water as possible but it goes down faster than i can find water and i die of "starvation".
Comment edited by cecil on 11/11/2008
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

Yeah, the hot days can be difficult. Most of the regions have water, and it is unlimited in those areas, so you can always get new bottles. You can e.g. set "remarks" on the map about the locations where water appears so that you know where to search in the future. It always takes some wandering around to find new bottles though.

One thing that can be useful is to keep e.g. 5 full water bottles in your inventory to prevent sudden dehydration. Also shaking wells may give you water bottles. When it rains, there will be plenty of them available.
Posted by Cecilectomy 11th November, 2008

oh and i had a shelter and a fire and my shelter burned down ;__; i cried
Posted by Toasty 11th November, 2008
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I'm trying to drink the water bottles, but they just keep dropping on the ground when i put them on my player, unlike food that give a health bonus, the water bottles don't seem like they are working correctly.

Actually, it seems that the water bottles in my inventory dont work, the ones on the ground do.
Comment edited by Toasty on 11/11/2008
Posted by Cecilectomy 11th November, 2008

this seems to be a bug mjk. i saved up a few bottles and then couldnt use them. its like once you put them in your inventory theyre unusable. ;__;
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

I'll check it. Seems like Toasty had the same issue.

EDIT: yes, that's the case. Water bottles taken from inventory are not drinkable. I'll make a patch available for this still today, so that you can update your game with it.
Comment edited by MJK on 11/11/2008
Posted by Cecilectomy 11th November, 2008

well im gonna have to start a new game anyway. i cant get enough water not to die within 5 minutes at this point ;__;

ill be waiting for the patch.
Posted by Attan 11th November, 2008

This game looks like it's going to be great! GOING TO! It doesn't feel finished yet!

I played the tutorial, and i found a whole bunch of bugs!

Sometimes you start to slide away in a random direction if you right klick too much.

When you set a tree on fire you walk "above" the fire.

You shake like hell if you walk in to something (known bug yeah, but you should be able to find a workaround)

and probably something more that i don't remember right now.

The whole concept feels great! And you seem to have spent much time on it! But when you spend that much time, can't you pend a tenth more of that time to double the playability of the game? Also, i didn't really like the "go to my forum" pop-up ad, and the writing in the grass. Takes away a lot of the feeling and makes the game feel like a trial version.

I'm looking forward to a stronger update, but right now I'm not going to play, or rate this game.
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

Good feedback, Attan. We have small patches coming every now and then and maybe at some stage those will address also some of those known bugs you mentioned.

What comes to the forum, it will be an essential part of playing the game. There will be loads of useful information for the players in the forum, so just like there is a manual or in-game help, there is also a forum. Good sources of help for the player. So, just to add one ad: visit

Nevertheless, feel free to rate the game as it is now in your opinion. Even though you wouldn't enjoy playing it, there's no reason not to rate it.
Posted by WonderLlama 11th November, 2008
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I love the game, as you can probably tell. I also noticed the bug with the water bottles you pick up, but I've been getting by with using the well in the starting area a lot. I don't know if this is a bug, or if there's just a step I'm missing, but when I shoot down a seagull with the cannon, I can't interact with it. Can't eat it, pick it up, or use anything on it.

I loved the game Notrium, so I was really looking forward to this, and it hasn't dissapointed so far. Was Notrium an inspiration for Malayalam?
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

Thanks, WonderLlama. I haven't played or heard about Notrium before, but might as well check it out now.

About the seagulls, are you on a "Bird Hunt" minigame when you shoot them down? Because if you are, then you can't use them for anything (same with crabs in "Crab Arena" minigame). Using the cannon outside the minigame should give you edible birds.
Posted by WonderLlama 11th November, 2008
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I'm not on a bird hunt minigame. Haven't even found one. When I hit a bird, the corpse crumples to the ground and stays there, but I can't drag it anywhere.
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

Ok, I'll check it.
Posted by WonderLlama 11th November, 2008
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Just managed to kill my first red bird. Previously I had just killed seagulls. I can't interact with dead red birds either.
Posted by MJK 11th November, 2008

We made some small changes to the version 1.02 which is now available (dl link updated).

- more water
- more mushroom
- water/inventory bug removed
- full water bottles give +15 instead of +10
- adjusted animal frequencies
- tutorial has endless matches
- clarified instructions on how to build a shelter
- other minor fixes and adjustments

There is also a patch available for updating an earlier version, but I haven't yet validated that one, so backup your game saves before using it. Instructions at
Posted by Lachie Dazdarian 12th November, 2008

This seems like a great concept. I'm loving it so far. Will rate it later if I don't encounter any gameplay effecting glitches.
Posted by Nicklas_N 12th November, 2008

This game still seems a bit too random for me. Just a second ago there were water bottles all over the screen, but now that I really need them I don't find a single one, and I can't find a strategy that helps me figure out how to retrieve it.

Everything feels more balanced in Stranded II, where water doesn't just pop up in form of bottles, but comes from water sources which you'd build shelters nearby, to use as an outpost to explore the rest of the island. I think I'd appreciate that more, if water is something you go to specific locations to get, while food is what you explore the island to get.
Posted by 3kliksphilip 12th November, 2008

I'm sure it's a good game, but it isn't really that fun to me. I mean, sure it's deep- but I prefer a bit more action a bit sooner in games. Very well made though, I'll give you that- but it seems quite buggy and fiddly.
Posted by MJK 12th November, 2008

Nicklas, water bottles always appear in same locations, but you need to walk around a bit and wait for those to appear. So if you have seen a water bottle to appear somewhere, you can be sure that there will be more bottles around that place also in the future. Another way to get water is to shake wells.

v1.02 has slightly more water available than previous version.
Posted by Rob Rule 13th November, 2008
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I didn't notice v1.02 had dropped, downloading now!
Posted by [EclektiK] 14th November, 2008

My PC kept crashing when I tried to extract/copy paste all the files from the .zip file...

I had to copy paste by bunch of 35 fils a time...

Hope it's worth it!
Posted by UrbanMonk 15th November, 2008
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Daaang, this is awesome! everything about it, and I love these type of games! Great Job!
Posted by Chris Vermilya 15th November, 2008
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I'd like to give this game 5 stars but i had a couple problems. like when the water icon shows up for sum reason when i try to drink water it wont let me. but otherwise great job.
Posted by Hill Gigas 16th November, 2008
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It's a well made and very expansive game. A lot of work went into it, and it shows.
Posted by Muz 16th November, 2008
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Whoa, great game. The only thing is that it seems to be lacking polish. Also, the deaths are a bit annoying and I don't really like wandering half the island to look for an axe head, only to find that there's one close to where I started. It would be nice if the map was randomly generated, that would double the lastability of the game

Top marks for effort, though
Posted by alastair john jack 17th November, 2008

In the tutorial it said there was an axe head on the lower left hand on the screen.. but it was on the right side?
Posted by Ski 17th November, 2008

"Whoa, great game. The only thing is that it seems to be lacking polish."

Why would anyone need polish on a wild island?
Posted by MJK 17th November, 2008

Thanks for the comments, all.

@alspal, I think is was just being instructed on how to move the axe head to the inventory (lower left corner), the axe head itself was mentioned to be in the southeast corner of the tutorial island.
Posted by tomspal 21st November, 2008

it wasn't downloading 4 me for some reason
Posted by MJK 23rd November, 2008

It might have been temporarily unavailable, because of a version update (we are currently at v1.07) or due to a problem with the server. You might wanna try again, the link should work.
Posted by 24th November, 2008
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Very nice. It reminds me of Matt Dickies game "Wrecked". I think you've done quite a fine job on this one, keep up the good work.
Posted by ELC_Games 30th November, 2008
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This is a truly spectacular Click Game. I love the Malayalam points system, it really kept me busy throughout the game. For programmer's art, the graphics are great!
Posted by Pirate 8th December, 2008

Well this was booring but gj anyway.
Posted by Jakob37 22nd December, 2008

Hum, I can't start it after download.
Posted by MJK 27th December, 2008

Make sure you start "Malayalam.exe" and not "miom.exe".
Posted by UnknownAlly 8th January, 2009
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This game looks crazy!
Posted by 3kliksphilip 22nd January, 2009

I can't help but think that if this game had been released with out any hype, it would have been ignored or even hated by a lot of people. I'm saying that that would have been unfair, but I'm just stating that unless people are informed exactly what a game is trying to be, they won't respect it for what it is.
Posted by ranger 23rd January, 2009
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I didn't quite get this game, but it seems pretty well made. Reminds a lot of MDickie's games like someone said eariler, in that it has very much to do, so much in fact you'll fail because you don't knwo where to start
Posted by Dr. James MD 3rd February, 2009
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Finally given this a proper go and I really like it. There's so much depth that it was a bit overwhelming at first. The setting is brilliant though and if this was in 3D I'd be on it constantly.

Really like this game. Probably the best click game I've played in terms of scope and depth.
Posted by Mr G 23rd February, 2009
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pretty nice
Posted by W3R3W00F 4th March, 2009
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This was kind of epic.
Posted by maVado 15th April, 2009
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excelent game!
Posted by Fordom 9th December, 2009
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Very nice. I played this game a while back.
Posted by Jarda 6th December, 2015

Problem with question What is it FANOTHERPG?
Thx for ansver.

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