Indie title A Dark Room has been removed from the Nintendo eShop due to the game’s code editor

A dark room is a recently released indie game for the Nintendo Switch. Or at least he has been. Shortly after the game was released a few weeks ago, the A dark room Online Store List is not found. We have now learned that this is due to an easter egg that allows players to play with the Ruby coding language which A dark room was built using.

What players could do was plug in a USB keyboard, hit the tilde key, and open up a dev console. From there, they could build basic applications within the Ruby framework. Naturally, Nintendo didn’t agree to this for security reasons, hence the takedown. No one knew about the easter egg until developer Amir Rajan posted about it:

“Dear Ruby Developers and Game Developers. I have a crazy announcement I want to share. Please boost.

Last week I released A Dark Room on the Nintendo Switch. In the game, I also delivered a Ruby interpreter and a code editor as an easter egg.

*This Easter Egg effectively turns every consumer-specified Nintendo Switch into a Ruby Machine.*

1. Download A Dark Room from US/EU.
2. Connect a USB keyboard and press the “~” key.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

As a developer, Rajan says he had good intentions. He claims the easter egg is “an attempt to capture the magic of coding in its purest form” for children and adults. This is for those who have forgotten what it is to “create something out of nothing”.

No matter how good the intentions, Rajan’s decision was a bit rebellious. Publisher Circle Entertainment had to ignore the publisher and would have caught it otherwise. According to a statement from them, the group is working with Nintendo on “next steps” and will deal with the situation “accordingly”.

The lone developer, while regretting that Circle has to deal with this, disagrees with the removal. He defends his intention, saying that “you can’t even render an image with this fucking thing. So yes, if your app is all labels, squares and lines (like A dark room), then it lets you build an app without having to perform any hacks.

A dark room has left the shop since April 26 and we don’t know if he will ever return. Rajan seems to think so, stating that he is sure “that within their company there are a lot of developers/programmers who can understand and fully understand”. Meanwhile, those who want to play the Ruby-based text adventure game will have to wait for Nintendo’s verdict to do so.

Timothy C. Mayo