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Empty is a philosophical game all about life.

No matter how hard you try to make something change, nothing will happen. Life is bleak and boring. Dark and scary. Strange and mystical.


Hovering over the run button will change it to be green, and joyful. Actually clicking the run button though, will change the text to say stop instead of run. This shows how life can change at any moment. Shortly after, you will notice how the text changes again to run. Life is short, so live it wisely.


Thank you to consciousness, for allowing me to think. Thanks to my body, for allowing me to share this post with others. Thank you to everyone, who play-tested my game and gave me feedback on what to change. But most importantly, thank you, for playing Empty. Be sure to upvote this post if you enjoyed the game, and leave a comment with suggestions! Thank you.

Praise for Empty

@a5rocks (Famous developer):

10/10 best game. This rating is completely unbiased.
This game made me reflect on my past, something not many games have done.

@nithilan4 (Has 13 cycles):


@Steven_The_GuyT (World class yo-er):


@Nanowrimoijk (is thatoneguy on discord):

wow totally changed my life playing this 🤣

@rediar (probably a greek philosopher or something)

This would impress any life long philosopher, and I nominate it for winning the game jam. It is a deep touching existential journey, exploring the mysteries of life. It makes you think, really think. Unlike most other games, it makes the player appreciate the beauty and majesty. The green is truly a subtle, but awe inspiring metaphor of how gray times can change for the good. The blackness represents how clueless we really are when it comes to what life really means, it’s ups and downs. For some it’s scary at times, for others, it is a curious thing. Even the name of the game is deeply touching, symbolizing the ultimate meaning.
This game is shaking to the core. It is a revolution for the gaming industry, and should win the game jam.

@Mooopy ( )

@ThatSmart (is smart)

Also this game is absolutely the best game I've played in years.

@nithilan4 (oops i slipped and fell)


@Cool_Boi_Freak (is a cool boy)

10/10 Would play again.

@leon332157 (forgot that the caps lock button exists)


@TheDrone7 (aka h aka the eighth letter of the alphabet)

Best game in the history of the Earth.
Keep up the good work.

@eankeen (not a furry)

At first, I thought there wasn't much too this game. However, after closer examination, I realized there is much more to this game. It's fully dynamic and has complete multiplayer support! I was surprised by that - it blew my expectations out of the water. I'm proud to say that the controls are responsive and it's running at 60 frames per second (FPS). With complete certainty, I can recommend this game to the casual gamer, or the hardcore professional player. Huge props to @mat1 for architecting this magnificent beauty.

@LehuyH (cool person)

This game the classic format of a game and blends it seamlessly with a philosophical narrative . This games develops a trust between players in a fashion I have never seen before. Without a tutorial, the player is immediately forced to materialize their own view on the simple, yet limitless void of white the game provides. I think this deep, thought-provoking and almost angelic style of game direction is something that has become so rare in today's oversaturated gaming environment. The gameplay is in one word: phenomenal. This game provides the player with a single button. The gameplay may seem simple, but can combined to create complex results.
When I discovered that right-clicking said button creates a list of more buttons, I was amazed. Honestly, I have only touched the tip of the iceberg, and I will have to keep diving into this game in order to truly understand it's depth.

@amasad (replit ceo man)

I never thought I'd cry playing a game. But this is different. After being on top of the world with my run button being green I was absolutely shattered. I was heartbroken and in disbelief. I lost all meaning. I was staring into the abyss.
I'm not sure if I'll ever recover but I have a feeling that what Empty takes Empty gives back. I'm holding hope that one day I'll see the deep wisdom and optimism hidden behind the darkness and nihilism on the surface.
Pray for me comrades. Pray for me.

Nice job scrolling all the way to the bottom, make sure you leave a comment and upvote and i'll add you to the list!


Umm... speechless cuz game is game-less


Heaven gave me.




I have been looking for the perfect game for years... finally, the deepest, most insightful game ever. IGN needs to see this. The storyline is unlike anything I've ever seen or experienced. It draws you into it with a vice-like grip and doesn't let go. I have done a full playthrough of this about four times, and each time I discover myself even more. Thank you, @mat1, for a true gaming experience.


...cant we just acknowledge the fact that the guy put a literal RANDOM COLOR picture


guys! I found an Easter egg!


...This is a post that has no code and is a literal joke post. There is little to no effort spent on this post which goes against the rules of the community that YOU posted in the announcements. Not only that, there is a person called matdoesdev that has 0 cycles, 0 posts and 0 comments that upvoted your post. His bio says fake mat1. So you literally violated two of the rules that YOU posted. Smh my head.


@FlaminHotValdez lol did you report the post?


@Kookiez woops forgot


@Kookiez Now I did


@FlaminHotValdez also, ironically, look at the post url:


@FlaminHotValdez lol calm down this was like 2 years ago, and he has clearly put effort into it. Yes it is a joke post, but it's a great joke post which is part of repl talk history.

The ceo literally replied


@CodingCactus ...sigh Of course mod 0-effort posts don't get banned...


@FlaminHotValdez that's not the reason, they probably weren't even mod when they posted this


@CodingCactus Wut, just sayin... but srsly why doesn't this get taken down -_-


@FlaminHotValdez because its a meme and part of's history.


@FlaminHotValdez This is a joke post from 2 years ago. It was created before the new rules were added. 'matdoesdev' is not my account (I do go by that on other platforms but not on Replit). I did spend a while changing the wording on the post until I thought it sounded good, so it's not exactly a zero effort post. Maybe it got a few more upvotes than it deserved, but that's not my fault :)


@mat1 ah I see, they both say 2 years ago so I wasn't quite sure.


@mat1 why are you no longer a mod?


@programmeruser O.O He got de-mod-ified


wait its all empty
always has been


can you give me mod pls and ty <3


Um, I don't think you can just be given 'mod' @FECW


yo, there no code. also, quick question what does it mean to be a detective?


@CyberHacker101 r/woooosh


@CyberHacker101 lmaomaomal that’s the point my dude. Its so phenomenal! Also the detectice role is something from a long time ago when you solved puzzles in the code.


I've been off repl for 2 weeks I forgot what I asked [email protected]


@RayhanADev oh I thought it was for finding bugs


make sure to read instructions carefully and play again @CyberHacker101


@rediar no there was a thing a long time ago for the detective role. Sadly they haven’t done it again :(


I am very lazy so me no read big post @rediar


Informally, and primarily in fiction, a detective is a licensed or unlicensed person who solves crimes, including historical crimes, by examining and evaluating clues and personal records in order to uncover the identity and/or whereabouts of the criminal.

In some police departments, a detective position is achieved by passing a written test after a person completes the requirements for being a police officer. In many other police systems, detectives are college graduates who join directly from civilian life without first serving as uniformed officers. Some people[who?] argue that detectives do a completely different job and therefore require completely different training, qualifications, qualities and abilities than uniformed officers. The opposing argument is that without previous service as a uniformed patrol officer, a detective cannot have a great enough command of standard police procedures and problems and will find it difficult to work with uniformed colleagues.

Some are private persons, and may be known as private investigators, or as "The Eye That Never Sleeps" – the motto of the Pinkerton Detective Agency or shortened to simply "private eyes".

The detective branch in most large police agencies is organized into several squads or departments, each of which specializes in investigation into a particular type of crime or a particular type of undercover operation, which may include: homicide, robbery, burglary, auto theft, organized crimes, missing persons, juvenile crime, fraud, narcotics, vice, criminal intelligence, aggravated assault/battery, sexual assault, computer crime, domestic violence, surveillance, and arson, among others.

In police departments of the United States, a regular detective typically holds the rank of "Detective". The rank structure of the officers who supervise them (who may or may not be detectives themselves) varies considerably by department. In Commonwealth police forces, detectives have equivalent ranks to uniformed officers but with the word "Detective" prepended to it (e.g. "Detective Constable").

Private detectives
See also: Private investigator
In some countries[which?], courts and judicial processes have yet to recognize the practice of private detectives. In Portugal, presented proof loses significance when private detectives collect it.[clarification needed] Even under this circumstance, the practice is in demand and ruled by a code of conduct.[2]

See also: History of criminal justice
Before the 19th century, there were few municipal police departments, though the first had been created in Paris in 1667. As police activities moved from appointees helped by volunteers to professionals, the idea of dedicated detectives did not immediately arise. The first private detective agency was founded in Paris in 1833 by Eugène François Vidocq, who had also headed a police agency in addition to being a criminal himself. Police detective activities were pioneered in England by the Bow Street Runners and later the Metropolitan Police Service in Greater London.[3] The first police detective unit in the United States was formed in 1846 in Boston.[4]

Street work
Detectives have a wide variety of techniques available in conducting investigations. However, the majority of cases are solved by the interrogation of suspects and the interviewing of witnesses[citation needed], which takes time. Besides interrogations, detectives may rely on a network of informants they have cultivated over the years. Informants often have connections with persons a detective would not be able to approach formally. Evidence collection and preservation can also help in identifying a potential suspect(s).

Edward Bonney, an American bounty hunter and amateur detective, from Iowa, in 1845, infiltrated, the "Banditti of the Prairie", wrote the 1850 book, The Banditti of the Prairies: or, The murderer's doom, a tale of Mississippi Valley and the Far West; woodcut from 1850.
Criminal investigation: the investigation of criminal activity is conducted by the police. Criminal activity can relate to road use such as speeding, drunk driving, or to matters such as theft, drug distribution, assault, fraud, etc. When the police have concluded their investigation, a decision on whether to charge somebody with a criminal offense will often be made by prosecuting counsel having considered the evidence produced by the police.

In criminal investigations, once a detective has suspects in mind, the next step is to produce evidence that will stand up in a court of law. The best way is to obtain a confession from the suspect; usually, this is done by developing rapport and at times by seeking information in exchange for potential perks available through the attorney's office, such as entering for a lesser sentence in exchange for usable information. In some countries, detectives may lie, mislead and psychologically pressure a suspect into an admission or confession as long as they do this within procedural boundaries and without the threat of violence or promises outside their control. This is not permitted in England and Wales, where the interview of suspects and witnesses is governed by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

Forensic evidence
Physical forensic evidence in an investigation may provide leads to closing a case. Forensic science (often shortened to forensics) is the application of a broad spectrum of sciences to answer questions of interest to the legal system. This may be in relation to a crime or to a civil action. Many major police stations in a city, county, or state, maintain their own forensic laboratories while others contract out the services.

Records investigation
Detectives may use public and private records to provide background information on a subject. Police detectives can search through files of fingerprint records. Police maintain records of people who have committed felonies and some misdemeanors. Detectives may search through records of criminal arrests and convictions, photographs or mug shots, of persons arrested, ands, hotel registration information, credit reports, answering machine messages, phone conversations, surveillance camera footage, and technology used for communication.

Across the world
United Kingdom
Before 2017, prospective British police detectives must have completed at least two years as a uniformed officer before applying to join the Criminal Investigation Department. Since 2017, applicants from outside the police force may join directly as trainee detectives.[5] UK Police must also pass the National Investigators' Examination in order to progress to subsequent stages of the Initial Crime Investigators Development Programme in order to qualify as a Detective.[6]

United States

Detective escorting gangster Meyer Lansky to the 54th Street police station in New York City in 1958
Before becoming a police detective, one must attend a law enforcement academy, providing the officer with a foundation of education with 16 to 24 college units in criminal justice or administration of criminal justice. After graduation from the law enforcement academy, the officer undergoes job training with a field training officer for a period specified by the law enforcement agency and continues to work while on a probationary period, ranging from one to two years.

During the probationary period, the officer is assigned to look for evidence. During this time, the officer is supervised and mentored by a sergeant with years of experience. Some officers further their college education by attending a two- or four-year college or university, attaining a degree in criminal justice or administration of criminal justice. Colleges have options for a concentration or certificate in a specialized field of criminal investigation.

Through years of on-the-job training or college education, officers may participate in a competitive examination, testing their knowledge, skills and abilities regarding criminal investigation, criminal procedure, interview and interrogation, search and seizure, collection and preservation of evidence, investigative report writing, criminal law, court procedure and providing testimony in court. Competitive examinations are conducted by selected senior law enforcement officials. Following testing, a list of results is provided by the department. At the department's discretion, some or all of the officers on the list are promoted to the rank of detective. Some departments have classes of detectives which increase the detective's rank after successful experience.

Private investigators are licensed by the state in which they work (some states do not require licensing, but most do). In addition to the state examination, applicants testing for a private investigation license must also meet stringent requirements, which include college education, a range of two to four years of full-time investigation experience and the successful adjudication of a criminal and civil background check conducted by state investigators. Private investigators are licensed to conduct civil and criminal investigations in the state in which they are licensed, and are protected by statutes of that state. In states requiring licensure, statutes make it unlawful for any person to conduct a criminal investigation without a license, unless exempted by the statute (i.e., law enforcement officers or agents, attorneys, paralegals, claims adjusters). - wikipedia

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@CyberHacker101 jsut read the gameplay section, it makes the game more enjoyable


Ummmm... is it me or is it that the entire code is missing?!


@elizurfk lol its supposed to be, read the description


That's the beauty of it @elizurfk


This is similar in a business concept (not that it relates to money in any way). According to Aaron Gravey, an assistant professor in the UK College of Business and Economics, the way a customer perceives a product is greatly affected by the products' brand, name, and other customer ratings. Quoted by him, "You could take the exact same product that you were thinking about taking to market, and you could put it in front of consumers, and you could change what price you were going to launch it at, and you could change what brand it was. And they would have dramatically different impressions of that product. And they would tell you incredibly different things about the product. That they thought it was made of different materials, that they thought it weighed more, or it weighed less." So when so many people upvote and leave positive reviews on this game, your brain wants you to fit in. So, your brain tries its hardest to decrypt the secret meaning behind Empty. When it thinks it does, it's actually just trying to fit in. This game is a very good psychological demonstration of people "seeing what they want to see." This game has made many people open their imaginations and see all the endless possibilities to nothing, to "Empty". Lastly, I've tried to write this review in an impartial view; whether intended or not, this game has given a push for many people in opening their eyes by giving them a tool.


@TerrorbuildLuna wow thats so long


@Kookiez it's your fault for reading it lol


@TerrorbuildLuna lol it is not


this repl is OLD I've only been on repl for like 5 months


This is amazing, played 10 times.


Me at first: Let's beat this game!
Me after basically one second: I better go tell someone... I set the world record for the fastest gameplay!


Moy mozg perestal rabotat' ...



this project is amazing :D


this has... enlightened me
totally serious here


I realize now that the teachings of the great philosophers are incorrect. For they lived in the desolate time that was before Empty, and true knowledge can only be gained if you have played it.


all I can say is "wow". Amazing project!


uber eats


this is amazing


The game could do with regular updates.
4/5 stars


This game looks really fun but unfortunately, the repl got excited every time I ran it.
Please upvote is this was helpful


@bgrubert i don't know if you didn't get my joke or if i didn't get your joke


@mat1 Oops... I was trying to do it in full screen, I should have read the instructions first


Oh , that's deep


wow, good game


What kind of game is this?


@DJWang the best a low effort game


@Kookiez lol this was so long ago


@DJWang yeah i was going through really old posts


When I first played, I thought the game was trash. After reading the content tho, There was so much more! Life is mysterious and can open up to new things. So emotional


My mind is absolutely blown. There is nothing in the world that can top this.


I... I don't... am I doing something wrong? What is the big deal? There is literally nothing there!


is it just me or is nothing there. I dont see any code.


@TheImagin33r Hmm that's weird. Did you try turning it off and on again, then reading the post description?