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"Operators didn't just connect people's calls, they connected with people. Angry people. Frightened people. Friendly people. Sometimes, people who got too friendly." —George Kupczak

Made for the STL Scatterjam 2015: Theme: Connections

And, the Indie Speed Run 2015: Theme: Repair, Element: Calculator

** Note: this game was started, and finished in under 48 hours, so there are a couple of (small) bugs...

"Morning Mood (by Grieg)" by Edvard Grieg, from YouTube Audio Library.

Prologue narration by George Kupczak of the AT&T Archives and History Center, from the introduction to the film Operator (1969; introduction 2012).

Eine kleine Nachtmusik by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (performance by Advent Chamber Orchestra), licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. Additional music by Gustav Holst (performance by The United States Air Force Band).

Sound effects: plugging in a plug.aif by gpenn76 and Plug IN by unfa, both licensed under CC BY 3.0 / mixed, and mixed and reversed; SITs4.wav by kwahmah_02, licensed under CC BY 3.0 / frequency and length modified. Additional sound effects by esperri, ihitokage, Kenney, and ramicio.

PlatformsWindows, Flash
AuthorTim I Hely
Tags2D, Game Jam, telephone
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityOne button


Operator! Telephone Operator Simulator 2015 - Standalone Windows Installer 19 MB

Install instructions

Play the Flash version in the browser, or, download and run the Standalone Windows Installer.


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Kinda fun but with no instructions is super hard. If it shows a happy face: ok click the happy button until they tell you.

But if it's a X_X face, report only works 1/4 times? Why? That doesn't make sense? Or a confused, sad, angry face?