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Mar 7, 2010 | 9:14 AM EST
  • Daily 3rd Place March 8, 2010

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A game by Bentosmile (ported to Flash by Raitendo)

Bentosmile's comments:

Air Pressure is a visual novel game that I've been working on on-and-off for a while. It has only three different endings, but a lot of branches!

I hope you enjoy it. It is quite a serious game, I guess. :)

Reviews


NapazNapaz

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars March 8, 2010

Interesting

I wanted to play the three different endings before doing a review and after 4 tries I got them all.

1st- I stayed with her and apparently had sex with her, at least that was the vibe I was getting from it. The ending seemed a bit weird, about not hurting veins or arteries or something which confused me a little. The conversations on the love side were nicely played out with many choices on either "branch" of direction.

2nd- I stayed with her but did not have sex. This ending was sort of wierd but not as wierd as the first. I stayed with the girl who I depended on and was neither sad or happy for it. The conversations were slightly less played out then the love one.

3rd- I left the girl forever. This ending made more sense to me then the others and didnt give too much of a feeling of "What just happened there". The conversations were better played out then the 2nd and they seemed to have a bit more emotion in them.

Overall, the different branches and endings you put in were very nicely done and played out. You gave meaning to each ending though some were more vague then others. The play style and graphics are all nicely done and the music fits in perfectly with the situation.

I do believe there could have been more to this game, like more branches/choices then 2 per screen, and the graphics of the girl could have been improved with a few more poses. There could have been seperate music for locations, though that isnt too important in a short game.

My thoughts - I feel that the girl is not real somehow, like people have stated below she could very well be a drug or addiction that he is "sugar coating" into something good for him. One line really showed this in the game "If people hear about me they will hate you" this could mean she Was a drug and if people found out they would look down on him.
The first ending was also very strange as the nurse said about hitting veins or arteries, which gave me the image of him injecting the drugs into his "little guy :D".

When the girl started to fade/blow out on the screen kind of made me more confused aswell. it reminded me of when a VI/AI runs out of power on a projection system and they seem to fade out. This gave me the idea that she could have been a holographic beign, like in many movies when the main character is very lonely in life and so makes a holo-person to fill the void.

The other thought was that she was a robot and this would also explain the part with people hating him and the veins/arteries being hurt.

I then read into it that the drugs could have been wearing off on the main character and his figment of imagination was slowly disappearing.

I do think that any of these theroies could be correct, as we arent given too much knowledge about the world they live in, it could be a robot and VI filled world in 2020 or something.

Overall I think this game is great, a "old-new" game which I havent seen in a while with great thought put into each ending and branch of choice.

9/10
5/5


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aerorthaerorth

Rated 5 / 5 stars March 8, 2010

awesome

this is pretty awesome i mean at first i didn't get it i got both the emotional endings but it wasn't until i finished the game for the fourth time and got the third ending that i got the drug reference that it isn't a girl its a drug the guy is hooked on and that he depends on it greatly..... i simply loved the way it is so subtle until you see her flick like some kind of hologram or something then i knew something was up..... simply great try to get all the endings so you can understand it right.


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TheGreenGrinchTheGreenGrinch

Rated 5 / 5 stars March 8, 2010

Really impressing

Ich just feld so touched. It has reemind me of my relationchip to my beste friend. I was close to tears. Thank you for a masterpiece!



EclipseDragon3EclipseDragon3

Rated 5 / 5 stars March 8, 2010

The girl is a lie!!!

A simple, yet arresting short psych-thriller, I'd have to agree that the girl does seem to be a drug hallucination (which makes thsi game even cooler).


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KitaeK27KitaeK27

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars March 8, 2010

Too Early

White people aren't ready for visual novel games, silly.

But great job nevertheless. I definitely thought it was worth the time to play.