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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. :)



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Amazing game

It's a shame that the metaphor is lost on most NG users. At least people have to agree, either way, this is a well put together game. Everything from the color scheme and music, to the simple backgrounds that don't distract from the story, and the seemingly simple expressions that convey so much using just a few pixels.

I believe this story is about a drug. Namely heroine, since in the beginning he said
"She wrapped herself around my left arm"-- most people are right handed, and therefore use their right hand to inject their drugs in to their left arm.

And the hospital ending
"You're lucky you didn't hit any nerves or arteries" and *As if I could be that stupid!*-- he knows how to inject drugs already, so he wouldn't miss.

It would also explain the contrast between the happy and hospital endings. Since the girl represents a drug, he was only really happy and hopeful once he was off his addiction.

And it would explain why he has such a major reliance on her (addiction). And she claims that he needs her to be happy (because she gets him high). And the part where she says
"And if they find out about me, they'll hate you for sure"
He doesn't want people to know he's a heroine-addict. People wouldn't hate him for dating some girl, but they could be distrustful of him if he did/does drugs.

His "personality is built up around her" and she makes "everything else not matter". He is a drug addict, and he uses drugs to escape from the world; from what people say about his addiction.

Wikipedia says: "As with other opioids, heroin is used as both a pain-killer and a recreational drug and is highly addictive. Frequent and regular administration is associated with tolerance, moderate physical dependence, and severe psychological dependence."

So in summary, she isn't a person at all, but a drug.

@insanityfair: If you agree with Missalij, who says the girl isn't a person at all, but a representation of a drug, WHY would you think he stabbed the drug? What would be the point of stabbing at a bag of heroine? And why would the hospital try to nurse a bag of heroine back to health?

Anyway, I could be wrong, but that's what I got out of the story. This is by far my favorite flash on Newgrounds.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Loved it

I do agree with Missalij. Oh, yeah, I also think in the hospital he might've stabbed her.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Think of it in another perspective

Like Missalij55 said, this game isnt about some girl. It's about something you are addicted to, something you can't live without. After reading his comment I played the game again but this time I imagined the girl being a drug, like cocaine or something. The story actually made more sense from that perspective!

Of course I could be way off...

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

To J3sUsToast3r..

He's in the hospital because he tries to commit suicide by slitting his wrist.. I think...

Anyways, I absolutely LOVE the story, makes me feel nostalgic.. Music adds great effect to that too :)
10/10, for sure :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I don't know if I'm mistaken but...

Might this story be about a made-up person`? Schizophrenia? Like, she isn't real?

I think this is quite awesome. I love games like these ;D

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