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Jun 20, 2011 | 12:13 AM EDT

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EDIT 3: Thanks for the frontpage, to many of you, the kind words and the constructive criticism! There's at least one major update still coming!
EDIT 2: Fixed the ending cutscene. Still to come: more detail for the Dresden area and some UI stuff to make the game more user-friendly.
EDIT: Fixed a bunch of bugs, including one that let you skip past most of the game content. We strongly recommend you retry the game now. More bugfixes and stuff on the way.

Listen:Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time.

This game was made for the Newgrounds Game Jam 5 contest. We had to make a game based on a work of literature in 72 hours. Naturally, our team chose to adopt Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five.


Yep, this is unfinished and buggy. You can theoretically play from start to end, but expect visual bugs, a severely underdeveloped area, a non-functional inventory and a bugged ending cinematic. The game is in an unfinished state due to the over-ambitious idea and the exhaustion of me and the programmer near the end of the whole ordeal (45 hours without sleep are not fun).


Programming by 4urentertainment
Character Art and animation by JKAmovies
Background art and 'direction' by idiot-monarch
Music by Nayhan

We hope you manage to get some sort of enjoyement out of this! :)



Rated 2 / 5 stars


a glitch i incontered was after getting out of the room where u get the blanket, i was at the time of the banquit and when i entered, it split in two. one over the other and one had someone exitring the room. there is a pick of it in my page blog.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars


Although I agree with Wallross that a book this complex would be incredibly difficult to make into a game (especially if said game was made in 3 days), this is a fantastic effort and having read the book I can say I'm impressed with what you've got. It's buggy, sure, but it's interesting and the time-changing gameplay is done wonderfully. I hope you complete it, because it really is pretty awesome.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

you should finihs it

it was very interesting an i want to see it clomplete.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

please finish

i hope you guys get to finish this game. really cool concept about jumping through time in a game. this book is so great. sucks you guys had problems working on the game, so it goes

idiot-monarch responds:

Thanks for the words of encouragement! We are in the process of fixing the game as we speak. I'd advise you check back in a week or something.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Pretty Surreal

Because the book is so strange, it makes the game hard to grasp.
The book tells a story, it gives all the information to you. This game however, makes you live the story, which causes it to be incredibly hard to follow, especially considering how non-linear the book is.
I think your choice in adapting slaughter-house five was a mistake because it makes the game very hard if you want to actually do something, instead of just walk around aimlessly.

6/10 for having guts, not too many bugs and nice artistry.

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idiot-monarch responds:

You're right. The idea was too ambitious for the short time-frame we had to make it in. There were a bunch of concepts that would make the game easier to understand that didn't make it into the game.