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Jun 21, 2011 | 11:10 AM EDT
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Hidden Item 1 50 Points Find the hidden item in Felix's Hideout
Hidden Item 2 50 Points Find the hidden item in The Infected Waterway
Hidden Item 3 50 Points Find the hidden item in Mama's Nest

Author Comments

*Thanks to everyone who helped give Skinny a Daily First Place! :D
**Thank you Tom and the rest of the NG staff for the Front Page!

Once Coma was completed, I figured I would make another game just for kicks. It turned out this game took up more of my time than two semesters of college. Anyways, I hope everyone here at NG has fun playing :)


Also, what's always fun is discussing your thoughts on the meaning of the game. I sure know what it means, but what about you?

UPDATES/BUGS (upon update approval from NG staff):
1) Both ASWD and Arrow Keys will work.
2) No more getting stuck behind doors.
3) Easier game-play experience.
4) As for those of you experiencing sticky keys in Internet Explorer, a friendly user called bubblecue says
the simple solution is to go to the tools tab on internet explorer and click on internet options. Then you click on the security tab and uncheck enable protected mode and then click ok. turn back your protected mode when you are done playing. Hope that works!



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars June 23, 2011

Seems fun...

But my game seems to freeze after I find the first hidden item.


Rated 5 / 5 stars June 23, 2011


its great
but im stuck and idk wat u mean by
"JUMP and OVER at the same time..."
im sorry im a bit slow right now


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars June 23, 2011

Got stuck on a bug

I got stuck at the end of the 2nd level because a laser trapped me and there was no way to re-open it from the inside. Still, the game is really well made and very fun to play.


Rated 5 / 5 stars June 23, 2011

Enthralling experience

First, I really enjoyed how Skinny moved. It was so fluid.

Second, the atmosphere was so somber and post-apocalyptic, but at the same time it seemed familiar. The familiarity I think came from when Skinny woke up. The place was his home. It was a good mix of feelings, anyway.

Third, what really got me into it was the disturbing people trapped in their chairs. They would be so aware of what's going on around them, scared to death, and then when you would give them the batteries, they'd be so happy.

I think that was the penetrating point for me. The truth scares the fuck out of us. The fact that nothing is ruining our lives (both personal and as a race) but ourselves. The fact that we're really not so special can be wiped off the face of the Earth at any moment. The fact that the only lasting relationship we will ever have is with ourselves - we're truly alone in our heads. The fact that we have the illusion of choice underneath a tiny but potent upper class that we aspire to be like but to whom we will most likely never come close. Things like that.

So, to relieve the fear of reality, we block it out and focus on nice things like fishing, cookouts, family, friends (everything the people in the chairs would say after you gave them their batteries) hoping like hell that no one like Felix will come along and steal our comforting delusion.

Can you blame them, really?

Speaking of delusion, the most comforting and pervasive one in humanity's history is religion which you implied with the church scene at the end. That the church and Mama's lair are the same place means that you are specifically targeting religion (Christianity? It looked like it to me, anyway) as the delusion we're facing. And it makes sense as not only does Christianity give us the illusion of comfort (heaven and that we're loved no matter what), but it's also an excellent source of fear-mongering (hell, for example).

After the church scene, you enter into that crazy awesome looking chair thing which Felix calls, "The System." That's where Mama operates. It's where she controls her society. It's not too far of a stretch to see a parallel between the entrance to The System being inside the church and the entrance to delusional thinking beginning with religion (though in reality, I wonder if religion is the sole cause).

The real sadness in this, though, is not the masses' delusional thinking (though that is a big one...) but instead the misinformation the masses receive. The adults strapped in the chairs were worried about getting cancer, though it's clear that the two children running around were fine (at least the girl said she was). There never was any cancer. Similar to religion, this is a form of control. Mama personifies the human desire to have complete control. I mean, we really do like making things are way, right? I've backspaced a million times in this message making sure I don't mess anything up. On a bigger scale, when humans have power, they like to make sure nothing is messed up as well, only that usually means controlling everyone, fear being a favorable weapon. A nice test of this is looking at the sensationalist, conflict-obsessed media.

So when Skinny enters that last, unseen chamber, he's going to eliminate this control Mama has over his society. That's where the game's true fantasy comes in. If only there were one entity that we could destroy in reality that would end our self-imprisonment. But it's not that easy. You can't "kill" religion, fear-mongering, or our need to control. You can't kill attitudes. It might be easy to blame government, but if one government falls, human nature doesn't. We still like to control stuff.

There is no one supreme evil ruler (Mama) trying to control everything but instead our own nature. We really are fucking ourselves over.

That doesn't mean we can't try, though. Nothing will ever be "perfect," but they can be better. Also, we can try to escape our own self-imprisonment - the need to follow someone, the need to control others, paranoia, etc. And that's about all we can do, right?

Fantastic game!

Lots of people find this review helpful!


Rated 4 / 5 stars June 23, 2011


i can't complete it, stuck at the part where i see a silhouette of a boy run away if i approach too near. i believe its the end of the waterworks map. there seems to be a springboard kind of thing, but i can't use it effectively. frustrating. i'll give this a decent rating due to the nice art and animation so far. i can't say i appreciate the creepy atmosphere, makes me all tense and grumpy. these kinda themes are getting pretty common these days, aren't they? but still its good to promote awareness of how technology is all good. yeah i went to read the other reviews. haha. so i kinda get a gist of it.