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Please note the game was previously stolen and submitted by someone else, if you liked it before I hope you will like it again! Many thanks to shadow6nothing9 for the music and the newgrounds community for its support!

Reviews


BystanderLCBystanderLC

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars August 10, 2011

Grey Story sucks

All you did was jump and tediously collect a few items for a silent girl.



sidewalkbananasidewalkbanana

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars August 19, 2011

So indy.

:THE GAME:

oh i miss the days when games were simply fun rather than "OMG LOOK AT ME NOT USING COLORS BUT WAIT THERE ARE COLORS THAT YOU GET ONCE YOU SACRAFICE YOU GOOD NATURE IN" bullshit games. the controls are slow but atleast responsive.
PROTIP: if there is no challenge there is no fun.
if you think that you can put this infront of me and make me think then your wrong. playing a game is meant to be a release from your daily life not "HERE, HAVE SOME GREY SHIT NOW MAKE IT LOOK BEAUTIFUL OH WHOOPS YOU NEVER EXISTED AND THIS IS A DREAM"
PROTIP: having the final screen just say 'end' surrounded by links is a bad idea.
the thing that really annoyed me is the message, or lack of. because when you stick things like that in there it's so vague that you just hope people make up their own meaning. also adding a message means you want people to think. and if you make it a platformer people will go "woo, time to jump around" not "OMG you're dead and shit's happenin" people go into games with different thought processes and you've gotten them mixed up.

:THE AUTHOR:

you have a good artstyle and the music is nice. the game had some good ideas that were just poorly executed because you took the indie step. but all things apart from that it looks like you have some potential so good luck with that.



august5thaugust5th

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars August 11, 2011

Letdown of the year!

This game is fun to play for a while...but it gives the general impression that the ending will be much better than it actually is. That becomes really annoying when you finish the game and not much actually happens...



toph-blind-lovetoph-blind-love

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars August 17, 2011

Lackluster.

Unoriginal and unambitious, a perfect example of the issues with artsy games. Most artsy games aren't fun in terms of gameplay, but emphasize story and visuals to pick up the slack. Grey Story's gameplay left a lot to be desired, but the story and visuals were terribly underwhelming and failed to fill the void.

The story was generic. Generic isn't always bad, like, it's better than being too specific and making things hard to relate to, but this was too generic to relate to. You don't know the characters. They not only have no personality or behavior, but they also have no specific design. They're silhouettes. In fact, they're blocky silhouettes, because silhouettes can actually be pretty specific and characterful. The actual mission was vague, but not vague enough to be interesting, like, "Oh man this is so cool, I wonder what I'm gathering these items for!" It was vague yet transparent. I knew I was collecting colorful items to bring color back to a greyscale world, and it was so cliche.

The visuals weren't totally abysmal. Your sense of depth through motion shows promise, and I appreciated your use of black line art on the actual items, differentiating them further from the rest of the illustrations and allowing the world to contain lots of details in shapes without lines. The thick, black platforms helped decipher them from background, yet they were a bit too much, visually, especially once color started to return. Perhaps something consistent and recognizable but organic or illustrative would have been more appropriate. I mentioned the character design, and if you look at a game like Kolm, a good story, good dialogue, and good gameplay can make character design unnecessary, but that wasn't achieved here. The characters and environment are nonspecific and uninteresting. I appreciated the idea of an underground city, I just wish you'd pushed it further or included it in the story, like maybe all the colors from the above world, of nature, have been taken to the underground city and you have to retrieve them for love to return to the natural world or some such bollocks. I also didn't think the blurring effect attached to the character's movement added anything.

The actual gameplay was monotonous. Slow, uneventful, and each task was unsatisfying. There was no challenge to the search aside from the search itself, which wasn't confusing and maze-like enough to be a challenge in itself, so it just served as a nuisance, especially when you consider the slow movement of the character. Getting an item didn't do anything but add a bit of color to the background, and that color didn't add enough for me to really want to go through a slow search again. I finished in hopes that it may get better or that collecting all the colors would unlock something more perilous, but the ending was anticlimactic and a bit disappointing.

I can't criticize it for being too short, because honestly with such little to offer as a game, a story, and a piece of art, it actually probably went on a bit too long to stand. I'm giving you a few stars because it certainly took some work to put together, but the work needed a lot more thought. In the essential triad of gameplay, aesthetics, and story, it's perfectly acceptable to just pick two to focus on, but Grey story fails to satisfy even one.



romeringromering

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars August 18, 2011

A very dull adventure

Hello and this my first review!

Grey story is this boring dull repetitive adventure of a square-head boy trying to help a girl out by giving her items, rubbish storyline isn't it!

The controlls are too basic and the music is too dull

I don't recommend this game even know it's free!