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Oíche Mhaith (pronouced "Ee-ha why") is a short game by Increpare and I.
After finishing the game, my heart felt so empty. Now, I'm sitting in my room trying not to cry. The game has made me feel very sad and confused.
It seems Eimear's brother has died, and this has brought out the worst in everyone in the family. Using the symbols on the computer when trying to 'revive' them, I took some notes on what I think they mean.
The circle was the most confusing, in my opinion. The shape may represent how the family was originally before our brother's death. The father was masturbating in the master bedroom and was shocked when Eimear came into the room, and embarrassed. He was all around doing good for his young daughter catching him in a dirty situation. The mother was waiting for us outside, angry and upset, the dog was outside as well seemingly angry with us. Finally, we wondered if our doll Babby was disapproving of everything we'd done.
The plus symbol (+) may represent anger, or even being horny. The father was in the master bedroom masturbating, but he told Eimear of listening to the birds and insulted us. The mother was outside in the street seemingly masturbating as well, the dog was humping our parents' bed and Babby was accused of ignoring us.
The star was easy to pinpoint. This would easily represent the family's grief of our brother, who we are still curious about. Our father was in his bedroom, telling us about how he missed him and how he wishes us to never experience such sorrows again. The mother told us the pain of her lost son was something our father and I didn't feel as strongly as her, the dog was whining in his bedroom and the doll was suggested of being lonesome. Eimear suggested her brother to play with her.
Finally, the ellipses symbol was already clear from the beginning. We express our love for our family members, but they are silent and unresponsive to us. However, in this we insult Babby.
Sorry for this long, long wall of text. Overall, I'd give the game a 4.5/5. Touching, depressing, sinister and repulsive, we're begging for more.
That was by far one of the most depressing flash games I've ever played. Well done being able to truly play on a person's emotions though.
What the hell?! How could some parents so ruthless like that, I feel so sad for that girl. They will not get away with it, I will be waiting for them in hell, and take away their souls.
By the way, nice game, whish more people see this will put their love even on their children.
I fail to understand what the point of this game is; while it explores her miserable life, the writing isn't great, and I don't feel any true catharsis. Furthermore, I completely fail to understand how the computer program works. I just used trial-and-error until I got the intended result. Was the rug in the sibling's bedroom a clue? I don't know. I couldn't pick up on any clues.
However, though I don't like the game itself, it's extremely well designed. I really appreciate that I can use the arrow keys, or WASD - that it automatically pauses as soon as I select outside the window. That upon loading, it doesn't play any music (I often try and load multiple games, because of how large the files are, and this can be maddening).
So 4/5 because this was a really well made game - the game itself was just lacking. I'd be interested in seeing you guys do something else with this engine.
Excellent work. The subject matter is not for the faint of the heart that is for sure.
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