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Dec 20, 2011 | 9:49 AM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place December 21, 2011

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Hi everyone. This was probably one of the most personal projects I've done in a long time. I had a lot of things I needed to deal with, and a game seemed like a constructive way to do so. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. Stay tuned for Chapter 2!

As always, a huge special thanks to Hania. She continues to be amazing to collaborate with, and her work is always inspiring. Thanks to Evil-Dog too, for graciously allowing me to use Outbreak.

- Mike

Update: Thanks for the front page

Reviews


AHorriblePersonAHorriblePerson

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Alright, alright...

Alright, just finished, and interesting story and all, but how does it necessarily fit into solving puzzles? Plus, on the arrow test, I had no idea what it meant by "Read between the lines", so I just pressed them over and over again to see which fit where, so you might wanna' make that clue a little clearer and movement a tad faster.

And yes, a mute button wouldn't be half bad. I love the music, just for not 30 minutes over and over again. I don't wanna' hate it.

Overall, great for killing time and thinking.



DrGanjaMDDrGanjaMD

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Good

The story was surprisingly good, but the music didn't fit the noir theme.



CampererCamperer

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Really good, too bad i lag a lot on the process but good concept and storyline.
P.D: i reduced quality by right-clicking, still lag a bunch.



OmegathorionOmegathorion

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Developer's perspective

Looks like a pretty bad case of developer's perspective. Most of the puzzles were more easily solved by route grinding through all possible options than by anything else. There were just too many possibilities: you may have thought that the relationship between the clues and the puzzles was apparent, but other people (like myself) didn't have that perspective. In the first puzzle, were the objects supposed to represent a saying or a quote? In the next puzzle, was I supposed to look at the first letter of every word, or maybe the second? I still don't understand how the third and fourth puzzles are meant to be solved, I got those through guessing. Even if a puzzle seems glaringly obvious to you as the designer, your players are going to interpret it differently. Was this playtested? If it wasn't, get a lot of playtesting for part 2. If it was... get more playtesters, or better ones.

As for mechanics, you should really separate the buttons for "move" and "interact." In the second puzzle, I would automatically start walking to the right when re-reading the letter, fix that. Add some kind of indicator to show when objects can be interacted with. Also, I was confused by the button in the first puzzle. Was the button supposed to mean "enter" or "input," or was the button just there to reset everything? You did a good job putting the "bzzt" sound on the button, but it still wasn't obvious enough. I thought that the door would automatically open when the combination was reached, not that I would have to set the combination then press the button. Maybe set a really easy puzzle in the beginning to show me that I'm supposed to press the button to input the answer. If you do that, you'll also have to standardize all the puzzles to be that way, since the fourth puzzle automatically opened.

The story was a bit strange and unclear, but that's what part 2 is for. No comments.

Music and art was great. That's what's giving you a 7/10. I would have rather had no speech at all instead of the weird garbling sounds people made. Either take those out or get fully fleshed out voice acting, that speech garbling doesn't work. Also an option to mute music, but really, who's going to mute that music anyway? Just throw it in, options are good.


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zaphiazaphia

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

what is the song playing in this game