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dys4ia is an autobiographical game about the period in my life when i started hormone replacement therapy. it's a story about me, and is certainly not meant to represent the experience of every trans person.

music by LIZ RYERSON

SOUNDTRACK available at http://ellaguro.bandcamp.
com/album/dys4ia-soundtra ck



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

An "art-game", which, means, it's not really going to be very popular at NewGrounds (look at the various art-game parodies) and really not very popular with me, either. However, it does have a message, it's a positive message that potentially reaches across numerous audiences, so as a propaganda piece I think it deserves a pretty high score. And as a game there's one thing is absolutely does not do: disappoint! You reach all the objectives if you're willing to put in the slightest effort, and the narrative is told completely. So it's a narrative-based rails game, and there's no getting around that. I don't like those games but I find it hard to disagree with a game that has a complete message that I can comprehend and that I think is positive.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

nice message people indeed should not be discriminated for being transsexual. But game play wise actual puzzle would be nicer.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very nice game, it was organized in ways i wasn't expecting. It honestly gave me insight to parts of my life i was wondering about for a long time. All in all, a great game with insight into a topic that not many really know about, bravo!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


The game is simple yet fun and unexpected.
The music is very soothing.
The graphics are simple, but go perfectly with the story.

All transgender people should know about this game.
Gonna go spread this game.
Also, please make another one if needed.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I found this game to be wonderfully interesting to play and at the same time watch. I know that not every transgendered person goes through the same experience and yours seemed interesting too. The retro view of this just made it all the more interesting.

The graphics were all retro to the point of reminding me of the Atari 2600 which had the 2-bit graphical style shown here. The text boxes were nice to show what people were thinking of you all the while and by the end even when some people still called you sir you just blasted them away letting them know you are a ma'am and no longer a sir at all.

The story seemed to be that you just always felt like you were born in the wrong body and meant to be of the other gender yet trapped on your current gendered body. Over time you have to lower your blood pressure before getting hormone meds and the doctor soon stops it as you no longer take blood pressure since it literally drained you of energy and simply ordered the meds online and yet your sister wondered why you were doing this. By the end you felt all better despite some people simply not ever going to be able to understand what you were going through mentally and physically.

The music you had playing felt so weird yet comforting at the same time since it kept making me think of the Earthbound intro music and kind of in a way the Cave of the Past and Giygas battle music for some reason too. Just had a totally strange atmosphere about it. Music was just weird yet interesting.

The medal was an easy gain as you have to learn and read and do all of the story and at the end you feel better and the medal is unlocked as well.

Overall, I found this to be a most interesting autobiography and small game about the hardships you went through while going from being a man to a woman and being able to feel good as your confidence grew over time despite all that seemed to happen. Excellent art style game/autobiography, best of luck to you in future endeavors in your life. Great work here!

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