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Apr 8, 2012 | 12:14 PM EDT
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This is a dialogue-heavy puzzle game about people and their habits. It might not be for everyone. Explore strange locales, meet strange people, solve strange puzzles.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

I thought the connections to Company of Myself were really neat. The magic trick is obviously similar to CoM, where the premise of the game is to make copies of yourself. The same goes for the very last level, where you apparently kill Kathryn.

Still, it seems rather sudden, the ending. It's from Kathryn's viewpoint the entire time, and then she just drops into a pit. What was on her mind while she was falling?

As for the actual gameplay, the puzzles were pretty neat. However, some of them were unnecessarily frustrating. For instance, 4-4. That was such a small window of time to get all the smoke rings perfect that I actually got annoyed at the game. In my opinion, puzzles should be difficult to figure out but relatively easy to execute.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great Game. For those of you who are having problems loading the game, play it on firefox or chrome. For some reason internet explorer had a problem for me when I tried to play it. If it still does not work, then make sure your flash player is updated.

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FreeAsANerd responds:

Yup, that's the same advice I've been giving, too. Flash works in mysterious ways sometimes...sorry for the troubles, everyone!

And thanks to you for helping to let people know.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

cant really review it cause it just wont load for me. not sure why actually waited a hour. the concept looks and sounds cool so i will give you a 3 1/2 . please fix load problem if you can.

FreeAsANerd responds:

Haha, thanks for the vote of confidence!

The best I can do with the loading problems is to suggest trying a different browser. Sorry for the inconvenienceĆ¢EU"I hope you can get it working!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

The Company of Myself is one of my favorite flash games, and I was very excited to see a prequel starring Katherine. (warning, spoilers)

The game-play was very interesting, I loved the smoke and lasers, they were fun even though getting the rings right is sometimes difficult. Also, the game was very apprehensive since I knew that Jack ends up killing her.

However, the ending is... iffy. I can accept that he just totally forgot about her; he's on drugs and mentioned earlier that his memory gets confused. But how did she die? Was he wrong about where the path on the right goes, or lie about it? At the end of TCoM, it seemed (to me) that he knew about what happened, but was I wrong? Does he never realize that she actually died?

The ending with Jack would have been fine... if it weren't for the fact that I want to know what happened to Katherine. That death worked for her in the first game, because it was all through his perspective. But right at the point where we lost her originally (I love the parallels in the last level btw), suddenly we switch to Jack. It's disappointing.

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FreeAsANerd responds:



Remember that in the original game, it's all Jack telling a story to someone else. He doesn't recall exactly what happened that day because he was all drugged out when it happened, so instead all we get is a platformery representation of him losing her in a pit because he made an incorrect judgement call. He didn't figure out that she was gone until a little while later, but he's just telling a story in Company, so he doesn't mention that part. When this game ends, he still hasn't figured out that anything is wrong. He did NOT, however, completely forget about her: He clearly still knows about her in the original game.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Man, the ending is dark! well, you have to play "the company of myself" to get that.
Due to the psychological dialogues where everyone opens up you would expect what you see is what happens with the people in the game but after witnessing how the male character express himself in the end saying "goodbye, for now", a sentence nothing out of the ordinary, but when you already know what really happened from the other game, I get the feeling the events of this game didn't unfold the same in reality as how it happened in the head of the female character.

All in all, these two games are in my opinion the best games on newgrounds, I would however not like to see a third installment of the series where you get to see what really happened. He is a dangerous man, we get it, but please make a new game with a new story as soon as you feel like it, the amount of high-quality games inhibiting the artportal is still very scare.

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FreeAsANerd responds:

Glad you enjoyed them!

You're right: All of the gameplay settings in both games are only representations of how the current player character feels about their surroundings, so no one is actually dying by falling into bottomless pits or getting burned by super lasers.

I don't have any plans for a third game in this series at this point, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I'll never do it. If I did, though, it DEFINITELY wouldn't explain the specifics of Kathryn's death: That has never been an important part of the storyline, and since Jack doesn't remember, none of us get to remember, either. The important parts are the causes (this game) and the effects (the original).