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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.

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thornhammer626thornhammer626

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 11, 2012

loved it just as good as the first one!!! My only thing that really confuses me as to this one and the first one is in the first one they eluded he killed her??? but this did she still die or did she ever die or did he lose her cuz of his drug addled mind and forgot about her??? ne ways awesome game would love if someone knew other than that really great


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FreeAsANerd responds:

That's not quite it, but you're getting close. Glad you enjoyed it!


Zoey2070Zoey2070

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 11, 2012

Oh wow. Oh wow.
Okay, so, I frequently cite The Company of Myself as my favorite flash game. I was horribly excited when I saw there was a prequel. I forgot how moving your games are.
Okay, so, I like the art style, but at first, it sort of bugged me. I like it though. The smoke thing seemed pretty unique, but timing the smoke rings was a bit difficult and annoying. The music fits perfectly, and I nearly died at the ending, because I knew what was going to happen. I feel as though it would have been almost horribly cruel if you had played the music from TCOM, yet I almost wish you had.
And the ending, how he just walks away, thinking it's a good day. I feel as though Jack in that moment was a smug bastard, I hated him for several moments.
I feel as though I'm missing a lot of things about the game, though. I guess I should replay it.
@ Anyone who didn't understand the ending: Play The Company of Myself.


FreeAsANerd responds:

Yeah, you'll most likely understand a lot more of the little conversations after you've played it already. And we didn't want to directly use the original music, but the new soundtrack gradually picks up more and more similarities to it.

Thanks for writing!


Casval9Casval9

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 11, 2012

Good puzzles, great art, fantastic music, and interesting story, all the elements of a great game. Can be a little difficult at times, but overly so. Loved the ending.

Here some cheats I "found" (sorry authors? :P)

iwantitall - unlock all levels
backtothebasics - default smoke colors
whoadude - Rainbow smoke
something...darker - Red and black smoke
holierthanthou - white smoke
bigpimpin - purple smoke
supersmokethecigsturbo - super smoke
gimmedatstoryline - default dialogue
shutyourmouththomas - mute dialogue
whywouldtheyincludethischeat - bible dialogue (lol)
pixellatedgirlscantjump - toggle super jump
theoryofcolor - disable color correction
nowitsart - toggle black and white filter
keepingupwiththeindustry - "Next-gen" filter


FreeAsANerd responds:

Ha, you magnificent bastard.


supertelassupertelas

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 11, 2012

Beautiful, just as the Company of Myself


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Thank you!


RoseColoredIrisRoseColoredIris

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 11, 2012

This is definitely one of the better puzzle, and even "art", games. I liked the story, gameplay, and visuals and I loved the philosophical and physiological questions it raises. However I am VERY hard to please when it comes to endings of things I find interesting and the ending just didn't do it for me. I found it confusing and I feel like it left a lot unanswered. I always find endings to be the harder and more crucial parts of writing a story. If anyone would care to elaborate on the ending that would be most appreciated, I don't want to leave such an intriguing story with a bitter taste in my mouth. Like I said before endings are the most important to me so I give you 4 stars for this very above-par/above-average game. Nice work.


FreeAsANerd responds:

SPOILERS ABOUT THE ENDINGS TO COMPANY AND FIXATION BELOW

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Seriously, there are spoilers if you keep reading. I mean it!

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Okay, still here?

In the original game, we learn that Jack killed Kathryn, but we don't know exactly how it happened. This game does NOT explain exactly how it happened, but it does give some insight into the cause. The main factor is Jack's drug use: It's mentioned here and there in this game, but he always brushes it to the side and never actually confronts it. Kathryn helps Penelope with her troubles and Jack helps Kathryn with hers, but he won't let anyone help him.

In the last levels and comic strip, we can see that he's zonked at the time: His drug use caused him to make a bad judgement call that lead to her death. In gameplay terms, this means that he assumed the pit on the right was a safe one instead of a bottomless one. There's no way to know what this correlates to in his real world, though, since he's already forgotten the specifics by the time he realizes that she's not around anymore.