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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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AndEeXAndEeX

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 19, 2012

Great game, loved the gameplay mechanics (smoke, etc)...

I found it somewhat challenging a few times and had to check the YouTube (like the jumping one), but got through most of them, somehow even wondering HOW the heck I did it!

Only thing I was slightly disappointed with was the ending. In your first game, the turning point, the mental twist was in the death of his lover (Kathryn) as well as the meaning of the green box. That had a big impact and the idea to bring that character back and create a story around it was made perfectly, I found it very fitting and well made.
I liked how you switched to Jack's perspective at the end, but found the last two screens rather down-letting and would've loved if you played more with the "mental sting" (the part that gave you the chills).
He asking himself "did I meet anyone?" seemed rather unnatural and cheap. Also, Jack's character seems rather unsympathetic to me, like a lepricon of some sort.. but that's a personal view, can be dismissed.

Also, another point that could've played a HUGE role for us players would be the sudden appearance of the "green box" in the latter scenes of the game. It's an extremely powerful symbol that you could've used to enhance the emotional factor.

And finally a question - if Jack didn't remember who he met, how come he remembers it in Company of Myself? I'll assume these "drugs" influence short term memory ;).

Great game otherwise and hope you open a new series with similar gameplay, storytelling!
Respect to you Sirs!

Andi


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q105090q105090

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 15, 2012

Really good story. I played the previous game so I knew she was going to die in that last scene. I was screaming "NO KATHYRN, DON'T FOLLOW HIM" and scared some of my neighbours.

Great story. Really. Really. Good.

-0.5 because your smoke ring bar was missing whenever I needed it. Although the timing to make a smoke ring came to me naturally.



swishcheeseswishcheese

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 12, 2012

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.


MyrmicusMyrmicus

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars April 19, 2014

Man that was depressing... Especially since I played "In company of myself".
Comparing the two, this game has a better gameplay in my opinion.


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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!