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UPDATE 4:
For anyone that might be in need of it, I've uploaded an offline version here:
mediafire.com/?r9reahnbt2px689
UPDATE 3:
Featured on the frontpage! All of you are awesome, thank you so much UPDATE 2:
Daily 2nd Place. Thank you all so much for playing and rating my game. Also thank you for all of your feedback.
UPDATE:
Fixed some bugs, changed compass key to "C" for convenience and avoiding bugs, other minor changes
(If you are having performance issues, try changing the flash quality setting, close some background programs and other flash apps or upgrade your flash player. I hope this was helpful)
If you find any bugs or have other problems, please e-mail me or send me a PM

CONTROLS:
Arrow keys _ Movement
Space _ Interaction
C _ Compass
Num+ _ Volume Up
Num- _ Volume Down
Num0 _ Mute Sound

a video game about dysphoria and astronauts

"Personal Trip to the Moon" is an experimental game about exploration and discovery which serves as a psychogram of a gray wasteland and its inhabitant.
It's a game about finding yourself 384400 kilometers away from home.

Music: "Une chute sans fin" by "Another Moon" (S├ębastien Lombard).
anothermoon.bandcamp.com
Special thanks to azrafe7 and everyone from the FlashPunk forums.

"Personal Trip to the Moon" is the first game I have ever managed to release and as the title suggests it is a very personal project.
Any kind of feedback is highly apreciated and please keep an open mind while playing. Thank you.
~VoEC

Reviews


JojiroJojiro

Rated 4 / 5 stars

It's difficult to review this kind of game. Art games, as it were, are a niche that have a lot going for and against them at the same time.

As people have mentioned, the gameplay was lacking - what carries the game is the consistent gritty quality, the incredibly novel mix of pixel graphics with detailed textures, and the sense of longing that the main character has, for identity, for closure, for companionship, for escape. The fact that I've gotten all of that really is a testament to your ability as an artist.

But you need gameplay. You need something beyond artistry. As you know, there are many games with great graphics, jaw-droppingly beautiful scenes, spine-tingling music, etc etc that fall flat on the actual reason most games are sought out: the entertainment value. My recommendation is to research game mechanics, or to work with someone else, allowing your creative process to fuel the flavor of the game and the mood, but allowing them to sketch out how the game will actually function.

"Swimming through the sky" and "using mirrors" for example were great ideas, but could be fleshed out so much more than what you did. Now I realize a collaboration for this particular game would have been a bit grating, as it is so intensely personal. I do hope for future projects and career decisions you'll consider what I've said though.

You're a beautiful artist. And given the lack of glitches and smooth gameplay, probably a good programmer as well. However, when it comes to execution of your vision, I must say with all due respect that you fall short. I think another review said it too: with a great concept comes great expectations, and the actual game doesn't live up to the environment it is set in. It's like a slower, early form of Mario Bros set in the lush storyline and graphics of Final Fantasy X. There's a disconnect.


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VOEC responds:

Thank you for this really detailed review. I like reading those the most and most often they really give much insight.
Regarding your criticisms I completly agree with you. I do a lot of research on game design in my spare time and know how to make an entertaining game (at least I hope so). And I do realize that the gameplay of PTttM is... well, boring.
I don't know why that is. Maybe I wanted the gameplay to feel protracted, empty and "calm". Or maybe I do actually not know how to do it properly (see Aether for a good example) :).
Some parts I really don't like about the game. For example the ending where the player looses control and has to basicly sit through a cutscene with text. I wish I could have done this part differently.
But I do actually have 2 different projects in planning which involve a somwhat more richer gameplay (Okay, my recently released game The Guardian doesn't have that great of a gameplay either). But the problem for me is in all honesty the programming. I'm really bad at programming, I get stuck often and only release decently playable games because I obsess about every single detail and problem. That's why my games take a lot of time.
One of the projects (spoiler: A puzzle game) I had to put on hold since I couldn't code all the physics logic stuff (Which is really sad because I really like that game idea). I wish I had a programmer to work with. I think concentrating purely on the game design (and also visual design) instead of having to worry about implementation would really aid my work. But for now I guess this will have to do.
But your right, gameplay wise I still have a lot to learn and hope I can expand my skills through my future work. Sorry if I rambled on a bit. I just wanted to give you a detailed answer since you put a lot of effort into your review. :)


jdub87jdub87

Rated 1 / 5 stars

Very interesting idea, but I didn't really like much else. Character moved way too slow, the game was too short, and the game felt empty in general. Not in a sense where I felt like it built ambiance, more like I felt it was shallow. Sorry for the harsh critique; it just failed to tell a compelling story or be a compelling game to me.



FrancoAparicioFrancoAparicio

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I'm speechless.
Magnificent work.



GeminateGeminate

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Hmmm, a man wanting to be a woman or a woman wanting to be a man...?


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EndimentEndiment

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Both charming and bleak.
Little moments of adventure and then that sense of deep sadness.
More an interactive story than an actual game - but a winner in my book.
Full marks :)