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"Ode To Pixel Days" is about a teenage boy, Hans, having a crush on a cheerleader. Hans gets rejected by the cheerleader, because he is ugly, and not charismatic. Hans tries to change this by building a machine that will make everyone look the same. When everyone looks the same, he can have the girl of his dreams! But of course, in reality, things don't work that way; and Hans is about to get into some bitter experiences.

The game is played in a castle, that represents the world created by Hans' mind. The game's artistic goal is to put the players in Hans' mind, to make them play through his emotional experiences, hopes and dreams. The core experience of the game is the feelings a boy goes through when he gets into puberty; loneliness, sadness, low self-esteem, the desire to change things about you and everything around you.

This game is made completely by one person, and that is me.

Reviews


firemomo45firemomo45

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 19, 2013

Lemme say this: I HATE ALL PIXEL GAMES. The Idea was used up wayyyy to much and had turned the entire genre into pure shit, to the point of making the characters looking like lines and complain how they slaved doing the art. THEY WERE FUCKING 8 BIT BOXES. But... yours wasnt too bad. The enmy AI could have been better tough, but it did bring me back to the legend of zombies ate my neighbors.


talhakaya responds:

I make pixel-art for two reasons. 1st is I'm ashamably bad at vector art, yet :( The second is I love squares! Glad you enjoyed it :)


greyhawk241greyhawk241

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 19, 2013

A very good game. The strory was touching, profound, and powerful.


talhakaya responds:

thank you, glad you liked it :)


TneconniTneconni

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars February 19, 2013

I liked the game, simple and fun to play, not too difficult, but not too easy to wonder why I'm playing it in the first place. I have a love hate relationship with the story, only because I've never been in Hans position, and that's only because I learned pass that lesson before it could happen to me (plus I'm female, so maybe there is a double standard here? However, I've hear there is an equal amount of females who go through these types of problems).
Try looking at it this way, kids, why do you like that beautiful popular person? If it's because they are beautiful and popular, then can you really fault them for wanting someone who's also beautiful and popular? If you want to be liked by the beautiful and popular, then become beautiful and popular, if you feel that is unfair, and they're horrible for not liking you how you are, then you shouldn't be so shallow as to like THEM because they are "beautiful and popular".
Also, look at it this way, say you're "ugly" and unpopular, you're not crazy enough to think every single person around you is "pretty" and popular? Why don't you give the "Ugly" people a chance, and try asking them out? They feel just as lonely as you do, but no, you want the most beautiful, popular, rich person in the world.

Sound advice is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and looking at someone for their personality and their skills can make their physical appearance all the more beautiful; why do you think popular people are "instantly attractive"? Because they have the skills and hopefully the personality to make them beautiful (if they're all jerk-faces, then shame on you for liking them). Try building your skills and personality, it would certainly make you more attractive, but also set your standards higher than the mountains, but lower than fantasy, please.


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talhakaya responds:

You're right about the relationship of Hans with the cheerleader. I tried to tell that in game, saying "She's just a confused child, just like you."

If I was one to give relationship advice, I'd say only date a close friend who is also interested in you.

Thanks for your lovely comment!


killantskillants

Rated 4 / 5 stars February 19, 2013

The struggle of a youngster trying to be accepted by our society standards. While playing it reminded me of an episode of Johnny Bravo (Bravo, James Bravo), in which a cientist named Pencilneck wants to use a machine named The Lookalikeanator or somethingamading to make everybody in the Earth like him. In what they call "horrible, but sadly very politically correct".



henrygozoozuhenrygozoozu

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 19, 2013

I loved the concept behind the story, and the ending was quite nice. I'd play it again and again if I didn't know how it ended. The part where Hans has inner turmoil against himself after the cheerleader dipped was very difficult for me at first, but once I was able to pass the specific part I am mentioning, it was I had gained the relief from that instance as well.


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talhakaya responds:

glad you enjoyed it :) that boss level is kind of bad, sorry about that :/ thanks!