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Mystery of Willow Mannor

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Apr 18, 2011 | 2:11 AM EDT

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A Fowl End 5 Points Once you go green...
Skydiving 5 Points Who needs a parachute?
Blast Off! 10 Points An ending that's out of this world!
True End 10 Points That's what really happened?

Author Comments

**Note: Yes there is a lot of words. This is an INTERACTIVE VISUAL NOVEL. So reviews that say there is a lot of words, that shouldn't be a bad point, Take this for what it is, not what you expect it to be. Thanks.**

Created for Newgrounds Game Jam 4.

Team Mohawk Dairy!

Our handicap was that all graphics had to be created OUTSIDE of flash.
We went with a hand drawn and scanned, classic retro feel.

Everything was created in 72 hours.
The story was written in 72 hours.
The art was done in 72 hours.
the code was written in 72 hours.

Hope you enjoy.

Can you get All 4 endings?
True ending is the best.

(Click with mouse to continue in the game.)

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


what a surpriseing twist please amke another interactive adventure, you are so good at it!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

oh no

were seeing people that are really in your imagination? oh crap this is black ops all over again but no it was a great game a little short but great


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Wait a minute

I killed Norm to get the key, how can he be alive in the basement, that doesn't make sense.

Otherwise it is a good game, not great but good.

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tenentenen responds:

You SHOT norm, maybe he wasn't dead?
Or maybe he was in your mind as well?


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Great game for a 72 hour jam

In 72 hours you managed to draw good and stylish graphics that went well with your combination of mystery and humour.

To those complaining about Norm coming back from the dead, I just assumed he was also just part of your own personality. But then, that might be overanalyzing of a title, that aims for being absurd and humorous.

Really, my main complaint is a bit unfair - the game could have been longer and more polished. Of course, considering the time restraints, that is not something to be expected.

Also, while this game has great replay value with the different ways to die, and the actually quite imaginative and intriguing ending, a skip button would make it so much easier. Skipping to the next decision when you already read all the text before it is always preferable to carpal tunnel snydrome aggravating powerclicking.

But even the lack of a skip button isn't a big deal, because the game is short enough to enjoy replaying it anyway.

Overall 7/10 in total - which can be read as a 10/10 considering the time constraints.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

A wise man once told me...

...that beauty lies not in the possibilities, but in the limitations. Actually no, that was just one of my teachers on why he wasn't a fan of straight-up fantasy. But seriously, you really made the best out of your handicap. I like mystery visual novels that have a noir feeling, and your drawing style hit the nail on the hammer. It reminded me slightly of Hotel Dusk: Room 215. The sprinkled humour and pop culture references were a nice treat. The descriptions were also fleshed out well; I feel like I would have enjoyed the game even without visuals.

Some suggestions for a possible visual novel in the future:
- You might want to try to lock the True Ending until a certain condition has been met in a previous ending. This way, you'll be able to retain more replay value. (An idea grabbed from 9 Hours, 9 Persons, 9 Doors.) This probably coincides with the suggestion for a "Continue" function, which has already been said. It's just that I managed to get the True Ending on my first run. I still went through it, but it would be nice to have the True Ending as a final reward.
- (Not really a suggestion, but) Since you won't have the "no-flash" handicap, you'll be able to pay more attention to character animation. I enjoyed Norm's creepy talking animation at the beginning, but I got a bit bored of it afterwards.
- I find that mini-games and even inventory interaction, are nice additions to any visual novel. Of course, they usually aren't crucial to a storyline, and can be substituted with narrative. Just sayin'.

All in all, a job well done. I had fun. Looking forward to your future works. I'm totally a fan now.

tenentenen responds:

A lot of these things will be implemnted in our next project. keep an eye out for it.