While it may not be the worst computer OS parody I've ever seen, it's certainly not the best.
This game starts with a "setup" screen which has a very nice background, but it's ruined by the interface, which is very unorganized and doesn't fit in at all. You could have at least used something more interesting than a solid color and a color that doesn't contrast with the background as much as white did.
After the setup screen, the player is taken to the desktop, which has another very nice background, and the interface actually looked good with it this time. A few other things bothered me, however.
Many of the images used in this game were of poor, grainy quality, especially the "X" button on many of the windows. It's also worth noting that sometimes the "X" is partially covered to make it look even worse, and there's one part at which the error messages are partially off the screen, another problem that looks terrible but should be easy to fix. The bar at the top of these windows (though some of them didn't have one of these bars at all) looked pretty nice though; they just need improvement with organization, their backgrounds, and that "X" button.
The "ERROR 404" screen was simple, but that's realistic, so I won't say it's a problem. However, the blue doesn't cover the screen entirely as it should. A small crack of the desktop is visible. This just makes it look mediocre. Another thing that looked mediocre was the image of Hitler, which was not only a bit grainy, but a white outline was visible. The error messages weren't very professional either; they appeared to have been made with a sort of error message generator.
I think you could have worked harder on the visuals that went with the music, especially the rickroll. The rickroll only had an irritating two-frame loop of a photoshopped image in slightly different positions. As much as I dislike the usage of videos in flash, it would have looked better if you had used the whole video, a simplified animation resembling the video, or even a single frame drawing of Rick Astley. Any of these probably would have looked better.
With the other audio used, you only had two basic loops, one of a gradient that changed color and another of multicolored lines. I'm sure you could have made them fit in with the music a little better.
By the way, you spelled "encountered" wrong, lmao.
The sound that plays whenever the mouse is hovered over the buttons at the bottom of the screen was too loud and got very annoying, especially since the buttons could be clicked on even while beneath something else.
Other than that, it was nice to be able to listen to music while playing this -- even if half of them weren't my kind of music -- but considering this game's massive filesize, you may want to remove a few. After all, they didn't really contribute anything to the humor.
I've seen several computer OS parodies before, and the first few were funny, but now, most of them have the same overused jokes. As far as humor goes, this one certainly doesn't have anything new; I don't recall laughing once. I'd say the humor was actually more poorly executed than it usually is in these games. The rickroll was even more overused than any of the typical OS jokes.
It was nice to have some easter eggs, though. I only managed to find two, and I didn't like the rickroll, but the Hitler one was nice despite being a little easy to find. I think it's better if in-game hints aren't given, though.
There were quite a few problems here, the biggest of which being that I could click buttons that were underneath other windows. The ability to move some of the buttons could get irritating as well. Finally, the 404 error that appeared every once in a while wasn't humorous at all, just annoying. It looks as if you didn't even try to put any sort of joke there; it's just an error.
Scarcely graphically appealing, never humorous, and often annoying. This needs quite a bit of work.
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