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Nov 16, 2012 | 5:01 PM EST
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Baby Steps, Young Cricket 5 Points Dying can be a very disorienting experience. Good thing there's a tutorial conversation!
This Body Will Do For Now 5 Points Find your first host and possess it.
I'm Surrounded By Idiots 10 Points Talk to every person in the hotel at least once, as anyone.
Identity Crisis 10 Points Possess everyone in the hotel at least once. Except for the guy on the toilet, he doesn't count.
Means and Motive 25 Points Narrow the list of suspects down to one. The end is near!
Well, That Went Nowhere 25 Points Talk to everyone in the hotel as Orvall.
The End 50 Points Sarah was right
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Author Comments

Why Am I Dead is a retro-style mystery game. You've recently been killed. Play as your disembodied ghost, take over control of other people in the hotel and investigate your own murder.

Use WASD to move around the hotel, press the space bar or Z to possess or de-possess people. Press E to open doors and interact with people. Use the arrow keys or W and S to select an answer if there are multiple options during a conversation.

UPDATE: 11/28 7:40 AM EST

Hey guys! Actually I've made updates to my game prior to today, but haven't edited the description. Fixed some bugs, including the problems Internet Explorer had with the preloader. Yay! I also implemented medals.

...And I also added some extra content! I had originally cut a lot of stuff out of the game, thinking no one would find it or care anyway. But the feedback I've gotten here motivated me to put some more work into the game, even if it's just a little. I want to give a huge, warm THANK YOU to everyone for your time and attention. :D

UPDATE: 11/18 7:25 PM EST
New version adds a link to a walkthrough in the pause menu, and fixes the unintentionally sadistic placement of the "Return to Main Menu" button.

Thanks to everyone for all of your feedback! I truly appreciate it. This is a really hectic weekend for me, so I've been struggling to react to your feedback as quickly as I'd like to. Thank you for your patience and support.

UPDATE: 11/17 7:30 PM EST
Uploaded a new version which fixes a bug with Morgan's dialogue and prevents the problem that some of you had with the final part of the game.



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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This was fun, though a bit short. There's so much room for expansion! You left a few unanswered questions that could be fleshed out and add SO much more to the story. We never did get to find out exactly what "crime" trade Cricket and the owner were involved in, we never did get to see the reactions the owner's ghost had to finding out about his murder, and we also never got to see if one of the guests was the serial killer Lucille was originally hunting.

I could totally see the hotel having a gruesome backstory in terms of its crime syndicate. Organ harvesting, slave trade, personal torture chambers ala "Hostel". I could also totally see a secondary story unfolding and turning into a slasher when the serial killer becomes active now that Lucille is dead (or is she? Maybe Cricket only left her wounded and unconscious...). Maybe it turns out Rose is the killer (not unlike Mrs. Voorhees) since she pretty much hates humanity. Or maybe Iblis isnt the perfectly innocent little girl we thought...she has a "talking doll" after all and she is far smarter than her age would lead you to believe....

In short, THERES SO MUCH MORE TO BE DONE HERE!!!! I would love to see this re-made or extended. The characters have so much personality to be explored and the story still has so many possibilities. I feel like a fanboy anxiously awaiting part 2 after being left with a massive cliffhanger. As a result, 3.5 out of 5 my good man. You have a gem here waiting to be polished!

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Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

So all the good reviews talk about how the story and the twist ending are great... Except that I think that it was the WORST part of the game. To quote a guy on youtube: "You supposedly are a ghost, but it seems like that was more of a required gameplay mechanic. None of the characters even act like the hotel owner while possessed, [...] " Worse, YOU, THE PLAYER, is still possessing the guy at the end. It makes absolutely no sense. Why would THE FVCKING PLAYER do that? Thats not the goal of the game! Good concept and nice gameplay but pretty much ruined by a sh!tty twist. That really kills the game.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I loved it! Very well done. Loved the art-direction and (believe it or not) the fact that not everything was intuitive (it gets boring if things are TOO logical, imho). My only problem was the controls, but even those were well-done, and not worth reducing the rating.
If you have any plans to make anything along these lines in the future, it won't be soon enough for me!

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Rated 0 / 5 stars

this is a game that i cant even get past the first part of it