Why Am I Dead

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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

Secret Medal ????? Points

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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.


I thought the game was really good. The controls were nice and simply. The story was awesome it kept me hooked till the end. Good game

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Strange death. :))

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Damn good game. Love the core gameplay thing of needing different people to get different answers. Simple but with potential.
Also, to MrTheJazz below me (kind of spoilers): Yeah, that wasn't an alternate ending, the cop mentions that they thought there was a serial killer at the hotel, he just wasn't the one who killed the owner, you're just meant to figure that out, but it's not key to the story.
It's probably also why when possessing Ted you can ask the her out, possibly he was figuring out how to get rid of her. A nice little background story going on.

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Really good game, but when I was absolutlely stuck, I wnet on the pause menu and clicked the help me thing, but it didn't do anything for me but restart the page...I love this game but that's my only nitpick and why I rage quit when I got so far and intrested into the story... I love the idea, love the story, love the characters, but fix that help button...

Great! Been a while since I've came across something this beautifully written. It's interesting and very story driven with some humor. It does take a little bit to do though if you want all the medals so to save you time, I'll tell you what Sarah knows. She saw- *sudden struggling as glass shatters followed by a scream*

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4.06 / 5.00

Nov 16, 2012
5:01 PM EST
Adventure - Other
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