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Ode To Pixel Days

rated 3.94 / 5 stars
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Action - Platformer - Puzzle

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Feb 15, 2013 | 8:38 PM EST

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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.



Rated 4 / 5 stars


talhakaya responds:



Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is an interesting twist to regular pixel games, a lifelike dialog combined with a regular platformer. For the most parts its simple run, jump and avoid the monsters, but it gets progressively more and more puzzling too. The dialog that keeps streaming as you move on is an interesting edition, and the sprite graphics are easily likable. Nice idea, and a fun game!


talhakaya responds:

thank you! glad you had a nice time with it.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Damn, I got stuck in "dangerous" first falling blocks level... It's superfrustrating to start again (thankfully, just from some part, not beginning). Well, the game itself was refreshing from all this art games where you "deserve" the girl, who unlike you isn't as a person as a prize or some fleshless ideal. The first sentence "Hans likes a cheerleader. Because she was pretty." perfectly shows how messed up his thinking is, wanting her BECAUSE she is pretty but not willing to give anything in return.

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talhakaya responds:

Ah, I really thought I got rid of that bug already :/ sorry. If this happened to anyone else, just press escape and hit "continue game".

Glad you caught that first sentence! It's me, trying to say, that "relationship" was dead from the beginning, because all Hans wanted was a nice looking girl.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

What's the point? I don't understand the end!

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talhakaya responds:

Click "Extras" on the menu if you want to know more :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I thought it was pretty great, especially the idea of becoming more pixelated being desirable for someone with image issues. Of course every guy knows what it feels like to not have your feelings returned. A twist on this story appears in the film Cinema Paradiso, which I recommend. (But don't ask me what it means). Perhaps even had the cheerleader accepted him, what he really wanted (acceptance) would be sated and he wouldn't even want her anymore. You allude to this at the end of your story when he begins to focus more on himself, however I simply couldn't understand why after he discovered himself the world turned gray.

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talhakaya responds:

your interpretation of it great! Just what I wanted to do. But I decided finishing with the "gray world" to tell that the real world is still a dark place, and Hans has to adapt to it.