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Shadow 5 Points

Complete the first five levels

Dark Surroundings 10 Points

Complete the first 10 levels

More Darkness 25 Points

Complete the first fifteen levels

What seems impossible 50 Points

Work with nothing

Embrace the Light 100 Points

Complete the game.

Author Comments

This is my entry for the Stencyl Jam 2014 contest.

EDIT: Well. I'm now pretty much done with the "story" part of this game, so I'm adding that in this update. I would still want to add a level select, but if I do that, it will be after the contest!

Finally, it's done! Kinda...
I had to reach the deadline, so I had to leave some things undone. I've worked really hard on this over the past month, even if I had my matriculation exams in between. Also, this is actually my first game ever, so because of that, I'm pretty proud; I've learned a lot! You can read a bit more about the game here:

http://lucidshadowdreamer.newgrounds.com/news/post/890565

IF YOU'RE STUCK ON THE SAME LEVEL AS EVERYONE ELSE then click that same link. In one of the comments I spoiled how you solve that level. Good luck ;)

Also, due to popular demand, a video tutorial (of some quality) can finally be found on youtube! Read more in the youtube description XD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2KIs_mwJEg

INSTRUCTIONS:

-Arrow keys to move, jump with the 'up' arrow key. You jump higher if you hold the key.

-You can climb the walls. That's right, you don't even need to walljump, you'll go upwards if you jump when on a wall.

-You can slide down walls by moving against them. You'll also jump extra far if you press 'up' along with a directional arrow key, at the same time!

-If you're in game (not the title/menu etc) you can pause with 'p'.

-Press 'r' to restart.

-Mute sfx with 's'.

-Mute music with 'm'.

(The mute buttons can be troublesome every now and then, so don't play with them too much)...

And yes, all the levels are very possible.
Everything is made by me: The "programming", the music, the "art", the sound effects (some using presets, though), the level design; even the font XD

This might still have some bugs, so if you spot any, tell me, and I'll see what I can do. You can ask me any other question, as well.

If you're gaming experience is laggy, try right clicking and selecting "low" quality. It shouldn't change much at all, but the game might run smoother.

Extra special news: If you want to read about some stuff I've done in the past, apart from the great Newgrounds, check out my blog!

http://lucidshadowdreamer.blogspot.fi

I've written tons of weird stuff over there :p

EDIT: I added a few new medals. If you've already completed the game, you should be able to get them all by loading the game and beating the final level again!

Even if this project is still 'slightly' unfinished, I hope you'll take some time to rate honestly, and maybe even write a review!

Anyhow. The contest is now done, and this game finished on 4th place! Congratz to all the other winners, and thanks to all of you, for such an awesome Stencyl Jam 2014!

Thank you for your attention, and thanks for playing ;)

Reviews


This is a genuinely interesting game that I repeatedly keep coming back to experience. I'm not a particularly depressive person myself, but it certainly fuels a somber part of my subconscious that I really cannot explain. Personally, it's not game as much as it's an experience.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I'm not a particularly depressed person either, but I wanted certainly to create an experience. As for the game mechanic, it's something I thought of way back when I was a kid. Thanks for coming back to the game, and for leaving a review!


Good song, good game concept, having to watch your shadow and make sure it cannot follow can be difficult at times. Art style is interesting.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Ooh, didn't expect to suddenly get a review from you here! That makes me very happy :)
I'd have to agree the visual design isn't the most professional xD
I'm glad you stilled enjoyed it though! Thanks a lot :D


Wow this took me forever yet it was worth it


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Great job beating the game! I'm glad you seem to have liked this one too, even though it's quite different from the text-based games :D


Frustrating and dark. I guess this is how depression goes.
Some levels did take all of my juices to finish, and even
though the graphics are not much, the game itself could
express the message.

Graphics: 4
Music: 5
Message: 5
Gameplay: 4


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Good job on beating the game, it is not an easy one!
The graphics could certainly be a bit better, as I'm far from being an artist of that kind.
I'm glad you liked the music and the message, and the game in general.
Thank you for playing as well as for the review!


This game spoke to me on a heartfelt level last year during my time of severe depression, and was part of my recovery into a normal life again and distracted me but kept me in touch with what was wrong so that I could fix it.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for creating this game, it was part in saving my life.


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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Whoah o.O That's quite something to hear, Kateus!
I'm glad that you've been able to recover from depression; it's really not an easy thing to do, so... Well done. Also, I'm happy I've been able to help, if not much, then at least to some little extent :)

Thank you a ton for playing my game, and for letting me know how you've experienced it. It means a lot! :D

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Uploaded
Mar 28, 2014
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Genre
Action - Platformer - Puzzle
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