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There's not always a light on the other end.

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This is a weird little bleak thingy I made over the past three or four days.

Thanks for playing.

Collect the sad faces, and avoid the happy ones to gain points. Earn the required amount to move to the next "day"

Controls:
-Hold X or P to dash
-Arrow keys or a/d to move

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PS. Alula 3 will be coming ASAP

Patch 2.0 (April 6th 2016):
-Cut dream minigame length in half
-Rebalanced difficulty
-Added collectables which reward you points
-Made less boring (lol)

Reviews


Truth, and fantastic "Rise of the Machines" at the end.



Well, I couldn't beat this game. It was annoying how one hit took me out. I do still genuinely enjoy this. It's nice to have a game that's easy to understand. I died on Thursday. This was certainly something different for you and I appreciated it.

The sounds and music were really nice. That isn't a "Sound Of Music" reference. I could never think of anything that happy while watching this. It still seems like a game you would make. The gameplay is similar to other stuff you've done.


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As odd as it seems, this game really means a lot to me. If someone were to ask me to describe depression, I would show them this. A day with severe depression feels like this. You're doing the same thing day in and day out without it seeming like it ends. The positive in your life seems to slowly melt away and your mind tells you it's not good for you. You slowly start believing that 'bad' is 'good' and it slowly starts ruining your life. And with pressing space just to get up...that's like forcing yourself to get out of bed every day even if you know it will feel like the same slow, boring day. And by the time that day ends, you ask yourself 'what's the point anymore?' and you just shove yourself and try to distract yourself from your thoughts.

I could be wrong or just thinking too much into this game, but the smiling faces falling from the cloud seem to almost represent people and social anxiety. One person too many and you're sent spiraling into a bout of panic attacks that overwhelm you.

And as I play on and the levels get faster, the smiling faces and the rush of the cloud seem to also represent people wanting you to get happy as fast as you can without your input, leading to you avoiding help.

And as sad as it is, sometimes it's too much and there's nothing we can do to stop them from wanting to end it all.



This is the kind of game that makes me wonder... are u ok? You're not thinking anything drastic are you?

As for the game, I liked the use of the grey scale and the repetitive game play to hammer in the feelings of depression. Noticed that this isn't your first game to touch on the subject. Sometimes finding a measure of self worth can be pretty tough, and dealing with depression isn't a walk in the park. Nice game.


JackAstral responds:

I'm planning a project right now simply called "Jack" that goes super introspective and into these kinds of things- my anxieties and fears, that kinda stuff. I like making stuff that's honest. When I'm happy, I create stuff that's happy. When I'm not so much, I make stuff that reflects that. My projects might seem kinda bipolar because I am a little too, I guess :b

Thanks for playing, and for your thoughts !


fun but depressing game with a great story, it somewhat accurately portrays depression in a albeit dramatic light. This why I always look forward to games from you guys! (love the story)


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JackAstral responds:

Thanks- that means a lot :)

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Score
2.94 / 5.00

Uploaded
Feb 10, 2016
4:03 PM EST
Genre
Adventure - Other
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