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by bentosmile - Competition Entry

A not very serious visual novel. (Apologies for the sketches, I didn't have time to tidy and colour them, but wanted to get them in the game. And there's no music, sorry.)

Edit: Fixed a couple of bugs that were hiding some content, though not much. Eep. (Literally a 2 minute fix just after I woke up, yawn!)

From the readme:

SPACE: advance text
ENTER: confirm/advance text
Hold CTRL: Skip previously read text
ARROW KEYS: pick option
ESCAPE: quit
F: toggle fullscreen (off by default)

(Or use the mouse for all things!)

Apologies if there are bugs. I only played the game through a couple of times to check that it can be won and lost. :)

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Endurion says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 8:50am

Hint for others: The Win32 file is a zip archive. Rename to .zip and you can extract it.

Cute game :)
Quite a lot of clicking through text but at least you didn't have to completely restart.

superflat says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 9:48am

I loved it. It had a really nicely balanced game in there too. I don't know if it was intentional, but in the later fights I didn't lose health - I think I'd have enjoyed it more if I had, so that I'd really feel like my decisions mattered more.

The main story is hard to follow, but the feelings it conveys are really strong, so I think it works really well even if you don't fully get it.

I'm really happy to see you finish something new, and this is one of my favourites of yours.

mjb67 says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 11:43am


Flyboy says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 2:23pm

I enjoyed this game a lot. The art style was superb, and the writing was great. I think some ambient noise would have helped, but I don't think it mattered that much. Bravo.

ladron says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 6:06pm

Not sure if I won or lost, but I enjoyed playing!

elbowroom says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 8:50pm

I really like the graphics! Very impressive. The writing and art style is superb.

SonnyBone says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 10:07pm

I did everything right on the first go, so I'm not sure if there is a wrong way... I'll have to play again to find out, but the story was captivating.

Razen says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 10:45pm

POOR KITTEN D: Haha, I loved it! You're getting really good at these short-story-type games. The writing was especially nice, well done! :)

Razen says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 10:47pm

Oops, forgot to vote. My bad :P

localcoder says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 11:09am

I enjoyed the colorful art and the story (although I couldn't really discern any connection between the story's different layers.)

May 4, 2011 @ 4:09am

Great work on the art.

I would have had the hero on the left side of the screen, there was something a little off-putting (to me) having him on the right.

Great work with the art assets and story!

Cosr says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 5:13am

A rather sweet little story. Quite enjoyed it.
I know you said you would have liked to fix them up, but I thought the sketchy, uncoloured style of the art furthered the contrast between life and day dreams, more so than just the pixelization.

Radiatoryang says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 5:59am

I've always loved talking to birds

MatrixBai says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 10:00am

nice work, I love this story

Rialgar says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 10:34pm

Great game, great story, and the "not refined sketches" for the story ark awake makes it feel even better, it creates feeling of the awake world being all dreamy and the dreams being more real. That's cool

TellusE says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 11:32pm

First entry throughout this compo that managed to touch me :)

You've hit a style of story-telling that utilizes a minimalistic colouring, forcing the reader to apply themselves to filling out the holes. It strengthens the interactive story-telling as I'm forced to attempt to place myself as the protagonist and not a named character in a defined universe.

A very emotional game. Thank you.

rik says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 10:58am

Finally got around to playing! x_x Really really nice work, I love the 'game' version graphics especially! I didn't lose health when I lost to the boss, but I guess that's intentional else I couldn't have seen all the RL scenes. Wish I finished my game on time so I could vote here!

May 22, 2011 @ 6:53am

Haha! The way the title of the game appears at the start is brilliant.

Nyaa says ...
May 23, 2011 @ 11:40pm

Hooray for red/orange dragon tropes XD

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