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Forever Alone

by Fizzik - Competition Entry

40 Hours of work.
2 Hours of sleep.
6 Hours of trying not to go insane.
The product of this?
Forever Alone, the game that makes you ask the big questions, what are those big questions you ask? Exactly.

Made with Game Maker 8, Art made in Photoshop 7, Sound Effects made in SFXR, Music made in Pxtone.

NOTICE: Running the game under Wine in Linux will cause there to be no sound, no idea how to fix this as GameMaker is intended for Windows only so please be aware of this! I'm also not sure just how hard the particle effects hurts weaker graphics cards, but it seems to lag like crazy when being run under Wine! Sorry but if you can, please play this on a Windows system :O

[Download Extensions]
Windows: .EXE
Source: .GMK

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Endurion says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 6:50am

Not bad :)
I like all the gather stuff plus the little minigame. The last two mini games are way too long though.
Also, you said you had music and sound effects (in your journal), I didn't hear neither?

Andrei Barsan says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 9:58am

The game glitched and I couldn't stop taking a dump, lmao. Pretty fun, though! :D

Just go easier with the particles next time, i run a mobile i5 and it still lagged quite a bit when they were being emitted.

The graphics were also a bit odd. The backgrounds, characters, and objects had varying degrees of detail, which looked a bit off.

Fizzik says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 4:25pm

Thank you :) Endurion, did you by chance run the EXE using Wine? I just tried this and I ended up not having any sound play as well, no idea how to work around this as Gamemaker is only meant to work on Windows.

pgil says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 6:08pm

The game hangs for me as soon as I leave the bedroom in the first level. :(

MisfitBYTE says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 12:10am

The particles lag me too and I'm on windows with a card that usually handles them well. I still loved this game. The Making Room is the greatest "achievement" ever. Any chance the graphic style is based off the Home Alone computer game?

Fizzik says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 1:17am

Thank you misfit :) I'm sorry to hear about the particles lagging you, I only got a chance to test the game on my machine so I had no idea the particles would cause problems for people, and it's a shame since they are only in the game as fluff, and the graphic style is just my style I guess, I've never really done pixel graphics so I decided that I would basically use continious colors with very little to no shading, and a black line to outline the important shapes.

dadads says ...
May 4, 2011 @ 10:30pm

"Cleaning your sword". Ha! nice.

stigrv says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 3:43pm

The game glitched for me as well on the second level when I was taking a dump. Still a cool concept, though.

JoJo_2nd says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 8:33pm

Maybe its just me, but the humour in this really made me smile. Good job :)

qrunchmonkey says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 2:57am

the controls are a little wonky, the were a number of glitches in the game, and the music is so quiet I can barely hear it.

But I was laughing the whole time. Good job.

May 6, 2011 @ 3:41pm

Really liked the look of this one.

I'm guessing the achievement particle is spawning endlessly? Made it unplayable for me, unfortunately.

ryantouk says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 12:36am

I didn't have any glitches, and the audio was fine for me, on XP. Although the particles did lag me a bit too. But otherwise, it was enjoyable and extra funny for me, since I was about to go "mingle at a coffee shop" :D

Fizzik says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 2:21am

@Dark Acre Jack, the particles do end streaming after a bit, sorry to hear they made it unplayable for you, I did experience some intense lag from them when playing the game on my Linux partition after I already submitted the game so its a shame I couldn't catch it earlier and remove them :/

mwest says ...
May 11, 2011 @ 7:17pm

Nice effort, well done - fairly polished for 48 hours!

I not a fan of the mash-buttons-in-order-to-do-some-abstract-task mechanic :( - would've been better if I could hit stuff with my shiny sword of confidence :P!

Endurion says ...
May 12, 2011 @ 12:11pm

Sorry for the late feedback; I've ran it on a real Windows 7.

mjb67 says ...
May 22, 2011 @ 11:24am

Good stuff. I did get a glitch with the time not running out correctly on the events on the coffee shop, but I put it down to being high on coffee so I got bonus time :-) Nice game!

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