August 19th-22nd 2011 :: Theme: Escape
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This is your dream

by stRana - 48 Hour Competition Entry

System requirements: Java, mouse

Made by Sara Kapli

Created using Processing, Photoshop,
Inkscape and Audacity

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Escape. Most people have had dreams,
or nightmares, where one is being
chased, usually by someone who has
no name nor face. In my dreams, I
also cannot get anywhere, my feet
just aren't moving regardless of how
I try. It's like I'm in quicksand,
the more I try, the more I cannot move.
I cannot even breath. The only way to
get out of the suffocating horror is
by waking up. And if I do wake up in
the middle of the night, chase will
continue if I manage to get sleep again.
After this nightmare my head is heavy
and my thoughts are cloudy the whole day.
When it comes next evening, I go to sleep
and nightmare will start all over again.
There is no escape.

Downloads and Links


Ratings

#32Theme3.83
#94Graphics3.46
#134Audio2.77
#173Innovation3.08
#234Community2.56
#256Overall2.85
#282Fun2.54
#311Coolness1%
#355Humor1.44

Comments

triplefox says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:42pm

Despite this being so simple I played it over and over until I got to the "next morning." It was frustrating to find the hotspots yet at the same time it felt accurate for the "dream world" idea.

tgijsola says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 1:58am

Oof, 47 meg download :( I would recommend splitting the .zip up into three separate ones, one for each platform. 15 megs is a lot more manageable!

As for the game itself, I like the art, and wanted to keep playing to see all of it, but it became too frustrating to continue on. Excellent feeling of tension, it was quite nightmare-ish, so you nailed that aspect of it!

alexlarioza says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 4:37am

The heavy breathing really had me scrambling to find the hot spots, which was a neat effect. =] But it was really tedious to find all of the hot spots especially when they got really small.

summaky says ...
Aug 26, 2011 @ 2:41pm

Wow. It is a very simple game yet I couldn't stop until I got the the next morning. Very well done!

DrPetter says ...
Aug 28, 2011 @ 1:27pm

Yikes! Made me realize how crappy zip can be. The large size is due to three identical 15 MB files that get compressed and stored independently inside the archive.

Anyway, game is a bit simplistic maybe, but also very easy to play and relatively rewarding due to that fact. No introduction or learning curve needed. Could have been fun with some other dream-like effects like illusions and distractions while trying to find the clickies.

ExciteMike says ...
Aug 29, 2011 @ 6:46pm

Tense! It looks like the hotspots are pre-set not randomized (thank goodness!), so I can quickly get back to the bit where I just start to see what I guess is some body of water, but after like six attempts with over ten seconds on that screen each and STILL not finding the hotspot, it gets too tedious to continue. Until that killed it, it was a very cool experience!

Aug 30, 2011 @ 2:45pm

Nice concept! The sound-effects really elevate this.

The graphics are quite dreamy, and the panic of not finding a hotspot within the time with the increasing breathing is a neat gag. Unfortunately the hotspot-scanning doesn't work quite as a agood game-mechanic.

Jerm says ...
Sep 4, 2011 @ 8:08am

I really liked the atmosphere. The gameplay was a bit boring but I was motivated to finish the game because I liked watching the progression of the different backgrounds. Nice graphics style and audio.

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