August 19th-22nd 2011 :: Theme: Escape
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Beyond the Fourth Wall

by Gjarble - 48 Hour Competition Entry

It may have no sound whatsoever and be low on graphical detail, but it's high on weird!
...that's a good thing, right?
This is a very short point-and-click adventure game where you escape from a series of screens.

I expect the responses to this game to be... interesting. I had to cut pretty much all the non-placeholder graphics, animation, and sound for time, as well as the last level (which I thought to be the cleverest- maybe I'll expand on this idea later), but hopefully I got the idea across well enough. In place of all that stuff is a bizarre ending that I kinda had to think up on the spot.

I originally wanted a subtle, kinda artsy thing, but when I realized that I suck too much at art to do anything like that within the time constraints, I went in the complete opposite direction and abandoned all subtlety. I tried to go for funny in a "what the hell did I just play" sort of way... though I didn't have the time to put much thought into that aspect. Did I succeed at all?

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Ratings

#38Humor3.25
#39Theme3.80
#57Innovation3.64
#87Coolness6%
#164Fun2.92
#213Overall2.96
#371Audio1.00
#399Community1.80
#423Graphics1.88

Comments

Aug 22, 2011 @ 6:00pm

Oh, artsy it is. I like the idea.

James Paige says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:23am

Even though the graphics were obviously rushed, they still had nice style. This works really well. I wish there were more screens to escape from.

JohanAR says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 6:38am

I listed your game as an example of how to get a good theme rating (from me) in a blog post I just wrote :)
http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2011/08/22/how-i-rate-your-games-for-theme/

callidus says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 11:07am

nice, I liked the idea, not seen that before so full marks for innovation! graphics were rushed and no sound though ( at least for me? ). Good entry.

Andrew says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 8:02am

This is one of the more interesting ways to play with the theme. Well done.

wally2069 says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 7:01pm

A good series of mini puzzles that clearly involve escape in its most interesting form. A great job worth playing.

foobaz says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 2:59am

Despite what you said about sound and graphics, I quite like this one. Nice puzzles and some interesting story.

angrygeometry says ...
Aug 29, 2011 @ 1:22am

cool idea! took me a few tries to get past the scoreboard but yeah, nice idea done well.

Tulrath says ...
Aug 30, 2011 @ 3:22am

Very fun to play - I also like the odd ways of getting through each puzzle, the weirder the better :)

Gjarble says ...
Aug 30, 2011 @ 6:08pm

Thanks to everyone for the kind words (and to JohanAR for the shoutout)! The response to my game so far has been far better than I expected- it's definitely given me enough confidence to expand on this game for a later time.

snesgaard says ...
Sep 1, 2011 @ 11:16am

A fun game with a nice dose of what the fuck! Really liked the score board puzzle once i figured it out :P
Maybe next time you can induce segmentation faults in a computer or something :P

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