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August 19th-22nd 2011 :: Theme: Escape
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BATHOS - johanp - 48 Hour Competition Entry

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Instructions inside the game. Please play before reading comments in case of spoilers. Thanks and good luck!

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Ratings

Theme4.38
#7Graphics4.41
#17Audio3.88
#18Humor3.64
#19Community3.71
#32Overall3.73
#50Innovation3.70
#118Fun3.11
#144Coolness4%

Comments

astrkl says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 3:59pm

Too...many...keys...
I can't find the solution, I need a hint !

none says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 4:29pm

I had a nice little method of sorting the keys. As I would try one. I would throw it in a pile of used key. I finally found the right one :D

astrkl says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 4:36pm

I did that, but I thought eventually, there was another way :/

Marin says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 4:52pm

Not working: you have typed <embed src="ld20.swf" width="640" height="480"> instead of <embed src="ld21.swf" width="640" height="480"> :]

johanp says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 5:13pm

Whoops! Thanks for spotting that. How could it ever work? Fixed now.

Also, thanks to all for not spoiling! :D

VDOgamez says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 8:52pm

That was amusing, and very well made. I think I suspected what I was supposed to do after the third key I tried, but for some reason I felt the need to try all the keys anyway. I don't know why. This was clever, polished, and a bit funny, although it was really short, even for a ludum dare game.

Bleck says ...
Aug 21, 2011 @ 9:47pm

I would have liked to examine your pixelling more closely, but the graphics weren't in the source.

johanp says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 5:35am

Source updated! Pixels ready for examination.

Jigxor says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 6:48am

That was absolutely amazing! When I got the solution I smiled so much :D I don't want to post a spoiler but, your game really managed to evoke an emotion that many big games can't even do. You made me feel smart for thinking outside of the box. Loved it!

Marin says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 3:52pm

Superb graphics, amusing game :) .

Shelby says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 4:54pm

Very fun game! Got agitating at first, I was ready to quit. Thinking it was a standard game I just pressed Esc, and I escaped. Neat game.

Pierrec says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 5:01pm

Excellent game! Nice idea, nice graphics, nice music...and very funny!
I've made a french review about it : http://oujevipo.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=476:bathos&catid=36:10-minutes&Itemid=55

triplefox says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:24pm

It's the puzzle everyone talked about doing, but it was done well :)

zazery says ...
Aug 22, 2011 @ 11:53pm

Very clever indeed! The solution was non obvious and those keys sure kept me busy.

splixel says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 12:03am

This is one of my favorites!

offwhitefox says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 2:40am

Fantastic! Can I vote for you for president?

James Paige says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 4:25am

Why can't I give you more than 5 stars for "Theme"? You deserve ALL OF THE STARS!

I came SO close to ragequitting without figuring it out

mcc says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 5:44am

Oh god I can't stop laughing

Aug 23, 2011 @ 7:24am

This is fantastic.


For those of you that just don't find the solution :

[SPOILER]

Just rage quit :D

[/SPOILER]

superflat says ...
Aug 23, 2011 @ 8:27am

Very nice!

Aug 23, 2011 @ 3:17pm

This was frustrating, in a good way. Yesterday i rage quited, but today I thought THIS CANNOT BEAT ME!!! and now i feel so smart!!

(gotta check that wolfram tones thing, i've always had issues to create ambient music, and yours is awesome)

Terra says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 2:26am

I love the juxtaposition between the different kind of /keys/, hah.

HybridMind says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 2:56am

Haha this is the second game I've played this competition that used the rage quit mechanic. I can't believe having played that one a few days ago that I didn't think to try it on this one, damn! I literally tried every single key methodically and just when I had hit every key... I thought, "no, not another one..." and I knew even before I hit it that it would work. Freedom. I feel like a fool. Very well done and entertaining.

wademcgillis says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:20am

Clever

BleuLlama says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:40am

Hahaha. Took me longer than i'm comfortable saying to figure it out. :D Enjoyable! I'd love a full game of puzzles like this in this style!

Shadow says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:40am

Nice art, loved the music and liked the concept of a not-so-obvious solution (although once you find it, it's kinda disappointing).
You can't avoid feeling like you wasted your time once you manage to escape though. I didn't like that part. An overall good entry nonetheless.

pekuja says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 6:39am

The solution was spoiled for me, but I still enjoyed it somewhat.

Trancelucid says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 6:46am

Very nice art! I also just loved the keys that kept falling, of all shapes and sizes (wrench, credit card, knife..). One of my favourite games this LD, very ingenious take on the theme. :)

Seriously, you need to make a full-length adventure game!

ToxicLogic says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 8:26am

Upset that it was spoiled for me. :( I was really giving it my all, though... even had the keys that looked like 'E', 'S', and 'C' separated from the rest, trying to somehow merge them into some super-key by shoving all three into the door. Yeah, I probably wouldn't have ever figured it out . :)

increpare says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 8:53am

:(

ointment says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 9:30am

Haha, got it. This is that one game this compo must have. You should've added more levels, though, right now it's just a novelty thing rather than a proper game.

Angrycrow says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 9:50am

Great game! Very emotional! I love the use of low life! Real smart!

johanp says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:33am

Wow! Thanks for all the encouraging comments, I'm really happy that so many enjoyed it. For those who didn't, there's a reason it is called Bathos. :)

Tainted_Code says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:47am

Great game, figured out the right key! :)

Nanolotl says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 12:38pm

Very enjoyable, mainly the way the keys multiply.

pdyxs says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 12:47pm

Had to be done, and I'm glad you're the one who did it - that was awesome.

SLiV says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 3:09pm

Great game! When I finally realised which was the right key, the brilliance baffled me.

Aug 24, 2011 @ 4:01pm

At first at felt bad at being trolled, and then I was happy and smiled. Thank you for this.

Sos says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 7:36pm

You will burn in hell...

Aug 24, 2011 @ 7:50pm

This actually isn't the first game I've played here that did this, so I figured it out quickly.

wally2069 says ...
Aug 24, 2011 @ 10:56pm

I want to give this a lower score but cannot justify it. This gimmick has been done in at least two other entries so far.

That being said, this game is so full of red herrings that it gets the innovation points from there. Nice work.

voxel says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 5:00am

I appreciated the (fairly) subtle clues :) a few games have used this idea, but this if far and away the best I've seen this compo. Great work!

RichMakeGame says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 10:43am

I kinda think you should not have included a web version, since rage quitting means just closing the browser! I admit at first I really did not like this game because I felt like it was a case of designer mocking player, but since then I've thought about it more and it's clever enough to win me back around :). great art and music too

Rudy says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 11:03am

Nice, very nice. Art is great, music is lovely, the solution is... outside the box. I suppose the more patience you have, the longer it takes :P Not that I didn't expect a lot of escape "key" puns, this one was well done.

Danik says ...
Aug 25, 2011 @ 5:21pm

Very nice and polished little game.
The solution is also very clever, but was really hard for me to find. I think you should make even more obvious clues when you have tried all the keys, so that people like me won't get so frustrated. :P
Very well done!

skelethulu says ...
Aug 26, 2011 @ 2:06am

SO MANY KEYS

DrPetter says ...
Aug 26, 2011 @ 12:19pm

Lots of cute for so little a game. I did solve it, thankfully, but only after trying all the pixel keys. I wonder if you could easily do a larger moody puzzle with this atmosphere/music/art style and a series of (perhaps interconnected) screens with some more curious tasks that the player needs to find/figure out? It's both strangely relaxing and frustrating to know that you're staring at "all of it" and still can't quite find the solution.

Mjiig says ...
Aug 26, 2011 @ 6:18pm

You are a cruel cruel person.

31eee384 says ...
Aug 26, 2011 @ 6:29pm

Best use of this trick I've seen. I figured it out when I saw the credit card key... maybe I was beginning to think it anyway. :D

What really sets this one above some of the other similar games is that there's something very meaningful to do while puzzling out the solution.

JohanAR says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 7:23am

aw, it's exactly the same as my game, except with better graphics and it also has sound.

KavuDX says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 4:21pm

Loved this game, you really did a great work. My only complaint would be that it's too short.
Judging by the design elements present, you seem to wish to keep developing it, which is great, as this one will really look great someday!
Congrats!

Shigor says ...
Aug 27, 2011 @ 9:43pm

You're not the only joker who tried this (but your entry is much more elaborate than others... I would never suspected... :(

dogbomb says ...
Aug 28, 2011 @ 1:57pm

I ADORED this. I'm a huge fan of the Lucasarts/SCUMM style games anyway, but this nailed it down to the tone of humour. I worked the solution out well before I completed the games, just because I wanted to see all of the dialogue cues.

Fantastic. Far too short. I'd have played this for days.

joekinley says ...
Aug 28, 2011 @ 8:53pm

Only a timelapse could be more awesome in community thingy.
Well... i really want to say it is a nice game, but I hate it so much. Because, I tried to hang in there, tried to be patient, and tried not to spoil it for me by not reading any comments before finishing it. Though I gave up and found out the ending.

Really? I mean really? The ending is soooo 1980, it bites grass roots. This is frustrating as it is pushing me dirt in the face of being damn stupid ending. Rage.... RAGE.....

Though... on the bottom line, good work. Well done.

angrygeometry says ...
Aug 29, 2011 @ 2:25am

oh boy. you really did it.

i love this.

gimblll says ...
Aug 29, 2011 @ 1:47pm

Interesting puzzle. Got it after about 5 minutes of sorting through the keys. Felt kind of a cheap solution though after sorting through all the keys to get the E S C keys. I thought there would've been something clever to do with those.

Andrew says ...
Aug 30, 2011 @ 3:16pm

Try ALL the keys!

onefineline says ...
Aug 30, 2011 @ 4:29pm

Took me a minute to realize that the "number" keys were actually letters! Aha! Thanks for the hint. Enjoyed this very much.

Aug 31, 2011 @ 7:28am

Wonderful pixel art. Fun idea. Very well done!

Make A Game says ...
Sep 1, 2011 @ 11:32pm

A true riddle ^-^!
Despite taking a long time to figure out the solution, I had fun trying to figure out the correct key.
The graphics and the audio blended well in the game giving it a complex and rich environment and made me thought that there was in fact a more complicated solution :P. Well done.

nilstastic says ...
Sep 4, 2011 @ 3:12pm

Very very nice graphics, but the game was a bit short. Perhaps more game and similar graphics next time? =)

Winterblood says ...
Sep 11, 2011 @ 10:40pm

Clever and beautifully executed. Clearly not a mechanic that scales well to a larger game, though :)

Tom 7 says ...
Sep 20, 2011 @ 11:52pm

Excellent work. I figured it out pretty fast, possibly because of the "don't read the comments!" meta-spoiler. I loved the graphics and atmosphere!

Sep 30, 2011 @ 12:40am

I don't know what to say. I think i would have loved this game but i figured it out so fast, I'm just left wanting more... *Sigh*.

For those that are struggling, think outside the box.

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