December 16th-19th 2011 :: Theme: Alone

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3 Missing, 4am

by Sophie Houlden - 48 Hour Compo Entry


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hellojed says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:12am

Well done! I finished it and I really enjoyed it.

Dec 19, 2011 @ 3:34am

Spooky. The bumpmaps work also quite well.

wbobeirne says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 6:34am

Whoa, majorly impressive work. Fits the theme perfectly. My only complaint is that while it should be dark, it would be nice if there was some kind of lighting. I'm having a hard time finding the rest of the batteries, and I'm not sure of where I've already been. Regardless, awesome work.

Matt Rix says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:01am

Really awesome. There is a *ton* of mood in this game, it reminded me a lot of playing Alan Wake (in a good way). Played it to the end, loved the generator "surprise" (at least, I thought it was surprising).

madmaw says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:05am

Very cool, kind of a Blair Witch feel to it (admittedly I couldn't find the 3rd battery, so I don't know how it ends)

Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:26am

Very cinematic, good use of camera and light.

As others have commented, a tiny bit more direction on where to get the batteries would have been greatly appreciated. And keeping in mind that I'm a lazy bastard on a tight schedule.

QXD-me says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:07pm

Something about the atmosphere didn't quite grab me, maybe it could have done with some ambient background music or something? Also, searching for batteries and to a lesser extent turning on the generators felt a little arbitrary and forced rather than being part of the game world since they actually didn't provide that much benefit (well, the batteries did, but why would they be scattered around like that?).

On the other hand, nice animation, good lighting - I especially liked seeing the glow of the generators a little way off and being drawn to them like a moth - and I think that the overall concept was pretty good too.

Overall a pretty nice game (especially considering the time limit).

Randomasta says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:25pm

Really impresive! Took me forever to find that small cave and the battery inside

ratking says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:27pm

Woah, normalmaps!
Very atmospheric, indeed. Could be transformed into a great survival horror game!

increpare says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:40pm

Came back here after finding two batteries to look for hints. If someone didn't mention the cave I likely would have given up.


Jiggawatt says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:42pm

I love how this conveys a story without dialogue and leaves room for imagination. 5 stars for mood.

OtakuD says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 7:53pm

Brilliant atmosphere! That last item was tough to find! >.<

Dmurph says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 8:20pm

This is very impressive! The graphics are super intense and give the mood and theme character! The audio could have been a little more variation even though I liked how the one sound faded out as you walked. It fit the theme perfectly but I was't sure what I was doing and at one point I stopped because I wasnt sure what to do. Maybe thats the puzzle but I'm not sure. It really is a great game though! Good job

angrygeometry says ...
Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:46pm

wow, this is one dark game. i love the atmosphere and i had a lot of fun just looking around. nicely done

ladron says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 2:19am

Nice use of shadow and camera movement. It was very cool when the buildings lit up - I hadn't even noticed them until then. Searching for the battery in the cave was annoying. Would have like more of an ending.

mcc says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 6:58am

Spoilers below

Wow, this was fantastic. It felt original and was fun to play. This did a great job of creating legitimately spooky moments, like the first time I saw a blinking red light in the distance. I don't usually find "scares" in games, even when the game is designed for that, but I found myself actually afraid of things like straying off the path or the way that my shadow looked like something huge and looming following me.

A lot of moments in this looked really picturesque, I kept taking screenshots while I played. A lot of Unity 3D games look kind of same-y to me but this game avoided that. The electric noises as ambient "music" were great.

There were only a couple of problems I had. The camera did odd things when I tried to climb the "towers", like going behind/through walls and forcing me to readjust, which was distracting. (On the way back down the camera worked great oddly.) The only real problem I had was it felt unnecessary to do the battery thing three times. The first battery I found, on top of a tower, actually felt like a discovery and something I'd thought about and worked for. The second two, I basically had to comb the space to find it, which both wasn't fun and also made me feel like I was "playing a game". (I actually found the second two batteries by left-hand-rule-ing the wall, which I think if a game ever leads me to do that something went wrong.) By the time I found the other two batteries the sense of tension and threat in the environment the game had carefully built up was gone and I was fearlessly doing things like walking off cliffs (in the process finding the engine lets you do lots of odd things when you try to do that, like walk on stone walls). I think maybe the game would actually be better if the only battery were on top of the tower. (I also wondered why I couldn't try to scavenge a battery from my original, wrecked car.)

Poo :P

Zer0XoL says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 2:32pm

i found an easter egg, it says "poo :p" on the doors

Wiering says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 2:49pm

I only found 2 batteries, but I somehow went through a wall or something and ended up in a totally black area and couldn't find my way back.
Still very enjoyable game.

Codexus says ...
Dec 20, 2011 @ 6:27pm

Interesting idea, you really followed the theme. Moving around in the dark is a bit frustrating especially when combined with the off-center camera orbit center. The camera could use some occlusion testing.

Graphics the world is big and the guy and props are well modeled and the animation is great. Too bad that there are so few textures and they could be more refined too.

The gameplay is simple exploration but the world is interesting enough so it's entertaining for a few minutes at least. The sounds are a bit difficult on the ears though.

Overall, a nice 48h entry! Yay!

Dec 21, 2011 @ 3:40pm

So far my favorite entry, looking forward to the next :)

Winterblood says ...
Dec 22, 2011 @ 11:24pm

Love the pitch blackness, not many games are that brutal with use of light. Lighting things up gave a palpable sense of relief! Camera a bit dodgy inside the towers, and the look up/down should be capped just short of gimbal lock, but great job nonetheless! And I found the kitten :)

dock says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 1:03am

I didn't think I'd be able to cope with this sort of game, but you offer just enough clues to keep me playing, and I was able to get through it. It was just the perfect length too.

galman says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 2:41pm

SPOOKY! Man this is too spooky...
I managed to finish the game and I think that now I wil have some problem with the night... :)
The 3d shadows are amazing. Amazing work.
At the end I was ready to see something like a "BOOOOO"!

magnolia_fan says ...
Dec 23, 2011 @ 8:24pm

Very good game! It feels like a ton of work for such a short time. Sometimes it was too dark, but can't really complain

Dec 24, 2011 @ 3:59am

That was really hard on my eyes. Good work for 48 hours, but I just couldn't finish it.

Bloodyaugust says ...
Dec 24, 2011 @ 10:29am

Was a total grindfest of walking to find the batteries. Great mood up to that point, though.

Okkwogg says ...
Dec 26, 2011 @ 12:07am

Very good game. I really liked it. ;:D

Thomas says ...
Dec 29, 2011 @ 8:01pm

A very good entry, reminded me of Alan Wake...and Alan Wake was a damn good game.

Ghostik says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 1:04pm

Really nice and smooth animations ;)

SonnyBone says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 5:06pm

Whoa this is really well made. Good work as usual!

Benjamin says ...
Jan 5, 2012 @ 10:38pm

good athmosphere, but the footstep sound on the road is weird... I like the fixed camera point on actions.

Make A Game says ...
Jan 8, 2012 @ 4:25pm

Hello Alan Wake. :)
The game played fine, and just like Alan Wake, the lamp posts were a good use of waypoints, but the game was too dark on my screen, so I kept getting lost and bumping into walls. I wasn't able to find the two other batteries.
A shame really, I was enjoying the game.

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