August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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by Maple - 48 Hour Compo Entry

MAC / Unix users: simply start the .exe with WINE, works to the end (don't press F4, though).

I think it's ok to rate the fixed version, but I've kept the non-fixed version up just in case.

Spoiler-free explanation:
The kitchen light switch remains in the "on" position if you leave the room while it's flickering. The light switch fix guarantees that the light switch in the kitchen is "off" weather you leave the room while it's flickering or not. The state of the kitchen light switch is important if you want to finish the game.

If you didn't download the fixed version, don't fear:
Simply flick the kitchen light switch on, and wait for it to completely turn off again before leaving the room to ensure it is "off".

You wake up to find that your parents have gone on holidays without you. You're just about at shocked as I was.

Evolution refers to the way your thoughts, feelings, actions and environment changes.

Arrows = Move. X = Interact.
F2/F3/F4 = Adjust screen.
R = Restart. ESC = End.

There is no saving because it is a short game.

Tools used:
-Game Maker
-MS Paint,

Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

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Map_Builder says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 11:48am

Note, crash on loosing focus ...

Spaceoff says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 3:20pm

Wellll that was uhh... worth playing. Haha, how to comment without spoiling anything for people who read the comments. Let's just say, keep playing until you start to see things change. That was awesome.
Neat graphics, the music fits, sounds are a little abrupt but well placed. Mood was perfect. A but lacking on "fun" in that its frustrating constantly backtracking (don't know exactly how it is that events are triggered).

jonnopon3000 says ...
Aug 27, 2012 @ 4:11pm

Interesting game, I played for a good 10 minutes and experienced some changes, but nothing really "jumped out" at me if you know what I mean. The mood was well executed, and I marked you up for humour based on a few of the more hidden notes in the game. Good job!

tomchristie22 says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:28am

Genuinely scary at times. Great stuff. 'If you're going to cry in a corner, cry like a man'.

kevincorrigan says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:37pm

Oh my.., Great Game, I really, Really enjoyed it. Great atmosphere, and the graphics were great.

Qaterknan says ...
Aug 28, 2012 @ 6:41pm

I was stuck for about 15 minutes in one "change" and wanted to quit but the mood trapped me :D So I had to finish it.

ameliayn says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:45am

I had no idea what I was in for when I started playing this. I loved it. The ending confused me, but it was still amazing overall.

cadin says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:54am

I'd be really interested in playing this. Any chance of a Mac or Web version?

chuchino says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 4:39am

Creepy & cool. I thought the ending was a bit weak though.

link2x101 says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:11am

My first five for overall so far. Excellent job, man!
Genuinely creepy. You had me unwilling to move forward (but I did anyway).
I absolutely despise you for making me do the one thing I didn't want to, and making it hard as heck to when it had to be done.

Thank you, this game is horrifying and wonderful.
I'd pay for something like this.

Only things against it are:
Slightly mundane/abstract view of the theme, though fitting.
Graphics were a bit confusing at times.
It was hard to understand how to make progress.

Regardless, thank you for this masterpiece. Fantasmal.

Maple says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:23am

Thank you all very much for the nice comments.

@cadin: I would like for Mac users to be able to play this, but unfortunately I don't have the skill or means of producing one at the moment, so I'm going to have to say no. :/

Orni says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 8:03am

I've played it for about 10 minutes and enjoyed checking everything out and seeing things change - awesome mood. then I somehow bugged out of the boundaries and was outside the room, but I guess I've seen everything
very well done, although I there isn't much gameplay in it

berareu says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:20am

Fantastic! Love this genre, reminded me a bit of Yume Nikki :)
Mood is perfect, I was kinda scaried for a while! Graphics were cute too!

Aug 29, 2012 @ 10:30am

*Contains Spoilers*

Great game! I played all the way through and it took me quite a while. I'm pretty sure I read every single piece of dialog in every corner of every room! There were some interesting ones.

I felt my heart legitimately jump when all the spikes appeared in the kitchen. You did a very nice job of keeping up the mood throughout the whole game. I really enjoyed walking around and seeing things change little bit by little. As someone else mentioned, I wasn't really sure what triggered it so there were a few times where I'd walk around a interact with everything but I couldn't see much happening. I realised towards the end that the two lines of blood seemed to have something to do with it? Nevertheless it allowed me to read just about all the text.

I did find the ending a little predictable though, as many games have used that same storyline - that sort of "who am I?" element, leading to a tragic ending (often "I am a monster"). Though I wasn't quite sure if the character you play did that to his parents or if the parents themselves did something weird (like kill themselves or each other?).

Overall an amazing game, wonderful work! I really loved the atmosphere and the dialogue. Great job!

CappaGames says ...
Aug 29, 2012 @ 3:09pm

Wow this was amazing! This game needs 6 stars for the mood! One of the top games I've played so far. (over 50 at this point)

andreyin says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:44am

I must know; is UBOA in this game?

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 4:02am

wow -- really good -- but not really following the theme -- great mood

Kassoon says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 5:38am

Beautiful. I don't know if the pacing was slow or if I was just scared and wanted it to be over. Great entry!

KHANanaphone says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:18am

I don't know, the payoff of the ending didn't really live up to the mood. I don't really understand what happened, honestly.

jijaweb says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 10:38am

Super creepy! Very good game!

NacMacNeedle says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 11:09am

MAC / Unix users: simply start the .exe with WINE, works to the end (don't press F4, though).

Nice mood, really scary. But I'm not sure about the theme ;-)

MrDanH says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 12:51pm

Moody stuff, if a little grim. I figured the objective was that visiting certain rooms at each point progressed the story, but it would've been nice to have some indication of what should be done next

Krell says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:20pm

Wow, playing this was a pretty fun. The music was perfect and really added to the suspense. I thoroughly enjoyed it, although the ending was a bit confusing. Other than that, my only gripe would be that you'd clearly been working on this beforehand, hoping for the "abandoned" theme. Anyway, thanks for the creepy experience! :)

Ragzouken says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 1:56pm

Wow, I didn't think it was possible to be scared by a top down game like this! Really good building of atmosphere, though I have no idea what it was about :P

Maple says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 2:22pm

Thanks again everyone for the nice comments.

@Krell: I'm glad it seems better than a 48 hour game. If you follow my timelapse close enough you'll see that I did everything within the 48 hours and actually wasted so much time within the 48 hours 'playtesting' without a clue as to what to do next, and talking to people. I honestly believe that in 48 hours a game much, much, much better than this can be (and has been) made. Also, while I was hoping for "abandoned" to be the theme, the game would not be the same without some influences given by "evolution". For example, [spoilers]I wouldn't have made the apartment change so much if not for the theme[/spoilers]. I'm happy you enjoyed my game.

RawBits says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:36pm

Well evolution is not really involved in this one, but it does good what it does.
I don't really can get the feeling is these kind of games so I found it boring as you can't do anything interesting in it, but the texts kept me entertained enought to play it through. Althought it would be good if they change as you advance in the story.
I don't quite understand what happend and why there, but it's fine I'm just a little boy... :)

flyingbear says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:36pm

Holy crap was that spooky! Great job setting up that atmosphere

RawBits says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:38pm

Well evolution is not really involved in this one, but it does good what it does.
I don't really can get the feeling in these kind of games so I found it boring as you can't do anything interesting in it, but the texts kept me entertained enought to play it through. Althought it would be good if they change as you advance in the story.
I don't quite understand what happend and why there, but it's fine I'm just a little boy... :)

RawBits says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:40pm

Sorry for the repost. Did I sad I liked it? Graphics are good and audio is spot on! :)

ChronoDK says ...
Aug 30, 2012 @ 8:01pm

I played for 30 minutes only because of the mood - quite a scary game! Never understood how to progress - was it timed? Or did I have to do specific things?

marudziik says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 9:41am

Theme is a little stretched, but the game is so good, I don't really care. It's super creepy, audio adds so much to the overall feeling. Ending also was a pretty good job, and to sum up, it's an awesome entry, definitely a winner for me.

Porpentine says ...
Aug 31, 2012 @ 1:02pm


amazing job

zazery says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 4:52am

That got creepy fast. Beautiful pixel art, great mood, and the audio is really well done. The timelapse was pretty cool to watch too.

PapyGaragos says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:41am

Oww. I was aiming for the mood category this time but... one must learn to admit defeat.
Excellent job, and great timelapse

Norgg says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 6:19pm

Aaaaaaaaaa! That is all.

Codexus says ...
Sep 1, 2012 @ 10:54pm

Nice atmosphere but what a depressing game. I was stuck at some point for a long time and I don't know what triggered the next phase but somehow I made it to the end. I'm disappointed it didn't make more sense.

SaintHeiser says ...
Sep 4, 2012 @ 9:14am

Really cool game. I like mood and story. I'm really been impressed! Nice work!

Skulls says ...
Sep 7, 2012 @ 7:53am

Some parts took too long to change so I got bored. I loved the mood but the game got old quick for me.

Puzzlem00n says ...
Sep 14, 2012 @ 12:22am

I have no idea what just happened in that ending. But it was scary, so good job!

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