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Brian's School of Minimalism

by DustyStylus - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Renowned art critic, Brian Sewell has been digitized and is ready to offer some criticism on your minimalist artistic offerings. Be warned, he is very hard to please.*

* - in fact, it's impossible to get a better grade than a D-, consider that a 'win' if you get it.

[ edit - whoops, due to a small glitch, you couldn't even get a D- ... fixed now. ]

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Branch says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 10:51pm

doesnt work on my os. could you port it to ms-dos 6.40? :(

bobo72a says ...
Apr 28, 2013 @ 11:19pm

Got D- my first try :D

The comments he made were funny.

Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:56am

Hahha, love it :')

Yozz says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:31am

Waiting for this game since the first day. Cool!

AlbertoSM says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:32am

Is it wrong that I like the title screen better than the actual game? haha!
Love the comments from Brian...hilarious!

Diamonde says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:49am

This is hilarious! D- was the best I could do, but I'm happy with it :)

ndssia says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 10:59am


My art is bad, and I should feel bad.

Very cool :)

anjack says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:31am

The perfect game for the self-hating perfectionist!

Great voice-acting! ;)

aquilicoco says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:52pm

I love the the graphics and comments :)

donan says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:53pm

Hahahaha, one of my favourite games so far. Really cool idea.

CMaster says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:55pm


Pretty entertaining and bang on theme.

D- isn't too hard to get if you well, make a reasonable stab at recreating a painting.

Mythalore says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 2:56pm

Good idea, but I kept failing. :)

Apr 29, 2013 @ 3:05pm

Brian is my favourite art teacher.

wallmasterr says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 6:19pm

Nice animations and audio

mushbuh says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:05pm

Nice, funny music

Kimau says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:07pm

Comments are brilliant love the tone and humour of the piece.

bleating says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:07pm

Easily my favorite game so far

dualtagh says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:12pm

Haha! brilliant!

graytest says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 8:13pm

I love it!

puttputt says ...
Apr 29, 2013 @ 11:38pm

This is so good. I love it!

cahman says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 12:39pm

Hilarious! Further confirms I have no understanding of minimalist art.

Mase says ...
Apr 30, 2013 @ 8:05pm

Nice voice-overs. I felt a rush of hope when Brian said "hrmm interesting."

marnaouf says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:55am

His comments while you're making the art made me laugh my ass off.

dstozek says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:24am

I like the voice-overs! Couldn't get higher than E-, though. Solid work!

MinionStudios says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 3:21pm

Ha! Such a crazy game! love the fictional history of the critic.

Beerman says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 9:47pm

Hilarious :D The game's fun, but my favourite part was Brian's funky dance moves on the title screen.

DustyStylus says ...
May 1, 2013 @ 10:02pm

Thanks for your comments everyone! I wish I could've added more to make the game more of a 'game'. :)

The general rules to please Brian are:
- Ratio of Horizontal to Vertical ~ 1:1
- More than 1 color, but less than 7

And yes, those are totally arbitrary decisions on my part, with no minimalistic artistic background at all I'm sorry to say!

May 2, 2013 @ 2:38pm

Wow, so many minimalistic masterpieces... Nice game!

TheCze says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:44pm

Apparently I suck at art. Great sounds!

SmilingCat says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:46pm

Pretty fun, great use of the theme. Brian was a hoot, with all of his comments.

GetFun says ...
May 2, 2013 @ 8:46pm


btw, it was fun =D great idea

May 2, 2013 @ 9:22pm

Ha, this is great! Love the voice-over

ddionisio says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 4:08am

Awesome intro, made me laugh! Great animation and humor!

I failed 3 times, screw minimalistic art!

Dir3kt says ...
May 3, 2013 @ 8:07am



Really good entry.

Just read the description, Yaaay I got a D!

euwaku says ...
May 6, 2013 @ 5:52am

Brian is a jerk!! Loved that game :)

Evil Cult says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 12:34am

Fantastically hilarious. Nothing to say other than that.

atraxgames says ...
May 8, 2013 @ 9:27pm

Animation and music reminds me Day of the Tentacle, this is very funny!

Catman says ...
May 14, 2013 @ 10:24am

Fun entry and nice animation!

pansapiens says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 10:45am

Lots of lols :)

Sebastian says ...
May 20, 2013 @ 6:02pm

I don't think I've ever been so entertained by a menu screen XD
Nice work on the voice acting!

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