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Beneath the Sur(e)face

by RikardKarlsen - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A text based game. You're talking with a confident guy, but everything might not be perfect. Supposed to be kinda psychological-ish but it weren't so.

I'd say it's really hard to know what to do, unless you see in the source. I WAS going to have many more questions and alternate ways to tell them, but I started the game with 12 hours left so... At least I've learn something this weekend about game dev.


Made with Java in Eclipse.


I'm not sure if the mac and linux .sh files are working for everyone, and if you know what to do, it's just to edit the file.

If you get the following message trying to run the game:

'java' is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file.

You need to do some stuff. See this google search, as there are a lot of other people out there WAY better at explaining than me:


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Rahazan says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:57am

The .bat file is incorrect (points to wrong .jar filename), the game however worked fine after changing that.

Very difficult, I could not figure out much without looking at the source. Some small tips that may help others forward: Ask questions in lowercase and use proper punctuation! (and even then I'd be surprised if anybody beat it without peeking at the source)

I love seeing textgames however!

RikardKarlsen says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:46am

@Rahazan Thanks for letting me know about the .bat, it's fixed now.

Snoother says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 6:54pm

Couldn't get it to run. Opening the .jar file does nothing and opening the .bat file launches a very brief command prompt screen and then nothing. I'm running windows 8.1, if that helps.

whalebot says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:28pm

Haha I honestly don't know how anyone will be able to complete this without the source code. But reading through that was kind of funny anyway (as far as the things you needed to ask to continue). I guess John has some family matters to attend to ;)

RikardKarlsen says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:57pm

@Snoother Try adding "pause" at the end of the .bat file. Run it and see what it says.

Tomski says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:41am

Pretty hard, and I cheated too, great stuff, love text games!

Snoother says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:45pm

I managed to capture the message in the brief time it appeared: "'java' is not recognised as an internal or external command, operable program or batch file."

gene-z says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 1:41am

Hard Game , but good idea

RikardKarlsen says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:49am

@Snooter Open the file in notepad and replace the word java with the path to where your java is installed (if you have it installed). f.ex.:

"C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin\java" -jar btsf.jar

Gallefray says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:59pm

Awesome, managed to beat the game :D

paps says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 12:57pm

Hum I starting to think that I suck in text game. cool game though

tomvert says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:00pm

I didn't know what to do but I like text game.

Cezel_ says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 8:54am

It was really nice, altough I had to read the source code to know what to do, most of my mistakes were because of bad spelling.

shasharala says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 3:13am

That was interesting. I have not played a game in a while that involved a parser. I recall some Sierra games having them. Of course, those were commercial productions, but they were fun. I miss them and this was a small call back to them.

DrPrettyPatty says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:49pm

Hmm I couldn't get it to run :/ I have java installed, but it said 'java' isn't a valid command

RikardKarlsen says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 7:27pm

You can try what I said to Snooter about 7 comments up. If not, you can try to google it :)

fullmontis says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 1:28pm

I had to look at the source, I don't think i's possible to win otherwise. At first I thought it was a game where you had to guess a specific word he was thinking but that wasn't the case.

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