Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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The Monster Inside

by Random Seed Games - Jam Entry

NOTE: The embedded version text is a little small to read so there is a link to a fullscreen web version below.

A film noir style audio-visual novella.

A mysterious woman... a string of murders... and a man with a hidden past.

By Random Seed Games. Creators of TIMEframe which was recently released on Steam (, originally created for Ludum Dare 27.

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Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:36am

tl;dr. :D
to late for this kind of concentration.
but the graphics look: "hmm, fingellicking good".
must have been a lot of writing-work.

fdslk says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:39pm

Very nice concept and execution

jofra says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:48pm

loved the images!and the writting
wish was a little more interactive ( but i know that is a hard thing to manage X) )only because most of the game is pressing the next button :/

Meursault says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:58pm

Wow, a really nice story with an awesome presantation.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:24pm

Holy m*****f****** s***. This is amazing. Color me very impressed. I just wish you had a choice at the end. Still, this is one of the most intense experiences I've had from LD33.

Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:48pm

Yeah, I would have liked to have more of a "choose your own adventure" feel to the game with multiple endings, but we just ran out of time. That's why I labeled it as an Audio-Visual Novella ;)

Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:26pm

<3 the noir-ness, solid entry dude.

peterthehe says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:09pm

Among the best games I've seen this LD. Beautifully designed, written and orchestrated. 5/5s across the board

zenmumbler says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:47pm

Very mood and atmospheric. Not much of a game, but a nice story with soothing music. Nicely done.

glimaleite says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:00pm

Great story, expertly written! Loved the audio and visuals as well. Just wish I could interact more with the scenery and see the characters, but I understand the option for the abstraction. Really, really great job!

godjammit says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 1:47am

Wish it were more interactive (ie, that I could click around scenes to scare things up). But the writing and aesthetic are superb!

Granat says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 1:09pm

Wow! Great sound design and visuals. More of a visual novel than a game but still lovely. Just a little more interaction and maybe movement/animation in the scenes would have been great.

HellBlazer says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 3:30am

Good writing, awesome soundtrack and atmosphere, cool art style - I really dig the diorama-style scenes. Like many others, I just wish there was more interactivity.

mubox says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 12:59pm

Very good text. Nice audio. Good graphics. :)

Aug 30, 2015 @ 8:25pm

Very innovative story driven take on the theme. I love the minimalism ISO-perspective level layout. Very nice looking! The audio fits great and creating a very nice mood to the game.

Great job!

-Loi LeMix

guoboism says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:09am

Sound and graphics fits very well to the Noir style.
I just love it. Overall 5/5!

Shaun LeBron says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:40pm

excellent all around. nice minimalistic theme. really enjoyed the writing and music too

Denis347 says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:46pm

Awesome mood, and great story! One of the best games here!

AsixJin says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:49pm

Best entry I have seen thus far. I would love to see more of this maybe on like on a mobile platform. The music was also a prefect addition. There is really nothing I didn't like here.

OmarShehata says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 6:27pm

That was fantastic! I usually get bored of text-adventures pretty quickly, but I just had to finish this one. Even knowing the theme, I was quite surprised with the plot twist!

The only thing was that I wished there was more interaction, especially with how beautiful the art was (Maybe you have to rotate the camera to find more clues) but I assume that would have been difficult with the time constraints.

bombjack says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 8:16pm

I'm usually not a fan of this kind of game but this time I've been hooked till the end. good job :)

Sep 1, 2015 @ 8:59pm

Awesome! With respect to the scope of the dare, this was executed very nicely. Looks like a great framework for a more advanced title that could be more interactive. As mentioned elsewhere, not much in the way of game elements here, but the presentation and story are great and lavishly garnish the LD theme. Great job.

Sep 2, 2015 @ 2:56am

Very well done and polished. The writing is really good.

dickpoelen says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 9:43am

The art, the music, the story. Such great atmosphere. Love that you went with just showing the scenes (smart too, in a jam).

Teesquared says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 9:50am

The 3D scenes add to the mood. I like how the music changes up. Good use of sound effects at the right time. I thought the story moved a bit slowly in a few spots but I was in until the end. Something about monsters and story telling just work well together.

Sep 2, 2015 @ 5:40pm

Amazing entry. Really well done all around. :)

uheartbeast says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 10:01pm

Very well done.

Ithildin says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 11:17pm

The atmosphere in this game is amazing, it totally matches the "noir" storyline. Speaking of which, I found it quite engaging, I was expecting some kind of a twist at the end to determine the connection to the theme, and I got it right and wrong at the same time n_nUU

Brilliant entry, congrats!

Chris M says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 12:04pm

Nailed the aesthetic, and the isometric dioramas is a nice innovation harping back to Victorian publishing. I would have liked to seen more interactivity eked in here and there- perhaps dioramas that could spin on the y axis for instance. I understand the restraint here though; you successfully avoided any gimmicks to make something that demands one's undivided attention.

allinlabs says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 12:04pm

Fantastic game with a clever story telling. It's so polished on every aspects that you could probably sell it if it was longer.

Hjalte500 says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 3:05pm

I wished there was a few more things to investigate or just more interaction in general but obviously there wasn't time for that and I dont blame you. The story was actually good and had a satisfying ending/conclusion. Pretty incredible that you managed that. Graphics are very interesting and beautiful. I never got bored looking at the same scene. The audio and with that I mostly mean the music was incredible and very fitting. Everyone did an amazing job on this and it makes for an awesome experience. Inspiring.

glerikud says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 3:12pm

Very interesting twist on a noir setting. The art and the music really ads to the mood. It was strange to see that even though the player is a monster, another one did everything. I guess this is how to surprise a player when theme "you are the monster" comes up. Nice

Drauthius says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 4:04pm

Very nice story!

Linus123xbb says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 4:07pm

I usually don't appreciate story-based games but this one was extremely well done, I truly enjoyed it! Very well written and the music was great and it fits very well with the game. Amazing experience!

camlang says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 6:46pm

The story is kind of cliche but I trully loved the mood

Sep 8, 2015 @ 9:15pm

Really nice atmosphere! I included it in part 22 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

HotBoxGames says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 11:46am

Very well put together, you actually had me gripped by the end! I'm not even a fan of visual novels, so good job!

The music was great, too.

Pierrec says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 11:19am


Literal Games says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 5:51pm

Wow! Very nice story. The writing was great, the art was fantastic and the audio was sublime! Really channelling some L.A. Noire there.
The ending was a bit... I'm not sure. It would have been nice to have some more hints as to why they could get sucked into mirrors, or more about the monsters. I got a bit confused about why they needed the 'seed'. And as others have said, it would have been good to have slightly more interaction.
Apart from those two tiny niggles though it was fantastic! Great job.

crucknuk says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 6:36pm

I loved how you could just with the graphics, intall a feeling of a crime scene and some tension to it. I felt that it was very clever.

I liked the drive of the story and the dialogue. Good work :)

Rialgar says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 7:17pm

Beautiful executed novella. The conclusion came a bit abrupt, though. Maybe showing purple threads at all locations or introducing what the mirror does by some suicidal monologue could have eased it.

Dec 1, 2015 @ 4:37am

I also included your game in an article of my favorites from this jam and added a trophy to your Ludum Dare profile!! :)

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