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

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A Harrowing Journey

by tylorlilley - Compo Entry

A Harrowing Journey is a small adventure game that aims to really take this theme to heart! Do your best not to starve to death as you travel to the Grand City after suffering a mysterious curse. Good luck, because rumors have it there are monsters around these parts...

I used Game Maker Studio for the programming, Adobe Photoshop CS6 for the art, sfxr for the sounds and pulseBoy to make the music. My! That's a lot of tools!

NOTE: I found a fatal bug relating to the game's ending and have since fixed it and uploaded a new version, keeping everything else in tact. Please make sure that if you go to play it you have version 1.6, as that is the latest current version! Thanks!

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Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:50pm

That's the best score I've given so far - I'm not sure if there's a way to life the curse but it was fun getting into that city and killing some people! The music was good, set the mood, and kept with the style of game.

DeusOpus says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:51pm

Very nice! An interesting decision to have the character be werewolf-esque, I was a bit confused the first time it happened (perhaps some sound to indicate the changing of day and night would be nice).I do think it would be nice if the player could move a little faster though, but I guess that could be a bit of impatience on my part.

PotatoGrader says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:02pm

It was really hard. I barely got to the Grand City, but only at night.
Great night walking effect. And I really loved how you used the theme.

tylorlilley says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:31pm

Thank you for your kind words you guys! It is definitely a hard game... @DeusOpus, there definitely is a loud flashing sound when day and night change... maybe it got lost in the midst of everything going on though! Haha.

Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:28pm

You gotta change the name of your game.

Otherwise than that? I really like it. It's surprisingly free form, the fact that you put in all that NPC dialogue yet you can kill them all is a lot of effort and it definitely pays off.

I really like this, I think it's one of my favorite games in this LD so far.

fermenter says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 11:37pm

Very nice work, Tylor! love the simplicity. Scared the heck out of me when I turned into a monster!

cgmorton says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:47am

Dangit, I accidentally pressed the sword button instead of the talk button, killed a guy, and got shot to death. Not the best way to go XD

If I had one complaint it's that it's hard to tell where you can move as the monster. e.g. I got stuck trying to eat the guy on the bridge and had to wait for day.

tylorlilley says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 2:39am

@ChosenCharacter: Haha, what is wrong with the name of the game? I am genuinely curious as to why you say I need to change it. Thank you for the rest of your kind feedback as well!

@The other two: Thank you also! I'm glad to hear people are enjoying it so much! It means a lot thanks :)

Biruts says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:54pm

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

rogberth says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 7:20pm

I love the theme!! Graphics are nice too although the only bad thing is the player's speed... nice entry!

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