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

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Mornings of a Seventeen Year-Old Girl

by Mike Mezhenin - Jam Entry

A realistic teenage dress-up game about an endless nightmare of feeling like a freak monster every time you look in the mirror.

Hint: there are clothes on the left!

Music: "Mario Would Be Better If He Had Parkinsons" by DFerociousbeast
Font: "Complete in Him" by Kimberly Geswein
Sounds: g_lowing, JamesMontour (

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jk5000 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:06am

A really simple idea, that is super executed. WELL DONE.

Maramasa says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:25am

Highly polished with a touching message. Great work!

magenta says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:38am

A nice twist on a dress up - a face up? :} Wish there was more time (don't we all!?!). FML

Headmade says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:43pm

Really nice looking and polished entry. Well done.

What's the connection to the theme though?

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:45pm

@Headmade, it's about feeling like a freak monster every time you look in the mirror. You know, the usual teenager stuff.

colinn says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:43pm

I liked this, really nice and original (when looking at how you match the theme)

Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:45pm

A clever take on the theme. Beautiful artwork, i liked exploring the different possibilities of getting ready for the day. Very well done!

Pierrec says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:57pm

Indeed, we had a similar idea! And it's fun to see how different our executions are. Is there a way to end this? I don't think so (and understand why). This is a great game, and obviously, I love the interpretation of the theme!

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:18am

@Pierrec, I was thinking about doing a proper endgame with different outcomes, but time constraints hit me hard (obviously); but I guess the message worked fine without it, so it's probably for the better.

Nomys_Tempar says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 3:42pm

Awesome, just perfect and effective !

grywhttl says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:30pm

This is brilliant! Maybe my favourite so far. Music is a great fit!

Darius says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:34pm

Really great idea ! And I must say that trying to improve this tennager's look is pretty addictive :)

Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:07pm

It takes time for me to believe it doesn't have end. Music and art is good ~~

Gamepopper says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:38pm

Very well made, love the variety of different stuff you can apply and what effects they can make. You really made getting ready in the morning a real pressuring task.

micdoodle8 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 5:38pm

Nice polish, great job :)

backlashblues says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:06pm

Loved it. Most fun I've had getting ready in the morning, ever. Great execution give the time constraints.

DrZanuff says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:27pm

Man, i lost some considerable time playing this game. I was in hope i could help improve the self esteem of the girl, tried every day the make her fine, but nothing could make her happy. I wish you could make a bigger game, with a story, helping this girl accept herself or something. Well, Great Game!

Split82 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:31pm

Excellent entry! Great job.

bigbuggames says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:40pm

Love the theme more than anything, very nice point of view on it!

disperse says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:02pm

My favorite product of the jam even though it made me feel terrible. I'm so glad I have two sons...

disperse says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 7:09pm

My favorite product of the jam even though it made me feel terrible. I'm so glad I have two sons...

Thinking on this more: the player, representing society, is the monster. We expect teenage girls to adhere to a standard that we don't expect of boys. We might use every product and make the girl 'perfect' but we've failed at the important task: making her happy as she is.

MrTwister says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:50pm

Wow, this is quite an interesting entry.
Really well executed and highly polished. Nice spin on the theme!

allinlabs says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:12pm

The aesthetics reminded me of Daria, which instantly caught my attention. I'm a sucker for this 'everyday slices of life' games and I love this one. Even tough the gameplay is pretty mechanical, it's beautiful and touching, without even saying a word.
Great choice for the music btw

kaype says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:12am

I absolutely love the music, it fits the game really well.
The art is really well done and consistent. Interesting interpretation of the theme.

Good work, outside of Ludum Dare I would've had no idea this was done in 72 hours.

Andrew says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 4:38am

All I do just makes her look worse. I would be the worst 17 year old girl ever.

Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:32am

No tutorials needed, everything super fluid. Great interpretation and one that will keep you thinking.

Grhyll says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:55am

Nice one! Simple and pretty, very nice music too :)

Yamzho says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:11am

Brilliant entry !

Dianouille says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:25am

The theme is well exploited ! The music set the mood so well, I really felt it was a perpetual and boring cycle. Clean graphics too :)

justthestudio says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 12:20pm

Amazing approach to the theme - it's not so obvious and touching real everyday problems. Even though I haven't found any outcomes and endings, the short time limit was very good choice. It wouldn't be so fun and moody if I could "fix" every problem every day.

Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:08pm

The low self-esteem take on the theme is clever. It just bothers me how much it can bother teenage girls. The game is not fun which I think is the point of the game.

crucknuk says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 6:42pm

This is a great entry, I like the concept and the execution. Good job!

Dizzyman572 says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:08pm

Yeesh, now I know what it's like for my little sister in the morning. Great game and an interesting take on the theme!

randomhuman says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 10:19am

Ha ha, I didn't realise until I came here to rate that I'd been going out in an undershirt!

This game is tough. It seems like it would be impossible to solve all her problems in the time limit, but maybe that's the point. It's funny though, I like it.

Insality says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 5:05pm

Really loving your graphics style, its looks amazing!
A Very hard to fully dress-up for this short-time, I am always looks like a monster >:)
The game feels polished
Good job!

LeoM says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 7:06pm

Just brilliant !

Aug 31, 2015 @ 11:02pm

Are you ever able to win? Great graphics, love the use of theme. Super nice entry. I included it in part 14 of my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

Lady Beardo says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 3:58am

Excellent! <3

LeafThief says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 7:40am

I loved every bit of it. Real good choice in music, you just can't see the thing without it but it is soo superb.

The game felt touching, as if I could relate so very much. It was really unexpected. A great interpretation of the them. Good art. Played well.
I guess you can tell that I fell head over heels for this game.
Thank you for this!

Sep 3, 2015 @ 11:52pm

Whelp, now I know what's it like to be a 17 year old girl... or not. Not sure how this ties in with the "monster" theme, but very polish and well done.

The music and mood is great!

-Loi LeMIx

Ellian says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:03pm

Amazing idea, and awesome execution. Congrats :D

Nov 14, 2015 @ 4:55pm

I included your game in an article of my favorites and added a trophy to your profile!

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