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

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Elegy of the Night

by Reisen - Jam Entry

On a fateful day, a detective arrived at a secluded village in order to investigate a case of mysterious murders. Will he be able to solve it?


Couldn't think of any mechanics for this content-heavy theme, so I tried to practice writing and made a Visual Novel instead.

Z - Progress
Q - Fast forward

Built on a custom Monogame code base.

Audio and graphics are third party royalty-free resources.

Downloads and Links




Azure_Kyte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 1:21pm

That was some twist there. Nice job implementing that little trick with the name collection, I used to do that with a couple of my older projects. I liked the character art, it reminded me of patchwork for some weird reason.

Ilseroth says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:48pm

Alright I'll admit it, got me, that was cute.

pighead10 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:57pm

Not much of a game but the writing was interesting. Excellent ending, took me a while to realise who this mysterious "Samuel" was!

Hyoga-3D says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:22pm

Good history. But dosen't sound fare to me the real photos in game.

Korso says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:04pm

The only thing that I was to object were the assets, but it's a Jam entry. Good Music, Art and history -with a twist-.

kingpirux says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:40pm

nice twist xD but this is more like a joke than a game. Maybe with more options, something to actually really do, more participation or at least some way that i could end not killing him xD

DruhinM says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 6:13am


congusbongus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:58am

This was pretty well made, congratulations! The twist was very clever, I barely missed it!

ironleonem says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:30am

Okay seriously, how'd you do that?

blurryroots says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:08pm

Cool ending ;) Enjoyed the story.

Teesquared says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:22am

Engaging story. Nice use of transitions and sound effects. Story includes vampires and twist at the end ... check :). Personally, I'd pass on the typing text effect entirely. Maybe a filter on the backgrounds to make them look more hand drawn could work for next time. Good job.

purenickery says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:12pm

I'm still so confused how this game knew what my name was at the end. Nice job!

parsia says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 7:37am

wow, incredible, great concept, good implementation, not much of a game but interesting narrative. well done.

echokain says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 5:37pm

Audio and writing was neat, the twist was great too!

Aug 27, 2015 @ 9:01pm

Totally got me.

quadtree says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 4:22am

Not bad. Using the player's username was a nice touch.

RougeRogue says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:09pm

Loved the feel of the game and that plot twist at the end. It was a bit anticlimactic since my laptop decided to have a _000 after my user name but I managed to get over that.

yuigoto says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 2:07pm

Hahaha! Nice! Now we're all monsters! :) I didn't expect that, and it's nice to see a visual novel in here.

It's a bit short, but well written. It would be nice to see some more, branching, even more twists and stuff. :P

Congrats! :)

4KbShort says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:32pm

Great music, nice images, and a wonderful atmosphere. Going in you don't expect much more than a standard "choose your own adventure" style game, but the great ending really sums it up. I was both surprised and laughing at the entire thing. Excellent work and a lot of fun!

rodobodolfo says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 4:36pm

wow haha that ending made the game! The story is intriguing. The text animations could be a lot faster, it's kinda slow. and the copyrighted photo broke the inmersion for me.
Great entry!

Dejvo says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 11:05am

this is not a game. but good try i guess

dregamr says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 6:16pm

XDDD Of course, the monster is me. Very cool.
Have you been all the weekend photographing the village? XD One photograph had watermarks?

Mykaelos says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 8:37pm

I enjoyed the writing and the characters. Definitely a twist that I wasn't expecting, regardless of the theme. The text animations and the fade-outs are a bit too slow, but the atmosphere was excellent. Being a potty humor connoisseur myself, I enjoyed the poop joke =) Well done and fantastic ending!

Sep 5, 2015 @ 11:36am

Interesting Story

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