Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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Beyond Happily Ever After

by MoonlightBomber - Jam Entry

"What is true love when there is no growth?"

A short visual novel about a married couple in three stages of the growth of their love for each other.

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simon.parzer says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:45am

Not really a game, but a touching story about a married couple and the idea of love throughout different stages in life. I enjoyed the story, though I was maybe expecting a little more on the visual side because it said "visual novel" in the description.

Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:51am

This was a pretty visual novel. I really liked the songs too :) Life lessons, niiiice!

sugarbyte says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:12am

I like that you used Ren'Py. But the lack of interaction turned me off. "Something grew inside us... It was our self-actualization"?

Maybe visual novels aren't my thing.

SpareWizard says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:34am

Wow, the theme was two button controls, not one!

All jokes aside, a neat little story about how life and love are, in a word, growth.

Warboys says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:20am

Nice message, although I don't know if I agree with the self-actualization and bodies comment :P

Warboys says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:21am

Nice message, although I don't know if I agree with the self-actualization and bodies comment :P

It seems like this couple is extremely unlucky and people are quite devious wherever this is set. They have so many criminal interactions!

x92rwzb says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:17pm

Nice story game. Kind of depressing though.

AdamsMcCall says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 12:28pm

Wow, that was deep.
One of the closest to the theme actually.

WizzardMaker says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:05pm

Its a good game, if your into reading, but personally it needs some sort of gameplay

Dec 16, 2015 @ 1:44am

What a lovely story. Visual novels aren't usually my thing, but this was pretty good. I could really tell that this was coming from a personal place, which made it authentic. The background music was also lovely. Good job!

To answer your question about my game, the controls aren't delayed, but rather jumping/shooting are based on when you release the button, since holding the button does something else.

Dec 16, 2015 @ 2:39am

It lacks interactivity, I can't call this a game but rather a experimental novel. Concerning the story, I like it but the writing of the story could use some work and the logic behind it could use some tweaking.

Krafty says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:04am

Interesting visual novel, but I wish the visuals were better! The silhouette gets a little bit boring after a while; it was more of a wall of text. I think that you should make the story a little bit more realistic, more interactive, and less verbose. The interface was very good though, and I hope that you keep working on this and I'm sure you can make it into something really great!

exhidor says ...
Dec 16, 2015 @ 8:13am

The mood is really good ! Nice story

Dec 17, 2015 @ 12:01pm

good message and yea user interaction should be included :) overall cool visual novel

caryoscelus says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 4:25pm

Hmm, this isn't really a VN. Kinetic Novel at best.

Apart from that, the idea could be interesting, but the actual story is pretty weak in my opinion.

fullmontis says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 5:38pm

A nice kinetic novel. The song was great and it fitted the mood. I think the message it gave was deep but I felt the narration was a little dense, meaning it was expressing many informations in a few phrases, which made it more difficult to digest. Also the text was a little too small for confortable reading, but maybe that's just because I am short sighted :)

I really enjoyed it, thanks.

rd127p77 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 11:41pm

Good story, with music to fit the mood.

nunesbarbosa says ...
Dec 19, 2015 @ 2:37am

Jeeesus.. is this a game or a book? I was really hoping you could make a decision or take some action.

Was the theme growth or two buttons? Looks like a random entry.

hyperscope says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 12:54am

Admittedly this type of "game" is not my cup of teas as it were but I found this "game" if I can truly call it that rather uneventful. And like some other commenters mentioned visual novel description in the game page left a lot to be desired.

Ivan Volkov says ...
Dec 25, 2015 @ 4:13am

If really I understood that this is a girl on the picture, but not the plant only when launched it :)
Also I don't really understand why is this an "visual novel", if there are almost no interaction and interacrtivity? Although, I liked the music and the whole idea of not making a game is actually brave!

kardfogu says ...
Jan 4, 2016 @ 8:49pm

Well, this one totally nailed growing! It was fun, it looked good and it has one hell of a perfect mood!
Even as it somewhat missed the gameplay part, I don't feel like it would be a mistake.
Keep up the good work!

- Kardfogú

Mar 28, 2016 @ 3:07am

Interesting game. I included it in my Ludum Dare 34 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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