Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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The Dark Room

by Laralyn - Compo Entry

You're in limbo, in darkness. One day, you hear a soft thudding that slows--you recognize it and realize you can move. You can leave the darkness. But who are you? What are you? And what is this strange pull you feel to electrical objects--the urge you have to *become* them?

KNOWN ISSUES

* Clicking the forward marker ( > ) in conversations more than once causes the revealed text to repeat.

* The game may not seem to be about shapeshifting at first... but it is. :-)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness50%
#19Mood4.08
#55Audio3.77
#306Overall3.39
#411Theme3.45
#420Innovation3.17
#730Fun2.73

Comments

PremadeGames says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:50pm

I did not play through the entire game but I really like it so far!

Haighstrom says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:54pm

I liked it! I love choose your own adventures. It was a bit cyclical sometimes (a lot of options took you round in loops), but the music/mood was great, and the story was interesting. Good job :)

redwizard says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:11pm

I remember MUD games i just loved to play. Nice work Lara

Dooskington says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:13pm

Not bad! I liked the music, although it could have used some more variety. Nice work.

TLansdale says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:16pm

Can it be completed? I reached a "To Be Continued" point.

Very cool though, well-written and intriguing. I want to know what happened!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:19pm

Excellent mood, and great story.

hijomo says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:38pm

I like the direction you took on the theme.

GammaS says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:31am

Didn't even manage to do anything, wth

dwhiffing says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:35am

Great writing! Though I did not conclude the story yet, I intend to. Nice to see some story based games in the jam for variety. Well done!

AinoraZ says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:59pm

I just love story based games :D! Good job!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:38pm

I fell back into the darkness :_S

Great entry. Besides cleverly fitting the theme, the plot is engaging and well written, and the subtle music and sound help a lot to define the eerie atmosphere.

Awesome job!

celia14 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:34pm

Absolutely great. From the very beginning, the mood was perfectly defined, both the darkness and the eeriness of the house in disrepair. I felt like there was a chilling sense of suspense as you try to learn more about yourself and what happened, but also a fitting helplessness as you wander around the house.

One moment I found really effective was when you're watching the body decay - clicking "decay" over and over reinforced the outside-of-time feeling, if that makes sense.

Also, I liked clicking ">" to advance dialogue rather than navigating to a new passage, it was the right level of interactivity. Overall, very well-executed and an effective, chilling story.

siryakko says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:43pm

Really nice and interesting text driven experience :)

MayankUnreal says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Really great game design, nice story based game with good cg

ashdnazg says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 5:07pm

Great writing, the bits in the start were brilliantly setting the tone of the entire read, complemented by the music.

I think I would've wanted a bit more interactivity.

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