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(Mono no) Aware

by ThommazK - Jam Entry

How many shapes do we assume when we become sentient of the impermanence of life? And how do we continue to move on through the change of seasons?

(Mono no) Aware is a narrative-driven platformer that discusses these questions. Made by a Brazilian LD site, its art style combines watercolor and pastel techniques in a subtle, interactive experience.

It might take a while to load (it's pretty heavy!) but we think it'll be worth the wait, so please be patient! Thank you for playing. :)

PS: Some people had trouble pushing the stones, hold X while doing so. It should make things easier.

About the audio, we designed the sounds, but had problems implementing it. We'll fix this as soon as possible. Thank you for the comments!

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness57%
#95Graphics(Jam)4.28
#109Mood(Jam)3.82
#402Overall(Jam)3.38
#525Innovation(Jam)3.07
#910Theme(Jam)2.75

Comments

AngerFork says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:23pm

Incredible artwork, loved where the story was going. Well done!

Funske says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:31pm

Graphics looked amazing, nice game!

CaptainPilot says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:31pm

Very interesting visual style. I'd have liked to see the theme more directly impact the game mechanics. As the character says, sliding on the ice WAS fun though :D

Team 63 Bit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:36pm

Was there supposed to be audio?

Pusty says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:39pm

...I'm happy that I decieded to play another game... If audio would have been included I would be able to rate everything 5/5.

ThommazK says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:47pm

About the audio, we designed the sounds, but had problems implementing it. We'll fix this as soon as possible. Thank you for the comments!

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:28pm

Love the way the art sets the mood throughout the game. Nicely done sir.

MurderPunch says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:08am

Excellent art.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:13am

As everyone else is saying, great job with the art and feel!

However I would suggest making the 'hey click me' icon a bit bigger next time - I didn't see it until I was WAY out of the house, and had no idea what I was going until I restarted. Stiil, keep at it! Music soon, hopefully? :)

Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:07am

Loved the artwork. With some ambient sound effects and music this could be really incredible

holgk says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:03pm

Pleas keep in mind for your next game that not everyone has a n english keyboard x and z aren't always close together.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:39pm

Nice game, you should edit the descripcion to add a clear part showing the in game controls, and gameplay seems slow even for a story driven experience, i think sound will help with this.

Oliver_MB says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:46pm

Beautiful graphics...
The control with mouse is crazy, xD

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:48pm

what a lovely game! the graphics were beautiful and very unique.

the only thing i would change would be the text scroll, i kept accidentally skipping text because i thought that clicking x again would reveal all the text before skipping it.

LimeniusTeam says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:52pm

Lovely art and story, congratulations!

GFM says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:42pm

I really liked the story and the use of the theme. However, I felt the game was way more slow-paced than it needed to be.

I got curious about the name and had to search what '哀れ'* meant... only to learn that the title forms a single word. Great title, right on point for the game! =D

* I don't know if it'll be displayed... =/

eott says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:46pm

Lovely artwork, great mood. Overall, nice game! :)

JuDelCo says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:38pm

Cool backgrounds there, i miss some relaxed music theme or something, at least it has some SFX

Retallicka says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:46pm

Very nice graphics and mood.

Geckoo1337 says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 6:11pm

Neat aesthetic and pretty well done aquarelle art work. It could be more interesting with sounds so as to increase mood/ambient. However, this is a great entry. Thanks ++

May 5, 2016 @ 9:53pm

truly a work of art... incredible mood! this is great.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 12:08am

nice art style and good animation, really cute (even if can be better if it feet to the character angle position). Is it finish in the house after the cave ? because i cant find my way out ... Good Game :)

ThommazK says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 12:20am

@Rock Eaters

Just leave the house like you did before after getting the mushroom in the cave, there are four seasons in the game.

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