Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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Melancholy

by jonksar - Jam Entry

Your life is dictated by decisions you make. Some decisions that seem to be bad at first might bring you opportunities you otherwise might have missed. In this story-heavy game you have to choose between two options every time you encounter a situation. These decision however, haunt you throughout the game. Some decision might be easy, others hard. Try to survive and find the treasure before you die. Easier said than done.

Optimal experience is designed for Android.

NB! Screenshots are from Desktop version.

Credits:

---Main Contributors---
Silver Kontus (Artist)
Egon Elbre
Joonatan Samuel
Joosep Jääger

---Secondary Contributors---
Edvin Aedma
Ott Adermaa


Some comments from our local testers:

"Melancholy is my absolute favorite game this jam"
"Nice vibe in the game - soft music, good humor, thoughtful. I actually played until I died, which is a good sign since it takes time to die in this game."
"Good execution of a genre that hasn't been explored much, good execution within the time limit"
"I have played the game too many times now, can it be won?"

Downloads and Links


Comments

Tegu says ...
Sep 5, 2016 @ 9:19am

Very moody. The artwork is really consistent and the music sets the athmosphere well. It was quite unnerving to keep going as I never really knew what's coming next. I still had to continue to see the story. And I found a little humour here and there as well, which was great.

At first it felt like you have to swipe the options a bit too far. However, I got used to it and at least you don't make accidental choices so easily. Some text were on a tiny font because the whole text was fitted to the screen. Perhaps there could be a scrollable text view but at the same time I wonder how well it would work with swipes.

Sometimes successive parts felt a bit disconnected (like sitting on a roof -> mysterious rock), but it must be hard to make customized texts for each option during a jam.

I still need to try other options later. I want to try to find this ancient technology they are talking about..

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