Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting ldjam.com working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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Mirror

by kamranwali - Jam Entry

Genre: Horror

Description: You wake up and find yourself locked in a strange room. The only way to escape is to follow the instructions on strange notes that keeps appearing. All is happening inside one room. Will you be able to escape? Or will you be lost in the Mirrors.
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Controls:
The controls are mentioned in the game but am mentioning again here

W A S D = moving around
Mouse = looking around
Left Shift = Run
Q = Change Battery
E = Action
R = To look at the notepad
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Technologies Used:

-Unity3D (Game Engine)
-Blender 3D (3D Model Software)
-Gimp 2.0 (Image Editing Software)
-Audacity (Sound Editing Software)
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Developed By:

-Syed Shaiyan Kamran Waliullah (Me! I know it's a big name so Kamran Wali will be fine)

Follow Me @deadlykam

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#137Mood(Jam)3.84
#318Audio(Jam)3.26
#400Overall(Jam)3.40
#450Theme(Jam)3.58
#508Graphics(Jam)3.35
#515Fun(Jam)3.04
#566Innovation(Jam)2.90
#611Humor(Jam)2.00

Comments

Aldarion says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 1:24pm

Nice game, pretty good atmosphere.
Was scared for a moment there so mission accomplished :)
First time I did not pick up the batteries so when my flashlight ran out I could not pick see them to pick them up :D
Good job!

NidzaKornjaca says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:30pm

Cool game.Running out of batteries is my new nightmare :D

Simboubou says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:15pm

Hey, nice job on the atmosphere !

Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Really cool game. I get immersed quick and you keep me engaged (you also scared me a lot, lol). Good work.

Dec 13, 2016 @ 4:41pm

Audio and graphics work nicely to create a solid atmosphere. Good work. :)

kamranwali says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:56pm

@Aldarion Thank you. I am glad I could scare you. :)
@NidzaKornjaca Thank you. Sorry for the nightmare :D will send you more batteries :)
@Simboubou Thank you. :)
@creativwhisper Thank you. Glad I could scare you a lot :)
@MrJoshuaMcLean Thank you. :)

skorpyo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:24pm

This game is impressive. I really love the atmosphere. It's amazing. Graphics are on a good level as well. I like the "shifting" effect. Batteries could last a bit longer. It's a bit painful to kill yourself for a battery charge =) And the last fight. You should lower cooldown or monster hit points. It's wasn't much fun waiting for cooldown. But anyway it's a great game. Thanks for the game and thanks for your feedback on my game. Good Luck!

kamranwali says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 8:37pm

@skorpyo Thank you. Yeah the cooldown timer is a bit much. I wanted to add something else while it cooldown but didn't get the time to implement it. I literally finished the game in the last 2 minutes of the submission! Also Best of Luck! :)

liquidmedia says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:03pm

Nice Game :) love the mood and graphics.

Geosearchef says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:12pm

This is a really nice game, you're creating a really scary mood (the enemies are modelled way to good, they look too fancy ;)). Well done!

Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:15pm

Really interesting and creepy concept. Wish the batteries lasted a little longer, but all-in-all a really solid, atmospheric game!

kamranwali says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:28pm

@liquidmedia Thank you. Tried to make the mood as scary as possible
@Geosearchef Thank you. Sometimes a horror game requires a fancy monster. :D

kamranwali says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:33pm

@Thought Reactor Thank you. Yeah the batteries drains lot quicker, I forgot that others won't know the layout of the game world as me so based the battery drain rate according to that, silly me :)

Geckoo1337 says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:40pm

Scary atmosphere. Immersive like a freaky movie. Well done - except when you hold an object because it passes through the wall. You could create a second camera for those object's. Overall, a solid game ++

kamranwali says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:52pm

@Geckoo1337 Thank you. Thanks for the tip. Yeah I didn't have the time to fix that issue, thought will fix at the end but time just flew away like a rocket! :)

tomdeal says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:01am

Whoever bought those batteries should switch stores, they are almost empty when put in! But it is a really nice game, wasn't expecting this when I started it.

kamranwali says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:04am

@tomdeal Thank you. Yeah those batteries are complete bust. Will ask for refund. :)

TeamBALD says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 7:03am

Very unnerving mood, it really unsettled me when I have to ration something as critical as light. I wasn't able to figure out how to lure the thing onto that bright spot. Was I supposed to get to go "on" to the switch, or just near it then run on myself?

kamranwali says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:52pm

@TeamBALD Thank you. Yeah light is very critical here :) For the switch you must bring the creature near it or at least in that room and then step on switch.

TriSquare says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:23pm

You need to invest in some better batteries ;)

kamranwali says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:40pm

@TriSquare True that, this weekend I will go to the shop and return these bad batteries and get me some better batteries. :)

griseouslight says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:16pm

I was spooked

kamranwali says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:10am

@griseouslight Nice! Mission accomplished! :)

shnitzhell says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:12am

horror stuff, very nice ideas.
overall you did great job!

Zgragselus says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:22am

I got scared. Multiple times actually!

The first thing that scared me was a note, that "they can't see you". I was like who and turning around like mad.

The graphics has few small glitches though, but the mood is perfect.

Michalidis says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 1:32am

I closed the game when I wanted to hide the instructions :D
The "touch mirror" animation was amazing :)
atmosphere is priceless (audio, graphics and ambience)
controls are a bit hard for me but I was the most annoyed by the mouse leaving the edge of the game window :D

Good work overall :)
( with that being said, let me get back to the game now :D )

UrbanHelsing says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:04pm

Great mood & atmosphere. Objectives are a bit ungrounded and batteries probably need to last longer. I felt I did things fairly quickly but I ran out pretty fast. I'd love a bit more "story" behind the game. From my perspective this is what happened:

- Spawn, look over the first objectives
- Take flashlight (BAM, dark - spook+1), light it and take batteries
- Read note, take objective. Ok, objectives aren't visible until the last one is taken, which means I'll have to re-check everything every time I take one up
- "Touch mirror" ok
- Another world, spoookyy
- Who are "they" - Am I still chasing small christmas presents?
- What's this flying metal mosquito?
- Oh, it's probably "them". I died but respawned?
- Realize I forgot I can sprint with shift
- Find note and a few other objectives -> out of batteries, game over.


> Why do the batteries need to last longer, can't I just replay the game and do things faster?

No. This game is all about atmosphere and mood. When I need to keep replaying the game, making a speedrun out of it that is completely gone.

I'm gonna give it another go to try get to the end! Great entry, enjoyed it!

UrbanHelsing says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:18pm

I played through the entire game now. To add to my previous comment: Nice little game. Having to wait 20 seconds for the damage-thing was boring. I just turned off my flash light and stood looking at it for 20 seconds every time.

kamranwali says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 4:56pm

@shnitzhell Thank you.
@Michalidis Thank you. To hide the instructions you need to press R again, should've mentioned that in the game. For the mouse leaving the window you may play it in full screen mode. I literally submitted the game in last 2 minutes so forgot to change that setting xD. Hope you will be able to finish the game second time. :)
@UrbanHelsing Thank you for enjoying the game. Yeah I later figured the 20 seconds cooldown was a bit too much should've kept it 5-10 seconds. Was running out of time for the submission so forgot to change those settings for much more balance gameplay. I really love your feed back it gives me a small background how the player is feeling in each step which is nice to know :). Thank you very much for finishing the game it means a lot :D

nassi says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:32pm

Nice aesthetic and generally good gameplay. The fight with the thing was boring, but yeah, the deadlines are quite strict and I full well understand that oversights can and will happen. The monster wasn't quite to my taste either, maybe it lacked "bulk" or something, it didn't really feel threatening. On a 1280x1024 display the notepad wasn't fully visible though (programmed with 16:9 aspect ratio in mind?). The objectives were simple enough though, so not seeing them fully didn't hinder my experience all that much.

kamranwali says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 5:58pm

@nassi Thank you. Yeah you are right I programmed with 16:9 aspect ratio thought the writings would keep universal for other aspect ratio, I shall keep that in mind for next time I guess :) it is good to know. Yeah I tried to make the monster as scary as possible but I am more like an amateur when it comes to 3D modeling :) especially organic 3D model. Need to practice more for that. Glad that you still managed to experience the game. :D

BUNN1E5 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:53am

The transition effects was amazing!

kamranwali says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:15am

@BUNN1E5 Thank you.

Dec 16, 2016 @ 7:04pm

Nice work. You did a great job with the background audio, very eerie.

KobiHawk says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:04am

Really nice game! Would give a 6/5 for mood if I could.
I think the game needs an audio cue for when the enemy is following you. Maybe like a sharp violin sting or something to shock the player? Since I found I had to run into it to make it follow me which kind of took me out of the experience.

kamranwali says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:38pm

@afinkyu_Pheaky Thank you. Gave my best to make sure the audio was spooky enough. :)
@KobiHawk Thank you. Yeah I should have given audio to the enemy but didn't have the time to, thanks for giving the tip on what soundfx to give to that :D Yeah the enemy fight could have been a tad bit better. :)

ahmedmohi says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 7:50am

Cool idea and nice work on the feel of the game :D (Y)

kamranwali says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 1:46pm

@ahmedmohi Thank you :D

SandBloom says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 9:39am

Nice idea playing with the mirror and the paralel worlds. May be could be good to have larger batteries, or find more of them. But good job!

kamranwali says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 1:59am

@SandBloom Thank you. Yeah I need to buy better batteries next time. :)

Mr MadCat says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 9:19am

Looks very good and has a very disturbing atmosphere.
Well done.

Palarus says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 12:22pm

I run our of batteries and can't continue :( I can't see anything! Nice atmosphere, I don't see many games like that on the jam some good job on attempting something new!

kamranwali says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 6:10pm

@Mr MadCat Thank you. Yeah tried to make the atmosphere as much disturbing as possible.

@Palarus Thank you. The torch discharge rate was a bit too much I should have kept it a bit lower. I will try to get better batteries next time :)

kamranwali says ...
Jan 3, 2017 @ 7:51pm

I want to thank everyone that have played my game and reviewed it. I want to specially thank those that took their time and gave their feedback of the game, that really means a lot to me and is much much appreciated. I know I didn't win any category but this gave me an idea on what fields I need to improve for the next LudumDare. Again thank you all so much and take care.

K Out!

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