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

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

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Maggie's Grinning Soul

by Diplodino - Jam Entry

Use the mouse or the pad to click on the items and the questions.

In Maggie's Grinning Soul, you play Yolanda, a psychic investigator hired by the police to help solve the case of the unexplained death of a teenage girl named Margaret.
Lead your investigation by inspecting items in Margaret room's and get in contact with her spirit through a Ouija board.

Maggie Grinning's Soul was created by 8 students from CNAM-ENJMIN and Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle.

We hope you'll enjoy our game!

[PATCH] 14/12/2016 - Fixed some little bugs and added a load screen to avoid crash at start on some computers
[PATCH] 15/12/2016 - Fixed the sound repeating each time you click on an object, the Spirit of debbuging let on the previous patch was banned
[PATCH] 19/12/2016 - Fixed a death bug, and removed some overlapping sounds

All links behind lead to a Windows, Mac and Linux release.

Downloads and Links




Palarus says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:22am

Looks absolutely breathtaking and the attention to details is appreciated.

Professional submission with really high production values. Congratulations!

Artsicle says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:33am

Good graphics

Dec 13, 2016 @ 3:16pm

Really good looking, nice job on the art direction. Interesting gameplay.

MaxguN says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 1:34am

Pretty cool game and a nice realisation. Music was really nice. I found the storyline a bit weak and the question list couldn't hold enough questions in the end, but overall a very solid entry. Well done!

Aless says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 8:02pm

Interesting game with nice graphics and sound effects.

The gameplay remind me the Phoenix Wright games so thanks a lot for bringing me back memories !

Uliana Galich says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:59pm

I realli like the art, because I'm artist myself. Good job!

Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:16pm

Wow, the art is reaaaaally great and I don't know when you found time to record every dialogs.
The story seems a bit weak but for a jam game it's pretty decent.
Good work!

SbstnC says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:25pm

It was fun, nice graphics in that french comic book style. The dubbing is a nice and courageous effort ^^

Zgragselus says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 10:29pm

I liked it, however, there was one thing that wasn't well done - sounds playing over each other when you clicked on something, and no subtitles for the player.

Other than that, really nice hand drawn graphics! And kinda amazing you created a storyline for a adventure game. :)

Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:35pm

Bravo, votre jeu est vraiment impressionnant: les graphismes sont vraiment cools et l'ambiance sonore est super sympa (avec vos petit doublages /accent frenchy). Peut être un manque de musique d'ambiance.
L'introduction permet de bien s'immerger dans la narration.
Le Gameplay est simple et efficace j'ai vraiment bien aimé l'utilisation du pendu / du ouija. C'est assez rafraichissant.
Un concept qui pourrait être poussé plus précisément en dehors de la ludum. Avec un meilleur lien réponse /objet ?
Bravo de la part d'un petit french guy (futut de l'ENJMIN ?)

Scruffy says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:42am

Bon boulot! L'ambiance marche super bien et les graphs sont cool ! J'aurai juste aimé un gameplay plus profond, même si sur une période si courte c'est toujours compliqué!
Bravo en tout cas!

griseouslight says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:44am

Pretty solid execution.

Nixxor says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:26am

Great game! I went for 3 playthroughs but still didn't figure out how Margaret died! Hope there is a walkthrough sometime soon as I would like to know how this ends! Great art and really impressive amount of dialogue. Well done!

Breizhion says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:57am

Perfect art, music and sound design, high quality entry very nice job! :)

Albert Viader says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:58am

The game looks very well and have a good narrative! Good job!

NidzaKornjaca says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:03pm

Excellent graphics, great music, good voice acting, really a great game :D good job

Diplodino says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 12:44pm

Thank you all for the comments ! Don't hesitate to share the game with friends!

Greek85 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:49am

oh! Nice! is it like a sherlock holmes game? Can I find it on indiexpo? I'm making videos about the games of this Jam, but only about the games hosted also on indiexpo! Tell me if you will add it, so I can include it in my next video ;)

eruiz00 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:36pm

What an artist we have here. Thanks diplodino!

Dec 16, 2016 @ 11:49pm

This was quite well done, nice job!

bigbuggames says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:20pm

The illustration of this game is one of the best I've seen so far. I've found that you can click really fast to the important items and they get overlapped, you should solve that minor problem. Overall, really solid entry. Keep up the good work!

senabryer says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Wow! Easily the best entry I've played so far. That it is so fleshed out and polished for a game jam is incredible!

Ayxs says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:33pm

graphics and art are amazing, the story and the interactions are amazing really good submission! good job!

columhiggins says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Fantastic mood and atmosphere.

Dec 18, 2016 @ 6:42pm

Nice job! It is really good looking game. With regard to controls there is some space to improvement, right? I like it! :-)

Asturk says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 10:26pm

Wow, thats was sure a very good intro here at ludum dare jam. Great job at doing this investigation and point-click game, where every detail really matters and the game has a very good mood and tension too. Awesome job!!

Olowynd says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:29pm

The polish is awesome for a Ludum Dare game, I can't believe my eyes, I just had a problem: after ask all the questions of a categorie, the bottom box is now empty and I can't get back to the selection of the categories, maybe I miss something on the controls ? I don't know.

PS: Ca fait plaisir de voir un jeu fait par des étudiants de l'ENJMIN, j'espère y entrer l'année prochaine ! :) Vous êtes en première ou deuxième année actuellement ? Et beau travail d'équipe pour coordiner le travail de 8 personnes sur ce projet en tout cas. (Je vous refait un petit commentaire dès que je peut me débloquer, dites moi si j'ai raté un truc ou si c'est un soucis qui arrive parfois !)

zhur says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:35pm

Starring McConaughey :)

luke says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:43pm

Unfortunately i cant open the game, follow the error

"Unable to load mono library from "C:/Users/reyli/Desktop/MaggiesGrinningSoulv1.3/MaggiesGrinningSoulv1.3_Data/Mono/mono.dll" (error = 126)."

Serval Games says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:43pm

Great graphic and idea!

Diplodino says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:50pm

@Olowynd : Merci pour ton retour, on espère que tu viendras nous ejoindre l'an prochain, on est encore qu'en première année!
Mais les questions ne sont pas rangées par catégories. Quand tu as posé les questions que tu veux, cherche un autre objet qui peut te débloquer des questions (c'est écrit dans le tuto).
@luke : On what OS are you trying to launch the game ?

Diplodino says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 4:57pm

@luke : We're uploading a new version of the game !

Diplodino says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:11pm

@luke : New version uploaded, sorry for the disagreement !

Dec 19, 2016 @ 9:14pm

Really great work. Awesomely polished aesthetics and gameplay that kept me interested.

TBOI TEAM says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:05pm

Really awesome work. Good music, art and compelling story. Extra points for all the David Bowie stuff on the game xD

zenmumbler says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 10:37pm

Very nice coordinated visuals and sound. The incremental discovery sometimes was a bit arbitrary but that is hard to avoid in a single space and with 3 days time. The accents on the voiceovers gave it an extra charm. Very good team effort, 8 people are a lot to coordinate in such a short time frame.

Oh, and I always knew that [CENSORED] was evil.

Cerberus says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 5:18am

i totally got engaged with your game. it is so awesome. the graphics are just perfect. the voice acting was great. the mechanics i liked. i just felt that the transition between rooms could have more feedback maybe a button. overall it was so awesome. congrats!!

Dec 20, 2016 @ 4:53pm

Amazing polish and execution, the game is immersive right away and the writing is pretty good.
One of the best entries I've played, congrats!

Kroute says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 7:51pm

Wow that's unbelievably cool... Congratulations !

Dec 20, 2016 @ 8:45pm

Really well made game - nice voice acting as well! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :)

Diplodino says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 9:29pm

@Jupiter Thank you for including our game in your video ! :)

nikitapash says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 5:52pm

The graphics are not good...THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!

Dec 22, 2016 @ 10:05pm

Nice Game!
I really like the art and it's really well done(I couldn't do that)!
Also please go ahead and test out my game!

Karai17 says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:00am

Excellent game, I liked the plot, took me one a few games to figure out the order of things. Great graphics, fitting audio.

BluShine says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:07am

Great voice acting and music, great art, and interesting story. You definitely stuck to the theme, although a one-room adventure game might not be the most original idea...

Once I figured out how it worked, the "wrong question" mechanic was pretty cool. I like how it encourages you to focus your line of questioning rather than trying to explore all the branches at once.

I didn't really like the "click on objects for inspiration", though. I ended up just closing the ouija board and then just quickly clicking through every item in the room, then opening it back up. I think it might have helped if the ouija question menu had little icons of the objects that inspired the question, since it's hard to keep track of when you've got a large number of choices to scroll through.

My one complaint is that you didn't have subtitles during the actual game. It's not super-essential, but it would be nice for accessibility.

oyoh says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 12:25am

Damn, that game was engaging ! I didn't see the time running... And asking the wrong question gave me shivers haha, well played, that was a great game !

Oh, and did you made the "you've found a clue" music? Cause I absolutly love it

MementoGames says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 2:31am

Wow. Amazing job, guys. Jesus.
Great voice acting, the art is so beautiful, the sound effects were spot on too. It's a simple game, but very engaging, the story got me hooked. I wasn't quite sure what was wrong or not to ask, so it was little frustrating to restart (I closed the game and did not pressed restart) and gather all objects again. Splendid entry. Congratulations!

Ant0nin says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 8:57am

La patte Enjmin! super boulot les gars/filles !

ijona says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 1:02pm

This game is so well-polished. And I had a lot of fun playing it!

rburema says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 1:49pm

Great point-n-click, nice mechanic, you get into the groove of selecting a question and then hunting for the object quite easily.

It's convenient just to click all the objects (again) when you're not sure which is meant. This means on one hand that you don't get stuck easily, but it becomes a bit monotenous on the other. Especialy when you lose the hangman once...

Just a couple of minor typo's:
'... the wronD crowd'
'... with that kind of things' (should either be '... those kinds of things' (plural) or '... that kind of thing' (singular))

Also in the narration:
'... looks like (a) bad omen'

Not to nitpick, just so you can fix them :-)

LeoM says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 6:40pm

I start the games 3 times, noting the "wrong" questions on a paper and i finally quit without knowing the end, too long... :s Don't have the patience to start again a fourth time.
Very well executed, the audio is very great (maybe excepted the introducing voice ^^)

Junie says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 11:12am

Le jeu est trop bien et les dessins sont magnifiques, la suiiiiiiite!

Lise29 says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 12:02pm

Très bon jeu les dessins sont magnifique et l'histoire est accrochante, vivement la suite !

Ouro17 says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 6:20pm

Oh boy! This is a good game! I felt so immersed and do you all made a great work! Nice voice acting, music and gameplay. Congrats!

May 4, 2017 @ 11:29pm

I also included this game in an article of my favorites!

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