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

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Smoke and Mirrors

by SmokeNMirrors - Jam Entry

A RPG Maker MV game made wilth a mix of basic assets, original sounds and visuals and a whole lot of collaborative writing.

Themes include sorrow, tobacco, love, isolation and... The choices you make change the ending ;)

Gameplay is simple: use the arrow keys to navigate the world and the options, and space or enter to interact with entities.


~ Allan Vieira Ribeiro - Programming, Level Design
~ Luca Iglesias - Sound Design, 2D Art
~ Marcelo Dakí - Spriting
~ Maria "Malu" Bitencourt - Pencil Art
~ Mateus Farias - Events, Programming

Give us your honest feedback!

File is a little under 200mb

Contact info: Hyperion.writing.works@gmail.com (Mateus Farias)

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Ratings

Coolness54%
#55Mood(Jam)4.08
#106Audio(Jam)3.81
#206Overall(Jam)3.69
#306Innovation(Jam)3.36
#383Graphics(Jam)3.62
#390Humor(Jam)2.75
#398Fun(Jam)3.21
#771Theme(Jam)2.81

Comments

Artsicle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:32pm

Graphics are great!

MrEvilGuy says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:28pm

The music was sweet. Controls were smooth, good graphics. Gameplay was a bit slow but I can dig it.

SmokeNMirrors says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 11:51pm

Thx guys!

Artsicle: we put a lot of effort there ;) one person working on the sprites and another hand-drawing the portrais starting minutes after the theme was voted!

MrEvilGuy: Our sound designer is a miracle maker heh! We wanted to give the narrator a full voice-over but there was no time left...

pratess says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:07am

Incredibly intense and calm

Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:33am

I've given high scores for the mere reason of "imprisonment in a room full of regrets".

GriloGordo says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:28pm

Very intense. :D

nassi says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:52pm

Interesting, but not quite interesting enough to make me aim for the second ending after completing it once.

Good balance of different gameplay styles (puzzle, moody "visual novel like" parts, and combat). The aesthetic and writing are both good too. I think the description of LISA on Steam also describes this game quite nicely (at least the ending I got): "The miserable journey of a broken man..."

Ekilibr says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:11pm

i was a bit lost at first but then i understood what i was supposed to do! (sorry i'm slow). interesting litte story. The drawings are a nice touch! Gameplay a bit slow indeed, but it's normal for that sort of games i guess!

phoenix1987 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:48pm

Very good game, a lot of work when into this. Fun to play. Slow gameplay, but it does work with this. I hope you continue on with it. 5/5

Skruffye says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:52am

Ooh, someone else who used RPGMaker this LD! :D

Really liked the visual representation of "holes" in one's memory as holes in the world. In fact, the representation of memory as a whole, with certain things being more prominent and peoples' appearances missing, was very well done!

Great job! :)

Ednei says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 2:25am

Parabéns pelo ótimo trabalho de vocês! Adorei a ambientação, a sonorização, os gráficos de ótima qualidade! Controles bem balanceados. Enfim, um grande jogo! Belo trabalho!

Cerno_b says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 6:44pm

Nice and gloomy atmosphere with decent writing, good job! I played until after the first fight and would have probably continued if the character had moved a bit faster, which was a bit of a turn-off.

The problem with RPG Maker games is that they tend to look quite similar to each other so I always have a feeling of deja vu when playing one. I guess it's pretty hard to make a game that looks truly unique with this tool.

Also, did you do all the sprites yourselves? If so, that's very impressive! If not then it's hard to judge the art side of the game because it's impossible to tell which part you added and which was taken from an asset pack.

Anyway it's obvious that you put a lot of effort into the story, and I think that part is what really stands out in this game.

TBOI TEAM says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 6:26am

Comecei a escrever em inglês, mas ai percebi que vcs são tudo br tb. Ótimo jogo! Se encaixa no tema, já que o cara nunca sai do quarto de verdade, são só memórias. Os sons, música e arte ficaram bons e a história é bem interessante. Só tenho 1 sugestão. Na cena da batalha contra os 3 bullies, o texto das ações ficaram mto rápidos e eu não sabia direito q q tava rolando. Talvez deixar os textos mais lentos e reduzir a quantidade de turnos até chegar na parte da faca (pra deixar a batalha com mais ou menos o mesmo tempo que ela tem agora). Mas é isso aí, ficou legal!
PS: Catioro, melhor nome HUAEHUEAHUEA

Dec 21, 2016 @ 9:48am

This is an incredible use of the theme and of the RPG format. Music was awesome, and graphics were pretty good - although I think the pencil sketches did not necessarily fit with the rest of the game (although I'm honestly not sure where I stand on this point).

The game ended rather abruptly without really a clear description of what happened - maybe some of the other endings are different, but whichever one I got was rather underwhelming.

Overall a very interesting game.

fufi says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:15am

Very nice mood game. The graphical way to focus on a particular thing or a lack of something (i don't want to spoil) is good and relevant. Music and sounds are well integrated in the story. And the story, illustrated by drawings, is touching. Really good work.

Dec 21, 2016 @ 11:49am

Good graphics, sweet music, good job :)

Dec 21, 2016 @ 1:36pm

For a collaborative piece, the story is fantastic. Bonus points for a good moral. Smoking is one of the things which make me not understand why humans are called an inteligent species.

Visuals and audio were very good, although I missed diagonal movement (but that's not a big issue). The memory mechanic is quite fun and inspiring.

JesseyCool says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 9:05pm

I like the story, with memories

dollarone says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 10:06pm

Awesomely moody game with a heavy theme. I liked the use of a the traditional JRPG overworld gameplay with the memory holes. The game kept going on when I thought I'd completed it!

Very nice graphics. I assumed the tiles were the "basic assets" you mentioned, if not that is super impressive. Really enjoyed the mix of JRPG tiles and handdrawn art.

I'm pretty sure I got the sad ending. I might be convinced to try again, but it feels like it's a bit too much to replay.

Overall great effort!

Quetzakol says ...
Jan 3, 2017 @ 12:04am

Amazing atmosphere, and very clever game ! Well done !

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