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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The Outside Within

by Maple - Compo Entry

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A game about sensory deprivation tanks. Super Yume Nikki-inspired.

Mild warning: pixellated nudity and static gore. Some NPCs insult you.

See Source download for assets.


Arrows move.
X/Enter interacts.
ESC exits/pauses.
ALT+Enter toggles fullscreen.


GameMaker Studio

// About "Windows [Fixed] (.zip)"

I made these changes/fixes post-compo. Please keep this in mind when judging:
- Stopped Alt+Enter from interacting with objects.
- Fixed "> CONTINUE <" in the pause menu not returning you to the float lab correctly, after returning from your float.
- Re-exported background music at a higher sample rate, for better quality playback.



Downloads and Links




meg says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:47pm

Really interesting game! I liked the ending, although I think I might have missed some of it by hitting "ESC" after I woke up, which reset the game?

Maple says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 9:34am

Hey, thanks for checking out my game! (All that you missed is that you can leave the room when you put your clothes back on!)

tomdeal says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:17am

Interesting concept. Somehow Z did not work as an input for me, ENTER did. I like the look, maybe add some details. Good work!

spacedoubt says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 11:26am

Interesting! PS sensory-deprivations tanks ARE cool!

KaiseanGames says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:32am

Ah, great... I'm gonna dream about my severed head for days now... ;)

Maybe too noir morbid for my taste, but I like the style.

Holofire says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:35am

Well that was a little trippy. Enjoyed walking around the weird areas. Unique concept. I like it. Nice work :D

Rakart says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 9:58am

This was a really interesting experience. A bit strange, but cool nonetheless.
The game mechanic is pretty simple but works really well and, overall, the game is really cohesive. The lenght is perfect, especially for a LD Game.

Congratulations for the entry, I really enjoyed playing your game.

rodobodolfo says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:46am

Nice polished entry. The graphics are nice and the girl is well animated, loved the shower too. I felt you got sent back a bit too far when you made a mistake but the music and atmosphere kept me in the game. An enjoyable game. Good job!

Nikteddy92 says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:54am

I think this one is the best entry I rated so far.
The mood of the game is really deep and the theme interesting.
Audio and graphics are perfect.
Thanks for your game.

quiv says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 2:22am

I see what you mean, Yume-Nikki inspired :P Still, very nice work making a surreal world to explore!

Greek85 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 10:47am

oh! Nice!it looks like yYume nikki!! 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 ;)

Ouro17 says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 9:55pm

Nice entry! You made something different and I liked it! That monster made fun of me :(
Good job and congrats!

Maple says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 2:32am

@Greek85 Sure, thanks!

Thanks everyone for your comments! :>

SoulBound says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 8:38am

I got lost... A lot :3 Very interesting game, I liked the music and sound effects.

DOXM says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 9:12am

It is definatly an interesting game, love it!

Vadim Ivshin says ...
Dec 22, 2016 @ 9:35am

Thank you for this game. A bit scary, philosophic story.

mirta000 says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 4:37am

a very interesting game. Eventually I just got trapped by balloons that were chasing me by all sides and was prevented from moving.

Alex Rose says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 11:48pm

I showed those balloons who's boss.

ChuiGum says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 1:24am

Great mood, nice graphics, and nice music!

Umm but for some reason, at one point the game crashed, my computer ended up rebooting, and when it turned back on, everything on my screen was 1.5 times bigger... Soooo that was annoying. But cool game!

Maple says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 4:35am

Hey ChuiGum. That's weird... Was there an error message? I've never heard of a game I made crashing someone's computer!

Thanks everyone for trying out my game!

fabsy says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:08pm

Great mood, incredibly eerie, but then again walking around trying to get to your own severed head will do that.

I know at the end we get a "deprivation tanks are awesome" but after that experience, I am not getting into one so soon. Which really says a lot about how impactful the game is. Great job!

- jcrmartini

Jan 27, 2017 @ 4:51pm

Very mysterious game! I included it in my compilation video series of the Ludum Dare 37 games, if you’d like to take a look. :)

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