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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Behind The Wallpaper

by LeafThief - Jam Entry

Behind The Wallpaper is a short Point & Click Visual Novel about a Family that has to hide in a time of discrimination and war - in a single room.

Made in 72 hours using Adventure Game Studio, Logic Pro, Audacity, Adobe Photoshop, Aseprite and a bit of coffee.

Disclaimer - Might suffer from the following:
- empty hotspots
- abrupt endings (the game quits if the screen goes completely black, there's a way to avoid that)

####POTENTIAL SPOILER?##############
Click the heart every once in a while.

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AXaViaN says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:29pm

Great game! Graphics was awesome and music was really fitting. Atmosphere was really dark and not very fun to play. But overall the game is cool.

Patacorow says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:34pm

Very emotional and well executed, the art is beautiful and inspiring. As always good job <3!

Dev Dennis says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 6:38pm

I wish I could try it but my anti virus blocked it.

Valandre says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Wow impressive entry, what a mood!

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 2:15pm

this seriously gave me chills.

The art style fits the feeling of the game really well and is just very well done. especially the expressions in her face and the blinking. felt really alive. the postures also convey a lot.

The gameplay is what you'd expect from an adventure game. The part where you click the heart was surprising though. I don't no what it does, but it works really well.

great to see something no that 'gamey'

one small note: when alt-tabbing back to the game, the resolution was halfed and everything had weird purple colors.

Mike Mezhenin says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 4:35pm

Great atmosphere and visuals, as always.
Is there more than one ending?

foolmoron says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 5:50pm

Wowww that is so effective. The graphics and the darkness and clicking the heart and everything. Best use of the theme I've seen so far.

DeathBySnail says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 10:50am

Man. That gave me chills.

Diplodino says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 11:49am

Really great entry ! Hard to handle this kind of issues in a jam game ! But you did well, I think. But the game kept crashing everytime the night fell... So...

madmarcel says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 12:14pm

Wow. Blown away by this entry. Very very good.

BlueTheLemon says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:54pm

I am very impressed !

BubsyPoochies says ...
Dec 16, 2016 @ 1:58pm

Nice art and good story. You got a really emotional atmosphere with this art and this music. Nice job and I hope that you keep working on this visual novel after the ludum.

wowa_u says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 11:23am

One of the best entrys so far! Love it!

Split82 says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:40pm

Damn. This was something! Awesome job!

pkenney says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:46pm

Beautiful and really effective art. What a great idea for the theme. I have mixed feelings about the pacing, which had to be slow to draw me into the story, and I respect that. I maybe was in the wrong mental mode, playing a number of random video games in a lit room with the sun up. I think this could have been a different experience for me late at night in a more contemplative and open-ended engagement. I don't ding the game for that, but rather myself. I like that you challenged me that way, but I will admit to the buzzing background noise of impatience in my experience, which I brought to the table.

I believe the game may have crashed on me, although perhaps it was just an abrupt end? There was trouble. My brother was speaking in his sleep. I clicked on a few things. The game was gone. Unsure if that was intended.

jeroenwimmers says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 6:50pm

I played it a second time and completed it. I'm glad I did. Really great game, can't recommend it enough

Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:07pm

One of the most beautiful artstyles I seen so far, really great use of the theme with the heart and memories being the one room. I am guessing the game closing when you looked out the window was the abrupt ending, interesting way to do it but some people might think the game crashed. Mood is an easy 5/5 here.

DiscoFish says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 7:14pm


Riftpoint says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:11pm

Amazing game! The best one I have played in this ludum dare! Congratulations

Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:56pm

The pixel art is absolutely amazing, and the atmosphere gorgeous. This is a great entry, I loved it !!! Wonderful job on this !!!

David Cookie says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 9:57pm

Wow.. just wow. It's really beautiful, especially after all these action games I've played so far. It's an adventure game Lucas Art level but with a sad mood and made in only 3 days.. That blows my mind!
I'm really glad I discovered your work cause it really touches me. Hope to see more of you :)

TeamBALD says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 11:29pm

That was pretty incredible. The art, the audio, the mood, everything was spot on. It's interesting to see a less literal take on this theme, and the game didn't suffer for it one bit. I try to give at least a little constructive criticism, but I honestly can't think of a single thing that I'd change or improve about this game.

pixelpotions says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 4:03pm

Intense and very realistic story. The graphics were incredible and the music fit very well. I really liked the palette swaps.

Spab says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 7:12pm

Well done interpretation of the story of Anne Frank (I think that her story inspired the game). Great atmosphere and graphics. My only nitpick would be the score: it was too monotone and looped too often.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:55am

good use of theme. the mood you set was incredible, and the story was great. nice work.

Pierrec says ...
Dec 19, 2016 @ 5:27pm

By abrupt ending do you mean the game closing violently without any reason? Because it's what happened to me after I gave the picture to Lukas and tried to walk to the left :/
This aside (and the empty hotspots as you mentioned)this is, as usual, a gorgeous entry, and a pretty good (and sad) interpretation of the theme. Funny to see that both our games have a mechanic in commons while being totally different.

Dec 20, 2016 @ 11:36am

The Holocaust is a serious matter, and this game handled it the way it should be. Kudos.

Linear says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 2:36am

That was absolutely incredible.

I had to try it twice as the game kept crashing at night, but I can't recommend this enough. I think some of the scenes needed some audio, but I think that the way that the musical intensity grew with the progression of the story was just incredible.

BluShine says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 3:28am

Amazing work. I loved the art and the dark, subdued art style. Good use of music, too. Both fit the story very well. Also, very creative use of the theme. The story was very well-written, despite the rather abrupt ending.

The heart clicking mechanic was a neat idea, although I feel like it could have been explored further. Maybe it could have affected the story somehow, or created some sort of challenge or trade-off? Given how light the game was on "gameplay" (no adventure game puzzles or VN-style dialogue branching as far as I could tell), I think it might have added a bit more depth to the experience.

Karai17 says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 7:38am

Hmm, I really liked the graphics and feel, but the game kinda dimmed into gray and became unplayable and seemed to close, not sure if that was a crash or not while I looked for father's hammer. Overall fitting music and dialog, great graphics. I was able to walk half through the wall earlier when discussing the star on our window. I would consider that a bug...

Dec 21, 2016 @ 1:02pm

Very impressive, music, screenplay and graphics set a perfect mood.
Thanks for the entry!

stefenism says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 10:05pm

Wow that was really intense. stupid Lukas....stupid stupid Lukas.

Ellian says ...
Dec 21, 2016 @ 10:54pm

Well, there's a challenger for best Mood, for sure. This is dark as hell. Very well done considering the time you had, I wish there was more to it! Congrats anyway; the art is fantastic.

blzkz says ...
Dec 23, 2016 @ 1:38am

I really love your game, I was doing a TOP for my channel but I changed my mind and I made one video for your game (in Spanish ), just explaining things about it. I´m in love with this.
I hope you work in a complete version of the game

Junber says ...
Dec 26, 2016 @ 9:25pm

the graphics are just awesome and together with the music makes me feel very sad, also that I have to press her heart always again in the Intersections makes me so sad what fits perfectly to the storry

pmarincak says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 2:53am

Great job with the game! I really loved the art and the audio. That being said, I hated every time the game would crash and I would have to restart from the beginning. This probably wouldn't have been such an issue if you had autosaves, or a game over screen instead of crashing.

Without the appropriate story-meta (ex. the story is about a robot turning you off life support or something) the crashing just seems like the game is unstable, rather than intended.

All that being said, this was a great entry!

Dec 30, 2016 @ 5:36pm

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

elmoGames says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 5:50pm

Perfect as a german I am very moved by this also the graphics bring the game alive. The audio could have been more and the room part should have been longer but nontheless gut gemacht

May 4, 2017 @ 11:30pm

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

WERT Studio says ...
Oct 27, 2017 @ 4:59pm

Its not possible to play it anymore. The link is down. For everyone it was pretty good

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