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These Walls

by mildmojo - Mini LD Entry

"These Walls" is a small horror-themed story game, written in HTML5/Javascript using CraftyJS and a handful of other utility libraries. Only tested in Firefox 6 and Firefox Mobile for now. Rife with placeholder graphics and unrealized dreams. =)

In These Walls, you are a location. In the story available here, you play as a house in which something terrible happened. You now have visitors, and you must tell your story to them with small metaphysical nudges. Some nudges are more effective than others. As you nudge the visitors, they'll tell you what they've experienced. Eventually, you (the player) and they will be able to piece the story together from its scattered fragments.

There isn't really a win condition right now. You'll just keep looping, exploring story fragments. It's keeping track of how much story you've revealed, but it's not doing anything with that info yet. I plan to make X% discovery trigger a full reveal and a main menu marker that you've completed the story. The back end is completely modular, too, so it should be easy to introduce new stories.

This was developed with intent to also enter Experimental Gameplay's STORY compo and Super Friendship Club's MYSTICISM pageant after I polish it a bit.

KNOWN BUGS: If you have trouble clicking menu items, try clicking a few pixels *above* them. I can't figure that bug out; everything looks good in Firebug. This is what's kept me from enabling HD mode.

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Sep 24, 2011 @ 2:45am

very strange interface

SusanTheCat says ...
Sep 24, 2011 @ 5:41am

I found it hard to tell what kind of effect I was having, if any.


mildmojo says ...
Sep 24, 2011 @ 9:29am

Thanks for giving it a shot, guys!

Susan, I agree with you. I actually just fixed a bug that was keeping the "story revealed" percentage from showing up on the planning screen. It's not great for directing play, but it beats being completely blind.

You may get better results by applying actions that you think would work well for a particular character in a particular place. For instance, the Swami and the Fortune Teller are probably a little better at picking up on mental queues than the others. You'll get more detail by finding these affinities.

If I'd spent more time on the story, those location/character/story links would be stronger.

mikemacdee says ...
Sep 25, 2011 @ 9:14am

Cool idea, but it gets tedious after a while. Hope you get the chance to spend some time fleshing this out: could be a cool browser game.

mildmojo says ...
Sep 26, 2011 @ 6:19pm

Thanks, Mike, and I agree about the tedium. I need a much better feedback system. Thanks for trying it.

I can't believe I wrote "mental queues" up there. Doesn't look like I can change it now. =P

Andrew says ...
Sep 27, 2011 @ 4:00pm

After a gray rectangle with 'these walls' appears nothing I do seems to have any effect. Am I missing the obvious or is there a bug on chrome?

mildmojo says ...
Sep 27, 2011 @ 8:42pm

Just downloaded Chrome, looks like it is indeed bugged. I fixed the main menu, there was a race condition while loading stories that didn't show up in FF6. I fixed a couple of missing text bugs, too, with conditional code for webkit. jQuery's .fadeIn() is failing on webkit, and I'm not sure why.

All in all, everything appears scruffier in Chrome. =( It should be functioning at the same level as FF now, though.

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