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This was a cute story, but there's some stuff I think could be improved on to make it even better. The Engrish breaks the immersion really bad, and some of the choices don't make much sense (why was it bad to go back for the backpack? Why do I even need the backpack? Right or left at the ending? etc etc.). The biggest problem I had was how the ending just came out of nowhere. I'm the last person who should complain about a dead protagonist, but it was so sudden it was hard to be sad about it. It was more of a "Wait, wut?" and less of a "No, my worst fears have been realized!". A little foreshadowing would go a long way to making sure the ending breaks the player's feels with maximum impact.
This game was adorable and a sad story with an ending I definitely was not expecting! Atmosphere was nice, and I really liked the puzzle where you had to read riddles and choose the right path. But in the end the game fell a bit flat. I didn't feel like any of my choices really mattered (choose left or right is not a meaningful choice if player isn't given any reason why they would want to pick one over another.) Storytelling could also use a bit more polishing, also the puzzles could use more variety. I also really recommend getting a proof-reader too, since there was some bizarre grammar. But overall there is a lot of potential in this game, and you had great amount of content in such a short time! Good job. I hope you all keep making games, since I sensed lot of passion towards this project. :)
Thank you for your lovely comment. And yes, we would like to improve this game in the future. More content and puzzle.
Uh....I am stuck at the part where you have to collect 4 woods and 6 ropes to cross the river....Where are the woods and the ropes....?
Make sure you've check all area around there, it's not far away :D
(if you still stuck, you can read a minor spoiler about the places at the following, don't read it if you won't be spoiled)
fyi there are two areas that you can looking for those items, first at the small house/hut at the bottom forest and the camp at the right side, check all corner to find those items.
I went there (the small hut and the camp site), checked the hut and the camps even cut off the rope from the tree using the rustic knife. But all I have is 3 woods and 5 ropes....
have you checked the broken box inside the hut? you'll got one different type of wood there also the rope is inside the hut too. Make sure you don't missed it :)
I felt, resources wise, it seemed very astonishing and I was ready to be amazed however the story (disregarding the poor English) was very, I wanna say poorly executed.
Again I feel the game definitely had potential however the handling of the story, especially the maze puzzle was poorly executed.
Evaluation of the maze puzzle.
Some of the hints from the fire were ok I guess. When it said your path seems rough, I though ok then maybe that might mean I have to head towards a direction that had rough terrain. Then it said something about go towards the crowd. At first I though huh? There's no one here, but then I said maybe it's a metaphor. I saw a bunch of trees and headed in that direction because I assumed they had a crowd of trees if that makes sense? The first time I did it, it sent me right back to the beginning so I tried other areas and after almost quitting I tried the trees area again and this time it worked. I would been ok with redoing the loop if it just didn't send me back to the beginning every time. Then the next area said don't trust the lights, or something, so I headed to the dark cave. After doing so however I came right back to the same place. Thinking it was a bug I said ok I'll go back in to the cave but I came right back to where I was. So i said ok maybe it's left. Nope. Maybe back? That brought me to the beginning of the puzzle which sucked. Then finally I went to the lights and it worked so I guess I should trust the lights? Maybe it was poorly translated and it meant to say trust the lights. The last area before the maze ends was the most annoying of them all. Before you even enter the maze it tells you there is no turning back, or something about don't regret I don't remember. When the maze didn't work at times I tried going back because sometimes regardless of my direction it would loop. So out of frustration I would go back and surprise surprise I would be at the beginning. This isn't the games fault thought that's mine for ignoring the don't go back or regret thingy. The problem with the game was that it made it pretty obvious by the multiple trial and errors that going back was not a good thing so having to head back for the last puzzle to go forward almost made me lose my head lol.
The reason I stopped playing wasn't because of that though. I stopped playing because the father part had a bug (or at least I think so). i got rope and I assume it snapped cause the father was heavy? So I got another one and it snapped too? Then it said get another and I did but the father kept telling me to get another. i checked the game and it said I had 3 pieces of rope but the father said I needed more rope. I clicked everywhere and nothing. I tried going back to the loop puzzle too lol. But nothing. So I saw the father said something about a counter balance. i clicked the rocks but nothing happened. I gave up at that point. I would've revisited the game to properly finish it but I didn't save after the maze so I just threw in the towel. Sadly I'll never know if my sister in the game was ok. i hope she was though lol.
Sorry for the huge amount of text just wanted to share my experience with the game.
The art was great. Sadly the game itself didn't complement it.
Thanks for the comment, for the maze area, the mechanism is you must ask the blue fire for the direction as it said at the first meet cutscene when it said "TRUST ME" , so if you try to find the way yourself without asking it, you'll thrown back to the beginning, instead, if you had asked the blue fire but you move to wrong way (don't follow what the blue fire said) , you'll thrown back to the beginning but at same map (not at the beginning when you saw a skeleton).
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Ahh! OK gotcha. No wonder even after I thought I understood the maze I kept being thrown about lol. Thank you very much for clearing that up.
The art for this was awesome, overall - but actually playing the game was quite tedious. It shows that English isn't your strong suit - which wasn't the worst thing until I had to do the fog maze and there were a few directions that weren't super clear. I stopped playing shortly after the maze because the whole game seemed like "find this and return here, find this and return here...and this find this and return here" - it just wasn't fun any more.