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A jam entry

The Blame GameView game page »

Blame is a complicated matter...
Submitted by RAMADORG (@ramadorg) with 19 hours, 13 minutes before the deadline

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Just me, and 5 long day and nights without sleep.

Engine
RPG Maker MV

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I've only played through once so far but I really enjoyed getting through it! The story was very engaging and fun to play. I really loved your use of lighting to separate the characters and reveal hidden things.  The music really wasn't so bad, I liked where it was going and when it changed depending on what was being said.

Really well done! ^_^

Developer

Thank you so much for the kind words! The music still haunts me to this day, but I guess we can both relate with overestimating our time. I would have loved to add sound effects for varying sequences, and a soundtrack that better fit the mood, but oh well. Although the lighting was such a fun thing to add in for aesthetic purposes, I quickly realized that they could be used for reveals, direction, and signalling events. I still feel like I could have done more with the camera though than just flashbacks and slight dialogue focuses.

Developer

BTW, I recommend players just mute the game and play a dark soundtrack of their choice in the background. I made the music very last minute and accidentally fell asleep the deadline before I could change things up.

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I really liked this mystery. From just being dropped right in and having to figure out the basics and then all the way through each step; it stayed interesting throughout.  And it all made sense if you were paying attention which is always a plus! Thumbs up.

(!!SPOILERS BELOW!!)


I liked the ability to ultimately make the choice yourself at the end too. I went with Joel himself.

Developer(+1)

Thank you! Most of the time was actually spent writing the story rather than the game. I sketched out a timeline and had to write motives for each character. It was even more difficult considering I had to write two motives (one for the lie, and one for the truth) for every action.

(SPOILERS)

That's the first time for me to hear that! That's very interesting, and I can see why. I wanted to open a discussion with the final choices, and realized I would go through a thorough conversation with each player. I think that's a great legal standpoint to take, considering we have to try and get to the most direct cause of an action(that being Joel in my opinion). However, on a philosophical level, I considered everyone to be at fault for helping create the toxic situation. Thank you for the honest and super positive feedback! :)