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A jam submission

They were here.View game page

An abandoned house.
Submitted by treatyofparis (@treatyofparis_), Smoke Mirror Studios (@SmokeMirrorDev), shojamun — 10 minutes, 2 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Narration#144.0004.000
Overall feeling#283.6923.692
Originality#313.7693.769
Theme#462.9232.923

Ranked from 13 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Welp, I think this is the only game so far to make me cry, so well done! 

The section about expecting to be complete just... Really hit home. I enjoyed working out what was happening, exploring the story in my own time, and I think it wrapped up well. Thanks for making this. 

Developer

Thank you!! Now we can tell people that our game made someone cry, which, on second thought, sounds kinda bad out of context heh.

Submitted(+1)

It's a hard moment when you realize you've completely lost yourself, and that it is  no one's fault but your own.

Man this was a good one. A bit heavy narrative-wise in some spots but I blame my non-native grasp of english for that.  You all created a very interesting and, honestly very deep experience here. I loved it.

Developer

Thank you!

Submitted(+1)

I really liked the way this was structured by rooms ala an old text adventure game. That really helps me get immersed in a story to have a sense of location and movement to it. Enjoyed this one, very good at evoking a mood!

- Sam

Developer

Thanks! We definitely took some inspiration from text adventures. We literally played a bit of Curses like an hour before the jam started. 

Submitted(+1)

You guys have done a really good job. You had a structure that helped make the story a coherent experience in something that could otherwise have been confusing I suspect. The writing was really solid. I'm particularly impressed because it feels very polished. Most entries have some typos, mistakes etc. I think I noticed some Act 3 scenes saying Act 1 in the title? And I think that was it. I wish I had that kind of eye. Felt very professional. And there was a lot of good details that allowed me as a reader to imagine the scenes.

Developer

Thank you so much!!!

(+1)

i love this! the writing is superb.

Developer

Thank you!

Submitted(+1)

This is hauntingly beautiful. Thank you for making this!

Developer

Thank you for playing!