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A Magical Girl's DutyView game page

Join Magical Girl Sola in her struggle training the younger Magical Girls!
Submitted by Frances — 20 hours, 42 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Magical Girl Use#14.8574.857
Creativity#44.1434.143
Overall#44.1074.107
Art#73.8573.857
Gameplay#83.5713.571

Ranked from 7 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Theme(s)
As If I Met Her in My Dream... Or Something
This Just Can't Be Right
I'd Never Allow That to Happen

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HostSubmitted (1 edit)

Oh my... how could I have missed this one... got too busy and couldn't play all submissions, but shame on me for only playing one of the best submissions here on the last day of rating :P

Witches... and rings too... and with a dark plot... I'd be damned! I hope this is indeed inspired from what I think it is. Such a great work. Really hope you are going to continue on this project. I'm making a let's play out of some submissions to this jam, and you bet yours will be in it :)

Developer

Thanks for playing! I'm glad you liked it.

I don't know how anyone would be able to write something of this quality and then make it into a game so quickly. Very good job. The messed up characters gave me an almost "that episode of Bojack Horseman" vibe.  Not showing or understanding the magical creatures was a great idea. Makes you feel like even though you're doing the right thing, it might be wrong. Keep writing!

Developer

Thank you for playing and for your kind words! 

As for how I got things done fast for the jam, my trick is to reuse sprites (example: all three girls have the same base sketch, and I only drew half of each and mirrored it lengthwise) and to make "OK" looking but not effort intensive sprites (like the backgrounds--check out the lines of the trees, they're so sketchy). Only adding enough details to get the idea across. The writing was the hardest part. I actually planned to finish it completely with an epilogue and everything instead of leaving it as a cliffhanger, but I ran out of time... I'll be working on finishing it, though!

Submitted(+1)

This is a pretty good visual novel! The writing is solid, especially for a jam. I've come to expect story-heavy jam games to feel rushed, but this didn't at all. The art is very nice, especially the character art. The combat was a nice touch, though it did get a little repetitive strategy-wise.

That ending though. What a place to stop, haha. Really nice entry, great work!

Developer(+1)

Thank you! :)

I had a lot of trouble with the writing, since English isn't my first language and also because I've never written a short story before so I don't have much experience writing fiction. I'm so glad that the end result is alright!

Yeah, I also noticed that the combat is repetitive when I was testing it, but I didn't know how to spice it up in an easy way.  I was thinking of using a finite state machine (which I'd just found out about recently) so that the enemies can heal, defend,  etc, but I thought that maybe I wouldn't be able to figure out how to implement it in time for the jam...

Submitted(+1)

Mal: Good effort, but I'm the pattycake champion!

Great story! That definitely was quite the plot twist!

Developer

I'm glad you liked it. Thanks!

Submitted(+1)

with a very simple start a plot twist was expected but I was still surprised

Developer

Thanks for playing!

Submitted(+1)

I actually thought this was quite polished and the art was very nice.

I don't want to spoil the ending for the others, but... wow. That got really dark really fast. I found the story to be okay but not amazing for most of the game, but the last few minutes drew me in completely and I really want to see the conclusion now.

Developer

Thank you for playing! 

I agree, it did get dark really fast, hahaha! I didn't expect the story to go in that direction, actually. When I wrote it, I just made things up on the fly,  and I was surprised by the result.

I'll be working on this even more in the next few weeks/months, so there'll be a conclusion soon!