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A jam submission

GoldscaleView game page

A short story about a mage and the sea.
Submitted by MayhemCats — 6 minutes, 15 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Presentation#54.2904.290
Overall#173.8153.815
Enjoyment#233.6133.613
Concept#303.7423.742
Use of the Limitation#463.6133.613

Ranked from 31 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Team members
MayhemCats (me)

Software used
Bitsy

Use of the limitation
The limitation is incorporated into the story, as my game doesn't have combat. "It died in one hit" is a crucial aspect of the plot.

Cookies eaten
None... I want some!

How was your experience with Mini Jam?
I wish I could have made music for this. It feels so quiet... Blegh, if only I had time!! I started too late!

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Submitted(+1)

The art was so good and the limitation was also cleverly used.  Cool experience!!

Developer

Thanks a bunch!! c: I'm glad you like it!! 

Submitted(+1)

This was so good! The art was great. I loved the simple get-the-point-across art as well as the illustrations. That ending tho 😭

Developer

Thank you so much!! :D I'm so glad you like it!! The art was really fun to make!! 

Submitted(+1)

I love the charming artwork in this one!  Using the limitation to serve the story and the characters was also a really smart way to include it.  And sure, while I agree that music could have maybe made this stronger, I like to think this specific story still carries some weight despite a lack of it.  Either way, great work! :D

Developer(+1)

Thank you so much!! :D I'm so glad you like it!! I'm really flattered by all the compliments!! I'm glad the silence worked in my favor here! I still wanna maybeeee add some music after the jam is over but I'm not sure. :'> Thanks a lot!! I'm very glad you like it!! 

Submitted(+1)

Aww. Such a sweet little story! I loved the art of the little house floorplan and the cut scene pictures - they were so well done for being in simple monochrome. And your transitions - such a cool effect!

The story was touching, too. I feel sad for the poor mage. If only the limitation hadn't been "dies in one hit," perhaps they could have become friends. But...alas... :)

Well done!

Developer (2 edits) (+1)

Thank you so much!! c: I'm so glad you think so!! Drawing the maps and cutscenes was so fun with all the constraints of color and size. I had so much fun!

And yeah, poor Wren! :< If only... Maybe in a brighter timeline they were friends! In the timeline where the jam had a different limitation

Thanks a lot!! <3 I'm so glad you like it!!  

Submitted(+1)

Amazing story and art-style. The text box effects are also very impressive. In my opinion, the lack of music helps add to the ambiance of the setting, especially towards the end. Keep up the good work.

Developer (2 edits)

Thank you so much!! <33 I'm so glad you think so!! c: I still wanna add music eventually, probably when the jam is over, just for fun! Though I think I might keep that ending part silent if the silence fits! Thanks a lot, I'm glad you like it!! 

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Ahhh, nice use of limitaiton. The artwork was so damn clean. I loved the home, the beach animation and the wavy scene transitions. Very beautiful use of dithering. So cool.

Developer

Thank you so much!! ; 7; I'm so glad you think so!! I tried my best to make the art look clean! I'm so glad you like it!! 

Submitted(+1)

I really liked the art style and how the limitation was used.

nice work!

Developer (2 edits)

Thank you so much! <33 I'm really glad you like it!!  

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Very fun game, but so there's something i healp with. I've been farming  Gold scales  but i never seem to level up. The drops sell for a lot, though the dealer is shady looking.
... what do you mean endangered species? Oh um.. well then, .. i was um, joking, yeah, joking .

Developer

... LMAOOOOOO. Thanks, I love that. :'D Lmao!! 

And thank you, I'm so glad you like it! <33 

Submitted(+1)

Omg the amount of personality and depth you were able to squeeze into this game with such limited colors is absolutely amazing. I loved it!

Developer

Aaa thank you so much!! <3 I'm really glad you think so!! That makes me happy!! Thank you!!

Submitted(+1)

That was a rather thoughtful use of the limitation.

Developer

Thanks a lot!! :D I'm glad you think so!! 

Submitted(+1)

thats a very interesting take on it, really nice stuff

Developer(+1)

Thank you so much!! <33 ; 7; I'm really glad you think so!! 

Submitted(+1)

I wish I could be a mage living in a seaside cottage, Very creative interpretation of the limitation, I like it! Very pleasing art style and intriguing story, I wish you had time to make it a longer! Great job!

Developer

Thank you so much!! I'm so glad you like it!! <333 I'm glad you like my interpretation of the limitation! I tried so hard to make it make sense with the story. ;  7; Thank you for all the compliments, I'm so flattered!!

Submitted (2 edits) (+1)

I loved the artstyle (like a lot!) , it is something different and peaked my interest. The story itself was interesting, but I found it sad that I wasn't able to do anything besides walking. I would have loved to be able to interact or do something (maybe the fight between those two? to get more immersed in the story (music helps with that too)). Soooo I'm looking forward to more games in this artstyle with more interaction :D you can definitely work with that!

Developer(+1)

Thank you so much!! <33 I'm so glad you like the art!! And you're absolutely right, I'm gonna try to make the next ones more interactive!! Thank you!! :Dc And yeah, I really wish I could've made music for this game, but I sadly ran out of time... I might make some music for it after the jam is over just for fun! Thanks a lot again, I appreciate the advice and the compliments a lot!! <3

queef

Submitted(+1)

The game is amazing!!
The visuals and the storyline is perfect!! The sound feels nice.
Hard work pays off....
Loved the game<3
I really like RPG games and I made one for this jam too<3
Good luck for the jam. I hope you like other games too!!

Developer

Thank you so much!! ; 7;; I'm so glad you like it!! <33 Yess, RPGs are so fun!! And thanks a lot! I wish you good luck too, your game is great!!

Submitted(+1)

Well written and lovely looking game.  The atmosphere is rather nice even without music. 

Developer

Thanks a lot!! <33 I'm so glad you think so!! I really wish I could've added music. :'D I might after the jam is over, just for fun! 

Submitted

The game looked absolutely lovely. Nice job!

Developer

Thank you so much!! <33 I'm so glad you think so!!

Submitted(+1)

So cute! I love the cutscenes and the dialog boxes. You made the visual-novel gameplay fit the theme and limitation well. Ahh the monster was so adorable I'm so sad Wren had to hurt him :(

Great Jam!

Developer

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you like it!! ; 7; <33 I'm so flattered by all the compliments! 

Submitted

This looks great and I love the artwork but it seems like I'm having some kind input problem. I can't progress past the first screen. I'm obviously missing out. This looks amazing!

Developer

I'm very sorry! :< Does it happen every time you load it? Pressing the right arrow or D keys should be enough to get through all the cutscenes. I don't know where the issue could be!

Submitted(+1)

As a classic bitsy project, it's more a novel than a game but... The use of the features you had: quite impressive! Well done on the writing itself, the story was really intriguing till the last moments!

Loved the way the theme was used :-)

Developer(+1)

Thank you!! :D I'm so glad you like it!! I love working with Bitsy's restraints, which is why I wanted to try making something with it for the jam! It was such a fun experience!! Thanks a bunch! 

Submitted(+1)

lovely art and mystery, really enjoyed it :-)

Developer

Thank you so much!! <3 I'm glad you like it!!

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