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A jam submission

VacancyView game page

The ghost of a parent watches their husband and son from beyond.
Submitted by BanzaiBonsai (@BustedKeyboards) — 5 days, 2 hours before the deadline
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Love that gets under your skin.#173.0533.053

Ranked from 19 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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  • This was really heartfelt and powerful, and very well-written. I wish it was a little more interactive after exploring the house, rather than just giving the player click-to-continue prompts, but for a game on this topic, maybe that's appropriate after all.

    Well done!

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The prose is strong; it's amazing how much of a story you fit into under 1000 words! The ending is particularly sweet and moving.

I have one quibble, which is small and totally subjective: the speed at which new text appears is a bit slow, and I spent some time just staring at the screen waiting for the story to continue.


Hey, thanks a bunch! I was getting a bit discouraged lookin' at all the other fancy entries, so I appreciate the kind words.

The text crawl was an experiment; some folks said it was too fast, some said it was too slow. I think I played one game that had it like perfect, but it's a hard line to toe.


The competition is pretty amazing!

Yeah, I think it's inherently difficult because people's reading speeds can differ so much. I tend to just present the text all at once, but I know some people find that visually overwhelming or harder to read.


I too felt it was a bit slow but I also liked the feeling it gave to the text. It's a nice technical touch regardless.