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A jam submission

Then and NowView game page

in a time loop, figure out how to stop it! You are stuck
Submitted by Mickehh (@mickehh_) β€” 5 hours, 49 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Graphics/Animation#374.0004.000
Music/Sound#643.5633.563
Theme/Limitation#793.7503.750
Overall#903.5003.500
Fun/Design#1213.4383.438
Technical Implementation#2172.7502.750

Ranked from 16 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

How does your game utilize the limitation and theme?
The player is stuck in a time loop has to go "back" to the beginning every time the loop is finished. Collects items to see how they can affect the loop!

What was your team size?

Solo

You worked alone

Affirm you have followed ALL jam rules. (Select all below or your entry will be disqualified.)

We have credited all assets used in the game including our own name(s) or team name(s)

All original game code and original assets were made during the jam period

The game does not include NSFW or hateful content

The game works on the web or as a Windows 10 download

We have answered all submission questions honestly and completely

If your game includes any of the optional challenges, select them below:

In a Song

The game is as long as a single backing music track

Hidden Secrets

Feature secret items rooms or features in the game

If you did any of the optional challenges, explain how they were used:
In a song: The backing track of the game is 60 seconds which is the time of one loop in the game.
Hidden Secrets: Sometimes the characters/objects say things that are either Easter eggs or about the underlying story.

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Comments

Submitted

nice game, please check mine and any suggestion are welcome.

Submitted

I hope you play our game as I played your game

Submitted

cute art 

Submitted(+1)

I really liked the mood and art, reminds me of a mix between Minit and Pikuniku! Sadly I could not really understood what to do but I wish I could!

Good job overall ;)

Developer

thank you! πŸ˜„ Yeah I really wish I could've made it more clear! I'm working on that right now and I'll update it once the rating period is over! 

Thank you! πŸ˜„

Submitted(+1)

I was immediately interested in the art style, I tried to understand what to do while playing but couldn’t make sense of it. The music was pretty chill, it’s solid.

Developer

Thank you so much haha! 

Well thanks to all the feedback everyone is giving, I have a much more 'helpful' build coming after the rating period! πŸ˜„

Thank you!

Submitted(+1)

Very cute game and if you get your time to read text  as you progress and then restart and read more and more it is more fun that rushing it from the beginning (as I was doing at first). A bit buggy though which is totally understandable for the time limit and it is good you've fixed them already! ^^ Best audio so far for me.

Developer

Thank you so much! πŸ˜„

yess and actually sometimes the NPC's dialogue changes depending on how many loops you went through or actions that you've taken in past loops! Thank you so much! πŸ˜„

Submitted(+1)

This is really cute and I like the idea a lot. It also fits well with the theme! Sadly, I couldn't pick up the items most of the time, which made it impossible to progress... I would have liked to know how it ends! :)) Really well done though!

Developer(+1)

Thank you so much! πŸ˜ That picking up items bug is the worst.. I will upload the fixed version right after the ratings! if you stick around you'll see how it ends haha πŸ˜„! thank you!

Submitted(+1)

Consider checking out our game too!

Submitted(+1)

Nice game, as someone else also mentioned I could see the parallels to Minit. There was quite a bit of content in there and loved the style of the art. I also appreciated that you had the keys on screen during play as it was a fair bit to remember. A few points of feedback, it might benefit if the timer pauses when interacting with NPCs and the Restart key was quite close to the Interact and drop keys so I accidentally restarted the game a couple of times. Great job overall.

Developer (2 edits)

Thank you so much! 😁 Yeah maybe I should take one more thing out of the Minit book by making the restart button a trigger on the controller or something so that its not pressed accidentally.. actually I pressed it accidentally a lot while testing haha πŸ˜„ stopping the time whenever a dialogue starts seems like a good thing to do! (But maybe if you have to spend time to talk with the NPCs, it means you can dedicate a loop or two just for one person or event, which might be good too)

Thanks for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

This game could be really good for a jam game, sadly I experienced a lot of bugs with the grabbing and text bubbles. Anyway played it for a small while and got a good idea of the game, seems like you got a lot of done in a week, nice ! Easter eggs is a good add-on especially for this game, so good job on adding those.

Developer

thank you so much! Yeah sadly I can't do anything about the bugs right now :/ I fixed them the day after submission and will update the page once rating is over πŸ˜„ thank you for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

Nice game! Brilliant idea and great use of the theme. Would love to have my game rated by you as well!

Developer

Thank you so much! πŸ˜„

Submitted(+1)

Very nice game.liked the way it fits the theme. Good job!(=

we would be glad if you check out our game

Developer

Thank you so much πŸ˜„

Submitted(+1)

A nice take on the theme! The art was very nice and the music was very soothing! Though it was a bit complicated for me to figure out how the game works, but the looped idea is really cool! Great game!

Developer

thank you for your feedback! πŸ˜„ I was worried the game might be a little too vague regarding the goal, thank you for letting me know! πŸ˜„

Submitted(+1)

I love the artstyle! Very cute!

Regarding gameplay, it was difficult to interact with picking up items, sometimes I can't pick up things from the floor. 

I like the concept of going back in time to save people, really well implemented feature!

Consider checking out my game too!

Good job!

Developer

thank you so much! πŸ˜„

sadly the bug where items can't be picked ruins the whole experience and I can't do anything about it for this week. Once updates to the games are enabled I'll upload the fixed version πŸ˜„ thank you for trying the game!

Submitted(+1)

Love the art! its a very cute game and uses the theme well. I love the style and tone of the game. Great work!

 It would mean a lot if you could check out my Jam submission if you get the chance. Thanks!

Developer

thank you! πŸ˜

Submitted(+1)

This game was very cool and interesting. Tons of personality! And I like the concept of figuring out timing on different events. Unfortunately after you restart you can't pick up items again, so that makes it kind of frustrating. Very cool though! Best bear drawing ever

Developer

Thank you so much! that bug is very annoying and I found out about way too late πŸ˜ͺ.. haha maybe if you try it after the jam you'll see what the bear is saying and it would make it even cooler 😁

Submitted(+1)

+ Love the art style and the feel of the game
+ I liked being able to interact with many things
+ Fits the theme really well!

- I wasn't sure what I was supposed to be doing
- I encountered quite a few bugs with the dialogue and not being able to pick things up when I think I should have been able to. I think with some more time spent on fixing bugs and maybe some hints for stuck players, this could be a really fun game!

Developer(+1)

Thank you for the feedback! 😁

I will make sure to let the player know the goal, and the bug of not being able to pick things up is so frustrating :/ Thank you so much! I will be working on an update so it works as intended right after this week!

Submitted(+1)

Great game! There were some problems with the dialogue not showing up, but for the rest very good.

Developer(+1)

Thank you so much! 😁

Submitted(+1)

I really like the art style. I did encounter the same bug as BarelyEvenGames where i couldn't see what the characters were saying. I also wasn't 100% sure what i was supposed to do, i assume i had to collect different thing

Developer

Thank you! I will make sure to crush those bugs as soon as possible πŸ˜!

Well by talking with people and figuring out which items do what and what happens at different times of the 60 seconds you can figure out how to stop the loop for good 😁

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

What a cool idea! Reminds me a lot of Minit which I absolutely adore. I think there's a great foundation for what could be an amazing game with a bit more time in the oven. I ran into a bug on my first playthrough where the text wouldn't show. The second playthrough I ran into a bug where I couldn't pick anything up. Then that's when I noticed that there's no way to exit the game that I'm aware of so I had to Alt-F4. Maybe that's because I was using a controller? I restarted the game and the text glitch happened again but I remembered about the cat so I was able to beat it really quick which was awesome! I'm assuming I beat it though because I smashed the clock, but the game froze and the text box was blank.

Anyway, I think the  game is a great idea! I love that it can be beaten in a minute once you've gathered all the info you need. Good luck on the rest of the jam!

Developer

thank you! Yes, I love Minit too! and I was trying so hard to differentiate this game from it as much as I can 😁

I feel the same way too, thank you. I plan on expanding this idea 😁

unfortunately, I've spent the entire day today trying to solve this bug but I still haven't figured out why it happens :/ the only way to get past it is  to restart the whole game (like turn it off and then back on again) as you did with Alt+F4

There's no way to pause or quit the game once you're inside (sorry) haha!

Actually once you've broken the clock if you take a closer look on what happens outside of the Inn, you might find something happening.

Thank you so much for the feedback! Yes, actually you can beat the game in multiple ways and at different times if you've gathered all the info!

Good luck to you too! πŸ˜„