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bastardvinegar

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This seems like a very interesting game but the walking sound effect gives me a headache :( would it be possible to add a settings menu to turn it off/make it quieter?

Hey I have been playing through again. Honestly I kinda miss the music just a little bit (it was a /little/ annoying. maybe just use something that goes on a little bit longer before it loops?) Sorry to bother you with another bug, but now in the giraffe level, on the second giraffe - the one that can actually move - I can't get it to jump high enough to get over that little ledge. Thanks! 

This game is so cute! I love the art style and the gameplay, but there are a few weird bug that happen. Like occasionally I'll grab an object and then it just flies around in really fast circles and drops to the ground and gives me a game over. I also couldn't get any placement to accept the ship. 

I noticed there's no audio right now, but if you wanted to add some, I'm willing to bet there's some royalty free baroque music or something you could put in easily and it would fit the time period :) 

I really enjoyed everything about this game except for how hard it is to navigate around the map. I had my brightness turned up to max but it was still like just clicking in the dark hoping there was a wall there. Maybe that's what you were going for idk, but guesswork isn't really a fun game mechanic just in my opinion. I wish the walls contrasted just a little more against the background and/or the flashlight-esque lighting around the biomass was a little bigger and brighter. I'm a big fan of the rest of the graphical style though.

This is a really cute game. I find the graphics pretty charming. Sometimes, the music stops randomly and the game is completely silent. It's very easy to get the main character model stuck on their side and kinda frustrating to have to right them again, not sure if that's what you were going for. I at one point got completely stuck and couldn't continue after falling off the back of the map. There are a good few typos in the text, and the font it's in directly over the game makes it kinda hard to read / unattractive. I wonder if you might try putting it in a text box / using a pixelly font to go with the game's graphics? 

All in all, a cute game with a neat concept. It just has a couple of bugs that need to be worked out for it to reach its full potential :)

Let me first say that I enjoyed this game a lot. I think the art style is pleasant and the concept of it as a whole and the story of it are quite interesting. All in all, I'd like to see this game expanded upon. I wonder if you would ever have any interest in working on this game any further, as I think it has great potential to be made longer or have content added to it.

I think there are several aspects of your medium, a pixel rpg-style game, that could be further capitalized on to tell this story. As a game, Momoka felt a little text heavy, and a bit more like a visual novel with a movable character. One idea is that you could lean in a bit heavier to the visual novel aspect and perhaps add larger and more dynamic character art during dialogue. Otherwise, I find there to be a lot that could be expressed more visually. Something you hear a lot in writing classes is to "show, not tell," and while I think as a piece of writing, your imagery does a fine job at these, the medium which you've selected gives you a much more direct method to show the players what's going on. For instance, at times, a character will go into a room, and instead of showing that room on screen, there is just a black screen with text. If you were to ever update this game and make into a larger project, the player could enter the room and then examine various objects to find the same text / trigger events. I think there's good potential for corpse party-style still images to be added behind text during a lot of the cutscenes of text in this game.  (I am not suggesting you depict the sexual content - I very much appreciated not having to see that at all.)

The story was very interesting, though it sort of felt as though all of the exposition is thrown at the player at once when they read Sister Keiko's notes. It struck me as a bit odd that she would have left notes around explaining exactly what was going on in a place that they were unlikely to be found by anyone who didn't already know what was happening and would have a vested interest in finding Keiko and doing away with her. I think the notes idea is altogether solid, but perhaps the backstory could unfold more slowly and more subtly; the notes the player can find could be written more like journal entries. If she were to write them just for herself, she probably wouldn't just go out and say everything exactly how it is, as in she wouldn't be explaining to herself things she already knows. Readers/players love when they feel like they've pieced the mystery together themselves from vague information, even if it's still kinda obvious through the vague details. This also lends an opportunity for multiple endings based on how much information the player finds out. (Spoilers here, but: maybe there's a bad ending from not finding out accurately how to defeat the monster. the epilogue could be different based on whether or not Momoka finds out that she's the clone.)

Overall, the narrative path of this game is very straightforward (escape, find the notes, they lead you to the woman who can help, she takes you to where you can defeat the Big Bad) when I feel as though you have several opportunities for twists and turns - things that tell the player "oh actually it's not just that easy," and contribute to the hopeless atmosphere of the story. One of the first lessons of the game is "the story we've been told is actually a lie used to take advantage of us," and I think you have great potential to run with that as a theme. Reading the note about what's really going on you believe immediately which leads you into the arms of Sister Keiko, who as I personally played, I found myself distrusting because I thought it couldn't possibly be that simple that I had found the only nun that doesn't want to kill me. Especially with the dialogue from the other sister, that they were "only trying to protect" the girls, I figured the twist would be that Sister Keiko was the one truly under control of the monster, perhaps having run out of alcohol up in the attic, and that the horrid things done by the other sisters was somehow a better fate than what could have happened. When she told the girls to have another shot just in case, I thought to myself "This can't be good. She wants to get them drunk for some other reason." I think that the tone of this story would be very well suited by betrayal, and in fact, there are several parts that seem to already foreshadow it.

All in all, I liked this game. When I give such specific examples, I in no way mean to tell you how to write your own game. I'm not asking you to use any of these ideas. I just want to give insight into my thought process as a player, and perhaps give you a jumping off point to brainstorm and expand. This was an enjoyable experience, and it felt like playing a great demo for a great longer game.