hoping to slip in more parts of melbourne in my games as i make more...!
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i really appreciate you taking the time to clarify your previous comment, i definitely read it in a negative way (perhaps even more than you had intended). i now understand what you mean a lot more, thank you for this!
totally fair to feel that the game wasn't for you! it's a bit out there and admittedly deliberately written to be poetic and somewhat ambiguous.
i have a lot to learn still...
thank you mint, and i do wish you all the best also.
thank you for sharing this!
although the story i tell in this game is quite bittersweet, in real life i ended up moving to a city where a lot of my oldest tumblr friends lived and they’re now my irl friends!
it’s wild to think these are people i’ve known for a decade. because i moved around a lot i never had “lifelong” friends for the longest time, and the internet ended up becoming the constant.
there’s a lot of friends from the tumblr days that i dont talk to every day per se but we still keep in touch and chat when we feel like it. i really like those friendships too!
not all my internet friendships worked out, sometimes it was my fault and sometimes it wasnt. but i still cherish those times and they do mean so much to me.
i hope you take care, and that your lengthy friendship goes on for a while too :)
thanks for the feedback, ive been way too busy lately and this game is old enough to not be a priority BUT i’ll be looking into having a little start screen at the beginning instead of the black screen. tbh i made this during a jam with very little time and i didnt expect people to still be playing it now (i think more people have been playing this lately too?) which is why i didnt really think of adding that then.
next week i’ll look into adding a title screen to make it clearer that you have to press wasd or arrow keys to start the first dialogue. it says this in the description but i guess a black screen would make anyone think the game is not working!
weird to downvote when im trying to help but anyway, i wrote this in a comment above but if the game is unresponsive at first you can click into the game screen and then use WASD or arrow keys to move around/interact with things. hopefully it should work but do let me know if it doesnt!
added some extra instructions in the description because it might be unclear for people unfamiliar with bitsy. basically if the game is unresponsive you can click into the game screen and then use WASD or arrow keys to move around/interact with things. hopefully this should work but let me know if it doesnt!
hey! the hacks i used in this are:
- transparent sprites
- avatar by room
- dialog choices
- exit from dialog
i didn't use borksy this time but instead copied the hacks from sean's repo: https://github.com/seleb/bitsy-hacks
and used elkie's bitsy savior: https://aloelazoe.itch.io/bitsy-savior to patch them in. bitsy savior is great because you can update the game data of your game without having to copy the hacks again and again the way you would in the regular editor. and you get to test it in-browser too which is cool.
i added music with candle's tool: https://kool.tools/bitsy/tools/add-bitsy-audio/
and i also make art on aseprite on a 128x128 canvas first then convert it to rooms with max's tool pixsy. this makes the art making process a lot faster: https://ruin.itch.io/pixsy
feel free to download and look at the game files to see whats goin on in here too!
my friend reblogged this onto my tumblr dash and saw it was a bitsy game so i just had to play it...
fantastic work! particularly appreciate that you give the player an "exit" before proceeding into the darker parts of the story, it's really smart and kind of you.
thank you so much for sharing your experiences in such a personal way. i cheered a little bit when at the end you accepted to move to seattle lol.
i hope you're doing well.
thanks for the write-up! your interpretation of the story/its protagonist is is very interesting, i don’t think i ever thought of the story that way.
in my mind the protagonist isnt alone in the world (part of me even thinks they’re not alone in the spaceship either) and earth very much still exists, they’re just far away from everyone!
i like that the background part of this game is vague enough that different people can interpret it in different ways, it’s really cool.
thanks for the appreciation. would you be okay editing your comment a little bit? i don't really appreciate random mentions of/making light of sexual assault in my comments, even if that's not the intention. cheers!
thanks so much! finally got around to watching this video, your commentary is good! also when the character tripped and fell, they're absolutely not supposed to do that. i laughed so hard when that happened because i didn't even think you could go back after falling! might fix it, might also keep it in because it's funny...
that's fair! just made a downloadable version available :)
it's really just a html page and the music file, but it should work fine in any browsers offline. let me know if you encounter any issues!
the sprites were actually blue when i started making the game but i changed it because it didn’t stand out against the background. all the sprites are the same colour because that’s how Bitsy works! also this isn’t a jam game!
haha i dont know if i'd be able to pull off long form games in bitsy! but for a longer experience in bitsy, may i suggest the game Redlander https://sunspider.itch.io/redlander which is currently in development... it's very good and seeing sneak peeks to its development is an absolute delight!