Thank you! Glad you enjoyed the game :)
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Thank you, I'm glad you're enjoying the game! My inspiration for making this were games like Myst and Riven (as I'm sure that's pretty obvious). But wow, it is so hard to make these kind of games because rendering out all the different frames to account for what the player is allowed to do. I'll let Robyn Miller explain the process for what they had to go through for Riven: Making of Riven
My other game, Discolored, I made in full 3D and it was an easier experience. In that game I still managed to add a "Point-and-Click" mode in the final game to try and give people that classic first-person adventure experience. :)
Fun fact: there are over 800 rendered frames in The Search that make up the graphics!
Hi, glad you enjoyed the demo! The full game actually has compatibility for more gamepads. I haven't updated the demo for quite a while. Other gamepads that didn't work in the demo now work in the full game.
Also I am working on an update for the full game where you will also be able to use point-and-click movement to navigate, very similar to The Search. It might be another week or so before that update goes live though.
Either way, if the gamepad doesn't work you could wait until the update for the point and click movement. You could refund the game too if none of that works. ;-)
Hey thanks for taking the time to play the demo, glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, sorry about the copyright claim. I actually bought a license on Musicbed to use it in the game, but unfortunately it will still get tagged if you want to monetize videos.
Hey Matt, thanks for playing and leaving a comment. Your game looks cool! Going analog for your sets instead of purely digital seems like a daunting task, but I've seen other examples of people doing this with success.
As for my process, a lot of my inspirations for this game were examples of using only what is essential. For example, in the game "Limbo" there isn't any color most of the art is just light and shadow and a focus on silouettes. For my previous game, "The Search" I went crazy with detail everywhere and while it was fun and I felt it turned out well artistically, I felt it made me lose focus on the gameplay and puzzles. This kind of detail is fine if you're a AAA studio with a lot of time and cash but I'm just a solo dev so I have to be more focused in my efforts. Traditional artists like John Register and Edward Hopper were inspirations for the art style of Discolored. Especially if you look at Register's work, again mostly light and shadow doing the work, simple shapes and use of color. There are other games that do this as well like The Witness. I could go on and maybe I'll write a blog post about it later. :)
As for my tools, I kept everything digital. Using Unity for the engine, 3ds Max for modeling and lighting with Vray to render out lightmaps because I don't like Unity's current lighting system. Also using a few plugins in Unity for functionality like Playmaker, Rewired, and Adventure Creator.
Anyway, hope that was helpful and best of luck with your game!
Hey, thanks for taking the time to sign up, comment, and for playing the demo! I kind of felt the same way about the music here. It can get repetitive, but it's not too distracting. However, I am doing something different with the music in the final game so it evolves along with the visuals as the puzzles are solved, and hopefully in this way too it won't get so repetitive.
Thank you! Yes, in the full version there is more of a story in there. I'm trying to keep the text I use to a minimum, to stay with the minimal theme, so there will be more showing than telling when it comes to the story. :)
Sorry you ran into performance issues. I admit the demo isn't as optimized as it could be and the UI elements need adjusting for different resolutions too. I plan to address this in the final game (and hopefully in the demo too, time permitting) :)
Thanks! Yes, I'm going for a minimal aesthetic with this game, trying not to explain too much (which I understand could be frustrating for some), but glad you were able to figure things out. :)
PLAY THE FREE DEMO! https://jasongodbey.itch.io/discolored-demo
A lonely roadside diner in the middle of the desert. The locals say it’s lost all its color. You are sent to investigate.
Discolored is a strange and surreal puzzle adventure, taking place in a single desolate location. Your mission: restore the color to this once-vibrant world. What caused the colors to disappear? How can they be brought back? As you explore, you'll solve an array of inventive puzzles and uncover a selection of clues - leading you to discover the deeper secrets of this strange place at the end of an abandoned highway.
- First-person exploration fused with intricate and inventive puzzle-solving
- A single environment that changes and expands as you play
- A striking, pared-back aesthetic, with a beautiful haunting soundtrack
- Can be played through in a single sitting
About the Demo: some people have reported bugs while playing, so you may run into some yourself. These will be addressed in the final game. Some people have stated they want more hints and guidance in the game, however some people said they loved the challenge. I am planning to balance this in some way in the final game, maybe through an optional hint system, but still keeping the challenge there for people who want it. The demo is about 20% of the full game.