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melancholerik

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Heyyy, sorry for the super late reply...and thanks for taking your time, playing and writing all this! <3 It really made me smile as I read it :)
Regarding the 'death screen' bit - what I wanted to achieve with that was letting players know that they're not off the hook, just because they died. I feel like in a majority of games, you either loose all your progress (roguelites, etc.), or too little of the progress. I wanted to make that risk high but erasing all your progress, but still give you a chance to fight against that. Also, I think it complements the whole 'you haven't done enough' idea. So yeah, those 5 seconds of mashing the X weren't supposed to be a nice, calming experience :D Basically, to let you know that if you've lost all your progress, it's all your fault...that kind of thing.

All that said, if I've learned anything from this game jam, it's that I really need to think about if what I think is obvious...is really obvious to anyone but me. Like, I realize there's a lot of things there, that aren't communicated very well...and I think this is one of them.

Now, I wanted to play your game and give you my thoughts on it (since this thread died off a bit), but I can't get it running. :(
Everytime I try, the error pops up saying some dll file is missing. Then it asks me to install some UE4 stuff, but that didn't help either, as it keeps throwing the same error at me, so... :/

Peldon:

I really liked your game. More than anything, I love that it's literally what the original Pippin's idea says. I guess there's a potential to make some really grim existential Twine game with that theme :D but I like your silly approach more.

I don't really have anything to criticize about it tbh. It was immidiately clear about what it wanted me to do, and even though it was a bit frustrating, it was fair (unlike some silly lol-so-broken-physics games), and weirdly, I felt really chill for those 4-5 minutes I played it.
I also like how the logo, font and the music go together and create this Stanley Parable-ish theme/atmosphere...it's almost ridiculous how little it takes sometimes, isn't it? :) OH and I love that stapler actually...staples. :D Took me a while to notice, but that sound is a nice little touch.

Overall - lovely :)

Here is my much less polished entry: https://melancholerik.itch.io/museum-avenue

I'm crying. This is brilliant. <3