This is one of the best-feeling games I have ever played, thanks to the great controls. Everything feels just like it should. The art and music are also really good, establishing an atmospheric mood. Good luck, would definitely buy!
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Any chance of a downloadable Windows version? I hate to be a pain, but I don't have a permanent internet connection or PICO-8. According to another developer, a click of a menu option is all that's needed.
Judging by the devlog, I'm assuming you guys will be quite opposed to this, but are you planning to release a downloadable version? I don't have an permanent internet connection, but this game looks really sweet and I just decided to ask about it.
Um, did you really have to take the other games down, though? I know they're not really "down", but they are still great VNs that deserve some visibility. Couldn't you just update the READMEs and sites to have a notice about how the world has changed substantially in your latest game? There are lots of people (including me) who would (and do) love those games, while not being interested in this at all. Just a suggestion.
EDIT: Or maybe put some kind of splash screen that has a disclaimer, I don't know. All, I know is, I've seen people retcon certain things about their game worlds before, and they almost never just outright remove their previous games from public view.
I'm running windows 10, and after I installed the engine, when I try to open it, it just shows the "waiting" mouse cursor for a few seconds, and then nothing. It's like I didn't even try to open it. Are there any prerequisites for Qt or something? When I'm connected to the Internet it says my updater is expired, but I just installed it yesterday. Offline there's nothing. Has anyone else had this problem?
Would it be possible to post a downloadable version of the manual every so often, or have one autogenerated and posted here? This sounds like a great tool; however, I don't have constant Internet access, and the online manual being split into parts means that I can't save the whole thing using this stupid Edge "reading list" thing. Though I guess just having a "printer friendly" version or something would also help.
I played this a while ago, and I love it. Most of the time I expect zombies to be used as a crutch for crappy writing and\or art design, but this is fricking beautiful. I cried, laughed, and smiled a small distance when I reached the end(s). You did a wonderful job, and told a short, but beautiful story. More power to you!
Whoops! I feel a bit foolish as I actually found the save room in question, then forgot! Sorry about that. BTW, was there any specific tool used to create the GB-style graphics? I'm using Monochrome Spriter currently (Page), but am interested in learning about a variety of tools before I begin a project. Nice game:)
This game takes what is good about the Metroidvania genre, and compresses it into a fun, humorous sample of the genre. A small, but fun game. However, I failed quite a few times to the Boxbot while learning its attack patterns, and thus had to watch the one cutscene more than three times. A way to skip previously scene cutscenes, or maybe another checkpoint near the boss battle would be nice.
It's not often you see a NES homebrew here on Itch. And a "visual novel"/adventure combo? Yippee! I'm not sure I'll finish, but they put some solid work into it. Was a little startled by the "God damn it" (Not sure kid ecowarriors who eat Lucky Charms and live in the 80s would say that, but then, I wasn't breathing yet then, so I don't know.) Has some thought-provoking messages about environmental care, and some humorous culture references, and is worth playing for those reasons. I'm a bit curious about what software was used to assemble this. Probably NES Maker or something like that.
I tried this game a little, and it seems fun! Are there any plans to produce an offline version? From what I understand, an executable can easily be exported using PICO-8, and I would really like to play this game in more detail. Granted, there is a .p8, but there doesn't seem to be an official way to play PICO-8 cartridges offline without the development software, and none of the open-source PICO-8 emulators seem to be completed yet. Thanks for reading!
Well! An engine that makes IF-like games that are actually choice-based! I have had an insanely hard time finding something that generates simple Pick-A-Path type gameplay, as opposed to traditional IF or RPG gamebooks. Nothing wrong with traditional IF; I dabble in that too, but for a first outing this looks to be more my style. Also, the old-school graphics make it sound even better:)
A couple of questions, though:
1. There is a .bat file in the folder. Does this mean the engine and/or games run in MS-DOS? That would be AWESOME!
2. Is it technically possible to make something with multiple endings with this? A nice bonus, but not necessary.
Thanks for the tool, and sorry about all the skipped lines that artificially lengthened this comment. Whenever I try to indent, Itch skips a line for some reason.
I have a question. This game runs in a Windows executable format. Can you tell me how you made it into an executable? I ask only because I have seen several PICO-8 carts available as .PNG files, but I have no idea how to play them offline. I consider it more convenient to play offline because I only venture out to the library once a week. For a fantasy console about sharing small games, as said on their website, they seem remarkably closed off. There is no official "player" software, which I am thinking of contacting them about soon. In the meantime, though, can you help me out? (Sorry about that long-winded complaint. Game is pretty fascinating, and demonstrates that PICO-8 can create more than endless roguelikes and Mario clones, no offense to either, 'cause they are usually okay.)
HEY! I asked for help on Dolphin Island 2, but no one is answering. I wasn't sure how to contact you, as no e-mail address was listed, and I don't know what LinkedIn is, or if it is appropriate for this sort of query. Anyway, PLEASE go check out my comment and see if you can help me?!
I followed IndieOverlook's links here, and saw your notice above. My main computer at the moment is pretty old (Windows XP) and I'm not sure if it would be compatible with a new build. Would it be possible for you to send me a copy of the old version? My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for reading!
Sorry about that. I feel a bit hasty now. I run into a lot of abandoned indie games and homebrews whilst searching for obscure gems, so I guess I jumped to conclusions. Also was feeling pessimistic because of said abandoned projects. I should probably spend more time among indie games that are flourishing brightly, but very frequently, I don't like them for some reason or another. In any case, thanks for replying, and good luck to you!
One question. I downloaded a (demo? early version of full game?) of this a few days ago. I come back to check up on updates, and the downloadable is suddenly gone, and the itch page makes it sound as though none existed so far. Maybe I'm being nitpicky, but I have the former version of the page up in archive.org's Wayback Machine, and it definitely makes it sound like the game was an early version that would get better/more complete, whereas this one makes it sound like you're only in the earliest stages of development. The only indication a demo was ever released is the "Released" status under "More information". Why would you want to pull a demo (the best sort of advertisement, at least to people like me) that can show people where the game is and where it could go? It seems to me (based on your increased emphasis on the "Donate" buttons, and the tons of stuff available to Patrons) that you got tired of people not donating, and decided to redo the page in order to make it look like a hot upcoming game, as opposed to a game that was already in an early state, but needed more money to complete. (In certain venues I hang around, the road to prosperity is paved with the bones of partially-completed games that were genuinely good, but that no one cared about.) I just wanna let you know, there are people out there who care about good games. Don't feel too upset about those who only care about flashy new "major" indie games, but don't care about the movement's small roots. I'm afraid I can't donate, but I'm rooting for you all the way!
Please excuse me if I'm reading into this too much, or if it's none of my business. I just thought that you might need a word of encouragement, and ecided to go against my better judgement, which was to ignore. The world of games, even indies, is full of problems, and I'd rather try to help than create more by not caring like many others. Again, I apologize if I am overstepping my boundaries.
That certainly makes sense. Reminds me of certain dungeon crawling text adventures, especially with the Wrong Turn bits. The art and battles against unusual enemies remind me of Earthbound, in a way.
Wow... Okay, I'm actually a little speechless. This is GREAT! I thought this would just be some crappy FNAF fangame, but it's actually pretty good (and also original). I seriously got into this game's lore and gameplay before it ended and I remembered it's a demo. BTW, what's a CRPG? I'm sorry I can't contribute, but if I could, you can bet this is one thing I'd be donating to so I could see it completed. Keep up the great work.
Yeah, something like this is what I'm talking about. As you say, though, there would be difficulty determining which money expires when. Say I have two dollars, one I got a month ago, and one a week ago. Not so difficult, right? Now make that two sets of fifty dollars. If multiple people did this, it could be hard for a small group like Itch to handle well. So, I have an idea. How about only making the wallet available to those who make below a certain amount per certain amount of time? I'm not sure what monetary and chronological amounts would be best, though. Any suggestions? Or, maybe make it available just to people who specifically ask, like the bank deposit. This could possibly prevent overruse of the system, by limiting it to those who actually need it, as opposed to simply giving everyone the ability.
Thanks for trying to help. I realize that this feature will probably not be implemented for various reasons; It would be nice, but it might not be possible for Itch at this time. However, an official answer would be great; we would finally have the admins' perspective on the whole matter. Again, thanks for trying to help.
Thank you. You pretty much hit the nail on the head regarding my financial position. As to Itch's hesitation, it's very understandable. I may have been a bit too pushy; it's easy to forget that Itch is small, when they host what seems like thousands of games
Thank you for providing a little info that I didn't find in my research. I had thought Gamejolt operated the same way, but that "We handle all taxes including VAT" bit on their site was a mite misleading; I clearly misunderstood it. Thank you for commenting.
Okay. I'm getting a little tired of this. It's been a month, and no one has answered my question about whether a wallet feature will exist someday. I gave my reasons why I am in favor of one, and no one answered. No one even gave me good reasons why it shouldn't exist. I don't like doing this, as it seems like cheating, but I asked for answers, and NO ONE helped out. Let's face it, PayPal sucks, and there's chaos over what to do about it. This could be tested for a short time, similar to the bank account direct transfer, and could help fix the PayPal problem a little. Has Itch.io even tried it? I went and poured rational arguments, and my emotions over what I considered to be a problem, into my post, and NO ONE CARED.
My original post:
I think there should be a wallet feature that allows you to directly use money you have from your game sales to purchase stuff on Itch.io.
I am 16, I have no credit card or bank account. So, no, I cannot send funds to either of these. I also develop games alone, and hope to someday purchase tools to help me make better ones.
I don't get why everyone's like "That's not important enough to add," etc, etc. This site is open to anyone above the age of 13. Didn't anyone think that the PayPal requirement might make it hard for developers who are too young to get a credit card to get new materials, many of which are right here on Itch?
Firecat said something like this might be incompatible with credit cards, PayPal, etcetera. Okay, how about having it as an optional alternative.
Please comment with opinions, ideas on other ways to do this, and anything I haven't thought about. And if any Itch staff read this, please consider what I'm saying. I'd really consider it a boon if this could be added.
EDIT: Just looked up GameJolt, which uses a system similar to what I describe. Their system is exactly identical to the Itch payout system, except you can use funds to purchase stuff. The two systems are so similar that I'm not sure why Itch hasn't at least given it a try yet. And firecat also said it might be illegal. I've looked into VAT and other taxes. Gamejolt collects it in a very similar way to Itch, and no problems for them. If you see this, firecat, I want you to give me examples. I don't think there are any laws that would make this illegal.
End original post.
I realize now that having a wallet as an optional alternative to all other systems isn't feasible, but seriously, it really is almost identical to the current holding-then-payout system; you just can't go ahead and use funds.
Other people have asked about something like this, and they, too, have been studiously ignored. For them and for me, I respectfully ask for your comments. People being ignored categorically like this on the forums is a real problem, and it doesn't do Itch any favors. I want answers. Please help me out here. Also, please excuse me if the feedback tag isn't appropriate for something like this. I wasn't quite sure, but this is a sort of feedback. The tag might be more intended for design problems, though.
When I launch the game, a DOS shell window pops up, then a game window, then a "Dolphin Island 2 needs to close" type error message. Is this supposed to happen? Can I fix it somehow? I'm using the 32-bit version. Also, (I know this is a stupid question) but DOSbox wouldn't be of any help here, right?