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Sure I'll put my hat in the ring. What do I do to enter?

Very interesting prototype. I think a whole lot of interesting things can be done with this concept. It really sparks the imagination.

Cool game and nice character design. Had to play it a few times over to see how many hearts I could get.

Very calming and cathartic, and the art is really great. I feel like maybe I should wake up every morning and play this game.

Very interesting puzzle game. I had a lot of fun with it. Had to take a few breaks to stop from getting motion sick from all the spinning but I kept coming back to it. I love the simple but cute character as well.

A fun and very fast paced game. Although I like all the heavy story-based games in this jam, this was a nice change of pace to just shoot some darkness and show em who's boss.

Nice job. Very interesting messages with multiple stories going on at once. And they often come in the wrong order so it's very interesting to try to figure out the whole story of each character. Eventually the messages stopped showing up whenever I got a new packet even though I could keep flying around and getting new ones, the new message never appeared. I assume this is the end of the game when this happens.

Even though I have no children and so can't relate to this exact situation, the experience of looking for something specific and instead finding memories to relive is a very familiar one. The writing was so evocative as well that I could feel what this character is feeling. I played this over and over because I always felt like I needed to know what happened for every choice I didn't choose.

Every choice in this game felt so real from the very first one about waking up late and whether to even get out of bed. All the choices made me consider what I would do and how I was feeling. Except thankfully I don't go to that many funerals.

Simple and to the point, I like it. My highest score was 11403

I gave it one more try and managed to get to the end! As I mentioned before, I actually really like the music in this. The graphics also work well for getting across the point. The fact that you can get stuck and have to restart the game is a bit confusing, but I suppose it makes sense. I'm glad I went back and gave it one more shot and figured out how to finish it. Now I actually kind of like the fact that it's confusing and seems possibly like it's completely broken but if you keep trying over and over, you can find a way out.

Cool stream of consciousness experience. It felt very much like being inside a dream.

What a unique and interesting art style first of all. The art sets the mood for the game right off. It's very interesting how your choices affect the game and so seem so important. Yet in the end, it doesn't ultimately matter. Great experience.

Awesome. Great art and great story. Love the mystery of figuring out what's going on until it all comes together at the end.

Thanks for uploading the zip file instead. Now I was able to play it. I'm really impressed with the amount of work that went into this game. The graphics are great, and the music creates the perfect ambiance for it. In the end, you just have to die right? It seemed like everything was blocked and there was no way out.

Wow, very well done. Such a short game and yet accomplishes so much and portrays the emotion perfectly.

This is great, a nice simple game about your life. It is so true not every time in our life is eventful or exciting, but it's good to keep busy with hobbies and keep pushing forward to the future :-)

I like this game quite a lot. It shows me I'm not alone in how I feel and in the end it has a hopeful message. Maybe everyone always feels like this but they hide it so everyone thinks they're the only one.

I really like that the character's are just scattered pixels. I also like that I can just walk into the corner and look like part of the wall and pretend I don't exist, although I don't know if that functionality was intentional.

Hmm so it's running now, but I can't figure out anything to do. the character just keeps moving up until can't move up any more than can't do anything. It's hard to tell if this is intentional or if this game is even meant to be playable, it is called Brain Sludge after all. Maybe it's just supposed to be a confusing mess in which you can't do anything? I do like the music and the graphics though oddly enough. It's totally my style. I just don't know if this is supposed to be a playable game or not.

Thanks! I guess I should actually read the game pages instead of just clicking the download link from the jam page. I usually do, but I guess I didn't this time. :-D

This game struck a chord with me seriously. I don't know what happened to you, but the feelings here are so familiar to me. Thank you for making it. *wipes this damn tear from my cheek*

The install file throws an error and aborts. Something about "The volume has the wrong syntax" or something.

I love the variety of aspects you portray here. Is this game impossible to win? If so, I totally approve of that design decision. If not, well damn it's hard!

I liked this game. It was funny and made me smile. That balloon song is perfect for jumping up a long staircase.

I'm getting an error when I try to run this that says "Can't open vehicles file."

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It's in the forum, top level post. The text says "Delete topic" right next to the edit button, but it doesn't seem to delete the topic. It's still in my list of recent posts on my page. A window pops up and asks "Are you sure you want to delete this post?" I click ok but nothing at all seems to happen. Just checked again and it's still there in case it took some time to update or something.


PS deleting replies does seem to work since I just did it when I accidentally replied to myself just now instead of to you.

It's getting fairly close to time for the Adventure Game Challenge (a few months away), so I will post these suggestions again. I was told last time to post them when it gets closer to when I will need them.

I will put them in the order of most importance.

1. Back Bin - This is an area in which games are put that are disqualified from the jam because they did not follow the rules. Many jam organizers, including myself, don't want to wantonly toss games out of the jam entirely if they failed to follow one or more rules, but they should be excluded from the primary ranking system. It is unacceptable to me that games that didn't follow the rules can be ranked higher than those that did, even if the rule-breaking games are technically "better" games. On the other hand, people did work hard on those games, and it doesn't seem completely in the spirit of a game jam to just toss them out.

2. Awards - Right now there is a rating system that ranks games by voting criteria, but you can't single out games for specific awards. Example of awards might be a "judges choice" award for each of the judges or "smallest file size" award or any number of things a game could be recognized for that makes no sense to be a judging criteria.

3. Multiple Voting Systems - Each game could receive a community vote and ALSO a vote by the judges that are counted separately from each other. Both systems have their good and bad points, so why not be able to have both.

4. Weighted Criteria - The jam organizer can weight the criteria as to how much they will contribute to the overall ranking. If a jam is very story-focused, the organizer will want to weight the "story" and "characters" criteria higher than "graphics" and "sound." This can be done by having a multiplier for each criteria that defaults to 1.

5. Custom pages - Be able to add pages to the jam that have separate tabs across the top. Right now the jams are all on one page and if you have a lot of info, the description gets quite long-winded. Jam organizers should be able to add other pages to categorize the content.

6. Manuel Ranking - An additional ranking system is added which can be enabled and then ranks are entered manually by the jam organizer. The organizer gives each game a rank by hand based on either his sole discretion or any other way of judging that takes place off the site such as in-person discussion with the panel of judges.

I have tried multiple times to delete a post, but the link seems to be completely unfunctional. Nothing happens at all.

I already entered all my details. Why did I get an email about entering it again?

Unicorn Dungeon is now released!

https://stand-off-software.itch.io/unicorn-dungeon

Unicorn Dungeon is an absurdist comedy point & click adventure game set in the strange (and often silly) magical land of Artovya. Play as the brave(?) knight Sir Typhil as he attempts to secure a unicorn and return it to the castle!


The demo now has localization in German and Russian!

"PCs will eventually die and phones will take their place"

This is not the least bit true. Sure casual gamers are moving more and more to phones, but that's fine. The fact remains that no matter how fast or capable phones become, they will never be able to replace PCs, as a gaming platform or as a workstation. You just can't do any serious work (or do any serious gaming) on such a tiny screen with such a limited set of controls, and the size and controls of phones won't increase because that would make them unreasonably large.

So PCs aren't going anywhere. Sure the numbers of PC gamers will decrease, but those were just casual gamers anyway. The games they want to play are better suited to phones. Worst case, we eventually drop some day to only like 20% of people owning PCs, but that's actually more people than owned PCs in the late 80's, and PC games were still being made and sold and doing quite well in the 80's. PCs are not going away any time in our lifetime. And they are certainly never going away before something better than a phone comes along to replace them.

I've got the tutorial/demo for Unicorn Dungeon up for free, so give it a shot!

https://stand-off-software.itch.io/unicorn-dungeon-tutorial

Unicorn Dungeon is an upcoming absurdist comedy fantasy adventure game for Windows and Linux. It's been in development for about seven months now and will be released in May. Get a tastes of the game with this demo. The demo has no voice acting, but the game will on release!

Set in an environment rife with dry wit and off-the-wall humor, Unicorn Dungeon is the first in a series of six adventure games inspired by β€œabsurdist comedy” such as Monty Python and Firesign Theatre. The series chronicles the adventures the brave knight Sir Typhil on a quest to find a unicorn in order to be crowned king.





Where's the dislike button for this post? Why not make people add something to the URL to hide it instead? I can assure you the kids whining about seeing a number are in the extreme minority.

Would love if you'd play this game. It's not a horror or thriller, but it is a story-based game (hybrid adventure game and platformer)

https://stand-off-software.itch.io/youre-my-hero

Thanks!

I'd love for you to play this game if you want: https://stand-off-software.itch.io/youre-my-hero

Thanks!

The beta testing for Unicorn Dungeon will commence this coming weekend! (Jan 20th 2018) If you are interested in being a tester, let me know on Discord!

The Discord: discordapp.com/invite/fhrERYw

Keep in mind that what you will be testing will be a version lacking voice acting (you'll have to read a lot), and lacking in some polish, and probably has minor bugs. Although I do not expect any game-breaking bugs, they are theoretically possible, too. You will mainly be testing for overall game-play experience and sticking points, but also to weed out any remaining bugs as well.

Builds will be available for Windows and Linux, so you must have one of those two operating systems to participate.