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Just three chimes to the night: will you find a way out of this nightmare, before it's too late? 
Beware... Their eyes are on you.

Their Eyes is a short horror game, chiseled in retro style pixelart and imbued in an unsettling lovecraftian atmosphere, with an emphasis on exploration, lore, action, and survival.
It is meant be played in a single session, lasting 15 to 30 minutes.
Expect secret areas and multiple endings, but be also prepared to die several times: it can be quite unforgiving at the beginning - or so they say.

Please take into account that this is my first attempt to game making: any constructive criticism will be therefore highly appreciated.
I started studying GML one year before releasing this game, with no prior experience in coding. Their Eyes was developed over five months of (pretty) hard work, and I'm still not 100% sure than every bug has been properly fixed. This is to say that any glitch/typo report will be also appreciated! :D

Thank you for your time! :)
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The font used in the game is the beautiful m5x7 by Daniel Linssen.

= MAIN CONTROLS ========================================
(just in case you need a recap, since they are also explained during the game)

> Keyboard & mouse:
   - WASD or ARROWS to move
   - SHIFT to sprint
   - SPACE / E to talk/interact
   - RIGHT MOUSE to aim
   - LEFT MOUSE while aiming to shoot
   - MIDDLE MOUSE / CTRL while aiming to reload
   - P to pause the game and check your inventory
   - BACKSPACE to restart the game
   - ESC to quit

> Gamepad (PS/XBOX):
   - RIGHT STICK to move
   - CIRCLE/B to sprint
   - X/A to talk/interact
   - LEFT TRIGGER to aim
   - RIGHT TRIGGER while aiming to shoot
   - SQUARE/X while aiming to reload
   - OPTIONS/START to pause the game and check your inventory
   - BACKSPACE to restart the game
   - ESC to quit

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I didn't get to finish it yet but definitely plan to soon! I love these kinds of games and this one is no different! It's hard yet fun to play. The characters seem well thought out and I enjoyed talking to each one. The environment felt well made and it seemed like each place had a purpose. I do wish I didn't have to start over once dead, however, maybe I haven't played long enough to find a save point. Overall, I really enjoyed this game and definitely recommend it! I made a video of this game where I go into more detail about the game as well. If you enjoyed what you watched, please do consider subscribing, but it's up to you! Thanks again!

Your game is at 30:10 :)

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Thank you man!
I finally watched the video. :) But why on earth are you shooting to everything that comes within range? :D
As a general tip, npcs and journals can provide you valuable informations on how to deal with enemies and deal with things in general.

I noticed that you are playing an outdated version (1.1.3); if you really decide to come back to my game I'd warmly recommend to download the latest one. Even if there is no actual check-point system, the way how a certain item works from version 1.1.4 on does a great difference in terms of starting over.

Wow, this is impressive how long did it take to make?

From the end of February to the end of July; although, in fact, I kept working on frequent updates and bugfixes in the following weeks.
(It would probably have taken just a couple of months to a more experienced programmer!)

I'm glad you appreciate my efforts, by the way. :)

Hello! I haven't played Their Eyes yet but I'm already hooked on the style and gameplay.I was wondering if you were allowing let's players on YouTube to do a first-time playthrough, and if so, then I'd love to make a video of it.

Well, I would allow that - and very willingly indeed!
Can't wait to watch the video, now. :D

Just be sure you download the latest version (1.1.4), of course!

okay will do! Thank you! :D

I can't wait to play it. I'll be sure to let you know when it's up.

Thanks a lot!
I appreciate it. :)

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yes! i finally beat the game after a buncha days! i'll probably come back to get another ending : )

Also, incredible job! i really wanna see what ur future games and stuff are gonna be like bc ur first one was great! once u know what to do and stuff it's no TOO hard

the enemies are pretty cool as well

Thanks a lot! :)
I am so glad you liked it, and I really hope you'll give it another try... You have three more ending to discover! :D

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yep, i definitely will come back to get more endings : )

i've gotten 2 endings now and i have absolutely no idea on how to get a different ending, is it ok if you tell me or at least give me a good hint?

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Ok, I'll try to give some hints without revealing too much! :D

Basically, the alien coins are the key for three out of four endings.

Apart from the "normal" ending where you escape through the well, you can leave after collecting all of the coins; or access (thanks to them) an otherwise inaccessible place, where you will face, uhm, someone.
At that point, you will have two more options on how to end your quest: one blatant, the other one more... creative! :D

Hope this will help. ;)

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cool thanks a bunch i think i understand how to get another ending now, also does dying by night time count as an ending? you said you need those coins for 3 out of 4 of the endings so i guess not

update: i now have only one more ending to go, i've got the well/normal ending, the other well ending, not really sure what the endings are called but i also got that ending where you choose the left staircase

Nice job!

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Thank you! :) Glad you like it!

How did you get featured on itch I was just wondering!

No wonder you got featured because this game is so well featured with so many quality of life improvements like button overlays and screen shake. All these combine to make an awesome game! Well done.

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Thanks! :)

To be honest, I didn't do anything special in order to get featured. I mean, one day I just woke up and found my game in the featured list.
(And took a screenshot, of course, as a souvenir of my "fifteen minutes of fame" :D)
But I have no idea of the algorithm that led to this.

actually their eyes is featured now or maybe ie just for me since I follow you but either way it's cool! Make sure to check out future games musket fish funding bundle there are 11 or 12 games for just $2 and total value is like $7! So check it out! Thanks so much.

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Sure, I will! :)

thank you so much that would be awesome! Just know you don't have too!

Didn't quite beat it, but very interesting. I absolutely loved the atmosphere and the designs for the creatures. The main thing I disliked so far was that I would press E to continue the dialogue for the characters, but they'd just wrap back around to what they'd say at the beginning, but that's just a nitpick. Also, I got stuck on trees a lot when running from monsters. It's a good game all in all. I plan on playing and finishing this in the future.

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Thank you for playing my game - and making a video too!
It's always instructive to watch how different players approach the same problems. 
It helps me to understand where I could have done better.
First of all, key bindings should have been explained more clearly, and maybe remain accessible during the gameplay: for example, at some point you were middle clicking (apparently) without outcome; but that's just because the rifle was already loaded, actually. :D

Yes, dialogues start again after few lines: but there's alway something emphasizing the moment when they wrap around (most characters say "Anyway..."). Moreover, they change over time: if you talk to the same character after a while, it is absolutely possible that they tell you different things.

I learned quite a lot from this first game: above all, what mistakes avoid in the future! :)

Yeah I realized I had ammo in the gun while editing, but by that point it was too late lol. I didn't realize because I had picked up ammo so in the top right all of the ammo slots were full, so I thought the gun was empty. I also thought for some reason the gun unloaded itself when I stopped aiming, I don't know where I got that idea, that's on me.

I didn't realize that the people said different things if you talk to them enough, but I hadn't played long, and I just assumed they looped back around so I stopped talking to them. I hope to play soon, but I'm a bit busy unfortunately. Like I said though, good game. I hope to see more from you.

Well, I have to say that a self-unloading rifle would have been a really tough, yet funny, mechanic!
I am not so cruel! :D
(I could add a comment or something to help people understand as they try to load a loaded rifle; at least the first time...)

Btw, thanks again.
I hope to see more from me too! :)

i haven't gotten far but i really liking this. good job with your first game, the atmosphere is great and dreary. the art is good and I love the aesthetics, gameplay is unique, not like what i've seen before. though i like that death has consequences, something lacking in most horror games, i feel like a checkpoint system would be better then just a straight boot to the start. just spread them thinly. also some the the hitboxes are wonky, like with that fly spitter thing in area two. also when im in my inventory and i press "t" the entire game crashes, but thats all the negatives i have to say with this gem of a game

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I'm really glad that you are playing and enjoying my game. :)

Yeah, a checkpoint system would have been most likely preferable. Problem is that, as an inexperienced dev, I waited too long before implementing it: and that was a huge mistake. A saving system is something that you should plan in advance, as I found out, and adding it to the code at this stage is beyond my abilities.
To be fair, adding anything to my code is a pain, at this stage.
I developed the game without plans, putting things in as they came to mind; and the result is that, at this point, I have a pretty big and very convoluted code, extremely hard to edit without messing everything up. :/
Next time, the checkpoint system will be at the top of the to-do list!

Hitboxes are, in general, a little smaller than the creature they belong to but decently accurate. I guess.
The issue that you may have incurred with the spitter thing is not related to the hitbox itself, rather to the cooldown before it becomes vulnerable again; an unusually long cooldown, inelegant solution to allow it to unleash its attacks without giving it too many hitpoints.
Hope to find a better solution soon.

Darn it, you're are right! D:
I forgot to disable the "T" key while the game is paused, which would inevitably result in a crash.
You will find this bug fixed in version 1.1.4.

Thanks a lot for your feedback! :)

I just bought it now and played for a bit. Great game and very atmospheric! Unfortunately life is short and free time shorter, and with no checkpoint/save to keep me from losing progress and having to repeat and repeat, I can't really play it anymore. However I think it's a great effort (certainly more than I could do :-) ) and I will keep an eye out for more games from you!

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Thanks a lot, man! I'll do my best not to disappoint your expectations... Also with regard to the checkpoint system. :)

Btw, I'm pretty sure that you could play my game just one run per day and get better and better sooner than you think.
You'll tell me if I'm right!
After all, my game way shorter than some missions in GTA San Andreas, that you are forced to play from beginning to end without saving! :D

very cool game

Thank you, Aurrour!
I hope you are enjoying the latest version (1.1.3) released few hours ago. :)

As of writting this i just got the true ending and i've been playing this game for like 6 hours lol, i tried making this summary of what i think to be good and bad (also this review has a bunch of spoilers for anyone who wants to play):


cool stuff:

-exploration: Really enjoyed discovering the world in the start, i believe this comes naturally in games with good world-building.

-replayability: starting from zero isn't that hard and you can progress pretty quickly, making doing more runs to test different scenarios and get other endings pretty easy.

-art direction: "An usettling adventure" is a good way to put it indeed, the cartoony MS-DOS style works with the eery story and world to give the impression of a much more adventurous FAITH.

-helpful failstates: If you die doing something wrong you get hints at what was wrong, these can also help you getting some endings.

-dialogue options/writting: This is probably what i most spent my time and runs on, just trying different scenarios to see how the NPCs respond, i wouldn't have done this if there weren't as many different scenarios so i really like this attention to detail.


less-cool stuff: 

-wish there was more dialogue for some characters

-couldn't find top left and bottom right inventory items, are they not yet added?

-there is no reason for killing the ghost or the shadow priest because nothing changes and you get nothing

-the night timer is a bit too long, i feel as if it could be more of a barrier at the start of them game. Unless you're activelly taking breaks there's always enough time.

 These is hardly a problem because they likely are due to
 the game still being in development or so i think.


bugs:

-enemy pathtracking (most noticeably on bosses) and the cat's fallout 3 companion ability to block your path, maybe remove his collision with the player.

-bosses sometimes get stuck in trees, like the ancient tree when chasing you and the fire titan when wandering around.

-if you go back to the old lady's house during the end sequence, the wall she puts up for the monsters doesn't go down and you're forced to restart, this really sucks because if you want to see the dialogue you have to throw the run.


 The game has some pretty great writting and functions surprisingly well for it supposedly being your first, i hope to see more from you in the future, thanks for putting it out and good luck on game-dev.

Ok, there's quite a few point to answer! :D

I'll leapfrog the cool stuff section with a big smile and a heartfelt thanks.

-Dialogues with NPCs: I'm glad you've appreciated the dialogues, I was worried I'd put in too much chatter for an action-ish game! It's true that some characters have just few lines, but that was only because I thought that their location wasn't suitable for a longer conversation.
I'll see if I should add few more dialogues.

-The four corner slots are for temporary or consumable items, like the gate key or the medikit. This explains why you didn't see the corresponding items in the inventory, even if you likely found them.

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-There is no reason to kill the ghost, actually. Since the ghost is set free by the death of the old lady, and I didn't mean to encourage the player to kill her (even if I gave him the free will to do that), the pentagram was intended just as an extreme measure to prevent the ghost from haunting the village forever. If all this sounds a little convoluted it's because (maybe) it is.
Conversely, you do get something in exchange for killing the shadow priest; although I'm not sure which character you're referring to. If you mean the former Lockwood priest, killing him makes the fire giant considerably weaker (even if the feedback is perhaps unclear: I'll work on this, thanks!).
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-That's interesting. I never thought of the night timer as an actual barrier, probably because I'm not a fan of timed games: its original purpose was only to prevent the player from wasting time and roaming in circles. This is why I set the timer on a generous period of 30 minutes, which is way more than enough to complete the game.
I could probably change that.
Without making the game frantic, of course: just a little more dynamic... Thank you again!

Here come the bugs. :D

-I'm not sure I'm able to implement a better pathfinding system, yet (I'm studying every day, but there's a lot of stuff to learn!). What I can do, is slightly redesign the scenarios in order to make them "smoother" in terms of pathfinding. I've already adjusted the forest (I'm assuming you've played the last version, 1.1.2 - right?), although I can certainly do better. The wastelands are mostly open, so I didn't expect the giant to get stuck; I'll check it out, too.

-Yeah, I hate the cat blocking the way (as I hated the dog in Fallout :D). I'm currently implementing a new system to make selective collisions, so that should be fixed soon!

[MINOR SPOILER AHEAD]
-Darn man, you are right! The barrier could be a serious issue in the final part. My bad, I didn't think of that! I'm gonna fix it as soon as possible.
[MINOR SPOILER ENDED]

In conclusion, I'm truly grateful for your time.
Expect a version 1.1.3 soon, (also) improved thanks to your constructive criticism! :)

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Glad you can take feedback and providing it is the least i could do.

thought the same about the pathtracking, in the city structures are simple, enemies have no problem following you, but in the forest were each tree has a gap, they end up making a weird conclusion and get stuck.

Also i'd like to mention this game is the first time i've heard the word "obliquely", actually had to look it up so i could understand what the phrase meant lol.

Ha ha ha
Ok, maybe it's time to find a synonym! :D

(Yeah, I definitely regret making the forest so uneven for purely aesthetic reasons!)

As promised, I finished the game! (and on the latest version, too) I said it before but you've done such a wonderful job, I'm in awe. I do feel like the night timer maybe should have been shorter — it just never felt like a threat, and I don't recall ever being in danger of running out. Still, I love the world that you've built and hope you continue it in some form!

Wow! Can't wait to watch the video!
I'll check back to you as soon as I find the time. :)

Ok, that was another great video.
I always find your playthroughs very gripping! And, as per usual, revealing of few bugs I was not aware of (the most important, the tentacle from the statue that was not supposed to rapture you twice!).
So, thanks again. And I hope you enjoyed my game as it seems!

Btw, version 1.1.3 will be hopefully released in few hours, and will feature a shorter night timer. :)

Example of superb minimalist retro aesthetic with brilliant mechanics!

Well, what can I say... You've made my day! :)

Gosh this game is so good (though very hard!!)

Thank you! I'm very glad you like it despite the difficulty. :)
You'll see that, with a little patience, every obstacle is manageable!

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Absolutely incredible game, i'm infatuated with it!

also the dev seems like a very nice person

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Oh, wow... The dev is very grateful for your words. :)
They are really motivating, too!

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Hi, can you tell me how you get so many likes and viewers?

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You tell me! :D
I have no idea, and in fact I'm quite surprised.

Oh.... Can you tell me the total revenue raised with this app?

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Definitely not enough to quit my job! :D
(Just a few bucks, honestly. But since it's my first game and I wasn't expecting to make any money, I'm still very happy!)

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black and noir, actually, i clicked on this because i saw the screenshots and the art style was like none other! i like how it's borderline 1-bit because 1-bit games make my eyes burn but something like this is basic enough to be enjoyed and played by anyone. so in short, it's probably the art style that made this so popular!

also, great first game!

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Thank you, man! I appreciate your words. :)

As I explained somewhere else, the art style is almost an accident, or rather a lucky coincidence: since the game was supposed to be (and actually was, almost until the release) just black and white... At the end, instead of redrawing everything from scratch, I simply decided to recolor the white outlines and add few details.
I'm pretty sure the original art style would have burned the eyes of anyone! :D

I was really hyped about playing it, but the file says it is damaged. I tried following your instructions, but it didn't worked.

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Sorry to hear that... As far as I know, you are the first person "my" method doesn't work for.
Are you sure you have done everything correctly? :/

I'm still trying to fix that issue, but in the meantime I want to find a way to make you play!

Yes I've tried everything. I can wait until you find a solution, don't worry

May I ask which OS you are using?

MacOS Big Sur

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Ok, apparently Big Sur made everything a little bit more complicated... Still, you should be able to run the executable following the instructions provided with the video.
You can try this and let me know (since I'm still using Mojave, so I cannot test it myself!):

Awesome game and specially love your attention to answer everyone, first I tought maaan this is too hard but then I took my time to learn and figure out what to do and had a blast playing. You're a very talented dev and I hope to see more in the future, cheers

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Thank you for your words, man! :)

I hope to make more in the future, too.
For sure, next time, implementing a check point system will be my first concern! :D

I can't find the fuel for the lantern, can anybody help me?

Well, some npcs can give you a clue! You should talk with someone in Lockwood, for instance. Or with a hunter, somewhere north...

I enjoyed your game, the whole mood, the pixels, the story. Awesome! You inspire me to learn GML too.

That is awesome: the fact that my humble game somehow inspired you to learn GML!
In my opinion, the hardest thing is to start to keep studying every day after you've started.

I'm anything but an expert. But I'll very willingly help, as far as I can, and address you to pretty useful tutorials.
Feel free to ask if you have any question! :)

:-)

:)

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I loved this game! However, it can be a bit frustrating XD Keep it up!
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Trust me: it's even more frustrating, if you keep skipping dialogues (which contain tons of useful tips on how to deal with pretty much everything)! :D

Btw, I'm glad you liked the game; and I really appreciate the fact you've also made an entertaining video! :)

Ah, I see that now, I should've read that. I'm so impatient XD

I liked it for the most part, tough game, would love to see more.

Oh, wow, you even made a video! Thank you! I'm glad you liked it. :)

nb acc really liked it 

Just a quick typo correction to point out: in the "upstairs" ending, you have istinctive instead of instinctive/distinctive. Anyway thought I would give you the heads up while I remembered, seeming this is the third night in a row I have played your game to one of the endings ^_^

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Gosh! I'll fix it asap!... :D Thank you for pointing that out!

(The THIRD night!!! O_O I'm impressed!)

At first I wasn't a big fan of the perma death and decided rather than giving up on it after dying a few times, I would give it another shot the next day. Being more patient with it, I ended up really liking what you've done, and I wouldn't actually take people not liking the lack of save function to heart; it might be frustrating, but it suits the game. I have been intrigued by the other endings, so I will probably give it another shot :)

I'm very pleased to read this. :)
Yes, the lack of a saving system could be frustrating in some respects (in addition to being very difficult to address, at this stage) but matches somehow the idea of Their Eyes.
Not to mention that, game after game, you get better and faster.

Btw, I corrected the typo! :D You can download the new version 1.1.2.

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If I come across anything else, I will let you know :) But yeah, this has been a solid play and I'm really glad I stumbled upon it!

Why is this Game not claimable?

Uhm... What do you mean?
I don't think I understand.

It mean i can not claim the game. This mean i can not add the game to my account.


Could you make it claimable?     

As soon as I find out how to do it, I’ll do it very willingly! :D

Perfect:-)

Reading in forums, it's my understanding that only paid games can be claimed: including a paid game which is on sale, or even free for a limited amount of time.

I may have misunderstood, of course, but it seems a reasonable explanation; since paid games are claimable by default.
As a dev, I still have the option to make my paid game not claimable if I want.

Apparently, this is why I can't make Their Eyes claimable.
Even if you pay fifty bucks at the download, it's technically a donation - while the game remains free. :/

https://grandrabatte.itch.io/their-eyes Hey someone has uploaded a version of your game and its a virus I would just watch out 

Thanks, man! 
That is really unbelievable.
I just reported the fake game! :/

You're been truly helpful...

This game is amazing! I know some are complaining about the difficulty/lack of a save system but I personally love it, very rogue-like and brings to mind the Binding of Isaac and old NES games. I can't believe this is your first game, it's incredible! I'm absolutely in love with the lore.

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Thanks a lot! You even made a video! :D
I'm gonna watch it asap, I really appreciate this! :)
(Also, I'm glad that someone finally likes the lack of a save system - haha)

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Ok, so: that was great! It was both rewarding and instructive watching your video.

You wish there was a "medikit indicator"... Well, there is one - kind of! :D I preferred to keep the hud pretty clean, but remember that you can always pause the game and check your inventory by pressing "P" (you never did it, if I'm not wrong).

About the "quantized" ammunitions (you collect up to three bullet, depending on your free slots, and those in excess are wasted): I thought this was a fairly standard mechanic. Deciding the right moment to collect a new ammo pack is part of the "ammo management subgame", isn't it? :D
If you have any suggestion, however, I will consider them very willingly!

Also, you think it should be clearer that a ghost is hurting you in the graveyard? I didn't think of that, but it's an interesting idea. I'll work on it. :)

Last but not least, if you're playing again, I would warmly recommend to download the latest version - with bugfixes, improved features and a brand new ending in addition to the existing three.

Thanks again for your time and your tips! :)

I have a question. What are medkits for? Otherwise it is a FANTASTIC game.

Wow, thank you man! :)

Medikits are consumable items that allow you to regain one life point - if you're not at full health.
You can only bring one at the time.
To use a medikit, press TAB (if you're playing with keyboard and mouse) or TRIANGLE/Y (if you're playing with Ps/Xbox pad).

Thanks so much!

Very cool and atmospheric, but I wish there was a save or checkpoint system, because I keep dying in Lockwood and going through the early game so many times becomes tedious.

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Yeah, the checkpoint system is a feature the lack of which has been highlighted by other players too.
Unfortunately, while it's pretty straightforward to implement a saving system if you have that in mind when you first undertake a project, adding that same feature at the current stage of a (relatively) elaborate game like mine is far from simple - not to say it's a real pain. :/
Since this is my very first game, I was absolutely unaware of that.
Due to inexperience, my idea was to throw in a saving system of some kind, sooner or later; and when I found out the truth it was too late!
I'm still trying to implement it, btw. :)

Not that I want to defend my fault, but take into account that, once you know how to deal with the early game, you can beat it and reach Lockwood in five minutes. Also, don't forget that some items can provide you a second chance.

Everything aside, I'm glad you like my game! :)

Hello? great game but I am on computer how do I equip the items in the inventory? I am terribly sorry if I did not see how to equip the items in the inventory.

Hi!
Yup, you're right: how to equip items is never explained.
The reason for this is pretty straightforward: you don't have to! :D
The inventory is not interactive, actually: it shows your possessions, that's it.

To be more clear: the slots I highlighted in red are for weapons, the green ones are for persistent item, and the yellow ones are for consumables.
(The round slots at the bottom are for something else, but you'll find out for yourself!)

Thanks for the help I really appreciate it!

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For a first attempt at game making, it's a pretty solid game with fresh ideas and beautifully executed.

Kudos to black_and_noir for making this game, hopefully you'll make another game that compliments the game. I would donate some shekels to the author. Unfortunately, i don't have paypal and i don't really trust cc payment from this platform. Is steam items okay? :)

Now for my review.

Pros:

- I really liked the gameplay, i really do. Sure the learning curve is a bit steep, but it's welcomed and fair to me. And i really love how the game rewards you greatly for exploration in items or story + lore which is not too cryptic compared to the other games.

- The fog of war system is pretty much responsible for making this survival game into survival horror. I really like the show and tell tutorial how the fog of war works, and how enemies wouldn't show up if you don't have any vision on them.

- NPCs is amazing at this game, it's very detailed and your actions does have consequences when you do something. The NPCs pretty much makes the game much much more easier if you do what they tell you. or dont.

- The story is pretty simple and sweet. Multiple endings but they aren't cryptic to get, i pretty much know the whole story of the game in 1 and a half hour. But i wish there's a best endings for all three if you know what i mean :)

Cons:

There aren't many of cons for this game, so this is pretty much my nitpicking

- There are a few bugs on the game that i encounter.

Enemies pathfinding is kinda laughable since they tend to get stuck on walls when you're on evasive maneuver especially the walking beginner's trap.

You can dodge the tentacle to brazil? (Either bugged or intentional)

- The artstyle is pretty confusing at first, i thought the game takes place at night? But the NPCs said it's noon or morning? And it's going to be dark?

So the black ground is pretty confusing for me. I would change the ground into light brown and then transitioning into brown and then dark brown.

Houses and buildings should've been drawn for more aesthetics, and then change the "?" symbols with more fog of war or just darkness.

- The combat is pretty much TLOZ-like but with guns, i don't really like the delay on the reload. It should be either refined (like adding reload animation) or remove the delay. And i don't like the touching = you get hurt mechanism, for me it's kinda lazy and pretty much makes the combat pretty shallow. I would add attack animation so getting hit is fair and 100% your fault.

Well that's it for my review.

Pretty solid game and most of all, enjoyable.

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Wow, thanks a lot for the detailed feedback!

I try to respond to your remarks - not to defend my work, rather to explain why it's how it is! :)

Yeah, I kept the pathfinding system pretty basic. There are a couple of reasons for that: the first one, pathfinding is very expensive in terms of resources; I initially implemented a more refined system, but that was resulting in performance issues, and I'm still not good enough to optimize that. :D
Furthermore, I thought that exploiting the "dullness" of enemies' pathfinding could have been part of the strategy: bad guys are numerous and dangerous, but you can outsmart them.
I'm not saying I made it as it is on purpose: at some point, I just felt that the algorithm was good enough for such a simple game.

Uhm... Which "upper door in the inn" do you mean?
It may be a bug but, as far as I'm aware, each door in the game can either be lockpicked (if locked) or be opened (if not).

You can dodge the tentacle, yes: that was intentional. :)

Speaking of the artstyle, something you may not know is that the whole game was originally in black and white (except for the blood and the red eyes). About one month before releasing it, I decided to recolor the white outlines, adding few details to make the graphics more readable.
I kept the black background, though. Not because it's realistic, but simply because I like it; and I find it helps the other elements to stand out.

My philosophy, in every aspect of the game, was: try to keep things simple.
I was aware that, as a novice developer, the project was quite ambitious; and a lot of things could have gone wrong.
In addition, drawing is something in which I have some experience; and since I wanted to spend my best efforts learning something new (i.e. coding), my philosophy for graphics and animation was even stricter: try to keep things very simple.
That's why you don't have a color transitioning (you have the wind, though, that grows as the night approaches), buildings aren't drawn in a more aesthetic way (I love architecture, so keeping things simple in this regard was very hard), and some enemies don't even have an attack animation (which would have implied a dodge animation for the player, but he's not a warrior and I didn't want to put too much emphasis on action).

I never played any of the Zeldas, unfortunately. :/
I probably should!
Don't you find that reloading without delay would make the combat even more shallow? In my opinion, the delay itself plays an important role in making the player feel vulnerable.

Last but not least, I must confess I have no idea of what do you mean with "steam items". But the kudos are more than enough!
Thanks again for your time and your words. :)

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Wow thanks for the detailed reply :)

After i replayed it the upper door in the inn wasn't locked in the first place, my bad.

Now i know how you want to direct this game, it's just my two cents how to polish the game to be more of my acquired taste.

I meant i can donate through steam inventory items (the popular online game distributor) haha

And also is it possible to get another ending? Since you can send your opponent to the shadow realm?

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Don't get it wrong, your two cents are really appreciated! :)

I've been using Steam for a while, but just for playing; I was totally unaware of the donation feature.

I'm thinking of adding a fourth ending, yes. Another very difficult thing, for me (as for many others I guess), is to decide that a project is finished and nothing else should be added! :D
Nevertheless, the "opponent" can actually be sent to the shadow realm... It's quite a hidden mechanic, probably, but far from impossible to discover. :)

Yep! I discovered it after getting insulted and got really surprised by the secret.

This is why i love the game to bits, the attention to details :D

Please, add a settings menu to change the volume, great game

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Thank you! :)
What do you mea? Maybe a couple of keys for controlling the master volume during the game, instead of doing that by the OS or the speakers?

yeah, that's a good solution :)

Is there a way to change the controls? my middle mouse wheel can't click correctly (I need to press it really hard) so I can't really reload easily at all

Hi Oleg, thank you for playing my game! :)

There is no way to rebind the keys, actually. But - for sure - I could implement a secondary key, as an alternative to middle mouse: I'll do it tomorrow! :)
Any suggestion about the alternative key?

I'm in love with that art style, it's absolutely beautiful.

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Oh, wow... I'm very happy to hear that. Thank you! :)

Masterpeice absolutely stunning!

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I'd say that is a considerable exaggeration, but thanks! :D
I'm really glad you like it.

how did you find my account? But otherwise great game!

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Your account is very interesting. And your account name is gorgeous! :D

Thank you! How is my account interesting? I'm glad you like my name!

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I like the Future Games thing. :)

Awesome Game. But A Little Hard.

Thank you so much for your feedback! :)
It's very important to me.

Yup, the game does not lead you by the hand: that's for sure. (I warned you! :D)
I've tried to make the learning process fairly quick, though, and more rewarding than an "easy" game would have been.

neaat game!!

Thank you! :)

 Хорошая игра,жаль что русского нет,  но это лично моё желание, это не делает игру хуже!

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Спасибо! Но признаюсь, что плохо владею русским языком ... :D

very game

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! :)

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vewy skery gaem

Thanks! :)

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epic glittches

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Ha ha ha
Ok, got it... This never happened to me, but I will try to prevent it from happening anyway.
Btw, at least the bridge to Lockwood was clear! :D

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yeah it is really easy to get him stuck there, and you can not get him out.

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