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    December 16th-19th 2011 :: Theme: Alone

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    The Best Of Us - Zed - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    It is STRONGLY reccommended that you play this game wearing HEADPHONES. Otherwise, make sure you can HEAR SOUND. It is INTEGRAL to your enjoyment of the game!

    A multi-genre sci-fi tale of heroism and self-sacrifice, 'The Best Of Us' is really four games in one. A scrolling Shmup, twin-stick shooter, rail-shooter and 2D platformer all in one, tied together with full voice acting, cutscenes and a minimalistic soundtrack.

    All control-related instructions are handled in-game.

    Also, there's a kitten in Chapter 2.


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    Jiyko says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 10:48am

    Dat Voice over, awesome.

    Dec 19, 2011 @ 11:24am

    Nice story! It has aliens and twists and a guy named Jack Asskicker and everything!

    The stereo-thing is a bit problematic though. And I'm not sure exactly when the buildings started smiling, but it must have symbolized Jack Asskickers descent into madness.

    binary_girl says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 1:45pm

    good stuff man.. the voice over adds alot to it :)

    bmcfallen says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 2:19pm

    great game, loved the voice over, and the graphics were charming. Nice way to tie all those different types of games together also.

    ziomorti says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 4:17pm

    I must say this is more an experience rather than a game. Great voice over, nice story and, even if the graphics and the mechanics are not "top-notch", well packed.
    Good job!

    Pierrec says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 5:36pm

    The best game I tried so far...ok...I tried only 10 or 12, but this one is way above. As funny as bunny story, but better on other thinks like gameplay and this new thing..."mood". Congrats!

    Valeour says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 6:01pm

    Haha, brilliant. Gameplay wasn't fantastic, but it was a really good story. The epilogue was very clever too. Also loved the humour, well done ;D

    7Soul says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 6:07pm

    Even tough the gameplay is boring, the story kept me going, and the ending was awesome. I used a headset but I didnt see the point of it, as the sound was coming from both sides pretty much equally.
    The epilogue cracked me up XD really unexpected

    ladron says ...
    Dec 19, 2011 @ 9:55pm

    Great job on the story and the voice acting! The gameplay was...well...not that great. Of the segments, I like the jump/shoot platform section the best.

    eld says ...
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 12:17pm

    While the maze-level gave me headaches and I experienced filler, the voiced dialogue did pull me through all the way to the ending :P

    soy_yuma says ...
    Dec 20, 2011 @ 8:38pm

    Congratulations! I liked it very much. I would have loved more rage from the main character in the end, but the story is good!

    SonnyBone says ...
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 5:18am

    I thought the thumbnail was pink cars in a green parking garage. TURNS OUT... IT'S PEOPLE! ZOMG!!!

    Jorjon says ...
    Dec 21, 2011 @ 10:44pm

    Great story, crappy graphics, cool music. I really liked it! +1 for happy buildings.

    waynebeam says ...
    Dec 23, 2011 @ 12:54am

    i was surprised you fit in that many levels that played differently. i especially liked the four-way firing in the second. and the voice over! loved it. nice work

    Shigor says ...
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 3:56pm

    Well... four games and not that bad story. Good work, but I think you'd do better if you focused more on less, I almost gave up in the first chapter. Your decision to just track score and don't hurt / tell player anything is interesting idea, but... I don't know, I think it made game less engaging.

    tcstyle says ...
    Dec 25, 2011 @ 8:18pm

    Superb stereo voice acting. I liked the end and also the epilogue.
    Level design inside the mothership was quite annoying.

    Dec 28, 2011 @ 2:02am

    awesome storyline ;) and a well-built game, and even if graphics seemed, it kinda worked ;)

    jeffz says ...
    Jan 2, 2012 @ 8:13am

    great voice acting, 5/5 on Theme!

    Kelly Thomas says ...
    Jan 5, 2012 @ 5:54pm

    Great narration!
    I found it jarring to be told that I had "score over 3000" but my score was being kept secret.
    Maybe say something vague like "your performance will be graded" rather than specify an specific number.

    caranha says ...
    Jan 5, 2012 @ 8:02pm

    Very nice story! I think this game could be much improved by adding an actual losing condition. But still I'm impressed by your effort: 4 games in one + a complete audio story + a lot of rated games! Thanks :-)

    One thing -- on chapter 2, it is a bit weird that they are talking about a sign that the player hasn't actually seen yet. It would be nicer if the "control room" sign were moved to the beginning of the level.

    Dietrich Epp says ...
    Jan 5, 2012 @ 10:07pm

    I guess I shouldn't keep shooting those rats, eh?

    Aaron says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 3:42am

    While I applaud your ambition, creating many different elements (esp. in limited time frame) always always runs two big risks of being able to be criticized for any element and lacking coherence. Thanks to your art style and narrative design, you avoided the latter... but individually, the chapters got boring. Wonderful voice acting, theme & mood, so I wonder if the game would have been better if you spent all your talents on one element instead.

    Still, sir, you are a brave man and a very cool one too. ;)

    DalsGames says ...
    Jan 8, 2012 @ 3:29pm

    Wow, I really liked the voice over! One of the best storys I've played for long! Graphics was not great but very charming!

    Cosr says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 5:01am

    My biggest complaint is that the actual gameplay doesn't really live up to the narrative/voice acting (which is honestly a little melodramatic in a not so good way at times). Some of the sections, mostly the first and a little bit the second, go on far too long for what they offer.

    marudziik says ...
    Jan 9, 2012 @ 9:52pm

    Voice acting is pretty good. I don't mind it being melodramatic - it's funnier this way, but it's not really coherent in terms of gameplay/graphics.

    demonpants says ...
    Jan 10, 2012 @ 1:41am

    Any chance of getting this on Mac OS X / Unix?

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