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    April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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    Ok...Now this is akward! - Pierrec - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    As usual, my game is much a story than a game, and as usual, I didn't took the theme too litteraly.
    Tiny World evoked me this thing you say when you stumble across someone you didn't expect to see :

    "It's a small world!/It's a tiny world!"
    (At least, we say it in french...)

    You'll understand...

    The game was made on Adventure Game Studio, graphics on GraphicsGale and Music on Aviary's Music Creator.

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    Ratings

    Coolness100%
    #10Humor4.10
    #28Mood3.77
    #104Overall3.60
    #127Theme3.63
    #147Graphics3.63
    #150Fun3.35
    #383Audio2.58
    #557Innovation2.66

    Comments

    MortisGhost says ...
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 8:54pm

    A good game !! And now a comment in french because it's easier for me.

    Excellent concept la partie supérieure avec la pensée de la fille, et très cool histoire avec - comme d'habitude j'ai envie de dire - des dialogues très drôles et bien écrits. C'est un truc simple, bien fait et efficace. Victoire pour toi !!

    Pierrec says ...
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 9:40pm

    Tu es réactif toi dis donc!^^
    Merci beaucoup. J'en suis pas aussi satisfait que Never Alone Hotline ou Le Corbeau et La Renarde mais bon...Ca fait un jeu de plus! :)

    Endurion says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:45am

    Good one, nice and to the point.

    It's just missing background bar sounds ;)

    marudziik says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:46am

    Loved it. Great story, awesome graphics! And in Poland people also say "what a small world it is" - "jaki mały ten świat", when they meet someone they didn't expect to see. Very good take on the theme.

    Suese says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 1:05pm

    This entry was funny. I played through once and it was funny and well-drawn. Even though the graphics didn't change much it was still charming and amusing. The fact that it had music that wasn't annoying and slipped in the background really helped to.

    Thank you for this.

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:58pm

    AHAHAHAHA oh god the embarassment.

    Nice work! Love the characters.

    artefon says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:59pm

    I really like the mood of the game. The history is cool too. But as you said is almost not a game. I enjoyed playing it though.

    Thanks for the game!

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 3:11pm

    HAHA, really like this one. A pity it's not a real game :)

    FredericRP says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 3:16pm

    I almost did something with that "it's a tiny world" in mind, but.. I didn't. Well, luckily for me as yours is well done, has a good story, and really nice characters :)

    nuprahtor says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:21pm

    Realy liked it
    Noticed the references to Never Alone Hotline. It was kinda cool. World is sure is tiny!

    RHY3756547 says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:32pm

    Great Job! I love the humor and twist on the theme.

    bms says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:57pm

    Nice little story. I like that he didn't turn out to be a psychopath :D

    the8donut says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:15pm

    Lol i really liked it. Enjoyed the story a lot, and the art style is really good! Great job

    the8donut says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:17pm

    Really really liked it. Dialogues are great, the game's really fun (and funny) and the way you interpreted the theme was very original.

    Zed says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:01pm

    That is one of the funniest, most well-written things I've ever played.

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:57pm

    Neat concept for a game. Really had fun. Engrossing story, music that didn't get on my nerves. Thanks!

    Pierrec says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:14pm

    Woah. Thanks to all of you! I promise next time it will be a real game! ^^

    Pitoum says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:28pm

    Very good !!
    Narration is just perfect :)
    Congrats !

    Lythom says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:53pm

    Just Crazy (the good way) xD
    Loved it !

    BlackDogg says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:41pm

    Excellent ! I really loved it, at first I was a bit afraid of not doing anything but the story just got me. The twist was great, good humor, not a "game" but I had some good time.
    A bit of sound ambiance could have been good but it's to say something

    CuberToy says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:44pm

    Cool game, and full game. Great story too. Love the arts and feeling while playing, great use of AGS !

    Keirua says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:50pm

    Great story. I really enjoyed the dialogs and being in the brain of the girl :)

    johanp says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 6:50pm

    Very very entertaining. Loved it!

    Kane says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:42pm

    très surprenant et fun mais un peu court, on aurais bien aimé en savoir plus sur cette fille ^^

    Pierrec says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 8:03pm

    @Kane : ça viendra ^^ j'aime bien développer mes personnages

    SusanTheCat says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:31pm

    This game is soooooo cute!

    J'aime cette jeux beaucoups! (Ok, my French is a bit week. But it would have been cool to have a bilingual version)

    MurrayL says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:15am

    Really enjoyed the story! Didn't see the ending coming at all, and it made me laugh.

    Angerus says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:06am

    An good story with a lot of humor inside of it! The graphisms and the sound are really well adapted, I find my self imerged in it, thanks to that!
    I find the form of the response for the theme interesting and well doned! When you meet someone that was part of your life years ago and you didn't expect to see her or him here, it's really a good example how the world feel small!

    A good work and a nice game !

    Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:37pm

    Ok I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed this! Only game with a 5/5 mood and 5/5 humor that I gave so far. I also love how you integrated the theme.

    I also really love how immersive it felt. I really felt that I was in an awkward conversation. And I love how the two faces showed what she was thinking and what she was showing.

    Overall really amazing, and I thank you for making this, and I will be on the lookout for your future games!

    KevinWorkman says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 1:44am

    Really awesome take on the theme. Nicely done.

    dukope says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:49am

    Great dialog, great story, great art. Not much gameplay, but still fun. Nice work.

    Meedoc says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 1:49pm

    Just awesome story! You should work in the video game industry. It could help to have great story instead of...

    caranha says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:22pm

    I really like your story games, Pierrec, and this one gave me some laughs, but I also though it was a bit too short. Thanks for the game!

    Also, all that your text adventures need to be a "real" game is multiple endings :-)

    Pierrec says ...
    Apr 26, 2012 @ 6:43pm

    @caranha : I'm glad you liked it. But I (friendly) disagree with what you just said. I don't think multiple endings are enough to turn a text adventure into a real game, it's much more complicated than that. In fact...real game features aren't necessary to make a "real game", I think the only important thing is that the player FEEL it is a game, even if it's not. Never Alone Hotline for exemple felt like a game, because the player could invent his own wining and losing conditions, even if there was only one ending. This one doesn't feel like a game, because the player quickly feel I want to lead him somewhere. Moreover, because he can see Amy's thoughts, he doesn't even have the freedom to think by himself. This thoughts might be an interesting narrative item, but there are AWFUL game design items. To turn Ok...Now this is akward into a game, I should had rethink everything, I should had try to trick the player to make him feel he's actually playing, even if he's not.
    (I talk about it in my post mortem : http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2012/04/26/ok-now-this-is-akward-post-mortem-timelapse/

    But after all, this is good : I've tried new things, and I learnt from them. The next game will be better!

    caranha says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:07am

    Ok the "real", was because you yourself commented (in your post-mortem) that you would "make a real game" next time. I might have not expressed myself, but when I mentioned "multiple endings" I was actually thinking of Alone Hotline: Even though there is only "one ending", you could consider each mini dialogue in that game as a different "mini game", and because your choices would affect the ending of each mini game, in a sense that game had "multiple endings".

    I more or less considered this game to be about the same as one of the "mini games" in Alone Hotline, so that is why I ended up talking about "multiple endings" :-), cheers!

    caranha says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:09am

    Sorry, not in the post mortem, your "real game" comment came from one of your replies above. That was what I was replying to.

    ghRibacki says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:47am

    Wow! I wasn't expecting that! Nice story! =D

    Pierrec says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:54am

    @Caranha : I knew that, don't worry ^^ It's an interesting subject, that's all :)

    Drabiter says ...
    Apr 27, 2012 @ 12:49pm

    I like Amy's character, so straight. Good story telling!

    Kassoon says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 1:19am

    Haha, wow, I had this same sort of idea but thought it would be too weird and beautiful for ludum dare, but here it is! Awesome job.

    Kendja says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:06am

    I like how you interpreted the theme.

    Good one.

    23 says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 2:28am

    Very well done and clever, even if it's not a game. Good stuff!

    May 1, 2012 @ 1:32pm

    Je me disais que tu aurais du mal à faire mieux que Never Alone Hotline, mais je pense que tu as réussi haut la main.
    Franchement, bravo !
    Les graphismes sont très bien et plus développé que sur NAH, et le jeu m'a encore plus fait rire.
    Une fois de plus, une grande réussite.

    deejorg says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 1:26pm

    Ahah nice ending! Very well set mood.
    I like it!

    ratking says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 6:34pm

    Who doesn't know this situation...meeting a man you don't know...that was a woman before XD
    Sad, that there was not more to ionteract with. Liked the overall game!

    summaky says ...
    May 7, 2012 @ 7:15am

    I laughed on some parts and enjoyed the whole of it. Very well done and an excellent take on the topic.

    Datamosh says ...
    May 7, 2012 @ 1:10pm

    Loooove how you handled the concept and the graphics. Our entry has the same "Tiny World" idea of "relationships" and stuff like that. And we are from Argentina, so it's fun to see how in France there's also this "Oh, it's a small world idea"... Anyway congratulations!

    May 9, 2012 @ 8:22pm

    Great job, funny use of the theme, cool to see a game like this for a change. The ending was quite a twist, didn't saw that coming!

    01101101 says ...
    May 10, 2012 @ 8:04am

    Great! :D The story and characters are really well thought, as usual, and the graphics match perfectly ;) I think I'll play it again to see if there is different endings...

    Pierrec says ...
    May 10, 2012 @ 10:46am

    There is not :(

    Terra says ...
    May 13, 2012 @ 3:48am

    Haha, this was a good one :D

    Maple says ...
    May 13, 2012 @ 12:19pm

    Rather interesting. As boring as the <guy> was, this was pretty intriguing to sit through! and it made me smile.

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