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    August 24th-27th 2012 :: Theme: Evolution

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    One Last Chance - dr_soda - Jam Entry

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    EDIT - The .apk works best on Tablets, or on
    phones running ICS or higher. Mostly it's
    a matter of screen size, but
    also of performance.
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    From the Recursive Frog team ::

    What if one day a mysterious person sent you an app on your smartphone that lets you peer into the past, and put right what went wrong? Your relationship with your girlfriend has devolved significantly over time. Would it be possible to evolve it into something better?

    :NOTE: Once you see the "Force Close" screen after visiting the past, it means the scenario is complete.

    FOR MAXIMUM EFFECT, download the .apk and play as a person using a smartphone while you, yourself, are using a tablet such as the Nexus 7. STAND UP AND TURN YOURSELF AROUND to look around the scene, just like the character in the game is doing.

    For the time being, the apk is hosted on my own site.
    I'll push it to Google Play once I can convince Unity to sign with my keystore.

    The game is short, not complete, but open-ended and a huge mind trip. Play around as much as you want.

    View dr_soda's journal. | View all entries by dr_soda

    Ratings

    Coolness79%
    Innovation(Jam)4.16
    #73Graphics(Jam)3.73
    #77Mood(Jam)3.13
    #96Overall(Jam)3.25
    #108Humor(Jam)2.48
    #165Fun(Jam)2.68
    #188Theme(Jam)2.30
    #188Audio(Jam)2.00

    Comments

    pardue says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:13am

    Wow, this is such a cool concept. There are still a few kinks to be worked out I think, I walked through the front door into an eternal free fall... Really great idea though, I'll have to check it out on my girlfriends Nexus 7 tomorrow.

    dr_soda says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 2:18am

    Huh, I could have sworn I'd closed that door off before I pushed it up to the web. Hope it's not against the spirit of the rules to double check that and patch it up..

    benderbinary says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 3:45am

    This is brilliant!

    hamster_mk_4 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:01am

    The game hung once on the post start loading phase. It worked on the second try. This was in interesting use of the render to texture tool.

    axcho says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:02am

    Great concept, I enjoyed the change of perspective - didn't quite see the connection to "evolution" though... Navigating the rooms was a bit clumsy, especially without the ability to back up.

    Cool to see a more storytelling-focused approach pay off. Nice. :)

    2Creative says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:04am

    I liked the look of the game. I did not like the movement of the character.

    johnfn says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:10am

    This seems really cool, but after we arrange where to go next there seems to be nothing else to do except repeat the scenario. Did I miss anything?

    dr_soda says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 4:16am

    johnfn : You missed nothing. This was what we managed to get through in the allotted time. The game deserves a really detailed post-mortem, but more than that it deserves post-compo work.

    r3d5 says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 5:34am

    Super cool! I would really like to see more of this. The concept of using your phone as a magic lens was a very cool idea. Loved it.

    johnfn says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 8:46am

    Alright. It's a great idea, and I'd be excited to see it developed more!

    eyehawk says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 12:11pm

    Quite an interesting concept - I was hooked by the mysterious setup. However after I talked to that lady, I couldn't figure out what to do next...

    Krobill says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:10pm

    The begining of something with potential.

    DevoreUK says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:12pm

    Nice idea. I'd love to see it on the phone I'll give it a shot later. You should definitely keep working on it, I'm very interested in how it turns out.

    imef says ...
    Aug 28, 2012 @ 11:21pm

    I love the concept! With a tiny bit of polish, It would be awesome!

    mes says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 5:46am

    Interesting concept, but ultimately it was a bit too vague for me. I liked exploring the house, but I felt the smartphone part was a bit odd -- I'm left wondering why you chose to make a 3d game have a dating flashback sim text adventure?

    I played it on the web, but it sounds like the android turning around would be neat to try.

    Anyway, good work.

    Benjamin says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 7:14am

    I tried to bring her back the book but it didnt change the dialogs... Is there more content than this ? Anyway, I Think your game idea is gold and deserve more work than a 72h jam. I regret I dont possess smartphone to use it at its full potential.

    Kinokochan says ...
    Aug 29, 2012 @ 11:47pm

    Short but sweet, and a really cool concept! The environment models were also very impressive considering the short time frame.

    I would love to see a post-compo version some time, because this is just too interesting not to follow up on! :D

    alvivar says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:26am

    Awesome concept/idea!

    Switchbreak says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 6:32am

    Really interesting idea. I couldn't seem to pick up the newspaper which it seemed like I needed so I got stuck, but I like the concept.

    darkshadow says ...
    Aug 30, 2012 @ 3:09pm

    Interesting concept, this has potential. At first I didn't get what the force close was about, I thought I had made some sort of mistake. Then once you reload the app it goes really weird, like your still holding the books (which you can drop). Add some more story and fix the bugs and this will be awesome!

    DalsGames says ...
    Aug 31, 2012 @ 2:29pm

    Cool game, some bugs but very well done for just 72 hours! :D

    mohammad says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 1:17am

    reminds me of facade

    feyleaf says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:19am

    This was really cool. I ran it on my Droid Pro, which is a little outdated and has crummy screen resolution. Due to other hardware problems, the scene kept flipping around and jumping, but I'll assume my character was just drunk.
    But seriously, the game seems like a solid start to something that could work well. It's interesting to be on the phone on a game on my phone!

    dr_soda says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 2:48am

    Feyleaf : it is unfortunately a problem common to moto droids. My droid 3 has similar issues. I have a solution but it will make the rotation a bit less smooth on the current set of devices on which it works super nicely.

    I won't leave us droid owners out in the cold post compo :)

    eli says ...
    Sep 1, 2012 @ 9:15am

    Very, very cool concept. Using the phone to "see" what was in the room was refreshing and quite creepy. As mentioned in other comments, the movement was extremely frustrating. Also I'm glad I read the other comments before trying every possible permutation of the dialog trying to "fix" the past when it cannot be fixed =)

    shinD says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 10:36am

    Very cool concept, I think you really could do something with this. Nice visuals too, the clean textures work well. Few technical issues though

    Zener says ...
    Sep 4, 2012 @ 11:52am

    Very innovative idea and nice visuals. Could become a full game for WiiU.

    Sep 6, 2012 @ 9:58pm

    Really great idea, however there's a few bugs (like the fact that in one "world" you go through things) and it needs a proper ending as well, but otherwise well done!

    Sep 10, 2012 @ 5:15am

    There is a ton of stuff going on here. So much content for such a short dev period, really really well done.

    Hope you take this to a full release.

    pansapiens says ...
    Sep 15, 2012 @ 11:53pm

    Whoa ! You are messing with my head ! Love the 'completely augmented reality' thing.

    KevinWorkman says ...
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 10:35pm

    Wow. This really blew my mind. It was extra creepy because a coffee table in the game was placed exactly where it was in my living room. GET OUT OF MY BRAIN. I can't wait to see what else you come up with.

    Puzzlem00n says ...
    Sep 16, 2012 @ 11:55pm

    That screenshot of the description of the magazine... Can you not do that in the unity version or something? I don't know.

    Basically, I like what's here. It's a pretty cool concept, even if I don't get to see it on a tablet all augmenty-like.

    dr_soda says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 12:14am

    Puzzlem00n : It's been a while since I touched the webplayer version, but I think what happens there is that you can't actually get close enough to "touch" the magazine without the ability to pivot the camera down, which you can't do in the webplayer. I can't say it's something I'll spend much time on, as I'm focused on the mobile version.

    Kevin: I was hoping you wouldn't notice that I took the blueprints from your house. ;)

    Dark Acre: I'm workin' on it. :)

    timtipgames says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 7:16am

    Very nice concept! I love the recursive phone in a phone(tablet) concept. The font was a little hard to read on my transformer (tf101). When I was playing this for the first time I was sitting in the waiting room of a doctor I was about to see. After turning around a bit, I decided to better play this at home. People were already looking at me as if I was crazy (or came from the future). Again: Virtual augmented reality is a pretty nice idea! Keep up the good work!

    iandioch says ...
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 6:56pm

    Interesting concept. Unfortunately it couldn't pick up the accelerometers on my phone (Android 2.2 "Froyo") so I had to play the web version, which was undoubtedly not ideal.

    There were a few glitches (Em kept restarting talking to me when she had went to get the drinks, and she was occasionally invisible and/or teleported to next to the fridge.

    Also, I picked up the book, and then couldn't put it down anywhere...

    But I think this is promising. It wasn't perfect, but it has potential.

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