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Want to start off by saying that I have never played Silent Hill, and that being said. This game makes me want to. Because honestly, this was a blast to play. The puzzles, the scares, the atmosphere, the music; all of it was REALLY well done. It's amazing what you've done with the game. (I made a good video down below if anyone's interested!)
So starting off, I just want to say that the haiku puzzle. I loved it. It's been a while since I've come across a good puzzle game which doesn't just have a 'get this and go here' puzzle. And I loved the way you used the haiku syllables and the crossed out one as a zero. Figuring it out was really fun and felt like I was actually smart for once. Though that was the only main puzzle, the rest of them were getting parts and keys together to get stuff from rooms, which isn't so bad, but I guess you can't have five big puzzles; that might be super frustrating.
The other thing were the small jump scares. You did them really well and in times when the player thinks everything would be normal. Especially the chairs one; that almost gave me a heart attack. The one where the body was floating in front of the door, loved that too. Especially when you walk towards it and the camera transition makes it go away, it was really spooky and well thought through!
The atmosphere was absolutely amazing, the music and graphics really went together as a whole and even when nothing was happening, it gave this air of mystery and kept the player slightly on edge throughout the play through. I loved the dark undertone of the graphics, even though it was made to look like old graphics, it had this darkness to it that really shone through (ironically).
And there are not many things I would suggest to change. One big one was movement. I know you were going for a old Silent Hill type game. But even so, a little bit more easier movement would be better. The hold control to melee thing was not the best option, I don't think at least. It would slow down combat in the future and probably not the best for multiple enemies as you would be locked in place. I do understand you are trying to emulate the older games' vibe, but there's nothing wrong with having more modern controls and still getting the feel for those type of games! The comabt was interesting, but it was anti climactic because if I just stood in one place and whacked at the enemy, he died (as you can see in the video, was funny though!) and that wasn't hard, but would be hinder some in future updates when you add moving enemies and multiple enemies, so a different attack system would probably be better. (Maybe keep the pipe as a weapon class and you can attack others just by pressing the left click and no need to hold the control key?) And also the movement in general, it wasn't too bad. It definitely took time to get use to; but it wasn't the most easy to use while running around.
Also, adding a screen at the beginning where it tells you the controls or maybe a small Ui to indicate you have an inventory would be good. I didn't figure out that I had an inventory until towards the end.
Aside from those, I am looking forward to the story playing out (you set it up to play out I think, and saw the cross in the inventory, so that is definitely something that will eb used in the future, unless it's an Easter egg that I'm missing. and see more great puzzles because the haiku one was really well thought out. One fear I do have is that we will have to go through everything in this game again in the next update, so maybe have a save system where we can jsut drag and drop the save file from the old version to the new one? (I've seen this possible on visual novels, hence I'm suggesting it.)
But yeah, I'm really sorry for this long, long, long review. It was honestly a blast to play and didn't even notice the twenty minutes fly past. The game you've made is amazing and can't wait for more, And definitely would love to see a high-res version of the game when you have the time, people and budget to make one; it would be a really fun game to play. But other than that, keep doing what you're doing because it's honestly a really fun game and good luck for your future projects!
Man, If there was just a pin comment here I would love to do it with yours. I've never got a well written, well explained, detailed feedback like this before. It feels like I hired a quality assurance person to do me a favor. I truly appreciate a well thought feedback here and you took time to write everything. I will consider all your suggestions, I know there are still some things that needed to be improved and I will do my best to address them.
Thanks for praising the puzzle, not many people appreciate such puzzle nowadays. It was cool you liked it even though you haven't played any silent hill games, man their puzzles are awfully difficult for me atleast so I tried to mimic same thing here for the demo. Anyway, these difficult puzzles will not appear often in the game, as I see lots of people really struggle in such so I'll make easier but fun puzzle on the next build.
Yes there will be a save point in the game, that is definitely a must. I already started prototyping chapter 1 by the way and I'll be developing the save point system there. See you on the next chapter mate. Thank you for playing the game.
This game was good! I can totaly see the vibe you were going for! the atmoshpere was amazing! and i cant forget the little jump scares! didnt -get me but still enjoyed it!
as for problems the only thing i had trouble with with was the stairs. i seemed to get stuck on them. also i dont know if this is a glitch or i just didnt do it right xD but the wire from the fuse box. it didnt let me get it the first try! ;--;
if you want to watch my cringy walkthrough here you go xD
Your gameplay is not bad. I guess what people are really up for is a genuine reaction and commentary which I guess you did. Thanks for playing the game bro.
cool game but the whole "WASD" system sucks ass. It's a nightmare. I get you're going for that retro feel but damn, it's so unconfortable.
This game is great! this game style is my favourite because it giving me the resident evil and silent hill vibes, which I really love! Can't wait to play the full release!
Very good! I just with the character model were a little better, but the rest is brutal! Looking foward to this game. +1 follower
I just played this demo and I really like the style it has going on.
It really had some Silent Hill vibes, which I love! Great job!
Looking forward to the rest of this game!
I enjoyed watching your gameplay man, nice job cracking the code for the lock puzzle. Thanks for playing the game. 😊
Thanks for watching, I really appreciate it!
Haha yeah, I was really surprised myself that I found that code without looking at the hints 😂
You got a new follower, I'm looking forward to the full game!
This was excellent!!! it reminded me a bit of silent hill from ps1, didn't have a great gaming experience like this in a while, i had trouble using the pipe, don't know if it's a glitch or that you're supposed to die at the end, either way i really enjoyed this (give my elaborate opinion at the end of the video)
thanks bro! I see you got really frustrated on the last part lol, yeah you have to be in 'stance mode' by holding right click or ctrl button then you can swing your weapon with left click or enter. thanks for playing the game!
Hahahaha i was more so confused and not so much frustrated because the rest of the game was a joy, i think that i tried all of these options, there is a piece of the gameplay i cut out when i was trying all the buttons, it might be a glitch or something with my pc , either way the game was great and looking forward to the expansion and future projects!
Hou la la! Le gameplay et les puzzles sont impressionnants. Vous devriez améliorer le contrôleur 3D, il était difficile de déplacer le personnage. Si vous améliorez son impressionnant. L'atmosphère et l'effet étaient également cool. En attente des prochaines parties et assurez-vous que le gameplay est sûr :)
Wow! The gameplay and puzzles are awesome. You should improve on 3d controller it was difficult to move character. If you improve its awesome. The atmosphere and effect were also cool. Waiting for next parts and make gameplay for sure :)
Had a fun time playing this game because of the ps1 style and that it had a silent hill type of vibe to it. Keep up the good work!!!
Man I see there's something you've been going through, whatever it is. You're right, you need to think positive so you can act positively and get back to the right mindset. Many people are struggling with depression, I know it's not easy but you have to bear with yourself and fight it.
Continue doing what you love man, you have 1k subs and it takes a while and a good amount of effort to reach such numbers. That alone is an achievement man. Just make videos it will help you get out of the things that bothers you.
Anyway, Thank you for playing the game man!
Loved the game can't wait to see further updates with the game great atmosphere and sound design look forward to playing the complete project or next big update
wow I enjoyed your walk through. I love how you figured out the lock puzzle, not many people think out of the box as you do. Indeed your brain will gonna get high after solving a difficult puzzle lol.
Man, I feel a little bit sad after you finished the demo lol, I really see you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for playing the game!
This game really really nails the silent hill vibe, almost perfectly, from sound design, to the aesthetics and even the game play. I love how the game progresses and puts you in for a scare. Silent hill being one of my favorite horror franchises, next to Resident Evil, this brings back fond memories so I highly recommend that you check out the game
lol what a fun playthrough, I'll share your video on my facebook dev page, thank you for playing the game you're awesome.
Hey I really liked your game, its amazing I wished if there was more. As you know I am afraid of speaking while gaming and I know its bad for my channel so I mustered up some courage to make my first commentary gameplay its not perfect but I did it.
Those who are watching my video please show me some support so that I can over come that shynnesss .
Hi! I really appreciate your English commentary on this one specially for non-native english speakers like me. Continue working on it man! Thanks for playing the game!
I liked this a lot! It reminded me of Alice, another PS1 style game that came out here on itch a little while ago. Just a demo so there's some clipping that I've seen, nice work! I did a video also in case you're interested.
thanks for playing the game! I'll share your video on my facebook dev page, and Yes I'll include your video don't worry. :D
i found a bug kinda, sometimes when i run into the walls i glitch out of the map and i have to restart the game and lose all my progress, do you think you can fix this, sorry if i sound like a karen :(
Hello! I loved the puzzles and the overall dread feeling of this game. it was really good and i made a video but had some recording issues so i couldnt post it but ill keep following development!
Hi! Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked it. If you have the video, post it anytime here :)
It was alright
Nice game. The character looks a bit weird xD
Awesome playthrough man, it's good you thought about syllables about the lock like only 3% can figure that out. I feel really amazed for people who can figure out a puzzle with a bizarre clue lol. thanks for playing the game :)
This game was awesome! I can definetly feel the Silent Hill Vibes, so you did a great job! I was scared the whole time and those mini jumpscares were perfect to make me feel the chills up my spine and then go down to my heart and stay there XD. I want this game happening, so I'll try to support you as much as I can :3
Thank you so much, your words are consoling. This is one honest commentary and good gameplay!
This game was really good! It honestly gave me chills and a good jumpscare towards the end of the game! Hope the developer can finish the game soon! Definitely will be playing the full release!
You're gameplay and commentary is really good, I'll share your video on my facebook page man. You deserve a lot more views and subs. Thank you so much for playing the game!
Hey, man, this game is cool. I wish I could play
I really enjoy this game and I can't wait for the full release! I felt really stupid for not knowing how to solve the puzzles but hey, that's normal and the puzzles were really great! I played it in my video and it gave me some really good scares! (It's the first game, so don't worry about timecodes) Great job, my friend!
thank you so much, I'm really glad you liked it. This kind of games are designed to people like you who enjoy retro horror games.
You're video is in private btw, not sure if you made that intentional.
This is a really good game and i hope it gets updates, it deserves more plays!
Is the game finished and needs no more updates?
This was pretty good! A lot slower paced than what I'm used to, but it was a very nice break from the usual first person games I've played. The puzzles took me a while to figure out!
The game definitely has the Silent Hill Vibe and you can see the similarities. The room toss event was also one of the more interesting jumpscares in the PS1 styled horror games. I only wish that items that are needed can be picked up long before needing to actually activate the cutscene to open acesss to it. Otherwise, not bad of a game.
Here's my channel for other games I have played. http://www.youtube.com/c/Levont
I loved this game. I was not disappointed at all. Silent Hill is one of my all time favorite games and I could see so many similarities. I would definitely play this game once its fully released, I look forward to it. Amazing work for a solo developer. I did a gameplay of this game and will link it below if you are interested.
Thank you so much for your words and for playing the game. :)
mind if I share your video on my facebook page? thanks
Honestly, for an indie horror game developed by one guy... I truly think this has to be one of the best indie developer games I played so far. It is fantastic.
> An evil atmosphere
> Unique type of graphics
> The camera effects were really solid
Now a few things to work on in regards of the game
> Movement controls were a little wonky but that's okay. It takes sometime to get used to. It was like I was playing on the gamecube again. Nostalgic XD
> The haiku puzzle was interesting however, I wish that in the game there was a note or something that gave you a hint on regards to the answer to the puzzle. It was really tricky. thank goodness you left a hint in the game's description.
Very small details to work on but other than that.... Fantastic job :)
Thanks for your feedback, means a lot to me :).
I'll share your gamplay on my page btw.
Game was good man!
I got a huge silent hill 1 vibe from this one and the puzzles are truly old school XD. I had to guess the passcode to the lock though. Not many scares but the few that are there are good and the atmosphere keeps it creepy the whole time
Here is my video:
Interesting, take on a good ol ps1 horror, I very much like it hopefully you will continue developping this, there's a lot of potential if you can make a good storyline !
Thank you for your words man! I'm glad you liked it that much. Thank you for your time playing the game :)
Good game, completed it and I look forward to seeing more, let me know how it all goes.
Managed to complete the game, video up shortly. May I also recommend you put this game on gamejolt and indiexpo.net. Might do well there too.