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Title: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Bizaron on 20 Oct 2017, 19:34
Hi there!

I have recently finished a short adventure game called "Joe's Miserable Life." It's my second game created in AGS (my first game is completely in Czech, so I have no idea whether it has any point to post it).

The game is about an old sad man living alone in a small house, his whole life was pretty much a dull mess, his daughter died and his only friends are his dog and a toilet spider. This short game is about a life-changing misfortune.

The graphics was created in paint.net and gimp, sounds are from freesound.org and music is from incompetech.com, voice acting is included too. Although it was supposed to be a stand-alone game, I will most likely make it into a trilogy (I am slowly working on the second part now). I will be glad for any comments!

CLICK ON THIS TEXT TO VIEW THE GAME (http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2200/)

(https://i.imgur.com/L200Rbr.png)

Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Kumpel on 20 Oct 2017, 23:51
Just played it. It was ... disturbing 8-0

Oh jesus. A forum user's signature has never been so true (wtf)(wtf)(wtf)   (laugh)
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Bizaron on 21 Oct 2017, 11:06
Kumpel: Well, glad to hear that :-D
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: SilverSpook on 23 Oct 2017, 21:51
Nice art style! That eye on the chair there is very creepy.
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Kumpel on 23 Oct 2017, 23:12
LOL SilverSpook!

That's the "look" cursor :D
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: selmiak on 24 Oct 2017, 15:45
 :-D
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: lakerz on 06 Nov 2017, 05:50
Bizaron - the download to Joe's Miserable Life may be corrupted at mediafile?  I've tried several times and each time I open up the file it says it can't recognize it.  Usually, .rar files give me no problem which makes me suspect there is an issue.
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Peder on 11 Nov 2017, 00:05
You could try the AGS Archives link: https://www.agsarchives.com/game/59f7776b4f047349ff204076
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: KyriakosCH on 11 Nov 2017, 07:20
The pic does look miserable/bleak indeed :-D
I like miserable/bleak.
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Mandle on 12 Nov 2017, 01:30
Wow! When the game started I thought "How disturbing could this really be?"....and then *gulp* I found out...

What's wrong with you, dude?! (laugh)

Seriously though:

A deliciously disturbing and quite horrifying glimpse into the cracked mind of a man on the edge.

The deadpan voicing was very appropriate for the character. I really believed in the emptiness inside him when he spoke.

The graphics and music worked perfectly together to create a gloomy, dreadful and, later on, gut-wrenching atmosphere. At points the graphics worked almost too well:

SPOILER ALERT:
Charlie's eyes in the final graphic we see of him... You either really put some imagination into that or... No, I won't even go there... I'll just assume you noted what happens to fish eyes and applied that here... (wtf)

While probably not for everyone I thought the game was a masterpiece with the mood of a short horror story that, once you read it, will stick in your memory for years to come.

One last touch I was expecting at the end that I felt would make the bleakness complete:

SPOILER ALERT:
I expected Joe to sit down on the toilet before... you know... as he said it was his favorite place. A brief glimpse of him sadly seated there afterwards may have been a powerful final image to leave the player with.

PS:

I also loved the way Joe refers to "a toilet-spider" as if that's an actual term in common useage. I don't know if it was intentional but that made me really feel he was a guy living an existence cut off from society and very used to just only the feedback loop of communicating with himself. Lovely touch either way: intentional or subliminal!

I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE FROM YOU!!!
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: KyriakosCH on 12 Nov 2017, 08:44
Ok, I played/finished the game too. Very miserable and brutal! (nod)

The doll idea is excellent! I liked the "of course..." bit after he asked how he could use his body to feed the spider :=

Well done! Gfx are ugly, obviously, but they work fine with the overall nastyness of what is going on. Poor Joe...
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Kumpel on 12 Nov 2017, 12:33
I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE FROM YOU!!!

+1
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Creamy on 12 Nov 2017, 23:02
I didn't like the game very much. Too bleak and gross for me. Tastes differ.
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: Shadow1000 on 12 Nov 2017, 23:20
I didn't like the game very much. Too bleak and gross for me. Tastes differ.

Same for me. I found it disturbing rather than the experience of a good horror/thriller. It's not for everyone.
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: lakerz on 13 Nov 2017, 04:56
You could try the AGS Archives link: https://www.agsarchives.com/game/59f7776b4f047349ff204076

Thank you kind sir.  Now I am able to participate in this incredibly disturbing game as well. :=
Title: Re: Joe's Miserable Life
Post by: KyriakosCH on 13 Nov 2017, 07:16
I didn't like the game very much. Too bleak and gross for me. Tastes differ.

It needed some sauce? :=
Title: Wow
Post by: Bizaron on 19 Nov 2017, 20:14
Wow, so many reactions, it seems that the game really worked the way I wanted it to. This really motivates me to create more stuff for you, thanks for all the support!!