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Joe's Miserable Life
« 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!

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #1 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)

Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #2 on: 21 Oct 2017, 11:06 »
Kumpel: Well, glad to hear that :-D
I am a f***ed up individual creating weird ass things because that gives me a strange sense of satisfaction.

Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #3 on: 23 Oct 2017, 21:51 »
Nice art style! That eye on the chair there is very creepy.

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #4 on: 23 Oct 2017, 23:12 »
LOL SilverSpook!

That's the "look" cursor :D

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #5 on: 24 Oct 2017, 15:45 »
 :-D

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #6 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.

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #7 on: 11 Nov 2017, 00:05 »
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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #8 on: 11 Nov 2017, 07:20 »
The pic does look miserable/bleak indeed :-D
I like miserable/bleak.
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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #9 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:

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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:

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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.

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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!!!

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #10 on: 12 Nov 2017, 08:44 »
Ok, I played/finished the game too. Very miserable and brutal! (nod)

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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...
« Last Edit: 12 Nov 2017, 08:59 by KyriakosCH »
Download and play The Chrysalis! My first ever game.
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Kumpel

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #11 on: 12 Nov 2017, 12:33 »
I CAN'T WAIT FOR MORE FROM YOU!!!

+1

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #12 on: 12 Nov 2017, 23:02 »
I didn't like the game very much. Too bleak and gross for me. Tastes differ.
 

Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #13 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.

Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #14 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. :=

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Re: Joe's Miserable Life
« Reply #15 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? :=
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Wow
« Reply #16 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!!
I am a f***ed up individual creating weird ass things because that gives me a strange sense of satisfaction.