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A Treat and Some Tricks
« on: 30 Oct 2017, 19:04 »

A Treat and Some Tricks

A girl and her brother are left alone by their mother on Halloween night, with specific orders not to go trick or treating nor opening the door, unless it's their grandmother.
But being kids, they don't obey.
And weird things start happening...







Made for the Pixel Horror Jam 2, you can find the download link here!
Thanks everyone for the support! :)

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #1 on: 30 Oct 2017, 23:11 »
This looks super cute. Can't wait to try it.

Mandle

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #2 on: 30 Oct 2017, 23:16 »
This looks super cute. Can't wait to try it.

+1!!!

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #3 on: 30 Oct 2017, 23:35 »
Why does it say 1.2 MB on the game entry page but it's really 31? Not like I don't have that space available, but still.

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #4 on: 30 Oct 2017, 23:46 »
Why does it say 1.2 MB on the game entry page but it's really 31?

Maybe it's a Halloween trick?

31 is such a fitting number... (laugh)

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #5 on: 31 Oct 2017, 11:39 »
I checked the complete house and the girl won't pick up anything nor will she open the door nor do the promised weird things start to happen :P

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #6 on: 31 Oct 2017, 11:48 »
Why does it say 1.2 MB on the game entry page but it's really 31? Not like I don't have that space available, but still.

Don't know what I did there, but fixed it :) thanks for noticing.

I checked the complete house and the girl won't pick up anything nor will she open the door nor do the promised weird things start to happen :P

Add spoiler tag for Hidden:
hide from your brother in the dining room or below the stairs while he's counting down and wait for him to find you :sealed:

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #7 on: 02 Nov 2017, 01:16 »
Oh no! I was so enjoying the game that I forgot to save at any point and then the game froze up just when

Add spoiler tag for Hidden:
the girl had found what happened to Corgi and said "I have to..." and then the cursor never returned. The candles were still flickering though so the game was still running. It just never returned control to me. I think the problem might be that text requires a click to continue but cursor control is off?

EDIT: It didn't happen the second time through and I managed to finish the game:

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I was really expecting all along that everything was just a Halloween trick the (sick) family was playing on the sister with a fake dead dog body/head etc. Until the end that is. Not sure exactly what happened at the end. Did Grandma eat Tim or did Grandma and Tim both eat the sister? Anyway, great game! Quite a bit of unfocused searching around so maybe the walkspeed could be turned up slightly? Or double-click on doors to insta-move? I don't really mind walking around because it adds to the tension, but a lot of players don't like it.
« Last Edit: 02 Nov 2017, 01:57 by Mandle »

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #8 on: 02 Nov 2017, 17:52 »
@Mandle: I chose to skip speech using "mouse only", but I don't know what caused this issue. You're the first who had it, but I'll change to "mouse or timer", in hopes this specific problem won't occur again.

Regarding the end...
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The tittle of the game was meant to be...kinda misdirecting. Tim is given a treat, an apparently innocuous candy, but the 'tricks' as a result of eating it are real, not a joke...not tricks at all. In the end only Tim is ate. (also, mom told them not to open the door, right? Kids don't listen and end up eaten (wrong):P )
Regarding the walking around, yeah, I really thought of implementing the RMB to teleport around the rooms, all that walking around was boring. But by the time I considered changing it, I had little time to actually code it. But I need more feedback on this, see what others think.

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #9 on: 03 Nov 2017, 00:52 »
Puting aside bugs (dissapearing cursor, illogical teleport spots) and some issues like missing walk behind areas, the game actually was fun for a quickie:). GJ.

Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #10 on: 03 Nov 2017, 03:42 »
Sigh...

I got stuck at
Add spoiler tag for Hidden:
the keeper in the basement. She says she has to shred him
and then she can't move. There's no way to get the character out of that spot. I pressed lots of buttons and there's no way to save so it was unfortunately a dead end.


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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #11 on: 03 Nov 2017, 04:36 »
Sigh...

I got stuck at
Add spoiler tag for Hidden:
the keeper in the basement. She says she has to shred him
and then she can't move. There's no way to get the character out of that spot. I pressed lots of buttons and there's no way to save so it was unfortunately a dead end.

You can actually save on the "game exit" screen without exiting the game. Only one slot but it helps to use it now and then.

Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #12 on: 03 Nov 2017, 13:45 »
You can actually save on the "game exit" screen without exiting the game. Only one slot but it helps to use it now and then.

I did see the option to save and quit but unfortunately when you start again and click "Continue" from the menu, rather than loading the save game it just says there's an error and you have to start over.


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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #13 on: 03 Nov 2017, 16:47 »
Thank you all for the feedback and patience in giving them, I really appreciate :)
I've update the game with some minor modifications:
- the speech can be skipped with "mouse or timer"
- the save system is now using slots
- the bug with the missing cursors or the MC being trapped are gone (I hope)

The new version is on:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2206/

Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #14 on: 03 Nov 2017, 16:53 »
Thank you all for the feedback and patience in giving them, I really appreciate :)
I've update the game with some minor modifications:
- the speech can be skipped with "mouse or timer"
- the save system is now using slots
- the bug with the missing cursors or the MC being trapped are gone (I hope)

The new version is on:
http://www.adventuregamestudio.co.uk/site/games/game/2206/


I just want to say that as annoying as it is that I've hit so many bugs and had to start over probably 4-5 times because the save/load didn't work, it really is a well-done game. I haven't finished but the graphics and creepy atmosphere are really amazing and the puzzles so far have really been a lot of fun. If this version irons out the bugs then you have a good game going and I'm willing to have another go at it...

« Last Edit: 03 Nov 2017, 17:05 by Shadow1000 »

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #15 on: 03 Nov 2017, 17:19 »
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I just want to say that as annoying as it is that I've hit so many bugs and had to start over probably 4-5 times because the save/load didn't work, it really is a well-done game. I haven't finished but the graphics and creepy atmosphere are really amazing and the puzzles so far have really been a lot of fun. If this version irons out the bugs then you have a good game going and I'm willing to have another go at it...

Ooh Shadow, it's my first AGS game, so yeah, there are bugs :~( but I thank you for playing it, one way or the other. Not only you, but everyone here.
I changed what I knew how to fix, which by the list it's not thaaat much.
I hope the playthrough is smoother this time around.

Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #16 on: 03 Nov 2017, 17:50 »

Ooh Shadow, it's my first AGS game, so yeah, there are bugs :~( but I thank you for playing it, one way or the other. Not only you, but everyone here.


Voce e do Brasil, nao e? Parabens! Gostei muito..

Very good first game. I hope that you continue releasing. However, I need to emphasize the importance of having a few people test it before release. Many people on this forum are happy to test and report bugs.


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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #17 on: 03 Nov 2017, 18:04 »
Many people on this forum are happy to test and report bugs.
Oh yes.

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #18 on: 05 Nov 2017, 00:27 »

Ooh Shadow, it's my first AGS game, so yeah, there are bugs :~( but I thank you for playing it, one way or the other. Not only you, but everyone here.


Voce e do Brasil, nao e? Parabens! Gostei muito..

Very good first game. I hope that you continue releasing. However, I need to emphasize the importance of having a few people test it before release. Many people on this forum are happy to test and report bugs.
Were  testing it right now actually;].

First game? Thats a REALLY good job then!

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #19 on: 06 Nov 2017, 09:39 »
Yeah, next time I'll ask you all to test my games :P
Thanks everyone!

Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #20 on: 06 Nov 2017, 19:35 »
Yeah, next time I'll ask you all to test my games :P
Thanks everyone!

So just my thoughts:

- The environment was really good. The graphics and music really gave a perfect spooky feel to the game
- Decent puzzles. Not too difficult but enough to make it into a game.
- The story was delivered very well. I won't elaborate so as not to ruin it but just the right pace and the right hints in the right places. I'm not sure that I understood the backstory perfectly but I think I pretty much get the idea.

All I can say is that for a first game, EXCELLENT job! Foi otimo!

I hope to see more games from you in the future.

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #21 on: 13 Nov 2017, 07:30 »
I'll have to try this game, looks creepy! Well done 8-)
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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #22 on: 13 Nov 2017, 09:51 »
Hello! To everyone who played it: thank you very much!
The game has been ranked first on the Pixel Horror Jam 2!
https://itch.io/jam/pixelhorrorjam2/results
Once again, thanks to everyone who gave feedback. You are awesome! 8-)

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #23 on: 13 Nov 2017, 21:46 »
Congratz! I imagine the competition was tough so well done!

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Re: A Treat and Some Tricks
« Reply #24 on: 16 Nov 2017, 22:41 »
I saw a youtube let's play of this. Very Nice game!!! :D

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The plot-mechanism of hide and seek was a cool idea :) I just didn't like the ending itself. Loads of rooms, though!!! Looking forward to actually playing your next game :)
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