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A Second Face - The Eye of Geltz is watching Us

by Le Woltaire

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Game Genre:
Fantasy
Game Type:
Investigative
Story Type:
Original
Release Date:
23 Dec 2008
AGS Panel Rating:
Player Rating:
Full length game
Short game Can be completed within 30 minutes
Medium length game Takes at least 30 mins to finish
Full length game As long as a Sierra / LucasArts classic
MAGS game Monthly AGS competition entry
Non-adventure game Using Adventure Game Studio for something else?!
Joke game You know when it fits this category ;)
Demo Unfinished games / commercial games
Training game Games made just to try out AGS
Newly added games Not yet categorised
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Content advisory:
Mild
Sex scenes
Strong

Public Opinion

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48 people have rated this game so far:
Visual:
87%
Immersion:
87%
Puzzles & Pacing:
81%
Overall Enjoyment:
83%
This game features voice acting.

About this game

Now playable in English, German, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

In the infinity of space there is a planet with two faces turning around an old, white sun to which it always shows the same side. The other is enveloped in total darkness.

On each face life has developed in a different way. The bright side is inhabited by people who call themselves Strefis, the illuminated ones, while the dark side is populated by the Ugeltz, the people of night.

No Ugeltz has ever seen a Strefis however each civilisation remembers the other, in legends.

Extended Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mK_xlqIzfc
See the people who made this game and any other games they've worked on >>
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jkohen has worked on 5 other games: (see them >>)
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Ali has worked on 12 other games: (see them >>)
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cat has worked on 21 other games: (see them >>)
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Peder has worked on 20 other games: (see them >>)
Italian translation
paolo has worked on 33 other games: (see them >>)
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Kastchey has worked on 7 other games: (see them >>)

AGS Awards

Won, Best Background Art 2008

Won, Best Game Created with AGS 2008

Won, Best Original Story 2008

Nominated, Best Animation 2008

Nominated, Best Character Art 2008

Nominated, Best Dialogue Writing 2008

Nominated, Best Gameplay 2008

Nominated, Best Music 2008

Nominated, Best Non Player Character 2008

Nominated, Best Player Character 2008

Nominated, Best Programming in an Adventure 2008

Nominated, Best Puzzles 2008

Nominated, Best Sound Effects 2008

Nominated, Best Tutorial or Documentation 2008

Nominated, Best Voice Work 2008

AGS Panel Review

"Impressive in both scope and creativity, but suffers from some directionless gameplay and ill-defined play mechanics. Graphic design is atmospheric, though at times inconsistent. Strong storyline overcomes slightly confusing characterizations."

28 people commented on this game (newest first):

I've got this version in september 2011, and I can say I loved it! I am a former gamer of Lucasarts adventures, like Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, DOTT, Indiana Jones, and even ancient ones, like Hugo for DOS, since 1991 and older. The Second Face is different, because of the atmosphere and the 'alien' of 'another world' place. Its so interesting as OoO (out of order), another game that uses 'alien worlds', which let our minds crazy to discover things!

Second Face is a world of mistery. Misteries everywhere!

I'm sure what I will say now will not spoil the game because it will just describe some objects. Its more to give some examples, ideas and suggestions. I'm not giving clues. Anyway, beware.

Second face has some areas, like the bedrooms, with the windows showing part of a large building! Very immersive and I really appreciated it!

As a 'veteran', I noticed positive and memoring areas, like the afore mentioned feeling of 'living in a different world', and the anxiety to discover things like: see his father, cure his father, read more about the trees, the large creature and this world, go to the underGROUND to see the margin being pumped up, and tons of inimaginable actions that let me fixed in the game until its end.
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2011-12-10 17:28:02 by Aedler (aedler)
amazing undertaking, and the truly first aGS game Ive seen with a deep philosophical (and truly interesting, mind you!:) undercurrent,,

While I had to give up after a couple of hours,, too drab environments and monotonous atmosphere and gameplay, (kinda hated the text boxes too,,sorry bout that), I felt the puzzles weren't really effectively moving the storyline forward, they kinda fell into the pit as so many other ags games,, as fillers.
A lot fetch puzzles,, a-b-c linear boring "use knife on break, make sandwich, kind of things, not really a dynamic part of the amazing storyline, I would have loved to follow the story if the puzzles and gameplay were more varied and creative and less linear and trivial,

on the positive side, I loved the style, didn't mind the simplistic graphics,, cool characters and grim, bleak setting (it just got too monotonous at times,, almost claustrophobic and paranoid, a good indicator of the game world and characters,, but no so good when you had to do a lot of walking and running through the same places over and overa gain, (it got a little depressing to be honest, at least for me)
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2011-07-09 23:56:01 by Karens
Excellent game with high artistic qualities and very good direction. Definitely one of the blockbusters of the independent adventure game scene.
2011-06-16 06:57:55 by Wilma (Sauerkraut)
Hi Licorice,
thank you for the feedback.

The most important information for me is the point when you stopped to play the game. Since I constructed the game as a continous climax the most interesting parts should come towards the end. If you could tell me exactly where you stopped, it would help me a lot for the sequel.

I am trying to improve the voice overs as much as I can. A new micro and new voice actors are already there. So probably it will make a step in quality.
2010-10-09 21:39:15 by Le Woltaire (VAN_WOLTER)
Visuals were clean, a little too dark for me though even though the screen brightness was turned all the way up. This game is a dead cert for eye strain.

Although it's nice that some voices are provided for dialogue, they were too monotonous and dull and didn't really lend anything in terms of immersion or enjoyment, similar to listening to robots droning in slow-mo.

Puzzles are fairly logical. In terms of the atmosphere of the game, the gaming environment contributed to its dull, dreariness - grim atmosphere? Background music - very simplistic, serves it's purpose.

A good effort by the author - some suggestions to be made:

I felt the script & dialogue, plus voiceovers, could have been more engrossing. Characterisation is lacking. Environments could be less drab - more of a variety in terms of environmental design.

Unfortunately I gave up on it within 2 hours, there just wasn't enough in terms of motivation to make me want to continue playing
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2010-10-01 00:55:03 by licorice
Loved this game, Had a great time playing and was a little upset when it was over..(*^_^*)
2010-07-19 09:37:23 by Tenchi (Tenchirizu)
Really enjoyed it - too bad there's still no sequel :-/...
2010-05-21 22:10:02 by marbar
Good storytelling for a start. Will be waiting for sequel.
2010-01-28 07:28:22 by Taeyang
The game is brilliant. Nice consistent graphics, original story and artistic character voices. The fact that is translated in many languages gives us a hint that this game is something different than the other games that we can find here.

If you like the easy games, with no challenges in it or if you prefer a "sunshine happy games" then this is not your game.
2010-01-11 13:02:55 by Harg (kinanev)
I liked the dark mood in the game. Sometimes i felt lost and didn't bother to check WT. Le Woltaire has an bizarre sense of humor and i liked it. Cutscenes want to teach us that head can move differently from body. Head is rebel, Head is independent. Oh yeah, this game is about head's freedom :)

Enough jokes, i want to finish my comment qucikly because i'm heading to fertility festival. Ýmpatiently waiting for second chapter.
2009-10-22 19:34:10 by proximity
The English voices were obviously done by non native English speakers. There's been a lot of effort put into them, but many words were pronounced completely wrong again and again.
2009-07-20 03:06:51 by Anonymous (Pat2)
Graphics, music and tone of the game are very good.

I had a lot of trouble figuring what I was supposed to do next, I would do a puzzle and then the game just expects you know where to go from there even though it gives no indication of what should be done next. Some puzzles were a bit illogical and would sometimes require you to look at an item to know what to do, which leaves completely lost if you don't look at every single item. I never figured out how the final puzzle worked, my strategy was guess and check and after tons of guessing and having to keep going up and down the stairs over and over, I gave up on it and looked up the answer.

There was way too much backtracking. A lot of the items would be in places you've already been(the item wasn't there at the first visit), even though there is no reason given to go back to those places. Too often you would have to do the same action more than once.

Moving across the map was very slow, especially when you had to leave the map then enter the map again to go to certain areas. I thought most of the speech was too slow and would usually read it myself then click before the speech was done.

With all that said there is a great story and world here. I can see the game creators vision, and I very much like it. The gameplay just needs improvement and with that I would expect a very good sequel.
2009-07-13 20:26:59 by mr.me (mr.me)
A second face is a really great effort by the creator.
I haven't finished playing the game yet, but my first impression about the visualisation is very positiv.
The whole grafic and character -desing is very special and the story is interesting and has a dramatic touch.
This is what I like the most about this game.
Also the atmosphere is very impressive, the puzzles tricky.
Well done to the author!
2009-03-09 15:22:35 by sorafeather (sorafeather)
I loved this game. Very professional production and very entertaining.
I must admit that some parts were difficult and I refered to the walkthrough a few times because I was stuck.
I liked the graphics, the storyline and even the voices. Why should Ugeltz have an american accent ? The German accent adds to the atmosphere.
I first hated the text box for conversations but I finally got used to it.
I wished I could use the map to move faster from one place to another. E.g. move from the palace to the undertown with one single click.
Keep up the good work !
2009-03-08 10:13:18 by lanchong (lanchong)
I liked the game and thought the story line was interesting. I didn't like the audio though, the voices sounded wierd.
2009-02-21 07:56:12 by Desiree Ann WAtson (desimaui)
I just wanted to say congrats on getting best game award 2008, I think you are a deserved winner.
2009-02-12 19:51:33 by Andy (Andy)
A huge amount of effort has gone into making this excellent game. The story is original and engaging, the gameplay is at just the right level and the music is hauntingly beautiful.
2009-02-09 14:09:08 by paolo (paolo)
Its the best Game i ever played on this site !
Amesing grafic,storry..every think just fantastic !!!Bravo for autor Le Woltaire!!!
2009-02-06 18:35:44 by Alla (Alla)
Hi Snarky, thank you for your comment! I will take some time and try to answer your notes:

I will use your information to improve the sequel. Actually I always tried to improve my games from step to step... Although the sequel will remain in a 480x640 resolution and have a quite similar background and portrait style, I will spend more time on character animations and background details. I noticed that some people liked the backgrounds of the Undertown more than others, maybe because they were a bit more datailed. (Actually they were the last ones that had been made)

My dialogues system will remain like this, but will be built up step by step until the trilogy is done. Afterwards I will pass over everything and maybe cut all three parts together to a developers cut, where puzzles, backgrounds, art and music will get smoothed out. At least this is the plan for the next three years... It's getting more and more a full time job to do all this...

For now I just recieved positive comments on my game, and it is interesting to read a negative for me. I was really surprised about the positive feedback for now, since it is the first time for me, because all my other games actually flopped pretty fast. But the most interesting issue about it is, that if people like something, they tent not to write a lot about it. When I recieve short emails like: "I loved every part of your game, thank you!" or when I get a PayPal donation without any comment from Russia I sometimes remain there and ask myself: "Yes, but why do you say or do this?"

But if people don't like something they tend to write pages and pages, so that I sometimes ask myself: "Jesus, where do they take all the time to write about something they didn't like?" This is an interesting experience from a psychological viewpoint. After all, negative energy can be more useful that positive energy if it is taken in a positive way to improve the result. Every comment gives me something to think about.

Take Care, Woltaire!
2009-02-02 10:05:39 by Le Woltaire (VAN_WOLTER)
An ambitious, symbolic and clearly very personal story is grafted somewhat awkwardly on a traditional adventure game.

Enjoyment of this game will be largely governed by how interested you are in marginally realistic fantasy worlds full of made-up words (Ugk, Gork, goozon, ugeltz and Grogoz are only a small sample) and complex backstory. The main plot, concerning mystical energy, hallucinatory visions and an ancient sexual religion, is mysterious to the point of vagueness (this is only the first chapter, very much "to be continued"), but nevertheless fairly compelling.

The gameplay is more uneven, consisting mainly of the fetch quests, interrogations, kleptomania and unlikely object combinations found in hundreds of adventures. As puzzles, these are often somewhat arbitrary, with little direction to let the player know what direction to proceed. At the same time, the premise of many seem inconsistent with the setting (since you play as a prince of the realm, on an important government mission, it seems strange that you'd have a problem getting cash for petty expenses, for example), and the preposterous nature of some of them undermine the seriousness of the story. The game also ends with a quite hard standalone maze/switch puzzle, which could drive some players up the wall in frustration.

On the production side, ambition is also held back a bit by limited technical and artistic accomplishments. The graphics are certainly unique, and there are some very nice dramatic cutaway angles and facial animation. However, characters are crudely drawn with limited grasp of anatomy, even given the stylized portrayal. Character movement is unnatural, slow to start and glitchy, with poor pathfinding. Backgrounds (apparently primarily modeled in 3D) are generally better, though sparse, and numerous little touches like parallax scrolling show that a lot of effort has been put into them.

I did not experience any bugs, although there were some odd gaps in the game's unique (and satisfying) conversation system.

The writing can be ponderous, but generally manages to avoid the worst excesses of pretentiousness. At the time of writing, there are still quite a few errors in the English translation, although the creator has been fixing these progressively in each new release.

The game has voice acting at key moments. On the whole this is a plus, adding some additional drama. However, also this part of the game is let down a bit by the execution. The creator voices most of the male characters himself, and while he manages to provide different voices, it's only at the cost of distorting it to (in some cases) a ridiculous extent. Some of the other actors simply aren't any good. And none of them seem to have English as their first language, leading to heavy accents and some distracting mispronunciations (the word "realm", for example, is consistently spoken as "ree-ulm").

Despite the reservations, this game is quite an impressive accomplishment. Players should be able to clearly perceive the creator's vision, even if ambition has overreached technical skill so that the result is not "professional" or fully artistically successful. If you let yourself be immersed in the world of Rabokk, under the Eye of Geltz, you will most likely enjoy your time there and look forward to your return in the next game.
2009-02-02 03:13:22 by Snarky (Snarky)
I found myself completely immersed in this game. The artwork, the dialogue, the voiceovers, are all so very detailed, and plenty of it.

The storyline just drew me in. I love it!

And the puzzles really had me thinking. At some points I thought I would be stuck, but just managed to find my way through it all.

Full praise for all the effort that went into this brilliant game!
2009-01-22 19:21:56 by Andy (Andy)
finish this game and tell everybody about it!
2009-01-08 13:32:08 by note to self: (egalotron)
This was the first time I played such an adventure game.
For me it was a surprisingly amazing experience.
I loved it very much playing it and had a lot of fun with it. I surely will try out your other games and looking out for the next part.
Well done!!! ;-)
2009-01-06 20:48:41 by green_eire (green_eire)
The stuff that dreams are made of.
Play it now.
2008-12-31 02:22:57 by goldmund (Goldmund)
This is a really fine game with a very well designed game world, fair puzzles, nice graphics and a really good story. Waiting for a sequel.
2008-12-30 20:20:47 by neon (neon)
Without doubt this is one of the high quality AGS games. It offers brilliant artwork, tons of close-ups, animations, thousands of dialogues, voices, great music, sounds and excellent gameplay, all brought together to a totally unique setting. Cintematic sequences make the cutscenes very entertaining. A must play for all fans of the adventure genre.
2008-12-29 20:18:58 by Essex (sandrina)
I don't have a top 5 list of AGS games, but if I did, this game would be in it.

With Class-A storytelling, brilliant artwork and all the little touches you rarely see in a freeware title, this game deserves to be played.
2008-12-28 01:08:08 by Stupot (Stupot)
An amazing production from Le Woltaire. Some of the best music in adventure games, long *and* interesting cut-scenes, intriguing plot, and a living, breathing world.

The intro cut-scene is an instant classic and the voice overs... interesting. A must play, it will keep you hooked for hours.
2008-12-23 13:55:43 by jkohen (jkohen)
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