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Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« on: 29 Jun 2015, 16:14 »


Wrong Channel is a super low res point & click horror adventure. Can you survive? Can you make sure you don’t select the… wrong channel!



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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #1 on: 29 Jun 2015, 16:48 »
Apologies to those who have just downloaded, I noticed a couple of little bugs. I've updated the download.
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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #2 on: 29 Jun 2015, 23:06 »
Oh boy. Looks awesome, mate. Will play ASAP.

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Just played. Brilliant stuff!
« Last Edit: 30 Jun 2015, 02:13 by Stupot+ »

Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #3 on: 30 Jun 2015, 04:13 »
Thanks for giving it a go Stupot+, I'm glad you liked it! :)
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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #4 on: 30 Jun 2015, 06:15 »
I found some slight glitches:

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If you choose "candle" on the hole menu while "reach" is available the menu shows both "grasp" and "reach". Also the game crashes when you use the quit option: Not a biggie as the player was trying to quit anyway.

One other thing: Hitting ESC to access an options menu is quite intuitive for hardcore point-and-clickers but probably not so for your casual player. You might want to include instructions somewhere. This may be hard to do without breaking your low-res esthetic though...


Not yet finished the game, but great atmosphere so far...

EDIT:

OHHHHHHHH!!! I just finished the game and I realised what was making me hit a "dead-end":

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When I first read the message in the tree I added I(9th letter of alphabet) and S(19th letter) as 9+19=28 which took me to the weeping woman's room. Thus I thought that the message was finished with.

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[hide]But the left-over "for"(4) did bother me so I eventually went back and tried 1+5/4 (64) which led me to the graves. At this point I thought the carving had a double-code until I did the grave math and got the result 28. Then I realised that I(9)+S(19)=28 was just a HUGE coincidence and that I was supposed to visit the graves before I visited the weeping-woman. And then I could finish the game.


Anyways, just a heads-up about that thingy. I don't know how many other players will make the same "mistake" as me, and it could even be considered a hidden "feature" that makes the game a little harder maybe... (laugh)[/hide]

GREAT GAME!!! Really enjoyed it heaps!!!
« Last Edit: 30 Jun 2015, 06:39 by Mandle »

Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #5 on: 30 Jun 2015, 17:08 »
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But the left-over "for"(4) did bother me so I eventually went back and tried 1+5/4 (64) which led me to the graves. At this point I thought the carving had a double-code until I did the grave math and got the result 28. Then I realised that I(9)+S(19)=28 was just a HUGE coincidence and that I was supposed to visit the graves before I visited the weeping-woman. And then I could finish the game.


Aha...that helped where I was stuck.
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I ended up on 28 from the I + S; I didn't get the 64 even after playing around with the numbers a bit (I think I tried using 1 and 5 because of their similarity to 1 and 5 but no luck.)


I finished the game with that hint.

Really cool and different game.

SHADOW

Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #6 on: 02 Jul 2015, 18:32 »
Thanks for playing guys, I'm glad you liked it!

It's a bit of a shame I managed to pick a random channel which conflicted but I think I'll leave it as is as it's only a small game :)
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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #7 on: 02 Jul 2015, 19:51 »
I really enjoyed this xil, you did a cracking job with the low res aesthetic and the game is genuinely creepy! I was stuck for quite some time but I powered through.

Loved the death screen! Made me jump multiple times :)

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #8 on: 04 Jul 2015, 23:04 »
Fantastic game! I loved it :smiley:

I feel that your artistic style really fit in well with the game mechanics in this one, with the game being so surreal the player just accepts the surreal game play mechanics like it's normal.
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Is there more than one ending? It felt like I got a bad ending but I'm not sure.

Also I made another LP if you're interested:

will upload part 2 tomorrow morning (in a few hours)

Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #9 on: 07 Jul 2015, 14:04 »
Love the art and the atmosphere, xil.
As a long time horror fan I’m not easily impressed by jump scares, but I must say the game over screen is awesome :)

The actual gameplay can indeed get random at times, just like a few others I managed to accidentally teleport to the next room without solving the puzzle:

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I interacted with most of the hotspots in the first room, then grabbed the remote and without thinking, I input a random number (12) which ported me to the room with the tree. Then again, in the beginning this kind of worked in favour of the game atmosphere, too – I explored the tree room then, relaxed, I casually pressed another random number on the remote and BOO, I’M DEAD!! That was pretty awesome =)


I have yet to play though to the end now that I have realised how to properly progress, but quite an enjoyable game so far.

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #10 on: 08 Jul 2015, 11:49 »
That was awesome!

Not sure if I actually finished it though,
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I used the knife on the woman and got a game over screen, is that the regular end of the game?


Edit: Guess not :-D
Got to the actual end, thanks to Bulbapuck's LP.
« Last Edit: 08 Jul 2015, 15:45 by Khris »

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #11 on: 08 Jul 2015, 11:58 »
That was awesome!

Not sure if I actually finished it though,
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I used the knife on the woman and got a game over screen, is that the regular end of the game?


No...that is not the actual end of the game...

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #12 on: 09 Jul 2015, 01:32 »
That creepy Gameover message is ace. I just completed it... in its native resolution! A great game with small pixels!

Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #13 on: 12 Jul 2015, 15:40 »
Sorry Khris I've been super busy so missed this! Glad you managed to get to the end, thanks to Bulbapuck and Mandle.

Thanks for the kind words Kastchey, I do agree it can be a bit random as you technically could guess all of the channels or even brute force it, but I did make sure the ending was only obtainable once you had completed some steps so I agree, it managed to work out ok!

selmiak you must have some insanely good eyesight haha!

Chicky I'm sure in other contexts, I would sound weird saying I'm glad I managed to scare you, but it's nice to know the low-res style can do a jump scare!

Bulbapuck, I loved the playthrough, I had a good laugh when you were explaining about your grandad who was a fisherman as you were googling 'port' :D Apologies about the hidden escape button menu, I did toy around with putting a button on screen but because it was so low-res it looked a little awkward. I'll make sure I don't make that mistake again though.

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Technically you got a 'bad-ish' ending but unfortunately that's the only one I had time to put in. So you didn't miss anything at least! :D


I'm now off to play the other MAGS games and cast my vote!
« Last Edit: 12 Jul 2015, 15:44 by xil »
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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #14 on: 20 Jul 2015, 07:43 »
Cool game, but I cannot figure out the significance of the paintings
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They relate to the books, right? but can't figure a number from it ???

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #15 on: 20 Jul 2015, 15:18 »
Cool game, but I cannot figure out the significance of the paintings
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They relate to the books, right? but can't figure a number from it ???


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You aren't supposed to...The paintings are hints to figure out a puzzle later. They show the sequence that you have to do things in...

[hide]Wait...This is the Hints And Tips forum right?....ummm....right? Oh damn, I'm so banned... :-X

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #16 on: 20 Jul 2015, 17:47 »
xil, that was nice, very short, but 5-20 minutes well spent <3

Sound design is spot on, and generally very creepy atmosphere and nicely drawn.
No more military army stuff. I'm alive and back.

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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #17 on: 21 Jul 2015, 16:16 »
hey xil, is it the game with the engine?
 

Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #18 on: 21 Jul 2015, 19:36 »
@MiteWiseacreLives! - I'll pass you over to @Mandle's post as it's explains everything perfectly! :)
@Dualnames - Thanks man! Hopefully I can squeeze a bit more free time out of the next few months of MAGS to do something a bit longer.
@Monsieur OUXX - It's not actually using the 2d engine, I cheated and went with a simple locked Y style thing as the walkable areas are identical on all screens. I've got the game using the 2dengine about 50% done but I wanted to do it justice so will be taking my time and releasing it hopefully in the next few months. It is going really well though and looking very slick! In fact I'll put up a games in production thread soon so you can see the progress :)
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Re: Wrong Channel (June MAGS 2015)
« Reply #19 on: 03 Aug 2015, 12:19 »
Short, but very good on transferring the atmosphere. Especially with this graphics. Well done!