Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Deep in the Heart of Trouble || Date or Die (Prologue/Pilot)

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Date or Die is an episodic (so far) visual novel game in the works by Arden. You play as “Hero” and you’ve awoken to find yourself in a metal room with no immediately apparent escape. There is one door, but it’s locked, and a computer screen built into one wall. When the screen comes to life, you’re given a strange quiz and it matches you to another person, who you don’t even know. After which the door opens. You can even be matched to the host.

You’re met with some other folks who appear to be in the same situation as you are. They can’t remember their names either, nor do they remember how they got there. You do all have matching pink rings, however. They must have some significance.

Gang is all here!

I like the variety of characters. They all have a unique design and they all seem to have their own personalities as well. I really like the art style they are drawn in. I was matched with “Mesmer” in the beginning quiz during my first go, but “Luna” and “Six” caught my eye also.   

You soon meet the host, who explains that he has this game show to prove that anyone can find love. ANYONE. You have no choice but to participate, since those pink rings are able to poison you at the host’s whim. You’ll be participating in some challenges, designed to test your devotion to the idea of love (according to the host, anyway). But how far are you willing to go? A human’s natural instinct is to survive, but are you willing to kill another to have your chance…?

Mesmer's grin, though...

In the Pilot Episode, you get some sneak peaks with either the Host, or with “Mesmer”. Mesmer is one of the other characters being held captive for the game show. I don’t want to talk about them too much cause I don’t want to spoil any of it. I did enjoy both branches of the pilot, though. I’m intrigued by the host and I really want to know more.

Overall the Prologue and the Pilot Episode are great. They’re well written, the plot is interesting, and the characters are unique and they make me want to learn more about them. I can’t wait to see more from this developer for this game. You can download and play the prologue *here* and then try the Pilot Episode *here*.

Thank you all so much for stopping in! I hope you’ll give this game a try. Let me know what you thought in the comments below! See you next time!


Bell

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Free Itch.io Games #22

What's shakin, bacon? Today we have another small collection of free games from Itch.io that may or may not be worth your time. We'll only know by playing, so let's get to it!

1. The Hair in the Wall


The Hair in the Wall is a strange tale woven by AndreaPignataro. A long time ago I played another one of Andrea’s games called That Spongey Thing on Your Tongue, and you can find the review for that *here*. This happens to be one of her earliest works though. You play as someone who moved to a new town, a new job, ready to start a new life.

As you are settling in you notice a hair sticking in the wall of the basement. Thinking nothing of it, you pull it off and continue on. The next day you host a party and go to the basement to search for wine… and there is that hair again. Didn’t you pull that off already?

This game is short, and does a good job of building suspense. It sort of has a Junji Ito feel to it, which Andrea cited as inspiration, so well played. There are some grammar issues that don’t affect the playability of the game too much. So, if you like horror/suspense, give it a try free *here*. Just remember this is an earlier work that the developer improved on in following games.

2. Silent Crossing

Source: Itch.io Page

Silent Crossing is an atmospheric suspense game created by Lycaon. Very similar to Silent Hill fashion, you traverse a foggy town on your own, with nothing but a flashlight. The sound effects and atmospheric white noise is very unsettling, which really makes the game I think.

Overall the game isn’t bad, but there isn’t much to it either. You can always give it a try for yourself free on Itch.io *here* and let me know how it was for you!

3. If One Thing Changed


  
If One Thing Changed is a text based, emotional, choices matter story created by kahmehkahzeh. You play as a girl reliving her memories through childhood and into adulthood, and your choices shape how her childhood goes, good or bad.

My first play through I played it like I would have done as a child or adult, and got the bad end. I guess there’s no real surprise there. On my second go through, I just got ‘end’. So I wonder if there is a good end?

There are no images for the game, just text, music and sound effects. I could relate to the story. Perhaps not the content itself, but the emotions that the girl goes through are definitely familiar. The story is about 10 minutes long, and has some grammar issues, but you get the idea. You can download and play free from Itch.io *here*


4. A Melon’s Tale


A Melon’s Tale is a short and cute tale about a watermelon, created by Shelly Alon and Nikolai Reinke. You play as a watermelon that was thrown out in the trash, and now you want to help those who might just need some watermelon in their lives.

You only need to use your left and right arrow keys for this game. It’s simple, but I liked the cute visual style, and the ending was cute too. I also enjoyed the music and sound effects. The music and graphical style together almost made it like a children’s story book.

You can download it and try for yourself free on Itch.io *here*

Thanks for stopping in once again! You have no idea how much I appreciate you all. I hope you found a game worth playing, so I hope you enjoy. Happy gaming!


Bell

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Am I Dead? || Silent Neighbours (PC)

“For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.” –Kahlil Gibran
 
This seems normal, and not in any way creepy...

Silent Neighbours is a short and spooky tale told by DeadBrain Gaming. You’re an old man who starts having some spooky happenings in his house. His TV seems to be turning itself back on, a strange note on his fridge, did he forget to turn that faucet off again? So, we want to get to the bottom of it all.
The game has a nice took to it, sort of like a Gameboy game. I like the graphics, the sounds are nice, and the game overall does a good job of setting the atmosphere. I started to wonder after a while, though, am I being haunted by ghosts or… am… *I* the ghost? There are good points that make it so it could be either, it’s up to your interpretation. And depending on how you interpret the ending, it may sway you towards one way, at least it did for me.


Something strange is afoot!

All of the controls worked well, I didn’t have any problems. You use WASD to move, and the mouse to interact with objects. Our old man walks so agonizingly slow, it adds to the tension, trying to get to the source of a noise, but having to traverse the house at half a pixel a second. As you slooooowly get closer, and the anticipation of solving the mystery grows. Slow walkers happen to kind of irritate me, so it was a little frustrating for me at times, but I appreciate the reason for it.
Overall, this game is a short little spookfest, and I liked it. I do wish the game was a little longer. It only takes about 10 minutes to complete, but I feel like it could have gone on longer. I never got to give the dog his treat! The game is free, however, so please download it and give it a try for yourself *here*.
As always, thanks for stopping by. I so appreciate it. Be sure to leave feedback and encouragement for the developer, and happy gaming!

Bell

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Time is Ticking || Tick Tock Isle (PC)

"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." --Andy Warhol

Source: Steam Page

Tick Tock Isle is a time travelling puzzle adventure game created by Squiddershins. You play as Strike, a young horologist who is somehow transported back in time while trying to repair an abandoned clock tower. Now, as Strike searches for the way back home, he’ll help a family become a happy unit once again.

Tick Tock Isle has a lot to offer in the way of a short puzzler game. The graphics are cute, the colors are bright and the details are well done. You’ll be able to utilize the clock to travel between 2009 and 2010 to complete tasks to make members of the family content. You’ll have to find items between the two time periods to help the family members. For example, Melody is creating music and you’ll need to collect instruments to bring her.

How did this lawnmower get here?

Tick Tock Isle also has some mini games from the youngest boys that give you some of the most important items. The mini games aren’t long, and are a stark change from the pace of the rest of the game. In the mini games, you are armed with a sword and have to make it through a short platforming level. When you get to the end, the two boys reward you with a “treasure”.

Swish!

I mentioned the graphics and colors, but the animations are smooth too. The music is beautifully orchestrated, and it very relaxing—befitting of the island that you’re on. My favorite music the from the part I mentioned before, with Melody. As you give Melody more instruments, she’ll begin to add them in with her beginning piano tune, creating a layered and more complex musical piece.

The game ran about 2 hours worth of gameplay for me, which I very much enjoyed. It could take up some time to find items that were a little more elusive, so play times may vary. This game is available on steam for 99 cents.  I highly recommend picking this game up, it’s worth more than it’s minuscule price. You can but it on steam *here*

 Thank you again for stopping in to see Gaming in Pajamas, I appreciate it. Be sure to try the game for yourself, and let me now what you thought in the comments below. Until next time, take care and happy gaming!

BellAnnMae

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Live Your Life || Kynseed DEMO (PC)

“Will your name be carved on the walls of history or scrawled on the walls of the pub outhouse?” –Kynseed Itch.io Page
  
Source: Kickstarter
  
Kynseed is a rather massive 2D sandbox adventure in the works from PixelCount Studios. The team includes veterns from the Lionhead Studios' Fable series, so I’m excited to hear that alone. I loved playing Fable. In any case, this game looks to have a lot to offer, and although the kickstarter is over, which is sad because I totally would have thrown money at it, the game is more than worth you attention, and the demo is worth playing. 
 
You start as a young boy on your parents’ farm in the Vale, a peaceful valley in the land of Quill. In time, you meet Mr. Fairweather, who give you a mystical acorn, called the Kynseed, which will sprout into a magical family tree. But such a gift cannot come for free.
  
Pigs!
Source: Screen Capture in Game

I think one of the aspects I love most about Kynseed is the growing old, dying, and passing your legacy on to your children. I wonder if you then continue as your children and continue the cycle? It sounds like that’s the case reading over the Kickstarter, and THAT would be really cool. The other characters around you, and the world, age with you. As characters grow old and die, they’ll be replaced with fresh faces as a new cycle begins. 
 
I really enjoyed the demo, that I personally had trouble trying to get used to the buttons. It just takes practice, and I have clumsy fingers.  The graphics are nice, the animals all look so cute. I had trouble figuring out what the heck exactly to do, so I spent most of my time in the demo just wandering about and being stupid. But it was still really fun. I also probably have an old demo cause I have had it for a LONG time, but I didn’t have a controller to play. When I tried with the keyboard it wasn’t working for me (clumsy fingers, remember?).
  
Source: Kickstarter

There are a lot of interesting mechanics that Kyseed is offering, besides the aging. Hunger will dictate combat prowess, so be sure to eat before going off to storm the castle. Romance characters (male or female) to continue your legacy. In battle, each monster has a sim and unique traits that you can take advantage of. Run your own business. Be a nice guy, or be a jerk. 
 
Overall Kynseed looks to be such a unique and endearing experience. I really can’t wait to get my hands on it. Visit the Kickstarter page for more information on the game *here* download and play the demo *here*. The team’s aim is to have the game ready in late 2018, bar any team or financial catastrophe. But you have to be willing to wait for greatness. 
 
Thanks for stopping by, as always. Be sure to check out Kynseed and let me know what you think of it. Happy gaming, Jammers!
 
Bell

Thursday, August 31, 2017

I need a Bear Hug || The Bear's Black Heart (PC)

"I don't know where the darkness grows in me, but I dare no search for it."--William C. Hannan

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Source: Screen Capture in Game

Bear’s Black Heart is an ‘roguelike lite’ game created by Big Bad Studios. You play as a bear who has to survive until Spring, 15 weeks, by finding food and keeping your heart good. You’ll be foraging for left over cans of food, picnic baskets and apples… or you can just eat the squirrels, if you want to be bad. I’ve had this game in my queue for so long it’s sad, but I’m excited to finally get to play it. So let’s do it!

I tried to play though being good, and it’s truly a challenge. The longest I made it was 8 weeks before I died of starvation because I refused to eat the squirrels. In order to advance the time, you’ll need to interact with a variety of quirky characters that will give you a list of actions you can perform. The choices usually involve helping them, refusing to help, or just eating them.

 A friendly snowman?
Source: Screen Capture in Game

The graphics are cute, I like the cartoon vibe it has. I also liked seeing the quirky characters I mentioned before. From a roided out smurf, to a snowman who lost his carrot, or a park ranger trying to arrest a bear, they were all interesting. It can sometimes be difficult to know what the ‘right’ choice is. I’ve chosen answers, only to be given corruption in my heart for an unknown reason.

The controls are decent. I did have issues try to pick up food items on the move, as you have to be right on top of it, and I got stuck on trees constantly, even when I swore I had enough room to fit through. Then again, when you’re s starving bear, you’re just trying to hurry through to find my picnic baskets. He should have asked Yogi Bear for help, he can always find picnic baskets.

Oops...
Source: Screen Capture in Game

Overall, I enjoyed playing the game. I want to try again to get farther because I’m curious about what lies at the end. But that is for another time! You can get this game free from Itch.io *here *

Thanks for sharing some time with me today. Be sure to leave some feedback for the developers, and happy gaming!

Bell

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Free Itch.io Games #21

Hello everyone! Welcome back to another riveting (okay maybe not rivet) collection of free games you can find on Itch.io. We have some interesting games today, so I won't waste your time with chatter, let's get to the games!

1. That Blooming Feeling

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Source:  Screen Capture in Game
 
That Blooming Feeling is a cute and relaxing gardening game created by Tots’ Team. You play as an adorable water drop, and it’s up to you to grow the seeds and create an oasis for all of your friends. No time limits, no rush. Just take your time, and relax.
 
The graphics of this game are downright adorable. I just wanna hug that gangly, watery body of our water drop. The music is beautiful, and being able to control, in some way, the environment around you is fun.
 
I do wish it was easier to move the seeds to where you’d like to plant them, though. The controls can be a little hard to control, fine directions control doesn’t exist so you can end up walking circles around a seed you want to try to move.
 
Overall, I really enjoyed this little game, despite the difficulties. I definitely recommend it if you enjoy the more relaxed and easy going feeling games. You can download it free from Itch.io *here*

2. Day in the Life of a Harpy

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Source: Screen Capture in Game
 
Day in the Life of a Harpy is a cute and challenging platformer created by Xysspon. You play as Duri, a harpy that is trying to get home in time for dinner. Through forests, and caves… how did you get so far away from home?
 
I really liked this platformer. The graphics are cute—I love the old school gameboy aesthetic. I love Duri, and the game provides a good dose of challenge. The controls feel nice and the levels are decently designed. I recommend trying this game for yourself. You can download free from Itch.io *here*.

3. Orchids to Dusk

 Such beautiful scenery.
Source: Screen Capture in Game

Orchid to Dusk is a contemplative adventure game created by Pol Clarissou in which you play a stranded astronaut who is on an alien planet with only minutes left to live. Explore the alien planet and enjoy the sights as your oxygen slowly depletes, enjoying what time you have.  You can find your dead comrades as well who had been stranded here before you.
 
All in all, this game gave me terrible anxiety, but I feel there is a message to be learned here. We all know that our time is finite, so we might as well enjoy what we can, while we can. The world you end up in is rather lovely. Rather than dwell upon impending doom, why not instead look at the scenery? The wildlife?
 
I may be way off, but that was the silver lining that I was able to find to assuage my anxiety. I liked the graphics, and the scenery of the world. So, I recommend you see it for yourself. You can download and play free from Itch.io *here*

4. Apartment Complex

Like a drug trip.
Source: Screen Capture in Game
 
Apartment Complex is a short visual novel created by Sleepy Agents from the Summer Novel Festival. You play as a character trying to return back to their apartment after a night of clubbing. Unfortunately, though, you’re also very drunk. Your room keycard doesn’t make sense, and neither do the elevator buttons…. Can you find your way back to your apartment, and get some much-needed sleep, before your dad arrives?
 
The game is short (about 10 minutes, maybe), and has only one ending, but has some secret items you can obtain if you find them. It wasn’t difficult, and I feel like much more could have been done to really make this more special. Overall, I liked the idea they presented. 😊
 
You can download and try the game for yourself free from Itch.io *here*

Thanks you once again for stopping by to check these out. I really appreciate it! Let me know what you thought of any of these games, and leave your feedback for the developers. Happy gaming!

Bell