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Two recommendations for quick, enjoyable games!
The Mirror Lied is a 20 minute game built in RPGMaker but it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen on it. Reminds me of Ib in terms of creepy atmosphere, but the horror is really downplayed (you might not even see any horror in it; the studio says it’s not a horror game but I stayed up all night freaked out after playing it). Does some amazing things with music. If you give it a go I’d love to hear your theories! If you enjoy it I recommend To The Moon, by the same studio. It’s not freeware but again it’s built in RPGMaker and again it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen from that engine, and it will make you weep.
Second is a kinetic visual novel called That Cheap and Sacred Thing (TCAST). It takes about an hour to read through. Art is good (and, on one memorable occasion, horrifying and disturbing), writing is brilliant, characters are fantastic. It’s about androids: the heroine’s childhood best friend android and the sex-bot her friends buy her for her birthday are two of the leads. It deserves way more attention than it’s ever gotten, and I recommend it unreservedly (be warned: writer recommends 16+ rating for violence and sexuality). Like To The Moon, it made me cry.
They’re both free, and neither will take you more than an hour to play through. Seriously, play these games.
Hey freeware gameplayers, I need your help?
Have you heard of neftelia? I believe it was brought to the English community through players like MikeNnemonic. (If you have not seen his LP of neftelia, it is here. There are other videos by other players too.) It’s an exploration game which uses RPG Maker 2003 engine, just like more popular known game, Yume Nikki. It was also likened to LSD: Dream Emulator. (I will use these as a tags to reach more people)
The game itself is a great veil of mystery… So long as you can actually get it booted up to play.
This goes along with neftelia2, also. I’m actually good friends with 14, the game’s creator. We have been discussing the issues but even he is unsure why there is difficulty in playing the game. Perhaps it is RPG Maker and it’s unicode issues? So this is why I would like to/find help; it’s for a friend. (btw he was really surprised how exposed his game became overseas★)
I thought I would ask those at Tumblr if they have found a sure solution… I know MikeNnemonic has a short tutorial video in which he thinks may help. I have used his advice before, among doing other things, however that was years ago and on a computer, not my laptop. (Which is in poor condition now and I doubt I could get it running again?) Thing is, I put the game in a flashdrive, and in an incident I had broken it;; (I lost other freeware games too…) I have not tried to modify neftelia2, but 14 believes you can use the same exact methods to start it?
I remember such problems I had encountered;
- Being unable to actually open the game
- Once opened, certain areas would crash
- Certain objects interacted with would crash
There may have been other things, but… I think the main connection would have been the sounds that needed to play, were unable to play…? Did the certain animations also contribute to the error? I am still discussing some things with 14, maybe get more detailed with the problems… but it’s hard for him to be able to do anything and I honestly don’t want to work him over and such.;;;
I hope the Tumblr community can provide some insight/help/tips/ect.
Who plays Knytt Stories??
Knytt Stories is a freeware platformer by Nifflas. (Click to learn more)
I thought I would just promote my friend’s works a little more. I’ve been anticipating it for months now. I can’t wait to play~
I need a good freeware game to play, preferable platform or osmething like Yume Nikki or Ib. It can be horror, just…. Make sure it’s not extremely graphic and that it’s just weird or interesting once you’ve been spoiled enough about what happens. I’d try one of the fanmade games based on Yume Nikki, but I have no freakin’ clue as to how you install them and not wreck your computer, and the instructions that tell you how are confusing.
So, you guys have any suggestions?
Currently looking for any freeware RPG to sink my teeth into.
- Cave Story
- Tower of Heaven
- Digital- A Love Story
- Mad Father
- Witch’s House
- also just kind of working my way slowly through Yume Nikki, it’s mostly taking forever
Downloaded, but haven’t played:
- Space Funeral
- I’m Scared of Girls
Not generally a fan of dating sim RPGs. Too slow-paced and non-happening. If I had to get into specifics, I’d prefer an offline visual novel 2d puzzle RPG with a serious plot like you see in a ton of RPGMaker games.
Got any recs?
Spotlight: 7Days (RevoLab)
In RevoLab’s freeware horror adventure 7Days you may rise, but you’re not exactly going to shine, because you’ve woken up in a strange house filled with locked doors. And dead plants. And bloody omens painted on the walls. And nightmare horrors lurking right over your shoulder but don’t look because that will really make it angry. With no way out, all you can do is search for clues, but it quickly becomes apparent that something or someone doesn’t want you to leave just yet. Taking place over the course of a week, each day you’ll wake up to find that the house has changed shape around you, and you’re getting closer and closer to solving a mystery you might not survive seeing the light. Or something.
Is it creepy? Absolutely. 7Days employs a light touch with sound, making you jump at even the noises you expected, like a door creaking open in the silence. It’s a slow, uncertain experience made all the more tense by dark corridors, and will have you cringing as you round every unknown corner. On the other hand, it also feels unfocused and suffers from a lack of guidance. “Wander around until something happens” makes for a fine haunted house at a theme park, but not so much a video game. It’s a very linear experience, but you never really figure like you’re solving puzzles or figuring anything out since it basically amounts to “walk around until you find a key” and “find the door the key goes to”. Or “walk around til something scary triggers, so aaaaa, I guess?” It doesn’t help that a lot of sequences are long and drawn out, leaving you going in circles wondering how you trigger the next event.
As effective as the jump scares can be even though you’ll see most of them coming, lacking context or exposition of any sort from the protagonist for the story the game is trying to tell robs it of the human element that’s so important to any sort of horror story. Fortunately, apart from a frustrating chase sequence, as it goes on the game does do a good job of creating a dreamy, surreal atmosphere that sucks you in. Fun house of horrors though it may be, 7Days was at least intriguing enough for me to push past all the woozy, nauseating screen effects to find out where it was going and what it was all about. The ending, well… the end-game credits refer to the game itself as an “experiment”, and it certainly feels like one. In all honesty, finding out the whole thing was a haphazard recreation of a relatively well-known “creepy pasta” was a bit of a disappointment because it made everything else within the game feel completely random and pointless. 7Days is worth a play if you’re looking for a slow game that leaps out at you every chance it gets and don’t mind a story that feels more than a little discombobulated. At the very least, it shows RevoLab definitely has some talent, and I’ll be looking forward to more.