I haven’t been posting anything lately for two reasons: I didn’t feel like doing so, and I was busy working on my prototypes to submit for the Tokyo Game Show Sense of Wonder Nights.
During these last weeks, I came up with three prototypes that I think are interesting enough, though I’m not 100% satisfied with the results.
This is the first one, called “I wish I were the Moon“. It’s inspired on The Distance of the Moon by Italo Calvino, and it’s about a weird love triangle.
I tried to make it about the exploration of an emotional situation instead of a physical space, without using any text. I tacked in the goal of finding the endings at the last minute, but it’s just a gimmick.
My conclusion on this prototype is that the camera mechanic is underused, the situation is a bit complex to understand if you didn’t read The Distance of the Moon, and ultimately the exploration experience is not very enjoyable. Maybe it’s because the options are not emergent, but pretty much hardcoded, and there’s only a few of them.
Italo Calvino as inspiration
Harp Sample: Lamento di Tristano and La Rotta by Cheryl Ann Fulton.
Update: lightsun13 made a YouTube walkthrough.
Update2: Updated to the new version!