Notes while playing (stream of consciousness):
- The transition from "I'm alone" realization to the planner is ... lacking. I suppose I have no grasp whatsoever on the narrator's personality, but he seems to take this in HUGE stride. There was zero emotional reaction from, and it's just matter of fact "oh, I'm alone, time to practice my Spanish."
- Which, by the way, is kinda hilarious. That and cleaning some random person's house. He's doing it just because why not. Here would be a case where he should be LOOTING, not cleaning. But those people sure aren't going to want to be bothered with all that dust (nevermind the breaking and entering).
- When I got the key from the movie theatre and it didn't work on any door, I thought "AH HA!" because you mentioned the pump thingy in the park being padlocked. I thought you designed some awesome puzzle solving. But I went back to the park and nothing happened. Maybe the park was just not salvageable by that point.
- I finished the game with what I assume is a bad ending, since I "never wake up." Maybe I should've taken a box of Cheerios with me from the grocery story instead of starving. xD I feel like this is a game with a lot of complexity and more to see, especially if gameplay is on a short timer like this. I feel like this is a challenge I need to figure out, and that the choices I made during dreaming were very important. Maybe more important than what I did each day (picking the most emotional responses to the questions seems to be wrong, and I suppose that does fit in with his ... seemingly disabled personality).
- Playing it again, going to different places more often ... Answered differently on the dream questions ... wound up in the cafeteria! Got a different end. Woot. Time to peek at your code. Sorrrryyyy, hehe.
- Ooh, I see that going to different locations secretly raised stats. Wow, did not even expect that.
Grocery Store, Park, Movie Theater - Curiosity
Library, Newspaper, Spanish - Memory
Radio, Cleaning, TV - Empathy
That makes a lot of sense! Now I see why you had them clean a house, to keep in touch with their humanity. Though it's still very odd and it would be looting (at least begin as such), but I'm also not sure ... if this is even reality for logic to be necessary. I'm assuming it's just all a dream, since that's what it feels like, though you could easily say no, it's some government induced coma experiment or whatever, since you're the author, but the ending lines do more explicitly say "dream." Which makes the behavior make a lot more sense, since that's how I act in a dream. "Oh, everyone in the world has disappeared. I need to go to the movie theater." That's dream sense.
But the question remains, what do these stats do?
- Looking at your Dreams ... oooh, the choices gave you bonuses to your stats! So by choosing the most emotional responses (but by being mostly curious in my planning), I got a bad ending since my stats were wishy washy.
- Oh, lol, I'm stupid. I said before that I got a bad ending because I said "I never wake up" but I think I misread it and it's still "I HOPE I never wake up" for every ending. Which leads me to believe ... that maybe it wasn't all just a dream, and that everyone really did disappear, and that this "dream" that he's having is him escaping (maybe dying?) from that world. Maybe it's radiation poisoning or something. Haha. I like that it's really open ended that I could just hypothesize forever.
Okay. After dissecting your game and see that it is a lot more complicated that I first believed, I have to commend you on this. I think it actually has the perfect atmosphere and the narrator is just creepily not there enough to lend itself to being either a dream, that he's traumatized, sick from whatever killed everyone else, or that he's just mentally challenged. I prefer the dream explanation since that's how I would act in a dream, and wake up later and go "I practiced Spanish???" but it made perfect sense while asleep. Anyway. Non spoiler review:
I like exploring the "what if"s of the world, and how quickly our human society is swallowed up by mother nature after we're gone. This game had me very curious and I'm glad I downloaded it. I love psychological adventures, and I feel this one had me thinking. Good job.
edit: What's your theory, chimeric? You can say it now since my's embarrassingly cliche!
edit 2: You made the music?? It's perfect!