Ophelia wrote:A suggestion: Mayu was described was "fading", or that it was easy to miss her, so I think it would have been better to make her slightly transparent.
I actually really wanted to do this, but the mere thought of having to fully debug (because worrywart) this game AGAIN really drew me away. I played through the game too many times, and I really wanted to finish it so I can move to the next project. Thus, sadly, I didn't include it.
I was confused regarding one choice:
The choice where you can say that you either wish to forget something or can't forget something - was it a mistake or was the outcome to both choices almost the same? Ah, no, wait, now I understand... wishing to forget something doesn't mean you do, right? I'm a bit slow, sorry.
After release, it got me thinking that maybe the meaning behind that choice might confuse some. Basically, as I intended it:
Saying "want to forget" means that Vincent keeps believing that he can escape the truth, whereas "can't forget" means that he accepts that escaping won't help him forget. Therefore only the second can lead outside. Hope that makes more sense now
What I don't quite understand:
When the protagonist burns his hand, there is a black "stain" at the corner of the window and I'm not exactly sure what it's supposed to mean. I understand that fire leaves black marks, but at the corner of the narration window? I'm not exactly sure what came in contact with the fire there.
I meant the window represent Vincent's state, you might even compare that to a "health bar" of sorts if you wish. Notice that when he walks through the flames, the window slowly breaks apart, until completely vanishing in case he dies. Perhaps it wasn't clear/efficient enough because I was forced to do that effect myself (the artist got demotivated near the end), and it didn't really come off as clear as I envisioned. Photoshop skills = none.
Also, I thought that one of the choices was really well done.
I first thought the choice in the sea of fire was a hopeless loop, but it wasn't. I really liked that!
Glad you liked it.
During the initial planning, this thing didn't exist. But midway I felt like I really need to include this sort of trick, and seems like the effort paid off.
Was the girl a victim of the fire as well and currently in coma in another room? I don't really think so, but I got the idea after the close up on a door when the protagonist was talking about her.
I'll let you figure that out through the other endings
Ophelia wrote:I tried to get the remaining 2 endings now, but somehow I can't get them. There is a choice with only one option and I suspect there's something I should be able to do to get a second option, but none of the answer combinations seem to work. Do you have any hints?
You are in the right direction. I'll give you three hints, try to use as few as possible
Hint 1: It IS related to that single choice. I put it there like that for the very purpose of arising suspicion.
Hint 2: There's a hint toward the solution in Ending 3, at the paragraph where Vincent reflects over that choice.
Hint 3: Just go to that choice again, sit down and think. Really, do just that and I'm sure the answer will reveal itself.
NekoNutchi wrote:I think played through all the endings, and i guess the conclusion was sufficient but it kind of felt like a metaphor that passed over my head. Thus i still had unanswered questions like "where is this place?", "how did i end up here?" and so on. But that was probably intended though...
There are 5 in total, though any of the last three should pretty much lay out the concept.
Anyway, I'll try making it a tad clearer:
They didn't wish to face reality, due to their traumas, so they both fell into a self-induced coma. That black world could be treated as their "dream" while sleeping in the coma. Being in that void represents their escapism, they are there only "mentally" and not "physically". The choices they make in there, are related to their mental state and affect their real bodies accordingly. Ex: "getting out" means "waking up from the coma", whereas being "burnt to death" means "the brain stops functioning and death follows.".