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EVE

#1 Post by F.I.A » Wed Dec 24, 2008 5:00 pm

:The stealth bomber with a "D:" sign approaches.:


For this Christmas, I am here to present you with a short visual novel.

Name: EVE
Game Genre: Romance
Game Rating: PG-13( Animated Gore)

That's it for now. Enjoy, and have a Merry Christmas.

Edit2: EVE is now available in RAA. Thanks, Ren.
Edit: Latest version is EVE-1.0. Please re-download for those who have the older versions.
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Re: EVE

#2 Post by KomiTsuku » Thu Dec 25, 2008 2:02 am

I'm not gonna go into my usual evaluation rant, because I can sum up my feelings easily this time.
MEANY! Making me both cry and smile. ^_^ Thanks for making my Christmas a little more warm and fuzzy.

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Re: EVE

#3 Post by mikey » Thu Dec 25, 2008 6:01 am

First of all, congratulations on your release.

Yesterday I couldn't fall asleep and found this new game, so it was really a nice surprise, I took it and played it.

And I do have a few problems with it, well, maybe just one, really. Often the CG graphics never use the top third of the screen, and sometimes the textbox effectively covers the people's mouth or other important features - which could be helped simply by enlarging the pictures.

That's just about it. I suppose beyond this, if someone has a problem with the game, it's probably because he has a problem with the whole spontaneous mini-vn concept, or indeed a "project in X days" approach.

Anyway, I played in one session, all paths, and when I got all of them and went through memories, I instinctively
came back and took the path that newly opened up - not because I realized that one single choice (much like in Moonlight Walks without alternatives) is indicating something, actually I realized that only in retrospect - but that path felt most intensive, sort of saying that there is something still unsaid.
So really, I had the perfect playthrough, and let's just say for the record it was 4:42 a.m when I finished the game, when...
Sandra said the time she had on her watch - she said 4:41 a.m., and in that moment, it really sent a chill down my spine, because I remembered when I started to play, so I immediately realized it must be something around that time, actually. I got out of fullscreen and it said 4:42 on my clock, and I quickly took a screenshot just to remember this coincidence. Honestly, it was that late/early, and you can imagine how creepy that felt, especially as I spent a wonderful and emotional christmas eve with my wife.
Anyway, I read the staff notes, turned off the computer and went to sleep, and just before I fell asleep, I started to suspect it was too much of a coincidence, it was quite impossible, actually. And when I stopped thinking about it as a coincidence, it made so much more sense. I tried it out again today, and of course, I realized how it was all done.
It was brilliant, a nice story and a surprising effect on me personally, I absolutely enjoyed every minute, I just felt I was in the right mood and state of mind. Thank you, this one I will really remember.

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Re: EVE

#4 Post by F.I.A » Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:33 pm

Latest version, EVE-1.0 released. Please re-download for those who owned the older version.

What's new
- Fixed some more typo mistakes.
- Added in two more questions for Q&A.
- A few cgs were worked on as suggested.
- Developer option turned off. It wouldn't work anyway.
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@Komitsuku
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@mikey:
- Cgs fixed as suggested.
- Nevertheless, I am pleased that my game managed to surprise you. I have to thank PyTom for helping me on the code. Oh, sorry in case that shocked you. Thank you again for playing another game of mine.
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Re: EVE

#5 Post by mikey » Thu Dec 25, 2008 1:46 pm

It was really great, I have to say ... and with added "unsettling points" (I forgot this before) given the fact that
new watches (which we actually both need quite badly) were our Christmas presents to each other this year.
It's scary I tell you!! :?

Anyway, if that
time thing
would really be a coincidence, I'd probably be creeped out. But this way, I just really enjoyed it, it was like someone has written it just for me. :P

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#6 Post by sake-bento » Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:56 pm

Nicely done. I rather liked the ending, but I've always been a fan of the bittersweet end. Thank you.

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#7 Post by F.I.A » Thu Dec 25, 2008 10:59 pm

@mikey:
A strange coincidence indeed! I hope both of you are happy with your watches.
@sake-bento:
Well, it is Christmas, so I guess this story deserves a happy ending as a finishing touch. But I am glad you like the bittersweet ones as well.
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#8 Post by PyTom » Thu Dec 25, 2008 11:21 pm

You know, I remember FIA asking me for the time handling code... but I didn't put two and two together until now, nearly a day after reading mikey's post. :?
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Re: EVE

#9 Post by Ren » Fri Dec 26, 2008 4:12 am

I liked it very much, just like Sake-Bento I love bitter-sweet endings, too :3
I was wondering, could we add this to the archives?

Thanks again for the experience, I hope you saw the sketch on irc!

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#10 Post by monele » Fri Dec 26, 2008 5:46 am

I actually fully finished it last night and it made me realize I should not give a negative critique until I've played the whole thing ^^;...
Bittersweet but positive! Now I can stomach that ^__^

As for the time thing, I totally missed it. Both because I wasn't paying attention to the current time, and because it happened to be *very* close to 9:15, which made me think she just repeated this particular time as a wink to what happened ^^;... But it's a nice idea :)

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#11 Post by F.I.A » Fri Dec 26, 2008 7:18 pm

@PyTom:
Well, I was at fault for not explaining it, but I wanted to keep that a surprise till the release.
@Ren:
Thanks for playing the game, and for the fanart, and lastly for the upload to RAA.
@Monele:
Good to hear that you managed through it to the end. Thanks for playing.
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#12 Post by lordcloudx » Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:29 pm

Just have to say... I really like this type of story with its bittersweet one true ending. At first, I hated how I seemed to keep getting nothing but bad ends. That is, until I realized that they were all actually bits and pieces of the whole story.

The main plot itself is quite simple, but not without it's little twists; and that's why it's perfect for a short game like this. I like the little bits of "game" that was put into this, making the player have to work a little for the true ending.

Nothing much more to be said, execpt my congratulations to the author (and his proofreader too... I guess :P).
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#13 Post by mugenjohncel » Mon Dec 29, 2008 11:47 pm

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Re: EVE

#14 Post by Jo'ogn » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:45 am

At first I was "wth? Merry Christmas?!?!" o_0;
It's an interesting idea to sort of telling this story backwards.

I also like how Edmund permanetly quarrels with Sandra. Reminded me somehow on me.

I never pay much attention to the time. So it's only thanks to mikey and PyTom that I guessed, what's going on there and in the end found myself being correct ^_^ neat idea!

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#15 Post by F.I.A » Sun Jan 04, 2009 8:15 am

@lordcloudx:
That's my intention as well - to scatter bits of information around. Unfortunately, some relatives that I showed EVE to stopped after one or two of the bad ends. A pity, but I guess it's inevitable.
@mugenjohncel:
Thanks for playing it to the end.
Oh dear, that is certainly unsettling. Better hope Sandra is fine... looking forward to it nevertheless
@Jo'ogn:
Thanks for playing. And yes, a game does not really fit with the Christmas' atmosphere...
True, it is told in reverse chronological, but it has to be as not to kill the suspense.

Oh, I assume you get along with a Sandra, then?
As for aliasing artifacts found in the mp3s, perhaps it is due to a little mishandling while recompiling them to decrease file size. I will take that in mind in the future.
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