[DEMO UP] ☆x5 Freeloaders [NaNo/Comedy/Short]

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[DEMO UP] ☆x5 Freeloaders [NaNo/Comedy/Short]

#1 Post by Candy☆Giants » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:07 pm

We did it, everybirdie. Grab the demo here!
Howdy!

Avery here, speaking on behalf of Candy☆Giants, an informal team comprising me and literally anyone I can rope into grunt work for any given project. You might recognize me from the CC subforum, where I occasionally release UI's, sprites, etc. under another name. :D

So! I decided all of three days ago to get in on the jam shenaniganin'. As of this writing, I'm about 24hrs recovered from a nasty cold and jumping headlong into a mini-game that I'll hopefully complete. It's got a whopping two endings (!!) and about four named characters. Awesome.

Anyway, progress thread. It's good to hold yourself accountable. Let's see where this goes, yeah? :D

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---> S U M M A R Y

Unremarkable NEET Jan Ericson is the odd one out in their own home. A tragically forgettable twenty-something living off an allowance, Jan makes a better bit player than a VN narrator — at least they would, if not for their unlikely roommates.

Jan shares suites with shy, wibbly Genny; their bestie-turned-demonic-vessel who swaps personalities at the slightest provocation. Taking up additional space is the monotonous AN0N: a defective killer robot whom Jan reassembled upon mistaking for a more... 'personal' appliance.

And as for Jan themself? They spend most days playing games and stuffing their face with Ch--tos. Natch.

Alas, all good things must come to an end. When the Ericsons grow frustrated with their offspring, Jan and company band together and form the general labour provider company, Five-Star Freelance. What will result of their hare-brained scheme? Will Genny manage to keep her (literal!) inner demons in check? Will AN0N succumb to his murderous programming? Will Jan ever regain their parents' respect?

Welp, there's only one way to find out...


---> C H A R A C T E R S

JAN ERICSON - beleagured everyman whose name is most certainly not a pun on the word 'generic'. The player is privy to their thoughts, on account of them being the narrator. Bi-gender, aro/ace.

GENNY - pronounce her name with a hard 'G'. Jan's childhood friend, who worked at a cute little gift shop before the whole 'demonic possession' debacle. Genny's been staying over at Jan's for about six months, now.

AN0N - killer android whom Jan found as a jumble of disassembled parts in a box behind the apartment. If his programming hadn't caused him to imprint on Jan upon activation, we might not have enough characters for a VN...

---> F E A T U R E S

Ha, 'features'. Sure, let's call 'em that — makes me feel legit.
  1. Endings - 5SF has one 'true' ending and a handful of premature/joke endings. No real 'bad' ends. Even when things go terribly wrong, they go terribly, terribly right.
  2. CGs - A True End CG for sure; three more in-game if I'm lucky. I'm not often very lucky, so.
  3. Extras - Sprite/CG gallery, granting I can actually program a custom menu. We'll see about this.
---> S T A T U S

Writing: Drift draft
Sprites: 3/3
UI: Don't even think about it
Programming: Lmao

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I'll update this thread every couple days. For actual daily reports, check the devblog at http://www.candygiants.weebly.com or follow me on Twitter !!!
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Re: [NanOH-God-I'm-Late] ☆x5 Freeloaders [Friends/Comedy/Sho

#2 Post by infel » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:40 pm

This looks pretty interesting =). I really like the sprite concept as well. I'll be playing this when it comes out. Good luck with your first game!
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Re: [NanOH-God-I'm-Late] ☆x5 Freeloaders [Friends/Comedy/Sho

#3 Post by Candy☆Giants » Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:01 pm

infel wrote:This looks pretty interesting =). I really like the sprite concept as well. I'll be playing this when it comes out. Good luck with your first game!
Hey, thanks! ♥ Glad you like the art, too.

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#4 Post by femslashfatale » Thu Mar 10, 2016 10:45 pm

Oh!!!! Oh!!!! This looks really cute. (Love that bigender protag~)
Genny herself is really cute; I love the sprite for her! Your art style is really charming. :) The characters are interesting, too, I'm looking forward to your release!

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#5 Post by Candy☆Giants » Fri Mar 11, 2016 3:05 am

Haha, thanks! I'm glad you're looking forward to it — it'd be pretty silly if I was the only one. ;)

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#6 Post by PeroxidePrince » Fri Mar 11, 2016 6:19 pm

Oh nooo, your sprite art is too cute!
And the protagonist's name is a pun. This is the kind of content I'm here for.
Super looking forward to seeing more. Wishing you luck!

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Re: ART UPDATE! ☆x5 Freeloaders [NaNo/Friends/Comedy/Short]

#7 Post by Candy☆Giants » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:23 am

Thank you kindly! I appreciate the well-wishes -- lord knows I need them. :'D

Also, hooray for team names with stars in the middle?

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#8 Post by Hi.In.Ni » Sat Mar 12, 2016 6:32 am

"Even when things go terribly wrong, they go terribly, terribly right."

I feel like exploring all those "not that bad" endings now, haha. Sounds really really fun. The fact that the game will be short gives a lot of space for replaying, which is nice.
The art style is adorable too, goddamit -jelly- and those two are really cute.
Yeah I'm definetly playing.
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Re: MOCKUPS!! ☆x5 Freeloaders [NaNo/Friends/Comedy/Short]

#9 Post by Candy☆Giants » Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:30 am

Haha, thank you! ♥ I'm glad you're interested.

I was a little nervous about the art style, so it's relieving to hear someone appreciates it. :3c Unfortunately the UI is gonna be... pathetic... since I started late, but hopefully the artwork will make up for it! Hope it doesn't ruin the playing experience. xD

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#10 Post by PeroxidePrince » Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:47 pm

I think the simplicity of the UI is quite nice, actually! I really don't think it would ruin the playing experience.
It's not distracting, so the focus is on your artwork. The font choices are good too -- they suit the game's aesthetic, and they're easy to read.
(And definitely, hooray for team names with stars in the middle haha! ★)

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#11 Post by MimirollCookie » Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:50 am

Cute BGs!
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#12 Post by Candy☆Giants » Fri Mar 18, 2016 2:28 am

Thank you! ♪

There's only three 'cause short game is short, but they're finally done! Thanks for your support ♥

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#13 Post by Laniessa » Fri Mar 18, 2016 3:39 am

Eek, what cute art! I love the stylization here. Good luck with the game! <3

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#14 Post by ebi-hime » Fri Mar 18, 2016 4:07 am

Aw, the art is really cute, and Genny is super adorable o: I love her hair! And the socks at mismatched lengths XD
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#15 Post by Hi.In.Ni » Fri Mar 18, 2016 5:59 am

I want to plaaaayyyyyyyy -has a childish tantrum-
This is looking so good. So so good. I can't wait for the month to end!
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