Minion! - A Fantasy/Humor Visual Novel - Free Download

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#1 Post by Mutive » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:41 pm

I've completed my first willing-to-show-the-world game!

It's uploaded at: https://mutive.itch.io/minion

Short description:

Serve as a minion to a powerful sorceress queen. Your decisions will cause the kingdom to flourish - or be destroyed!

Minion totals over 30K words and has 11 unique endings.

If anyone is willing to play/leave feedback (it is free to play), I would very much appreciate it! I am always trying to improve! (Although good reviews are also very nice. ^_^)
Enjoy Eidolon, my free to play game at: https://mutive.itch.io/eidolon or Minion! at: https://mutive.itch.io/minion

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#2 Post by andalusian » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:04 pm

fun game! i have not reached most endings yet, but my first ending was
asking for "world peace" from the genie
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the music was very well picked. the bg images were too full of artifacts (too low resolution?). the book reading sections were very funny! definitely added a lot to the game. other than that i cant think of much to comment on.

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#3 Post by Mutive » Tue Jan 16, 2018 4:23 pm

Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed! (And thanks for downloading + playing + commenting!)

Art is definitely a bit of a challenge for me, as for this, I just used various free assets I found online. Hopefully with time I can either improve upon it or find artists to work with! (As this was mostly a "I'm trying to figure out how to use the engine" type game, I didn't want to recruit other people.)

I'm glad that you enjoyed the music, too! JAdamsMusic was kind enough to let me use his work which I agree is terrific!
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#4 Post by garryjoshi » Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:00 am

Good story, lovely visuals, and overall very fun to play. Thank you so much @Mutive. I just loved it.
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#5 Post by Mutive » Thu Jan 18, 2018 11:42 am

garryjoshi wrote:
Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:00 am
Good story, lovely visuals, and overall very fun to play. Thank you so much @Mutive. I just loved it.
Awww, thank you so much for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed it! (Now just to create another that is hopefully even better!)
Enjoy Eidolon, my free to play game at: https://mutive.itch.io/eidolon or Minion! at: https://mutive.itch.io/minion

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#6 Post by Mammon » Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:31 am

I played this a while ago but forgot to leave a review, sorry!

I remember that Minion! first appeared a bit low-production to me but quickly showed itself to have a dedicated writer behind it. As a writer, I know how difficult it must've been to remain motivated to come up and write that much seemingly random and route-based events in such a large bulk. I'm certain I haven't seen all of it, but I saw a lot of writing and then a lot more. Then I got my first death and played again, only to see that the dragon wasn't an end-event rather than a halfway point. Very impressive for a story without a lineair storyline, to tell so much.

It also gave me the illusion of free will that a good interactive VN needs, I could be a villain and be a minion to my queen instead of being forced into one route after a few questions. The events were clearly determined by my actions though and it actually felt like I had an effect on the world rather than it throwing pre-decided events at me regardless of what I did. I don't know how true this is, but that's what it felt like during the first 1-2 playthroughs and that's a real important and good thing to accomplish in a VN.
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#7 Post by Mutive » Fri Mar 16, 2018 1:41 am

Mammon wrote:
Wed Mar 14, 2018 5:31 am
I remember that Minion! first appeared a bit low-production to me but quickly showed itself to have a dedicated writer behind it. As a writer, I know how difficult it must've been to remain motivated to come up and write that much seemingly random and route-based events in such a large bulk. I'm certain I haven't seen all of it, but I saw a lot of writing and then a lot more. Then I got my first death and played again, only to see that the dragon wasn't an end-event rather than a halfway point. Very impressive for a story without a lineair storyline, to tell so much.

It also gave me the illusion of free will that a good interactive VN needs, I could be a villain and be a minion to my queen instead of being forced into one route after a few questions. The events were clearly determined by my actions though and it actually felt like I had an effect on the world rather than it throwing pre-decided events at me regardless of what I did. I don't know how true this is, but that's what it felt like during the first 1-2 playthroughs and that's a real important and good thing to accomplish in a VN.
Awww, thank you so much for the kind words! It was 0 budget, so not surprised that this was your impression. :) (I really do need to come up with better assets, but have started working on a new game, so am being lazy about the old one, alas.)

But I'm glad that you liked the illusion of free will! (To me, that's always super important in a game, so I do what I can to create it!) There are 11 endings, all of which have very different effects on the "world", so to the best of my limited writing/programming ability, yes, your choices do matter! (I mean, clearly there are limits...but eh, I do what I can with the world that I have.)

Anyway, thank you yet again for your review! It keeps me inspired for the next game! <3
Enjoy Eidolon, my free to play game at: https://mutive.itch.io/eidolon or Minion! at: https://mutive.itch.io/minion

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#8 Post by snapiii » Wed Dec 26, 2018 2:44 am

Nice its work for me thanks for share.

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#9 Post by Mutive » Thu Dec 27, 2018 10:37 am

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
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#10 Post by Alia » Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:15 am

This is delightful! Big fan of wacky humor. And I really like the way choices affect options available and dialog results for later events, even though the events themselves are the same. (For instance, if I've been encouraging her to be evil she sometimes has a more evil response to the same choice! And of course,
how you lose fights if you haven't trained, or can't think of a good solution if you haven't done some reading.)
That sort of thing keeps events from feeling repetitive.
Something I'd suggest is a (spoiler-tagged?) endings list, whether as part of the game or just listed on the webpage. I'd like to get all eleven endings, but a couple times I'm not sure whether something counts as a different one. And that way if I can't think of any other things to try I can look up endings and get ideas of other choice combos. Or maybe a "walkthrough" where you make suggestions like reading/evil, or town/generous, or financially responsible or what have you.
I definitely look forward to your next game!

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#11 Post by aimeusdietger » Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:46 pm

Just joined up..this is actually my first stop...will definitely go through this..from the reviews shared above i do not think i will be disappointed.

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#12 Post by Mutive » Wed May 22, 2019 4:41 pm

Alia wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:15 am
Or maybe a "walkthrough" where you make suggestions like reading/evil, or town/generous, or financially responsible or what have you.
I definitely look forward to your next game!
Thanks so much for the kind review! I really do need to put together a walkthrough at some point. (I've been busy with the game I've been working on for a year and a half now, so have been more or less neglecting Minion!...but a walkthrough would be pretty easy to do!)
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#13 Post by Mutive » Wed May 22, 2019 4:41 pm

aimeusdietger wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:46 pm
Just joined up..this is actually my first stop...will definitely go through this..from the reviews shared above i do not think i will be disappointed.
I'm glad to hear! And definitely hoping that you enjoy the game. :) (It's always the goal!)
Enjoy Eidolon, my free to play game at: https://mutive.itch.io/eidolon or Minion! at: https://mutive.itch.io/minion

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#14 Post by Mutive » Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:17 am

Alia wrote:
Tue Feb 26, 2019 2:15 am
And that way if I can't think of any other things to try I can look up endings and get ideas of other choice combos. Or maybe a "walkthrough" where you make suggestions like reading/evil, or town/generous, or financially responsible or what have you.
I definitely look forward to your next game!
I've just posted a walk through for six of the endings at: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=55481

(Also, it's amazing how much you learn doing this! I feel like a lot of the choices that seemed super intuitive to me when I built this game are...not so much now. But I see this as some great learnings to take with me to future games!!!)
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#15 Post by Mutive » Mon Jun 03, 2019 1:08 am

I just updated with the final five endings, so if anyone for some odd ball reason *really* cares about getting all 11, it's all explained. (Maybe not super clearly, but happy to answer questions!)
Enjoy Eidolon, my free to play game at: https://mutive.itch.io/eidolon or Minion! at: https://mutive.itch.io/minion

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