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Solkatt_ (french version)

by BenyDanette

2023

(based on 2 ratings)
2 reviews

About the Story

Solkatt (n.)
Pronunciation : sole-cat
Meaning : the spot of light from sunlight reflecting off a shiny surface.

December 2023 - Game created on Decker by BenyDanette - submitted to ShuffleComp 2023, SeedComp! 2023 and Deck-Month.


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Awards

Winner - tie, Best Overall; Winner, Best UI/Visual; Entrant, All Games - SeedComp! - 2024

13th Place, Game Goodness; 13th Place, Use of songs - ShuffleComp 2023

Winner, Outstanding Decker Game of 2023 - The 2023 IFDB Awards

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A visual game set in an apartment with surreal elements, January 21, 2024
by MathBrush
Related reviews: 15-30 minutes

This game was entered in Shufflecomp, and I played the French version.

In it, you play as a young adult/teen living in your parents house. This is primarily a graphical game, like Myst, with some interactive audio and visual elements and with your thoughts and feelings expressed through text.

It's a kind of opaque game, with two segments. In the first, I felt like it was a psychological exploration of the young, unsatisfied mind. Roaming the house, trying to find snacks, avoiding your parents' friends, doing chores, reminiscing about the girlfriend you broke up with.

The second half is more disturbing, as you (Spoiler - click to show)encounter a stone that lets you see a different side to this world, or perhaps another world altogether. You see different messages, and in the end...

Overall, this game has many exceptional elements; however, many of the best parts of the game are things that I personally am not very interested in (the graphics, some text on a timer, videos and music, etc.), as I am mostly drawn to text games due to their inconspicuousness, the ability to play them quietly and at your own speed without drawing a lot of attention.

I do love the two worlds vibe, and will try to remember this game when the next XYZZY awards for multimedia come out.

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Weirdcore galore, March 12, 2024
by manonamora
Related reviews: shufflecomp, seedcomp

Made in Decker, this point-and-click game follows Linus (you), a young adult still living with her parents in what seems to be a Scandinavian Arctic town. Linus has not had the easiest of time, being a shadow of her brother, unsupported by her family, and having gone through a breakup. In this cold afternoon, you explore Linusís home, looking first for a bite to eat, rummaging around and reminiscing about life.

With its low-bit and dithered aesthetic, the game falls deep into weirdcore when you hear a strange noise. The pixelled background sound and flipped palette renders the already melancholic-to-depressing atmosphere to a legit skin-crawling creepy one. I donít know whether Linus was having some sort of out-of-body episode or some otherworldly beings were at play. I donít think an answer is needed to enjoy the game however.

The entry used all songs, and explicitly indicated where those bits can be found in the game on the game page and the credits. Each song has been used in different ways, from taking snippets of the respective music video, displaying lyrics on the screen, to using it as an inspiration for the setting and story. It is a nice blend.

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Outstanding French Game of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best French game of 2023. Voting is open to all IFDB members. Suggested...

Outstanding Decker Game of 2023 by MathBrush
This poll is part of the 2023 IFDB Awards. The rules for the competition can be found here, and a list of all categories can be found here. This award is for the best Decker game of 2023. Voting is open to all IFDB members. Eligible...




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