At Night

by Oscar Martinez

2020

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A shortish multimedia Twine game about demons attacking, October 9, 2020
by MathBrush
Related reviews: less than 15 minutes

This is a fairly short game, and the authorís first game. Because they mentioned trying to learn things, Iíll keep that in mind.

This is a multimedia-heavy game, and it encourages you to use headphones while you play and uses timed text, sometimes fast and sometimes slow.

The game is translated from Spanish, but I didnít notice for a while because itís a fairly good translation. But it needs some more work; when running around the room, for instance, one of the links was Ďpedizquierdaí.

The story is about being creeped out and attacked by a demon at night. Interaction-wise, you have a sort of maze (thatís not really a maze), a couple of Ďguess the right optioní things and some battles.

Knowing your audience is important. A couple of things to keep in mind about IFComp are:

1.The winning games are often very polished, having been worked on for dozens or hundreds of hours. Not every game does this, but
2. Having your games tested is a plus. Having it tested by people whoíve done IFComp before is an even bigger plus. Having it tested by a lot of experience people, responding to their feedback, and improving your game over months is best.

3.Making fun of the player isnít as popular as it once was. For instance, if you choose the wrong thing, the game has the demon say:
I think youíre too stupid for me to feel like playing with you.It was the worst decision you have ever made, but thanks for being so stupid.

As a player, thatís not super fun to read. Itís not horribly bad, and I know itís about the person in the game, but it was my decision, and saying Iím stupid is kind of frustrating.

4. Multimedia and timed text can make a game look a lot cooler, but if you think about, why are people even interested in a text competition? Some people like it because the games are easy to make. Others are blind and use text to speech readers. Some (like me) like having games you can play as fast or as slow as you want, take breaks, play without sound while taking a break at work or at home. So having a lot of your game dependent on keeping up with the text or having to listen intently to the sounds can be hard. Thatís why games like Limerick Quest that have timed text have options to turn it off.

Overall, I think this game shows cool programming and a fun writing voice. Itís okay that it has some faults, because itís your first game. Nothing would be more depressing than having your first game be your best game, because itís all downhill from there. I think of Victor Ojuel and Ruber Eaglenest who both entered IFComp for the first time with games that were heavily criticized. They listened to the feedback, tried again and both placed in the top 10 with excellent games (and Victor has a job as a narrative designer now).

+Polish: There are bugs and typos, but the sound effects and art are fancy.
+Descriptiveness: The game makes its world come alive.
-Interactivity: I was frustrated by having to choose exactly the right option.
-Emotional impact: This game didn't really impact me.
-Would I play again? As it currently is no.


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Oscar Martinez, December 6, 2020 - Reply
Thanks for your time! I will try to get a better review from you next time. I know it will cost me since we have very divergent thoughts regarding what a game is. But I have gotten good suggestions from your reviews where we do not differ.
MathBrush, December 6, 2020 - Reply
Don't forget that I'm just some random guy. Many people have succeeded before despite ignoring my advice and others have failed despite following it.
Oscar Martinez, December 6, 2020 - Reply
The voice of experience always deserves to be heard, it is up to each one to draw conclusions 😁
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