RMMZ Perceiving Shapes (Horror)

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Perceiving Shapes is my submission to Third Annual HAWKTOBER Game Jam. The Game Jam has a theme of "Horror of the Cosmos".

The game had the honor of being ranked 4th place on people's choice! And I'm truly honored and happy for that. ^_^

The game was also featured as GOTY for 2020 on HBgames.org! <3 Such great honor! ^_^ :) You guys might also want to check out HBgames.org forums as they are having massive updates on the site! :D http://www.hbgames.org/forums/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=80403&start=0

Beau Portman, a 21-year-old guy who lives in Canada, has decided to finally meet his online date in person for the first time. His online date Susan has led him to a mysterious town called "Saturnalia", claiming that it's her address. But the question is, was there ever a "Saturnalia Town" in Canada? Is it just a regular town that's isolated from society? Or is there more to it?


Name: Beau Portman
Age: 21
Descriptions: He's a curious and adventurous Asian American guy who grew up in Canada. He has long been talking to his online date Susan, and is very excited to finally meet her in person.


Name: Susan Speed
Age: 20
Descriptions: She is a very quirky and artsy girl who loves to cook. She also has quite the taste in music. Susan is Beau's online date. She is one of the mysterious residents of "Saturnalia Town".


Name: Dr. Cernelia Partikulo
Age: ??
Descriptions: Better known as Dr. Cern. She is an enigmatic lady who's very determined in gathering data from her "client". She keeps to herself, and treats the whole situation like an experiment.








Features:

- Fully Voiced Dialogues

- Immersive Horror Atmosphere

Credits:

Plugins:

Degica
KADOKAWA
VisuStella
Ignis/Raizen
Gabe
Moghunter (Atelier RGSS) - https://atelierrgss.wordpress.com/
Terrax
iVillain
Aesica
ct_bolt

Graphics:

Degica
KADOKAWA
Vexed Enigma
textfx.co
code32 - https://opengameart.org/content/space-background-0
chalkdust
RPGMakerXPChris
KAUZZ
Rene Magritte
Local 58
NASA Website

Music:

Degica
KADOKAWA
Joel Steudler
Eric Matyas
- www.soundimage.org
ayato sound create
JDB Artist
Rousseau
Murray Atkinson
Bach
Chopin
Edvard Grieg

Voice Acting:

Led - as Beau, Wilbert, and Jordan
Arc Knight † - as Unknown Man (???), Dr. Fred, and George
Triksya Burning - as Susan
Starmage - as Dr. Cern, Neil, Mr. Hawk, Other Town NPC's, and Killer Clown

Special thanks:

HawkZombie (Game jam Host and Judge)
Judges: Zephyr (Heroine), Kia, Damian Floyd

And YOU! Thank you so much for playing!!!
 
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Wow, this project is incredibly well done! The voice acting was a great fit and underlined the atmosphere in a veeery good way. Great horror game. I enjoyed it quite much.

I found a smaller problem. The ghost dudes tend to recognize Beau even through walls and thus try to run towards him hitting the wall, which ends up in an endless repetition of the laughing sounds.

I don't think I fully got the story. Lemme explain:

In the end, there's talk of an app, so Beau seems to be a programmed AI within an artificial world. The drink he consumes eventually deletes him. But what's the reason the programmers let him go through all this horror scenarios? What do they want him to learn from it as they're just going to delete him? And what's the thing about the 4th wall breaking and what role does the player has? --- Is he the developer of the app? And how can the other two guys at the end know that they're inside an app, but Beau didn't know? I also didn't understand why people keep saying that there are no faces. (Did I understand ANYTHING? xD)
 

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@Starmage Wow you really are making lots of games at the moment Starmage you're on a real roll! Keep going! :) Boos405
 

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@Tw0Face - Thank you so much for playing the game and giving your thoughts and feedback as well as your theory! <3 ^_^ The game's plot and ending are actually open to interpretation, so you giving your thoughts about it is an amazing start! ;) Hmm... One can wonder what each of the game's symbolisms and references mean in the grand scheme of things. <3

Thanks so much once again for playing the game and I'm very happy you enjoyed! ^^

@atoms - Thank you so much once again, Boos405! ^_^ <3 Always appreciate your support and checking in on my projects! :D Haha, been having a lot of fun during lockdown, joining game jams and whatnot! <3 :) ^^
 
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