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ALONE is a short 20~ minute game created on June 7th (2015), in only 8 hours, by iddalai for the "RMN Birthday 2015" event held at 'rpgmaker.net' (that's here, dummy!).

It deals with frustrations you may find in internet forums, click here for a more detailed explanation, though I'd avise you try the game first.
While using many RPG characteristics, it plays more like a puzzle game with trial & error and a bit of metroidvania-ish exploration.

The game actually wasn't supposed to have a name, but became known as ALONE.

I used "RPG Tsukuru 2000" for this project (will update to the official "RPG Maker 2000" once I'm no longer unemployed...).

Dungeon design was inspired by "The Heroe II" (Spanish classic RM2K game by "uva_r") & "The Legend of Zelda".
"Three Cheers for the Strawman" (by Red_Nova) also inspired me to improve ALONE and release a gamepage.

The revamped version was released in March 2016, has a few more hours of gam mak put into it and a new secret to discover.

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Red_Nova
The all around prick
7544
It's great to see this has a game page! I'll take a look at this when I get a chance to see the new stuff.
author=Red_Nova
It's great to see this has a game page! I'll take a look at this when I get a chance to see the new stuff.


Allow me to once more apologise for that situation before about your game.
I should have PM'd you first, Red_Nova, at least.
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
author=Red_Nova
It's great to see this has a game page! I'll take a look at this when I get a chance to see the new stuff.

Thanks! I'll be waiting for your feedback :)
I think you'll enjoy it!

author=Zydin
Allow me to once more apologise for that situation before about your game. I should have PM'd you first, Red_Nova, at least.

Yeah, it would be better if you talked with people in private first in the future (or me), good thing it was not such a big deal ;)
I didn't find the secret. Aww..

Good work! I find with the clarifications the added "Exhausting. Move on" would work better as the original "Move on", style-wise, but that's nitpicking and mho.

Good job!
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
author=Kylaila
I didn't find the secret. Aww..

Good work! I find with the clarifications the added "Exhausting. Move on" would work better as the original "Move on", style-wise, but that's nitpicking and mho.

Good job!


I'll PM you about the secret :)

Thanks!
I added the "Exhausting." and made it so the player needs to press a key after it to make sure it's noticed. I would've liked to keep the text limited like in the original, but after considering all the feedback I got I wanted to make the overall experience a bit less frustrating, so I gave more clues to the player.

Aye, definitely.
But the fact each lvl up is in fact an exhaustion level makes it quite clear that it will not benefit you, I believe. But you can wait for some more feedback for this if you like.


Either way, good job!
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
author=Kylaila
Aye, definitely.
But the fact each lvl up is in fact an exhaustion level makes it quite clear that it will not benefit you, I believe. But you can wait for some more feedback for this if you like.


Either way, good job!


Thanks! :D
I see, I may have gotten a bit overzealous about it :P
I'll do as you say and wait for some more feedback.


All in all I'm pretty satisfied with how the revamped version turned out.
this game has nice sound effects and it's nice in black and white. for some reason, when I select something or so, the sound effect for it sounded like it was from faraway... The way the monsters were fought felt like it was a really sad, isolated world - where you won't easily find happiness - I don't think you can even find happiness - it's more like a world where nothing matters anymore, and there is only so much perseverance to let you go on.
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
author=wintia_blue08
this game has nice sound effects and it's nice in black and white. for some reason, when I select something or so, the sound effect for it sounded like it was from faraway... The way the monsters were fought felt like it was a really sad, isolated world - where you won't easily find happiness - I don't think you can even find happiness - it's more like a world where nothing matters anymore, and there is only so much perseverance to let you go on.


Thanks for the comment wintia_blue08!

Some of the sound effects were purposefully made to sound like they were faraway (i.e.: battle "Commune" sounds), however if all of them sound like that it might be a bug.

I actually recorded a lot of the sound effects myself and distorted them using audio edit tools.

The feelings of unhappiness & desperation you mention are what I was aiming at, so even though they're bad emotions, I'm glad you felt them too, sorry! :)

Maybe there's happiness at the end of the journey? ;)
Red_Nova
The all around prick
7544
Finally set aside the time to play this. While I admit I don't have perfect memory about the game I played a year ago, the biggest I issue I had about leveling has definitely been fixed with this version. It's still a interesting as it was a year ago, so this was a nice trip down memory lane.

Found the secret! That was a nice little addition to the game, and seeing the extras as the end was nice. I have a minor gripe about the secret which I'll PM you about since it's spoiler-y, but it's mostly a wish to see a little more diversity at the end of the secret. Those who've played the game should know what I'm talking about.

Overall, you did a great job on this iddalai, and I'm glad you came back to this project and gave it its own gamepage. Hope you're proud of what you made here, because it's something special. I haven't put a game on my favorites playlist in awhile, but this game deserves a spot on it, for whatever that's worth.

author=Zydin
Allow me to once more apologise for that situation before about your game.
I should have PM'd you first, Red_Nova, at least.


I've been meaning to respond to this. I'm not sure why it took me this long or if it's even important anymore, but whatever. I'm doing it anyway.

It's all good, man. It wasn't exactly my finest hour in that situation either, so believe me when I say I understand where you were coming from. Everything's totally cool and I hope you stick around and contribute more reviews or even games here!
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
Thanks for the feedback & kind words, Red_Nova!

Yup, I'm happy with the finished game, certainly an acquired taste, but I feel it achieved what I was aiming at.

Also, thanks for adding it to your playlist! What an honour! :)
...speaking of which I'll have to eventually make a playlist of my own...

Replying to the PM now.
author=Red_Nova
I've been meaning to respond to this. I'm not sure why it took me this long or if it's even important anymore, but whatever. I'm doing it anyway.

It's all good, man. It wasn't exactly my finest hour in that situation either, so believe me when I say I understand where you were coming from. Everything's totally cool and I hope you stick around and contribute more reviews or even games here!


Good to know you feel that way, Red_Nova!
Thanks for letting me know :)
CashmereCat
Self-proclaimed Puzzle Snob
10032
lol. I only just got round to finishing this. Makes me feel like a total dick.

But I actually really loved it once I got through it. In a way I guess I responded well in the end. Oh well, I like this game. I like you. Let's all live happily.

(lol)

edit: i might write something about this. but it might take longer than it took for me to finish this game. due to me being a major procrastinator, and also having too many obligations probably. love ya. <3

edit #2: Wow. The explanation you wrote is pretty genius. I was gonna go through the dichotomies you presented in the game with the equivalencies between traditional items and their labels in the game, but you seem to have covered those bases extremely thoroughly. It's such a satisfying read!
iddalai
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.
2023
Woah! Thank you for the kind words CashmereCat :)

I'm glad you found something to enjoy in the game (did you notice you make a cameo in the ending? :P ).

Oh yeah, I understand lack of time and procrastination (being huge on it at times), I have a backlog of RMN games to play and provide feedback to...

It's great knowing you enjoyed reading the explanation!
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derick_dantas
BANNED: Stealing maps and assets from others' games then lying about having permission.
3
I need to talk with the creator of this game urgently, please contact me. Thanks.
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