Amazed, never played anything quite like this before and I am not sure if I ever will.
THAT NIGHT, STEEPED BY BLOOD RIVER
A downloadable game for Windows and macOS
please doctor please
waiting for your call
wicked won't be alone
comes down hard
worry on your head so you can't eat
pill drown drench
remedy, bloody sea
ripping out old wallpaper, flowered
we all sign the book
another hospital trip
you visiting a flowered room
your hero past lying
with remain, lingerance
when you go down to the river
to dust remember, receive
& travel on it or
live cursed forever
"Rooms are eye-searing abstractions, the music is calm and contemplative"
-Steven Nguyen Scaife, Fanbyte
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Loved every second of this game, I was prepared to run it just as a reason to continue being immersed in the visuals, but the more I played the more of a speed game it became. Will probably do glitchless/alt endings and that elusive 3rd ending that even I haven't found, but myself and other commenters are convinced exist. I am a huge fan of the "insecure" feeling of most areas in the game, if you want to wander into a softlocked area you can, but i've never softlocked due to exploring. Makes the speedrun a minefield as well, and imo adds to the fun of running it. Being able to stop time with this gem was genuinely therapeutic, thank you.
Update: I'm good, and will continue to be :)
It's definitely one of the games of all time
I finally decided to play this and woah why did I waited so long. Amazing. Unfortunately a bug forced me to close the game halfway, but I will replay it for sure. Great experience, thank you.
I can't express how much i loved the game, this was totaly amazing, I thougt it would be just a simple game, put actualy it is a master piece i still didn't colected the circle and the moons to see the third ending, but i still loved this
An amazing game!! I noticed the circle and two semi-circles on the level also on the elevator. I actually met doors with circle or with semi-circles when playing three levels. I went through doors but nothing happen. I think when collecting all the figure (6 arrows and a circle and two semi-circles) completely it must be the third ending!
Incredible experience. Love the soundtrack. It was almost impenetrably dense, though, to me - I do enjoy an esoteric game that's hard to figure out, and I do not count myself as quite the smartest at figuring things out, but I don't think I would have realized there was anything to figure out if I hadn't been motivated to keep plumbing its depths by having seen that one comment before mine calling it one of the best games they'd ever played. YMMV, though.
I feel like there's more to crack that I haven't figured out, though. I've found the church with the bow symbol that raises your speed, and solved each bow puzzle in each dream world, but I haven't been able to find anything past that, if there even is anything.
Wow! Just..........wow! Honestly, this is one of the best games I've ever played in my entire life. There aren't enough words to describe how amazing it is. The visuals, the intuitive resolutions to further enter other dream worlds, not to mention the f-ing songs. I'm absolutely blown away by it. Thank you so much for this. It really made me feel at home, away from depression.
this was so so good i loved everything about this! the vibes the music the weird learn-as-you-go intuitive mechanics and the way it just kept expanding further and further all made for a very uniquely interesting experience. i particularly liked how different each "room" was, and how each one could change so entirely as it progressed, it made the whole thing feel very dream-like along with the repetitive signing-in motion that felt sort of like waking up. i got myself stuck in a hole at the blood river and crashed my game right (i think) before reaching the end, so i'll play it through again and see if there were any remaining bits i missed in my first round to boot :]
thanks for sharing this and i hope u have a very good day
(edited for spelling mistakes)
there is still more i need to find out
Gameplay -- enjoyed trying to figure out what the hell was going on. Got my just desserts at Blood River, though.
this games wild. very cool to playthrough. no idea how they got it to look like that, but the visual style was sick as hell
thank you for sharing
I played this game a month ago and I loved it.
Each room/vignette/wtv was so different from the previous one but they were all so beautiful. I loved the optical illusions, the lo-fi aesthetic, the distortions, the colours!!! it's creative and inspiring
Some of the songs were also good and catchy, my fav is easily "still waiting".
It was one of the most impressive games I played in a long time.
Actually I couldn't open the door with 3 triangles or reach the top of the room with the trees because I surely missed something earlier, so I'll have to try again eventually.
hey I super loved this. I've been meaning to play this for ages and I wasn't disappointed. you have such a creative and unique approach to visuals - its really very cool. and I appreciate the time you put into making it sound interesting too, it really ties the whole thing together.
your work is really cool. thank you for making this
I loved this game so much that I created this itch.io account just to make this comment.
This game is one of the best experiences I have been lucky enough to find in the past year. The dreams, the secrets, the symbolism, the extreme simplicity... makes this game a pearl. It's almost like an interactive work of art. All that psychedelia and abstractism put into the scenarios, combined with strong and bright colors, generate very fanciful landscapes as well as gratifying. The soundtrack is too relaxing and addictive to listen to, and it's beautiful, like everything in this game.
This game has a lot of potential. If I had to make a recommendation, it would be to include more dreams, more ideas, and more secrets. In short: more content. This game may have more capacity than it has. You have to keep experimenting and discovering new ways of making art in this medium as beautiful as video games. Congratulations, you made a game fill my heart.
Greetings from Argentina.
What an amazing experience. Seriously. The graphics and style are nothing else I've seen and the soundtrack is so calming! I'm downloading bandcamp just to listen to it, it's THAT good. I can tell that a lot of love was put into this game and I'm going to be playing a lot of it. I wish I could pay you what it's really worth but I can't do online transactions. Anyways I love this game and I'm going to be playing it a lot.
i always wanted to know...what are the names of the films/documentaries on that tv??
I think my brain just turned into mush or something like that.
Thanks for the experience.
Okay so I have to ask, are there more than 2 endings? If you want to keep the mystery alive I understand, but I feel like I'm missing something and I'm not sure whether I should keep searching...
I think there definitely are/is, whenever you collect a symbol, the corresponding buttons on the doors light up and the scythes and the sphere are both on the elevator door and the individual levels. Also I've read a not from the dev that you can actually toy around with the levers in the parking lot area. I think the 3rd ending is just a bit harder and more secret but I believe it exists. Also you can peek through the door next to the counter at the main entrance area
edit: i found the secrets in each level now and managed to enter the church now, still no different ending :(
parking lot?? Where did you find a parking lot?
It's not really a parking lot I guess. It's just the first level where you first ride a car. After the car ride is over go to the left where the pillars are. On the pillars there are little pannels and you can flick the levers next to them when you click on the pannels
I hope to see more like this and Canary from you. You've come a long way. Tru terrifying beauty.
idk what to do at the tree
This game is amazing. As a dev, this is super inspiring. I hope you can keep doing these kinds of experiences.
Too bad, I jumped into the somewhat lava pool behind the casino, inside the car level, from the roof, and couldn’t get out…
Great game anyway ! Or great piece of art should I say
i'm back just to praise this game/art experience:)
played for the first time earlier this year without getting to any ending - played again yesterday and was glad to discover so many secret places and both endings:)) love the music puzzles and color transitions (my head spins so hard tho lol
one thing i'm curious about - to the left of the blue casino scene, are the electric panels on the columns interactive?
yeah they are interactive! you should be able to click on them and pull the lever/handle thingies
Wow, this is an incredible game. The visuals are absolutely stunning and the music and sound design is absolutely fantastic. I love games like this that leave room for interpretation by the player, and I am genuinely mesmerised by so many of the transitions in this game, and the shaders are unreal, let alone the wonderful colour palette throughout the game
Hi Taylor! I’m a poet with a book coming out through Omnidawn next year, and I was wondering you’d be interested in potentially supplying cover art for the book. I really love this game and caged bird don’t fly. You can message me on twitter @brandangriffin if you’re interested/want more details :)
Hello. Maybe the most weird experience in games which doesn't disturb me. I like the main aesthetic and this strange mood. It seems to me that I am travelling into an Edgar Allan Poe novel. Obviously we share the same passion for the modern art and some levels was really attractive for me - especially the video with Georgia O'Keeffe. Honestly I didn't expect anything from your project, but finally you made my day. It's weird, but pleasant - strange, but not freaky. Material shaders and for the camera are gorgeous. I came here because of another game that you know too - Rouge Noir. I wish you the best. Have a drink for me ++
Thank you for creating this masterpiece. This inspired me so much to focus more on the artistic and user experience side of games that I sometimes forget when doing countless new mechanics and levels. Some weeks ago I created a game following what I’ve learned from playing this one. I am very happy and proud now, I didn’t think I was capable of such thing. Anyways, I just wanted to show you my immense gratitude. Bye :)
aww thank you, i'm really flattered!
i checked out rouge noir, it looks great!
keep up the good work 😁
very lovely space to inhabit thank you!
my head hurts, is good tho <3
That was really a nice experience, loved the use of music and sound.
Thanks for this experience *-*
Could it be ported to android, or is it too much to ask? My computer is a used server that’s like…a decade (?) old. The only reason i can afford a good tablet is because i can pay monthly w the phone people cuz i got a line for it. Sadly, it limits my options on games … I get a really good piece of hardware that can handle a lot but the OS leaves it kind of left out. I don’t wanna have to install ibochs and try to run it in a VM because i always allocate the resources wrong (my fault) . and i honestly have no experience with wine…is there another way? looks like schizophrenia…
One time I took shrooms with my friend and walked around the city. For whatever reason shrooms make me act like a gullible child and I managed to get talked into signing a petition to put Andrew Yang on the ballot and like two other initiatives I couldn't even begin to tell you the purpose of.
This game is like that in game form
never played anything like this before but I'm glad I did. This game was so dope. Visuals were out of this world and sometimes I'd just sit there staring at them. I think I enjoyed the soundtrack most of all, really relaxing and fit the vibe perfectly.
This is the Jazzpunk Wetworks expansion every one wanted but did not know existed!