An odd game about texting.
You can choose when it ends...
How far are you willing to go?
Z/C: Look at Phone; Send Message
X: Put Phone Away; Go to Sleep (Hold)
Arrow Keys: Choose Message
(All controls are explained in-game)
- This game touches on some darker subjects, which people may be sensitive to.
- This game includes some dialogue which is arguably like cyberbullying.
- This game is about dialogue, so be prepared to read. The script contains nearly 350 individual texts, though there's no way to see each one in a single playthrough.
This is a companion game to my surreal adventure game NULL.
- v1: Initial Release
- v1.1: Corrected an illogical text.
- v1.2: Reworded a couple texts.
- v1.3: Fixed a couple minor spelling/word choice issues.
I really like this. Pretty unique for a pico-8 game as well (at least I haven't seen much else like it).
I enjoyed the multiple playthroughs aspect. Not sure I even have the full story after 4-5 goes.
The sound design is really really good - it builds the tension so well!
Hey, just wanted to say thanks for all the support so far! This is my first Pico-8 Cart (and really the first game I've ever released publicly), and since I know it's kind of an odd one I wasn't sure how well it'd go over.
I also just updated the cart slightly, improving the wording in one bit of dialogue based on a friend's feedback.
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@NeithR Interesting interpretation. I've gotta say, it's been cool seeing the differences in how people interpret Messages.
@enargy To be honest, I've never planned to do a sequel for this. It took a looong time to get the script written, and I'm not sure how much more I could reasonably add to the formula. That said, it's awesome to hear that you enjoyed it enough to want one!
When playing I didn't know this is about school-bully or cyber-bully at all until I saw the comment lol. At first I thought this is about home-sick and the MC is paranoid about their friends not missing for him/her anymore. (Yeah I have to admit I had this experience when I was a teenager.)
Anyway very cool game! Like how the messages glitches to reveal something horror or real
Gives me the spooks, but it is an AMAZING game
Hey, thanks all! Always nice to hear people are still enjoying this!
I'm not going to try to confirm or deny any theories, but I have actually released a (very different) companion game to this called NULL: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=30504
This is definitely one of the most unique Pico 8 games I've played. The atmosphere was tense as heck and the sound effects were used to great effects. The ending definitely caught me by surprise. Overall, great job, man.
Kind of dark but interesting! I haven't played the other game, but the first place my head goes is:
Thank you for posting it! It was quite well done.
Good game! Also (spoilers)
God damn it, I knew if I put my phone down when their pfp was all demony they would be RIGHT THERE!
Unsolved Mysteries theme tune (1998) playing in background
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