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CAUTION: Some areas in this game cause a significant flickering effect.

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ABOUT:
NULL is a surreal adventure game. What you see in the end depends on what you can find on the way.
A 100% playthrough can be completed in 10-15 minutes, if you know where everything is.

This is my third full Pico-8 game (not counting stuff from game jams)! I made it over the course of November and December 2017. All assets and code are my own work.

If you want to see more of my stuff, check out my Twitter: @Jusiv_

CONTROLS:

  • Arrows: Move
  • Z/X/C: Interact

TIPS:

  • There are two types of things to find. Each area has exactly one of each.
  • Some hidden things will only appear once you've reached the end of an area.
  • If you get totally stuck, maybe try resting for a minute.
  • This won't help you progress, but maybe play this: Messages. It might be significant.

CHANGELOG:
v1.0 - Initial Release - 12/22/2017
v1.1 - Minor Tweaks - 12/22/2017

surreal adventure puzzle secrets
P#47625 2017-12-22 12:26 ( Edited 2018-01-17 17:50)

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Quite a strange, different game! The puzzles aren't impossible and shouldn't take too long for most in general (hopefully...). Even the very last area seems really hard at first until you notice the patterns.

So what is that horrid black octopus-like creature? Is that supposed to be your subconscious, self-doubt or something with the disparaging remarks? It sure is a jerk!

P#47658 2017-12-23 20:45

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All I'll say is that you might want to check out my game Messages, too. I can't promise you'll find a conclusive answer, but it might add a wrinkle to your understanding and could give some more context to the dialogue and text in NULL. Especially if you've found every newspaper.
You can play it here: https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?tid=29501

P#47661 2017-12-24 00:43 ( Edited 2017-12-24 01:01)

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Love it! Definitely up there with one of my all time faves, like Knytt and Under Construction.

Missed two newspapers on my second run (one in the second level and one in the final one), but that's alright, I'll replay it eventually for a third time.

/edit: Okay I got all the secrets, it was well worth the replay.

P#47664 2017-12-24 12:17 ( Edited 2017-12-25 08:03)

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^Yeah, it definitely is, as I've gone through it several times myself :)

Definitely up there with one of my all time faves, like Knytt and Under Construction.

I've only played a fair amount of Pico games released in the last year, so I can't say for sure how it holds up among the others, but likewise I don't know if this is game of the year but it definitely needs to be nominated if there were such a thing in this community.

All I'll say is that you might want to check out my game Messages, too.

HEY! You were able to make a pseudo-sequel to the game after all! Big surprise to see Jade mentioned in there, as I didn't check out the game the first time around.

P#47712 2017-12-27 18:38 ( Edited 2017-12-27 18:38)

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Hey, thanks so much guys!
It's definitely a relief to hear people think it's worth the effort to track down all the secrets.

Bekey: "Love it! Definitely up there with one of my all time faves, like Knytt and Under Construction."

I haven't played Knytt personally, but Under Construction might just be my favorite PICO-8 game I've played, so getting compared to that is amazing! Thanks so much!

Vectorguy: "I don't know if this is game of the year but it definitely needs to be nominated if there were such a thing in this community."

WOW. I don't know what to say but thanks!

Vectorguy: "HEY! You were able to make a pseudo-sequel to the game after all! Big surprise to see Jade mentioned in there, as I didn't check out the game the first time around."

Yeah! I hadn't actually intended NULL to be related when I first started it, but pretty early on I realized there was enough narrative similarity that I could make them directly related, and I loved that idea so much I just ran with it. Plus, that gave me an excuse to include more secrets and [REDACTED], the black creature (he's called that because his name is always obscured, even in the game's comments). Someday I might do a third game to complete the set, but for now that's just a thought.

P#47920 2018-01-06 16:21 ( Edited 2018-01-06 16:24)

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It's definitely a relief to hear people think it's worth the effort to track down all the secrets.

It's not even too much of an "effort" either, I don't think. It's cool though :)

Vectorguy: "I don't know if this is game of the year but it definitely needs to be nominated if there were such a thing in this community."

WOW. I don't know what to say but thanks!

You're welcome! I mean it. Not too hard, intriguing and a bit heavy in regards to subject matter, along with having some replay value.

Vectorguy: "HEY! You were able to make a pseudo-sequel to the game after all! Big surprise to see Jade mentioned in there, as I didn't check out the game the first time around."

Yeah! I hadn't actually intended NULL to be related when I first started it, but pretty early on I realized there was enough narrative similarity that I could make them directly related, and I loved that idea so much I just ran with it.

Glad you did :)

Someday I might do a third game to complete the set, but for now that's just a thought.

Well I won't hold you to it then! ;)

Next I need to see what A Very Warm Fire is...

P#48099 2018-01-12 20:16

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I love this! All of the environments have something unique to and visually appealing to offer--you have a very unique style. Great tone throughout the whole game as well. Thanks for making this!

P#48140 2018-01-13 17:45

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Beautiful work. Really nice job.

P#48279 2018-01-17 17:50

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