This was a really interesting visual novel. This a perfect medium for short stories.
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Must Admit, When i started i was like..... what is this?, But must say after finishing it. i thoroughly enjoyed it thank you for the experience! if you make something new let me know i'd be happy to try it :D
This game was really great, I got the true ending on the first try and I'm really glad I did! This story can actually be really sweet. Thank you!
For being your first release, this game is really really good! I enjoyed creating a Let's Play with it, especially after I uncovered the true ending. I'm curious of how many '??' endings are there? I only got one. I didn't get every ending. I think I made it to 4/9 + ??x lol but that's because the fourth ending was the true ending, and I loved how it concluded for my video. I have to say, what a turn around. From dark and spooky to kind of cute and adorable, in a gritty way haha. I wonder if other endings have a major significance or impact on the story? I might just have to continue playing off cam! Great work!
Hi! Thank you for your gameplay and for your feedback on the game ;)
The other story-related endings are 1 and 3 (they expand only a little, though) - also, the ?? ending is the only one ^^
I really loved this game. It was kind of scary at first, but oh man the true ending, I really loved it and got it my second time around after being stabbed in the back lol. Amazing job!
I accidentally got the "best" ending (imo, AKA home) first and so FELT TERRIBLE FOR ALL THE OTHERS. HOW DARE YOU. But it was so moving and the sounds and atmosphere? Killed me. Amazing. 11/10.
I loved this game, but to me it was almost more of an experience then just a game. It drew me in and made me feel so many emotions, both fear and happiness, to the point where I never wanted to stop playing. The use of art and music and dialogue and the way it was all blended together made for an amazing outcome that I am going to recommend to as many people as I can.
Oh gosh....I LOVED your gameplay :') you made me laugh so much with your commentary and the way you kept disagreeing with the MC's words (btw, I'm sorry for the traumatic beginning and the nearly heart attack at 8:49 X°D) and I'm particularly flattered/honored by the feedback your wrote...thank you çwç.
Since you seemed to have some rightful doubts about one moment of the story (that part IS confusing and probably not explained well), I wanted to answer them below:
When the MC accuses the kid of attacking him, he is referring to the whole bonfire incident. He thinks the kid extinguished the fire to take him by surprise and kill him (but probably failed). Then later, in the tunnel, he even sees him with a bloody face smiling creepily....but was this really true?
If you noticed, when the fire goes out, little "flakes" start to fall from above...WHITE flakes. Also, the kid couldn't have been in the tunnel, because he was asleep in his cave.
So, this is what happened: the real bad guys of the story, aka the "other creatures" ("them"), are attracted to the light (=white). Therefore, when you started the fire, you basically created a beacon...and since you were not colored in black yet, you got influenced and saw what "them" wanted you to see.
Hopefully, this may clear things a little...if not, just ask anything and I'll gladly answer ^^
That cleared it up. I kinda suspected it was the bloody face thing when I was editing the video. But I didn't even think about the thing with no fire and the white flakes. It all makes a lot more sense now. Thank you!
Also, you don't have to apologize for almost giving me a heart attack. That was one of my favorite parts, and the fact that the game was able to make me freak out like that just speaks to how amazing it is and how immersed I was in it.
I'm glad you were able to enjoy my gameplay. My channel isn't very popular so I wasnt able to get the game much added popularity, unfortunately. But at least I was able to bring some enjoyment to you, consider it payment for bringing enjoyment to me (also cause i'm extremely broke).
You're welcome ^^
If it's ok with you, I decided to use your video as the official gameplay for the game - I'm not that popular, but I hope it will help you get more views...you deserve them ;)
I loved this game a lot, from the UI to the soundtrack it was all woven together to immerse. I
also love my new weird son and can't wait to see what you come up with next!!
A great and eerie game, loved the first playthrough, will have to see the other endings!
The art style, the ambience, the story, and the choices, everything about this was so good! Good job! Made a video, hope you enjoy!
(Sadly there's no option to pm you here on itch.io about the question you left in the ratings, so I'm going to do it here, hoping you'll see it **crossing fingers**)
Thank you! I'm really happy you liked my game! And yes, sadly it's short - it was originally for a game jam, and I decided to join last minute to see if after playing so many VN I could make one myself ^^
I hope you'll like my future games as well (unfortunately it may take some time before a new release, work and studies are forcing me on a pretty long hiatus) and thank you again for your kind words, it really means a lot.
One last thing...sì, sono italiana ;D
Even in the darkest cave in the middle of nowhere, I can befriend a monster who wants to eat me, or does he?
The game, the art, the story and overall gameplay is really much better than i expected,
I kept thinking "man i hope the game has a
good ending where the creature and i be happy and stuff. I only played it once, got ending #5 (gonna go back, be bad-gotta get other endings lol); and i just had to leave a review to show my appreciation . Im also following you now so i hope you do more beautiful games like this!
I think overall this was a good game. Alone in the jungle with a tribesman? Monster? It was a new atmosphere to take part in. I only have one small little gripe. The go away option actually closes the game. I didn't know that was going to happen and, was a small inconvience but, overall good game!
The go away option was meant to be a "creative way" to exit the game, sorry about that XD
But I'm glad you enjoyed the game ;)
TIME TO EAT..
This game is pretty awesome honestly. I have only obtained one ending. The game for me has a deep message that the whole world needs to get. Don't judge a book by it's cover. I think the developer did a great job and I look forward to playing more and getting the other endings. If viewers of my channel want me to show more of the endings I will, otherwise I will play it on my own. Here is my let's play!
This game was amazing. I loved how the story tugged you in one direction and shifted it into another in the blink of an eye. I definitely plan on playing it more on my own time to get the other endings, but I got the true ending here. I want more!
Oh god I loved your gameplay X°D! Thank you so much for making it (hope you don't mind, but I used it as the official gameplay here on this page) ;D
I absolutely adored this game, it shows that sometimes it's better to face your fears and not let you get scared or confused by them. It also shows that sometimes you have to know someone, or in this case, something better before judging about him/her/it. I think, that it has a pretty deep message in the game, even if you didn't intend to do that. For me the message is to not judge someone by their cover, which I never do anyways. That's probably why I gave that thing a chance. I do hope you read this and perhaps reply to it if you feel like it. Have a great day/afternoon/night good sir and i hope to see more of your game in the future. (Preferably this kind of game because your writing is just so damn good+
Thank you benyboy for taking the time to write a feedback, your words are very kind and I greatly apreciate them :)
I'm so, so happy you feel that way about my game: that was indeed the message I was trying to convey, and I'm so glad it came across. I wish you a great day aswell, and I hope I won't let you down with my future games!
Thank you for your gameplay! I'm glad you liked the game :D
We really enjoyed this game. We didn't really know what to expect, and were rather fond of the sympathy that we acquired upon learning more about the mysterious creature. We even made a video of our playthrough:
What an incredible game! A beautiful story, perfectly captured within a creepy and mysterious element. I was able to get the true ending in first playthrough, and I feel that my choices had actual impact on the story.
To be honest, I'm not one for horror games so when I was playing your game, I hugged my pillow like my life depended on it :D. But after I got the ending 5, I was so relieved and happy. It's a great game with beautiful story even though it was pretty short. Really looking forward to your games in the future (^.^).
Thank you! I'm so glad you liked it even though you don't normally like scary things :D
I plan to make longer games in the future *fingers crossed*. The next one will still be horror, but after that, I'd like to explore other genres (I even have a draft for an otome game up my sleeve, ah ah) so I hope I won't disappoint!
I'm just like you, but I squeeze the living daylights out of a stuffed ikea carrot...don't tell anyone
I got Ending 5 at the first time and I got goosebumps. Together. What a beautiful ending. Love the game! I'd like to get Ending 3.. Any tips? :P
Thank you so much! In the download section there's a walkthrough file that could help ;) but if you want to find the correct picks on your own
always be mean with the creature and, when you are presented with the choice, kill him. Then, remember to check inside the cave.
I hope it won't be too hard after seeing ending 5
Quite enjoyed this one! Nice and creepy with an atmosphere of slight unease, sort of like what I get in the Metro games but without the panic induced terror I feel when sneaking past Librarians.
Looking forward to seeing what you do next!
I really enjoyed this game. The writing is able to make everything flow very naturally and make you care for something in the end.
P.S did you crash on a space ship, boat or Plane.
Thank you! What you wrote really means a lot :)
The nature of the "ship" was intentionally left ambiguous, but if you get Ending 1
by choosing not to stay with the kid, you will exit the cave alone and find out you are on an alien planet so...definitely a space ship ;)
For some reason I don't see this phrase in game after update:
$ var_name =_("...you're ugly.")
mmm...I will look into it. Were you playing in English or in Russian?
Ok, I spotted the problem, I'll update a fixed version as soon as possible :) thank you for telling me
I got the true ending and Kid is just a sweet, precious and creepy cinnamon roll, I love him so much though, nice game it really brought the atmosphere and it has some nice art,
Really nice work! Very atmospheric and visually enticing. I managed to get the true ending on my first try but will certainly play it again to see the others. It was sweet and spooky at the same time. I liked the last little meat line, ha. Overall very neatly made!
Hi there, I just wanted to say that I played your game and I also made a video of it, I hope that's okay.
I really enjoyed this game, I'm actually surprised by how much I enjoyed this game, as I'm not normally a fan of scary games. But this one was really atmospheric, and drew me into the story which I really liked. I really loved the art style, and how you made the kid so creepy. Also the ending was really beautiful, I don't to say too much in case I spoil anything. But yeah I really enjoyed this game and the overall experience, so thank you for making it.
I look forward to playing any other games you might create in the future.
This game was well done. I mean EXTREMELY well done. I love the atmosphere, it really took me in and I feel like it had accomplished as to what it was intended for. There were no boring sections of the game, no frame drops - thankfully - and the artwork was absolutely fantastic. I do plan on covering this a bit more through my playthroughs, so, go check out the first episode! Here's the link.
You flatter me, Mr. Potter! XD (great username, ahah)
But seriously, thank you so much for the nice feedback and gameplay ;) I'll go watch it now
Hi! I didn't know how to reply on the question you left in the ratings, so I'll answer you here ^^
I tried to write you a pronunciation of my name but failed XD so here's a link to the trusty google translate, by clicking the audio icon you can hear how it sounds: https://translate.google.it/#it/en/schiva%20frecce ;)
This was a fun ride, more well made than games like Bendy and The Ink Machine. Good eerie games are rare to come across lately, and you did a fantastic job with this. - Opacity
Wow, thank you! That's very nice of you to say :)
This game teach you something good and what it teach you its dose well at it thank you for making this game it was soo good to play :D
While not without its flaws, this was an interesting story/game. Your use of audio definitely serves it well, giving the appropriate atmosphere for a spook game. The grotesque noises definitely give the feeling of "Ew, what is that thing?" I also like the choice sets, though it was easy to get the good ending just by being a decent person. Overall, this was fun. Good job.
Hi thanks for the gameplay! Please, let me know what can be improved in your opinion, I'm always open to suggestions to make better games :)
And if you've got the time, could you also point out the grammar errors? I'm not a native, and apart from the "lounges" thing I don't know what else has to be corrected. Thank you.
The preface (and the graphics till the end) is truly unique and gives compatible feelings of mystery and thrill o.O
Unravelling the story is such a tense experience and also heartbreaking moments to each endings (big salute for the implicit message of "don't make presumption without enough evidence") :') Keep up the great work (^_^)9
This visual novel was so atmospheric and I was very taken by what was happening. I'm definitely gonna play more so I can discover all the endings. I got the "true ending" and I feel like most people will on their first playthrough. Which says a lot about this game and the story it's telling. A+, 10/10. I'm a big fan of this one.
Here's my playthrough!
That's great! I'm sending you a mail ;)
I played this a while back, but I forgot to share my thoughts! I really enjoyed it. You really captured the suspense and anxious feelings of the darkness. I wrote about it more in my blog: http://pajamagaming.blogspot.com/2017/07/are-you-afraid-of-dark-black-pc.html
I'm really glad you enjoyed it! And I'm really flattered by your review, thank you so much :)
is there cursing??
Wow. That's all that really needs to be said about this game. I really enjoyed it, the story is well written (apart from a few grammar mistakes, but nothing that detracted me from enjoying it). The visuals are very well done and the accompanying music and sounds are great.
I went into the game pretty much blind and played as if I was the one actually in the situation (as I do most games). I'm very pleased with the outcome I got, the game took me by surprise a few times and I began to question what might be real and what might not be in the game.
At the end of the day, it's an excellent visual novel with an interesting story. It presents you with an unknown environment and asks you to make some pretty difficult choices. It was a very good game, and I'm happy I got the chance to experience it.
Also, I hope you don't mind but I recorded a let's play of the game.
Cheers and best wishes to you!
Thank you, Famed, for your kind words and also for the gameplay: I'm always happy when someone makes a new one, so I'll definitely go watch it!
I'm really happy that you enjoyed the experience (the fact you "immersed" in the story is especially great, because that's exactly what I hoped players would do) and I do apologize for those grammar mistakes: hopefully I'll fix them all in the next update ;)
Anytime, the game was interesting and well done. It pulled me in and managed to hold onto me until the end, which is always a good sign. No need to apologize for the grammar mistakes, with time constraints and all there's bound to be an error here and there. Any plans for more games in the future?
I do, actually: I'm working reeeeally slowly on the next project, a new horror game with lots of choices and survival aspects completely unrelated to Black, and I've also got ideas for other non-horror stories for future games. But since I'm alone working on them and life got pretty busy I'm afraid it's going to take a while ^^' but not too long, I hope.
Excellent! Sounds good, I look forward to playing them. Horror has and always will be one of my favourite genres, so I'm curious to see what you've come up with. Well, I hope that you're able to find the time to work on them, you've got a real talent for game design.