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Submission to Spooktober Visual Novel Jam 2022


LOG LINE:

Why has the narrator awoken in a room with records on the walls? Is there no one to provide guidance aside from this stranger with a cloud over their face, who says: 

"Haven't you heard music can transport you places?"

CONTENT WARNINGS: 
Can't stand violence or death? Better stay away, okay?

FEATURES:

  • Can you believe the music box has 8 original tracks?
  • Ready to wade your way through 170+ choices?
  • There are only 2 monsters, right? Right?
  • Can you unlock all 5 endings?

CHARACTERS:

THE NARRATOR

Will our esteemed narrator ever find their way home?



THE CLOUD

Why do they answer questions with more questions?



THE MERMAID

Can anyone escape her waters unscathed?



THE SNAIL

Nobody is trying to steal his shell, right?



CREDITS:

QUESTIONS:

  1. Who is your favorite character?
  2. What is your favorite ending?
  3. Any thoughts or questions?

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IridescentDescent-1.0-mac.zip 289 MB
IridescentDescent-1.0-pc.zip 323 MB

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This game is sooo gorgeous. I loved the art so, so much. Despite at times being a little confused by the story (I think that was very much a me thing lol 😅) - I was still so intrigued! It was really cool seeing how the story changed depending on which CD you listened to first. I also loved the idea of the music literally transporting the Narrator!

My favorite character was probably the Mermaid - she was equal parts interesting, fun, and terrifying 😂 Although, I adored the character design for all of the characters. 

My favorite ending was probably the non-ending! It was the first one I got and completely caught me off guard. I thought it was really creative!!

(+1)

Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and your playthrough! Yes, the non-ending seems to be most well-received one for most of the people who've provided feedback. I'm happy about that since I was initially uncertain about how players would react to an "ending" like that.

Of course!!

I've never seen a game do that before!  It definitely took me a little bit to figure out that I didn't just break the game or something, but once I figured it out I thought it was really clever lol.

Saw this played on a stream. This is amazing~! I love the graphics and the story. Truly mesmerizing.

Thank you so much!


*Spoiler free review*

Great mysterious visual novel, love how we can make dozens of choices, it really feels like a conversation, the characters are straightforward and very fitting of the setting that it's on itself, really interesting.

I am personally not a big fan of the amnesic main character BUT it definitely works when you are a mysterious ethereal being instead of Jerry from human resources.

*slight spoilers review?*

Love the background and monsters design, visually and personality wise, it goes from confusion to fear real quick when they try to get you because you are lost, definitely a welcomed new flavor of spooks for this season.

The music is also on point, specially for those "Oh, I just F up right?" moments.


*Definitely spoilery review*

Keep the good work!

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Favorite character?

-The siren

favorite ending?

-Drowned

questions?

-Can I answer with another question?

(+1)

I used to feel the same way about the amnesia trope, but writing this VN helped me understand why it can be a useful narrative device, particularly in stories where one wants to emphasize the feelings of being lost and disoriented. Thank you so much for sharing your in-depth thoughts and your playthrough! Much appreciated.