New Game - A Sweet Typing Thrill

2016-09-03 19:28:39 by LucidShadowDreamer

Hello everyone!

It has been a while. I've been enjoying the rest of my summer, watching anime and spending a lot of time with friends (traveling to Japan; you know... The usual stuff). However, I have also been working on a lot of projects on the side. And I've been sitting on one of them in particular for a while now.

It's finally time to annouce that I've uploaded a sequel to a very popular game I released last year, called "Playing With Letters".

I got request upon request to make a follow-up game, so I've complied with the wishes of the people who enjoyed the original, and created: "A Sweet Typing Thrill".




It took quite a while to make, but I'm really happy with the game, no matter how it performs. It's probably not the smartest idea to upload it right now, as the Ludum Dare votings are going on, but I've been holding on to this one for too long already :)

Now, there are a few notes I want to make about the game.

Not unlike the original, the game is fairly difficult. But people seemed to like that, so I hope it won't turn all too many people off. It also stayes true to the format. The game is just as much about the story as it is about the puzzles, so playing the first game is probably a good idea before moving on to the second one.

As I note in the desciption, the solution to the first 'puzzle' is "I understand". I decided to write it out, so people don't give up on the game once "Yes" and "I do" fail. There is also a hint in the medal, but I don't think everyone will check them out. The first stage is not really a puzzle, but more of a test of the mechanics, to make sure that everything works just as it should. It's also a reference to the previous game, which has a similar level. However, I should've made it clearer what one is supposed to type. Anywho, moving on from that little blunder!

EDIT: If you're here because you got stuck at the riddle, I won't give you any hint per se, but I think it's really worth mentioning that if you've figured out the solution, make sure you include a "the" before the solution. After all, it's a specific noun, so a response without the "the" isn't really proper grammar, I suppose. There are other reasons why I didn't grant the possibility of multiple phrasings in the answer too, but sorry for that anyway if it gave you an inconvenience.

I promised a hint about the secret ending, so let me explain. There isn't really much of a puzzle, as the secret ending isn't really even announced all too well. You can get it by replacing the answer of the very last puzzle with something else. I didn't want it to take away from the main story too much, so I kinda left it in as a semi-meta perk for those that are really interesting. As for the hint, let's just say that I thought for quite a while what the title of the game should be, hehhe...

As usually, I created the background music for the game myself. I actually have a youtube channel nowadays where I upload stuff from time to time, so I'd appreciate it if you checked it out. Here's the video of me playing the soundtrack of the game on the piano:

The thumbnail art was made by Yakovlev art :)

I'm sure there was something else I was supposed to write in this already long post too, but I can't seem to think of what it could've been right now...
So maybe we'll leave it like this, and if it comes back to me, I can edit the post :3

Well, I can't imagine anyone reading this entire post, but I hope you enjoy the game regardless ;)

I have a feeling I'll leave this post up for quite a while.

I hope you're all doing fine! And until next time...

//LucidShadowDreamer ^   ^


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2016-09-03 20:26:33

Beautiful game. Great job on the soundtrack.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks dude!
And man you beat it fast, you're pretty amazing! I'm really glad you liked it ^ ^


2016-09-04 21:47:38

aww didn't make daily... :(

and i still can't figure out why i couldn't get the medals.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Well, it made daily second! Which is already quite something :)
Also, the animation which got #1 also happens to be really well made :3

That's odd! We'll have a look at that later, I guess :)


2016-09-04 23:24:41

Love love love the "background" music for the game. Haven't played it yet, but the music really intrigues me to check it out. I really like the space between the notes and your note choices really draw me in. Even the ending to me is quite interesting. Very intelligent/ emotional piece.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Wow, thank you! It would seem Dem0 was right in assuming that you'd enjoy the piece :3
I think I would've been able to make the piece even better, had I had more time to work on it. However, I am happy with the result regardless :)
I went with a free tempo for the duration of the entire track. I think that really helps with the ambience, and the atmosphere. Some parts are also improvised to some extent, based around the style I went with.

When I was playing, I suddenly realized I had no planned ending for the piece... So I just kind of did something xD

I'm glad it seems to have worked out though! ^ ^


2016-09-07 22:24:10

So I got the secret ending....and it turned out the be EXACTLY my first assumption!

Why did I say that? Because for some reason I go temporarily blind and forget that all letters are accounted for! So I'm thinking that it lacked one of those and I scratching my head at other possibilities.

The main thing that clued me in was when you said that it took you a while to come up with the name of the game.

I guess I have great instincts...just wonky follow-thru.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

That was a great first assumption! Sometimes the first thibg that enters our minds, is the thing we should roll with. I think there have actually been some studies made on this.

We tend to pull tricks like that on ourselves at times, but I don't think it's anything to worry about :)

Yup! That's an intentional clue that I left behind, as it would almost be impossible to figure out otherwise :p

Thank you for leaving your thoughts!


2016-09-10 03:10:27

So the secret ending... I sat here for a good time thinking about it and then I took a break and I just thought about it, having that moment of realisation was actually the best thing ever. These games are awesome, I've never really appreciated a text-based game but I am in awe of your skills. Keep up the good work.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

That sounds awesome!
That's pretty much the feeling I was hoping for, not only for the secret level, but for the game in general. Great job beating them both! :)
I'm stoked that you liked them despite them being text-based :3
Thank you for the nice words!


2016-10-28 18:04:08

I'll make sure to try them both out when I have time. Also, still waiting on that heavenly waterfall re-recording.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

You know, I really should re-record it sooner or later. I'd have to rearrange it too though, and currently, I'm afraid I'm too busy for such. I do have a few things I'm working on though, so hopefully I'll be able to release something, sooner or later... :)


2016-12-10 04:11:43

Haven't been on here for a minute...glad to see you're still going strong! How was Japan? :D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Oh, Japan was absolutely awesome! Thanks for asking. My sister's still there, but she's coming home for Christmas :)
How are you doing?

Also, glad to see you lurking around ;)


2016-12-10 16:08:20

Awesome! About to make an update post soon on where I'm at with the 2nd ep :D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Great! I look forward to reading it :D