Secret Developer Fact: I made the monster noise by recording the sound of the milk frother on my coffee machine. I put my phone next to it, set it to record and then made myself a cappuccino. Threw a bit of reverb and distortion effects onto the recording and put it in the game!
Not Alone was made in 4 weeks for the Pixel Horror Jam, and was originally released in October 2016. It's set on a damaged spaceship, where you're trapped on board with a single indestructible alien creature. You need to keep things running just long enough to reach the nearby space station and escape to freedom.
WHY WE MADE IT:
The brief for Pixel Horror Jam was to make a horror game with some form of story, and present it using pixel-style graphics. We ended up going with a homage to films like Alien, setting the game on a badly damaged ship and pitting you against a creature you could only avoid, not completely kill. Scheduling issues and last minute bugs mean it isn't what we had hoped, and hasn't been play tested quite enough, but we hope you enjoy never the less!
CONTROLS & HELP:
Gamepad – Left Stick to move, Right Stick to aim, Right Trigger to shoot. Press Left Trigger or A button to interact, hold down Left Trigger or A button to repair.
Keyboard – WASD to Move, Mouse to Aim, Left-click to shoot. Right-click to interact, hold down right mouse button to repair.
(Note: This game also supports various European keyboard layouts such as ESDF, ZASD and ZQSD)
The creature will avoid light, so try and keep the lights on in a few rooms nearby. Too many lights will drain the ships power, so turn them off as you go if you have time. The gun is a useful tool for disabling the creature for a few seconds, but don't hang around! Try to plan your route by checking where the light switches are and if they need repairing or not. Keep an eye on the course at the top of the screen, if you don't go to the main navigation computer to correct it, then you'll be lost in deep space forever.
Art & HUD
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The gamepad controls don't seem to work. I click on the controls options (wether the arrow keys, the game pad or anything else) but it doesn't save them, I always have to use the arrow keys
EDIT: I really love this game by the way
Hey that's weird, I have tried it and it's OK for me. I wonder if it's a browser thing, I know Firefox sometimes has issues with controllers.
edge made the music and sound? I guess that means it's atmosphere must be really...
Believe it or not Edge is my middle name. People often ask me if I like U2. I do not like U2.
I enjoyed playing this game, but it was a little too easy. I only died once or twice while figuring out the mechanics, and once I did, I found that you can just go to the engine room and wait. Once the alien goes after you, you can turn the lights on and off and the alien will get stuck into an endless loop of charging in the room when the lights are off, and running back out once you turn the lights on. I did this for a while, until the alien got itself stuck in a corner when running out of the room. After this, I would only leave the room to repair the navigation systems when they broke, but otherwise, I just stayed in the engine room to make sure the alien didn't get itself out of the corner. This game is short, but fun to play for a few minutes. Second Dimension, if you read this, fixing these issues (and perhaps making the game a little more challenging in some way) would make your game much better, and possibly a little longer, too.
Hey, I did read this! Glad you enjoyed it, although most people we tried this on said it was too difficult! You are right that it's easy to play the system though, and there does need to be a reason to move around the ship more. As this was made for a game jam we probably be going back to it though, as we have too many other things we want to work on.
ANOTHER GAMEPLAY OF THIS AWESOME GAME
Hey thanks for the video! I think the game is a bit too tough sometimes, you just got to keep running between the engine and the navigation and fixing them. Something that's not always obvious is your character has to be facing the thing you want to interact with, so you have to point the crosshair towards the light switch or the navigation console, thanks for playing!
Sorry It took so long but heres the link when I first played it: Imma do another episode
THIS IS AWESOME I PUT THE VIDEO LINK SOON
Pretty cool, nice art style.