I loved the art and the music in this game - it's beautiful.
That said, the game design needs work. There are complaints about the game being boring. I don't think the game is boring as much as it is frustrating. The system that generates the totems ( relics? ) that you are supposed to find make the game repetitive. I suggest not generating them one by one. It seems like once you find one, a new one then pops up on the map somewhere ( or an event triggers a new totem to pop up ). This means that the things that I'm trying to find will pop up in places that I have already explored. The very last one is the most frustrating to find since it is basically generated somewhere on the map in a completely random location. Seeing as there are no clues, and seeing as I went around and explored many areas soaking in the wonderful narrative, you aren't challenging me as a player at this point - the system becomes unbalanced.
Furthermore, I started to become numb to the beautiful music and art since I was randomly checking places that I had already been countless times before.
I suggest putting the totems /relics in set locations versus generating them one after another. Put them all on the map and don't move them or make them appear in any order. I guarantee this will help you with players who say they feel lost or bored.
In the end, I didn't find the last totem / relic because I realized the system isn't fair to the player and I stopped playing. I really wanted to see the ending.
This game would get my top regards with that one change to the game design, and I would play again to finish it.
A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux
Storyseeker is a minimalist narrative experiment driven by your curiosity. Follow the trails of weasels, talk to ghosts, cross the ocean. Find out what happened to this world.
Music by Joel Järventausta.
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I loved the art and the music in this game - it's beautiful.
I sincerly loved the game!!Its beutiful and engaging, and leaves you reflecting about stuff! Just like it says in the trailer, being lost started feeling like home!!! I did get a little frustrated about the "Theres nothing you can do" becouse i wanted to change something and help out, but it makes total sense becouse in these game you are the story seeker, and that's all yo have to do.
I would love to join The Soryseeker in another adventure in a diferent world, so please consider it!!
Sorry for the terrible english!
LOVE the game guys! I've been sending it to a bunch of friends, it's a joy to play.
I'm on Linux though, and I can't seem to maximize the window wich is a bit annyoing?
I'm guessing since it's a child window of itch. If this was fixed I'd be real happy :)
Ah, that's unfortunate. Usually you should be able to go fullscreen by selecting it in the popup window where you choose the resolution--does this not show up at all on Linux? (The Linux version wasn't properly playtested, sorry about that.)
"NOTHING YOU CAN DO"
I liked this! Very interesting worldbuilding. I loved putting pieces together in my mind about the story of the world (especially how new info brings new perspectives), I much less liked hunting down the last few runes - I was initially hooked upon discovering the Temple, but towards the end I didn't feel like I was finding any clues to hunt down their locations. This is where it stopped becoming engaging - something to think about.
But thank you for making this! I look forward to more worlds from you. :>
Real nice game.
Sounds design, music, art, characters, stories, ending ..
Thanks for the ride, Miles and Joel !
I absolutely loved the way the world loops. It felt so confusing at first, but slowly, it made sense. Same with the story. I loved how the individual threads weaved together and formed an amazing story. I hope to see more games, whether like this or completely different, from you soon, Miles!
This is my favorite itch.io game. By far. Beautiful artwork and poignant and often haunting dialogue puts this game in a league of its own. Every location is a piece of artwork, and I cannot recommend playing this game to its finale highly enough.
Miles, please release a sequel!
Absolutely wonderful game. Everything about it was lovely, and so sad.
I really enjoyed your game! It was witty and fun and interesting and everything I would expect from an excellent exploration game, I loved how it told a story with very little dialogue and even then some of the dialogue was so haunting and mysterious that I couldn't help but want to learn more. I hope you don't mind but I did make a small gameplay video for the game and if you got the chance to check it out I'd really apreciate it! In the meantime thank you for creating such a well thought out and unique exploration game!
the unity dll always says its full when i have like 1k gb of space
Are you playing on Windows? Is this an error message that pops up when you try to open storyseeker.exe?
GOTY for me.
We all seek a good story and I like to see them in a game like this :)
I played your game and made a video on it, it was super interesting and i enjoyed it a lot, i really like the art style cause it is super colourful which i enjoy really colourful games, all in all, it is a really cool game and really interesting, keep up the great work =]
Hey Miles. It's me again! Shahidah (The Malaysian Youtuber).
Super super great job on the game! I had so much fun playing it! The art is superb!
Here's the part 1 of my gameplay Hehe! Took me over 2 hours but it worth it since I found all 12 Totems, the knight-slayer and the signmaker!
Simple art but WOW! is it amazing, I mean like ...
I am not good at art
First of all this is an absolutely gorgeous game which i've just spent an hour playing, thank you so much for bringing this delight into the world :)
Secondly, I was wondering if you'd played any of the point-and-click adventure/puzzle games by Amanita Studios? This reminded me of Samorost and Botanicula in particular, what with meeting all the different types of people and the richness and variety of the worlds. If you havent played them, definately do! they're just as beautiful and relaxing to play as yours is
Ive been wanting to make a game like this (free roaming through different environments, meeting characters and understanding the world as you go) for a while but havent got any game development experience, and only the tiniest bit of coding knowledge. I read that you used Unity for this, was it fairly easy to use or did you previously have game dev experience?
Any advice you could give would be welcome, thanks again for making such a wonderful game to experience <3
No, I haven't played anything by Amanita Studios, but I'm efinitely going to now! Thank you for the tip. :)
I too have limited coding/dev experience, but I find Unity quite approachable. I'd only done two tiny games by myself previously--a crummy platformer demo, and a weird little art game. It's just a question of figuring out exactly what you want to do, and googling for tricks and tutorials on how to do it. You'll learn the software as you go along.
My main advice is to keep the scale of you first game as small as possible. Seriously small. Most likely it'll grow out of hand later anyways. Storyseeker was originally supposed to be a 2 week project to test out how to make a game that has no other mechanic besides walking around. 6 months and innumerable features, characters, scripts, and entire new zones later, here we are...
Please, if you ever need any help or want me to have a look at something you're making, contact me on twitter @qwertyprophecy. Good luck!
Had fun exploring this strange and unique world.
Been looking for a game with unique locations other than "forest, mountain region" etc.
This is one of those games that will stay in my library and I will return to again.
On a technical side:
I wasn't able to go fullscreen, and it did not provide me my native resolution to choose (1920x1080).
I feel there is anti aliasing either over the entire screen or on each indidivdual sprite that makes not not as sharp and crisp as they should be.
Thank you for the feedback!
You're right, there's a blurriness problem on the sprites (and it's especially bad on some of them) and resolutions in general. The game was originally built to be played very small, originally on in a browser, so the sprites get stretched after I made it possible to make the window bigger. It's a bit unfortunate.
I'm not sure why you're unable to go fullscreen--which OS are you using?
I did it! took forever, but I found them all.
I really enjoyed this! I love this free roam, no hand holding way of telling the story but even though I found all the pillars and entered the temple I felt helpless at the end. I'm guessing this is intentional and really speaks to how well this game is made. Nice one!
My name is Shahidah and I'm a Youtuber from Malaysia.
Just came across this game and judging by the comments and all, it's super awesome!
Is it okay for me to record the gameplay and monetize the video on Youtube?
Thanks and have a great day!
Yes, that's fine. Feel free to send me a link! I hope you enjoy the game.
I love this game. The art is amazing, the music is calming and helps set a mood well, and the writing is excellent.
(I absolutely loved finding the sea serpents and realizing they were lesbian)
I have seen beyond the door, and I know about the knight and the accident.
I am one of the three of my people that were not frozen.
I am the traveler.
I found the knight slayer, who guards the eye.
Is it possible to find the mapmaker?
Thanks, I loved your game.
The lesbian sea serpents are some my favourites, too.
The signmaker is around, certainly.
I enjoyed this game thoroughly, keep up the good work!
I quite enjoyed the game!! Great job! I think ill go back through and find all the totems!
Developers should take notes from the calming design of this game. Hyvä äijjät
It's a lovely game, I have to go back and find all the totems. :)
Per viewer request I had to go back and get that door open. I almost wish I hadn't. It makes you feel so helpless, this beautiful world locked in what seems like many times colliding, the history, rise and fall of it's citizens, all happening at once. You want to help but all there is to do is observe. My first look I found it really relaxing, calm and cool, this one, however, makes it feel almost like an experimental horror game. (This is a quick sprint to the end and doesn't go into as much detail as my fist video)
!! Please tell me if there’s a way to save the world. I’ve fallen in love with it and leaving it frozen is unbearable. I’ve reached the heart of time and settled there- is there anything else I can do?
You are more of a historian than a hero.
But the denizens of the world are trying their best. They'll find a way.
Legit just made an account to say this, I love this game so much hollly moly
The art, amazing. The sounds, amazing. The music oh my god its fantastic. And the story too oh I just love how its conveyed and Im pretty sure I haven't found everything in here yet.
Ahh so kind of you to go through the effort of saying this! I'm glad you enjoyed!
Yeah there's a whole lot of stuff to see out there, but hopefully there's no stress to find it all. Everyone gets to walk their own path and see their own version of the world!
Relaxing, beautiful and intriguing. The art and music are gorgeous and the game manages to really hold your interest with tiny snippets of text alone. Really glad that I tried this out
spooky and exciting! thanks for this.