This game is something worth playing. Very simple.
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This game and story was so beautiful! So much was unexpected but welcomed! The puzzles were nice and rewarding and the environment was so fleshed out and just amazing! I didn't think too much about the meaning behind it all until after completing the game and i'm still thinking about it, but it obviously is very powerful. Loved it!
A very nice story line! I really enjoyed it. :)
So, after a few minutes of playing my computer shut down: just turned off without warning. I turned it back on and started the Librarian again. I sped through what I knew, and got further... then my computer turned off again.
I let my computer idle for a while before without starting the game. No problems came up and a malaware bytes scan detected no problems. I'm not sure what you might need to diagnose whatever was going on. I thought someone here might have had a similar problem.
Anyway, I watched one of the videos below instead of trying to play. I thought the atmosphere was fantastic, and the pixel art great. I'd love to see something like this in a longer, less linear format.
hmm... weird, I didn't get any other reports of the same issue. Sounds like an overheating problem maybe? If anyone else is experiencing the same behaviour I hope they tell me about it so I can investigate the cause.
In any case, thank you for playing and I'm sorry you couldn't get to the end.
Nice little game, Octavio. Great pixel art, nice soundtrack, the right length for a bite sized game!
And I really enjoyed your art from Thimbleweed Park!
This was beautiful! It definitely held a similar charm as Midnight Scenes: The Highway. The pixel art was gorgeous and the animation to go along with it was stunning. You're very good at this! Your games so far have told a silent story that leaves the player to think about what happened. To decipher what it all meant, if it meant anything at all or if it was meant to take literal. The music matched up with the atmosphere perfectly, changing with the mood of the scenery. The game had so many different settings, as well. It's nice to see so many different colors, moods and sounds in one game. Anyways, I loved it. I can't wait for more from you! Thanks so much for making this masterpiece!
I'm glad you enjoyed the game! Thank you for playing and for the great video! :D
Very beautiful little game! The graphics, sounds and puzzles all great! I love how you managed to tell the story without any words, and I want to know more about the Librarian and the plot - what really happened?
Well... This is interesting.
I'm someone that adored your first short game "Midnight Scenes" and I couldn't wait for your next game. You should have seen my excitement when I received the notification that you got a new game out. But... I have some problems with it. It's not bad my any means, but please, hear me out.
Let's first point out the good things: The presentation is top notch, far better than Midnight scenes. I cannot believe how much have you improved. The game looks gorgeous. The pixel art is done with such love and care, you can feel the passion, and, I must say. At the very beginning of the game, I truly felt comfortable and warm in the protagonist house.
The music is harmonious and melancholic at the same time.
The sound effects are great.
I don't like puzzles much, but they were okay. I just sometimes found it a bit frustrating to hit on everything and seeing nothing happening. I don't like scratching my head to know what to do and it pull back the experience for me.
What for me ruined the experience was the story. I understand that this may come from a very special place to you (as you dedicate this game to your father). But I couldn't stand it. I never had any clue as to what was going on and when I finished the game I just felt disappointed. I didn't get any message out of this and the bird at the end just left me saying "why?". I know that there are games that tell stories without saying a word. But in here it seemed you have trouble conveying your message. It was too convoluted.
I'm truly sorry if my criticism offends you, I truly am and I do not intend to hurt anyone with this review, but I'm telling you how my experience was. I hope that your next game is great. Midnight scenes was truly wonderful, and this wasn't a bad experience AT ALL, it just was okay for me. You have a lot of people that is loving it for what I can see, so that's good. Many people enjoyed your game and I'm happy that other people could have a better experience than I did.
I will still follow you and wait for you next game, I'm truly excited.
Best wishes :)
Thank you for playing and for your honest feedback. And no offence at all, don't worry! :)
I sincerely believe that the important thing in any kind of art is what it means to the observer (or player in this case) and not so much what it means for the creator. The story of this game didn't say anything to you and that's totally fine! Just believe me when I say that everything is told exactly the way I wanted.
I hope our minds connect better on my next game! :D
This was honestly such a stunning game! Can't wait to see your future projects!
This was a really nice and short little pixelated adventure. I have always loved this simple yet creative art style in these types of games. Top that off with atmospheric music that fits the world so well, and you have a gem of a game. The game does a good job at presenting you with a short story that draws you in to find out more but keeps just enough from you to think on your own. I left the game wanting more and hoping there may be some kind of part 2 to answer the many questions I now have. All in all a surprisingly creepy little point and click adventure. I did a video on my experience with the game if anyone is interested.
Can't wait to see more to this game it was so fun and well made
Made a video
Thanks for playing to both of you! :D
Excellent game, I loved it. I had a great time enjoying every detail of this great game, it's a masterpiece. I do not have words to qualify it. After playing "Midnight Scenes - The Highway" I could not wait for the next release of your next game. You are very talented and each time you show it more in each delivery you make, the animations, the scenes and the colors are fantastic, without leaving aside the puzzles, they are excellent, worthy of a work of art. It is incredible how one person is capable of designing such a work of art as you do, you are very talented and do things with great delicacy. I can not wait for the next adventure, keep it up. You are an excellent video game developer, and stand out for your great quality and artistic style, it is unique, giving it a very cool retro effect. Hugs.
Thank you so much for your kind words Josthin!! I'm so glad you liked both games. Stay tuned for more! :D
After playing through Midnight Scenes: The Highway those many months ago, I had a feeling I could expect great things from you, and I can safely say that you don't fail to deliver.
I'd first like to say that The Librarian is a fantastic little game, I genuinely enjoyed my time with it. The pixel art style is incredibly pretty, combined with the colour palette and dark tones presented creates a slightly unnerving and mysterious atmosphere. Not to mention the smooth as butter animations, they look so good!
Now let's talk about the puzzles. I absolutely adored them, going from puzzle to puzzle was such a treat as they felt so unique and intuitive, they made me feel as though I was constantly making progress towards something bigger.
On a surface level the story can be taken as somewhat obscure, but the more I played it the more I couldn't shake the feeling that there's a much larger meaning behind everything in the game. I keep coming back to the same idea, facing your darkness, not out of want or desire but out of need, a need to move on or else risk going insane and losing yourself. In this game you are the librarian, no one else, just you. You come across a former librarian, perhaps someone who couldn't face the darkness that they held and instead fell victim to themselves. Then the ending would serve as forgiveness, you're no longer trapped or held down, you've faced your inner demons and are now free to flap your wings and fly. I doubt I'm even close, but that's what I gathered from the game, taking into account my personal experiences and my own way of looking at things. The game definitely made me think.
This game is truly a work of art, you've done a fantastic job here and I look forward to your next game. You've become one of my favourite game developers.
I hope you don't mind but I made a short let's play of the game for my channel. I know you were okay with let's plays of Midnight Scenes: The Highway but I always want to make sure it's okay, just in case.
Cheers and best of luck with your future projects!
Thank you so, so much for playing! I really enjoyed your video :)
And thank you for your review of the game, I'm really glad you liked it that much and that it made you think a bit about its meaning. I can understand that the game's themes and metaphors might be pretty obscure to everyone but me as they are very personal, but you got very close to the general message!
I'm already working full steam on my next short game so I hope I can show you guys something very soon.
Absolutely loved the game! No complaints at all about it everything was perfect and right on spot. The perspective was beautiful, something i've never seen in a game. Great job and keep up with the amazing games!
wow i'm amazed <3
Really great game. The art style if fantastic and the story is great (even if i didn't fully understand it). Really great stuff!
Thank you for this great video! I really enjoyed watching you play :) I'm glad you liked the game!
An enjoyable short experience, only one puzzle threw me for a loop, just because of where it happened to be I needed to click. It's an interesting concept, reminds me of a few Librarian based TV shows and movies, I've always found those to be satisfying. A nice short piece with great art and music. I look forward to seeing your next game.
Not sure I understood the story but as with all of your games and pixel art it was stunning to look at!
Thank you so much for this video! :) I see you found the story a bit obscure and that's fine! The meaning of the several metaphors is very personal but I strongly believe that in any piece of art the important thing is what the story means to the observer/player, not so much what it means for the creator. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed it overall! :D
Overall, I really enjoyed this. The artwork and sound design are what sold it for me since pint and click has never really been my jam and the story seemed a bit obscure from what I could glean. But, save for the first puzzle, likely by my own ignorance, the rest were pretty intuitive once all the pieces were in play. Great work!
Amazing game. Nice job, keep up the good work.
my channel for more horror games and trailers:https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC87ACz99Buum0tospPSQSbA
watch video here:
Thanks for playing! Oh no, those end credits are all messed up... Hopefully I've fixed that bug in the new version :)
Thank you for playing and recording it! I asume you enjoyed the more narrative focused style of Midnight Scenes Ep.1? In that case you'll love what's coming next... :)
Awwww I know it's a short game but I just can't get enough :')))))
Lovely game! Also, this might not have anything to do with the game but when I saw your skulls on the tree, on the streets, I was like, "Hey that's an Octavi Navarro skull!" XD
Lovely visuals. Is the 'more coming soon' another Librarian adventure? :)
Thanks again! :) No more "Librarians" for now.
Don't tell anyone but my next game might be an "Episode 2" of...
Another beautiful work. Congratulations, Navarro. I adore how you tell the story with sounds, art and emotions, rather than with words.
Very nice! Lots of atmosphere and the animations are really good :)
It was awesome! The story, visuals and puzzles and come together wonderfully to make this simple yet fun game. I would definitely recommend it!
Even if it was short, I enjoyed it a lot. Oh, and I'm not sure if this is intended or not, but part of the end cedits do not show properly, and that makes them very hard to decipher. Other than that, congrats! And thank you for the lovely experience <3
Thank you!! I'm glad you enjoyed it :)
And thanks for the bug report. Unfortunately I can't reproduce it on my system. May I know which platform are you playing it on, please? Win, Mac? And which resolution are you using?