A couple of days late, but it's finally here! Attached to this post are 64 bit builds of the Winter's Wake demo for Linux, Mac and Windows.
Winter's Wake is a single verb, text only adventure game with first person mouselook style controls. In it, you play as an adventurer who becomes trapped in a snowy mountain pass. Positional audio and background tinting provide orientation and support a sense of space and atmosphere as you explore and solve puzzles to uncover the valley's mysteries and find your way home.
The audio and scene colouring in this build are indicative and not representative of the completed game.
The game outputs an analytical log, which tracks the way that players interact with the game. I would be super appreciative of copies from any play sessions, as these will help me understand how players approach the game. Details of where to find these log files are covered later in this document.
For anybody who'd like to also keep track of the game on IndieDB, I've popped up a freshly minted profile page over there. Feel free to rate the game up :)
IMPORTANT: Adjust your volume during the intro sequence so that the music is comfortable, and don't turn it up during quiet scenes. The volume of sounds usually indicates distance, and there are a couple of moments where increased volume is
used to support scenes' atmosphere, and these are balanced to be somewhere close to louder sections of the intro music (if you bump the volume up so that the distant forest birds are clear when you're at the avalanche, you'll blow your head off when you get to the waterfall).
How To Play
There are seven locations in this build: Avalanche, Crossroads, Lake, Waterfall, Village Gates, Village Street and Healer.
Use the mouse or the arrow keys to move around (the compass at the top gives you horizontal direction and the arrow on the right gives you vertical direction). Screen colour and positional audio should help give you a sense of orientation.
Use the left mouse button or the enter key on a road or path to move to another scene.
- Mouse X/Y or Arrow Keys: Look left and right or up and down
- Left Mouse Button or Enter: Interact (contextual icons will indicate what action will be performed) or skip scrolling sequence
- Q or Esc: Pauses the game and displays the main menu
- Ctrl+R: Reloads current scene (reloads scene definitions, sounds and music, but not models)
- G: Toggles mouse grab
- F: Toggles fullscreen
- P: Saves a screenshot to screenshot.png in the game folder (Mac users will need to right click on the game's .app file, and select Show Package Contents, then navigate to Contents/MacOS/)
If you're stuck (like, really stuck), I've popped a walkthrough up here. But seriously though, don't use it. Explore and discover on your own :)
Log & Save File Paths
The game creates the following log and save files.
- winter.log - an analytics log that can be emailed to [email protected] to help the developer understand player behaviours.
- winter.save - a save file containing manually saved game progress.
These files can be found in the following folders:
- Linux: ~/.local/share/icicle/winters_wake/
- Mac: ~/Library/Application Support/icicle/winters_wake/
- Windows: %APPDATA%\icicle\winters_wake\
- Only 64 bit builds are available at this time
- Windows version has intermittent crashes
- Game does not remember fullscreen state after closing
- Game does not automatically let go of mouse input when returning to the menu (use G to toggle mousegrab as a workaround)
- In-progress text fade ins do not progress after returning from the menu (looking at another scene object and then returning will make it come right)
- Viewing any combination of the in-game readme and/or credits twice will cause unsaved game progress to be lost
- Transition from the Healer scene to the scrolling outro is a bit long
- Players who click before descriptions fade in can perform actions without knowing what they're doing
- The game generates unnecessary audio related error output during scene transitions
- Scene titles (above the compass) aren't pretty (underscores instead of spaces, no nice capitalisation, etc.)
If you experience problems beyond this, please let me know!