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Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge #426743
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More info and the (free) download here:
http://www.jonas-kyratzes.net/?page_id=95

And a description nicked from my website:

When the inventor/magician known as Old Man Bill suddenly disappears from his house in the middle of the desert, his friends, companions and pets start worrying: what could have happened? To solve this sinister mystery, they call upon their old acquaintance, pretentious game designer Jonas Kyratzes, who builds a magical portal into the Lands of Dream. Using this portal, YOU can now interact with the wondrous and colourful world of the house at Desert Bridge, and help Harold the Talking Picture Frame and his friends locate their master, Old Man Bill.

In reality, The Strange and Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge is a transdimensional portal - but if your friends don’t believe you, tell them it is something of an old-school adventure game, with wonderful hand-drawn graphics, beautiful music and a lot of humour. Or, if they’re more into feature lists, you could say something like this:

* Colourful hand-drawn graphics!
* Beautiful music!
* A lot of humour! (Some of it funny.)
* And some serious bits, too.
* Red herrings! (Literal and metaphorical.)
* A dinosaur in the garden!
* Many fascinating characters to meet!
* Non-linear structure! (More or less.)
* More content than you can shake a wet carrot at!
* The only inventory system ever to feature the “gerbelize” option!
* Not a single annoying action sequence or minigame!
* Brew potions! (Even some useful ones!)
* A lot fewer exclamation marks than this list!
* Freeware!

I will gladly respond to questions and stuff here, but not before tomorrow - for now, I need to rest a little. I haven't announced the release anywhere else yet, precisely because I am so tired, but since most of my beta testers came from GameBoomers, I figured it would make sense to announce the game here first.

A note: before you download the game, read the full description. This game is funny and colourful, but it's not a children's game, and people who are easily offended by language should stay away, because even though this is not an "adult" game in any way, it is nevertheless very likely to offend them. Probably intentionally. The creatures of Desert Bridge are very opinionated, you know.

Enjoy!

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Jonas Kyratzes] #426745
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Thanks, Jonas! Downloading it right now. thumbsup


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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Rushes] #426746
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Thanks Jonas!

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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: BrownEyedTigre] #426795
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Congratulations Jonas!

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Becky] #426802
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thanks Jonas...

Lots of luck with your game & Best Wishes !!!


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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Darleen03] #426935
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It would take me 2 hours and 47 minutes to download it on my dial-up. Could you please instead burn it to disc, and send it to me along with glossy, autographed pictures of Bob the Spider? And can I please have in writing that it won't give me nightmares like your other game did? Well never mind all that, it downloaded while I typed, but I did want to know if you're ever going to make the game you were thinking of making some years ago influenced by William Blake?


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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: nickie] #426939
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Ooh, I want an autographed photo of Bob the Spider, too.

Already downloaded and playing, and enjoying it very much, thank you! Though I suspect the music will end up in my dreams tonight.

Finished the game and edited to add: Oh, now, see, that's no fair--that's two games now where (possible spoiler? just to be safe)
Click to reveal..
you made me cry--Museum being the other. And seriously, there aren't any other games that have done that for me. A little bit sad, because he didn't believe in them enough to stay, but mostly happy if soppy tears, because they believed enough for him. *sniffle*

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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: ChrisMM] #426972
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Originally Posted By: ChrisMM
Ooh, I want an autographed photo of Bob the Spider, too.

Already downloaded and playing, and enjoying it very much, thank you! Though I suspect the music will end up in my dreams tonight.

Finished the game and edited to add: Oh, now, see, that's no fair--that's two games now where (possible spoiler? just to be safe)
Click to reveal..
you made me cry--Museum being the other. And seriously, there aren't any other games that have done that for me. A little bit sad, because he didn't believe in them enough to stay, but mostly happy if soppy tears, because they believed enough for him. *sniffle*


Now, the really odd thing is this: when you say that about Museum, I feel proud as an artist. But when you say it about Desert Bridge, I feel proud as a... a parent, I guess. It doesn't feel like I did anything at all. They did it.
Which I guess is what Bob the Spider was going on about in the first place. Little monster, taking away my shot at fame...

Originally Posted By: nickie
It would take me 2 hours and 47 minutes to download it on my dial-up. Could you please instead burn it to disc, and send it to me along with glossy, autographed pictures of Bob the Spider? And can I please have in writing that it won't give me nightmares like your other game did? Well never mind all that, it downloaded while I typed, but I did want to know if you're ever going to make the game you were thinking of making some years ago influenced by William Blake?


I don't think it will give you nightmares. And I'd love to give you autographs of Bob the Spider, but I can't afford them. The little monster charges too much. One of these days he'll probably just take over my website and start selling autographs online. Who needs all that other stuff, anyway?

As for good old Bill, I mean William Blake, several of my games are very much influenced by his work, including this one. The two games I'd talked about here - The Urthona Revolution and The Dreamstone - will both be made. The Urthona Revolution will take some time because it is very challenging on a graphics level, and The Dreamstone will probably be absorbed into the next game set in the Lands of Dream. (Oh yes, there will be more. Not exactly sequels, but related games.)

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Jonas Kyratzes] #427083
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Thanks Jonas, I played a little bit and most thought provoking.


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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: nickie] #427329
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I enjoyed the game, there were some fun puzzles. I particularly liked playing with the potions. Loved the humour and the interaction with the inventory. grin


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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Rushes] #427645
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Thanks Jonas, I'm happy to be given the possibilty to play another of your games.
I love them all - they all hit my heart!

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: seagul] #428450
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I'm glad everyone's liking the game so far!

BTW - if any of you have any ideas as to how I could promote the game a little, get the word out there, I would love to know. I've submitted news to most of the adventure sites, but it takes a while for news to go up, and a couple of sites seem to have disappeared. Same goes for freeware sites - where do people get their freeware games these days? It kind of stinks to release a game and then not be able to get it to the people who would enjoy it.

Anyway, if you have any ideas or suggestions, I would be very glad to hear them.

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Jonas Kyratzes] #428453
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Jonas, there are dozens of sites Listed here.

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I think there is more to click on that isn't inventory necessary than any game I have ever played. A lot of it is funny. I very much enjoyed talking to the mushrooms!


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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: nickie] #428892
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Is there a walkthruogh anywhere?

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Originally Posted By: LindaMarion
Is there a walkthruogh anywhere?


Not yet. I'm sure someone will write one sooner or later, though. If you're really stuck on something, you can always ask me.

BTW, if anyone's interested, the wonderful Helen Trevillion has made the soundtrack available separately here: http://faefly-records.co.uk/amongtheivorystars/?p=598.

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Jonas Kyratzes] #429514
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Jonas, see your PM please.

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Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Chief] #429642
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Originally Posted By: Chief
Jonas, see your PM please.

Chief


Done, and replied!

If anyone has any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Re: Released: The Strange and Somewhat Sinister Tale of the House at Desert Bridge [Re: Jonas Kyratzes] #429648
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Jonas, could you please PM again by clicking on my avatar and give again your answer.

I deleted inadvertently my PM.

Thanks.

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Jonas, could you again check your PM please.

Thanks.

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Done, done. No need to post here - I check my emails regularly! You might even say obsessively.

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