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August 24, 2014 6:33 PM   Subscribe


 
Cool!

CCAARRRL!!!!

CH*CH*CH*CH*
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:50 PM on August 24, 2014


If none of that makes sense, here's a review/summary from PC Gamer, where they picked the game(s) as one of the best free games of the week:
Its creator [and MetaFilter's own] hellojed describes 776 – 778 – 780 as “Part 1 and 2 of possibly 3 games from the make.game 'Series' Jam”, and after typing most variations of that sentence into Google I still haven't managed to work out what it's referring to. Never mind: it's resulted in a game – well, three games really – of such brooding weirdness that I immediately wanted to know more about this strange anthropomorphic world. Play 776 first, as it's the most fully featured foxes-on-hoverbikes game of the three, then sample the other two at your leisure. (They're pretty much half-formed palette swaps of the first.) There is an end/s, by the way, it just might take you a while to get there.
hellojed simply sums it up as a "Surrealist video game featuring jet bikes."
posted by filthy light thief at 6:56 PM on August 24, 2014 [3 favorites]


I loved the way the third one ended. It's like a self-loathing racing game!
posted by oceanjesse at 7:08 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


776, take 1: First, I didn't get what I was supposed to do. Ended up aimlessly wandering the infinite field. Tried to close program, found out the Escape key doesn't work, eventually had to Alt-Tab out and close from taskbar.

776, take 2: This time I started following the others, and found a pole out in the field. From the pole, a light seemed to indicate a direction, so I followed it. Doing that, I found another pole. This happened a few times, then I found some smoke out in the field. That turned out to be "home." The game faded to black and stayed that way for a minute. I figured nothing else would happen. Escape still didn't work, so I again had to Alt-Tab out and end the program.

778: It's funkier, the graphics and text are different. When I did what seemed to be expected from 776, my character eventually said he didn't feel well, and the game crashed, or just closed. It died immediately. To make sure this wasn't a bug I did it all again, and the same thing happened.

780: Seems to start more ominously than the others, but considering that I wasn't sure what happened in 778 was what was supposed to happen, I didn't spend much time with it, and did the whole Alt-Tab then close thing I'm a pro at by now. Maybe I'm doing it wrong, or maybe this isn't for me.
posted by JHarris at 7:08 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


Most likely a n00b question, but I've unzipped the compressed folder and after double clicking the application titled 776 nothing happens. Any tips?
posted by gem tactics at 7:09 PM on August 24, 2014


If you are running a recent OS X, it could be the sandboxing. Right click on the file and select "Open."
posted by oceanjesse at 7:10 PM on August 24, 2014


Tried that, no dice. Tried opening it via terminal, no luck either. Thanks though.
posted by gem tactics at 7:15 PM on August 24, 2014


First I am super duper flattered this is up here

Second: I don't own a mac so I cannot troubleshoot mac related build issues. I literally just tell the editor to make a Mac build and it's in God's hands from there

Third:If you liked this you may also like the game I put together this weekend for Ludum Dare: Multiverse Tourist

Fourth: HOLY FUCK
posted by hellojed at 7:31 PM on August 24, 2014 [15 favorites]


Hey, I liked this before it was cool! I had a very similar experience to JHarris.
posted by the man of twists and turns at 7:39 PM on August 24, 2014


Spoiler: the cucumber isn't for pickling. Give it to the nurse.
posted by clvrmnky at 8:05 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


hellojed, would it be possible for you to tell your editor friend to release a mac version of Multiverse Tourist, or is that a different editor?
posted by oceanjesse at 8:15 PM on August 24, 2014


Most likely a n00b question, but I've unzipped the compressed folder and after double clicking the application titled 776 nothing happens. Any tips?

If you're on Mac, you have to go to "Security & Privacy", where there will be a prompt to actually run the app.
posted by neckro23 at 8:16 PM on August 24, 2014


Most likely a n00b question, but I've unzipped the compressed folder and after double clicking the application titled 776 nothing happens. Any tips?

Arguably you've won the game. Congrats!
posted by naju at 8:19 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


Thanks, but sadly I think gameplay experience is more about like, gameplay and experience than victory or loss or as Miley Cyrus sings... but that's another story.
posted by gem tactics at 8:37 PM on August 24, 2014


hellojed, would it be possible for you to tell your editor friend to release a mac version of Multiverse Tourist, or is that a different editor?

I have updated the page with a Mac build. enjoy!
posted by hellojed at 8:48 PM on August 24, 2014 [1 favorite]


Are you intentionally wasting my time?
posted by Reverend John at 9:01 PM on August 24, 2014


Are you intentionally wasting my time?

Yes
posted by hellojed at 9:12 PM on August 24, 2014 [11 favorites]


Well, at least you're honest about it.
posted by Reverend John at 9:38 PM on August 24, 2014 [2 favorites]


It's like that drug trip I saw on TV while I was on that drug trip
posted by killdevil at 9:59 PM on August 24, 2014


Is there a soundtrack? I'm not hearing anything.

And yeah, I'm in the alone-on-a-hoverbike-on-an-infinitely-regenerating-procedural-texture-with-no-waypoints phase of the game.
posted by ardgedee at 3:28 AM on August 25, 2014


Arguably you've won the game. Congrats!
posted by Potomac Avenue at 3:38 AM on August 25, 2014


I don't see any textures on 776 or 780 when I run it in "beautiful" graphics quality.
posted by tybeet at 6:05 AM on August 25, 2014


Spoiler: the cucumber isn't for pickling. Give it to the nurse.

This is just generally good advice.
posted by shakespeherian at 6:26 AM on August 25, 2014 [2 favorites]


I don't see any textures on 776 or 780 when I run it in "beautiful" graphics quality.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
posted by ersatz at 7:37 AM on August 25, 2014 [1 favorite]


I don't see any textures on 776 or 780 when I run it in "beautiful" graphics quality.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.


You don't find the Jar of Beholder's Eyes until Lvl 3.2, and they're bind on pickup so you can't shift them on the AH in trade for Pickling Quality Cukes. Also the Hover-Ape class needs a serious nerf, their 'Ham Hose' ability can stunlock just about anyone in PVP.
posted by FatherDagon at 9:50 AM on August 26, 2014 [2 favorites]


I thought Ham Hose's true pupose was utilitarian, since you can create ham at a whim, you can use it as the foundation for the entire ham crafting chain, that other classes have to go out and use Ham Mining to obtain?
posted by JHarris at 1:20 PM on August 26, 2014 [1 favorite]


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