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SARCO

Blink and you'll miss it, but as the first part of a planned episodic sci-fi adventure series, CosmicGhost's SARCO: Episode 1 still manages to snag the attention and the imagination despite some rough edges. You're stranded on an alien world where you don't understand the people and the customs, and if the locals aren't afraid of you, they don't seem to have any time to help you either. Use the [arrow] keys to move side to side and up and down, and hold [CTRL] to move faster. While largely a straight shot and fairly straight-forward, SARCO suffers a little from its lack of story setup and a bigger lack of direction that can leave you hung up on how to proceed past some places. It's also possible to get stuck in one or two places if you move too quickly without giving some events a chance to trigger, but for a first solo effort from its developer and being made for StencylJam2015, it's still got an amazing style and atmosphere that hooks your attention and makes you want to know more. Hopefully with feedback and a bit of polish, future episodes will be even bigger and better, as SARCO's potential and future is bright.

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12 Comments

Jei_okumura May 13, 2015 12:12 PM

I like this! Although it is very short, it gives me something to look forward too. Can't wait for episode two! :)

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-=MarkR=- May 13, 2015 2:20 PM replied to Jei_okumura

Indeed! Very nice atmosphere, nice sounds. Looking forward to the next episode.

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mittudomain May 13, 2015 3:46 PM

Hahh, I see it's a Hungarian game - discovered that the graffitis and other thiongs are in Hungarian ("Kocsma", for example, means "pub" or "tavern").

On the other hand, my "character" has just left the screen and now it's off screen and I can't do anything... The I'm left inside the tavern and can't seem to do anything...

Is this a bug, or on purpose?

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... and just like that! it was over!
i had to laugh because i was settling in for an atomospherical trip and, bang! to be continued... looking forward to it :)

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Patreon Donator Infant Tyrone May 13, 2015 11:30 PM

So, yes, beautifully composed and atmospheric, but is there a "game" part? The only thing in the environment that I can do is bus tables. Am I missing something?

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Infant Tyrone

Check out the guy in front of the left door. If that is not enough for you then

It is cold outside, especially if you don't have a drink

Bring them a drink.

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If you're having trouble completing it ...

As Infant Tyrone said, you're bussing tables. There's a catch:

You apparently can't finish it unless you give the rude guy all the drinks he wants. If you take the guy outside a refill that the rude guy asked for, it won't work. You need to fill up the rude guy, then drift right and take a bottle from the giant head and his friend.

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annifred May 14, 2015 8:49 PM

Love it so far.

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I'm confused. There's 2 figures standing on a field and I can't seem to be able to click anything?

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Nevermind. Though it was a point-and-click

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jcfclark May 16, 2015 11:19 AM

Atmosphere and style definitely pulled me in, but lack of direction (sometimes I could move up and down -- sometimes not), and a glitch with the dialogue jumping on and off the screen in the beginning made it difficult to move forward. Looking forward to a smoother chapter two.

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Notiophilus January 9, 2016 9:20 PM

Lovely! Can't wait to see more. I found a slight glitch:

after I talked to the alien outside the bar and went back in to get rid of the bottle, the sound became corrupted each time I went through the bar.

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