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Persist is my entry for Ludum Dare 26 game jam with the theme Minimalism, developed in under 48 hours. It's a small story about a spirit, who is trying to reach a mysterious Goddess to ask for forgiveness for his past sins, but the Goddess really resents him and is trying her hardest to keep the spirit from reaching her, stealing his body parts and various skills with them.

Can you redeem your soul and reach salvation? Or are you doomed to lose all hope, and your whole existence, in the Goddess' deep and dark dungeons?

Check the game's Ludum Dare Page: www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-…
Some release afterthoughts and background about the game's creation: www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-…

Also available on:
Kongregate: www.kongregate.com/games/Adven…
Newgrounds (with a medal!): www.newgrounds.com/portal/view…

You can now also get the game for your android device, free!
play.google.com/store/apps/det…

More Games from me:
Steam Rogue GB by AdventureIslands Heart Star by AdventureIslands Tiny Dangerous Dungeons by AdventureIslands
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Rikku-Kairi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
I' going mad with the last part, ahahaha I can't see were I'm going XD
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Rikku-Kairi Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014
Oh, yay! I did it!! XD
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Linkachu72 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
that ending...was so sad! :cry:
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RoronoaEmi Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was really fun. The story made it even better. :3
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alexwarlorn Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Interesting. Given how these games normally go, I expected the man's sins to be something trivial or arbitrary. For it to be something actually WORTH seeking redemption for, and something the goddess has every right NOT to forgive him for, I was expecting at all.
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RenOokami Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist
Random randomness with 3 platforms and a pointless loop get a DD but not that..? You created it way too earlier it seems.. xD

Anyway, making an actual complette story with morale, out of a 48h made game, and with designs what make sense
(Earth you just left for 1st level, water when you can't swim, fire when things get harder then air when you are litteraly "air")
is pure genius.

The leveldesign and changes of rules are smart, the dificulty is not easy (as some parts requiere to be precise on jumps/timeing)
but as every try-and-die the game need patience and end being not that hard after some practice, and even enjoyable on 2nd play.
The charadesigns of "the empress" for the unforgiving godess, and this spirit trapped into his stubborn redemption like a "prisoner"
of his own will also make complette sense when you end the story and know who really they are.

Also, beautiful morale...So real yet so forgotten of most of pepoles...
"Miracles can happend, but only if you do your best to make them real. Just giving up and waiting for them serves nothing"

Seriously, this would have been submited for a DD, or something equivalent for "undiscovered deviations". Minimalism does not mean
bad games, and this game is a perfect exemple of it. Keep up your amazing work ! Also, the music is perfect for what you created ^^

Note:
Critiquers often see way more thing than the artist intended to make, like litterature teachers I suppose,
but even if minimalist, this game really is a piece of pixel-art, in all the ways we can interpret the expression.
After all, minimalism also is a genre in classical arts, so why not in games too ? ^^
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Oreko-was-here Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
What did the sprite do? good game by the way.
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Poppun Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014
We don't know exactly what, but it seems he attacked the woman we see appear as the Goddess and they were both hospitalised and near dying. From the looks of it the game is the ghost working through the remorse they feel at what happened (hence why she is angry, or they are both taking part in the game and she's working through her anger at the person that put her in this situation) and at the end the ghost is willing to give up his life if it will save her's and the woman is revived in the hospital even though nobody thought she could be while the condition of the man, who was the ghost all along, suddenly worsens once he's completed the challenges and made his peace
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Oreko-was-here Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014
Thanks a lot.
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solcastle Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I played this game on newgrounds before and boy did I have fun with this game. Short and simple. Though I actually ended up rage quitting when my whole body was taken away. (It's a good concept though, losing your body and making it hard to jump and swim. You're just a head that moves left and right because of it which ups the difficulty level.) I'd totally revisit this again sometime.
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BlackNekoBit Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I play this game on my android and it was amazing
Great job
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1nklash Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2014  Student Digital Artist
this is a beautiful game. So well done. An amazing story line for such a short game.
Bravo :heart:
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wightkingofblades Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
unexpectantly imotional...loved it good job.
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Cielodemar Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I finished it :dance:
What a beautiful moral have this game :D
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NerinaBlackfire Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
nice game...if i were better in jump and run games, i would love it^^; but for a beginner, it should have some savepoints...
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MoochieBumm Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What is Ludum? I have AGS, and I was just wondering because contests get me motivated. lol
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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It's a big game jam held 3 times a year, check out the rules page: www.ludumdare.com/compo/
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MoochieBumm Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D It seems awesome. :)
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GOctavius Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Aww...ill have to play this sometime but i have tblet...:(
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aidypie80pi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013
Impressive! The story is sad and the character design is excellent.
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ColoredTalesStudios Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the concept, story and the overall spooky vibe that the music and graphics give off, but I think that punishing the player for advancing instead of rewarding them may discourage some players from continuing. It was an unusual challenge that could use some polishing, but otherwise this could be a nice prototype for a unique game.
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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
It was created for Ludum Dare 26 in under 48 hours, with the theme Minimalism. I wanted to bring the theme to the actual gameplay, that's why your character keeps losing parts of himself. I wouldn't say it's punishing the player, just changing how the game plays to give you more challenges to overcome. The whole point of the game is to keep persisting against growing opposition.
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ColoredTalesStudios Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Ahh, okay, I understand. Just making the game harder as you keep going. Never mind then! |D
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PerlerPixie Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I LOVE the piano music! :iconmuzikplz:
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Wristblade56 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
I played this game a while back, and it was awesome. One of my favorite Ludum Dare games. You did a great job! :D
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PeanutTechno2 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2013

If the music were to be made on Famitracker, I could imagine it being played on a NES!

Great Job! :D

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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I need to make a NES style game sometime :D
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PeanutTechno2 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2013
How often is the contest held?
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:iconadventureislands:
AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Ludum Dare is being held once every 4 months. Next one is in about 15 days.
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FirePrincess224 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Amazing,Saw This On Nitromes "Pixel Love"
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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I first heard of the whole site like a week ago and was highly surprised to find my game there. Haha. Glad you like it.
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FirePrincess224 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Its So Deep Even Adelle Cant Roll In Here
(Lol Wut)
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kaisash Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
awesome game, the platforming felt difficult, but was smooth and simple. I think this is the first game that i played where you lose abilities as you get further; i liked it :D. Even if this game wasn't on a time constraint, I would still be saying the same, you got some awesome skills.
looks great < professional and clean. i love simplicity.
controls feel great < i have a bad habit of going back and forth on small platforms; the good news is i have yet to fall off while doing this in my many years of gaming.
the music is good < random generators can create good stuff to :D
the story was good < i didn't see it coming, but I feel like i should have.


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AnimatedMelodys Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2013  Student General Artist
I love the animation in this game and I think the water mechanic is a fun to play.

For me it was the small amount of checkpoints that made the game to hard for me, not the platforming itself.
Every time I died  I felt that i had to wade through the challenges I'd already learnt just to have one more go at the
part I failed at. 
I think it would feel less difficult if there were more checkpoints.

keep up the good work
 
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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Agreed that checkpoints could perhaps make the game easier, but I feel it goes better with the overall theme of persistence without them. The game is pretty short with just 10 levels anyway.
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monterrang Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2013  Student General Artist
someone has finished this sadistic game i can't pass the 3rd water level !
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:iconfireprincess224:
FirePrincess224 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Well I Finished It.In 5 Minutes. 5 Deaths.
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:iconmonterrang:
monterrang Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Student General Artist
:?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconfireprincess224:
FirePrincess224 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
Probably Because I Played It Before And Ragequited When "She" Takes Yer Legs..It Was SOO HARD (Sorry For Spoilong Ya Lol)
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Bayangan13 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Excelent game! I loved both the story and the characters,and the music, too :dummy:
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heavypootis Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2013
a little too hard but still good
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:iconrei-baahk:
rei-baahk Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The intro - Darn, you are right. Why do I bother? Close browser.
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:iconadventureislands:
AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Step 2. Evaluate your life and cry while curled up in the corner.
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:iconrei-baahk:
rei-baahk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
But the game says i am beyond redemption! *stabs*
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:iconadventureislands:
AdventureIslands Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Fight the fate! Reach the end! Persist!
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:iconrei-baahk:
rei-baahk Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aye! *stab* *stab* *stab* ; u ;b
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mariogames Featured By Owner May 16, 2013
Good game.
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etfonehome1 Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh hey, it's you! I've seen you 'round stencyl before, I think.
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AdventureIslands Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I've made quite a lot of games with Stencyl. [link]
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etfonehome1 Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's a great thing, stencyl.
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