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KickStarter STASIS 2: BONE TOTEM - new isometric adventure in Stasis universe set in deep sea installation

Pyke

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Thanks all! Really awesome that the game seems to resonate with so many people.


It's strange - because I always had Mac dying - but a lot of people have said that Charlie should have been the one who sacrificed herself.

I think a part of that may have come from the writing of the story happening during Covid, and as I got married. I was in a 'what would I do to save my wife/family' mindset for a big chunk of time. Lockdowns in South Africa had this additional sense of forboding, because so many people were certain that there would be a lot of civil unrest. Luckly, there wasnt, but the emotions of 'when they come, be ready' are hard to ignore.
I think that I naturally put myself into Mac as a character - and those feelings of being the protector, no matter what.

Interestingly, the story was originally much more 'Charlie' focused (I think I just had a bit of fatigue in writing men from Beautiful Desolation) - but by the end of it I saw it as more of Macs story. He is the one who really grows and changes - while being stoic and strong.

And yeah - Moses and Faran turned out wonderfully there. I can't take any credit for that - that was all Jack! In the version that I handed over to him, Faran is never heard from again once Moses leaves the chamber. Jack took him and grew his relationship with Moses into one of the best ones in the game.
 

Zed

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I'll pick this up for summer whisky gaming nights (honorable gaming slot) after I've gone on vacation. I liked the first Stasis, wasn't a huge fan of BD, and I've barely read anything about this. It'll be fun to see what you've done this time
 

udm

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The game is out!

GOG have a very sweet deal going on.

Now give me your money. I have more games to make.

http://www.stasis2.com/
I just wanted you to know that I haven't even started on Cayne, let alone Beautiful Desolation, but I bought STASIS 2 on GOG so that you can use my hard-earned shekels for your next game. Maybe some time within the next 5 years I'll be able to play and complete all 3!
:love:
 

Pyke

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Wow man - thanks so much for this really nice an indepth review!

And yeah - it would be awesome to get some of that sweet frontpage action.
 

Jinn

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While technically accurate, I would agree dreadful wouldn't be the best word to use there. It's too commonly associated with "poor in quality" rather than something that instills dread. It's really too bad how warped the English language has become.
 

CyberWhale

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While technically accurate, I would agree dreadful wouldn't be the best word to use there. It's too commonly associated with "poor in quality" rather than something that instills dread. It's really too bad how warped the English language has become.
Terrifying?
 

Tyranicon

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Thanks guys, got it and having a blast despite being shit at puzzles. I swear that first bar graph puzzle was gonna kill me until I discovered there was no actual timer.
 

Pyke

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I wanted a timer there with a drowning death - but Nic made the call that the music was enough to drive home the danger!
 

oasis789

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saw that it was on steam sale and snagged it, thanks pyke

(tbqh i was planning to buy it full price if i had game money left over after the summer sale)
 

Cyberarmy

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I wanted a timer there with a drowning death - but Nic made the call that the music was enough to drive home the danger!

Yeah, I waited there for a very long time to get another death achievement. After waiting for 5 minutes only I realized I'm in a Monkey Island easter egg ...
 

Mortmal

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It was truly brilliant in every aspect: the storytelling, atmosphere, puzzles, interface, and even managed to evoke some emotions towards the end. Yes, even for someone like me who might be considered a psychopath... I hope your next game will be set in the Stasis universe again. It will definitely be a day one purchase for me
 

Be Kind Rewind

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Recently heard about this. Sounds like the codex opinion is very favorable?
One of the best adventure games in decades.
I wanted a timer there with a drowning death - but Nic made the call that the music was enough to drive home the danger!
Felt like I was going to have an heart attack due to the pressure at first but since I didn't solve it quickly enough some of the air went out of the tension when I noticed I wasn't drowning.
 

Daedalos

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Finished this.. overall very positive experience .. BUT

1. I wish you would light up alot of the scenes. I realize its supposed to be a horror game, but its fucking DARK, and can't see shit half the time, even zoomed in, alot of good detail is lost, and its just annoying and not spooky or immersive.
thats my main gripe. it's too bad, becuse obviously its beautiful 2d game, i just cant enjoy it in full
2. Stasis universe is cool, but I would have loved a different take on the story, where I enjoyed STASIS 1 one, because its in space, and well, it has alot of futuristic shit. STASIS 2 does too, but the main story and main villains werent really that engaging for me and the overall plot.
3. I thought the bear was really annoying.. but maybe its juts me, and the constant back and forth in dialogue with the AI and shit... got abit tedious and dumb towards the end.

Good work guys, hope we get STASIS 3 sometime :p
 

Pyke

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If you go to the accessiblity menu, you can turn off the lighting effects. :D
Glad you enjoyed it!
 

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