“It’s just too expensive to save ourselves. It’s not cost-effective.”
said to be said by Kurt Vonnegut
“It’s just too expensive to save ourselves. It’s not cost-effective.”
said to be said by Kurt Vonnegut
Chronola/Silla/Alice stand here, unsure what to do now. Save game, since we are close to end and about to explore all possible endings.
I guess we have to give Fragment to Tiska. Go under Great Clock.
Tiska retrieves it.
Thank you, Alice. Sorry you had to do my whole job for me… Well, I just finished repairs. Let’s get them on right away.
He walks closer to Great Clock, but stops.
I know, everyone knows, that you’re a really kind girl… but kindness can be a sin in the Land of Time. Alice, you… can’t let yourself end up like me and Gulinello.
Both Alice and Gulinello comes closer behind Tiska. He raises hands and Clock’s Hands fly out. Nonexistent wind ruffles his clothes.
Hands, now you must turn once more. Breathe life into the stagnant earth!
Hands unite and in flash of light appear on Clock.
Deep bell sounds. Then something snaps. Another bell and another snap. More snaps, each new more quick than one before. I… don’t think it is supposed to happen. Tiska is concerned too.
I am Order, the proxy of God who governs reason. I come to point out sin. Now is a time of repentance. Confess your sin to God. Then by way of Order, you shall be dealt punishment.
Tiska faces Alice.
How did you and I meet? You remember now, right?
That was death fated by God. Something unescapable.
Tiska performs resurrection ritual.
Except… I saved you, and invited you to the Land of Time. That created a contradiction: a girl who accepted God’s fate of death is alive.
Murder, fraud, adultery, theft… Those manmade sins aren’t considered sins to us.
Sin is contradiction.
Those who defy God’s laws and create fatal contradictions are the greatest sinners.
You already perceive your sin as sin. For your eyes forever remember the sight of a man with the same sin and same punishment.
Gulinello speaks for first time.
Did you stop time and reveal Alice’s past juzt for that?
The absence of guilt invites relapse. Indeed, have you not already repeated your sin? You know of this, first warden.
Look, I’ll just ask… what’ll happen to me?
Body. Mind. Memory. All will succumb to darkness. But have no fear. If you can earn God’s mercy, you may once again take back your form…
Personification of Order rises again.
For now, a long rest. I shall permit you to say your temporary farewells to all those you know.
And with those words, avatar of God vanishes and room with Clock returns to normal. Well… beside fact that new door appears.
Tiska falls on his knees in despair.
A long… rest.
After some amount of time, we are back in control. Only Gulinello is present here.
He… went to Shadeling Town. He’s stupidly cheery, but he seemz pretty shocked.
So, what Alice will do?
Try to go through door. Gulinello is a little surprised.
…Wait. What do you need with Order, Alice?
There are your choices.
If you select last answer, nothing happens.
But we are here to deal with Order. So Take punishment myself.
Don’t be stupid. You want to hurt hiz heart more? … You can’t get too upzet. He just saved you for the hell of it.
Try again to enter door.
… …If he’z important to you, go meet him now. That’z all you can do.
You cannot do anything more at this time – Gulinello will prevent it. So let’s follow his advice and find Tiska. After getting out first shadeling (that one nearby stairs) will tell you where Tiska is.
…Looking for Tiska? He went through the info hut.
Other shadelings in town also have new comments about current precarious situation.
Tiska’s getting… judged? He’s going to be all empty like us? He… won’t be Tiska anymore…?
No one subject to Order’s punishment has ever kept their former selves. Their original form, heart, memories… No going back. Just look at me. Past and future, heart and body, they’re all empty now. I don’t know who or what I was. Just a whole lot of nothin’ now.
Oh dear. I mean, I suspected something for a while now, but we now have confirmation what shadelings actually are – punished sinners for past transgressions against God’s Laws. Gardener shadeling states it even more bluntly.
A Shadeling means a former criminal. I heard we’re given this form so we won’t do any more crime. I guess it’s the same for me… Must have done something there was no taking back, huh?
I guess that Order’s promise is a lie, then? Moving along to Info Hut…
Looking for Tiska, aren’t you? He’s out staring into space through the door on the left.
Well, go there.
They both look out into that swirly, cloudy mess.
I’m the same as you. Gulinello saved me from death. He lost his mind, form and memories as punishment… and he chose me as warden. When I saved you, Alice… I meant to atone.
I couldn’t live with myself for taking everything from Gulinello. A girl who lost love and chose death… by saving someone like me, I thought I could save myself.
…It was foolish. I’m the worst kind of hypocrite. You see before you a huge idiot who tried to use a girl’s sorrow for his own selfish purposes.
…I’ve let you down. That’s fine. I’ll sink forever into darkness. You discarded your feelings for me, so you don’t have to worry. You can live peacefully here… that’s the happy ending.
He seems to finished. Ask him again.
The long-awaited time of punishment. No need to think anymore… so then why… why can’t I stop shaking…
Return back to Info Hut. Macaroni has new line.
Gulinello is the one and only criminal to receive God’s mercy.
Doesn’t seem very merciful.
But even then, he’s not able to get everything back.
Return back to Great Clock. Tiska will stop you just before entering.
… There’s… Before the end, there’s one last thing I want to ask.
Tiska walks forward.
If it’s with eyes of despair, fine. But please, watch over me in my final moments. …I don’t know really how why myself… but I think I’d regret parting with you here and now. I’m sorry… that it had to be like this.
Tiska walks up. Shadeling nearby stairs has last comment.
…Tiska’s left. We’ll never see him in that body or with that mind again.
Go up stairs to door at Great Clock. Gulinello is nowhere to be seen. Enter door and confirm.
– Garden of Creation –
You are now in strange realm full of floating islands with white stone and green outcrops, connected by stairs.
Here you will meet all Time Scars from previous levels. There is exactly one way to deal with them all – Self-Holocaust them all way down. Or up. Or to side. Who knows with this Escher-like plane of existence. Don’t forget to wear Circlet. You will need all Force you can get later, when you get into extra bosses and the like.
Walk north until seemingly dead end.
Beside stairs, there are also jumpers – Alice stands next to one on picture above. They look like pair of pulsating shadows on ground. Run into it from correct direction and you will jump to second jumper from pair. We will talk about gray cog visible at right after we can actually get to it.
So, how to walk through entire level? Actually, we are already at place with first fork. Run west to jumper and jump. Go west, jump, north, jump east, go east… aaand we have first gray cog.
Use it like countless previous cogs.
I really don’t want to, you know.
After that cog vanishes. Go back: west, jump, south, east, jump twice and east/north to end of island. Jump north twice, go west, jump, north, then again west, south. You will find second gray cog.
He ended up finding his own happiness in you. But it was too late, he said, and this is the happy ending he found.
Return back to fork – north, jump east and east. Now jump east again and go north. Another fork. West, jump, north, east, jump south, east.
In a world without him, you’ll be all alone. That idiot convinced himself you’d be happiest that way.
West, jump north, west, south, jump east. Ugh, these meaningless random fights starts to seriously annoy me. All way east, north, west, jump, fourth gray cog.
…Hey. Where’s happiness for you?
We are almost there. Jump east, south, north, jump north and south all way up.
If even a trace of him comes to mind when you think about happiness… then reach out to him. Once “I” lose my memories, I’ll need you.
Like previous cogs, this one also vanishes. Enter building.
No more running around.
Just straight up…
…to the very end. You will see Tiska, Gulinello and Order’s avatar.
…Yes. Uh, about Alice…
She need not answer to your sin. But without a warden, balance will be lost and the world will end.
Pretty shitty design of world you have there, Order. You see, in our reality things that are not allowed are… impossible to do. There is no punishment nor need for it, because you simply literally cannot break laws of physics in first place. Maybe your Master should return to preschool for Demiurgs or something.
For the world’s sake, she, the lone human, shall become the next warden.
Thought so… She’ll take my position.
There’s no need to worry. I’ll watch over her this time to ensure there’s no further tragedy.
Big Sister watches you!
Warden Tiska. Now I shall enact your punishment. Close your eyes. Open your heart. And repent to motherly God.
Pulse. And choice. Last one.
Tiska faces you.
…It’s goodbye, Alice. Soon, I’ll forget all about you, the world, everything. I’ll lose myself.
He nods to himself.
By now, I’ve realized. What made me tremble with fear was having to leave you. And it’s not you who was being saved, but me. It’s not for redemption or anything. It’s just my heartfelt feelings. Thank you.
Everything becomes black-and-white. Tiska disperses into nothingness. Everything is back, except… instead of Tiska, there is shadeling. Cat-eared cape lies nearby.
Alice hugs that new thing that once was Tiska.
It’s uzeless, Alice. That’s not Tiska anymore. He lost himself as punizhment. He’s a hapless, stupid Shadeling.
Gulinello comes closer to newling.
He doesn’t have a shred of his form, memories, or mind left. We juzt have to accept it…
Screen darkens as Gulinello says these words. Credit rolls. And after those…
… This iz his “rest”. If you can… Try to believe in the miracle of him being Tiska again. …Good night.
Title screen welcomes you back.
Wait a moment. What gives? Didn’t we intended to take his punishment?! Yes, but we will have to lie to Gulinello. Load game and when you try to enter Clock’s door, choose middle response.
Ask to forgo punishment
…That punishment is the essence of our world’s reason. Unless the Master just wakes up and talks down Order, there’z no way. If you’re really hoping, I won’t stop you, but… Juzt don’t do anything that’ll only hurt him.
Oh, I believe you. Rules of this world don’t care about human law and all of that. Sorry, Gulinello, that we have to deceive you. You wouldn’t let us in otherwise.
Before you enter, Gulinello has some new words to say.
When I was in his position, he waz in yours… how ironic. I saved him from death, and now he’s going to accept a fate worze than death…
Enter Garden of Creation. This place is same, except cogs don’t do anything beside vanishing – their lines show only if you meet with Tiska. You still have to remove them, otherwise last cog won’t vanish. You can always return to Land of Time and talk with Tiska behind Info Hut, making it Tiska Ending. Only difference appears when you finally get to end of road. Alone.
Avatar of Order appears, clearly non-plussed by arrival of Alice alone.
Hey, we didn’t heard her surname before!
You exist in this world now as a great contradiction. However, it is the warden who has made it so. You need not answer to his sin.
Alice gets closer to edge.
… What seek ye?
If you say Nothing, this will be reply of avatar of Order.
I see. Then go now. Your role is to provide him a final comfort before his end.
You will be forced into Tiska Ending. So instead you have to reply I want to save Tiska.
… So long as his contradiction exists, his sin will not be rid of. Indeed… Chronola. It is your death that is key to solving the contradiction. Time does not flow in this world. Death is eternal here, with no reincarnation. Do you still mean to protect him?
You get non-choice. Why you would say “No” at this stage? Presumably only to allow Tiska Ending.
…Indeed. You should not choose death. Even if it were to save him, it would deeply wound him…
Order vanishes, leaving these words hanging.
That is how you must save him.
That leads to Tiska Ending. But if you choose otherwise…
Apparition of Order comes closer and closer.
If you, source of the contradiction, will it, I must respond accordingly…
May you rest in peace.
Meanwhile (not that it means anything considering nature of places where it all is happening) in Land of Time Tiska walks up to Clock door and Gulinello.
She went inzide.
To see Order…? …Why…?
Tiska enters Garden. You are now in control of him and find yourself already at last part. Go straight up. Poor Tiska.
Tiska comes closer.
Um, look. I’m finally ready now. To accept Order’s punishment. I had trouble getting my feelings in order and preparing… but I’m fine now. So I… it may be the end for me, but I wanted to tell you…
Alice’s body collapses. Order, you have pretty assholish timing.
Screen blackens, showing only small, silver-haired child. After montage of backgrounds we are back to Garden and child falls again.
…What… No… Way… Order, why… Why did she…!
…this is why Order in eyes of Alice was so similar to herself as child. Everyone sees younger version of themself. Such is nature of Order.
She wanted your sin rid of, and took death in exchange.
Surprise, surprise, Tiska does not take it well.
I… I don’t want that. I don’t. Alice… WAKE UP!! I’m the one who should be judged!! You shouldn’t have had any of it! But… but you…
Tiska is crying.
…Then I… all I did was push you down into despair, didn’t I… Alice…
An eternal sleep. Freed from the cycle of rebirth. Perhaps that’s what the girl who lost love desired… But if he had the slighest affection for her, then it was a great mistake.
…Goodbye, standstilled girl.
Well, that didn’t worked out well. There is one other way out of this: defiance. First we must prepare, for messing with entity that bears Order of Reality is serious business. Your loadout:
LP: at least 180
PSY: at least 180
AGL: at least 100
Skills: Guard, Self-Holocaust, Aura, Maneater Gerbera, Pleasure Fruit
Accessory: Berliner Vice (2x PSY/AGL when LP is less than 30%) or Seablue Necklace (LP+50%)
You can win with less, but it will be significantly harder. Don’t forget to recover HP, if you used Seablue Necklace. Garden of Creation is nice for farming with Circlet, one fight can reap north of 750 force. Change it into Garden of Self-Holocaust.
When you are meeting Order with Tiska and Gulinello, instead of Watch over him, choose … . When he confesses love to you and everything gets white, Alice has enough of it all – and jumps in front of Order, pushing her away from Tiska.
Order is unamused.
What are you…
Alice shakes head.
Do you mean… to defy Order, and God’s law?
Wait, Alice…! Do not, do NOT do that! She’s the foundation of our world. So much as hurt her and it’s all lost. There won’t BE a world for you to peacefully live in!
Alice shakes head again.
Gulinello interjects unexpectedly.
Gulinello! Stop Alice!
…Alice has something she doezn’t want to lose, just like you.
Alice now watches their argument, while Order floats over them, unmoving.
You want a world where Alice sacrifices herself?
Of… Of course I don’t.
And Alice doezn’t want one where you sacrifice yourself. If it can’t be either of those, then deztroy it all. I was too much of coward to do it then, but Alice… you’re brave enough for it. You can change the outcome.
Well, that was unexpected indeed.
First warden… so that is where your sin originated, is it.
If wanting theze guys to be happy is a sin, then call me sinner.
It appears showing you mercy was a mistake.
This time, I will have to send you into eternal nothingness.
Tiska, Alice and Gulinello stand together in defiance of Order.
Stop… I won’t let you do that.
You defy me?
Alice… I’m sorry. With my selfish thoughts, I nearly went and left you all alone. I hope you can… not hate me for that.
Order. I stand by my sin. You think I’m going to vanish without saving someone so important to me?!
I see… so this world overrun with Shadelings still has those who entertain such thoughts.
Maybe it is hint for your Master that He designed this reality pretty… badly.
Very well. Show me your resolve.
Order sprouts four wings and changes her look. She seems to be really, really not pleased.
Order, made to last eternity. …the outcome shall not change.
All people are in frantic search for happiness in an unequal garden.
Yet invariably, happiness is nowhere to be found there.
So it came to this. For first time in game, you are not alone. You are with someone you love and someone that loves you.
We won’t be able to do much damage like this…
Tiska casts some spell.
I’ll take care of them for you… so Alice, you watch for a chance to attack Order… it’s okay. We will have a good ending to this… I’m sure of it!
Skills: Dream of Electric Sheep, Innocent Rain, ?, Sanctity Sky (heals), Legalitat (weak)
Skills: Epimedium, Centifulword (heals Alice during second phase)
Tactic: Your spells do minimal damage against Order. You have to survive until Tiska casts Epimedium (three rounds). That will remove these guardian angels for few rounds, bringing back power of your offensive spells (in this case Self-Holocaust). After that Tiska must charge again.
At beginning eat Maneater Gerbera, later Guard 2x. Tiska casts Epidemium, you cast Self-Holocaust twice.
If you die in this battle…
Choosing “Give up” returns you to main screen, “Don’t give up” allows for changing skills/accessory and restarts battle. Unfortunately, you cannot spend Force.
But she refuses to acknowledge it.
…No. The power of man… cannot overturn the world…!
Skills: E. Horrid, Flam Shout, Angels’ Repentance (drains LP), ?
Tactic: Note that this wounded angel do not have hp visible. You have to attack it until it dies with Self-Holocausts (three-four times if you have max 999 damage). Tiska sometimes will heal you and cast other spell that makes Order pulsate. It is not clear for me what it does.
It is relatively easy battle.
…The outcome has indeed been changed. All meaning is lost from sin and punishment… no trace of either of you being sacrificed remains.
But… All that remains is a world that lacks God’s promise. It will flood with fatal contradiction and soon fall to demise… You will come to deeply regret what you have done…
Defeated Order rises away.
I apologize, for I could not protect the world… Now… …I go… to your side…
Avatar of Order vanishes, leaving our trio.
He is interrupted by earthshake. View pans though Land of Time, where every Shadeling explodes.
The Shadelings are vanishing…
The world’z Order is gone. We who were turned to shadow by Order are going to go back to our rightful formz… maybe I can’t say rightful. We Shadelingz were never rightful to begin with…
Gulinello becames half-translucent.
Gulinello, your body…
God gave mankind hearts to color the world. When people know sadness, they chase after happiness. When they know happiness, they seek more of it… you two juzt wanted an ordinary happiness like any other humans. The problem waz, happiness was outside the garden. Hopefully that stupid, lazy, still-sleeping God takes some responsibility for the rest.
He almost completely faded.
Don’t forget your happiness.
After this farewell, Tiska and Alice face each other.
…Boy, this is strange. Right now, I feel like… I’ve finally been able to meet you.
Alice hugs him and finally speaks for first time.
…And I finally found… happiness.
Credit rolls. At end another password is revealed: Alices’s “Backyard”.
The end of the world… all life that exists will return to God and become one. This garden full of sadness is going to be reborn.
…Goodbye to our world.
This is almost everything. Last part of our walkthrough will deal with bonus bosses.
Welcome to Literature Club, where four beautiful girls awaits protago- you. They happen to like poems, so whip up one to impress girl that prot- you like most! Hang out with Sayori, spend weekend reading books with Yuri or playfully banter with Natsuke.
Ahahaha. Who I am kidding. Since you read about it here, you already know there is more to this story, if multiple warnings on website and in game itself weren’t sufficient hint. Totally “fantastic, fun and wholesome slice of life visual novel”, that. Riiight.
Well. There is problem with certain kind of games that I like. They are inherently hard to discuss without spoilering it. So let me just say that cliche beginning is just that, beginning. You will end in very different place, both literally, mentally and metaphorically.
I found poetry minigame original and intuitive – I had no problem with selecting appropriate words (from rather… eclectic set), especially when you got to know girls better. Except Monika with her enigmatic smile that never leaves her face no matter what. She is special case. Oh so very, very special.
Girls’ poems also are worth serious treatment. They speak to you and will be very familiar to anyone that dealt with problems that this visual novel touches.
This game is pretty short and free – certainly worth your time. Play it. And remember, game does not end until credits roll.
Hell is right-clicking to save an image, accidentally clicking “email image” and having to wait forty years for some email program you didn’t even existed to rise from its slumber like some lovecraftian ancient god, meanwhile the fans on your laptop are preparing for takeoff and you stare dead-eyed as the rainbow spirals, spirals, spirals. You wait and suffer this cosmic karma. Days pass. “Just a few more seconds”, you slur. Your laptop freeezes and the concept of time is no longer comprehensible. Your family and friends forget your name and you fade from existence.
– wise words of internet
There was one nice, moody mod for Doom called Unloved. I enjoyed it greatly. It was survival horror, despite apperrances.
You see, there are many kinds of horrors and even two kinds of survival horror. First one is known from Silent Hill or Alien Isolation – hide and seek game with minimum amount of ammunition and rare, powerful and often unkillable enemies that you can only run away from or delay them.
Other kind is closer to FPS roots – you rarely run out of either ammo or enemies, action is fast paced, yet game is still filled with suppressing atmosphere.
New Unloved from same author – completely reimagined in Unreal engine and heavily inspired not only by Doom, but also other great works like Silent Hill – proves again it is possible.
This incarnation takes form of randomly-generated levels separated into many rooms, starting with elevator area marked green on minimap. You have to run around, find keys and use items necessary to survival. At end after fulfilling your task you have to return to elevator. On your way you will kill seemingly endless waves of various horrific enemies, from lowly servants to morbidly obese faceless.
Rinse, wash in blood and repeat in endless variations, difficulty options, game modes and additional challenges.
Be careful about picking items – every ammo pack, every weapon, every artifact brings you closer to doom. Even merely opening doors can wake It.
Entire game is pretty atmospheric with oppressive feeling. From incredible degradation and rusted environment to sinister messages, everything screams that you are in Bad Place. And if that is not enough, then deranged clowns and emaciated witches will convince you in pretty permanent way.
Unfortunately I do have some words of critique. After some time game gets pretty grindy. Graphics is pretty rough on edges, but I actually do not mind it (with certain exception). There are some bugs and netcode is painful.
In my opinion, game is still worth it, but to be really, really honest… buy it with discounts – author issues them regularly during major updates of game.
If you find your progress slowing, play with friends in co-op. Multiplayer done right is meaty, fast affair with enemies pouring from every corner. It is certainly more fun than playing alone. Just respect local rules and do not grab everything without host permission.
Play. Get a endless elevator ride straight down to Hell in your head. It is what The Goat wants, after all.
Oh, they look like monsters to you?