Comments for The Great Minimum

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jeremydouglass

Jan. 24, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) This was special. Glad I was patient and let it unfold. I was initially put off by a few things -- the odd jumping, an interactive object unlike anything else and apparently without purpose -- these made the game seem unfocused. I began to see a pattern; my interest in the poem grew. I almost stopped (face-then-catch frustration). Eventually I tuned in to the logic of solutions, and just enjoying watching it unfold. I learned to read the pixel art style better -- e.g. recognizing the gurney. Many scenes (such as falling-to-kneeling) are well done, although early cartoonish jumping and later googley-eyes later feel a bit off. I liked the winking, though. A pixel font makes the poem hard to read at times - the game and reading compete for attention more than they should perhaps, given the weight of the ending. Mixed reactions, but five stars in the end. Creative, well done.

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Developer response from Berzee

Many good points that will all be mulled over -- thanks for sticking with it :D

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HelenO4

May. 7, 2013

Under rating threshold (show) Did the bird remind anyone else of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven"?

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Berzee

Jan. 19, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) To those who have commented positively -- many thanks! To those who have commented negatively -- many thanks! To those who were not able to play it because of bugz that are hopefully now patched out -- :(

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Sebre

Jan. 18, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Not sure if it's good in a weird way or weird in a good way. Still, a good game !

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JoshMyer

Jan. 19, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) the most wonderful (short) art game I've ever played.

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Developer response from Berzee

The more times I notice this comment, the more I wonder if you are saying that it is the most wonderful of all the short art games you've played, or that art games become more wonderful as they become shorter, reaching full potential when they are finished before they begin. If you ever see this response, I hope that you will decide the matter.

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oOPirateKittenOo

Feb. 5, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I don't know about anyone else, but I think I would wake up if I heard somebody crash through my roof. I love this game; I didn't really think that the bird necessarily died in the end with the lightning-more like he wasn't actually a real bird. Really, what kind of bird can actually invade your family photos? He must be magical :D

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tony_ab

Apr. 29, 2013

Under rating threshold (show) It's refreshing to see someone make a game that let's the player figure things out for themselves. The presentation was pretty neat, too, with pleasant surprises and good use of audio. It's a small game, but it has character.

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kimie124

Jan. 22, 2013

Under rating threshold (show) Stuck in the part where the bird is sitting on the bed, then flies into the corner :( I just don't get how i'm suposed to take it :/

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MaelstromStirrer

Mar. 10, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) I jumped from the ladder 3 floors high; lo, I did not die! More poetry for good measure.

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hellacopterzzz

Jan. 25, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I liked it, though the part in the dark was a bit difficult. It took me several tries to climb down the stairs, though I thought I had it down already. Just my take, but I wouldn't say it's an optimism simulator, so much as it's a great illustration of dialectical thinking -- just as the poem, in it's openness to interpretation -- which, I think, is the essence of dialectical perspective.

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Developer response from Berzee

I don't know what dialectical thinking means, despite looking it up, but it sounds fancy and so I choose to be pleased; thank you! As for the part in the darkness, that's the one place where asking for a hint gives you something really useful -- a less invisible prey. :)

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skafanbrandon

Jan. 19, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) quite good quite good indeed

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iamdapoonani

Dec. 23, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) i didn't want to get egged on bye a bird

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ThePlum01

Apr. 4, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) The bird reminded me of my cat dragging a pidgeon through the cat flap once....aaah....good times...

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Jaybird622

Jan. 22, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I liked the game, but I hated the ending. Why did the bird have to get struckl by lightning?

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Developer response from Berzee

Well, you'll have to take it up with G.K. Chesterton ;) but if it's any consolation I think it was part of the bird's plan all along.

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alfyalfy

Jan. 19, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Great game :)

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PixelSoup

Feb. 28, 2013

Under rating threshold (show) I thought that the person sleeping was the man who is walking the house, and that, in the end, he would awaken. No disappointments here -- I really, really loved this. Thank you.

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kimie124

Jan. 22, 2013

Under rating threshold (show) ah, there! Finished it! Nice game!

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Oliveoil12345

Dec. 31, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Can't get past the part where the bird is sitting on the bed, and flies into the corner when you go near it :(

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Developer response from Berzee

I was trying to think of a hint, but at this point I think I'll just half-spoilerize it ;) Sorry it took me 12 days to see this comment! (spoilerize!)remember that the Jump key makes you leap forward quickly during the chase scenes...and also notice how the bird is more willing to land when you're nearby if your back is turned(end spoilerize!)

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Gameguy602

Apr. 10, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) It took me a while to realize I was supposed to keep finding the bird.

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Liza_Levina

Dec. 19, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Thank you for the game! It was especially nice to find it because I'm trying to analyse the poem of G.K. Chesterton. :)

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Developer response from Berzee

Haha, excellent. :D I hoped that might happen someday, after I made this.

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Fight_Club_Freak

Jan. 25, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) i loved it. all that needs be said

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ixROBOTxi

Apr. 30, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I am not sure what I just did...but I liked it.

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kcolloran

Jan. 18, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) well done.

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MrGlobal

Jun. 10, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Good thing the bird dies. Well deserved after wrecking the house :)

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Nason

Jul. 10, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) While it's far from perfect or serious in quality, there's something touching with that childish approach. Not an art game I prefer or like with heart, but an art game what I can respect. 5/5

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deathpiano

May. 7, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) This game is exquisite. Beautiful use of music and simple but elegant graphics.

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jaclcsparrow

Oct. 19, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) THE BIRD...

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zaboomafoozarg

Jan. 18, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) i loveeee it :D

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pyromanta

Jan. 24, 2012

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Developer response from Berzee

About the pome, I think it's catchy and makes a lovely point! But I do like repetition, I do. About arty games, do you dislike them because they usually don't have a lot of gameyness to them, or simply the general savor and flavor and tendency to put on grand airs? With such thrilling events as scraping birds off your head, I do not think anyone can accuse this game of being either entirely void of action or entirely solemn ;) but yes, I will grant you that it is not exactly so gamey as, say, Bullet Time Ninja. ^_^ I had planned that my next game will not be based on a poem (unless I find myself drawn inexorably back to the habit) -- so I may take your suggestion after all, if only by coincidence. :D

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idiotdog

Jan. 19, 2012

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