This game is very cool, I love the idea. I love how the screen speed changes depending on your age, and going along with how fast a persons lifestyle is during that age. The graphics are simple, but good. The music is fitting. I like the clock effect in the background aswell. A true game of art, i love the symbolism.
There were some problems though, first off and most importantly, When you come to a checkpoint, and then die, you return to the checkpoint and the screen is where it was when you got the checkpoint (does that make sense)? For instance, I ran into a checkpoint right before I got sucked off the screen, so I never had a chance to safe myself after that (I had to restart the game and start over again twice because of this). You may want to set the screen so that the player is in the middle of the screen after you die, so this doesnt happen.
Also, I found it a pain to try and jump from ladder to ladder. Im guessing this is a problem with your controls, more than half of the times I died was because of that one part.
You may also want to include the controls in-game. An idea is to have the screen scrolling really slow as a baby so that you can read the controls (left right and S to jump). I was confused at the beginning when it was play-time or just a beginning custcene, and I died right away not knowing that I was supposed to move. I realize this kind of ruins the "art" feeling, if you display the controls, but I dont think having a seperate text document for controls is necessary, most people wont look at it. Also, if you must keep the text document I would give it a .txt format instead.. in my opinion. I just read the spoilers after the beating the game, and I realize some things that I didnt notice, such as choices as a teenager. I wouldnt get rid of this, but a seperate text document seems sketchy.
One last thing is the end, I sat there for awhile wondering if something else was going to happen (and now I feel stupid lol). Maybe have his angel fly up out of the grave into the sky, and then fade out and exit the game..? If the angel thing is against what you were going for, I would still fade to black and exit at the end.
I notice now that Ive typed everything, my criticism is much larger than my praises at the beginning. That doesnt mean there isnt alot I like about this game, I truly to think its a piece of art, just rough around the edges. Other than the things that I said, I would give it a 10/10. But for now, Ill say 9/10.
Edited by guitarman4545, 22 December 2009 - 11:10 AM.