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In Retrospect, the musical action platformer I have been working on for 9 years, is FINALLY live on Steam and Itch!
September 07, 2022, 18:14:53
Yep, I actually finished and released it!

If you like music, platforming, and games like Super Mario, BIT.TRIP RUNNER, etc. then In Retrospect is for you! I'm not going to lie, the soundtrack is pretty sick: In Retrospect OST (Select Songs)

On sale now for $3.59 (US)!

Steam version (PC) | Itch version (PC)

Some more info:
-An action platformer about reflecting on your past that syncs the gameplay and music, with the player’s choices affecting the story and certain game elements as well.
-Contains a story mode as well as 40+ challenge stages, complete with full leaderboards.
-Inspired by indie games such as Crypt of the Necrodancer, Just Shapes & Beats, Wandersong, the BIT.TRIP series and Thomas Was Alone.
-A fairly short game (roughly 1-2 hours for the story mode + additional time for challenge stages) that does not require a significant time commitment.

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Posted: 09/07/22, 18:14:53  - Edited by 
 on: 09/10/22, 18:57:59    
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You can view the In Retrospect leaderboards on NW now!

My test accounts are still in there but I'll remove them soon-ish. Hurry up peeps! Get on there and get some high scores!

@J.K. Riki It's definitely rough on Steam, lol. I got a few hundred wishlists over the last few years but that hasn't translated into much so far. I think I'm more or less just selling to friends and family right now. Every copy counts!

And Itch is even more dead... BUT, due to the pay what you want model, my Itch income is somehow like 1/5 of my (very low) overall income so far?!

Posted by 
 on: 09/10/22, 03:09:49  - Edited by 
 on: 09/10/22, 03:14:07
You should give some people the resources to make challenge stages and then add them in a later update.

Posted by 
 on: 09/10/22, 19:57:28
Good idea but also way more difficult than you probably realize! If the game was selling a ton I'd think about it, but honestly I'm probably just going to focus on fixing whatever bugs pop up and then moving onto my next game.

Posted by 
 on: 09/10/22, 22:12:04
Zero said:
moving onto my next game.

Posted by 
 on: 09/11/22, 01:44:50
I promise you each game won't take 5 years longer than the one before it.

Posted by 
 on: 09/11/22, 01:45:55
For the next game it would be wise to get some people to help make it.

Spending 9 years to make a game that'll get you $100-$200 isn't a fantastic time commitment. It was a fantastic game though.

Posted by 
 on: 09/11/22, 02:22:17  - Edited by 
 on: 09/11/22, 02:22:57
Well, I might find a team. And the next game shouldn't take 9 years, I know a lot more now and can reuse a lot of my code.

Posted by 
 on: 09/11/22, 03:37:48
Congratulations and good luck!

Is it Deck-compatible?

Just kidding, I don't have one. Even Caligula needs boundaries.

Posted by 
 on: 09/13/22, 14:47:00
It's on sale on Steam and Itch again, if you missed the first sale. Links in the original post!

Posted by 
 on: 11/27/22, 01:20:40
Anand said:
Congratulations and good luck!

Is it Deck-compatible?

Just kidding, I don't have one. Even Caligula needs boundaries.

I can personally confirm the game is 100% playable on Steam Deck.

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/22, 15:58:27
I wonder what needs to exist for something to work on Steam Deck. Because I didn't do anything specific for Steam Deck. Is it just about having controller support? Because I did do that!

Posted by 
 on: 11/28/22, 19:33:32

I'm not even sure it requires that, it very well may be "this does actually run, in some form or another" lol.

I expect most of the incompatible games are because they require small supercomputer farms to manage even 30fps. :P

Posted by 
 on: 12/10/22, 19:21:02
In Retrospect is at its lowest price EVER right now! $2.39 US dollars!


Posted by 
 on: 03/18/23, 22:23:03
...he announces, to those who already have it, and who have already gotten everyone they know to get it.

(EDIT) okay, I got maybe another 2-4 to get it. I stand corrected.

Posted by 
 on: 03/19/23, 16:26:34  - Edited by 
 on: 03/19/23, 16:34:39
is there anyway i can download the soundtrack? i cant let top-quality music like this get forgotten.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/23, 02:08:40
@Stan McStanly Good question! I keep planning to release the soundtrack. And then I never get around to it! Because it will take a little bit of work to get it into order.

But I plan to eventually!

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/23, 04:47:09

[EDIT] I've been digging through the Soundcloud help center and it looks like you can set the soundtrack to be downloadable from there somehow.

Posted by 
 on: 04/14/23, 17:33:51  - Edited by 
 on: 04/14/23, 18:19:55
In Retrospect is on sale for 90% off now. THAT'S LIKE 60 CENTS. THE LOWEST STEAM WILL LET ME GO. NO EXCUSES ANYMORE!


@Stan McStanly It's more an issue of getting the songs in good order as standalone songs. For instance, looping songs sound terrible if you just cut them off abruptly at the end of the loop, so I'd have to go make new versions of all of the looping songs that either fade out or have a real ending. Etc.

Posted by 
 on: 05/07/23, 03:03:24

Dang, man, that is a crazy discount! Is it working? We've never done any Steam discounts, but then we also rarely have people buying them, ha ha. I dunno.

Posted by 
 on: 05/10/23, 05:40:32
@J.K. Riki It's working in the sense that in just a handful of days of this sale I've already sold about as many copies as I did up to this point, so I basically doubled my overall sales. I think that boost is already over though, today was pretty slow.

Also my initial sales weren't very good so doubling them doesn't mean a whole lot, lol.

But it actually made me happy nonetheless, I honestly didn't expect much from another sale but I guess going under a buck changes things. Is this REPEATABLE? Probably not, I can't even go any lower on Steam, 90% discount is the max. This may have been the last gasp of sales for my game. I guess we will see!

Posted by 
 on: 05/10/23, 05:44:52  - Edited by 
 on: 05/10/23, 05:45:13
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