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Spoiler free review: I Woke Up is a powerful statement, and it is short enough to fully digest in 30 minutes or less. I would recommend it to anyone. 8/10, beautiful art piece.
Please do not read this unless you have played the game, or do not care to. This is intended to be used as help for those who might be confused by the story, and just general discussion of this interesting game.
Story: Here's my interpretation, backed up by some points in the story that I will bring up accordingly. I hope it isn't too obvious. I Woke Up presents itself as a story about a man or woman that the player wakes up next to. It becomes quickly apparent, however, that the man or woman in this story isn't a person. It's a drug that the player keeps using. Every ending points to this conclusion, and several dialogue choices in between. You can flat out refuse the drug after your "Second Time" by choosing the harshest options and put it out of your mind. Refusing to "see your lover" again leads to the quickest game over. This was the second ending that I got.
You can also refuse the drug after several encounters. The first time is when you meet in the street and decide not to get a drink or skip the pleasantries and go to your house. After this encounter, you start feeling sluggish. It doesn't feel good anymore. This confused me on my first play-through because I wasn't in the right mindset. It took me getting every ending to fully contextualize all of it. These are all symptoms of addiction, and more specifically substance abuse. I can see how some people might disagree here, however.
The easiest ending is the break up. You start to feel withdrawal symptoms and fight them off, keeping the "lover" out of your mind. If you show a photo to your best friend, they'll tell you that there isn't a girl in the photo.
The junkie ending shut the case for me on this. If you spend time with the lover over and over, but then decide that it's not right for you, they'll fight you. They'll tell you that it's instinct that you're going against. That you need them. You have to keep resisting, and it perfectly mirrors drug abuse.
Gameplay: Like the lover, I found myself unable to put down the game until I worked it out in my head, and it still grips me. Story-driven games with choices always hook me in. However, there aren't many choices in the game that matter overall. This might be part of the design. What I mean by this is that there are many dialogue options, but the responses are the same. This makes sense for a game of this size, but on repeat it started to feel like I had to trudge through the story. Again, given the themes that I believe are present this could be what the author intended.
Art Style: The art style of this game is JAW-DROPPING. Especially for an indie game like this. I want to keep an eye on this developer because I feel that they have a great future ahead of them. The story, art style, and sound design all came together to form a hair-raising, eerie experience.
8/10 , Beautiful art piece.
Another amazing game! I love the visuals as well as the storyline because it is relatable to a lot of people like me. Also, I like that you can choose who you wake up next to like a guy or a girl, which is different from the other games I’ve played because the main character is usually a male. I would to see more games like this in the future! Thank you!
Beautiful, maybe one more time...
Lovely game, quite sad! All of your games are beautiful and always hit home for me. Thank you for creating them. <3
Wow this game is just wow.
The other endings made this game so much more amazing. So much explained and so many more details . Loved it!
Reminds me of Air Pressure. Both are pointed on a type of lonely caused addiction. Good Job!
it was me DizzY the Whole time- love this chilling story like hit me in a personal spot
Really wasnt expecting this kind of depth for such a short game. I was kinda confused by the first ending i got but I think getting the other ones helped me figure stuff out.
Not a big fan. It's too quick, like not just story but the dialogue feels rushed and that my decisions don't really matter. Not enough time to get used to each character and understand them. Music didn't really fit and the story was average. I felt this was more an attempt at being deep but inevitably felt lack luster.
I can't find the fourth ending... a hint please?
This game was really interesting! I loved the music, art, and plot! Good job!
I'm glad your game has a lot of popularity as, you made it well and, has a deep message to it.
Well if markiplier played it then i gotta play it
Really gorgeous game as usual, but I think i completely missed the context on this one. Probably cuz of the choices that I picked!
Haunting and lovely. The art is gorgeous (as it is in all your games) and the music really contributed to the sense of atmosphere. It's short and cryptic, but I really loved it nonetheless.
Hi! I just wanted to say that I love all of your games, they look stunning, sound amazing and feel like a drug trip, I really hope you keep up the great work and thanks for making these games.
I really love this!
I loved this game. It's short, but absolutely wonderful. The tone is so amazingly creepy, the artwork gorgeous, and the music perfect. Thanks for making it!
This game is so visually stunning. It's absolutely breathtaking.
y no cpu
I couldn't download the game for some reason...
wow i really didn't expect all this when i downloaded this game. the artwork is absolutely stunning, and the writing is fluid and interesting, not to mention the whole distortion bit that really adds to the game. certainly a work of art. one of my most favourite games!!
Awesome game! And with a Linux version.
Nooooooooooo! She left me? Maybe? Possibly?
my head actually hurts when the graphics turned distort.... (when the story becomes bad?)
Thank you for making a Linux version. It's appreciated.
I think, I'm in love now...
I don't get it.
I love everything about this game! Holy crap! One of the best games I've played in my life!
The visuals of this game are amazing, and the music fits perfectly the tone. I have enjoyed it, although i think it's got some flaws.
(first, I'd like to apologize for my crappy English. I'm not a native speaker)
Sometimes it's not clear what you are choosing with the dialogue options: For example, when she asked about her pants, I said that I had threw them off the window because I thought it was a joke, so when I discovered that I was choosing what actually had happened, it was stunning for me, but not in the right sense. It was kind of disappointing.
On another ocassion, after choosing another option, some years passed. It felt really weird that what seemed a few weeks then turned into years. It may seem like it fits the game because "when you are with that person, you lose track of time", but the character you are controlling is completely conscious about the years passing. Maybe it would be better to realize that years have passed with some twitst, I think it would fit better the point of the game.
Also, I didn't fully understand what exactly happens when the character shows his friend the pic of "the girl you have been meeting" on the phone and then it's just you alone. I kind of understood that you were having a bad time and were hallucinating, but that clashes with the previous part in whic you say you are calm and your mind is clear. I don't know, I got a little lost there.
However, it's got some kind of "feeling" to it. After I finished it for the first time, I played it again twice and got different endings. I specially liked the one in which you trust your friend to help you out of your situation. I would gladly play a game like this, with a more complex, elaborated story, and some mechanic to spice it up.
This game was amazing. The visuals and the soundtrack made the game feel unique. It also made you feel invited but at the same time put off by what was going on. At the same time, you couldn't help but to feel suspicious about what was going on. After you play it, you have the sense of longing and a desire to see if you can get a different outcome if you made different choices. I went back and got two of the four ending. If you want to know what I'm talking about, play the game for yourself. I promise you it will be worth your time.
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This was beautiful. The music and visuals are wonderful, and complement each other so well - both tranquil and eerie, inviting and suspicious.
I played it late at night, lights off, with headphones, and rain tapping at the windowsill. It was very easy to get pulled into the game; I played through multiple times to get all of the endings. I was full of questions, and suspected everything - I love how you plant little seeds, and the player can let their mind wander.
And all that aside, the "feeling" the game creates is definitely one that stays with you. Thank you for making this!