So I made this videogame called The Cerebral Symphony. It took me about seven years, working on average about one hour a week (having initially started when I was 15 and resuming when I was 23), but I finally finished it.
It’s a 2D role playing game about a guy with multiple personality disorder and the friends he makes while on a journey to stop the world from being destroyed. There’s about 9+ hours of playtime and multiple story paths and endings in there. It’s not perfect, but I’m proud of it.
You can download it from this link and it runs on most Windows computers: https://rpgmaker.net/games/2693/
There’s probably a way of making it run on Macs (filthy Macs), but only if you can simulate a Windows environment on your Mac.
Let me know what you think if you play it! If you don’t want to play it but want to watch a youtube playthrough of it, ‘raikenjenova’, my #1 fan in Indonesia (where for some reason I seem to get a lot of players), has done a playthrough at this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLd8tGajquAkEwoRAiZ1Po8F7YgDduApSf
Note that although there are no swears, it does contain some cartoon violence early on (I was 15), but this eases up fairly soon. I’d probably label it ‘PG-13’.
I’m still waiting on the youtube video of the last part which only recently came out, however. Come on, raikenjenova… 😉
Also NB I am marking the game as “Completed”, but I am calling this a completed “first draft”.
I started TCS when I was about 15, when I made the first couple of scenes in a fit of productivity back in the days when I had free time.
Then I left it alone for a number of years. When I was 22, I decided to go back to it and started working on it again, for about one afternoon a week while also doing postgraduate study.
Eventually that went down to working on it about more like one hour a week, with longer stretches in some holidays when I had the chance.
What with getting married, doing a PhD, and now having a full-time job and a daughter, it has been an increasingly difficult battle to get it finished.
However, I managed to at least create a game that is playable all the way through from start to finish, even if it I haven’t been able to put in all the things I wanted to.
So, this is what I have been able to finish, working within the time constraints I have had. However, I will probably keep working on TCS my whole life!
Anything that I wanted to be in my own 2D rpg I put in TCS, and I still have things that I want in my own 2S RPG, and no doubt I will come up with even more things as time goes by.
I have so many ideas for things that I wanted to implement or add that I haven’t yet had time to put in.
Hence I am sure I will come back to this again over the years and update it.
So, this is a first draft.
But it is also a finished first draft, so the game is “complete”.
I hope you enjoy it.
In the meantime, I will be writing. If you are interested in my writing, find it at https://www.amazon.co.uk/L.-I.-T.-Tarassenko/e/B01FAOWP8U
To close, here’s some fan art of TCS made by my sister:
There’s also a youtube review of the first chapter here, but watch out because this guy DOES swear! –> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U_MGfXhJqOs&t=9s