A downloadable game

There's something wrong happening at your school recently. You decide to go see for yourself.

Made in 48 hours with Unity

Judge's Choice for McGameJam 2019

By Jinfan, Eddie, Joanna, Yu-Chen, Ai Di

Sounds from freesounds.org


Press R on the keyboard to reset the game. ESC to close it.

Gamebreaking bug: 

- do not leave the piano without having solved the puzzle. The door will never unlock.

Hints:

-  books position = shoes position

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Kutsu.zip 46 MB

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Very solid game! I would love to see a game like this, but much longer! I love Japanese horror as well as the "sketchy" drawing aesthetic this brings. I did run into the glitch as mentioned in the description, but other than that there were no problems! Wonderful game and I hope to see more games from you guys in the future! 

Check out 00:27 in my video for a quick overview of Kutsu

I loved the unique style of it and the creepy story it told.

I had no idea what I was doing when I got to the book, but the game did creepy me out in some places..... so.... 10/10 IGN XD (Seriously though, good ambiance and visuals!)

(Second game I play)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO_WVr8eFWI

hi iSeeLT,

glad you liked the game! that puzzle is pretty confusing.

to explain the puzzle: the shoes drawn in the book hints at you to look at the shoe lockers. it is hard to notice, but the positioning of the shoes in the leftmost locker is nearly identical to the book placement in the rightmost shelf in the library. there is one extra book on the shelf (the red book), and it is at that position at the lockers that you were supposed to click to find the key. (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑

Wate͎̝̦̮̮r͉͓̭͔̭p̙o͖̤u̯̝c̼̘̣̞h͕͉̹̮͈͉̦'s͇͉̥̰̝ ͕̣̥̹̙s̟̳l͈͇̎̔ͤͯ͂ͮ͋a̷̦̘̺͓ͦ̍ͣ̄̏̆͗v̥̼̻̈̾̓̈́͐̐ͭ͜e̺s͖̤̄͆͆̍ͮ̍̅͝.̘̥̼̲̯̻̋ͨ

Gave it a go...

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Hi StepVibes,

Thank you for trying out our game! (*•̀ᴗ•́*)و ̑̑

Wate͎̝̦̮̮r͉͓̭͔̭p̙o͖̤u̯̝c̼̘̣̞h͕͉̹̮͈͉̦'s͇͉̥̰̝ ͕̣̥̹̙s̟̳l͈͇̎̔ͤͯ͂ͮ͋a̷̦̘̺͓ͦ̍ͣ̄̏̆͗v̥̼̻̈̾̓̈́͐̐ͭ͜e̺s͖̤̄͆͆̍ͮ̍̅͝.̘̥̼̲̯̻̋ͨ

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Hey there, just played the game. I thought the art style was really well done and enjoyed the tale it told. The puzzle with the empty shoe cubby tripped me up hard as I didn't understand that was the one I was looking for. I clicked around a lot of the cubbies and got nothing so I figured that was wrong.

I also seemingly got the piano glitch, which you are already aware of.

Still, I found the game enjoyable and would be happy to play an expanded version one day.

Hi Grab Shiny, Thank you for taking the time to play our game!

For the shoes puzzle,the intention was to have the shelf in the library with the red book to match to the shoes shelf(books at the position of shoes, red book at the position of the key). Additionally, it might have been unclear, but leaving the piano itself will cause the game breaking bug.

Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed it :)
Wate͎̝̦̮̮r͉͓̭͔̭p̙o͖̤u̯̝c̼̘̣̞h͕͉̹̮͈͉̦'s͇͉̥̰̝ ͕̣̥̹̙s̟̳l͈͇̎̔ͤͯ͂ͮ͋a̷̦̘̺͓ͦ̍ͣ̄̏̆͗v̥̼̻̈̾̓̈́͐̐ͭ͜e̺s͖̤̄͆͆̍ͮ̍̅͝.̘̥̼̲̯̻̋ͨ

Oh wow. I am just now noticing that the shelf that the red book is on is just a bunch of cubby holes. lol, I see how the puzzle makes sense now. I thought it was just telling me to check empty cubby holes. I guess this one is on me.

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Hi there, I just recently played through Kutsu, and I’d like to share some of my thoughts on it here. I’ll be quickly going over some things I liked, some things I didn’t like, and any bugs I might have come across while playing.

I always like to start with the things I liked, and I’m happy to say that Kutsu has many. Right off the bat the art style is striking, combined with the film grain effect, and “glitch” effects, it creates an unsettling atmosphere that I can’t look away from. The limited use of colours is quite interesting, red definitely stands out among the black and white aesthetic but I wish it was used just a bit more throughout the game, perhaps as a way to highlight some more key points for the player to investigate. The sounds used throughout the game are well put together as well, I particularly liked how the looping school bell is used to solve a puzzle, it’s a good example of how you can incorporate a games environment into its puzzles. The spook factor is definitely on point with Kutsu as well, the art style really lends a hand here in creating some pretty chilling scenes, along with the use of some well-timed music/sound effects.

There’s only one thing that I can point to and say I didn’t like, and that’s with the lack of direction with some of the puzzles. When I found the book in the library, I became somewhat confused as to what I was looking for, I figured I was looking for a pair of shoes, not necessarily an empty shoe cubby hole near the entrance of the school, so this created some mild confusion as to how I was to progress. Once I got going and into a grove of things, I had no trouble completing the game after that.

I’m happy to report that I didn’t run into any bugs throughout my time playing, mostly impart to the devs stating where a game breaking bug is located. I hope this gets fixed however, as not everyone is going to take the time to read the games description, regardless of how short it may be.

Overall this is a very solid point & click horror experience, and one that I would recommend. Everything from the art style, to the sound design helps to create an intriguing horror atmosphere that is usually fairly challenging to create in a 2D game, but here it’s been done very well.   

Cheers, and best wishes,

Killjoy

Hi Killjoy,

Thank you for taking the time to play our game!

We are aware that some of the puzzles are quite unclear but we didn't have enough time to add more hints /get more player feedback.  As for the empty cubby hole, the intention was to have the shelf in the library with the red book to match to the shoes shelf(books at the position of shoes, red book at the position of the key).


Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed it :)

Wate͎̝̦̮̮r͉͓̭͔̭p̙o͖̤u̯̝c̼̘̣̞h͕͉̹̮͈͉̦'s͇͉̥̰̝ ͕̣̥̹̙s̟̳l͈͇̎̔ͤͯ͂ͮ͋a̷̦̘̺͓ͦ̍ͣ̄̏̆͗v̥̼̻̈̾̓̈́͐̐ͭ͜e̺s͖̤̄͆͆̍ͮ̍̅͝.̘̥̼̲̯̻̋ͨ

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hello devs. i'm stuck at the piano. what am i supposed to do? do i reply the school bell ? i did the puzzle, the door unlock but the rooftop is still locked. Also, the hints, BOOKS = SHOES ? it doesn't tell anything. it's too vague. Please elaborate it.


So I finally finished the game. Thanks. It took 5 reset then the game finally work. Really love the art style of this game.

hi Reddoliche! thank you for the feedback :)

to explain the puzzle, basically the shoes drawn in the book hints at you to look at the shoe lockers. it is hard to notice, but the positioning of the shoes in the leftmost locker is nearly identical to the book placement in the rightmost shelf in the library. there is one extra book on the shelf, and it is at that position at the lockers that you were supposed to click to find the key. i hope my explanation wasn't too confusing!

thank you for playing our game and we are really glad you enjoyed it :>

Wate͎̝̦̮̮r͉͓̭͔̭p̙o͖̤u̯̝c̼̘̣̞h͕͉̹̮͈͉̦'s͇͉̥̰̝ ͕̣̥̹̙s̟̳l͈͇̎̔ͤͯ͂ͮ͋a̷̦̘̺͓ͦ̍ͣ̄̏̆͗v̥̼̻̈̾̓̈́͐̐ͭ͜e̺s͖̤̄͆͆̍ͮ̍̅͝.̘̥̼̲̯̻̋ͨ

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I think I see nooses..... 

Thank you so much for playing our little game! Having someone actually spend the time to finish it feels amazing for the entire team. We aren't actually Japanese although it is heavily inspired by Japanese Horror.  The feedback is great as well. Some of the puzzles are quite unclear but we didn't have enough time to add more hints / player feedback. 

We also did get a win as one of the Judge's favorites! 

Thanks, 

Wate͎̝̦̮̮r͉͓̭͔̭p̙o͖̤u̯̝c̼̘̣̞h͕͉̹̮͈͉̦'s͇͉̥̰̝ ͕̣̥̹̙s̟̳l͈͇̎̔ͤͯ͂ͮ͋a̷̦̘̺͓ͦ̍ͣ̄̏̆͗v̥̼̻̈̾̓̈́͐̐ͭ͜e̺s͖̤̄͆͆̍ͮ̍̅͝.̘̥̼̲̯̻̋ͨ