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You are a dead, failed video game character wandering through the recesses of the Random Access Memory, trying to find peace in the final moments of your existence before being deleted forever... ...but forget that. The real story is that Continue?
Fecha de lanzamiento: 3 Ene 2014
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“It probably takes a certain kind of player to really appreciate how cerebral it is, but for those who can, it’s astounding. I have never had a game evoke the thoughts and feelings that Jason Oda pulled out of me in my time with Continue?9876543210.”
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You are a dead, failed video game character wandering through the recesses of the Random Access Memory, trying to find peace in the final moments of your existence before being deleted forever...

...but forget that. The real story is that Continue? is an existential metaphor that explores the finite nature of existence and the beauty and tyranny of our desires within it.

From the developer:

For fans of cerebral games such as Gone Home, The Novelist, and Papers Please.

This is one of those love it or hate it experimental art games. Regardless of whether you like it or not, I ensure you that it is like nothing you've ever played before. It's less about action and strategy and more about taking an emotional and philosophical journey that allows the player to explore his or her own sense of mortality. You will be very, very confused along the way, but your interpretation of this confusion is what the game is all about. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who is not looking for something very weird and different. Continue? is for the type of person that appreciates odd, poetic word play, interpretation of the abstract, and existential philosophy.

Some games we play to kill time on a long commute, some we play at home to blow off steam after a hard day’s work, and some games are about escaping into a world more magical than our own. Continue? is meant to be played late at night with some wine or weed, when you're feeling quiet and contemplative.

Everything in Continue? has a deeper meaning behind it. All of the strange places you go to, people you talk to, and scenarios you go through are part of a greater idea that I hope you spend a second or two trying to figure out and interpret...or not. You can also just play the damn thing.

What happens to dead video game characters?

In the garbage dump of the Random Access Memory, you travel from town to town, meeting people who offer you their lightning and their prayer. Lightning clears the way for you to move forward and prayer builds shelters in a distant town where you must frequently hide to avoid being deleted into nothingness by the garbage collector. Along the way, you are thrust into many battle challenges, the outcome of which affects your shelters. There is ultimately, no way to escape the garbage collector, but running from it buys you time to think, wander, contemplate, and hopefully be at peace with the inevitability of your deletion.

Each game randomly assigns you 1 of the 6 characters and 6 of the 11 areas. There is no set order to the stages of the game.

Development

Continue? was inspired by existential road trips into nowhere, Peruvian jungle drugs, and a brush with death while lost in the mountains of New Mexico. It is a quest for wonder, contemplation, and peace.

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Continue?9876543210 was independently developed by Jason Oda in 2013. Past projects of notoriety include The Perfect Strangers game (nothingsgonnastopmenow.com) and Skrillex Quest (skrillexquest.com).

Requisitos del sistema (PC)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space

Requisitos del sistema (MAC)

    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.5
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz RAM
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space

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    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu Linux 10.10
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz RAM
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB of memory
    • Hard Drive: 250 MB available space
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Me he tomado unos días para meditar sobre Continue?9876543210 y el poso que deja tras terminarlo. Suelo escribir nada más finalizar un juego, a menudo todavía embargado por la emoción de la partida (lo que me resta la poca objetividad que pueda tener, todo hay que decirlo). Pero en este caso no lo he hecho así, digámoslo ya, porque como juego Continue? no funciona. Se ve totalmente abocado a depender de su simbología, sus significados, sus interpretaciones. En definitiva, ésta es una experiencia que valorarás en función de las reflexiones con consiga extraer de ti. Por eso me ha parecido prudencial dejar unos días para darle algunas vueltas al asunto.

Pero empecemos por el principio; ¿de qué va Continue?9876543210? El juego nos pone en la piel de un personaje de videojuego que, como tantos otros, como cientos a lo largo de cualquier partida, muere. Tras su muerte queda atrapado en la memoria RAM, que actúa como una especie de limbo hasta que sea borrado por completo. En este lugar nos encontramos con otros personajes en idéntica situación, con la salvedad de que ellos se han resignado a desaparecer. Pero hete aquí que tú decides seguir luchando por tu vida.

La mecánica se divide en, básicamente, dos partes: recorrer los niveles charlando con otros personajes y combatir. La clave de lo primero radica en que algunos de nuestros interlocutores nos irán dando información que luego necesitaremos para responder a las preguntas de otros. Si respondemos bien podremos elegir entre ir abriendo camino para pasar al siguiente nivel o construir un refugio para cuando vengan a borrarnos de la memoria RAM. Y este es el quid de la cuestión: avanzando indiscriminadamente te alcanzarán tarde o temprano, y si sólo optas por refugiarte no avanzas, así que hay que ir encontrando un equilibrio. Uno de los errores del juego, a mi juicio, es que todo lo relativo a las mecánicas se nos explica mediante cuadros de texto antes de empezar a jugar. Este tutorial no sólo te saca totalmente de la partida en un juego en el que la inmersión es clave, sino que dificulta asimilar unos conceptos que se podrían haber explicado mediante diálogos con otros personajes, por poner un ejemplo. Además cuando se explican son conceptos abstractos que el jugador todavía no ha visto (ni verá en un buen rato, pues en el primer nivel no entran en juego) lo que dificulta su aprendizaje y crea una barrera de entrada un tanto desalentadora.

Los diálogos con otros personajes son el eje central del juego. Según Jason Oda son simbólicos, y tu disfrute depende en gran medida de que consigas empatizar con ellos, con ese algo más que se promete hay tras las palabras. Personalmente no lo he conseguido; entiendo que el juego es confuso a propósito pues confusos son los temas que trata, y puede resultar fascinante o enigmático en un principio, pero nueve fases hablando con gente que dice cosas abstractas es demasiado. Sucede que, además, al ver el final entiendes perfectamente el juego y su mensaje y te preguntas si todo eso era necesario. Entiendo que Oda quiso hacer hincapié en el viaje, el camino, pero la drástica importancia que tienen el principio y el final rema en la dirección opuesta a las intenciones del creador. Dejando a un lado el hecho de que estas conversaciones resulten interesantes o aburridas (insisto, es algo inherente a cada jugador), creo que en un juego que refleja una lucha desesperada por arañar segundos al crono pueden llegar a resultar incoherentes: por así decirlo, la lucha del protagonista por sobrevivir no se presta al mismo ritmo que la nuestra por comprender.


Decía que hay nueve niveles. Esto es cierto y no lo es: el orden de aparición de cada escenario es aleatorio en cada partida, y lo normal es que no sobrevivas para ver más de la mitad. Esto significa que ver todo el contenido del juego requiere varias partidas, y lo mismo se puede aplicar a comprenderlo. Sin embargo esto tiene un par de problemas ya que a) puedes ver varias veces el mismo escenario sin haber visto algún otro y b) en la primera partida ya se comprende a dónde se quiere llegar con este mecanismo, haciendo la repetición mucho menos necesaria de lo que seguramente Oda imaginaba y bastante más tediosa.

De todos modos quiero volver a hacer hincapié en que todo lo anteriormente expuesto dependerá mucho más del propio jugador de lo que viene siendo habitual. He leído comentarios de personas que han conectado completamente con el juego, visitando con él lugares inéditos para ellos. Por eso creo que, en el fondo, hay algo que rascar el Continue?, el problema es que obliga a rascar mucho. Y si bien en la parte argumental y conceptual puede haber discrepancias, creo que todo jugador coincidirá en que las partes jugables son mayormente desastrosas. Siento ser tan duro pero es así. Lo mejor sin duda son pequeños guiños que aportan variedad, como una sección a lo Space Invaders. Sin embargo la mayor parte de los combates son enfrentamientos a espada, ya sea en 2D o en 3D. Básicamente vienen enemigos de todas las direcciones y tú les pegas. Sólo hay un movimiento, la estocada, y al ejecutarlo el personaje no puede moverse. Y sobre el movimiento, si ya se percibe mal ajustado al recorrer los escenarios normales, al combatir llega a desesperar lo difícil que es que el personaje se mueva como queremos. Es un combate frustrante pero no por su dificultad sino por su incompetencia. A este mal diseño del control súmale que es monótono y repetitivo como ninguno y desde luego tendrás una mezcla muy poco apetitosa.

Habitualmente nos “mojamos” por juegos que no gustarán a todo el mundo pero en este caso no puedo hacerlo. Sé que hay jugadores que han encontrado esa experiencia trascendental que se nos prometía, pero también que el debate más candente que he encontrado en los foros de Steam es acerca de una supuesta pretenciosidad del juego. No puedo negar que yo también lo he pensado: dadas las promesas y las formas de Continue? sorprende ser capaz de encontrar tan poco fondo. Las mismas reflexiones a las que me condujo las alcanzaron con mucha más fuerza y facilidad obras como The Plan o Proteus y no por ser más concisos o directos, sino por ser más sencillos y menos suntuosos.

Al final la conclusión es que, pese a tener cosas que ofrecer, Continue? crea demasiados impedimentos para que podamos llegar hasta ahí, consiguiendo que, en caso de que lleguemos, lo hagamos demasiado exhaustos como para apreciar sus mayores virtudes. Y esto es así también porque dichas virtudes se ven sepultadas por un cúmulo de defectos, desde una dirección artística más monótona que lo que el tráiler o las escenas de vídeo hacían presagiar, hasta un control desastroso pasando por un desarrollo repetitivo y demasiado confuso. Se nota que el creador de Skrillex Quest tiene talento, pero aquí cuesta demasiado encontrarlo. Recuperando la frase inicial de este párrafo, la conclusión es que Continue?9876543210 tiene cosas que ofrecer, pero pide al jugador mucho más de lo que da a cambio y, al final, la sensación es que el esfuerzo no compensa.
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Continue?9876543210 is a surrealistic adventure game that is somewhat stylized like an old RPG game. Or something like that. Continue is a very strange game; The basic idea is that you play as a video game character who is at the end of his life. The classic, 'Continue?' screen of arcade games of old has passed, and no quarters were inserted. And so, you have 'died', and enter into a realm where all data from a previous game goes to be erased, wiped clean for the world to start anew again for the new player, and New Game option. In this desolate space, data is assimilated into bytes and data, and you having not made your peace yet struggle to survive in a climate made to delete you.

In the game, you start on a level that is representative of some gameplay trope, IE town, field, ruins, etc. There are a variety of NPCs and locked doors. You can talk to the people, who will either try to sell you something, give you a hint of some sort in the level you're currently in, say something about the story of the game, or say some rather useless blabber. NPCs phase in and out of existence, however. There's also monsters that spawn on the level, and wander around. Touching them triggers a battle scene, that transitions to a different scene like an RPG game. However, the battles aren't turn-based, but real-time, and work more similarly to a Zelda game. However, what they exactly are changes per encounter. Some are top-down, some are side-scrolling, some make you defend something, or you just have to fight all-out. Winning battles or doing things around the level usually get you a key, which you can use to unlock one of the various locked structures around the level. Inside the structure you'll either find a shop, something to push the story, some sort of side-quest, or a person who will either build structures or cast lightning.

Now building structures and casting lightning is important. The game has a sort of time limit, both in levels and the overall game. The levels you go to are randomized, and each has differences to each other. However, you have a certain number of 'rounds' that will pass before the whole level is eliminated. If you're in a level when it's eliminated, it's game over and you get a bad ending. There is a time period you have to do stuff in the level, and then the round ends and you face some kind of challenge. This can be like a tricky level, a boss fight, some kind of puzzle, etc. They're random. If you win, you get a big benefit to your cause of survival, but if you lose you miss your chance for some aid. Aid for what? To exit the level, you need to get people you encounter to cast lightning, as casting lightning will destroy some of the blocks randomly blocking one of the several exits out of a level. However, you also need to build structures. After every two levels or so, you'll be in a sort of 'storm' you need to survive, or else its game-over. In the storms, you're in a town that is formed of the buildings you have made people build in the normal stages for you. A storm hits, and the buildings are stricken by lightning. You have to hide in a building and wait for the storm to pass, though if your building is hit and destroyed you have a certain time limit to quickly scamper around the town to another building. If there are no other buildings or you run out of time, it's game-over.

You will always be given a choice of either Lightning or Building Structures. Lightning will clear a path to the next level after a few lightning strikes, while building structures will create buildings to hide in during these 'storm' sections.

Basically the game is all about time management and succeeding in the various challenges that both the monsters, NPCs, and Round End's bring, for doing these allows you to gain chances at either Lightning or Structure Building, to make it past the individual level in time and to build structures for the storms that happen every two levels or so. You'll either like the game or not, it's a bit complicated to understand at first, and won't be fun for everyone.

Also there are side-quests you can do that effect your story. The game has multiple endings, possible level paths, and more... What you do in levels, what level path you take, and the like effects the ending you work towards. The game is kind of made to be played multiple times, as its not very long and you won't go to many of the levels or see the whole game in a single playthrough.

And the game gets weird. The story is told in a very indirect way, and some of the events that can happen are just absolutely bizarre. Honestly the story feels most similar to something that David Lynch might of concocted up if he were to make a video game about video games. Depending on who you are, that might either be a good or bad thing.

The game's oddness is supplemented perfectly by its audio department. The game has a haunting soundtrack, interesting but odd sound design, but it all fits the weird atmosphere of the game perfectly.

And there isn't really much to say. The game is deceptively complicated, but actually rather simple when you get down to it. It strikes me as a huge love it/hate it type of game, and something that'll divide people's opinions on whenever it's good or not.

My stance is that it's interesting. The game itself is okay, but the atmosphere and some of the surreal elements I enjoyed. Of course, if you're less fond of such things, there will probably be less to enjoy in the game for yourself. Basically said, while there is a game here, the game is more about the experience. And depending on who you are, that experience will either be worth taking, or it won't be.

Continue may be worth it if you like experience-based games with a surreal and strange edge that are open to interpretation. If you don't like that, you probably won't like the game. Like the game itself, it all seems so complicated but it's so simple, really.
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More of a $4.99 game, but still very enjoyable.

I've played through it a couple times and found it pretty deep. Reminds me of Skrillix Quest (Which is no suprise considering it was made by the same person).
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It's a bit like watching the movie "Enter the Void".
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This game... Oh, this game... Not worth the money, I think. It looks kind of cool, but it is very confusing. Now, I will say that I haven't played too much, but throughout my play sessions, I could not tell what was going on for the life of me. The game kind of dropped me in without much explanation. Or maybe there was explanation, and I just missed it. And if that's possible in a game, that's probably a bad sign. Explanation and tutorials should be distinguishable so you know what you're doing and how to do it. This game is pretty darn bad.
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