In The Bottom of the Well, you play as Alice who has just had an unsettingly life-like dream about the end of the world. She retells her experience to her friend in a huge, branching narrative. Although a single play-through might take as little as 20 minutes, experiencing all the possible paths Alice can take through the ruins of her...
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July 31

New Steam Developer's Page, updates to Beta branch.



Playing through the game will now see Alice's desktop come a little more alive. Chat logs, unlockable pictures, maybe even a secret or two? More is still to come, but this should work as a preview!

https://steamcommunity.com/groups/rednettle

We've also set up a Steam developer group for Red Nettle Studio, where you'll be able to follow any and all new developments. I'm not 100% sure yet what they'll be used for, but they definitely look cool. So come on over and join us there too, if you want.


As always, please post any bugs and other comments on the beta version in the forum:

Beta Bug Reports & Comments
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July 5

[beta] A working desktop (and new chat)



Remember that desktop we see briefly in the beginning of the game, during the intro? What if that desktop was fully functional, with windows that can be opened, mp3-players that you can pick a song on, and notes that persist from playthrough to playthrough? Well...now you can!



The main purpose of the desktop though is to open up a new avenue of storytelling: right now there's not much there (but you might find a secret or two if you poke around already now), but the plan is to expand and improve on the desktop, adding new story hooks and reactions as Alice's 'career' advances.



It will also open up new ways of interacting with the game after the end, although for now the endings remain the same. But that will be one of the next steps we'll take.

FUTURE PLANS:

* Add more story through the desktop: Alice's notes, chat logs, unlockable images etc. This will evolve as Alice does through her many iterations of the story.

* Rework the ending of the game, specifically the "box open" ending.

* Something else? Any thoughts?

Official Bug Reports/Feedback Thread
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About This Game

The Bottom of the Well
A visual novel where Alice steps into a different kind of wonderland.

In The Bottom of the Well, you play as Alice who has just had an unsettingly life-like dream about the end of the world. She retells her experience to her friend in a huge, branching narrative. Although a single play-through might take as little as 20 minutes, experiencing all the possible paths Alice can take through the ruins of her city will take you many hours.

The game is intended to be replayed several times with different permutations of Alice: try playing as a survival-minded lone-wolf, or a social butterfly, or why not attempt the difficult but rewarding romantic route? The stats you select for your Alice in the beginning of the game influences everything from small comments to major choices.

This is an updated, reworked and improved version of my entry to the WAG (Write A Game) Challenge arranged by IGDA's Game Writing SIG, where it placed first in the amateur category. The jury had this to say:

- WINNER: THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL
The Bottom of The Well delivers an entertaining, branched story with interesting options. Alice's dream is genuinely terrifying. The conversations feel natural and appropriate. Players can randomize their character stats, but still negotiate the game with deliberate and meaningful choices. The final game stats give The Bottom of the Well immense replay value. One judge played the game several times to find the "best" ending!

System Requirements

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    • OS: Windows 7, 8, 10
    • Storage: 500 MB available space

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