UNDER A STAR CALLED SUN

馃懇鈥嶐煔 馃審 馃専

a sci-fi bitsy game about grieving, holding on to fading memories, and carrying the world on your shoulders, made for LIMINAL magazine's GLITCH series, released in June 2020 as part of the Emerging Writers' Festival.

use wasd or arrow keys to move and interact
content warning: allusions to grief, death
click on the title screen at the beginning if it鈥檚 unresponsive at first

soundtrack: Elegy For A Cosmonaut, made in beepbox.co

馃挮 馃洶  馃寣 

for Ruslan

StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(556 total ratings)
Authorcecile richard
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withBitsy
Tagsartgame, Atmospheric, Bitsy, glitch, Minimalist, Narrative, Sci-fi, Space, Walking simulator
Average sessionA few minutes
LanguagesEnglish
InputsKeyboard

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I appreciated this short story told visually. The end was doubly poignant, hit a lot of feels I've felt.

I've always skipped over this one for like... months? Decided to give it a go and now I lament that I took so long to play it. Very beautiful.

Another masterpiece. Congrats. You had my tears on this one.

This made my cry bro, damn. Art.

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fuck man i cried

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is there a transcription of the poem? i'd like to get it inked on me.

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under a star called sun

i wake up

The sun gently caresses my face

and for a second

i believe im back on earth

i make myself some coffee

and you鈥檇 laugh if i said

it never tastes as good as the

ones you get

from the cafes back home

i would turn back and go home

but

the trajectory of this ship is

unchanging

i check on the plants

in the greenhouse

i check for bugs

i check the moisture of the soil

i check the dust on the leaves

And when no one鈥檚 around

i hum to them

in a normal message

i鈥檇 be saying shit like

how鈥檚 it going

what鈥檚 new

so when are you finally gonna move to melbourne

im so excited to see you again

oh atlas

holds up the firmament

and endures

one day at a time

i remember when i first

heard the news

i woke up,

earlier than usual

and i get a message from our friend

and my phone freezes

and one could attribute this to

planned obsolescence

but maybe, maybe, maybe...

you know, there鈥檚 a room

on this ship

(i wont tell you how it works)

i can replay the moment

i last saw you

over and over and over and over

it was late morning on a 

perfectly ordinary august day

we were meeting up for brunch 

at a cafe close to mine

a line up of friends 

i only see occasionally

i think you ordered 

a fancy sandwich

or maybe just a salad

then we sat in the park and

talked for a while

you had to get going 

meeting another friend

you stepped on the 19 tram 

to north coburg and smiled

framed between 

the pneumatic doors

beautiful under 

the fluorescent light

you said see you next time

was it sunny or cloudy that day?

what did you order?

what did we talk about?

what did your voice sound like?

what was the expression on your 

face when we said goodbye?

the memory gets corrupted with 

each new iteration of it

like a wave washing over 

writings on sand

over and over

like a cassette tape played

over and over

like a jpeg saved over and over

you know what i鈥檓 talking about

you鈥檇 laugh about this 

comparison too

the deep fried meme of memory

i think it鈥檚 funny too

but one day the memory 

will be so distorted

that i won鈥檛 get to see you 

anymore 

i wish i had made

more of an effort to remember

i wish i had taken more photos

when a perfectly ordinary day

turns into

a perfectly extraordinary day

who do you blame for

misfiling a memory

in the file cabinets

of your brain?

The trajectory of this ship

is unchanging

and if nothing else

i must cherish the approximate

oh atlas

holds up our poisoned world

and endures

once more

(whispering)

and im writing this

and i know im a visual person

and it鈥檚 not like

you鈥檒l write back

from the far edges

of outer space

but one day i鈥檒l get there

and i鈥檒l hug you

and i鈥檒l say i missed you

and i鈥檒l say i love you

until then

i check on the plants

in the greenhouse

i check for bugs

i check the moisture of the soil

i check the dust on the leaves

And when no one鈥檚 around

i hum to them

SEND MESSAGE?

>YES

NO

thank you !!!

uh, which lines would you want to get tattooed lol? im not sure if im ok with it

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these

" i would turn back and go home

but

the trajectory of this ship is

unchanging "

i also would not use anything if you did not approve it ^

I love this game and I going back to this one from time to time, it's so powerful and beautiful. Thanks a lot. 

I love this game. I supported it instantly. Just curious if there is plans for a download version to be released. I would love to make sure I will always have access to this masterpiece

i guess you could download it through the itch desktop app? i used to have a download of the html file available, can't remember why i took it offline though

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oh cecile your games devastate me every time and i love you for it

Sometimes these games are like little packages of just raw emotion and every time I play one I'm just asking to be punched in the heart (and tear glands) lol

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I cried for a lot of your work it's just so touching to me

me too man

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SO EMOTIONAL I KNOW 馃槶

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I cried so hard from this little poem thing

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CECILE

That hits hard. Damn. Well done

i'm not lying when i say that this almost makes me cry, this is beatiful

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almost?! i gotta try harder

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please don't you're going to break my emotional stability if you do 

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 馃槇

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i forgot you're starting your evil era... 馃槶

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wow, what a cohesive little package. great work!

(how did you make it pan like that??)

I love it. Thank you

Amazing jewel ! Thank you

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i swear to god each bitsy gets more and more beautiful and amazing

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absolutely beautiful

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amazing!

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The scene in which he is revisiting his memories and eventually they fade away is powerful and relatable. The scene where he looks out the window and sees the vastness of the galaxy makes you feel like a spec of dust and lonely. 

The ending made me appreciate the moments I have with loved ones on ordinary days.  

Beautiful

Wow! I really love it. Short and emotionally dense. Amazing.

that was really, really good.

really really excellent. The art and audio and writing comes together extremely well.

This was beautiful

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Thank you, it was amazing, made me cry. I didn't read the description and it caught me off guard. I guess it's been many years and it's time for my atlas and my spaceship to move on as well.

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Looking back on the last day you spent with someone, especially when you didn't know it was going to be the last, is so strange and melancholy. The new hindsight that alllows you to notice foreshadowing or dramatic irony. Or just the feeling of regret you have to live with now. This was an absolutely beautiful game, and it made me feel a lot of things. Thanks for making it.

Yeah, the things we wish we'd said and done, and now the opportunity is gone forever, or at least until next life. It's a strange feeling I think is unique enough to have its own name, but I don't want it to have one.

If there isn't one in English, I'm sure French or German has one. They've got a word for everything. Haha

Haha true. Not sure if it's a blessing or a curse!

lovely piece of art right here

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I want to cry, but i can't. I am sad and happy. It is so simple and yet so powerful. I have to hug my partner now. Ufff

Absolutely beautiful. Nicely done.

Incredible beautiful

I came across this little game in my news feed today. It's a beautiful tribute 馃槩馃檪 Well done.

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Beautiful, Outstanding, Amazing. I love it. It is very poetic. I really want to think about what I've got now.

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i played this today and it was really love, such a poem of a game and this is such a lovely piece of art you did awesome with this

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Damn this hit close to home. Having a similar experience, but with more mixed emotions. Amaizingly well done!

(PS Great soundtrack!)

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beautiful

Cute short game experience. Thanks for it. Unfortunately, I don't know why, I wasn't able to hear any music.

refreshing does the trick with music i think? but most people dont have this problem so i really cant help you. i did upload the music here if you wanna listen to it: https://soundcloud.com/haraiva/elegy-for-a-cosmonaut

I tried but doesn't work. Don't worry, I enjoyed it anyways! I'll listen the music via sondcloud :D

i was talking about this with some peers but are you maybe using the itch desktop app to play games? apparently audio on web games are broken on there.

Sorry, I've just seen the message. 

Yes, I do use the desktop app. I'll teake a look on the game using the web. Thanks for the advise <3

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Lost a dear friend last year. I'm terrified I'll soon forget the sound of her voice.

Just played this, and it's incredible. Gave me chills while playing. Thanks for sharing this.

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