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
(597 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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This made me sob violently and I needed it. It's my mother's 50th birthday in 10 days and she died pretty abruptly at 48. I miss her fucking incredibly and had to say goodbye for the last but not the first time halfway around the world over a video call via a shitty wifi connection. I was 29. Her father, who was functionally my dad, had died a year and four days prior—on valentine's day no less! hAHA

I wish I could say those were the only things that make me empathise so fucking deeply with this cosmonaut, with Atlas, with the Sisyphean effort in every After, with the recognition of memories being corrupted by reconsolidation and trying to remember anyway, that quintessential irony in the desperate attempt for connection by their recall. The regret you weren't prepared for because you had no way of fathoming it before. (you thought you were doing enough; but you know, too, that anything more would have been too much, would have interfered with being there in the moment, in those moments. this is just how it is. one cannot perfectly archive one's entire life.)

But they aren't the only, so the compounding of what was already terrible in these two losses by so much else is just... horrific  devastating  what the fuck p much  catastrophic? nah don't wanna maKe It bIgGeR tHaN iT iS    feels bad bro :/

But dusting the leaves. Humming. Caretaking. Hope, or at least the suspension of disbelief, the shelving of cynicism. The promise to love. The promise of love. 

It helps.

I don't know you cecile but I love you for making this game; I hope you're well out there~ tl;dr: 10/10 game + soundtrack, abs fantastic will make u feel things in 30 secs or less

<3

Lovely.

made me cry, it's so well-written and amazing storyline! I love it<3

Good game.

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Well I'm in tears. So...thanks?

This broke me. Thank you.

I have played a lot of your Bitsy games in the last few days and they're all so so good

truly lovely and uniquely affecting, thank you for making this. iinspired to discover more forms for digital art and text based games

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bit rude

dude this is so sick <3

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I remember when this was released the day after my birthday years ago, it was one of the first Itch.io games I had played.
Even now it still manages to make me cry, I can still remember the words off by heart.

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OMG!! No words! Simply the best game I've played on this platform so far!

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this made me cry. everything about it is beautiful. thank you

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Lay Down

Try Not to Cry

Cry a Lot

(no but really, this is the first game of yours I ever played and it holds a special place in my heart)

Fantastic job on this, having made a game in Bitsy I've realised just how much work and planning must have gone into this

I'd love to know how you inserted the music + changed/hid the avatar sprite

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forgot to reply to this...

for music: 
- this tool is good for single tracks: https://kool.tools/bitsy/tools/add-bitsy-audio/
- this tool is good for multiple tracks: https://kool.tools/bitsy/tools/bitsymuse-ui/
- for the "bitsymuse" one you'd want to look at how it works here: https://github.com/seleb/bitsy-hacks/blob/main/dist/bitsymuse.js

for hiding the avatar: i'm pretty sure there's no hack involved here, just made the sprite colour the same as the background, put the avatar "out" of the frame and put a bunch of exits with dialogue around it.

i used to have a download version of the game for folks to look into themselves, i could upload it myself OR you could download the game through the itch desktop app maybe?

this one really hit home. thank you

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 !!!

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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.

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