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(EDIT: The fuller, better version is out now! Get it here: https://strung-up-starlight.itch.io/the-academy-window-of-opportunity)

-- Overview --

Suckered into joining a controlling safe-compound based in an old academy, Ivy du Froid lives a mildly frustrating, relatively boring life. And then one day, she discovers a potential way out. Follow Ivy as she solves puzzles, fails at comforting people, and attempts to escape an empty existence where everyone's trying to reenact high school in the middle of a minor apocalypse.

-- Instructions --

Pressing the One (#1) Key on your keyboard accesses the menu. From here, you can inspect items or combine them (if prompted), save your progress, control options, and quit the game. In order to exit the menu, press the "Exit Menu" prompt.

-- IMPORTANT: Pressing the One (#1) Key again will not leave the menu. 

-- TIP: If you cannot press it from the number pad, try the main keyboard. This game was developed on a Mac, so number pad commands may be strange.

Move using the arrow keys. Press the shift key to sprint. Press enter to interact with objects or people.

Because this is an adventure/puzzle game, it would benefit you to interact with everything in the environment.

-- Credits --

Plugins courtesy of Yanfly (http://yanfly.moe/), SumRndmDde (http://sumrndm.site/), Himeworks (http://himeworks.com/), Dan Deptula (RTP plugin), Orange Hudell (https://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?threads/orange-overlay.63524/), caethyril (https://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?threads/chase-event-stops-when-approach...), Mr. Trivel (https://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?threads/hide-item-quantities.59568/), orlando (RPG Maker Forums), and Eivind Teig (https://rpgmakermv.co/resources/keyboard-plugin.143/).

Music made possible by Rafael Archangel of Free Music Archive. Go support him here: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Rafael_Archangel/

Title Font is "Pixeled," by OmegaPC777, incorrectly attributed to Skylar Park in-game. Found via DaFont.com. Get it here: https://www.dafont.com/pixeled.font

This game was made using RPG Maker MV and Adobe Photoshop.

-- Additional Message --

(This is only my second game, and it was made for the My First Game Jam in two weeks, so it is far from perfect. I am not entirely satisfied with the writing or the puzzles, but I am happy with what I turned in. If you would like to see a full version with better story ideas and significantly more playtesting time, please leave a comment telling me so. I will update only if there are game breaking glitches, though I may release a Mac version at some point in the future.)

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The Academy.zip 52 MB

Development log

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I ended up getting so immersed in the story. I would love to know more about the backstory, and what happens after the ending of the demo! Looking forward to the full version if you decide to make it! :)

(Hi! Thank you so much for playing through my game! I'm glad you enjoyed the story!)

(I do plan on creating a full version, though I can't give a definitive release date because I'm in a weird period of my life right now. And I'm also stuck between multiple ideas. That said, I do plan on finishing it, and have already made improvements to the menu system.)

(Anyhow, thanks for the kind words!)