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You are fresh out of university.

You have no idea what to do with yourself.


About

Northbound is a narrative, atmospheric adventure game set on a roadtrip.

Having just graduated from university, but lacking direction and purpose in life, you think back to the times when life was simpler and everything just seemed easier. So you decide to go on a roadtrip with your childhood friends, to a lake where you spent your summers together in the past. But on the way there, you realize that a lot has changed since you were kids.


Features

  • Colorful, atmospheric handcrafted graphics
  • A highly detailed bus to explore
  • Soundtrack featuring various indie artists
  • An amount of dialogue we've never bothered to count
  • Will last you anywhere between 20 to 45 minutes
  • No objectives to fulfill, so take your time


Background

Development started back in February of 2018 as part of our final thesis at university, where the two of us developed it for five months until we graduated in June.

Since then, it has received pretty positive reactions, encouraging us to start development of an all new version of Northbound.

This is not that new version. In fact, this version, now dubbed 'Long Road Ahead', is pretty much exactly the one we graduated with.

We are uploading it here in order to clear our heads, re-process our development and design processes that led us to this version, and to gather feedback. We hope that all of this will help us with development of the new version of Northbound, so please let us know if you liked it.

If you are interested, please follow us on Twitter for updates on the current state of development.


Links

Twitter: https://twitter.com/PlayNorthbound
Website: https://www.northbound-game.com


Developers

Johannes Köberle: https://twitter.com/KoeberleJ
Arno Justus: https://twitter.com/SuperBalrog

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Northbound_LRA_Win.zip 209 MB
Northbound_LRA_Mac.zip 215 MB

Development log

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Hey creators:)

LOVED the game,it was frickin' amazing!!!I loved every minute of it,somehow you could make it feel like they were all meaningful(and well,I guess they really were).

...And the soundtracks though,I adored them(since my taste is close to this kind of music,especially when I'm in the mood-pretty often...),so thanks again for the game,and the music recommendation too!!<3

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Oyunun atmosferini beğendim. Gerçekten de birbirinden kopmuş olan arkadaşlar gibiydik. Aradaki gerilimi hissedebildim. Güzel bir deneyim oldu.


This game was amazing! I really enjoyed it a lot. I am happy to see that there is a possibility of this being worked on more, because there were some things that occurred in the game, that I need answers too. Trying to keep my comment Spoiler free. I am really looking forward to seeing what else is in stored for the game. I also included the game in my Indie Game Showcase and here is the gameplay highlight from Indie Game Showcase. Looking forward to more from you all in the future.

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Incredible experience, PLAY THIS GAME

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It was amazing! I played it and it was really good. I wish it was a bit longer, but anyways really fun!

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https://www.twitch.tv/videos/426323134I really enjoyed this game, really fun! Play it yourself. Its kinda like a mini telltale game.  I sum up my feelings of the game at the end. So das my review lol. 

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I feel like there is a profound message here. Really liked your game!

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what cyber said, loved the game but really stale at places, still great tho!

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I loved the characters! They felt alive, and fleshed out with their own character. I appriciate the level of detail to gamplay and dialogue, I didn't think tossing the tape out the window would do anything, but it certainly made me feel bad.

My only gripe with the game is that it feels just like a road trip. Feels like there's too many points where nothing happens, just waiting. While waiting for the next scene at one point I wound up waiting for 5 minutes for anything to happen (wasn't in the video, happened just right before I came back from the cut). If that was the intention, well that was accomplished, if not, those should get fixed as it makes things pretty boring and pacing stretch on for what feels like forever after you talk to everyone and mess with everything.

Other than the boring parts, I liked the game! Made a video, hope you enjoy! 

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Played this game real quick one time and didn't get very far and quit because I wasn't in the mood to read lol but I decided to give it another try and I am glad it did. Very interesting game and it ended in another way than I was expecting. Wouldn't mind seeing more!

i threw stuff at everybody as soon as i figures out there was a option to throw

XD

Nice game! Is map generated or you made it by your own?

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This game was truly amazing. The art is beautiful rendered, the music is very tranquil and really sets the atmosphere, and overall the aesthetic is gorgeous and perfectly captures the feeling of a "midlife crisis" (and this is a run-on sentence lol). Kudos to you for being one of the only games to actually make me cry.

Oh wow, thank you so much for playing and for your kind words!
It makes us so happy to hear that you enjoyed it as much as you did and that it meant something to you.
Take care, we wish you all the best! <3

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Really different from other story-driven games, didn't go too far into it but I might play more in the future!

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Cool game! I enjoyed the overall experience. It was nice.

I'm just making an assumption but the game kind of feels like the devs are from the 80's and they recently met in uni/college in some game dev program that they were in. They became close because of their age. They came to the realization that the other people, who are all younger, that they met in their program are just going to be acquaintances. 

The seats needs seat belts!

Thank you! Your assumption is mostly correct, but we're not actually that old, and we didn't meet because of our age specifically ^^
Also, yes, they do need seatbelts, but that car is ridiculously unsafe anyway because its crumple zone is your knees.

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I loved it! it had so much character and drama and I was literally basking in it all.

Thank you so much, your video made us super happy, really glad you enjoyed it! <3

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Hey. Really good game, but I wanted to ask is the text "Borealis sea camera" reference to the borealis in hl2? Thanks!

Hey there. That would be funny, but we've never actually thought about that :D
It's actually just because Polaroid already has "polar" in its name, and because we had the northern lights in some of our artwork for the game, so we thought naming it after aurora borealis would be fitting ^^

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This is a great game showcasing the differences between childhood and adulthood. This is very well thought out game as well. I can definitely see this game coming out on other platforms. 

Here's my channel for other games I have played. http://www.youtube.com/c/Levont

Thanks for playing, and of course for the video and all the great feedback!

Poetic and atmospheric all at once, beautiful game! Was amusing taking pictures of the characters while in the car - and also seeing other cars without a driver. Interested to see the new version you're developing now. You both should stop by our young Discord where we're building a game collective! discord.gg/TvdV9ru

Take care

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I didn't know what to expect going into this, but I really liked it. And I want to the more of this. Enjoyed the atmosphere.

Thanks, that's good to hear, especially since we wanted to subvert expectations a little bit :D

nice but is there a way to NOT start that fight in the foggy section of the game?

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Love the idea and especially the music! But is there any way for me to drive the car? That would put the game on a whole different level!

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Thanks! You can actually drive the car at one point in the game! ^^

Oh that's great thanks for the reply! I Guess I was just a little too impatient, i'll definitely check it out!

i found it kinda funny for some reason

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This is very neat! I like how you can do a lot of things in the van from playing on the game console to eating chips and ramen. Not to mention, the dialogue and the story with Fred, Jens, and Kari. It really surprised me later in the game. Great game! 

Thanks for the great feedback, glad you enjoyed it and we managed to surprise you ^^

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Played this game and absolutely loved the experience. Game really grabbed attention and made you feel what your character felt. Very well done! 

Thanks for the video, and especially for the kind words and great feedback at the end, glad you enjoyed it!

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This is the fun game. I have fun to play this and make a lot jokes. Nice And Fun!

Thanks for the video, we had a lot of fun watching it ^^

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Hi! I really love your game you made! It's so funny how you can throw stuff out the window, even though it's rude XD

Thanks for playing and commenting, glad you liked it ^^

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I really enjoyed. I'm in high school right now and this game perfectly captures my bittersweet feelings about the future and how my friends are going to move on. 

10/10 this game makes me want to plan a road trip and make sure my friends know i love them

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Thanks for your sweet comment! Enjoy school while it lasts, make sure to keep in touch with your friends, let them know you love them, and we wish you all the best!

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Northbound - WORST CALL PRANK EVER

Thanks for the video, always fun to see how people react to our weird made-up radio program. Looking forward to the next video!

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I really really enjoyed playing this game, the details in the van were really nice, the fact that you could interact with every single button and even open up the window was really nice touch.

The story itself was really nice and it brought back some nice memories from the past.

Amazing job so far, can't wait what you come up with next!

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Thanks for the video and your very kind words, glad you enjoyed all the details, we really enjoyed watching it ^^

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Wonderful job with this! I always enjoy these slice of life journey games and you pretty much nailed it. I really appreciated that there were some more dynamic elements, like stopping to talk, getting in the driver's seat, and a sense that I had some control over the way the conversations would go. Very nice touch with the camera. Overall, had fun. Keep up the good work and good luck with any future games!

Thanks for the video, the kind words and the great feedback! Glad you enjoyed it ^^

very confused about what to do

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It was so immersive and beatiful. I think the music picked out and how it was placed was perfect for setting the tone. I noticed the radio wasn't going during the heavier part of the rainfall, and I thought that was a perfect touch. Just the sound of the rain and wipers coupled with a thick tension. I could go on and on about how much I love this game. 

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Thank you so much for playing and commenting, really glad you enjoyed it, it always makes us happy to hear that ^^

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I love your game guys. Will you make more games like this or upgrade this one?

Thank you ^^
We look at this one as a finished game, and it won't be upgraded, apart from maybe a few fixes and quality of life improvements. But we're currently working on a spiritual successor of sorts.

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great games guys really love the story and how it was executed but the only thing was that i felt too slow and that kinda took the touch out of it 

Thank you for the nice feedback! The slow pacing is something a few people have commented on, and while it is what we were going for, the implementation probably isn't ideal and something we need to adress for future games.

yeah cause the story is really interesting but  playing at this pace feels so like waiting for story to move forward and also i as i make gameplays this pace just makes it even harder to well make a gameplay too

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The functioning Gameboy and Camera were really nice touches. And I appreciate that you realized I would be throwing objects at my friends.


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Thanks for the video, really enjoyed watching it, and I laughed out loud at the All star bit :)

I'm having problems with lag. Please add the option to change visual settings so that my potato computer can handle this game. The game looks great though. Just wish I could play it...

Hey there, thanks for the compliment, I also hope that you can play it ^^
There is an option to turn the graphics down, but it's not in-game, only in the window that appears when you start the game, where you also select screen resolution etc. Depending on your settings, you might have to hold down alt/option for this window to appear.
Hope that helps!

Thank you very much for the advice. I will be sure to let you know if I have any more problems.

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After trying what you said, it didn't help much unfortunately. I recommend at least putting in the option to turn off particles or shaders. Thank you for helping. Mad respect mate.

Too bad :(
We'll look into optimizing it a bit more, and I'll notify you once we find a solution. The volumetric lighting is probably a culprit as well.
But thanks for trying, have a good one!

STEAM PLZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ IT SON'T STOP CRASHING

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Hey there, sorry to hear that :/
Are you playing the PC or the Mac version? And what are your system specs?
Also, have you tried turning the graphic settings down?

well im on a pc and my specs are intel(R) core(TM) i7-7500

That should be able to run it, as long as you have a decent dedicated graphics card to go along with it.

I do but it crashes when I am about to get the bag

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just magnificent. can someone suggests me other games similar to this?

Thank you ^^
Some of the games that inspired us were Glitchhikers, Firewatch and all games by turnfollow, to name a few.

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Thanks for sharing, it was a fun experience to play through. The only real improvement I would suggest is to speed up the text crawl significantly - clicking through to get it to display faster was a little bit of a pain.

I really liked the soundtrack/music - you did a fantastic job selecting those.

Thank you, and thanks for the feedback, that's a great idea!
Maybe text speed could be an option, though we don't have an options menu in this version ^^'

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