Enjoyed this! More please!
First Contact Department
SOUND IS REQUIRED TO PLAY THIS GAME!
Hey rookie! Congratulations on your new job at the First Contact Department: Earth's official welcoming committee™.
First Contact Department is a sci-fi office work sim where your job is to make first contact with aliens and translate their messages.
Made for Portland Indie Game Squad's Summer Slow Jams for June 2023.
The theme was "Idle" and "Mutation". I (mickey) started thinking about "mutation" and eventually started thinking about making a "telephone" variant - something where a spoken message "mutates" as it gets passed along. I've been watching a lot of X-Files lately, so aliens and first contact stuff was on my mind. I didn't incorporate "idle" as much, though I started thinking about the idleness of office environments. I was inspired by the aesthetics of X-Files, They Live, Sorry to Bother You, Do Not Feed the Monkeys and Daria. Gameplay-wise, this game is inspired by Papers Please, Do Not Feed the Monkeys, and The Case of the Golden Idol.
- monogram font by datagoblin
- Static sound by groovyrandomness
- Hand Cursors for Mystery Adventure by René Bühling
- And some screenshots of random paper products
- First Contact Department!Jun 25, 2023
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also found it via Lucas Pope's devlog - if you ever need any music for future projects, I'd love to help!
This is a fantastic jam game. Found it via your comment on Lucas Pope's latest devlog. I would play a longer version of this.
Thanks for taking taking the time to play and leave a comment ❤️ glad you enjoyed it.
I do hope to add more some time, and I already have some ideas : )
They really be out here saying "Wabo! Wumpy Wum! Nabu Da Dum!"
Really though, what a fun and inventive concept. I haven't laughed that much playing a game in awhile! Well done
The only game that made me type "Fresh cross crass criss-cross. Creesh French crunch.". Short and rewarding. Play it!
Cannot wait to play again
Wonderful and interesting game. I recommend it highly