Just Ignore Them
April 28th, 2017
What if I told you that monsters were real. The noises in your closet, the shadow under the bed, the TV turning on and off on its own, all real. The monsters are coming for you, but maybe you have another idea? Just what exactly is going on here, what are you involved with? Let’s find out together in Just Ignore Them, a game by Stranga that came out on Steam on April 28th, 2017.
You are Mark, a guy who was always scared of monsters as a kid, and has grown up living mostly on the run. I can’t say too much about the specifics of the story, as that’s what drives this game. I beat it in about two hours, and really that’s not too bad since the game is priced at $3.99. There are at least two different endings you can get too based on your decisions, so again, I don’t want to spoil much of the story, but it’s actually not too bad when you consider its only $3.99.
Gameplay wise, Just Ignore Them is a point and click adventure that requires you to pixel hunt, use items you find, and combine them with various world objects to progress. This is a small title that’s only $4 and made by a small developer, so you need to set your expectation correctly. Some of the mechanics are EXTREMELY limiting and linear, in that you can find the something to use, but you are stuck waiting until you do the “next step” to unlock the item to be able to be used. It’s hard to explain, but it’s basically just a very linear system and that makes it a tad more limiting as a point and click adventure title.
That said, the ability to have at least two different endings adds to the gameplay, as you make various choices that come with consequences and have to really think about how you should proceed. I enjoyed the gameplay, but I also have a small bias for point and click adventure games because I grew up on them as a kid.
Visually, this game is going for a retro pixel-art feel, and really you get exactly that. There’s nothing pretty here to look at, just very basic pixel art that works as intended. The art was all done by this same small development team, so it’s understandable that they couldn’t do too much more, but it would’ve been nice to see a wider palette used in the pixel art to allow for shading, gradients, and just better detail in the art.
Audio wise, the game let me down a tad. There are some parts that are just extremely quiet, with no background track playing throughout the game or in various scenes, so you are kind of left just talking to yourself, or in my case talking to the live chat on my stream. A few areas do have sound tracks or sound effects that play, but the game is just lacking in the audio department overall and I really wish they took more time in this area. The credits showed they pulled various royalty free audio from websites, and I can understand the difficulty in finding something fitting for your game, but this is one thing that really should be covered nowadays, even in a $4 title.
That doesn’t make this a bad game, but I felt maybe adding my own song to the background would have been better than just having the dead air.
Replay ability wise, the game suffers like most point and click adventure games do. Once you know the story, you usually don’t need to play it again. That said, however, I mentioned previously there are at least two endings in the game, so a second play through, especially with the game being only a couple hours long at best, really isn’t too terrible to see both endings. Outside of that however, I don’t think I’ll be going back through it multiple times just for fun as there wasn’t enough content to really pull me in so much that I wanted to experience it again.
Overall, Just Ignore Them is a decent little point and click game with some horror elements added by monsters trying to eat you. It’s $4, and you get a $4 game. That means minimal audio, basic pixel-art, and a fairly linear story line. That said, it really is only $4 and if you are wanting to support an indie dev, experience a fun little story, and play a point and click title, this is worth checking out.
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