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GAME: Dream of the Blood Moon by cubehero GAME: Dream of the Blood Moon by cubehero
I couldn't really find an appropriate category to submit this here :(

THIS IS NOT A PICTURE BUT RATHER AN ENTIRE PLAYABLE GAME
(Well, technically this a picture, but it isn't the main point)


The game is available at [link]

A short video of it is available at [link]


This is my first full game and I made it almost completely by myself! It's also the first time I've worked on a 3D game, using the Unreal Development Kit.
Some of the textures and models were taken from the UDK, and the sounds are all from freesound.org, though I remixed some of them.

Regarding the game itself: This is a single player first person horror game inspired by the likes of Slender and the SCP series of games. It's set in a nightmare landscape and tells a short story.
You will probably need some patience to be able to play this as part of the game is being lost in unfamiliar surroundings and finding out puzzle solutions.
Please have sound turned on while playing, it is actually necessary to complete the game!

I've learned a lot during the making of this game and worked hard to make it the best it can be with the possibilities I had.
Please leave me some feedback here or with the feedback form on the game website if you play it, that would make me very happy!

The game has been tested quite thoroughly, but I can't guarantee it's completely free of bugs of course.
Being a solo project, it's not very optimised and will sadly not run well on older systems.
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Plantsvsme Featured By Owner May 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude! AWESOME!!

I wanna check out the game
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cubehero Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
Nothing should be stopping you!
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Plantsvsme Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
well, except for my paranoia 
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cubehero Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Well, that might be a problem! :iconsuprisecryplz:
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Plantsvsme Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes. It will be.
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
Best of luck!
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Lekiokane Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
You are the creator of Dream of the Blood Moon? Damn, you really did a good job! Since I saw Markiplier play it on the net, I wanted to give it a chance too, so I downloaded as soon as I could! And I was pleased to see it was a really amazing horror game! 

I was "stupid" enough to play it at night, with no one around (I'm easily frightened but I love horror games) but I enjoyed it. 

Pros: the graphics and the sounds are astounding, even without a background music or some sort, the fact that the enviroment gets darker and darker through the losses is a nice touch.
The story of the poor girl hanged at the tree is completely understandable, even without dialogues or scripts.
The horror facts such as the Lady Ghost (or Slendergirl/Slenderwoman as people call her) chasing you after she sees the player, or the unexpected facts (like stepping on a field near the statue of the Death Reaper and then it suddenly kills you, or the underground labyrinth) are really well made. 

Contros: I think many have told you that the fog, the unclear paths or the entire environment being too large are the things that many people can't like because they get lost everytime, and before catching the tears they get killed by the Lady Ghost. But I think that those things are necessary, I mean, if you get lost in a foggy place with a ghost chasing you, wouldn't you be scared? It wouldn't be a horror game without some frightening details ;) 

Last comment, I really enjoyed the "paradox" of the girl being a double spirit: I mean, on one end she's the main antagonist that wants to kill you, on the other she's still a good spirit because, even though she only appears at the beginning of the game, she wants to be saved by you. 
...too bad I couldn't help her, 'cause I only got 4 tears and then Lady Ghost killed me. 


You did an awesome job! *thumbs up* !!! 
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cubehero Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014
Oh, that's nice! I loved his video of it and have been following him since seeing that!

I'm glad you liked my game and the points you listed!
I've seen the same "cons" listed a lot of times, and I agree. I think there should have been more to see in some areas of the game! At the same time, I found it hard to balance the feeling of being lost (which I think is important for the horror aspect) and an environment with too little going on. If I ever make a similar game again at some point, I hope I can do better in that regard.

It's good to hear you liked that "paradox"! I've seen some split opinions on that point :D

Thanks again!
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Mariangela28 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2013
This is a heck of a game, and wonderful art as well. I found it after watching Markiplier on YouTube freak himself out after being caught by the vengeful ghost. There is one criticism I have, and maybe I'm just not following the vibe of Slender like gameplay. The whole searching thing is a bit off without a clear view of any path, though that adds to the gameplay so it's kind of a solved "issue", though the game has no real direction aside from find the tears. I ended up in a house, with the vengeful ghost roaming the halls and I assume trying to catch me. I did find the hint at one of the hall ends, but I had no clue what it meant. So maybe a bit more of a clear direction would have been nice.

Criticism aside, I cannot deny that this game is freaking awesome. Great environment, nice job with the first person view to add to the creepiness and allowing the player to get into the game. This would be great with a Occlus Rift. I also adore the art, the beauty and sadness that is conveyed without spoken words. You did an excellent job with this project. No glitches/bugs so far, but if something does happen I'll be sure to tell ya about it.

Also, a few questions. After you find a tear or two, do you lose them all if you get caught by the vengeful ghost? Also, I noticed a few stone water basins around the area. I assume this has something to do with the tears, but if it's spoilers then you don't need to say.

Again, awesome game. Look forward to playing it every once and a while.
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cubehero Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013
I wanted to try getting by without any out-of-world mission statements or too much direction. However I do see many people miss the clues there are, and I couldn't add some more that I might have liked to add.
You're right that being lost was supposed to be part of the game, but I think there could have been a bit more interesting stuff going on in between landmarks. Then again, I find it hard to balance the feel of loneliness that's integral to horror games with that.

I'm glad you like the art so much! I considered trying to port the game to Oculus Rift, but I doubt I would manage to do it correctly. Thank you for your praise!

You never lose tears during a playthrough, only when the game ends, naturally. It's good you noticed those!

I hope you'll have fun playing the game!
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SkitzOpheliac Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
WOAH WAIT.. so YOU were the one who created Dream of the Blood moon game?
DUDE. I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS GAME! Although I did manage to finish it..
So, the emaciated lady that chases you was the red-haired girl right? QuQ
I so love encountering the monster, but I needed to avoid her to finish the game. x'D
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cubehero Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013
Wow, that's an unexpected message. :P I've seen your LoL fan arts for a while now and never would have guessed you know and like my game!

I didn't see many people finishing it, did you like the ending?

It's funny you actually like encountering her. xD And yeah, she's supposed to be the evil/vengeful side of the red-haired girl's spirit!
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SkitzOpheliac Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've actually discovered the game when I saw Pewdiepie& Cry play it.. more likely, I was drawn to Cry's playthrough and downloaded the game as well.

I like the ending. ;u; As I can recall, after collecting all those teardrops did the girl finally found peace? QuQ

This may sound awkward or something but I'm fascinated with emaciated monsters(Slenderman included here) I loved her evil form and the early moments where I've failed a few times, I just got startled when she was stalking you in your bed. QvQ
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cubehero Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
Ah yes, YouTube Let's Players picking it up definitely helped draw attention to it a lot! The server it was downloaded from at the time crashed when the biggest German LP YouTuber played it. :ohnoes:
(Thankfully that was before the even bigger ones like PewDiePie played it)

Yeah, and there was a small credits sequence with her bowing with a glorious 3 frame animation! I need to learn animating better in 2D some time D:.

Ah, the second "death" seems to get a lot of funny reactions from people, but I wasn't / am not happy with the "final death" sequence at all. If the game hadn't been spread already I might have tried to re-do that.
I guess that explains why you love Fiddle so much! :nod:
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SkitzOpheliac Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
True, but it's not mostly them who we should be thanking, its mostly game-creators like you who have drawn attention. I've even heard about Blood Moon before Pewds or Cry started playing it. Same with Slender. xD

I saw that scene. XD But don't worry, you will improve. :):pat:

I didn't notice that. I just thought maybe at first death "oh everything's fine.. just a bad dream.." but when the second death appeared, gave me quite a startling expression like "oh no.. she really is stalking me. MUST.NOT.DIE.AGAIN." xD I still enjoyed the game to be honest. :)
Haha, yeah.. Fiddles is actually my main champ. x'D Dunno, the dude's really fun to play with. :D
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cubehero Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
Ah, that's cool!

Yeah, I guess, but it's hard making all of these things, 3d, 2d, coding, level design, scripting, story (though the game didn't really have very much). Ughh, I feel like I want to start working on another game but it's sooo much work. D:

Sounds good, that's exactly the feeling the second "death" and third life are supposed to give. :D

I used to like him a lot back a long while ago, now I still like him, but don't play him that often anymore!
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DannyLynn-Adams Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013   Traditional Artist
You my friend have made Cry piss himself, and Pewdiepie run screaming not wanting to wish for hugs from what some people call the ghost 'slender woman' xD congratz, you did something right.

I wish people would honor this ghost even more and make an MMD of her, she looks AMAZING. And infact, she somewhat reminds me of my halloween costume from 2 years ago. Here's a pic of her...spooky coincidence neh? xD

i827.photobucket.com/albums/zz…

(The outfit was inspired by the mask itself..with abit of grudge too. And the legend of the cursed doll AnnaBelle, hence the doll like outfit. xP)

But thanks to you, I might go as your ghost to a convention; long creepy hands and all! =D
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
Thank you very much!

What's an MMD? I tried looking and I guess you mean MikuMikuDance, but in the end I still wasn't really sure.
That costume is pretty spooky, and the mask does indeed remind me, even though I don't really know the Grudge (besides the trailer and such) or the legend of the cursed doll AnnaBelle.

That would be very cool, I would love to see pictures of that really much!
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DannyLynn-Adams Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   Traditional Artist
I shall do my best to please you with the costume! (Those fingers are soo hard to replicate..but I'm trying! xP)
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
That's already really cool! Will you be making some progress pictures?
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DannyLynn-Adams Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013   Traditional Artist
Sadly I cant..I dont have a photo phone that I can upload pics to the internet. BUT when I run into my friend at the halloween parade. I'm going to have her take some pictures of me for ya.

I'm crafting the hands out of cardboard tubing, wrapped with tinfoil, papermache, then spraypainting them white, taping them to some garden gloves, then painting those white, then doing the fingers over with some blood effect cause from what I see there is blood on the ghosts hands. xP
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013
Oh, I hope you do get some pictures, would be really cool!

And that sounds good, some parts of her hands are indeed bloody.

www.cubehero.de/wp-content/upl…
Not sure if you know this image, it was my first concept of her. The appearance in game differs a bit though, but I guess you probably have some screenshots of her already?
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DannyLynn-Adams Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013   Traditional Artist
Ah yes I have seen that, I have an outfit that will work for that. And no worries, I wont fail you xP i'm working on the hands and deciding where to find a good wig if my other one is too tangled. nn
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013
Oh cool, looking forward to seeing the completed costume!
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InflexedUnity Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Stupid question: Is this Oculus Rift Supported?  I can't Imagine how fun it would be to play it with that feature!
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013
Not a stupid question, but sadly it's not supported! I would have to rebuild the game on the Oculus Rift UDK Version, not sure if that would work... D:
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InflexedUnity Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Its fine ^^.  I just wondered how someone sets up a O.R Support o.o?
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013
In the case of UDK, there is a special version of the editor for Oculus Rift support. I think it's the same for Unity as well!
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InflexedUnity Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Mhm! And soon they will be releasing the new HD Version of the Rift ^^.
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cubehero Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013
Yeah, the version we have is hard to use because of the resolution and divided screens. I'd like to check out the actual release some time!
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InflexedUnity Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
^^ As the same
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Midu1995 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
nice
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
Thanks!
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Fimbulknight Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Didn't finish the game, cause of serious paranoia (shouldn't have played at night with 7.1 Headset T_T), but I have to say, that you did a really great job there^^
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Well, even though it's my own game, the setup you used would probably get me, too. :P
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ViceN53 Featured By Owner May 31, 2013
The back story is kinda sad. I wonder what this woman did to upset the people.
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Hmm, there is some information on that in the other comments here. :D
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner May 29, 2013  Student Writer
Oh jesus, I played this...and I thought the monster was the friggin plague doctor! xD scared the shit out of me I was like: WOULD YOU STOP FOLLOWING ME INTO OTHER GAMES YOU DAMN DICK!
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013
Hmm, I don't really know a lot about the Plague Doctor (apart from a Google search I just did and some other images I'd seen). 
You're not the only person who saw a similarity though, since there was a YouTube video of my game that was named something with Plague Doctor in it! :P
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TrueOkamiAmaterasu Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2013  Student Writer
well from the side, the face looks like a pointed beak so that's what made me think that for a moment, lol
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Yeah, I agree it does!
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Destinys-Embrace1 Featured By Owner May 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You created this game??

My God, do you know how amazing this game is? It inspires me a lot! Well done for making it, I really loved playing it! :D
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cubehero Featured By Owner May 21, 2013
Thank you, it means a lot to hear that it inspired you!
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Edo-Edi-Essum Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist
Game was awesome, hard to finish, but awesome :D
I get most of the story, but what exactly were her six regrets? Did she regret doing the things in the little art clips that show after picking up each tear, or is there a deeper meaning I'm missing? :p

Really good job on it by the way, do you plan on making any other games or was this just a one-off thing you did?
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cubehero Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Thanks! It seems it turned out a bit harder than was intended - I found difficulty to be very hard to tweak in a game like this!
Hmm, the regrets are definitely supposed to be more than just those things shown in the clip. Those are just supposed to be brief glimpses
of what generally went wrong for her.

Thanks again, I did already make a few more games, although none as large scale as this one. [link] is one example, a few others are also in my gallery here. (I should probably start putting GAME into the deviation name or something...)
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Edo-Edi-Essum Featured By Owner May 15, 2013  Hobbyist
Yeah, I can imagine it would be since there isn't very much you can alter to change difficulty - unless you changed the number of times she could catch you in-dream before she ends up inside your room. Overall I'd say it was pretty well balanced though, after a few tries I finally managed it~

I was actually thinking when I first saw the game and it's cover art that she actually WAS a witch, and for some reason or another a group (of mages or witches? I wasn't sure at the time) bound her to the trunk/roots of Yggdrasil, the tree of life. Until I started seeing the relation between the 'evil' side of her and her good side, I thought the evil one was perhaps the evil witch escaping from the tree because of the blood moon and the good one was another witch who had shed six tears to keep her bound; but the tears had somehow been removed from their pedestals and as a result the evil one was going to go free when the blood moon reached full height.

Of course, listening to your explanations in the comments (and actually finishing the game) the truth of it all makes more sense than what I thought originally, but I thought I'd share what my first thoughts of the game were~
I think I'll keep puzzling over exactly what her regrets were, but the whole thing is outstanding ;)

Ah! I never even noticed that those were games when I was browsing through your gallery, putting [game] in the title would definitely be a good idea x3
I'd love to see more of your work, I especially love ones like this where there is a touch of symbolism/magic to the story~

Your art style from browsing your gallery is really nice, it all looks awesome by the way :)
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cubehero Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
Indeed, there were not too many variables I could tweak, and added randomness made it even harder to balance difficulty.

I find your musings really interesting too, one of the reasons I left everything a bit vague
(in addition to the constraints of being one person making a 3d game)
is that I love these interpretations! Yours is a totally valid and really different one, too, very cool!

I went through my gallery and edited the titles of all of my game uploads,
I have no idea why that didn't occur to me earlier or from the start... :P

Thank you, I hope to make more! Games and "just" artworks, both.
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Edo-Edi-Essum Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist
I could see that as being one of the major downfalls in designing any game, managing to balance elements while not making the game completely unbeatable or a pushover~ xD

Yeah, I'd imagine one of the best parts about leaving things vague is seeing how people see your work :P I prefer it sometimes, being able to write my own story as I play :3

Haha, a slight oversight there XD I'll definitely play the game you linked to once I get myself some time, if this piece is any testament to your skill in developing plot then I'm sure I'll love it :p

No problem! Can't wait to see more of your work! ^.=.^
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cubehero Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2013
Yeah, difficulty balancing is definitely something that strikes me as very hard to do. Especially if you're on a small project, and/or working alone.

I think leaving room for imagination is pretty important, however I guess as with difficulty it's also a balance that's maybe hard to find.

Thank you! I hope I have more to show, soon.
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