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Currently in development.

Stage Fright is a single player rhythm and horror game where you take the role of a piano prodigy who is overwhelmed by musical performance anxiety. Tonight's the night where you realize the dream of every concert pianist, as long as you keep your nerve...

The game is Guitar-Hero-style, mixing the fast-space speed/skill aspects of rhythm games with the slow atmospheric tension of horror games. However, the better you do, the more horror elements you will get! Jump scares, unsettling visual elements, and even UI breakdowns are in store as the the game itself tries to prevent you from succeeding. And just who is this ghost girl that keeps showing up at your performances?


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Team:

Brian Kang @broangames - Programming, Project Management, Game Design

Mauricio Juliano @mauriciodsg - Game Design, UX Design, Sound Design

Elizabeth Dantzler @eekthemenace - Art, Character Design

Larry Shen - Music, Sound Effects

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Stage Fright v0.78 (Windows) 159 MB
Stage Fright v0.78 (Mac) 127 MB

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I love the concept, and I'm excited that someone's willing to make something like this. However, I've played games like these (minus the horror part) for years now, and I have some comments to make on that aspect of the game.

The slow speed at which the notes go down the screen is a good base setting, but it can be hard to tell (especially when playing on both fields of play at once) when each note will be hit at a more precise measure. I feel that these things can be fixed with one of two options (although I personally would suggest both);

You can 1) Allow people to change the rate at which the notes go down (as I've found that as I played this game more, I've slowly began to find how slow it is difficult to play- very notably so with the more complex rhythms- and giving the ability to make the speed faster (and maybe even a little slower, I don't know) might make it more natural to play so people can focus on the aesthetics rather than trying to figure out which note goes where in real time. Although, to be fair, this is more of a general suggestion than anything else.

And 2) make the ticks on the sides of each of the rows of columns A) maybe a little more visible but mostly B) coordinate each side of them. At the moment they're off sync with each other, making one or both out of sync with the song itself. Although I can see why A might not be something you would want to add, I feel fixing B) could be a big help in letting players more smoothly play the game... so that they can get more scared. It's a win-win!

Another thing I've noticed is the alignment of each of the columns. Namely, that they're angled differently from each other. I don't think this would be much of a problem if they weren't angled away from each other - which also seems to be (in a way that hurts in terms of consistency) different in other stages/circumstances. Giving it a dynamic angle makes it look nicer, but maybe angle it differently...

Similarly, one of the frustrations I've had with this game is how far apart each row of columns is. But that's fine, it does well with fitting to how you can't see both of your hands so well when they're on different areas of the piano anyways. That was just something I'm mentioning on the side....... although maybe they could be a little closer together... or have the notes not come on the screen from horizontally opposite ends of the screen.

I really like this concept and I hope it does well, so keep up the good work(and sorry for the long comment)!

No worries for the long comment, thanks for the feedback! I'll respond to your list one by one.

1. We have no plans to allow players to change the note speed, as that's tied directly to the music playing and depends on its tempo. I think your other suggestions kind of tie into the problem you suggest (that it's hard to read the note timings), and we've been looking at ways to solve that issue.

2. Agreed on the ticks, we will make them coordinated and more visible.

3. After a year of testing we're unfortunately going to keep the columns the same. They're angled that way precisely because it makes the game more difficult, and gives an easy way to differentiate between our game and other rhythm games while also matching the background art.

Still, thanks for the feedback!

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I REALLY like this game. I cannot wait to see what it becomes. I think it is unique and a cool concept. I am definatley awaiting a full release. Keep it up!

Thanks so much for your kind words! We'll have an announcement regarding release pretty soon :)

Awesome! Glad to hear it!

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Hi! Just wanted to drop in and say that this was one of the coolest things that I've experienced in a while. Also just wanted to ask how development is coming along.

Thanks!

Thanks so much for your support! 

This past year has been crazy, and all of the team hasn't had as much time to work on the game as we would like. But we're still grinding away, and hope to have it out by December this year. I'll update this page as soon as we have more to show!

What is the name of these songs for audition and solo concert?

All the music is original - they were made for the game, so don't have names. I'll ask the sound guy!

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Really awesome concept and great execution. Nice job.

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Thanks! It will be better in a few months for release :P

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EXCELLENT indie horror title. I really never comment on these and instead, let my video reviews do the talking for me, but goddamn, I had a lot of fun with this one. I'm very excited to see the full version (if there will be one) and what else you'll develop in the future! Kudos!

If anyone would like to watch my Let's Play as well, here it is. The bass response got a little f*cked up, but that was my editing software, not the game itself:

Thanks for the Let's Play and kind words! We did just get Greenlit on Steam a few days ago, and a full version is planned for later this spring, which will be released there.

Well, I would to play and review the full version as well when it comes out. So I'll be sure to keep you appraised on that.

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While I mostly play horror games and leave the rhythm well alone, I was intrigued by this game. I've recorded a video for my YouTube channel though at time of writing this comment it's still rendering. However I found this game wonderfully unique and brilliant.

If you're interested in testing, I played the game for my channel on my Windows gaming rig which, with 32GB RAM, Intel i5-3470, GTX 970 and running off an SSD you can expect it ran flawlessy on its maximum graphics settings. I also have a iMac 7,1 (20" mid 2007 model) which I use to render my videos with. After reading other comments I tried the Mac version as well. I have upgraded the iMac's RAM to 4GB and its HDD to 2TB (still a mechanical HDD, not SSD) and for the most part it also ran smoothly, Averaging around 20fps at the iMac's standard 1,680 x 1,050 display during normal gameplay but when the visuals kicked in showing the horror part, and the girl flashing on screen, I noticed a marked drop in fps to around 10fps. So for those with an older machine of around 2007 or earlier I'd recommend the "Good" quality settings or lower for smooth gameplay.

I haven't tested it on an older desktop PC mind you as I don't have one, but I also tested this on my Acer Aspire E51 laptop which also only has an Intel Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM and Intel HD graphics, but even at maximum quality it runs very smoothly all the way through. So I gotta say yes this is a very good game to play even on older machines.

If you want to see my playthrough (be aware I'm crap at rhythm games) it'll take the Mac around 10 hours to render with another 3 hours to upload, so I will be releasing it on Monday 4pm PST/7pm EST as part of my scheduled release time for videos.

Just got back from traveling, so I wasn't able to see this before, but thanks so much for the feedback and info! Also enjoyed your YouTube video for the game.

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Hi, further update. Since last playing I've upgrade the iMac from an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0Ghz to an Intel Extreme Core 2 Duo 2.8 (model X7900 to be exact) which is the fastest, most modern CPU the iMac 7,1 can support, and I ran you game again on max settings. Flawless. No fps dip even during the horror glitches later in songs. So I feel the game is more CPU intensive than GPU.


Just thought to let you know if in case in future updates you want to put in system requirements. :)

MG

Great info once again! I'll be sure to include the system requirements once we launch. Thanks so much!

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I'm usually not into horror games at all, but I love rhythm games and am enjoying this one very much. But there's a bug I have in the windows version. Those bars that the notes slide down don't appear. It makes it difficult to differentiate the black notes and I have to play entirely by ear since the hit bar at the bottom isn't there either. Is this a bug in the file itself or just something wrong with my computer or version?

Hm, I've never seen that bug before, sorry it's there!

I'll release an update to the game either tonight or tomorrow morning, and if the bug still happens afterward then send me your specs and I'll try to work it out.

Just uploaded a new update, let me know if you still have that issue!

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Went through it again and still don't see it. Have a feeling I know the problem though. I'm running an older computer so it's specs aren't as up to the times as others. Tested the game on another, better, computer in the house and it worked just fine, so it's definitely my computer.

Here are the specs on it. If you can't do anything, don't worry. The computer I'm on is a temporary one anyway. I'm getting a new one in a little under a month and have others in the house I'm sure I could borrow if I get impatient. Besides, the rest of the game works and I still love it.

Running on Windows 7

Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E4500 @ 2.20GHz 2.20GHz

RAM: 3.00 GB

System Type: 32-bit Operating System

Ah, glad it's working for you somewhere at least! Thanks for the tip, I'll see what I can do about running the game on old computers.

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Hello, the mac version comes as a folder with no way of launching the game. I tried to run the "Stagefright_v.06" inside [Stage Fright Mac Build/Contents/MacOS] But it told me that there were no programs that could open it.

Ah, sorry about that! I'll have a new build up in a couple of days.

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Awesome, thank you! Looking forward to playing the game.

Just updated it, Mac version should be playable!

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Thanks! I really enjoyed playing, it's a great game so far.
I noticed a bug where it doesn't let you get 100% on the Rehearsal. And at times, the notes are so close together and the "hit" box is so large, it feels like the song is playing itself. It'd be cool if there were special notes that had a shorter hit box so they could be placed closer together without removing the immersion, but that's just my two cents. With the exception of those two nitpicks, the game plays very well. Awesome work, hope to see a full version in the future!

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if you can, please make a version for linux?

Ah, it would be hard for me to test a Linux port! No promises, but I'll try to include it in the next big update.

thank you :D I currently don't have a laptop or computer with windows or Mac, and cannot afford to buy one, so if you made a port for Linux, I'd be able to play! and this look so cool and fun to play from what I've seen! thanks, also, for taking time to read and reply to my comment

No worries!

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I made an accont just to comment that I abselutely love this.

Thanks so much for the love!