A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux


Legends tell of an ancient queen named Soluna, commander of an empire large enough to eclipse the sun. 

She perished and was buried under mysterious circumstances, along with her legacy. Your exhaustive research has lead you to a remote island far out to sea, the journey to which has cost you most of your worldly possessions. But you're certain that beneath the untrodden earth lies the discovery of the millenium...

Soluna's Secret is a first person, puzzle game about delving deep into the decrepit remains of long lost ruins. On your journey, you'll make good use of the Pilgrim's Lantern, an old fashioned artifact whose flame twists and warps the world around you. Will you be the one to uncover Soluna's Secret?

This game was created for the Low Rez Jam 2017 in the Unity game engine, and written in C#.

It's nowhere near as finished as I'd like it to be, but I hope you find what is here enjoyable.

Throughout the course of this project, I kept a (mostly) continuous devlog, which you can find here: https://itch.io/t/129972/solunas-secret#post-246774

It wasn't entirely finished on time, and released as a demo. This demo proved popular, and so the game is now planned as a full freeware release.

You can follow the game's development over on Twitter, or over on the game's devlog found elsewhere on this page!

Please note that XBOX 360 controllers are only partially supported. Status of other control schemes unknown. Controls can be rebound using the in-game launcher.

The default control scheme is as follows:

Keyboard/Mouse

Move Mouse - Look Around

Left Click/E - Interact or Look (Contextual)

Right Click/F - Toggle Lantern (Once Aquired)

Shift - Run

Space - Jump

Escape - Quit


If you happen to find a bug during your time with the game, don't hesitate to let me know.

More information

Published 36 days ago
StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Rating
(1)
AuthorCallum John
GenrePuzzle
TagsAtmospheric, Dark, First-Person, lowresjam2017
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse

Install instructions

Windows

If you're downloading from a web browser, extract the game folder to a suitable location on your computer's hard drive and run the executable file.

Ensure that the 'Soluna's Secret_Data' folder is placed directly next the executable folder before playing, and leave your thoughts in the comments below. 

If you're downloading through the Itch Client software, it should have already done all of this for you.

WebGL/HTML5

At the time of writing, the WebGL/HTML5 version of Soluna's Secret is not available directly from the page.

Download the file, and extract it the game to your hard drive. Then locate the index.html file, right click, and open with a web browser that isn't Google Chrome, such as Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Before playing, ensure the game window is focused by clicking on it or it won't work properly.

Be sure to vote for this game, if you can!*


*Voting opens on the August 18th 2017 and closes on August 24th 2017

Download

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Soluna's Secret (Jam Version) x86 32 Bit Windows (17 MB)
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Soluna's Secret (Jam Version) x86 64 Bit Windows (18 MB)
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Soluna's Secret (Jam Version) WebGL HTML5 (10 MB)

Development log

Comments

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Just a short little taster right now, but I love the concept! Hope you build more into this after the Jam and make a whole game of it =)

I did a vid too, sorry about it being interspersed with my 100 subs thanks vlog!

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Hi, MikeyBlighe!

I also got your comment on GameJolt, but I prefer to reply here because I get to use Itch's client software.

I don't mind my game being shoved on the back of your vlog, actually. Gameplay's a bit too short to fill up one video anyway, and I think your content (from what little I've seen so far) is good enough to make me want to see the whole thing.

Regardless, I'm glad you enjoyed the demo to Soluna's Secret. Be assured that I am working on a follow up, and that there will be more game available some time in the future.

In case you were wondering, the tall, slim objects that kept appearing in the lantern's light were crystals, powering the mechanism that opens the door. Don't feel bad about not figuring that out. Nothing in the game so far tells you this. It's honestly something I slapped together at the last minute, and is on my to-do list to spruce up.

I'm also surprised you brought up the story blurb I put in the description. I was starting to think no-one would. It will probably be fully implemented into the game's final version.

Finally... no.

 Soluna's Secret is not that she had indoor plumbing. Sorry to dissapoint you. Kudos for making me smile.

I liked it! Think it needs some work in some areas, especially the level design. I left a critique, though, if that helps.


Hi GrannyJo.

Your critique does indeed help. I'm glad you liked it.  I do agree that there is a long way to go with this project, but first, a slight rebuttal:

  1. The lantern being on or off doesn't affect anything, only if it's light is touching something or not. I'll need to find some way to clarify this somewhere. Perhaps by having one or more puzzles that specifically require you to get close with the lantern on.
  2. Those 'fizzing' lines are actually z-fighting between meshes. I didn't place them correctly in the demo, and now Unity is unsure which one of the overlapping objects to draw first. In this case, it draws both of them, making it flicker as you move. No excuses here. It's entirely my fault for not measuring in whole units. It's a common mistake.
  3. The diamond thing is a crystal. When all of the crystals appear, the door opens. No-one has figured this out without me telling them, so there are things to clarify here also. They do emit a small glow to let you know where they are, but it's almost invisible. A hint wouldn't go amiss, eh?
  4. Did you double click on the door in the second room? I included an animation and sound effect for it shutting, but it's supposed to be impossible to trigger once it's opening/open. This was supposed to be for future levels, but never got used.
  5. You said it lacks visual feedback. Got it. I'll keep what you said in mind.

Thanks for the let's play! I do hope that you can stick with me while I make this idea a reality...

well i'm waiting for the second part XD

Thanks for the let's play!

While I'm not sure it's personally to my taste, I appreciate the coverage. You made me notice a few dodgy seams in the level design, and I'll get on with fixing those for the post-jam version of the demo right away. 

In the mean time however, the game doesn't seem to be running so hot, does it? At least from the video?

Thing is, I don't know if it's actually my spaghetti code, or just some dodgy rendering on your end, but I'd hate for someone to not be able to run my game smoothly. Would you mind telling me if you actually experienced problems like that? If so, having your PC specs may help in me researching the problem.

Have a nice day.

Hey! The look of this is really cool. Lots of potential, I hope you can span it into something bigger!