I chose my Cute Neighbor because he gave me a lot of Calvin and Hobbes books as a kid and that seems like a cute way to bring that full circle.
The Bookshelf Limbo
A downloadable game for Windows
It is your father's birthday, and you want to give him a comic as a present. Enjoy browsing the bookstore.
Just out of curiosity, let us know in the comments which one you picked up in the end :)
Chinese translation by 鬼怒川(Kinugawa)
- Added Chinese language.Apr 13, 2020
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I chose Burnt Bridge Redemption, and I'm a little disappointed in myself. That's the least challenging option, the one that would prompt the smallest amount of conversation and certainly not an argument. I could justify it and say that I chose the one most suited to my dad, but I think I'm just a coward.
My dad isn't really into books so I was confused about what to choose, but then I choose The Golden Derelict. I like the cover designs for the comics, especially the Essays on Empathy one.
My dad loves poetry. He majored in it in college. Alberto all the way baybeee.
Wow! All of your games are really good, you can see how much effort is put into making them work and seem finished! Good job Devs ! :D :D :D :D
I picked 'The Forensic Artist' as nothing else seemed to quite fit what I think he would like. Good writing and feels. I wish some of the in-game reviews weren't so mean/superficial, and I probably would read most or all of the comics on that shelf.
I picked The Forensic Artist 'cause I *think* my dad likes thrillers, but also 'cause everything else would be either too deep for him or too over the top (he's not a very self-reflective man, and he's quick to call something stupid if it seems "too childish").
This was kinda interesting. Never though of getting my dad a graphic novel before, and thinking about what I would think he would like was kinda fun. He doesn't like most of the same stuff I do and so it was kinda difficult, so glad I'm not actually getting him a comic book lol
Brilliant, lolled many times.
I picked Neon Ping-Pong Lovers, not because my dad would like it, but so I could nick it off his shelf.
I like how there just isn't a good choice, and it tallies well with my present-buying experience–you really wanna get something that will be enjoyed and reflects you as a person, and that often seems impossible. Normally this is frustrating, but if all the answers are funny? Well, many lols.
I picked The Forensics Artist because my dad likes crime mystery novels, which I've given him a few in the past. Slightly surprised there weren't any sports comic options. I'm not into sports but I've given my dad some sports books in the past. Thanks for a very unique and cool game that makes you think!
I picked Alberto... I wanted something that seemed more mature. Sometimes when you buy someone a gift you wanna get them something they wouldn't buy for themselves. Also, I would like to read all the comics in this game.
I was between "My Cute Neighbor" and "Lessons About Empathy" in the end. I think I picked the first just because,, it'd be nice to just get my parents something good that they would like. I don't think they need to know the things they've done wrong nor do I think I want to have a conversation about how they need to change. I think I just want to give them something they'd enjoy. This game was wonderful, and I'm glad I played.
I really liked this game! I live far away from my parents now, and I often give them books or games as gifts. My dad's a bookworm, but our tastes are different: he likes immersive stories and will put a book down if it has more than two swear words in it. So as I played, I pictured the character's dad and my dad.
I bought the dad "Burnt Bridge Redemption": the main character had liked it once, so maybe we could talk about it and have a low-stakes conversation, even if the dad thinks it's childish. I thought "My Cute Neighbor" might be too safe and "The Golden Derelict" wasn't safe enough: talk about opening the door to an emotional conversation. Thank you for a wonderful game!
I have hard time imagining myself buying a comic book for my Dad ever, so I didn't project, just tried to pick a book for the character's dad, the character provided quite some insight that isn't all that general. Ended up picking "My cute neighbour" by method of elimination.
Love the art style and music chosen for this as well as how you were able to bring me as the player to such an emotional place in such a short game, with only looking at book covers and the main characters own thoughts- so hats off to you for that. Ultimately I went with My Cute Neighbor. I was drawn to it because my own dad loved comics and made his own for a while, and these comics more so than the other ones would be one up his alley. Coincidentally it turned out that that the character's own dad had read and loved those comics growing up, and in the end I felt like that was a good choice of a gift- to give him something that he loved and brought him joy. I almost went with Alberto, I read you and I feel more free based out of my own desire to share with him an inspiration to connect with pleasure.
You almost made me cry and I appreciate it! Also very curious if anyone picked the comic anthology on queer sex or the neon ping pong lovers- because even though I would probably read those, I'm curious who would pick that and why!
I think this is the blog where we talk about our fathers, it's a good extension of the game.
I love the light interactivity to it as an experience to just drill into that part of your brain.
I've never been that close to him, he doesn't have an interest in most things I find interesting, he's a typical male. Not a reader. He loves me a lot though, I keep associating with him as a kindness to him.
Most of the books seemed interesting to an extent, something I could probably play with, but it all came back to Burnt Bridge Redemption, there isn't any other option.
I need to buy him something, there's no chance of it being something that would deepen our relationship.
Always looking forward to what Deconstructeam can put out there.
Sometimes it feels like a thing is tailored made for a person. My dad passed away several years ago. We used to give each other books as gifts frequently. I'd love going to the bookstore, and he'd buy stuff for me when I was younger (and honestly, when I was older too). He was admittedly a little dissmissive of comics (or manga in my case). But I get all the feels. Thank you.
I chose essays on empathy.
It makes me literally LOL when I see Essays on Smpathy. A genius idea to use a simple, short scene to rise some real questions: what's the purpose to give a gift to our parents? To make them happy? Or want to tell them something? And we preconceive our parents too, just like they preconceive us.
In the end I pick up My Cute Neighbour. It's my father's birthday and I want him to be happy. Essays on Smpathy may be an alternative choice if it is not a birthday XD
I wasn't expecting this to be anything super special. I tend to find around ten games a day to play on a mix of Steam and Itch.io. A good portion of the time they aren't anything special but honesty this was really good. In the end I chose The Forensics Artist as it reminded me of something my own dad would read. Anyways I really liked this keep up the good work!
Along with a few others here, I got drawn to this game on the idea of having to pick a book for my dad to read in real life. And like a few others also, my dad is no longer around.
So this became a theoretical purchase... I mean, it is a game so it would have even been theoretical if I actually did need to buy my dad a book... but it became twice as theoretical! And now I think I may have broken the record for using the word theoretical the most times in one paragraph.
Right, back to some kind of review. This gaming experience made me think about my past, made me remember the times me and my dad used to have, and also gave me a few good laughs along the way thanks to some of the more ridiculous titles and the self-referencing. There were some almost tears too, and some really nice-sounding comics that I wouldn't mind reading in the real world!
So kudos to Deconstructeam for making yet another amazing slice of life experience. If you wanna plop yourself down and peruse some very interesting pieces of literature then I highly recommend you get this game downloaded and have some fun! =D
Very interesting game
Incredible how a simple game about buying a comic book as a gift for father told so much about a character and I could relate to them a lot in some topics... Also, it was funny how I spent a lot of time thinking about what to choose, just like I am in real life when I have to make a choice (especially for gifts).
At the end, I think I put a little of myself in the choice. I chose "My Cute Neighbour". I thought that something that he would be more familiar with, simple and easy to understand would be great for a start and could make him feel warm inside reminding of simpler times. Also, I love cats a lot.
Very real - I spent as much time browsing books as I would in a real bookshop. I picked "Alberto, I read you". Safe, private choice that does no tell much about me. But sometimes a poem in a poetry book connects and stays with you for a long time, and that chance is the actual gift.
I just wish there were ten times more books to browse.
Thank you for this beautiful game- I chose "Essays On Empathy" <3 I also played it on stream & people really liked it + I'm currently uploading that on my YouTube channel. Hope this doesn't sound like self-advertisement- just wanted to let you know :D
Aw, this was a lovely little game. I really like the art, it's very warm.
My dad doesn't read, but I picked up 'Alberto, I read you and I feel more free' because it's a nice reminder of the simple things in life.
Cool game, loved it!
the game was fun and interesting! i chose "essays on empathy" because i think my dad would like that since he'smore into hard books to read and stories.
"Stickers to go with the wrapping?"
>""I miss you."
"...no stickers, thanks."
Honestly, that... Gosh, same. I didn't expect that, but I related to it a lot. The game was fun! I liked that I could doubt my pickings. I didn't expect a book like sexstories, tho. A warning may have been nice? 'xD
By the way, I choose The Garden of your Mind, but was tempted by The Forensics Artist and Burnt Bridge.
I ended up choosing Essay on Empathy, mostly because those stories talk about things I wished a lot of men could understand better. Even though my own father is not the biggest fan of fictional books, this looked like one I could possibly gift him.
I was tempted to choose My Cute Neighbour, because this seemed like a book I would like to receive myself. C'mon, cute comics about cute cats? Count me in! But I can imagine older men would not enjoy this reading as much as I would.
Alberto, I Read You and I Feel More Free reminded me of a few poetry books that I have read and enjoyed a lot, so I would probably buy it for myself or my mother, but definetely not for my father.
I love everything thriller, so I would probably get really excited if someone gifted me The Forensics Artist.
Tapenade seemed like the type of book that I would pick up for myself without thinking twice about it. I really enjoy books about feminism, specially the ones with illustrations made by the author.
Well, I think that's it. Amazing game, as always. I thought this one would take me just a few minutes to complete, but I actually spended more time on it than I had intended to do. Your games always end up sucking me in, and I honestly love it. Thank you for the great experience!
I decided to buy My Cute Neighbour at the end of the visit, recalling that my father is pretty simple-minded and would just weirded out or even wouldn't read my choice of book like Essays on Empathy. It was in close call with The Golden Derelict but damn the reason about that book is just too close too home.
The quotes and reviews in each book collectively tell me which is most likely the favor of the market and it's also rather funny how the reviewer "judge" them. All the underlying thoughts while selecting the book is just... ouch, my heart :'))))
My father is no longer in this world, so I kept my choice to my grandfather first. There were three that I ended up debating with:
- 'Alberto, I Read You And I Feel More Free'
- 'The Golden Derelict'
- 'My Cute Neighbour'
This is what I would still have chosen if my dad was still alive and assuming most other things about me stayed the same if he was still here. I felt that poetry focusing on the familiar sensations of life, but focused in a moment of meditative, reading was the gift I would hope to give. The reasons for the other two are self explanatory.
Y'all did a great job with this one in capturing that felling of indecision in choosing a gift to better bridge a gap in trying to know someone one should know intimately.
Hey could you mark the download file for the itch launcher thank yo
The concept is extremely clever, exploring each book and it's quotes and online reviews was insanely fun. I could've read 10-20 more books and would loved to have done it. For such a simple game mechanically, I can't think of a single Itchio game (including your prior creations) that is this perfect. Seriously, this is an experience I am so thankful you've crafted.
I wish I could convey my thoughts more, just know that your game is loved.
I ended up with 'My Cute Neighbour' as I hoped a dose of nostalgia would make my father happy.
This was lovely. This made me miss going to book stores. I used to go with my mother every time we got paid. We would read some of the books we bought while drinking iced coffee and talking about how we were feeling, but then we grew apart, and I stopped going. I should start going back. As for what books I chose... In order:
- Alberto, I Read You And I Feel More Free
- Pulsar Code
- Neon Ping-Pong Lovers
- Essay on Empathy (Which was funny, because I recognized 'Eternal Home Floristry' on the cover and thought, 'Wait, is this a shout-out or were these games made by the same person?' I checked, and they were! The Bookshop Limbo made me check out your other games.
Everyone's comments here are making me... emotional.
I've just had a row with my father and mother, so that hits close to home. I picked the Popinsky stories, mostly because they're the safest bet, they remind one of their childhood and also because father has been known to like this kind of cozy, safe, slice-of-life stories. I almost went with The Golden Derelict, for obvious reasons, but declined. For myself, though, I'd definitely choose The Forensics Artist.
I liked the Internet reviewers, they're like a whole subplot :-)
I finally choose 'The Forensics Artist' because my father always loved mystery novels but never really had the chance to read many due to near-constant work. I remember that whenever I would finally be able to drag him to the library he would go to the mystery section and just stand there thumbing though the books while I checked out the fantasy novels. I think he actually would've loved this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed every bit of this game, from the atmospheric music, to the visuals, to the splices of comedy thrown here and there- it all was incredible.
Escogí sin pensar, mi padre nunca merecería un regalo mío. Se me hizo muy ajeno poder ver a alguien preocuparse así por un padre, supongo que es un sentimiento que desearía tener.
Muy bonito el juego. No os rindáis
My dad loves me but has actively stopped trying to understand me or be invested in my life. I nearly went with Tapenade since he has an interest in traditional Japanese art, but I chickened out and got My Cute Neighbor as the safe choice of something I know he'll feel warmly towards. I don't know that there's much point in making anything other than the safe choice with him at this point anymore.
I have very complex feelings about my dad, and this did nothing to help. I ended up calling him and we had a 24-minute conversation--about 20 minutes longer than usual. I brought this game up, and he digressed (predictably) into superhero comics, and not sure where it went from there. Also discussed politics, masculinity/femininity, family, military, and some other stuff. This empowered me to continue the conversation beyond the usual small talk. I don't think he has the capacity to really have a lengthy conversation about anything, but this was close enough. Thank you!
Elegí Essays on empathy por conocer los temas que trata y siempre acabo reglando cosas que ya he leído y me han gustado para compartirlos con otras personas. De alguna forma he acabado proyectando en el juego mis gustos y los de mi padre y lo he sentido bastante personal. Además, me ha encantado en cuanto a construcción de personajes que cada elección no solo dice algo sobre los gustos del padre si no también sobre los del protagonista y los conoces a través de los pequeños detalles.
Seguid haciendo lo que hacéis! Keep on keeping on!