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Game Giveaway of the day — Asanse

Travel through the building and bring back colors to this world.
$5.00 EXPIRED
User rating: 6 (67%) 3 (33%) 9 comments

Asanse was available as a giveaway on September 7, 2022!

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The game reflects the "struggle" between spring and winter.

Asanse is a vertical maze. You must travel around the building using elevators to move between floors. In the world of the game, a large corporation was able to capture all the colors and now this world is gray. The protagonist sneaks into the main building of the corporation to find out what happened and return everything to its place. Travel through the building, which is a large vertical labyrinth, and bring back colors to this world.

System Requirements:

Windows

Publisher:

Ashoot

Homepage:

https://ashoot.itch.io/asanse

File Size:

113 MB

Price:

$5.00

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#1

Asanse:
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In Brief:
Asanse is a 2D vertical maze using the Unity game engine.

You can see a video of game play HERE.
Developers Introduction:
You must travel around the building using elevators to move between floors. In the world of the game, a large corporation was able to capture all the colours and now this world is grey. The protagonist sneaks into the main building of the corporation to find out what happened and return everything to its place. Travel through the building, which is a large vertical labyrinth, and bring back colors to this world.
Edited Introduction accessed HERE by Ashoot, reposted by Whiterabbit 7th September 2022.
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Controls:
Move Left = A or left Arrow
Move Right = D or right arrow
E, enter lift
LMB = fire weapon
Conclusion:
I only progressed to level 4 four where you meet a person called 'unknown', who proceeds to have a conversation with you (called Green.) After the text completed, I was given one lift/elevator to choose but each time I pressed E, I was taken to the same conversation. There's appears no way to skip the conversation, which lasts for about 50 seconds.

According to the developer's description, you bring some colour to the game as you progress up the tower, and the two images at the top of the page would indicate there's more to the game, but at this point I'm unable to proceed any further. After several attempts at trying to move on, I seemed to be stuck in a loop and became bored.

The graphic is hand drawn and initially monochrome. It was still monochrome by the fourth level. where I met unknown apart from a coloured bar above the stylized characters body, that changed colour while the conversation proceeded. At the end of the conversation, my character Green appeared outside a lift that was inaccessible, with only one other lift to access, which took me right back to the unknown character ad nauseum.
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The maze is rather simple and more like a choice of do I take elevator 1 or 2 on any particular floor. Take the wrong one and you end up on a lower floor. After moving upwards three or four floors the level ends with a time to complete in seconds and two buttons, one to proceed to the next level and one to go back a level. Once you've completed the first level, you can start to collect coloured hats, which will only be found if you take the right lifts and move the right way (do you go left or right to the next lift?)
To exit the game, I had to use alt+F4 as there was no way to return to the main menu.

Despite collecting two coloured hats, when I completed the level, it only indicated that I'd collected one hat.

In it's current state, I cannot recommend this maze game.
Notes on Security
I scanned a zipped copy of the installed game using Virus Total and it found zero hits from 61 antimalware engines. You can see the results of the scanHERE
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

Whiterabbit-uk,

The following images show part of the conversation Green had with Unknown, showing the bar changing colour. Despite trying to figure out how to proceed further by pressing various keys and even the coloured bar, I was unable to figure out how to move to a higher level.
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Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)
#3

I have a question regarding the "Author" Ashoot...

This is the second game in a row from Ashoot (there may have been more in the past, but I just didn't look) that seems to take a game that is available for free by another author and offers it here for free, but for $5 if you click on their itch.io page link (at the top of this page). Does Ashoot have permission from the original author (assumption) to offer this game for $5?

Here is the game that was published on itch.io one day before the Ashoot version:

https://iamderlencer.itch.io/asanse

You can see they offer both a Windows and a Linux version for free and they are only 21MB and 33MB for each of the versions, whereas the one from Ashoot seems to be much larger for some reason (113MB). Makes me suspicious that they may be taking someone else's free game and adding stuff to it (perhaps adware?).

Reply   |   Comment by Space  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

Space,

Hi Space, sorry for the late reply. I suspect that Ashoot is using different names so that he can sell the game via one name and give it away via the other, though this is just a suggestion. I've made a note of both pages on itch.io and if I get some spare time, I'm going to query the fact as it is odd. I'll let you know via your email used to post comments what the outcome of that is later (assuming I manage to query it and that they reply).

Ashoot has given away quite a few games here and has a lot of games released on itch.io.


p.s.

I sent an email to Itch.io support querying the two pages with the same game, but with different developer names. Received an email back confirming they received it and said they will get back to me.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+5)

Whiterabbit-uk, I had the same suspicion as Space concerning a game I saw from Ashoot last week, but I didn't follow up on it, in terms of searching to see if the game was somewhere else. I thought it might be from the Caiman games site, but didn't search there.

Space, Whiterabbit determined, and I've verified, that the size difference is related to a file that you can delete without effecting the game. It's 112,300 megs and is a text file titled 20M. It contains code, and is, perhaps a crude way to put legit. functional code into a program. I had thought that it was the base code for Unity, that Ashoot was confused and thought he had to include that or the game wouldn't work, but Whiterabbit has shown that's not the case, the games do work without it. Of course, WR, Game Giveaway, and, presumably, Itch has checked these for malware, but I also just took 1 of those 20M files out of my recycle bin and ran it through Jotti's online malware scan and got no hits. I tried to run it through VirusTotal, but I had a glitch. File hangs on 2 different browsers. I don't think it's related to the file but to the non-standard browsers I have to use while using Windows XP. Jotti only has a 1/4 of the scans that VirusTotal has, but does have some well known names also: Kaspersky, BitDefender, and Avast, among others. I also ran it through my installed copy of Malwarebytes.

It's possible that Ashoot is the developer and iamderlancer is borrowing from Ashoot and removing the unnecessary file, but, as you said, iamderlancer was 1st, so that would bear out your suspicion. Whiterabbit having contacted Itch support is probably the best 1st step to look into this, but I'm fairly confident that Ashoot is not injecting malware, though still seems odd he keeps sticking in this unnecessary file.

As far as him "borrowing" goes, it doesn't really hurt GGOTD if he borrows free games, since he can't charge here either. However, if this "borrowing" turns out to be the case, it isn't, as you correctly imply, ethical or fair to the real developer, and maybe not good for GGOTD's reputation. I thought he was maybe recycling abandonware, but then iamderlancer would have to be doing the same in this case, though there are less ethical problems, since he isn't charging. But, maybe Ashoot's started casting a wider net ;), if he's doing anything questionable at all. Hopefully, Itch can and will clarify and straighten this out. Would hate to lose Itch, even if we have to lose Ashoot.

Reply   |   Comment by watcher13  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

watcher13,

Hi Watcher, the 20M.text file is included in every giveaway we get via Falcoware. I have no idea why it's included. I've done scans on it in the past with no hits, so I just ignore it these days. It at least doubles the size of a lot of the games, but with HDD's and SSD, being much cheaper and far larger than 15 years ago, the size for most community members is insignificant.

Still, it is an oddity and i'd love to know why it's included.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  17 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)
#2

Whiterabbit-uk, thank you for the review on this game I feel the same way myself about how the game operates. I give every game a fair try however at times I end up finding myself lost and un-interested and quit the game a half hour later.

It's also been very hot in California recently with temps reaching over 100F so I've been trying to beat the heat as well.

Reply   |   Comment by sailorbear510 aka Jason  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+12)

sailorbear510 aka Jason,

Hi J, did you manage to get past the guy with the rainbow top hat? (See the four images above) I tried several times, but each time I had to sit through the same speech, with no way to proceed. That said, the two images posted by Admin would say otherwise as I never saw the colourful jar?

There's also no save as far as I could tell, so every time I closed the game down, I had to start from the beginning. The only thing this helped with was getting better times to complete each level.

I hope you don't melt.

Thankfully our record-breaking temperatures here in the UK are a month past now (though I'm sure I remember temperatures from when I was a kid over the summer months in the sixties and early 70's.
It's still excellent weather for September, but you can definitely tell Autumn is on its way.

Reply   |   Comment by Whiterabbit-uk  –  19 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+7)

Best wishes you survive the rolling blackouts, *if* they occur sailorbear510 aka Jason. And hoping you survive what's predicted to be a grim winter in the UK Whiterabbit. What shocked me about your heat wave was farmers feeling they had to switch crops, e.g., orchards switching from apple varieties they'd grown for hundreds of years.

We've been lucky this summer in the US Midwest, at least where I live, with temps very rarely getting into the 90s, but this month we're still around 10-15 degrees hotter than was normal in the 60s & 70s.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  18 days ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)
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