Cipher is a short (15-20 min) side-scrolling platformer that follows the story of a young couple as they mature and grow. With an art style inspired by Baudot Code, uncover the mystery behind the characters' inner thoughts by decoding the levels you traverse and finding collectibles that slowly reveal the truth.

Fun Facts

  • Jared's first independently developed game, and still his personal favorite
  • Initial online playtesters accused the writing of being "so pretentious it made me want to punch you in the face."
  • Final release of the game has been confirmed to cause emotional tears according to at least 1 Internet stranger.
  • Developers: Jared Slawski (Solo Project)

  • Development Period: April 2013 - August 2013

  • Development Tools: GameMaker 8.3 (GML)

Accumulation of brainstorming notes, story re-writes, and to-do lists over the course of 3 months. Many stacks of sticky notes were harmed in the making of this game.

Lacking professional sound equipment necessitated going full "MacGyver" on the sound effects and music.