A downloadable wind jewel

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Breathe in, then breathe out. An explosion of light and heat leaves rich ashen loam in its wake, and then all of a sudden a hundred little shoots poke out of the soil and we feel the sigh of the world all around, the sound of life unfurling across years, decades, centuries even, wet and bright and spangled with color. Inhale, then exhale. Then it all withers away, then it's all burnt to cinders and ash and dust, then it's gone forever. But it's okay, because even death is followed by life, and life always ends in death, and that's terrifying exhilarating horrible awful awesome because even the winter heralds spring. 

Ashes is a game about life and death. You play as the wind, rain and the sun as you tend to a forest and fill it with new, strange life. Name each flower that blooms, every bird that sings, every wild thing and blade of grass, watch it all die as the wildfire dances, then help it grow old all over again. It's a game about the importance of life in the face of death, and the value of death in the cycle of life. It's a game about little wildflowers and old trees and songbirds and fieldmice, the fire that burns it all away, and the ashes that cradle new life.


Ashes was written for the #GreatSpringGameJam2021 hosted by Firith Studio and Goodgis. It is a tabletop minigame meant for 1-2 players.

Inspiration was taken from the work of John Conway, the game of Go, and the hand people have always had in tending to wild places. 

StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(8)
Authorval&tine
TagsAtmospheric, Colorful, Forest, meditative, solo, Tabletop

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Community Copies

If you are interested in playing but don't have the budget for it, claim a community copy for free, or shoot me a DM here or on Twitter! Every copy of the game purchased at or above the set price also donates a community copy, as well as directly helps out an artist. 

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(+1)

so happy to see this jazzy lil game out in the world! ^^

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<3 thank you for all your help!!!

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Unfortunately, I am poor so I can only get the community copy sorry :(

That’s no problem at all! I hope you enjoy 💖 

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What a delightful little game you've made, I'm so glad I was able to buy it! 

Thank you for spending the time to make this, and thank you for putting it up on itch. You do good work, and I hope you can keep making the things you want to make :)

Thank you so much!! I really appreciate your kind words, and I'm very happy you enjoyed it! <3 <3 <3

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it's a game jam, why is it for $3 or any amount at all. 

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Hey! The $3 price is for the work I put into writing and designing this game. There are several community copies still available if you'd like to pick up the game, thanks!