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Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk

Developer: Nikita Kryukov Publisher: Missing Calm
26 August 2020
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The player helps a girl get milk from a store.
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A really short but nonetheless impactful experience on living with trauma, anxiety, depression, and trying your best to power through it. O!
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A simple, short and to-the-point VN (20 minutes worth), but a worthy experience at that - with the core backbone being the surreal and highly distorted pixel artstyle, with it all being seeped in a reddish-pink, done in order to portray a world warped by debilitating mental illness. The odd dialogue, off-kilter bleeps 'n' bloops of music and the simple mundanity of the story that comprise this VN only serve as extra hints at what this girl may be suffering with, but it never explicitly states what. We see that getting milk is one daunting task for this girl, but not exactly why.

The actual visual novel options are rather obvious as an approach, and this game in retrospect looks like a demo/proof-of-concept for the "Milk Outside..." sequel - but this doesn't at all take away from what is a short, well executed and well presented depiction of mental illness.
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Jackrb 2023-03-06T22:11:34Z
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Milk Inside a Bag of Milk Inside a Bag of Milk. The repetition of the tongue twister title sets a disorienting precedent for this unnerving experience. On paper, the game is a simple task of directing a young woman on what should be an effortless quest to procure a bag of milk from her local market. However, the execution of this task is fraught with complications due to the young woman suffering from a debilitating mental illness. We, the player, are privy to the extent of her illness by seeing her world through her warped perspective, which strongly resembles the anxiety-inducing, blood-red tone of the Giygas battle from Earthbound. The few beings she comes across on her mission are crudely designed and barely enunciate anything close to human speech. The disconnect to reality presented here signifies how severe the girl’s illness is. Then again, any setting in which one can purchase milk in a bag is inherently bizarre as is, but that’s the extent to which an unreliable narrator can pervert one’s own perceptions.

The course of the game is conducted like a visual novel. Selecting a small variety of responses progresses the girl through the task. In contrast, a chain of negative responses results in the girl’s mental status caving in on her and prematurely ending the game. The player is either the girl’s consciousness or fourth-wall-breaking guardian angel who should have the girl’s best interests in mind if they want to see the full extent of the game. Maybe this is because I’m not familiar with the visual novel genre, but I wish the game provided multiple outcomes depending on the player’s responses. Unless you’re an insensitive clod, it's obvious which responses will garner a positive reaction. My internal gamer wanted the process of choosing a response to be like a minefield, and perhaps a different outcome could’ve commenced instead of treating some responses as failures.

Milk Inside’s biggest appeal is definitely the presentation. The hauntingly surreal atmosphere and tone is an effective visual means to convey the experience of cognitive dissonance of someone afflicted with a mental disorder. Some may argue that artistic choices verge on embellishing the struggle that forsakes realism. However, in the time of Covid-19 when this game was released, is it that far-fetched to believe that the girl in Milk Inside couldn’t mirror someone from the real world? I certainly felt like conversing with people was akin to them reciting binary code to me after my forced fourteen-month asocial hibernation period. The game succeeds in one aspect, but the sparseness of the gameplay and story leave me somewhat empty. Milk Inside is a short mood piece, and at least that mood will resonate with the player.
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One milk please
A 16 minutes short visual novel that manages to make a very moving portrayal of how impairing mental disease can be on an individual, even if its just the act of buying milk from a store. The anxiety envolved, its meta commentaries, even the monochromish art style all contribute to make it a memorable short playthrough.

But if this one impresses, than the sequel improved on its monumentally
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such a powerful impact in a very short length, i can't say anything more because i may spoil the game. play it its short and wont take a lot of time
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this game makes me sad. but the message behind it is very strong though i dont relate much to it
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  • elyc 2023-07-10 21:52:42.729194+00
    A lot more to the bone and simpler than the 2021 version. Love it so much.
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  • Wyddor 2023-08-22 18:34:25.046472+00
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  • znamkult 2023-08-31 14:51:06.772485+00
    beat this 100% in 15 mins. i love gaming
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  • Drizoen 2024-02-17 02:56:12.286343+00
    currently free on the devs Itchio profile. Reason: The devs birthday. Good til Wednesday at some point
    https://itch.io/s/116600/happy-birthday-to-me
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  • GeniusStupidity 2024-02-25 07:03:02.323763+00
    Wow, that was heartbreaking in just 10 minutes.
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