Average Joe (Joe Noire)

Press H to show help. + and - to control volume!

This is a game made for Little Awful Jam 2016 . The theme was 'Chill'. It won the "Best Narrative" category.

The Source and a Downloadable version of the game are available On GitHub. Most platforms are supported, the game will require Java to run.


You play Jack, an inhabitant of and dockworker in a big city.

Jack's life is plagued with undiagnosed and untreated anxiety, a very real and debilitating medical condition. Can you help him try to keep it together as he tries to get his life in order? Audio cues are important in this game.


Cursor Keys to control cursor.

Z to Speed up text & change cursor.

X to Click / Select.

C to Relax.

A to Skip entire textbox sequences.

+ and - to control volume


On the title screen, you can warp to different parts of the game with the keys 1 through 4:

1 - Bar Cutscene

2 - Street Investigation

3 - Alleyway

4 - Credits


Code and art is MIT license, hosted at https://github.com/Chromatophore/JoeNoire

Would not be nearly as good without the following 3rd party content:

Please see the GitHub for an exhaustive list of all 3rd party content and the full text of their licenses. It's a broad mix of public domain and creative commons content. Here's a full list as per the Accreditation, and the Jam's rules, for all the 3rd party content - spoiler, it's the fonts, all the music and most of the SFX:


Retro Deco font by Pix3M (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Minimal4 font by Saint11 Public Domain

Success & Failure sounds by GabrielAraujo (CC BY 3.0)

Button sound by fins CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0)

Snowy owl sound by soundmary Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 3.0)

Gunshot by pgi (CC0 1.0)

Twin Bell Alarm Clock by soundrecorder7 (modified to Alarm Short.wav) (CC BY 3.0)

Gun click by Knova (CC BY-NC 3.0)


A lot of music from Kevin Macleod http://incompetech.com/

Comfortable Mystery 4 , Rollin at 5 , Bass Walker , Faster does it , Just As Soon , Backed Vibes (clean) (CC BY 3.0)

2 tracks from, Miodrag Marjanov Quintet's album Circus; Good Old Club Days and Gamblers Blues (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0)

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