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A jam submission

Superhero AcademyView game page

Finish your superhero training and fight against the fleet of alien space ships.
Submitted by Fire Totem Games, Kauai Kayote (@KauaiKayote), Spicy Overlord — 7 minutes, 42 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Graphics#624.0224.022
Game Design#703.6003.600
Audio#1173.4443.444
Overall#1873.1963.196
Fun#2173.2003.200
Innovation#5162.4222.422
Theme#5512.4892.489

Ranked from 45 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Submitted(+2)

Beautiful art, it reminds me the artstyle of Klei production, there is a good sens of humor in the dialogues.

I like the fact you can create your character, but the name input since very restrictive, I couldn't validate anything, until my name was very short, why is that?

I played with a game controller, for some reason I had a hard time with the jump, it react a bit late, maybe 0.1 sc after I press the jump axis. I am not very used to have a latence, so I don't know if i'ts because I played into the webbrowser, or if it was made on purpose.. Also, when you release the jump button, it doesn't reach the full jump, you have to keep it pressed. I took me a moment to get used to.

I encounter some bugs in the moving platform room (from the tutorial), my character was stuck in the air, floating on the left direction, I couldnt do anything. And another, the sprite character just disapear from the screen.

Otherwise, the level of polishing is pretty good. Mention + for the sound.

Developer

Thank you very much. If you want to learn how I did the character customizer, I made a tutorial about it https://firetotemgames.itch.io/superhero-academy/devlog/98803/2d-character-customizer-tutorial-unity.

Back to your feedback. Don't ask me why I made the 4 characters minimum restriction for the name. I already had somebody else giving me bad feedback because he couldn't give his character a 3 character name... What some people don't get is the joke that the first name is always not available. The game is lying here and your name is never ever used anyhow :D

I assume that the jump latency is caused by the webbrowser, because I have not implemented any delay. I have implemented some delay for the attacks, or I would call it build-up. That was a dumb idea and I would remove it :D

Ok, I have never seen the two bugs you have encountered. I know that the web version has some weird bugs, the windows version does not have. So, if you want to give the game another try, play the windows version. :D

Submitted(+2)

Really cool game.  

Submitted (1 edit) (+2)

The keyboard controls aren't great, but it's nice that there is controller support. In the web build the jumping repeatingly stops working, so I switched to the windows build. Some names also don't work one moment, but are then fine at other times. The jokes were fun, but I couldn't get past the part pictured below. Perhaps you can also add a sfx when you reach a checkpoint.


Developer

I know that the keyboard controls are not great, but there is not much I can do about it other than asking the player to play with the controller :D 2D Platformers are just meant to be played with a controller.

Yeah, the web build is full of bugs the windows version does not have. I have no idea why Unity is doing this... Trying to fix the bugs from the web version is a shitty task for a game jam, because the compilation takes something like 10 min during which I can do literally nothing. If we continue to work on the game, we will find the time to fix those bugs.

It's sad that you didn't get past this point. The game might be a little on the more difficult side :D You are missing some jokes, theme related dialogues and the punchline at the end.

The sfx for the checkpoint is already on the todo list + a visual indication which checkpoint is active. I might also increase the trigger area for the door so that a player always activates the checkpoint :D

Thank you very much for your feedback. I will definitely play your game this weekend. It looks really cool and people seem to like it a lot.

Submitted(+2)

Played and rated! I really liked your game!

Don't forget to rate my game please: https://itch.io/jam/cgj/rate/476599

Submitted(+1)

I cannot press finish in the character creation menu (in both web and windows build).

Developer (1 edit)

Your name has to be at least 4 characters. Don't ask me why I put this restriction there.

Just add a number to your name. You might get the message that it is not available, add another number and try again :D Your name is not used anywhere in the game. This is one of the lies the game is telling you.

(+2)

rated

Submitted (1 edit) (+2)

i really like the UI , music and game feel so much 

i enjoy playing it.

 i really appreciate that  this game made in 1 week 

i wonder if can be the Space for jump that will be better in my opinion 

and why i can't  name my character Kamelia  👀👀 is that  name make you angry  or feel bad  i really want to know :D

will played

Developer

Thank you very much and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Space would be an option, but the keybind was copied mainly from Hollow Knight. And I think Ori and the blind forest also used Y/Z for jumping. But that game was not really designed for keyboard, but for a gamepad. So if you have one that makes the game even better.

Ok, you didn't get the joke with the name. The theme for this jam is "The game is a liar" and this is one of the times the game lies to you :D Your name does not really matter at all, because it is never used again in the game.

Submitted

yep i get it now ...

after i play it for a while ... i actually i have fun playing it  and i like the way you write the text  conversation

(+3)

oh wow.. this is the game I  want to make.. 

Developer

Thank you for playing it! ;)

Developer(+1)

If you need a tutorial for the character creator, follow me on itch or twitter. I should finish it this weekend.

https://twitter.com/FireTotemGames/status/1169363826887860232

Developer

Character Customizer Tutorial

https://firetotemgames.itch.io/superhero-academy/devlog/98803/2d-character-customizer-tutorial-unity

Submitted(+2)

Really cool game :)

The only problem i had was that i somehow glitched into the floor at one point.

Developer

You glitched into the floor? That's a new bug :D

Where you able to restart the level after the glitch?

Submitted

Well it was early in the game so i just restarted the game :)

But it was when i hit my head against the ceiling. It just let me slowly fall through the floor until my character was gone. 

I took a screenshot after the character disappear:

https://gyazo.com/85917b0727d1d9160cb074aabb385969

Developer

Ok, that is really weird. The only explanation I have for this is that the collider for the tiles were not combined correctly from the compound collider in Unity. I will check that area for stuff like this. Thank you very much.

Submitted(+3)

Rated! I really liked your game! Unique idea!

Don't forget to rate my game please: https://itch.io/jam/cgj/rate/476599

Submitted(+3)

This is unbelievable. How the hell did you manage to do it in a single week? :)

'Unreliable tutorial' - I suppose, many ppl went with this for the theme. :)

The one issue I had is when the character gets damaged, he starts blinking, and that actually makes controlling him rather difficult, because, well, half of the time you can't see him. I'm not sure this is a suitable effect in this case.

Developer

Thank you very much. We were able to pull this off because we took leave and by working like crazy :D I roughly put 100h of work into that game. My two colleagues something similar I would say.

Yeah, the main idea for the game is revealed after the training and we put some other portions in where the game is lying to you. One thing is that your first name is not available, which is complete bullshit because your name is never ever used again in the game :D Not many understood that joke I think :D

The issue you are talking about is something that got added through building the game. In the editor the player is blinking in white and also the enemies when you hit them. I recognized it too late that we had this bug. Sorry that this makes controlling the character worse...

Submitted(+2)

It's incredible to have this level of polish for a week of work. Hollow Knight was one of my favorite games since a long time, but while I can feel it as inspiration, it doesn't feel like Superhero Academy is a copy by any means. I think using more high-tech stuff (such as lasers and electrified stuff) for environment's dangers would fit the setting better than spikes, but this is such a minor thing among many great things in the game (like the tight platforming for example). The music score also fits the game very well and match the visual style perfectly! Great job!

Developer(+1)

you're right about laser and dangerous electrical stuff but unfortunately there was no way to add all these things that I had actually thought of. For example, I also prepared an explosive tile (bomb) that was not integrated. Thanks for playing it anyway and thanks for the positive feedback! :)

Developer(+1)

Yeah, we are also stunned by what we were able to pull off within in this week. A lot of time and work was put into it tho, but it was totally worth it :D

You are the first one that is mentioning the spikes and I have to tell you that our graphics designer was also not happy with how I used them. And I also agree that the spikes are not so nice and some point should use less spikes (level 2 - dash). Unfortunately the time limit prevented us from changing the levels. If we ever continue on this game, there will be much less spikes, maybe even none because they do not really fit in such a futuristic theme.

Submitted(+2)

This was really well made for just a week! I had some of the same thoughts as the other comments below, with the similarities to Hollow Knight and the camera not looking forward. I also got a bug where the game soft-locked after dying, though I'm not too sure what caused it. Awesome work!

Developer

Thanks for the feedback.

Hollow knight was the inspiration for it. At least from the controls perspective.

The soft lock is a web build issue. Super annoying and we found it out too late. The windows version is fine, but I think the rating is done and you won't give it another try :D

Submitted(+1)

Ah! Good to hear! It's hard to fix all the bugs in such a short time. I already got through the game, but I can still update the rating.

Developer(+1)

Thank you very much. Getting bad ratings because of such a stupid bug really annoys me.

Submitted

I don't think bugs should detract much from ratings either, I already gave a pretty good one.

Submitted(+2)

Cute game with a cute art style, could easily see this as a kids show or something. The level of polish the game has for under a week is amazing.  Great job! 

Developer(+1)

Thank you very much, but I'm not planning to make a kids show anytime soon :D haha

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Developer

First of all thank you very much for your lenghty feedback. Really appreciate it. Here is some feedback to your feedback :D

What do you meant with utility in your first comment? The character customization is purely cosmetic and should make the game more interesting for you because you have a character nobody else might have :D Especially with the possibility to give him a name. Btw. the game is lying to you that your first name is not available because your name will never ever be mentioned in the game. I think nobody got that joke :D

Yes, Hollow Knight was my main inspiration. Did I do a good job reconstructing the controls?

Yeah, I did not really tweaked the gravity after I thought it was ok. I got then used to it while designing the levels. Unfortunately, none of our testers mentioned that the gravity was too high, so I didn't change it. But after getting this feedback several times now, I will pay more attention for my next games. Maybe I will make a checklist for my testers so that I get feedback for everything :D

Yeah, I used the cinemachine package from Unity which has a look ahead feature but I could tweak it so that it felt right. I will tweak the shit out of it for the next game :D

Thank you very much for playing the game until the end. Some people were not able to finish it and therefore didn't get the punchline/twist of the game.

Developer(+1)

Btw, if you want to learn how I made the character creator/customizer, give me a follow on twitter or itch or both ;)
I'm making a tutorial for that. https://twitter.com/FireTotemGames/status/1169363826887860232

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Developer(+1)

Character Customizer Tutorial

https://firetotemgames.itch.io/superhero-academy/devlog/98803/2d-character-customizer-tutorial-unity

Submitted(+2)

Wow, it looks like a professional game ! The character controls are excellent, the music accompanies the game well. The fact that you can customize your character is a really nice addition. Everything is very well done :o Good job guys !

Developer(+1)

Thank you. We take it as a big compliment because nobody of us is a professional :D We are all just starting with game development.

Everybody loves the character customization. If you click on follow you will get an update when I make the tutorial for that. In case you want to learn how I did it.

Submitted(+2)

I really enjoyed this game! The level design and narrative  seemed well thought out. The fact that you had a customized character was pretty impressive. Very nice job.

I'd love to hear what you think of my game! 

Developer(+1)

Thank you very much.

Check your comments, I already played it. Comment Nr. 4. ;)

Developer

In case you want to learn how I did the character customizer you should follow me because I will make a tutorial ;) https://twitter.com/FireTotemGames/status/1169363826887860232

Developer

Character Customizer Tutorial

https://firetotemgames.itch.io/superhero-academy/devlog/98803/2d-character-customizer-tutorial-unity

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