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The Legendary Lost And The Only One Left Mystical StoneView game page

There is more than you expect at first
Submitted by Marian Madalin (@marianmadalin01), Ady26 — 7 minutes, 14 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Theme#753.7123.712
Innovation#813.4043.404
Overall#1303.3173.317
Fun#1313.3653.365
Graphics#2493.3853.385
Game Design#2623.1543.154
Audio#3002.8852.885

Ranked from 52 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Really cool! Goes pretty well with the theme. The visuals are genuinely nice! A really good game overall, wish you guys all the best! <3

Developer

Thank you and good luck!

Submitted(+1)

Interesant frate!

Considering it's your first game, you managed to implement quite a few stuff and functionality. I liked the background art, sometimes the color combinations (Gary's over-saturated eyes, the colorful menu) are not so easy for the eyes.

Now for some constructive criticism: always make a skip text button! It can get very annoying. Don't take this the wrong way, but I've seen many games making up for the lack of mechanics with looooong texts. Some people like visual novels, but most players want fun/second. And that fun should not be repetitive, it should be gradually increasing in challenge, variety and awesomeness! 

I recognized a lot of romanian word order in your sentences, and a few typos. Watch out for those, or quickly ask one of your fluent english friends to edit your texts.

The player's movement seems slow most of the time (I know it's matching the footsteps animation, good job, but you can speed up the animation inside the animator window). It should be slow in tight places, like that backstage, but out in the open, when the character is small on screen, the speed should be faster.

Sometimes the jump is unresponsive, and that's a major no no, trust me. I'm a patient fellow, and I was forced to quit the game where those balls came at you after 20+ tries, each failing because of the jump not working... Play-test, play-test, and then play-test some more! Give it to friends who know nothing about your game, they will notice these things very soon, and you could fix them before publishing the game.

Why isn't there a mouse in the menu? And why toggle between buttons with W?

All in all, respect for being honest, hardworking people! :) You certainly have vision, though you lack the experience and know-how. Watch ExtraCredits on YT, especially the older episodes (they have a lot), which are pretty useful stuff. I learned a lot from them, things I wouldn't have guessed so easily on my own, by trial & error. I discovered the concept of fun/second from them, and it's probably the no1 aspect which you should focus on before even designing the levels. Always give enough time for brainstorming! I work like Nikola Tesla used to (we're both INTJ personality): plan 70% of the mechanics in my head, and when they fit together properly, I start designing the art, levels, and audio. My 4th game jam (https://greenworks.itch.io/991), which I've won, had a 7 days time-frame, theme was "100", and I though a lot about it, wanted to make something original (always aim for that, because it's easy to interpret the obvious, and people notice it's mediocre, or a cliche, you don't want that to happen, because you'll regret not pushing yourself further...). The idea for that game came to me on the 4th day, and even then, I spent an entire night under the starry night, formulating the mechanics, and made the 3 minute game in ~30 hours. It was friggin short, but it was fun/second, and it scored overall #1, visual #1, audio #1, creativity #3, out of 71 entries.

Games are a beautiful form of art, and a wonderful medium through which we can transmit messages to people's hearts! If you want to make a living out of this, you can! And you'll have to friggin stand out of the millions of other games nowadays. Hope you guys keep making better and better games! Bafta!

Developer(+1)

First of all, thank you for the consistent and honest feedback. So, it's not really the first game we made (it's more like the 6we for me, but for my partner was the second), but it's: the first game I made with someone and that was awesome, the first game that we made for a game jam, the first game where we made ALL the stuff (I didn'd draw so much in my entire life) and maybe the first "story-based" game, even that it's not such a complex and good story in it. It  was a great experience!

Now, we know that, the jump button really sucks. It was our fault that we didn't tested it. We implemented the jump system like 4 hours before the dead line and the last scene was finished 10 minutes before the dead line and we didin't tested it at all. Even that we agreed to include it. We're sorry. We will solve it and publish a more playable version.

Yeah, you remember that it was the first time when we worked together, right? Well, this is the principal reason for the different art styles here and there. Adi likes the more vibrant, saturated colors, but for me the less saturated colors are more pleasant for the viewer. Also, the main menu navigation was the Adi's ideea (even that I wanted a mouse control as well), but I let him do what he wanted. You learn from mistakes. 

[RO] Multumim mult! Bafta si tie si poate impreuna dezvoltam industria asta si la noi.

Submitted

Now that you've mentioned your previous games, I understand why this game is starting to feel like a proper one (your skills & efficiency improve with each new project). Making ALL the assets is an amazing opportunity to create something unique, and that should motivate you. Using existing assets for websites or graphic design was limiting me and I realized later, that's why I started making games.

Working in a team is sooo much better than solo dev! Your 5 stars will always be 5 stars, but both your 5 stars as a team actually deliver 15+ stars, as far as I've seen. Brainstorming before startig the project will help you formulate 70% of the content and mechanics, prioritizing them, so later, if you discover something more is needed, you'll still have time for it, because the priorities are already implemented. Plan & test! Don't just work with whatever comes up along the way and accept it as ok... 

[RO] Cu siguranta vom dezvolta niste jocuri bomba, fiindca noi avem viziune si perseverenta. Insa trebuie sa te upgradezi constant, in industria asta am vazut ca nu poti sta comod in aceleasi ape. Succes in continuare!

Developer(+1)

Honestly,one of the  best review  we've had on the submission page by far.Thanks for sharing some of you knowledge with us and hopefully in my third game i will have learned everything  to not make the same mistakes from this game again.

I am sorry for the english errors in the narrator's dialog but i put a lot of my attention into the functionality of the game,even though i didn't tested everything(sorry for that) and i let Marian write the dialogs and even though i saw the mistakes, were too many and we had like 5  more minutes until the submission window closed,but there is something to learn from and it's a good thing,I wanted to implement a dialog button but Marian already wrote the code for the subtitles and at the time i said to myself that it's a short game and nobody will get bored:)

Thank you again for taking the time and writing such an elaborate opinion,good luck in any future jams, hope you'll win another!

Submitted

You're very welcome! I was glad to see my neighbours are active too hehe. These jams are held for us to learn from eachother! I know how the deadline can make you ignore pretty important stuff, I'm still learning to better organize too, and each time is easier and with more interesting results.

Even with "short" games like these, keep in mind, that some people won't have the patience to forcefully sit through static events. Make it dynamic! Or if you like slow paced stories, better make it a damn good one, which is very captivating!

[RO] Cu mare drag! Ma surprinde placut sa vad ambitia vecinilor. Spor!

Submitted(+1)

Rated! :)

Developer

Thanks

Submitted(+1)

The visuals are very good and the game is really funny! It was very fun to listen to the narrator!

Please play my game https://itch.io/jam/cgj/rate/476520

Developer

Thank you and please rate it as well if you didn't. I'll try yours now

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Ultra serious pro review pt 2. I replayed the game and i discovered that i REALLY hare(hate) puzzle games.. this is a puzzle game right?.. anyway the game fits the jam theme well and the art is op. The narration is funny af and the game is good. End of review.

Developer

Thank you so much for replaying it! I hope that the rating improved after you replayed it :))

Submitted(+1)

It did. A lot.

Developer(+2)

You know how they say:don't judge a book by its cover or a game by its intro.

Thank you very much for the review,god bless

Submitted

Ahhh finally i can cuss on the net for once.. micheal really fucked up this time didnt he. Damn saying fuck felt really nice.. anyway i like how the game is just chill and laid back. Now lets get on with the ultra serious pro review done by me. First of all the title is wayyyy too long, second of all is that einstein or wha? Well i guess you guys didn't have a whole week to finish the game so i'm not gonna go ham on yall for not having any content at all in the game. I mean the game might as well be a long 30 seconds of text across the screen mixed with the ultra funny end screen. Tho the animations are cool. Well hope yall keep this in mind for next time. And sorry for being vulgar. I like using big boy words. Kudos! (i hope theres no some sort of secret gameplay mechanic or something)

Developer

I think that you have been fooled! *cough* after credit scene the game really starts *cough* 

Submitted

ahhh shit.. here we go again.. well guess ill have to replay lmao. Sorry for the very gud review. I did say it was pro at the beginning right?.. hah

Submitted(+1)

Nice game! It really matches the jam theme hehe 😊

Developer

Thank you!

Submitted(+1)

great game but very veryyyyy hard

I quit after the 10th atempt😂

Developer

It's impresive that you tried for 10 times :)). Beside that, I hope that you enjoyed the rest of the game!

Submitted

yeah it was really fun and rage game😁

Check out mine:https://itch.io/jam/cgj/rate/475876

Developer

I'll give it a try today

Submitted

Thanks

Submitted(+1)

You weren't lying that was the hardest level ever  I am not pro gamer enough.

Developer(+1)

Yeah it's too hard tho, and we will fix that after the sumbission period. Thank you for playing!

Submitted(+1)

An interesting and funny little game. Love the music and visual style. For me it would have been better if you voice acted the game. Overall a pretty good jam game. Well done.

Developer(+1)

We really didn't had the time for voice acting. Thank you for playing and I'm glad that you liked it.

Submitted(+1)

Pretty funny and the very hard level was indeed too difficult. Michael is also one lazy bastard...

Developer (1 edit)

Yeah, it's a little too dificult, but somehow some people reached the end so it's possible (we will adjust it btw). And yeah, Michael is a bastard. Thank you for playing!

Submitted(+1)

Interesting concept, I liked the story :) Not sure if I finished the game but I couldn't get past a blue empty screen at the end.

Developer

Hm.. There  should not be any blue screen. Where that happened?

Submitted

At the end of the very hard level, once comets started falling, at some point I had a blue screen for a while, and by moving right side I might have fell in the void or something and I died :p

Developer(+1)

Oh. Thank you for the information. We will check it and hopefully solve the problem.

(+1)

Played and rated! I really liked your game!

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

Developer

Thank you! I'll give it a try as well.

Thank you so much!

Submitted(+1)

Rated! Cool concept and art! I missed a skip dialogue option, but I liked the story.

Developer(+1)

Thank you! We will add a skip feature after the jam period.

Submitted(+1)

Rated - Really cool sprite design and story!  Polish it up after the jam/bug fix~ It is a fun idea, great work!  Please check out my game if you have time.  Good day!

Developer

Thank you, and this is what we have in plan. For sure, the story will continue and it will be more structured. The most bugs are now fixed and a more playable version will be available after the jam period.

(+1)

MICHAEL!!!!

(2 edits) (+1)

It's a funny game, I liked the plot twist. I couldn't finish the last stage becuse the jump was a bit broken and sometimes it didn't do anything when I pressed it and it's a pity because I wanted to know what was about to happen.

Also I would have preferred to have the possibility to skip the dialogue myself, I had to wait to much between one line and the other.

I see a lot of Rick and Morty vibe in the stroy and the humor.

The graphics are nice. The music is nice but sometimes a little over the top and distracting.

It's a different take on the theme and it is really good :) Rated!

Developer

Thank you for the consistent feedback! You didn't really missed anything important at the end, and it's our fault for that jump button. We are planning to continue the story and to make a more enjoyable experience. Also, the skip feature for dialogue will appear for sure after the submission period. Have a nice day, and stay creative! 

Developer

Thank you very much for taking the time to rate our little project,we'll consider every single review to correct our mistakes throughout the game.

Submitted(+1)

The game has  funny narrator texts that is quite humorous haha! The music is nice as well and the gameplay is entertaining.

Developer

Thank you, mate! I'm glad that you liked it!

Submitted(+1)

Story wise and dialogue-wise, I had a good laugh and this was a very nice game. Controls wise.... Im not the first to say it but very unresponsive. I found myself spamming the spacebar during the correct jump timeframe for each rolling ball... The music is weird and kind of random but I sort of enjoy it to be honest. Art does not really cohere together, but individual elements of it are good. Loved the garys room, and found myself wondering if the rejected garys were actual garys designs you guys made. The main menu navigation is kinda broken so you might want to look into that. Otherwise, good job on a very entertaining entry!

Developer

Thank you for the honest feedback! Yeah, it's not the most functional menu, but we wanted to try controling it with the keyboard. 

Submitted(+1)

Poor Michael xD

Love the Garys rooms, the nice storyline and funny narrator texts.

Good job!!

Developer

Thank you! I'm happy to hear that!

Developer

The narrator is a funny man indeed, he made us laugh too while making the game:)

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