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A jam entry

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Only what kills you makes you stronger.
Submitted by pfail with 15 minutes, 35 seconds before the deadline

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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw score
Appeal#13.6673.667
Overall#23.3333.333
Core Value#33.3333.333
Polish#53.0003.000

Ranked from 3 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Jam Judge(+1)

So this is a game I really really WANT to like. Iโ€™m intrigued by the concept, itโ€™s probably the most interesting game to me conceptually. Unfortunately, I canโ€™t seem to get anywhere with it. I die so fast that I never get to try upgrading anything, and after several times, I accept defeat.

One bug I did notice was sometimes the camera doesnโ€™t zoom back down from the stat screen after you select to return. That led to some unfortunate deaths, as I was unable to see anything.

Still, I definitely want to emphasize, this is absolutely a concept I would pay money for if it was a bit more polished.

Developer

Thanks so much for this feedback. I'm still on the fence as to whether or not I should keep working on this or move to another project, so it's great to hear some encouragement. 

An earlier prototype of the game actually gave you upgrade points every time you died, and they'd ramp up depending on how much damage you delivered before death. I thought it made the game too easy, though, so I put a small wall before your first upgrade point. Basically it's been hard to find the right balance, so I totally understand it may need more work.

As for the bug, that's really interesting! I've played this countless times now, and have never seen that one. Were you on Mac or Windows? 

In any case, thanks again for this. Gave me lots to think about.

Jam Judge(+1)

I was on Windows. I'll see if I can replicate it again, but as I recall I think it came up when I started trying to push the movement buttons after dying, before the screen reset to its normal position. It seemed like that locked the camera where it was.

Jam Judge

Lovely graphics, interesting game. I included it in my compilation video of all of the games in this jam, if youโ€™d like to take a look. :)

Developer

Gameplay Video:

Original game jam submission:

https://itch.io/jam/new-jam-city/rate/160634