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A jam submission

Gravity WellView game page

Spaceship shooter where you catch enemy bullets to throw back or use as a wrecking ball
Submitted by Mystical_Pidgeon — 47 minutes, 32 seconds before the deadline

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CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Design#864.0814.081

Ranked from 37 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Submitted(+1)

Really fun game!

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Super fun! It even has a learning curve. I love how good the physics are

Submitted(+1)

Okay, this... this might actually be one of my favourite games in this jam. I genuinely think it's a perfect prototype for an amazing game. And I just have one very simple defense as to why:

 The ammount of possible strategies you can make with so little elements is astounding. It really, truly is. Because the mechanic is so intuitive and effortlessly manageable, with, let's say... Oh! 

Let's say there's a simple enemy shooting at me. Here's everything I can do with that that I can think of, wtih the possibility of there being much more: I can A) Simply reflect every shot straight up with the well, B) gather the shots around indefinetly so that I have an infinite battering ram, never killing him C) gather the shots around and swing it at him as soon as I can, D) Gather enough shots to mount an ACTUAL WALL OF SHOTS that are standing still, protecting myself from any subsequent flier that tries to pass through that, D) Gather enough shots, go far away, and snipe him, E) Gather enough shots the repel them in a shotgun pattern...

That's ONE enemy of ONE Type. 

It's simple, yes. It's super crude, yes. But you know what? Against all odds, that also adds to the experience and speaks to just how much the idea shines through any presentation or additional design (IE how health and score works, which is not exactly 100% part of the core gameplay loop). Which is also my one and only complaint about this game: It does only one thing. Amazingly, almost perfectly, but yeah, only one.

And that's all you can ask of a jam game. Amazing work, really.

Submitted(+1)

Really good game, the graphics could have used a bit more polish, and the game play gets a bit repetitive once you figure out how to swing your collective mass of missiles and rocks around, which felt more like a space sword battle more than anything, but over all really nice game!  

Submitted(+1)

Really nice gamefeel! The movement was smooth, and while it was a bit hard to control the gravity well with keyboard, it wasn't terrible and I could definitely see it working better with an actual gamepad. Felt like some kind of awesome space-telekinesis user. :D To improve it, I think I'd suggest focusing a bit on making it aesthetically consistent and thematic (right now the polygons somewhat conflict with the gravity well and other effects).

Overall, really nice job!

Submitted(+1)

SO SICK! The game felt really good to play. I had a blast slinging asteroids around, blasting back huge masses of bullets, and blowing up ships with missiles. The core game play was super solid, and I loved all the extra bits like screen shake and particles that made it feel even better. I think it's a little to easy, as your gravity well is quite large, and there's no reason not to have it on constantly. Other then that though, I really enjoyed it! Very nice job!

Submitted(+1)

Incredible!  A very well executed take on bullet gravity fields.  Well-polished, fun, fast-paced, and feels amazing.  Excellent!

Submitted(+1)

Super cool concept that is mechanically executed so well. Everything feels so smooth. Unfortunately, it doesn't feel like it's super well utilized. It feels like it needs some more scenarios that really make great use of the mechanic.  Also, it feels like the mechanic needs some restrictions like a resource pool that needs to be recharged. As it stands, you feel practically invincible. 

Developer(+1)

Thanks, and I agree. I want to add more level/enemy variety and a mechanic to limit the gravity well. I'm currently thinking a slider that moves back and forth depending on the type of gravity you are actively using, and if you max it in either direction that type is disabled or weakened for a time.

Submitted

Sounds like a great idea! Good luck!

(+1)

Great game; would recommend if you continue with it to look into more complex level designs and fixed size waves as a form of progression to enhance replayability. Controls are super smooth, and very fun; no glitchiness at all despite the fact that you're dealing with complex physics; really well done.

Developer

thanks, I definitely agree that it needs real progression. 1 infinite wave was the easiest thing to get up and running while I focused on the more important gameplay and feel. I'm thinking structured waves with some more enemy and projectile variety will help a lot

Submitted(+1)

The game feels great and the BGM and sound effects are on point. even though the graphics are not the best , they give you the necessary information.

Great job.

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

The game feel is on point. It feels fun to play the game.

This game works great as a toy.

The graphics, even though are simple, provide the necessary information for the player to understand what is happening in the game.

However, simplicity has the downside of not attracting many player among all those 1k games. It might hurt the number of votes you are getting :(

But man... what a game experience those people a missing :)

Developer

Thanks man, I totally get what you mean. Sadly as a solo project I have little time for art D:

Please share it around if you really liked it though, I'll try to update it soon with better game play and graphics if I can get an artist on board :)

Submitted(+1)

Pretty great concept and execution going on here. It's kinda fun to just gather up bullets and smack your enemies with them. I would say it would help to push the difficulty. It's much easier to dodge stuff when you can just grab it with your gravity well, so making there be more to dodge or restricting the well somehow would help a lot. Still, as is, it's a fun and solid game jam game. Good job!

(+1)

Very cool concept, I reckon that this type of game would work well on consoles.

I found it a little easy, maybe you could make the gravity well a little less strong so it doesn't trap every object, and they only redirected / don't stay in the well when you move it around. I found the best way to beat enemies was to catch a bunch of stuff in the well then put the well on top of the enemies.

Possibility even have a limit on how long you can use the gravity well.

In any case, good job

Submitted(+1)

This game feels so good to play! Especially swinging stuff into enemies and firing bullets back at them like Neo. I'd love to see a more fully fledged version of this, perhaps with some more enemy types and stuff, but even as it is it's just really fun to play. 

Developer

definitely gonna keep it updated with new enemies and mechanic adjustments :)

Submitted(+1)

good idea with potential!

Submitted(+1)

wow this is most fun game I've seen from the jam so far!! it feels so good with a controller

Developer

Thank you so much :D it was a lot of fun making it, I'm looking forward to updating it in the future too

Submitted(+1)

Cool concept. Definitely needs to be played with a controller.

Developer

Thank you :D I was mostly play testing with a controller, in future I'll try to add mouse support

Submitted(+1)

Took some getting used to playing on a keyboard, agreed a console controller would make this a lot simpler, after figuring out how the gravity well works, the green one is far superior to the red, since there's no lock on how often you can hold it down it's a lot of fun making a wrecking ball of bullets, health packs, and asteroids. That is, until you need that health pack surrounded in dangerous live ammo. I was almost disappointed the gravity didn't work on enemies until I saw it was affecting their bullets, that was a gamechanger for sure.

Developer

I was mostly play testing with a controller, I think if I have time later I'll modify it to allow you to use the mouse to control the well. Also thinking through a few ways to limit the gravity well without breaking the game (maybe a slider that goes up and down based on using regular/reverse gravity, if you max it out either way that type of gravity becomes weaker or disabled and you have to use the other)

Submitted(+1)

This game is just great. Enough said.

Developer

Thank you :D

(+1)

This game is super cool, fam!

Developer

Thank you :D

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