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A jam submission

POOLdemoniumView game page

It's pool but without taking turns! Can you pot all the yellow balls before the computer pots all of the blues?
Submitted by Derpy Jish — 1 hour, 17 minutes before the deadline

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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Design#1423.8333.833

Ranked from 12 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

I like this frantic approach to pool, it's an interesting use of the theme and easy to understand the gameplay. You definitely feel under pressure while playing and I liked the penalty for sinking the white ball, which you could then use against the black ball.

I think having the hit indicator graphic be behind the ball would make it feel more like actual pool (most pool games do it this way) and increase the challenge a bit. I feel like the music didn't really fit. The count down at the start is slower than it needs to be too.

Nice job, especially for your first 48hr jam.

Developer

Hi Kodiqi, I'm glad you liked it. The controls where a funny one; I only had my family to 'play test' with, and originally I did have the hit indicator behind the ball, which they found fine on the 'menu' stage, but then when the game started it suddenly got confusing. I didn't want the game to be hard to play because of the controls, and so I switched it. Perhaps if I make a post-jam version I should just make it an option on the main menu?

Out of interest, what about the music did you think didn't fit? I challenge myself in game jams to make as much as possible myself, so I understand the music isn't that good! But I'm curious to hear what about it didn't fit (E.G. Tone, genre, the chiptune-y-ness, or what else it is).

Thanks for playing, and thanks for the feedback as well!

Submitted(+1)

Regarding the music, it just felt too upbeat and almost futuristic sounding to go with pool which, even in this form, seems a bit more relaxed to me.

Developer

Cool, thanks for the feedback!

(+1)

Simple concept, but very fun! I want MORE.

Developer(+1)

Awesome! Thanks for playing. I must admit, making a post-jam version of the game is becoming more and more tempting!

Please do! I really enjoyed it. It reminds me of superballs.io, but as a two-player game, and much more contained (which is good)! Things like different game modes and powerups would be awesome, and I can imagine some really cute animation for all the balls and stuff.

Submitted(+1)

Okay, THIS is cool.

Developer(+1)

YOU are cool, Lord Dragoneye!

(+1)

Really cool, you could have done something with random start positions, some special bombs or something, but overall really smooth and fun.

Developer

I'm glad you liked it! I would have loved to have done more, but this was my first 48hr jam and I overestimated how much I could actually do! Bombs are definitely a cool idea though, I didn't think of that!

Submitted(+1)

This was really fun I can see it being taken further!

Developer

Thanks! I would love to do more with it someday. I'm glad you enjoyed!

Submitted(+1)

Fun!

Developer

Thanks!