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A jam submission

The Oven BirdView game page

One button, one poem.
Submitted by shushpo (@shushpo) — 11 hours, 25 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Originality#1504.3504.350
Overall#7663.5673.567
Adherence to the Theme#9433.6503.650
Design#13232.7002.700

Ranked from 20 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Submitted(+1)

A really Zen and unusual experience ! And well executed on top of that (except maybe that the change of font can be unfair sometimes).
However, it's more like a one shot experience rather than a proper game. But that's why game jam exists, to allow that type of unusual experience. Great job !

Developer(+1)

Yep, that's exactly the way I see it. A small experiment! Thanks for the feedback :)

Submitted(+1)

After a while this becomes a very Zen game. There's not much gameplay here, but I still really like it.

Developer

Thank you! :)

Submitted(+1)

Definitely a unique idea! It sometimes feels a bit unfair if the font changes exactly when you hit a wall, but you really have enough health that this isn't an issue. Great aesthetic, and interesting usage of "Only One"!

Please check out our game at https://itch.io/jam/gmtk-2019/rate/463868! Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

Developer (2 edits)

Yeah, ideally I should've made the font changing not so random. Now it just selects out of 2 available sprite frames every 3 (as far as I remember) seconds so, because there're only 2 frames, sometimes (and in this case it happens pretty often) it selects the same one, so it's kinda hard to spot the changing tempo because of that. At first, I had 3 frames (there also was italic font style), but it seemed a bit too much, so I reduced it to 2. While it was 3, it was a bit easier to spot the changing tempo. But still, thanks for the feedback! Every bit of it is some knowledge for the future)

(+1)

Very interesting, but it's the kind of thing that can only be played once.

Developer

Thank you, and yeah, I guess you're right. More like "one time experience")

Submitted(+1)

That was an interesting experience you may be sure) Thank you!

Developer

Thanks, I appreciate it!

Submitted(+1)

Interesting game!

Took me awhile to get it but I enjoyed the poem :)

Developer

Thanks! Yeah, it can be a bit confusing at first, but I'm glad that you liked it)

Submitted(+1)

That was pretty charming! We went perhaps an embarrassingly long time before realizing there was a reading of the poem; the font-flippy sound was loud enough, that we thought we were hearing everything. The font-style of the outline randomly flipping, combined with the pretty forgiving health bar, made it a bit hard to tell when we were doing something right.

The aesthetic and basic design idea is pretty cute and clever! Interactive poetry is delightful.

Developer

Yeah, I think that maybe I should've made the "HP" number lower, so that the player could see the "damage" in a more obvious manner. And I'm really glad that you've found it interesting. Thanks for the thorough feedback, I appreciate it!

Submitted(+1)

Wow, cool idea! I can imagine seeing something like this in a modern museum

Developer

Heh, thanks! :)

Submitted(+1)

The minimalist aesthetic, with the circle bouncing inside poem written in square while this poem is read, is very intriguing and pleasant. I was thinking the style of the text was tied with which part of the poem was currently read be it doesn't seem this is the case. I would like if the switch between the style was less random. Overall, it was an original and relaxing experience !

Developer

Yeah, there's a lot of stuff that can be made to further develop the game, but since that was for the Jam and the time was limited, I'm kinda ok with what I got as the final result. Thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it! Glad that you've found it original :)

(+1)

I didn't understood how to play it until I a read the instruction text. Original idea but not properly explained.  

Developer

Yeah, probably should've added a small instruction on the start. Like "press 1 to change the font style" or something. Just really wanted to keep it as minimal as possible. Well, it's something to learn anyway, thanks for sharing the feedback!