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A jam submission

HighlandurView game page

A royal battle with only one sword!
Submitted by Tom Jongens (@tomjongens), GreetingsGames — 7 hours, 34 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Design#2543.9603.960
Overall#5613.7603.760
Originality#7163.6803.680
Adherence to the Theme#9513.6403.640

Ranked from 25 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Works very well as a little battle royale game, and the sword is adds an interesting dynamic. The AI felt very well balanced. I never even made it to the top 50 but I feel like that was completely my fault, not because the AI was unfair.

Developer

Awesome, good to hear.

What you describe is exactly the experience we were going for :)

Submitted

Oh a very fun/energetic/hectic game!  The sprite art is fun with great animations, I like the purple and yellow too! (however after awhile my eyes felt weird haha).  Nice controls and arrow combat mechanics too!  Great job!  Please check out my entry if you have time, it also uses an arrow~ good day!

Developer

Thanks, glad you liked it :)

The purple & yellow are quite unique so we would like to keep them, though if more people report the problem we may need to change them.

Tomorrow I may have some time to check out your game :) though no promises.

Submitted

Amazing aestethics, game play is very fun and promising, but, as every game made in such a short time, needs polish

Developer

Glad you liked it :)
I agree that it needs polish, but could you specify what stood out to you as unpolished?
Then we can learn from it.

Submitted

Mainly the game play balancing, because, as people have mentioned before, some deaths feel cheap

Developer

Thanks, good to know :)

That's definitely the main thing I am itching to change, especially now so many players agreed.

Submitted

Loved it - fun, quirky, and amazing game - good job :)

My rating: 5, 4, 5

Developer

Thanks!

Nice little Battle Royale game! The sword makes it interesting, the 2-bit color palette works well. 

Developer

Thanks, glad you liked it :)

Submitted

The game looks and sounds very nice, the idea is pretty interesting, but the moment to moment gameplay falls flat sometimes and some of the deaths felt kinda cheap.

Developer(+1)

Thank you for your honest opinion.
Unfortunately both issues were caused by running out of time, if we ever release the game elsewhere we will definitely try to fix this.

Submitted

After playing this game for 10-15 minutes I managed to come 4th a few time and 2nd once! I love that the AI does you no favours! It's like playing a real battle royal game. The addition of the sword is genius and its really easy to play (but hard to win aka PERFECT FOR ADDICTION) one of the best games I've played so far! I think the map should be a litttlllleee bigger, not a lot, just enough that you dont die in the first second sometimes :) AMAZING game though and I won't start on the art because we'll be here all day!

Developer

Thanks for the praise! We had a lot of fun working on it and wanted to do so much more but eventually had to cut some features making sure the core gameplay worked. 

The map used to be bigger but we didn't want the player to have to look for enemies. But it could also be our playtesting fatigueness ;)

Thanks for the feedback!

Submitted

The graphics look nice, but to me the game felt unplayable.

Developer

Hey, thanks for the feedback. What made the game unplayable? Was it the aggressive A.I., the shooting mechanic or something else?

Submitted

The arrow was a bit frustrating, but the aggressive ai was the bigger problem.

Developer

Balancing the A.I. was hard. In first builds the A.I. killed each other within the first 10 seconds or so. Thanks for the letting us know!

Submitted

I love how smooth and chaotic this feels! The aesthetics are also really nice. 

Developer

Thanks :)

Submitted

Great choice of colors! It took me a moment to get a feel for the shooting mechanic. Very fun game!

Developer

Thank you for your kind words :)

If we decide to release it elsewhere we'll probably make the shooting a bit more intuitive.

Submitted
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Developer (1 edit) (+1)

We thought about doing that but it was to late to make the change. Perhaps after the jam. Thanks for playing!

This game is a lot of fun and addicting. The controls are really responsive. The art is amazing. I wish the bow could shoot a little farther, because it feels like it can but I'm not doing it right. Also, at one point I was confused which character I was spawned near 2-3 other characters that all looked the same. Maybe if the player had a different color or an arrow above their head for the first few seconds at the start of the game. 

Developer

Thanks, those are some legitimate points.
Unfortunately it's against the spirit of the game jam to update it, but if we ever release it elsewhere they should be quick fixes.

Submitted

A singleplayer battle royale? Count me in. It is super fun. And against the topic you even have two games, the shoot'em'up menu is really fun too! Great job!

Developer

Thanks :)

Developer

Some footage:

Love the graphic and sound design. Waaay to hard for me though. :) Well done!

Developer

Glad you liked it :)
We worked hard on making the AI feel competent, though it probably worked too well.

Submitted

Yay, I won! I really liked this game. Great art and music. 

Developer

Thank you! We were worried that we might have made it too difficult in the end.