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Defend your cube with only one laser. GMTK 19' Jam.
Submitted by Guillem Serra (@guillemsrr) — 2 hours, 44 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Originality#1974.2504.250
Overall#7923.5423.542
Adherence to the Theme#10373.5313.531
Design#12012.8442.844

Ranked from 32 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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(+1)

Hey, this is a really interesting idea! I haven't seen anything quite like it this jam. I did find positioning to be frustratingly slow, and when I had to go back and forth to turn the laser on, it got a bit cumbersome. If you keep working on this, I would consider removing the on/off switch and just balancing the game to compensate!

I'd love it if you gave our game Einnsámr a look as well :) https://itch.io/jam/gmtk-2019/rate/463168?after=20#post-876146

Developer

Thank you Neil, checking your game right now!

Submitted(+1)

Idea is really interesting but controls feel a bit clunky. Although, as you already said, that might be the part of the joy.

If you're interested, check out my game: https://itch.io/jam/gmtk-2019/rate/461829

Submitted(+1)

What an odd yet very original game. Controls could use some work since it took too long to set up the laser in my opinion and I kept accidentally getting killed by my own laser. Other than that, it's really cool to see something really unique in the jam. Great job on adhering to the theme too!

Developer

Thank you so much D5R, couldn't expect less from someone with a name so similar to "LSR". Just kidding. I'll definitely update the controls, although accidentally killing yourself I believe is part of the joy of it, not a "design" problem. Thanks for the feedback!

Submitted(+2)

Would it be possible to use spacebar to pickup/drop and push the button? I kept mixing up the mouse buttons, which made it really hard to play. At one point I got 5 sticks on the screen. Is that supposed to happen?

Developer

Yes! With more sticks you can control a larger area "with only one laser" but more enemies should come. So yes that's the idea. Of course, I will consider changing the controls given all the problems the actual ones are giving ! Thank you very much for playing the game and your feedback.

Submitted(+1)

This is cool. Love the aesthetic. Controls are difficult though, would it be easier for the character to auto follow the mouse and then just use left click to move the poles / activate the barrier or do you think the game would lose something from this? The design decisions in this game seem so strong that I hesitate to question them despite my difficulties! Cool game!

Developer

I believe you can answer that through testing, and given that everybody thinks there's a problem with controls, maybe it would be a good idea. Thanks for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

This is quite the original game! Took me a while to get used to the controls. Otherwise, great submission overall. Well done mate :D

Developer

Thanks a lot Julien! Did my best.

Submitted(+1)

Love the concept! While I agree with most commenters, that the controls are a bit awkward, I'm a) unable to pinpoint why exactly and b) think, that's part of the game's overall charm. :) The art style is definitely far from beautiful, but I really like the use of colors. It's especially found it clever to invert enemy colors while they're in the black part to make them stick out. Would have loved some visual indicator for how far away one can place a stick. Also I found the toggling of the individual lasers once you have more than two sticks a bit unintuitive. I think the game is hard enough already, would have kept this as the simple on-off-switch it is during the first part. The idea has great potential though!


My game: https://njamster.itch.io/wonkey (playable in browser, not mobile friendly)

Developer

Thank you very much! Checking your game right now.

Submitted(+1)

Fun and unique idea! I'm going to enjoy it a lot once I master the controls. Although, a part of me really wants to just drag the sticks with my mouse.

Developer

Yes, I'll have to make a decision after the jam... To leave or not to leave the controls as they are... Also, there's a bug when you finish the first level... Be advised and thank you!

(1 edit) (+1)

Such a sweet idea! It really scratches that itch for games that make you feel frustrated and satisfied at the same time.

I don't know if it fits into the abstract aesthetic, but I think that a way to track score would make the game even more addicting. Oh, crazy idea: maybe an in-game button akin to the laser switch, that lets you track the killcount manually?

Developer(+1)

Oh that's actually an interesting idea! But maybe it would complicate things even more unnecesarily... I wanted to go full minimalist, because I didn't have much time, but maybe just putting the score would be good. Idk, we'll see! Thanks for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

Unique and difficult. A bit more feedback on when you are close enough to pick up the sticks would be very helpful.

Developer

I'm totally doing that after the jam! Tanks for your feedback!

Submitted(+1)

The idea is very original, but the controls are quite hard to grasp.

Developer

Yup, I agree on that... Didn't have more time for the tutorial... Would it have been better with a tutorial or the problem is the actual mechanics? Thanks for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

I used the image in the game page to understand what to do, but it still feel difficult to control.

Removing the need to push the button would help and being able to control the 2 sticks with two thumb joysticks instead of a mouse would make it much more enjoyable. :)

Developer(+1)

I actually think the main joy in the game is to have to go yourself and change the sticks, and then having to get back fast and click the button! It's this kind of enjoyable frustration... Maybe it's just me.  Anyways, thanks again for sharing your opinion!

Submitted(+1)

This is wonderfully brilliant. Certainly an original idea by my knowledge as I've never really seen a game do something like this before. If there weren't so many submissions then I'd send more time playing this for sure. 

Something like this could add a really interesting dynamic for multiplayer games and is certainly something I'll keep in the back of my mind. Hope you don't mind XD

Well done!

P.S.

Shameless self plug. I don't think mine is as creative as your's, but I'd love to have some feedback for it! It's my first time and I went in solo: https://bigfraudbigfraud.itch.io/gmtkjam2019

Developer(+1)

Thank you very very much! Checking your game right now.

Oh and of course I don't mind ;)

Submitted(+1)

Nice idea for the game, the controls make it pretty hard though :)  Could be an asbsolute gem of a mechanic.

Developer

I'm really glad you like it! I'll try to iterate and make the mechanics more intuitive, will see...

Submitted(+1)

Took a bit of time to figure out controls, but once I understood it was no longer a problem. I think it's a very interesting concept for a strategy game. I think you can improve it with some more polished art, but game design is great!

Developer

Thank you very much for the feedback! After the jam is over I'll make a basic initial tutorial and improve the art!

Submitted(+1)

Clever idea, but I had some troubles to understand mechanics. Anyway, good job!

Developer

It's normal, the mechanics are not very intuitive and I didn't have time to make the tutorial... Thank you for your feedback!

Submitted(+1)

I played with a touchpad so that was really hard but I really liked the concept ! Good job doing it in one day :)

Developer

Wow I haven't tested it on toucpad! I'm sure it wasn't very easy to play... Thanks for the appreciation!

(1 edit)

Pretty complicated controls. Really felt like they could've been a lot simpler.

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Hey, we made a GMTK game too. Check it out!

Developer

Thanks for your comment! By controls you mean the mechanics? The actions you can do with the buttons? Or the fact that you need to hold the right mouse button but not the left one or some confusing thing like that?

(+1)

Pretty much. Would've preferred if I could just drag the arms around and push the laser button directly without having to move a character there to do it.  That alone would've been more than enough micromanagement I feel. 

Developer

All right! Thanks for your feedback!