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A jam submission

One Spear, One Kill GMTK 2019View game page

A 2D top down shooter where you fight with the only one spear
Submitted by Tricky_Fat_Cat (@tricky_fat_cat) — 2 hours, 15 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Adherence to the Theme#3944.2204.220
Design#5273.6023.602
Overall#7383.5913.591
Originality#14072.9512.951

Ranked from 123 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Submitted(+1)

Cool game! Arena is a little big, but combos are fun and I liked rounding up enemies and killing them all in a line. Makes you rethink how to play this type of game. Nice work!

Developer

Thank you, I'm going to make spear much more satisfying.

Submitted(+1)

It's so fun, and doing combos feels good! I think the idea needs more exploration, though. Still, great job!

Check our game: https://cerosware.itch.io/one-stick-shooter

Developer

Thank you, I'll check your game soon.

Submitted(+1)

Really fun and satisfying to play. it's a good concept, but it really sucks that there couldn't be any sound. I think it would really improve the game feel.

I can't think of any major criticisms  other than the spear hitbox could be better.

great job!

Developer

SFX is a pain in my neck, as I spent a lot of time on polishing the core mechanics and difficulty curve. I’m going to add them in a post-jam version.:)

It is cool game i still run in circle :D

Please check our too: https://itch.io/jam/gmtk-2019/rate/461656

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Fun game, it will be cool to pick up potions and use them later. 

Developer

Hm, it’s a nice idea, I’ll think about some consumables, which player can store and use when they want. Thank you!

Submitted(+1)

That's not the first entry I play where you have to beat enemies using only one weapon. But hell it might be the most polished so far!
Art, feedbacks, controls : everything is top-tiers. I loved it.

Developer

Thank you for kind words, as I took pains to deliver the best result.:)

Submitted(+1)

The mechanics are tight! Controls are tight! Fun game!

If you get a chance, check out my game too and tell me what you think! https://itch.io/jam/gmtk-2019/rate/462672#post-867118

Developer

Thank you, I'll check your game!

(+1)

I had a lot of fun playing this, because it is so addicting! It is comparable to classic arcade games that made you want to keep putting in more quarters. 

Developer

Thank you, I was inspired by them a little bit.:)

Submitted(+1)

This looks so good, and is tough as nails! I like the simplicity in the spear mechanic, especially when I learned you can throw the spear further by holding the mouse down. With a little polish, I could see this as a fun arcade game for web browsers.

Developer

Thank you very much, however, I decided to keep this project downloadable for a while, fortunately I upload it in time.

Submitted (2 edits) (+2)

I appreciate the fact that the spear doesn't automatically come back and you have to retrieve it! It really makes you think about how to use it! I also tried to make some crazy combos and it was very satisfying when I pulled out a wave clearing shot! What I would love to see, would be monsters interacting with each other. Like using suicide monsters to blow up other monsters! 

Developer

Thank you for kind words. I'm happy to see that you like spear mechanics. And yea, monsters interactions are planned.

Submitted(+1)

Some more mobility options could help a lot here I believe. The game itself is simple and solidly done. Could use a little more juice!

Developer

Thank you for your feedback, currantly thinking about some juice.

Submitted(+2)

good game! Would be nice addition if you can roll as well to dodge. I find the game a bit too challenging due to the one spear mechanic but its understandable as its the theme of the game jam. The windows version really made things easier though. The sprites are amazing and the implementation is well made. If you continue working on this, consider adding sfx to spice things up :)

Developer(+1)

Thank you for your feedback. SFX and roll are planned for a post jam version. :)

Submitted(+1)

The game is really well designed, I like to controls and the idea. I know this might be much to ask in 48 hours, but it would have been better if implemented in pre designed levels. A perma-death game where you learn hard how to pass the level. Well that's just me, and this is very good game you have here!

Developer(+1)

Thank you for your feedback. I love the idea of the prebuild levels with different waves, but it can take a considering amount of time, as I'm not food in level desing as I want. However, I'm thinking about some additional traps in the arena.

Submitted(+1)

ok at first I thought this game was literally impossible. I didn't know that you can charge up to throw the spear. But after dying like 6 times in a row without defeating a single enemy. I was like there has to be something I'm missing. So I decided to try holding down to throw my spear and I saw the charge meter and that's when the fun began to happen. 


I was super thankful the beginning enemies couldn't get right away. I was able to dodge and get my spear back pretty good. Then I discovered you can take out multiple enemies with one spear throw and that was really fun. 

Then these exploding guys were everywhere and that was awesome. But the enemy that shot a spread attack was the one that got me in the end and ruined my kill streak haha

I saw someone do this same style game but in 3D but honestly it seems way better in this top down format. bummer you didn't get the sfx in but still a fun game

Developer

Thank you for the feedback. I'm happy to see that people enjoy playing my game even though it hasn't any sounds and really like spear mechanics! Speaking about big guys, I implemented them during the last hour of the jam, and they're entirely unbalanced. I have some thoughts about them for a post jam version.

Submitted(+1)

Nice game. Loved smashing the spear through a row of enemies, but that caused me to die more often. Design was good.

Appreciated the option of download, since the HTML5 version was a bit small.

Developer

Thank you. I made this game primarily for PC, I asked a friend of mine to make a HTML5 build 30 minutes before the end of the jam. But I didn't know about some problems with the scale of the game.

Submitted(+1)

Super cool. Like how it controls and also the looks. Reminds me a bit of Titan Souls. It appears I am a bit spoiled by God of War, constantly expecting to magically pull back the spear :D

Developer

I thought about different types of throwable weapons. XD And Kratos is a good variant! 

(+1)

I like the concept for this one, the art/sprites really added to it -- I wish there  was some sound, even some throwaway stuff would've really helped to sell the impact of the spear, but there was a lot of visual impact there even without it. Overall enjoyed it, but I did encounter some kind of error on the web version, something about an instance ID? It didn't stop me from playing the game or anything though. 

Developer

Thank you for the feedback. I'm going to add sounds in a new version after the jam ends. Also, I know about the error, but, future version will be PC only.:)

(+1)

Very well made game had fun with it getting combos was satisfying. I think handmade levels you have to get through could have been even more fun than endless waves. Would also be cool if the exploding enemies could blow up other enemies for even bigger combos. Hope you expand on it :) 

Developer

Thank you for a feedback. I thought about additional obstacles in the arena and some traps, but my skills of making good pathfinding isn't good enough, yet.

Submitted(+1)

Sprites & animations are cute, And it gives off the ittybitty lil' mayhem vibes.

The whole one spear throw/retrieve method feels well done, Making the players to consider both their position and spear's position every time they attack is not the hardest brainsqueezer but subtle & sweet design, Very high adherence to the theme, only one.

Also, Snatching off that little health potion in middle of utter mayhem feels really goooood..
But I think the zoomed out view makes me harder to keep track of everything. (or maybe because I lack the GamerVision[tm] and generally suck at overall gaming lol)

About originality? I've never seen topdown games with shoot & pickup with one ammo 'til now, So I'll give it a good score.

Generally, It was short but fun experience!

Oh, And there was some minor glitch when I picked up the health potions, It said Unknown instance ID : undefined (possibly you've forgot to refer to the spawned instance somewhere in your code?)

Developer

Thank you for the feedback. HTML5 version of the game was builded by my friend and the game was made for a PC, as a result, there can be some errors and that's why there is problems with a camera. If you want to have better experience, you can download PC version from the games page.

Submitted(+1)

Got it!

Submitted(+1)

Fun game, nice work! the mechanic feels good to use. Not the most creative concept, but a fun one!

The enemies are tricky to avoid sometimes, but once you get how it works you avoid them easily, I love that!

Developer(+1)

Thank you! I want to add a dodge move to make the game more dynamic and not so repetitive.

Submitted(+1)

I like the mechanic of holding down the mouse to through the spear and the distance depends on the mouse hold. So there's a trade off between going far and collecting it, and killing the cute monsters! well made!

Developer(+1)

Thank you, the spear mechanics works well, but I'm going to remake it slightly, as the logic is a little bit clunky.

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