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A jam entry

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Stars are disappearing and it is up to you to put a stop to it once and for all.
Submitted by KendallFire with 5 days, 5 hours before the deadline

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  • PRESENTATION

    Graphics were a mix of various tiles and assets. Some of them fit together well, others were a little odd (the trees, for example, looked quite pixelled in comparison to the other tiles). There was also a few issues with the tiles themselves not being aligned correctly, thus showing lines all around (the cobblestone path is a very big example of this).

    Mapping was detailed in areas but fell prey to some new developer mapping issues like different wall heights when they share the same ceiling, or missing wall tiles. Maps were also a bit large - some areas were extremely bland and empty like the maze map.

    Sound was decent. There was some use of sounds outside of the usual areas but some were a bit weird - the walking sound when you're stepping from one map to the other is odd for outside maps.

    Music was okay. It wasn't amazing but most of it fit the scenes they were in and there were actually some good dungeon tunes that added a very tropical feel.

    The writing was a bit stilted. There were a few grammatical errors but the biggest issue was the punctuation issues. It got better as you went, but there were a lot of ellipses usage that wasn't necessary.

    The characters were okay. Nothing amazing but decent - they talked to each other a bit which is always nice, but they didn't seem like they were all that different from each other.

    The character portraits were very nice though.
     
    The story itself was a bit cliche and what plot twists there were were easy to guess from the moment they were introduced. It didn't do a bad job at telling the story though. It was a little fast-paced but that's expected when you're trying to fit a game to a time limit.

    GAMEPLAY
    Gameplay consisted of walking around, doing puzzles and fighting.

    The puzzles in the game were all very easy and basic. There was a warp puzzle, a push boulder puzzle and a maze. Also an interact in a specific order puzzle, though the answer to that was given to you right off the bat so it wasn't at all difficult.

    The battles consisted of attacking and skills. Attacking was interesting - you could do combinations to have more attacks occur. You hit buttons as the popped up to see if the next hit would hit. If you missed you didn't get the next hit. This would have been more interesting if each character had had a customised combo - as it was, it was pretty much the same for all of them.

    Spells were learned after a plot point and allowed you to unlock different elemental spells over the course of the game. The spells were useful and different for each character, and they came into play well enough.


    ENGAGEMENT
    This game rather bored me a lot. The puzzles weren't engaging enough to keep my interest, the story was a bit on the bland side and the characters didn't hold my interest. I couldn't come to care for their struggle as they were all a bit bland and samey.

    The biggest annoyance was two-fold - the empty boring maps (especially the dungeon ones where you just walk around doing nothing) and the battles.

    The battles took far too long. The enemies had a lot of health, hit hard and weren't overly affected by your skills. While that sounds interesting, it really wasn't. The difficulty of the battles came from four of the same enemy just doing the same thing - either guarding or hitting. Most turns I just spammed attack, until I got magic, which had me instead spam that. It was mind-numbing repetitiveness. The battles had promise with the combo system, and you could have had enemies with different elemental weaknesses and strengths, different spells, anything that set them apart from each other. Oh, and they had a ton of HP too, which meant that you were doing between 50-200 damage to enemies that had 3-5000 each... four of them. It was bland and boring gameplay.


    THEME
    The theme was 'saving the world' and I guess it did that okay. The game sufficiently explained everything to you so you weren't left wondering what to do and how to do things, but there wasn't really much build up to the world being in danger to make you worry about it. There were no consequences, nothing to show that there was something wrong. Some guy just walking up going "Yo, I'm gonna wreck this world." and then breaking some statues and leaving. Mechanically there was also a lot of drag instead of upbeat worry. It just didn't do a great job reflecting that theme outside of some dialogue where the heroes worry a bit.

    32/80

Engine
Rpg Maker MV

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Comments

(+1)

This game looked really cute from the screenshots so I was really excited to play it! I will say right off the bat that the 'cuts' in the tileset right when I walked out of the cave turned me off a little bit and that the weird passability on trees etc. was also a little bit jarring, having to wait a second after picking up a stardust when there are 20 on a map is also pretty frustrating and finally (the thing that made me stop playing) was the battles - the first battle was rough - but the second battle was so incredibly boring/tedious that it made me close the game. Spamming attack for 20+ turns is not fun - even with the combo system. The good news is that these are really easy fixes going forward though so you're good!

Developer

Thank you for your feedback!! You do gain magic after the second battle so it does make it easier and less tedious going forward. The reason why you don't start with magic is that you are supposed to only gain it after you create stars as the description and storyline says. Right after the second battle you gain fire magic and it definitely makes it easier. 

Developer

Update 1.2: Check the Devlog on the game page for more information.

Developer

Update 1.1: Check the Devlog on the game page to see what's different. 

(Edited 3 times) (+1)

Phew that battle between the celestial beasts and me was an epic tale I'll tell you that lol. It came down to me having 21 hp but I managed. I gotta say for the first battle that was really hard XD. Maybe I wasn't supposed to go to the celestial volcano area that had the chest yet, because after killing the celestial beasts I went from level 1 to 5 and then chapter 2 had started. Some things I noticed that might be considered bugs and could use some polish is the follows.

  1. In the Celestial Volcano you can actually walk on the lava and if you walk past the lava you can walk on the roof of the rocks.
  2. In the Celestial Cave you can walk up the vines and also be on top of the rock terrain.  (Dunno if that one is actually a problem, maybe that one was on purpose. But if that's the case then what is the point of the secret door opening, I mean in theory you can reach the secret area by just climbing the vines and then walking there then jumping down.)
  3. When I was fighting the celestial beasts I actually tried using one of my apples on Atticus but it didn't work. Every time I tried to heal him it just ended up healing my main character. This is why the battle was also hard because once Atticus goes down the damage focused on you is high with each beast dealing anywhere from 40ish damage to 60ish per hit. I was really feeling the pressure during my fight but not because it was executed well but rather because I was having fun thinking to myself that I was going to win the broken system! That in of itself was very fun!~

I was only able to get to chapter 2 because I have work tomorrow but overall the game seems lovely just has a small bug with being unable to heal Atticus and the walking on certain tiles like lava.

Developer(+1)

Hello Enigma, thank you so much for your feedback! I'll be sure to fix those errors right away. I'm glad you enjoyed it.