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A jam submission

Rise of the Trash PandaView game page

A raccoon and the bear go on a quest to stop a game that is mind controlling animals.
Submitted by jacksmack — 20 days, 14 hours before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
People's Choice Vote#843.0673.067

Ranked from 15 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Team Members
Dave Fulton

Engine
Gamemaker Studio 2

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

I really love the graphics, good job!

(+1)

Not a huge fan of the combat, but everything else was really nicely done.

Developer

Watched your stream I feel similarly about the battle system.  The thing about trying to get so much content into the game  is playtesting is very high level.  I am working on slowing down combat a bit and making it less hectic.

Submitted

I just found myself frustrated with the game. I wanted to like it though and I know that a lot of work went into this game. Has some tongue-in-cheek writing that  many folks will likely enjoy. I'd love to try this again once it has a bit more polish to it because it has some great ideas! One thing I'd like to see in the next build is the option to have a fullscreen mode because the current version looks a bit wonky as is.

Anyway, based on the comments I am glad people have been enjoying this one. The dev earned it! :)

Developer(+1)

What resolution are you running?  The tab button kicks in and out of full screen.

Submitted(+1)

Ah, I did not know this! I just had it running in default, which had the window off-center. I'll give this another go tomorrow (it is a bit late now) and see if that makes the experience a bit better for me.

I hadn't thought of this when I did the original write up, but the trashcan by the stairs is in a bad spot since the loot inside you can't actually pick up if you knock it over from the side. I thought you might want to know that.

Developer(+1)

Sounds like my goof of not taking into account all the resolutions when starting a game jam game is biting me on your playthorough as well. 

The screen is off center because the camera width doesn’t adjust based on window size. Simple oversight and was easily fixed.

 I have an updated version with better multi-resolution support.  I will upload it as soon as I can. 

Ah. Good note about the trashcan. I was planning or reworking those.  I only put so many in the game because you don’t have usable items yet and I don’t want players to get to low health and die repeatedly. 

Submitted

Ah, well at least you know what's up and can fix it easily. Just a shame you can't update the contest version because that would help the game. Anyway, at least now I know how to change to fullscreen so I will try this again and probably upgrade my rating for you since it should be easier to play now.

Makes sense on the trashcans. I figured that's why they were there, just wanted to give ya a heads up in case you decide to keep some of 'em around.

Developer(+1)

I have a better working version that is exactly the same except for the fix for resolution issues that I implemented after the close of the competition. 

If you want to try it just for the sake of giving feedback, I can make that available.   But of course you should rate the game based on what I submitted before the deadline. 

Submitted(+1)

I'll stick to the comp version so I don't give ya a biased rating. I think the resolution solution you gave me for the current version will make a big difference for me.

Submitted

Played again today and have to say that having the fullscreen did make a difference. However, there were a few more things less tired me picked up on with this version. The first being that the enemy's back row is never visible to the player. If this is intentional to spike the difficulty, I personally don't like that. Some of the attacks happen a little too quickly to avoid too, namely the foxes, or whatever they are. Last thing, and what I felt yesterday but didn't really have words for, is that the experience feels really grind heavy. The repetition just doesn't sit well with me, which really isn't your fault but the reasoning there is more complicated than warrants explaining.

I do like the art though and the world feels pretty big despite how restricted it actually is (I explored everywhere I could, even where I wasn't supposed to; found a place to slip through but can't recall exactly where). Slightly better impression this go around but if people are reading this to decide whether to play or not, I say at least give it a try :) 

Developer(+1)

The back row not being visible is a resolution oversight. Sorry. I have it fixed in the new version. 

Submitted

No biggie, things like that happen, especially for jams. It just made some fights extra hard XD

Anyway, best of luck to ya and hope your game does well!

Submitted

Did you target 1920x1080 and not put in anything to deal with screens that are smaller than that? Cause the camera doesn't appear to match the screenshots and the game seems to be unplayable for me as a result.

Developer (1 edit)

Yeah... sorry. I'm dumb.  I know how to handle that but I didn't do it.  I can make you a version and pass it to you under the table if you would like.  But you don't have to rate it I would just be in it for the feedback.

Developer

If you hit tab it should kick out of  full screen mode I think... though it might only do that on my debug mode...

Submitted

Both tab and alt-enter works. That doesn't fix it though, since it doesn't change the resolution.

Developer

I will put in a fix for that and update the game files once the competition is over.  My bad, that's the things you overlook when trying to cram as much stuff into a game as you can I guess.

Developer

Ok I have the game working with a LOT more resolutions.  I'd be happy to send you a zip with it if you were interested in trying it and giving me feedback.

Submitted(+1)

I really want to see this game finished. I was honestly shocked at how much I really really enjoyed this. I hope more people play it because it’s truly unique. Holy hell it was really funny too. 

Submitted(+1)

The presentation in this game is A++ Great graphics all around and the few characters we get to meet are wonderful as well. I love Raccoon's walk animation so much, especially his forward walking sprite strut. It's got a lot of personality.

Battle took me quite a bit to get used to. I only ever unlocked pigeons and 1 snake card. At first, I was taking battles far too frantically, when I slowed myself down a bit, things started to go better. Curse those squirrels though! Their frantic behaviour is a force to be reckoned with!!

There's not a whole lot of meat here to chew, but what is here is great. It's a funny spin on the whole pokemon-esq animal collecting and the grid based battle system provides some interesting strategy. And again, these graphics are just *chef kiss*

I'm curious though... did money have a use in this build?

Ah yes, one random side note - it's possible to retrigger the scene with the robots over and over again. To the point of, if you run forward while they are shooting you, and then try to exit the scene to the left once it's over, you retrigger it again right away! A small mishap, but worth mentioning. (You can also trigger random battles while being shot in the face by robots. Rude! haha)

Congrats on submitting your demo and bringing something so charming and unique to the table!

Developer(+1)

Money has no use in this build.  It was eluded to in the intro.  I was aiming at having health items and booster packs in the game for this build.  I ran out of time though. :/ 

Submitted

I feel a little bad for all the times I tail whipped the VR shop keeper trying to figure out if he'd sell me something. (but also, I don't actually feel bad at all.) ;D

Developer

I figured out what was going on with that cut scene.  Basically battles reset the triggered variable... oops.

Developer(+1)

I am working on slowing down the battles a bit to make them less hectic.  I think I'll freeze or slow down the battle when you select a special attack card.   Then you move a cursor to aim the attack.  I think that will make the battles a bit more player friendly.   

Submitted(+1)

Oh, yeah! I think that's a great idea. I didn't use the animal cards too much until I had more HP because it was so easy to take hits there. The gun was more reliable for a hit and run. (I used the pigeons a lot more later just to block people from running away from my gun) A grace period to position the animal attack sounds fantastic.

(+1)

Love the meta humor! Really enjoy the hybrid pixel-illustration art style too. Combat is responsive and engaging, rewarding careful play and environmental awareness while requiring you to be quick on your feet. Obtaining the ability cards after each battle feels very rewarding and interesting. Very impressed by this prototype!

Developer

I kinda bumbled into the art style half way through the process of making the game.  So obviously I will need to go through and make everything more uniform.  The Burger Bomb building doesn't match up well.  I really look forward to adding more and more animals to the game.  I laughed till I cried when that awful turtle animation crawled across the screen the first time.  but it obviously needs to look a lot better.  I was just trying to cram as much in there as I could and make it good enough in some spots to get across the point that things would look that good everywhere.

Thank you for pointing out the humor.  After working on the game and seeing the same jokes over and over again I start to second guess if they were funny or not.

(+1)

Lots of game play even as a prototype. Graphics are cool and the story is different (in a good way). 

Developer

Great! I was afraid that if players didn't find find the guy with the stack of boxes and interact with him they wouldn't get the gun and see that there was a LOT of work that went into that battle system.  Sadly it's hidden at the very end.

Developer

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