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A jam submission

DcayView game page

I am terrible at doing these things.
Submitted by HiImB — 7 hours, 35 minutes before the deadline

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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
People's Choice Vote#2011.8001.800

Ranked from 10 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Team Members
HiImB

Engine
Rpgmaker MV

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Comments

Submitted

Man, you got robbed. This game really should have placed higher.

Submitted

Alright let's start this game up...

  •  I know you are trying to show how dark it is... but using some darkened grass tiles couldn't hurt instead of just using black for the floor... Anything to add some detail and variation would be nice. Need to work on the mapping, the maps are small, and feel... limited?
  • WOAH that battle music is intense. Not a bad thing. I actually like the music you chose for it.
  • It's kind of annoying to have to fight everyone. There is never an escape option for me even if I have beaten the monsters down most of the way. So if there isn't ever an escape option maybe you should just get rid of that... so it isn't taunting people while they wait for it to appear. Unless it's a skill you learn later... then... make it where it isn't there till then.
  • In Ventri room where you update your skills. I didn't know what each room had in it so  I had to go into each one to see what each was. Which was annoying to have to do. Simple descriptions outside of each of the rooms would be nice so you don't have to do that.
  • I don't know if it's a glitch or how you wanted it.. but after I  update my stats with a marble my weapons I bought disappear.... I didn't realize either would do that.. so I lost a weapon... and was super frustrated that I had to go buy a new one after grinding down more enemies. Now I have enhance magic with no real magic to attack with. I can't even figure out how to use the upgrades I purchased. So those were a waste. 
  • You need something to break up the monotony of fighting monsters for upgrades and weapons. A little more story would help that, less exposition would also help speed things up, and maybe simplifying things with the weapons/skills/upgrades.  I can see how some people might enjoy this game but it isn't exactly my thing. 
  • I felt like it was a grinding game to earn cash to buy things. I spent almost a whole hour trying to figure things out and most of the game at that point was reading explanations on how things worked. Restarted a few times from a save point when my weapons disappeared for some reason.
  •  With a bit more work I think this would be a good game. The battle system seems worked out for the most part just need to work more on the story/exposition/maps mostly. I wasn't able to finish playing the whole thing mostly because I was getting frustrated and confused.
Submitted(+1)

I wanted to beat this game before reviewing it but it's taking me awhile and I feel like I've seen a good amount of the game so far. I'll revise or submit another review when I do end up beating it, tho, if my thoughts change at all.


This is a great idea for a game jam submission because the emptiness of the world feels like a design decision, rather than a time-saving one. In fact, a lot of things that would have seemed half-finished in another game just seems like it's meant to be that way. The only time the game gives any indication that things are sparse because of the time limit are when you meet yourself and are given a suicide pill because "there's nothing else to do here."

I didn't find much story beyond what's there initially. I did get some new items to appear in the store, but the only thing I ended up using was the earrings and the upgrade substance for it. I picked Fists and Flurry and Barrage and, frankly, had no reason to try anything else. I'm gonna say this now: if you don't plan on having more than one party member, I don't see the point of restricting what skills that character can use. Frankly, once I found what worked, I just kept doing that over and over. I tried out the Fingerless Gloves, but I didn't really like the finickiness of how magic works. I would have switched to magic if there was a healing spell. That's what I wanted the most, but again, it seems like a design decision rather than an oversight or anything. But it did mean that certain maps took retry after retry to get through. Great for a game jam, but it would be pretty frustrating otherwise.

I like the use of dust to travel to different maps, but it only really works when the maps are fairly empty. I think if more structure were applied to it, then it wouldn't work. For instance, if the maps had things that you'd have to come back to in order to progress further, or you went to a map too early and didn't have the whatever in order to advance (heck, if you went to one and you weren't strong enough yet, or there was a tricky puzzle you wanted to skip until later), then it might be a good idea to have a way to look at what formula is needed to go where (ie, how much of this and that dust to make the connection to this or that map). As it is, it works fine, but if you start adding things or the maps get more complex with more things to do, to the point where someone will want to skip to another map without doing everything in the other one first, then it's gonna get a bit more confusing/frustrating.


So far, this has been my favorite submission. I am hoping, tho, that the game gets expanded and improved upon, because, for one thing, doing the same sequence of attacks over and over gets boring. I noticed there was a main hand and an off hand, but never figured out what goes in the offhand. Personally, I'd have liked to have been able to put the shield there, or the fingerless gloves, and either gotten defensive stuff or magic to use. Maybe when I see what you actually do with it and how you expand on the classes, I'll change my mind, but for now, the main problem with the game is how repetitive the combat is. So far, it feels like mashing the attack button just with extra steps.

Developer(+1)

Oh gosh, thank you so much!

Yes, there are going to be more characters. You would have met them shortly after the encounter with the reaper. I never got to that point sadly, and the implementation of a second character(balancing mostly)probably would have taken me a couple of days by itself haha..

The mapping system isn't fully there yet. I plan on having 'empty' locations, but also story based area's. The story based area's, like the introduction forest, the abandoned city... basically places where you can find a marble at the end of the dungeon. Once you've been in any of those locations, it gets saved to a "known location" spot.  And you can always open portals to any of those locations(for a small fee).

I will keep working on this entry. I might start a new project, and properly setup everything(everything behind the scenes is kinda a mess haha), but yeah :)

Submitted

I'll keep my eye on the game page for when you have a new demo of the game (and I'm gonna keep playing this one for awhile at least). Pretty impressive for a game made in a month!

Submitted(+1)

Review for Dcay by HilmB

You wake in complete darkness. A figure is in front of you. It seems like you are in an ethereal place of sorts. You can make out a hole on your right. Unsure where it leads, you jump in. The bottom is nowhere in sight. Some memories come to you as you keep falling. Finally, you see light at the bottom.

You land in a lush forest. As you try to get your bearings, you are attacked by a zombie. After a fierce fight, you finally defeat the zombie, but upon more exploration, you encounter another one. This time, your strength fails you and you die. Game over... or is it?

Dcay plays by the idea of progressing little by little between deaths. After you die, you are taken to the save screen and return to the black beginning. You will find Dust from your encounters that is used to purchase gear that will hopefully keep you alive a little bit further next time you enter the dungeon.

The combat is the most polished part of this entry. Depending on your equipment, new options open up. I played with fists and Flurry and Barrage shards for that weapon. As noted by the game, Flurry is a multi-hit attack that is mostly used to build up Charge Points to unleash more powerful attacks on the enemy. Barrage is another multi-hit attack that basically one-shots every enemy if it isn't a boss.

There are currently three weapon types available: The fists, the shield and the gloves. Judging from their descriptions, the fists are for melee attacks, the shield is for mostly defense (along with shield bash) and the gloves allow you to use magic. I did not try them all as I completed the game with the fists equipped.

There's also a world selection via colored dust, but I did not explore that feature very well. Mostly I just did what the NPCs told me to (except for that boss fight where you were supposed to kill an exploding zombie, I ignored that) and the game felt rather railroaded.

The graphics are RTP and there is little music to speak of. Well, it goes along with the theme. Highlighting pickable items in a dark map was useful. However, is there another use for the flowers than to learn the healing skill? If not, it feels like you have missed an opportunity there.

The combat kept me entertained for a while. However, there is a lot of work to be done before the game could be considered finished. I see you have added a number of equipment slots, I hope you can balance the game around that when the time comes. (I learnt this on my previous projects)

Good luck in the competition!

Developer (1 edit)

Thank you so much for your review!

There is more use for the flowers yes. Not in the demo,  but flowers will aid in unlocking new features in the main hub. If you've ever gotten hold onto a ring, for example, you are told there is a man who made special substances for those rings. If you have enough flowers, and resque the man in the "underworld", he will setup a shop. Sadly I couldn't get that part done in time, but oh well.

And as for the equipment, I figured many equipment slots would be hard to manage. I want certain equipment slots to be specifically for certain classes. For example, wristbands are especially for magic, as they restrain fluent movement of the hands, they always reduce attack power. I could simply lock those up, buuut... I want "classes" to be able to mix. Have a melee build that uses MP to defend itself(little less damage, but not a glass cannon anymore), or a shell class utilizing CP to dish out a decent amount of damage, while still being able to defend themselves from whatever attack.

It's going to be hard to balance, sure. But I can do this. I believe balancing is one of my strongpoints, and I want to show that with this little demo of mine. Even though all three options are completely different from another, everything, both monsters and player skills are balanced around them.

Yes, I balanced every fight around every type of skill you can have! You can see if in the Brayon's little skirmish thing, but every weapon or spell you hold, provokes a different setup from Brayon. Same with the bosses. The lich for example, reacts differntly if you can't kill him fast enough(shells), at the same time also has anti magic tactics, and anti fists tactics going(he tends to drain CP more often if you hold a fist)

So yeah. Thanks a lot for your review, it helps a lot! :)

(+1)

So, first thing: the mechanics in this project seem really well thought out, and there is clearly quite a bit of effort invested in the shop system, the equipment options, and the altar's methodology. I liked the way you could engage with Brayson in so many unique ways, and that you made use of a crafting system within the shop. Also liked the convenience of being able to equip directly from the shop window. VERY cool. You made use of default resources in a way that didn't seem too forced or lacking in imagination, and that is not often found when utilizing the RTP. 

That being said, the combat system, while engaging, only remained so for a little while. Though there were different creatures to encounter, their attacks were all the same and became somewhat predictable and tiresome.  I did like your CP Charge concept (I chose Fists as my weapon), and it was wonderful to have abilities that allowed me to recharge that. I did also like the storytelling aspect of the combat, such as when battling the Lich. 

Ergomett's healing was a cool touch, and it was interesting how the environment she was in started to grow vegetation after bringing her flowers.  The healing, however, seemed to be the only way I could restore my HP, and even then it really wasn't very much. I eventually reached a map that I couldn't even get across because there were just too many battles, and no way to restore HP before I got to the other side.

Side note: On the map with the poison, where you meet yourself after avoiding the reaper, is there a way to get out of there without a Suicide Pill? There is a tile you are able to get through on the right hand side. It brings you out onto the green path, but there was nowhere to go after that.

I only got through about an hour, as honestly, the lack of any kind of storyline was making it difficult to continue. I know he was unsure of who he was and all that, but there wasn't really anything to go on to keep things moving along. When your game lacks real story elements and focuses almost entirely on battle, you have to make those battles really stand out in order to make up for the lack of story progression. Something MUST continually engage the player, or they will lose interest.

All in all, I think you have a solid baseline here, but you may have shot for far too much in the window of time you had available. Rather than go after so many different mechanics, maybe it would have been best to focus on just the combat, or just the store/crafting system, etc. While each endeavor clearly had a lot of effort, it was all just a bit too much to take in while still holding player interest.

I do hope you continue this project, however, as I'd like to see how it progresses! Thanks for the opportunity to play.

Developer(+1)

Thank you for your review, sorry I reply this late, was quite busy..

The big map you couldn't get across was the last map I have been working on. I planned to have random events happenings at the small villages you found here and there, but I never got to that point, so it was just one big map sadly..

And yes, the suicide pill was the only way out there: I never had time to finish that map either(it would have taken way too much time, so I figured to finish other stuff haha..). In the final version, You'll be able to talk on the black stuff as well. Forgot to change that to passable, but in the end, that didn't matter anyways.

Again, thank you for your review, it's super helpful! I will continue with this project, I have to. I promised I'd finish it, so I will :)

Submitted

The game has an error when I start it. Probably should include something more on the project page to give some ideas about what it is.

Developer (1 edit)

That's weird, what's the error you've gotten? And on what OS?

I've tested this version before submitting it, I'll be sure to give it another look when I have the time.

Edit: I'm not getting any errors upon starting/playing.. Maybe it got corrupted during the downloading? You could try downloading it again.

Submitted

Game has encountered a bug. Please report it.

TypeError: Cannot read property 'blendModes' of undefined
at Function.Graphics._createRenderer (KhasUltraLighting.js:397:28)
at Function.Graphics._createAllElements (rpg_core.js:2339:10)
at Function.Graphics.initialize (rpg_core.js:1769:10)
at Function.SceneManager.initGraphics (rpg_managers.js:1822:14)
at Function.SceneManager.initialize [as khas_core_initialize] (rpg_managers.js:1811:10)
at Function.SceneManager.initialize (KhasCore.js:126:10)
at Function.SceneManager.run (rpg_managers.js:1802:14)
at Function.SceneManager.run (YEP_CoreEngine.js:1367:32)
at window.onload (main.js:8:18)

Press F5 to restart the game.

I downloaded it again. Same error.
Developer

I really don't understand how that's possible... It seems like you're missing a script, but I double checked the files, and it's in there. Are more people having this issue?