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A jam submission

ouroboros - snake cross pacmanView game page

Submitted by sylvain_ch21 — 10 minutes, 13 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Music#942.1673.250
Graphics#1052.5003.750
Theme#1211.8332.750
Overall#1232.1673.250
Atmosphere#1261.8332.750
Mechanic#1282.0003.000
Story#1301.1671.750
Technical#1381.6672.500
Sound Effects#1440.6671.000

Ranked from 4 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Cool concept! Great art and atmosphere! I had no issues with the controls as long as I kept holding the direction I wanted to turn. Though I would expect to not die when the red snakes hit my tail, same as in TRON games - because the red snakes move unpredictably, so it's not always fair - you can get unlucky.

Submitted(+1)

I like the concept of this snake game mixed with a twist in it.
a tip is that the game needs some better response for the buttons

Developer(+1)

yeh, nowaday it's common to have the input being more responsive (and often even more forgiving). 

And on a second thought, you are right. Except a few nostalgic of the oldschool inputs, most players won't like my inputs handling :(


technically it's voluntary that the snake movement are constraints to a grid and that the inputs are handled the old school way (like in the nibbles.bas of my childhood); meaning you need to be pressing the key the frame the snake pass the grid.(so you need to anticipate the turning). 

 Kinda one of the rare thing that did work as intended. (in code at least; in term of design perhaps not the wisest choice if my goal was to get the best rating) 

Submitted (1 edit)

What kind of games are you thinking about when you says"oldschool inputs"? Cause I feel like this input stuff is not really adapted to your game. Cause in a game like pacman, you had walls so it makes more sense

Developer (2 edits)

that was the plan to have following levels with more and more walls and more maze like 

and even in my dreams (I was from start quite sure I would ever have the time to make it) have the last level  with enemies like the ghost from packman wandering and chasing you.

but I ran into bugs, that prevented me from going very far in my plan.  For example, the other snakes that spawn are clone-ghost of the player and should follow the same path the player went (spawning from different point - the last non plain slab the player passed by) but they some time go rogue; not look like a big issue when the level is just an open field like the first level, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be nice in a maze  :(

same with the timed sequence with the power pellet that allow the player to eat the other snake temporary. Doesn't always respwam when it must or the growth of the tail of the player is wrong.  

So decided 2h before the deadline to cut that behind a win screen; and was so tired and stressed I managed to fail that :(


edit: had plan to export also the game as html5; but I don't know why the game is full of glitches in html5

Submitted(+1)

Interesting concept. Nice music and graphics. It just needs some sfx and feedback when you die. It's sudden a little jarring. Overall good job.