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A jam entry

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A minimalist platformer with a twist.
Submitted by Sherjil Ozair (@sherjilozair) with 7 hours, 36 minutes before the deadline

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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Fun#183.7503.750
Music#263.3213.321
Sound Effects#433.0003.000
WTF#442.9292.929
Art#473.1433.143
Graphics#523.0363.036
Humor#552.3212.321

Ranked from 28 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

What INSPIRED this game?
celeste, thomas was alone, invisigun heroes, getting over it with bennett foddy, and blind speedrunning.

List the parts of your game you or your team did NOT make. (Pre-existing assets or downloaded content)
background music

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Comments

This is a pretty cool game. My only problem is that the audio wasn't synchronized with my movements, thus making it really hard to play while 'blind'. This might have to do with the fact that I was playing the game at 35FPS.

The movement in this game is one of the best I have used in a platformer, and the twist is actually really cool.

Developer(+1)

Thanks for playing the game, and your encouraging comments! 

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I love all of the games you've taken inspiration from, and you've definitely done them justice! Difficulty is well balanced, though I must admit the hit boxes on the red blocks are too big :( and look into "coyote time" - it's basically a little frustrating when you can't jump after falling off sometimes! I think most platformers incorporate it somehow :) I loved the music and SFX, great job there! Where did you find the music if you don't mind me asking? :D

Developer

I'm glad you enjoyed the game, and thanks a lot for your feedback. I did, in fact, try to implement coyote time jump by essentially increasing the bounding box for checking if player is in ground, but that had the side-effect of introducing the wall jump capability, i.e. the player can just jump from the side of the platform without ever being ON the platform. Do you know of any links/resources on how to implement this properly in Unity?

The background music is by: https://freesound.org/people/frankum/, and this is the particular one: https://freesound.org/people/frankum/sounds/393520/. I just asked on Tim's discord, and someone suggested this to me.

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ah try starting a timer when the player stops being "grounded" (i.e. touching the floor) and *hasn't* jumped for maybe 0.5f, then -= Time.deltaTime every frame, and only set grounded to false when that timer is done? That's what I usually do, though I tend to do a small raycast from the player's feet so it might be more difficult if you're using a collider to check that!

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Played, beat the whole game, and i feel accomplished. Difficulty is very well balanced. Screen transitions are a nice polish, as well as the dialogues, and music. The second best game i played so far.

The only things that lacked polish was: you could have changed the font, and the character could be something other than a cube ( i know it's supposed to be minimalistic, but it looks too much like a place holder, other than a style choice )

Developer(+1)

Thank you for playing the game, and I'm glad you were able to finish it and enjoyed it. I did use a non-default font (Roboto), but I guess I could have picked something even better. I wouldn't have been able to animate the 3d character though, and so it would have looked really unpolished.

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beat the entire game. probably one of the few complete games and i liked it. even the store page was well done. using the 3d level images to look like there part of the page for a polished look.


also i like the let the level teach way of doing things. thats my methoid and i noticed how you play a level twice. and blind on the second try. was pretty neat. and i never got lost.


my one thing is that naming him Tomas. based on Tomas was afraid is kinda... stealing. just slip him a different name. people can see its built after it but stealing names also is less respectful. not a big deal but something worth noting

Developer

Thanks for your comment. I am happy you appreciated the little things I did to improve the polish.

Since it's a jam game and the topic is inspiration, I thought it would be okay to use the name. Of course, I'd never do that if this was made into a full game.

Yeh. I can understand that then. But it just kinfa struck me is all. But i liked it

Lucky there is a skip button. some of the levels are hard you have to mange time in your head when you did jump on some platforms. but sometimes I notice that the jump doesn't react very well when just landed on a platform. but it is a intersecting concept that could use some love in it.

Developer(+1)

Thanks for playing the game, and the feedback. I'm glad you liked the concept. I do acknowledge that the jump wasn't perfect. I'll keep this in mind for my next game. Thanks again!

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without that skip to next level option, I wouldn't have reached the end.

Developer

Thanks for playing the game! The game was meant to be somewhat frustrating. :)

I enjoyed it, well done!  I felt like the jumping was a little strange... like sometimes either my input was missed or I wasn't counted as grounded when I thought I should have been.  But I kept playing until I won, which is high praise.  Good job!

Developer

Did you finish it? I'd have liked a screenshot with number of deaths and total time saved. If you beat it again, do share. And yes, the jump is a bit strange, but you get used to it. I tried fixing it, but wasn't able to.

(+1)

Very cruel game, definitely frustrating, I had to walk away from it for a bit to regain my composure. This is a compliment coming from me! Good job!! 

Developer(+1)

Thanks for playing the game. Did you manage to finish it? If not, which level did you end at?

No, I still couldn't make it past that one, I get to the last platform and time runs out, I plan on going back to it though, I'm interested to see how the game progresses and how far it will push my ability.

The whole time trial platformer idea is pretty cool, but I'm not so sure I like the "twist". Or maybe I would prefer the invisibility without being timed. It's just that the combination of those factors makes it hard, and not in a challenging way, but a frustrating way. Perhaps you could add more assistance, like clouds of dust that pop up at your feet when you land on a platformer. Because as it's implemented now, there are things like hearing you land that can throw you off if you landed somewhere you didn't expect. Also, the timing is set very aggressively. You seem to base the time off of a speed run when you're not invisible, but when you are invisible, it can be really difficult to know how far you are from a ledge, for example. Another problem is that the jump key is just not always responsive. The jump needs to really be on point if you want people to speed run while invisible. They need to be able to queue up jumps as they're about to touch the ground. Right now, there are times when I try to jump, and it just fails to register and I fall off a platform. It just feels like you're trying to make a skill-based game, but in the end, there's too much luck involved. Another way to go might be leaning into the invisibility more and focusing on making that fun. Like perhaps you're just invisible the entire game, and instead of being timed, the challenge is learning to do the jumps without ever seeing your character. And that way, at the end of the game, you could have a reward like reaching a machine that turns you visible again.


Overall, the game is actually really fun. The jumps and level designs feel really solid. Good basic platformer. But the combination of factors contributing to difficulty makes it maybe a little too challenging for a lot of people.

Developer

Thanks for the wonderful in-depth review. Yes, there are a number of possible variants with this idea. I didn't get to try them all. The dust flying off marking the landing spot sounds good, and could make this game more accessible. I do realize that the jump sometimes doesn't work. I tried hard to understand why, but couldn't solve the problem. Also, while playtesting on my own, I had learnt the "proper" way to  jump (you have to wait a bit in the ground before jumping again), and so I couldn't reproduce the jump problem. Thanks again for your feedback. My next game will have invisibility mechanic as well, and I will incorporate your feedback.

Developer

To those playing this game, you can press the P button, if you want to go to a previous level for practice. 

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I, beeng bad at platformers, really enjoy the twist. Nicelly done!

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Interesting idea for a platformer. Nicely done.

Practicing jump distances kinda hard when you don't see your character all the time, so it would have been nice to be able to go on a previous level for a practice. And time limits on last levels were too tight for me :)

Developer

Thanks for playing the game! You can go the previous level by pressing the p key. Yeah, I know the time limits are quite tight, but I realized that challenge is a huge part of the game.

Great challenging game, worth the time.