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A jam entry

Dungeon CrusherView game page »

An ultra-quick tile based game.
Submitted by Racso with 1 day, 21 hours before the deadline

Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw score
Sound#412.3892.389
Innovation#502.1112.111
Aesthetics#532.3332.333
Overall#542.1672.167
Theme#542.3892.389
Gameplay#551.8331.833
Overall#571.9441.944

Ranked from 18 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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This reminds me of Dungeon Raid which is one of my favourite mobile games ever.

Pretty fun gameplay, although I feel like there's a lack of feedback in this game, and dying seems all too sudden. Understand that due to the tight gameplay period (30seconds) you don't want too many animations to occur but at least some feedback in terms of damage on health like in Dungeon Raid would be useful. Also rather than numbers, having things as a bar would give a quicker indication of how much health / time you have left, as the serif font is pretty but gets in the way of readability (which is crucial in a quick game like this).

The instructions aren't that clear as well, as it seems that stuff that are of the same kind gets removed, rather than all adjacent tiles.

I like the color scheme, the version I played (web game) didn't have sounds though. 

Developer

Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I was inspired by DR, which is also a lifetime favorite for me! In fact, for a long time I didn't know that there was a whole genre of games with similar mixes of RPG and tile-based puzzles ("Puzzle RPG")!

Based all the feedback I've received, including yours, I think the main problem of the game is a lack of a tutorial (or at least a screen with instructions). Trying to learn how to play results in dying in 2-3 turns without understanding what happened. The feedback for the attacks is the animation of the enemies (which shrink and then grow), but yes, that's not enough for a person playing for the first time. I'm currently trying to make a clear tutorial. Let's hope that improves the game!

I'm not sure about what happened with the sound. All the versions are exactly the same; the web version does have sound! If possible, I'd like you to try again, mainly because I'd like you to check how the music goes with the 30 seconds; I think it causes a nice tension effect.

Thanks again!

I was also quite bad at the game but I had fun. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on the game!

I think there should be a tile which increases the time, or something which adds more time (despite not sticking with the theme) but overall pretty nice. Might be popular with some "juice" and an improved game feel. 

Interesting game with nice graphics. The sound can be really annoying if you click fast, and I don't know if I am bad but I always die really, really fast.

Developer(+1)

Thanks for the feedback. It's not easy at first, but if you get the hang of it, you can get some good scores. I have 30 points in Story mode, and my brother yesterday got around 50.

I posted some instructions on how to play, just in case. I've discovered that the game isn't as intuitive as first as I'd like to. I'll probably introduce a tutorial mode.

Yes, I think a tutorial would be great! I got 15 points high score :O