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A jam submission

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Explore a forgotten cave and a mysterious purple forest in our Metroidvania style game Donimo.
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Presentation#133.5304.500
Metroidvania#262.7463.500
Overall#262.7463.500
Enjoyment#312.3533.000
Design#332.3533.000

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

Engine
Game Maker 2

Team/Developer
Hyperviolet Games

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Nice game! I would have a suggestion to make the dash activate on pressing Shift, not on releasing it. Also, I could not progress further than the wetlands, as all the paths seemed to need the double jump or equivalent ability which I have not found yet.

Developer

Hey thanks for playing our game!  interesting that you made it to the wetlands without acquiring double jump. Did you break through the rock floor at the frog boss before defeating it? Frog boss gives you double jump. 

Submitted

oh, yeah, I did. It didn't feel like i was damaging the guy when attacking him so i just busted through the rock, since it was possible i assumed it was the intended path

Submitted(+1)

very cool game. Nice storyline. I haven't played through yet but so far I wouldn't know what could be improved.

Submitted(+1)

very cool game. Nice storyline. I haven't played through yet but so far I wouldn't know what could be improved.

(+1)

I really love this Demo. The atmosphere, the music and the art are really amazing together! It was fun to play. Really great job!

Submitted(+2)

Talk about atmosphere, the music and presentation in the initial cave really sets the mood. The character and monster art is charming as well. There are also some really good lighting / particle effects in use here which was cool to see. The gems mechanic is also a really good design idea, it has tangible benefits but is less abstract than a stats system.


Some suggestions / feedback:

- Each screen is quite large with lots of pathways to remember, especially early on when many of them are inaccessible (I definitely struggled with this in the area after Lund's Lair). Finding a way to give the player a bit more guidance or make the viable path more memorable could go a long way.

- Controls-wise, there are a few issues. I did really enjoy the multi-directional attack, but the lack of a mid-air attack felt strange. You can also polish up your jump mechanic by adding coyote time and jump buffering (if the player hits jump slightly before hitting the ground, the character will jump again once they land, it makes things feel much more responsive). 

- Mid-air dash is always a favorite of mine, so I was excited to pick it up so early, and it came with some cool visual effects as well. However, you have to use it almost immediately in a very dangerous situation (dash through a small gap above a spike pit) without any real "safe practice" with the ability beforehand. A suggestion would be to add a couple of descending, safe gaps on the way to the dash jump which then require the player to use the dash jump to re-ascend before attempting the spike jump.


Overall a solid entry, I really enjoyed the aesthetic and the apparent size of the world (so many zones!) and given a bit more guidance / control tweaks I'd love to explore more of it. Great job!

Developer

Hey thanks so much for the feedback on this! Yes, so we also received another comment about Coyote jumping and is something we will def implement in our next game. 

I’m so glad you liked our game and played it! :) 

(+1)

The pixel art combined with the music and soundfx create a beautifully mystical atmosphere, gotta love that Oboe theme!

Developer

Yo thanks so much!

(+1)

Hey! Good luck to everyone who is in the GameJam :D