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A jam submission

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Respawn made for the Miz Jam #1, Pulled into the void... is there any hope for escape?
Submitted by Brad (@HarvieBradley) — 2 hours, 17 minutes before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Overall polish#2223.2633.263
Creative use of art assets#2433.2113.211
Overall#2593.1933.193
Engagement#2893.1053.105

Ranked from 19 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Submitted

Love the light effect and the concept.

Submitted

Pretty cool concept, I would love if it had some music :)

Submitted

Really nice presentation, especially with the lighting. I like the idea of exploring the world and heaving to remember things between runs. Reminds me of another game were you only had 1 minute before you died and respawned.

Submitted

I like how the game looks, and the main mechanic looks interesting, but I can't say I enjoyed playing the game.

I feel like I missed part of the narrative in this game, and now it feels incomplete to me.

I also somehow can't reach the plains in the north? Is that even a location I am supposed to visit?

I found  two red-colored characters, but it doesn't look like I can do anything with them, they are just red in color...

Last but not the least, the game clearly lacks the music.

Submitted

Fun concept and I the atmosphere in the game is really nice, the lighting was awesome and the limit on turns made it challenging but you could replay to improve and work out routes, really enjoyed that, nice game!

Submitted

An interesting game with an effective use of lighting. Though I would have preferred for some more feedback in terms of better audio and game juice since it could really liven up the game. As for the idea and controls I found both quite intuitive, though I noticed quite he few errors on the console page. The dialogue and overall use of assets give of a perfectly eerie atmosphere. However, I couldn't find the game engaging, since I could see no point in the game, but exploring on its own gave some enjoyment, so alas engagement will have to get 2 stars on my behalf, but everything else 5 stars from me, well done! 

Submitted

Lovely little game

Submitted

Interesting concept. I liked the use of the sprites being used to create different areas and the general atmosphere was nice. The dialogue was also interesting. I couldn't particularly work out a point to the game other than exploring and I imagine I missed a hidden thing or two dotted around? 

Overall though an interesting entry!

Submitted

Pretty cool and creative game! It got boring pretty fast without any actual narrative though and it's kind of frustrating to run out of steps just before reaching someone/one of the powerups. Overall a very original and interesting game!

Submitted

I really love the mechanic of slowly running out of movement and needing to replenish it along the way, it's creative as heck. As I ran out of movement, I really /felt/ the desperation and dread kick in.
And the little girl saying she could hear them counting? Spooked me so hard - I was instantly immersed.

I basically ran out of stuff to do after talking to the skeleton, but I could definitely see having a choice-driven story-based game, where you lock yourself into your choices (your path) since you already used your movement. Can't save the little boy, not worth the movement. Ignore the suffering - conserve your steps. That kind of psychological story game fits perfectly in the atmosphere and ambiance you created here. Really awesome work on the engagement in terms of setting (although I could go for some light music in the background, just something to set the scene). You have a great base for either expanding on the gameplay, or expanding on an awesome story. Or, in the best of worlds, both! Good job!

Submitted

Very fun concept, spooky atmosphere :D. Having no sounds makes it even more creepy tbh but I think it would be better if there were some. I like that all the NPC's in the game have their own "character". Great job!

Submitted

Stylish game. Very interesting!

You must to add some music and sfx!! Without it game feells pretty hollow.

Good luck!

Submitted(+1)

I loved the art of this game. ambiance with the little girl "I hear them count" worked really well with the gameplay. But I didn't know what to do. Or if there was anything to do? Maybe a little bit more guidance would have been nice for me.

Developer

Yay!!!! I'm happy that you noticed that :D 

There are three main areas to explore (including the starting zone) and multiple characters to talk with. I was hoping that the signs at the start would provide a bit of direction. I'll likely spend a bit of time on a new introductory area/tutorial zone.

Submitted(+1)

I liked it, gave me a feeling of being stuck in limbo. Reminded me of a bit of Minit. After having explored in every direction once I kind of got stuck and wasn't sure if there was anything to do or achieve. Well put together.

Developer

Thank you :)

I hope you were able to explore the foundry and midway! I could have definitely been more clear on an initial objective.

Submitted(+1)

Great game, story design mechanics effects lighting are all good

however personally after restarting many times i didn't find myself enjoying the walking count thing i see it pointless to restart again because i moved too much i mean walk count mechanic is the core of this game, just not my type i guess

Developer(+1)

Thank you! I'm glad you liked the game!

I think if I am to work on the game furthermore it would become a narrative strategy game with tighter environments and checkpoint like locations.

Imagine dark souls of the walking simulators :p

Submitted(+1)

yeah that seem cool, good luck

Submitted(+1)

The game environment felt nice the lighting was amazing, the map design was very good as well.It was fun and all but I think a undo system or a good tutorial could have made it easier to interpret

Developer(+1)

Adding a tutorial is definitely in my sights. I like the idea of an undo system, it would be worth exploring.

Thank you for playing! :D

Submitted(+1)

Nice game. I like the look and the premise, but you don't get that many moves before you run out of turns and have to start again. I was trying to explore and meet people but quickly found that if I tried to explore anywhere I would run out of moves. Perhaps if the player could move a bit quicker I could get back to where I was a little faster with each iteration. It did a really good job building an atmosphere though, I really wanted to find out about people and what was going on.

Developer

Thank you Neutrix! I was hoping to make the game somewhat challenging. Maybe checkpoint system could do the trick.

Submitted(+1)

Really nice! I'm digging the aesthetic! Really cool game mechanic too. If I had to same something negative I'd say the lack of sfx and music hurts the game a bit. Otherwise, really cool!

Developer

Thank you for your kind words! :D

I would have liked to get some music and sfx in as well. I'll likely add audio to the game in the near future.

Submitted(+1)

I get what you're going for but I'm unfortunately (on WIN) getting lots of "body_shape entered" errors messages in the debug console. Is that console enabled on purpose?

Sound is missing (for me) but I like the way the assets were used. Style is fitting. Although the screen size was a little bit too small for me and I couldn't figure out how to change it :D

Developer(+1)

Whoops, enabling the console messages was unintentional, thank you for pointing that out.

Unfortunately I didn't have time to implement any audio to the game, I would have liked to have it in as well.

Oh that's strange, the window size can be enlarged either by clicking and dragging the window corners. Or with the default windows enlarge/minimise buttons which can be found on the top of the game window. Hope that helps :)