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A jam submission

You are a skeleton who wants to see the SunView game page

Small metroidvania about reaching the surface
Submitted by shinseyy
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Gameplay#24.1924.192
Overall#43.9923.992
Overall#44.0774.077
Graphics#104.1544.154
Theme#104.0004.000
Audio#123.5383.538

Ranked from 26 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Submitted(+1)

Cool Game! I really like it!

Submitted(+1)

Really good game! I spent so much time playing this! The atmosphere and the concept is great. I kept thinking that I wanted to hear a little more of the somber piano notes throughout the level because it fit the game so well. Great work!

Developer

Yeah I figured it would add to atmosphere if the music only played at checkpoints.

Submitted(+1)

Absolutely amazing game. It just looks so good, feels so polished, and the level design is amazing. I love the premise of the skeleton wanting to see the sun, it's so wholesome and vague, and the soul trying to guide the decomposed body is just so natural. The chain that holds them together is so real, every time you try to separate them the soul is pulled back, the screen shakes, that satisfying sound, you just feel it. The challenge comes from trying to open your mind to see the world differently, the soul helping you realize that your perception is flawed, much like in real life you could say. It's the kind of game that punishes you for not playing perfectly, not always being careful that there might be hidden dangers, and after many deaths you know the world perfectly and you feel amazing for passing through it flawlessly, due to your past failures. The levels are carefully crafted, and I love the fact that at some point the map loops back to the last checkpoint and opens up a new area, making the world not feel linear. This reminded me a lot of Bloodborne, just on a small scale. 

Then you gain the ability to double jump, opening more areas once again. Just when you were starting to rely on your soul too much, everything is flipped with those seemingly Celeste-inspired blocks that only the body can pass through. You now have to carefully protect your soul with your body, while still making sure to reveal the path with the soul, just like in life your "soul" guides you, but with your body you can destroy your soul. Maybe I'm giving this game more meaning than it was intended, but I just love that it can be interpreted this way and it fits so well. As you go further towards the "real world" there are many more dangers for the soul, signaling that it doesn't belong in the physical world. The ending is cute, you finally get to the sun, but you could definitely include some sort of animation for a more satisfying conclusion. The same goes for the beginning, some awakening animation would definitely fit. The text does a good job, however.

The dark graphics with a little light here and there are so simple and so atmospheric.  The sound design is amazing and it is just silent enough to make you feel lost, with that ominous soundtrack. One small complain here would be that the sound you make when you walk, though boney and atmospheric, just hurts my ears when I walk too long and hear it looping, there are too many ticks and it's kind of scratching my ear, I would like too see it made a bit softer, hope you can understand where I'm coming from. The jumping sound, however, is very satisfying as you don't have to hear it looping and you can just hear the bones. Loved the minimalist "3d" animations on the UI. I have to ask, is the game made pixel by pixel or did you use a shader or something like that to give the impression of pixel art? The ghost looks like it's the latter, while the skeleton looks like it's made pixel by pixel, that is why I am confused. Either way, it works really well. The cursor just doesn't need to be on screen, although maybe that's just because it's webgl. Definitely remove it if you can. The game does a great job at explaining mechanics without any text. I think the character controller is a tiny bit too sensitive, as this is not a fast paced game and sometimes you walk too far and that adds to the challenge, I don't know how intentional this is. It is so easy to lose when you touch the black blocks with your soul that it makes certain parts very frustrating. I feel like hard and frustrating are different things, it just feels a bit unfair when you don't think you touched it and you lose, especially towards the end. If this isn't your intention, I recommend making the ghost collider a bit smaller, to be more forgiving.

Overall fantastic game. If you accomplished this in a week, give yourself 3 months and make a full Steam release. You could surely make something great in that time. You could flesh out the story, add more mechanics and even improve the graphics, even though it looks great, more layers could be added. You definitely don't seem to have a problem with pacing or level design, so I feel like now that you have this game you can easily add a lot to it. I am definitely reading too much in the story, but I love the fact that it's ambiguous enough to let me do that. Fantastic game, probably my favorite from the jam. Good luck in the future!

Developer(+1)

Thank you for great feedback! I'm currently trying to improve the game (graphics/sound/mechanics/ add and improve levels) and i will surely change things you mentioned. I agree that ghost shoul have small collider. About the pixel art, everything was made pixel by pixel. Once again, thank you for feedback!

Submitted(+1)

Nice game, quite hard. Good implementation of the theme.

Submitted(+1)

Best game so far, well done! Controls so smooth, that I am jealous.

Submitted(+1)

Super! Love the ghost on the chain idea! Controls is good. Like it!

Submitted(+1)

Reviewed! Nice work! 

Submitted(+1)

Concept, theme and graphics are amazing! Very well done.

Only problem I had, that when using space to jump, most the app was scrolling down the page.

Developer(+1)

Maybe try to download it or play fullscreen.

Submitted(+1)

This is one of the gems of this Jam. There were times I wish there were more plentiful save points, or that the jumps had some coyote time, but these are criticisms of it as a the kind of game I would pay money for. For a game made in a week, this is awesome.

Submitted(+1)

Excellent game! 
I can imagine this played with dual analogs, using the right stick to move the ghost.

Awesome work!

Submitted(+1)

The skekeleton animation is sweet :D Good game

Submitted(+1)

love the theme, love the sounds effect and the concept ! 

Submitted(+1)

love the theme, love the sounds effect and the concept ! 

Submitted(+1)

Wow, this is very impressive. It's perfectly within the theme and the concept its executed so well. Great work!

Submitted(+1)

i love the art style and the two characters! i could imagine this being a really challenging co-op game where one person uses mouse and the other moves the ghost. i would like it if the camera was fixed and the areas were split into levels like Celeste. then you can see the whole level, and when you die and restart it doesnt feel tedious to run back through. a nice balance of puzzling & punishing. i really liked it!