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A jam submission

The Forest-BuilderView game page

A game about making a beautiful forest, living with animals. Made for the Unexpected Game Jam.
Submitted by Theternal16 — 3 hours, 42 minutes before the deadline
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The Forest-Builder's itch.io page

Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Visuals#463.2273.227
Audio#552.8862.886
Unexpectedness#802.3862.386
Overall#872.6362.636
Fun#962.4092.409
Gameplay Innovation#1012.1362.136

Ranked from 44 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

Please list any pre-made art/music/code/other assets that you used.
Most of the in-game art assets are Kenney assets.
Music:

Forest Theme - syncopika (OpenGameArt)
https://opengameart.org/content/forest

Game Over Screen - Sad Orchestral Theme - Gichco (OpenGameArt)
https://opengameart.org/users/oddroom

How many members in your team?

Team of 1

List each team member's role, along with their social media / website links!
Mihnea Iorga, Game Design and Programming, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSX7Wf_Sb42JRQFvfPn7M4g/featured

Anything you want to say to players before they play?
Be ready for something unexpected :)

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Unexpected ending! Overall a very complete game for a jam, played twice. Agree that more UI would be nice but didn't factor that into my rating because its a jam. Visuals were consistently high quality. Love that you made a TBS strategy game... an under-represented genre on itch and glad you made this. Thanks!

Developer

Hey! Thanks again for the kind words! Didn't expect that anybody would play my game twice, but I'm glad I made a game that you enjoyed! Thank you so much for the feedback. I really would have loved to make a more polished UI though... but time was not on my side  :)). Thanks again! 

Submitted(+1)

Some visuals for the animals and for the food would have been good because it is hard to interpret the numbers sometimes and know what to do. Also a "+10 seeds" or something next to each tree every time they produce seeds would make it easier to recognize what the function of each plant is. Anyway, this game is still really polished and fun. 😀👍

Developer

Thanks for playing and leaving some feedback! 

Submitted(+1)

Nice game, pretty simple and enjoyable. The UI could use some improvements, like better text alignment and some icons. Didn’t expect the ending!

Developer(+1)

Hey! Thanks for playing the game and for leaving feedback! I'll keep it in mind.

Submitted(+1)

Really loved the game! Love the premise and really enjoyed the visuals, super well-scoped! I think that a consistent UI for the cost of each upgrade could really help improve the experience. Something like:

Name: X
Effects: +Y (tree icon) -C
Cost: 6 (seed icon)

As you know, gamers notoriously do not like to read 😅

You could also include a +5 food/day right below the food counter to help make things more clear to the player as well.

I also came across this thread for game balancing https://twitter.com/tanyaxshort/status/1301990872645468160 and thought that it might be helpful for approaching balance in your game (not implying that the balance is off, but just want to spread the helpful threads).

Developer(+1)

Hey! Thanks a lot! That thread will really help me a lot in the future! I'm also glad to hear that you enjoyed my little game. 

Submitted(+1)

Look and feels good, but took me long time to figure out what was going on. Bit of feed back would be nice, nice effort tho =)

Submitted(+1)

Very relaxing and good music

Submitted(+1)

Well done, a calm game with nice design and music !

Developer

Thanks, man!

Submitted(+1)

Alright I tested it several times thing is "Seeds come easy, Food come easy, Animals come easy, the only thing that doesn't make sense is roughly around day 700 ish the game crashes each time! :)

Developer

Thanks for the feedback! I will look into that crash, see what's going on.

Submitted(+1)

Dang well that ending was pretty rude lol. Interesting. I think that it's good that it's overly easy because it ensures everyone will make it to the ending. Also, the pacing is pretty good so the experience doesn't drag out. I think it would be neat if the player could actually see the animals or maybe if there were flowers or other forms of life in the forest (it might make the ending more impactful). Nicely done :)

Developer

Hey! Thanks for the feedback! I'm really glad that you enjoyed my little game. It was in plan to add visuals for the animals, but I didn't have the time... Anyway, thanks for playing it!

Submitted(+1)

super cute visuals and music!

the gameplay was a bit confusing though, when can I place a block and when can't I? I ended up just clicking repeatedly until the block would place. 

Developer

Thanks for the feedback! I will keep that in mind! 

Submitted(+2)

Hey, I really like the idea and the look of the game - both were quite nice. I think some UI indicating total production, total loss, things like that would really help the game be more intuitive to the player. I also felt as though it was a tad on the easy side, I never felt as though I was strategizing, rather I just spammed berry bushes. I really enjoyed playing your game and thought it was really cool! Great job ;)

Developer

Hi! Glad to hear that you enjoyed my little game! I planned to add some kind of events, to make the gameplay a bit more challangeing, but I didn't have time to properly implement them. Anyway, thanks for the feedback, and I will keep everything you said in mind! 

Submitted(+2)

A nice and calm game.

I would like a better indication of how well I'm doing, or how close I am to ecosystem collapse.

Developer

Hey! Thanks for dropping some feedback! I will keep that in mind :)