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A jam submission

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Vimjam 2020
Submitted by Dr_Monkfish (@JohnNaeder) — 19 hours, 27 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Music/Sound#34.5834.583
Theme/Limitation#84.3334.333
Overall#104.1174.117
Technical Implementation#353.8333.833
Fun/Design#373.9173.917
Graphics/Animation#493.9173.917

Ranked from 12 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

How does your game utilize the limitation and theme?
You collect mementos of your long lost family, and can go into the past and back into the future. There and back.

What was your team size?

Solo

You worked alone

Affirm you have followed ALL jam rules. (Select all below or your entry will be disqualified.)

We have credited all assets used in the game including our own name(s) or team name(s)

All original game code and original assets were made during the jam period

The game does not include NSFW or hateful content

The game works on the web or as a Windows 10 download

We have answered all submission questions honestly and completely

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Great job on creating the atmosphere, I loved the transition when switching back in time you nailed it! Controlling the character felt a little off to me, but nothing crazy, I though everything else was on point! This was a joy to play!  

Developer

Thank you for playing! Really appreciate the feedback!!

Submitted(+1)

I think this is a game jam master piece. You nailed so much in the little game. The atmosphere was beyond me. The music mixed so well the the art it just made the game come to life! I'm not even sure what to say. The game was beyond any jam submission I think I've played so far. If only I got to see the end. I  just could pass the last level... 

I believe you can improve on the background of the game a bit after the jam. Though the art fit really well, I feel as if it can be polished a bit more: trees blowing in the wind, trash rolling on the ground. Your game really banks off of atmosphere and it would be cool to see you take it all the way with it. Awesome submission...

Developer

Wow! Thank you very much! Very kind words. And yes I 100% agree with the backgrounds. Art is definitely something I struggle with, and especially big backgrounds like that. Thank you for playing! Much appreciated.

Submitted(+1)

Really cool game. I like how the art and music support the story telling, that was really neat.

The jump physics was a little floaty, and I sometimes got stuck/slid off corners. The little bit of slowmo when you shift dimensions was a really nice touch.

Developer

Thank you for playing! Appreciate the feedback!

Submitted (2 edits) (+1)

Concept is good.
Switching back and forth during jumps was tricky and interesting.

My complaints:
-The game feels lifeless. Some more things moving, some juice additions would be nice.
-The character doesn't have an idle animation. That would have really added some life to the game.
-The character and ledge collision cause me to slide off from time to time.
-A jump that changes it's distance based on how long you hold the button is nice, but I didn't really use it. I just held down the jump to its fullest duration for just about every jump. Thats either the fault of level design, or the jump itself needing tweaking.

Otherwise:
I like the mechanic, the aesthetic, the story, and the music/sound.

Developer(+1)

Awesome! Thanks for playing and really appreciate the helpful feedback and suggestions. I would agree on all your points, some I never even considered! Thanks again!

Submitted(+1)

Pretty cool concept! The graphics and sounds are nice.  The level design could be improved though because sometimes I was just guessing where the platforms in the other world are. Otherwise, nice work ;)

Developer

Thanks for playing! Yes I agree, leaps of faith can be a bit frustrating. Finding the line between making something fun hard and something annoying hard is something I'm still trying to figure out. Thank you for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

Really cool interpretation of the theme, unique and original!

I got up to Level 9 : Staircase to heaven ( I always die at THE LAST JUMP LITERALLY hahahahha)

It was really fun. The mechanics are well done.

I also loved the music.

This is a 5/5 FULL STARS for me

I'd love to know what do you think of my game! :D

Developer(+1)

Thank you for playing, really appreciate the feedback! Yea I really think I made the last few levels too hard, in a bad way. Learned a lot. Thanks for the all the stars!

Submitted(+1)

Man, that was really really fun to play. The plataforms at the end were slippery and felt injust, but was a ton of fun to play anyways.

Developer

Thanks for playing! I totally understand about those last two levels, they are a little bit unfair aren't they? Appreciate the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

Yeah, is just something with the one tile collision, resolve that and maybe the jump and the game is perfect.

Submitted(+1)

Wow , the game idea was very good , cool story , music is great , design didnt disturb me too bad because of the fact that you had a week .  I really liked it and I found small problems like the time change transition was feeling laggy and the player still had the mask on when he was in the past :D

Developer

Thank you! Appreciate the feedback! Yea I didn't even think about changing the character when switching to the past. That could've been a cool idea.

Submitted(+1)

Very good atmosphere for the whole game, gave me the chills. As for the gameplay I found it solid and enjoyable. One thing I would add is fullscreen mode as that would really improve the feel. Sweet music as well. Good job!

Developer(+1)

Thank you! I agree fullscreen probably would have been a good addition. Thank you for the feedback!

Submitted(+1)

Fun game! Reminded me of "effect and cause" from titanfall 2. The platforming was a tad slippery which made the last couple levels really annoying but otherwise it was really good. The atmosphere was really good!

Developer

Thanks playing and for the feedback! Very much appreciated. 

Submitted(+2)

Excellent work! The shifting-between-worlds mechanic is an awesome way to go “there and back”, and I especially like how the music changes to fit the past and present. The levels are pretty fun, but the leaps of faith started to get a little frustrating by level 8, and even more so on level 9. Also, I thought the radioactive platforms were harmful at first.
Besides that, this game is very good, the story draws me in (with heartbreak!), and you definitely nailed the theme.
If you’ve got the time, I’d appreciate it if you checked out and rated my game, Busy Mind! It’s also a platformer, and it’s got some chill vibes :)

Developer(+1)

Thanks for playing! Yea I can understand that. I always have a difficult time trying to make something more difficult, without making it frustrating. I didn't even think about the radioactive platforms looking dangerous, but that totally makes sense! Thanks for the feedback!