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A jam submission

INVALID BREAKView game page

skate across sand as you dash through walls and foes in this small arcade game
Submitted by maybell­čî╗ (@hello_maybell) ÔÇö 39 minutes, 20 seconds before the deadline
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Results

CriteriaRankScore*Raw Score
Visuals#74.4444.444
WOWIE! (Overall)#94.0744.074
Fun#104.1854.185
Sound#213.8153.815
Creativity#343.8893.889
Simplicity#443.9633.963
Topic#933.3333.333

Ranked from 27 ratings. Score is adjusted from raw score by the median number of ratings per game in the jam.

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Comments

Submitted(+1)

Awesome game maybell! I played it for quite a while. The first time I only made it to level 5, but on the second try I stopped when I got to level 12. The gameplay is great, I really like how the game requires you to change up your strategy depending on the amount of green stuff you have. The bounce effect, skating lines, blood effects and camera acceleration & deceleration are also nice touches of polish.

That being said, the gameplay doesn't change that much from level to level; you just have to kill more enemies. The pausemenu doesn't actually pause the game, which means you loose a life each time you want to pause the game. There is also a bug with the UI, eventually you have so many green bars that they start to overlap the "enemies remaining" amount. Lastly, the mouse cursor is locked within the game window (when not in fullscreen), but I guess that's to prevent clicking on a different window which would result in the game window getting obscured.

Developer

hi! thanks so much for giving it such a thorough look. your words are very kind. you may rest knowing you are a True God Gamer, as right now the thing just sort of "ends" at level 10.

i agree with your point about the level to level variety being basically nothing. :) alas, much was cut to make the deadline. i am right now exploring ideas to take this thing a little further with more variety in the content. if you have ideas for baddies or hazards you think would be fun, holler. ;D

the pause menu was another thing i was hoping to add as well. you are 100% correct on this point. it sucks to die that way. :(

thank you for bringing up the ui point! this was something that completely slipped my mind. perhaps once a certain threshold is met, it will instead switch to a "[graphic] x 15" sort of deal. i will look into a way to fix this. thank you. 

and lastly, the mouse cursor locking inside the windowed, uh, window, was intentional to prevent accidental clicking outside the window. would you like to see the ability to disable this feature? :)

thank you again for all the well thought out feedback. this is a tremendous help. <3

Submitted(+1)

Very nice and juicy game! Great work!

Developer(+1)

juicy!! that is an excellent word choice. xD thank you so much for taking the time to check it out. 

Submitted(+1)

Amazing Roguelike you've made! The gameplay is straight forward and simple yet it has depth. I really like the main mechanic this game used, and to top that up, it even has great visuals and sounds.

My only complaint is that I think you should make comboing the enemies more satisfying. Like special effects, and a combo counter.

Overall, one of the best games I've seen here and it is way more polished that it has any right to be under such a short time.

Had fun playing it, can't wait to see more! :)

Developer

thank you! :) another person suggested the combo mechanic, too! i think it is a great idea, and i am excited to explore how to best accomplish this. thank you so much for the thoughtful feedback.

Submitted(+1)

Amazing! I love the movement and the visual effects.

In my opinion it lacks a bit of feedback on enemy kills, it would be really fun if you implemented some sort of combo mechanic, so that you have to line up enemies in order to score bonus points or something.

Developer(+1)

that is a fantastic idea! it never occured to me to add combos and a scoring system. combos were one of my favorite parts of games like geometry wars! how neglectful of me ! :0c i will explore this idea and let you know how it goes. thanks for the kind words, it means a lot <3

Submitted(+1)

I enjoyed playing your game. I got pretty far I think. Game play was fun, and easy to figure out. Really liked the menus and the feel of the game. Good job. 

Developer

oooh * - * how far did you get?

Submitted(+1)

Level 4 - 155 Enemies I think. 

Developer(+1)

well done, you have made me proud. ­čśî

Submitted(+1)

five stars all around. Really great work.

Developer

thank you so much <3 i'm glad you liked it.

Submitted(+1)

good Job simple and good maybe the number of enemies in each level grows very fast but itÔÇÖs ok cause the difficulty

Developer

i agree, the level difficulty jumps pretty quick. overhauling the level generator to be more pleasant to play (and adding a bunch more stuff to smash!) is one of the top things i wanna do in the future. :)

Submitted (2 edits) (+1)

Visuals are amazing, and polish is through the roof.

This game is very solid and the actions feel very satisfying. 

Only thing I didn't like was that it got boring quickly because there is little variance between the levels.

Great submission, maybell!

Developer(+1)

thank you so much for the kind words. i loved your game as well! i agree, the game really is only interesting for half a minute. in the future it is my hope to add a bunch of new stuff to obliterate. :)

Submitted(+1)

Love the logo and color scheme. 

Developer(+1)

thank you so much! getting the right colors is a sacred art and i'm glad i did well in your eyes :')

Submitted

Wow this is one of the best I've played in the jam thus far. The visuals and polish work with the simplicity of the game so that it's easy to pick up but hard to master. You've got something here. Very well done! :D

Developer

thank you so much! saying this is easy to pick up yet hard to master is such a huge compliment. it means so much to me. <3

Submitted(+1)

I honestly don't know what to say. 9/10 because there always is room for improvement. Just can't think of it now man.

Submitted(+1)

good game tho

Developer(+1)

thank you for taking the time to play it on stream. i actually made a small handful of changes to the game thanks to your candid reactions. it helped so much!

Submitted (1 edit) (+1)

Nice job, I'd rather aim with the mouse

Developer

thank you very much! there was another person who had that suggestion too and i think it's a fantastic idea. i'll see what can be done to improve the controls. thank you for the feedback. :)

Developer

i have updated the game implementing your suggestion. let me know if this improves the experience <3

Submitted(+1)

WOW Just, WOW. The sound is perfect, sprites are BEAUTIFUL, gameplay is super smooth, 10/10! Well done!

Developer

thank you so much ;0; this comment means a lot to me. i'm glad you enjoyed it.

Submitted(+1)

Absolutely amazing! The amount of polish you could fit in a game like this during just 72 hours is extremely impressive! This is my favorite game of the jam so far! Well done!!

Developer (1 edit)

thank you so much <3 though, to be fair, i really ran with the jam host's rule allowing the re-use of old assets. this thing is a freakish frankenstein's monster of old art

Submitted(+1)

hey that is an amazing game i enjoyed it a lot it took me a while to get used to the controls but for everything else it is amazing 

Developer

i'm so glad you enjoyed it! :) please let me know if you can think of any improvements to the controls you would like to see made! i'm not quite happy with them yet either.

Submitted(+1)

Its just an idea but maybe you could leave the movement like it is now and move the dash to the mouse instead of the space bar maybe it could improve the experience

Developer

oh wow, yeah, that sounds like a huge improvement. i will explore this idea and let you know how it shakes out. :) thank you for the feedback.

Developer

i have updated the game implementing your suggestion. let me know if this improves the experience <3

Submitted(+1)

Amazing submission, well done.

Developer

thank you very much for the kind words <3

Submitted(+1)

Nice game, looks amazing, sounds are ok but I think that faster soundtrack would be perfect for this game. looks amazing and is pretty fun to play. I loved on the beginning "press dash" and good luck guessing

Developer

YES. a thumping soundtrack is at the top of my list of things to add. do you know any good electronic musicians? specifically whacky loud shit like speedcore? thanks for taking the time to play and leave feedback <3

Submitted(+1)

God damn i am absolutley blown away at how satisfying and fun this game is. Amazing job man!

Developer

thank you so much for playing! i'm really glad it clicked with you.