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the graphical quality is very impressive, i like how much detail there is. gameplay felt somewhat unresponsive however, and there were some conveyance issues (are bullets used for shooting or just upgrades? am i actually hitting the helicopter? etc)

Thanks for the feedback. Yeah, the gameplay loop is definitely lacking still. I'm working on improving that! 

As far as parts/currency - they are currently just used for upgrades. I was trying to think of items that would be considered valuable and those were the first 3 I thought of. Though I just had the thought of "water" as I was typing this. I considered having ammo as an consumable but decided against it - can't entirely think of why at this moment.

The conveyance issues are always tricky, especially as I keep adding more "flair" to what's going on - some of it intentionally to distract. As far as the hits landing, there should be a "hit splash" as well as a sound effect. I'll see if I can work on the visibility/readability of the hit splash. But in answer to the question, yes you are hitting the helicopter. I think what hurts is you aren't really supposed to be encountering them in the early (weak) state. The helicopter has 25 HP and the starting bullets only deal 1 point of damage initially. Once you increase that damage and add things like "rapid fire" or "double shot" the choppers go down really easily. This in turn helps in conveying they're being hit! Otherwise it just feels like you're hopelessly spamming bullets to no end.

Sorry for the long reply. Thanks for giving it a play! Since they've recently extended the submission deadline a week, I plan to really work on the game loop and hope to have something a little more memorable by the end.

i highly recommend having an entity briefly flash when it's shot - that's the easiest way i've found to ensure the player understands if what they're doing is working.

Yeah, after I typed my reply I had that realization. It's as if I forgot how to video game. I added a flash and on the red cars there is a chance for the car to "shimmy' which resets the AI ( i.e. The gunman goes back in the window). Haven't uploaded any of the changes yet. Had a few bugs (like shields not working as intended and getting stuck in the walls) that I also fixed. Have a couple more small changes to make and will hopefully  release another public build tomorrow.  Thanks again for the feedback!

Yes! The visuals are great but I die to fast here

Thanks for trying it out. I'm still trying to find a good balance for the difficulty curve. You are meant to die - just need to find the right speed and amount of deaths.