I really value your detailed feedback and completely agree. This and a checkpoint system so players don't feel like they are playing 'Getting over it' when they fall from the upper tiers are the two things I would change if I pursue this project any further. There might be a day when I edit this but as of now I have too many irons in the fire.
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