Thanks Obliviist. No, it's really useful for me to have feedback like this. :)
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Thanks for such a positive comment. :) When you messed up, was it annoying that it sent you right back to the start? I wondered if I should have just sent players back to the start of the puzzle they were on.
If you're new to using itch.io and participating in game jams, this information might be useful.
If you've created a game that is saved as a html file you can upload that game and allow people to play it on itch.io in the web browser rather than getting people to download the file to play it. Both Bitsy & Twine, which we featured in the launch event save the games they produce as html files. To get the game to play in the browser tick the "This game will be played in the Browser" box underneath the filename you uploaded.
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Games In the Woods is a tree/woodland/forest themed game jam for all ages, being run as part of the Urban Tree Festival. There's a launch event on Saturday 15th May and a “show & tell” event on Sunday 23rd May for jammers to celebrate their creations. We encourage you to create video games, interactive fiction, web comics, board games, escape games, card games – anything you want! We encourage creative re-use of images from the British Library’s Flickr collection of digitised 19th century books, check out these online Flora and Fauna galleries. There is also a fantastic British Library curated selection of wildlife and environmental sound recordings, which you can use in your creations. These are available via this SoundCloud playlist.
Hi. It can be a tree/woodland/forest themed digital or non-digital game eg video games, interactive fiction, web comics, board games, escape games, card games. But it's not restricted to only those types of games. If you do create a game that isn't digital, the easiest way to share it on the jam page is by uploading a pdf/file of the rules along with photos/drawings of the game itself. You can go wild interpreting those limited rules, as long as you stick within itch.io content creator guidelines. https://itch.io/docs/creators/quality-guidelines#nsfw-content-must-be-marked-as-...
I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for the much appreciated comments and helpful feedback. :) I realise now that sending people back to the beginning is a bit frustrating - it's a hangover of games I used to play in the 1980s. Although I should have learnt from my own frustrations that it's not the best way to treat a player.
Thanks for playing. :) You can move to any tile without any immediate consequences. The consequences are later on down the line - if you take the wrong path, when you reach a lighthouse the dialogue changes (basically you've lost the game).
Oops! Looks like you found a bug as well when moving between the different rooms. Thanks for letting me know. I'll have to sort that out.
Thanks for the thumbs up for the rest of it. :)
That's useful to know - thank you. The game is a mix of rooms, where some have no puzzles in the room, and the key point of those rooms is to develop the story. For the other rooms, the puzzles are all pattern/sequence based, with the clue for the pattern sequence shown at the bottom of the screen (reading left to right). So for example, the first cloud section that you need to cross (after coming out of the cave), the colours of the clouds you need to stand on are shown at the bottom of the screen. It's the same for the next room as well, and with all of the other puzzles - all pattern based. With the Hattifatteners room, that didn't work as well, as it was was just an avoidance puzzle, and I now think it's difficult to gauge distance from the 3D angle I chose.
I appreciate the feedback - and now I can understand why a few others mentioned that it was frustrating - they never followed up on why it was frustrating when I asked them.