This is something that's confused me a lot. The deadzone is actually quite high, but it doesn't seem to scale as accurately as it's supposed to. It's also possible that it's getting turned off at unintended points. I'll be sure to look into it. I have a patch planned soonish and will include any changes to this that I can muster.
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Thank you! I wish it could have been a bit longer given how long it took to make, but oh well. They are in fact doable, they might even be related! I can't give any hints. At least one person has figured it out already, so I know others can too!
currently, no. im kind of hesitant to distribute steam keys for itch and gamejolt. there's not a whole lot of reason not to provide them, but im still unsure. ill think about it overnight and decide tomorrow. if i end up not providing them and you really want a steam key for whatever reason, i can personally message them to people.
Sorry about that! I removed all of the old clutter from the page in preparation for the release and have been neglecting the demo.
- Z to jump,
- X to attack,
- left/right arrow keys to move,
- down arrow key to fall through thin platforms,
- up arrow key to open door.
- A to jump,
- X to attack,
- d-pad or joystick to move, fall through, or open doors like above.
- (you have to press z on keyboard when getting a power up, it was a bug I never fixed).
In-game controls will be available in the full version when it releases. I will try to update the demo for that as well.
Thanks for commenting! They haven't been regular for months now, so you haven't missed much. I did them a lot in the early development when new mechanics were being added daily. Late-stage dev is too slow for weekly or even bi-weekly updates.
Thanks for the follow up post! Hopefully a map + signs that say there's a save point in an adjacent room will help prevent people from walking past save points. That being said, you're not the only person who's said something about the difficulty, so I will still be altering some things. I don't want this to be a hard game. It'll have challenge, but I don't want the game to be frustrating like so many other indie platformers are. Wasps, bats, and excessive enemy placements represent the frustrating difficulty that I want to alter, while spear ghosts, moles, and the first boss represent the good kind of difficulty that I'm shooting for.
Sorry about the lack of saving and loading, it'll be there eventually we just haven't gotten to it quite yet. This past update I was mostly focusing on making the game flow as good as possible, but I'll definitely focus on balancing the difficulty a bit more for the next update. There are quite a few problematic enemies that I'll make easier to deal with and/or avoid. Thanks for playing though! We've been updating the game about every month, so hopefully this time next month all of the problems you had will be solved.
Finished it in just over an hour minutes with the gem ending. I really enjoyed it, and kind of want to speedrun it, but I have a few issues which I'll get to after a quick review. For $2 it's totally worth it if you like a really clean short exploration platformer [a few very tricky sections, but most are pretty fair and the checkpoints are generally very forgiving].
1. As someone who frequently uses the map, it's very easy to accidentally fast travel to another area, killing progress, which is really frustrating and happened about 6 times to me throughout the game. I really think the input for fast travel should be changed to avoid this.
2. I finished the game with 769 coins. The last of which are guarded by the teleporting enemies at the bottom of the airship. This is by far the most cruel section in the game, and doesn't feel fair at all. I've tried this section many times now and haven't even found a way to consistently get past the first enemy, let alone the rest. I really think this should be changed significantly. I know you want this area to be challenging, but this is too much. I really want to get the coin ending [I think I found the secret door to get this ending already] but this section is gatekeeping me pretty hard.
Was originally going to be a boss fight, but I ended up canning it. Didn't want to waste it so I put it there. Kind of wish I didn't now since I've heard some people mistake it for "the skull" that is mentioned when you collect the missing skeleton parts, when I actually mean the smaller one from the beginning of the game.
There isn't a forum because itch doesn't let you have a comments section and a forum, and I think a comments section is more fitting for now. We do have a discord channel though! I never got around to adding it to the game's description on itch but it should be there now. If you don't have discord or don't want to join but still have questions, feel free to email me at benallen1121(at)gmail(dot)com
Thanks! I have considered adding an easter egg with the original sprites, and might do it. We'll see...
Enemy respawning isn't perfect yet, still working on perfecting that. The abilities in the demo will not be there in the final game, but will be spread out across the different locations. The only ability that'll stay where it is now is dive. We haven't programmed death yet to make it easier for testing, might be one of the last things we do actually.
Well good news: I changed it back! I don't plan on updating the demo any time soon, but the most recent versions of the game have dive working the way it worked in the previous games. I also plan to have the pause screen with a (hopefully more detailed) map, but we probably won't get to doing that till near the end of development.
I'm a little confused by what you said about "not being able to charge while already walking", because you can only start charging while walking. If you press the button while standing still you just do a headbutt. Regardless, I've changed it so that charge has a bit more oomph to it. You build up speed slower than normal walking, but you have a significantly faster max speed (faster than dive). I also changed dive to work like it did in the previous games. So if you don't want to wait for the slide to finish, you can just jump.
One other fairly fundamental change I made, which should make the game more fun is I removed the top-speed limit and added a speed increase cap. By that I mean, speed can exceed any number, but you can't increase it further beyond what you would normally be able to. So when you jump out of dive, you'll keep your dive momentum even though you aren't diving anymore. This is a pretty standard thing in these kind of games, but it wasn't in place before now. I won't be changing the demo, but all of these changes will be present in the final release (unless I change stuff again).
Really appreciate the in-depth comments!
Just popped in to report the escape room bug, but it's already been reported. (Loving the game btw)
I'd personally love that kind of streak system that makes dungeons a little harder each time you win consecutively (definitely make it reset to 21 when you lose though). Something as simple as -1 max hp per consecutive dungeon-win, like you mentioned, would be great for replay value. It would obviously get impossible at a certain point, but that only adds to the excitement when you getting lucky and survive at very low health.
*edit* While I'm here, a fullscreen option would be nice. The game window is very small.
Hmm, lag is kind of scary because it's something that I see frequently in builds of the game, but I assume it has something to do with my computer or that I frequently run it out of dropbox. I also seem to be the only one who gets lag because everyone I've talked to that's played the game has had it run fine, until now. I really don't know what to do about it though because it should run fine, and more often than not it does run fine.
The problem people have always had in the past is pressing jump right before changing directions, which leads to it not going off. I think the fix for this will be to add a ghost frame or two to let you 'convert' a normal jump into a backflip if the get the timing slightly off.
A little confused at your reasoning for disliking the new dive with it letting you go very far with the same momentum. In the previous two games, jumping out of a dive kept your momentum *AND* took you out of dive. This made keeping your dive momentum extremely easy, because all you had to do was jump out of your dive as soon as you hit the ground, and then dive again. If you messed it up (assuming you're trying to play the game quickly) there's not much of a punishment, since you'll have complete control of the player. With the dive in its current state, if you don't time your dive-jumps well enough, you'll lose momentum very quickly, which I think makes it a bit more interesting and skillful. However, it can be frustrating for any player to have to wait for momentum to naturally slow down before you get control back, so I'm still not totally sure on whether I'll keep this version of dive or revert to the old one.
The reason why charge isn't a run button where you build up speed over time is because I wanted it to be somewhat different from the speed booster in super metroid. I also don't want it to just replace dive as the best way to get over gaps or the best way to move quickly. The only reason why I don't let you dive while charging is because I like the jump-charge somersault animation too much and want to force people to look at it. However, being able to dive into a charge to conserve momentum is a very cool idea that I hadn't considered previously. I'll definitely experiment with that and see if I like it.
As for the damage boost thing, yes I know about it. I isn't a feature but I'm probably not going to fix it because there isn't anything inherently bad about it being in the game, and maybe speedrunners will like it. There's another unintentional bug in the game that I also probably won't fix for the same reason.
Thanks! The controller support is wonky currently because I don't actually have a controller to test it on, so I'm implementing it blindly. Controllers not working for menus is a known bug, which will be fixed for the final game. I really thought I implemented a dead zone and was told when I was having someone test it that it was working, but I'll look into fixing it or making it better. I'm not really getting what you mean with the sound. I went to test it in game and the sound plays exactly when you press the jump button, and the code for the sound reflects that. It's possible that you're getting some weird GameMaker sound lag, but I don't know if that even exists or not. I'll ask some other people on other computers if they notice it, and I'll see what I can do.
And yeah, we haven't implemented death or checkpoints yet, but I figured it would be fine to just let the game play out like this so people would be able to explore without the annoyance of dying. Options and key-rebindings are planned!
That's awesome! Glad you guys enjoyed it. The water idea is interesting, but even though that makes cards with negative surrounds a bit more balanced, it makes cards with positive surrounds much easier to pull off. It's something I'll think about though.
Combos are my favorite part of any card game because they give you such a great sense of discovery when you find one on your own. My favorite two card combo is tempting apple into secret agent on turn one. Lets you set the idol of death to 2 health by turn 2, which is very powerful. Probably the most interesting pure-combo deck in the game is this deck, which I've dubbed the "Meteor Apocalypse" deck:
- Shore of Origin X1
- Crystal Ball X2
- Time Capsule X5
- Worthless Coin X4
- Booby Trap X2
- Meteor Shower X1
The idea of the deck is you spend most of the early game drawing and cycling cards with worthless coin and booby trap, while slowly whittling away at the idol of death. Once you get it down to 1 hp, you play meteor shower to clear the board, all 5 time capsules which gain massive attack values, and the shore of origin to restore both idols to full health, making winning impossible for the opponent. You just have to make sure you position the cards correctly so that shore of origin can actually activate. It's a very powerful deck, but can be countered easily.
*edit* just changed the Two Example Decks file to Three Example Decks, as it now includes the deck above if you want to try it. Beware, it's kind of hard to play.
Glad you liked it! These answers are pretty definitive, but I'd be willing to make rule-changes if something didn't feel right.
1. As it is now, it works exactly how you'd assume and wouldn't trigger. This is something I was very torn about in design, but decided to let it slide like this since there's no elegant way to add an exception. If a card like this ever became popular (in a fictional world) than people can play around the card by focusing on controlling corners. Corners are very powerful anyway, so I figure people would do that regardless of whether this card, or any similar card, exists or not.
3. The attack is ignored.
If you don't mind me asking, did you actually play the game or just glance at the cards? I won't be insulted if you didn't play it, it's a lot of work to use a print n play. If you did play it, did you use the example decks or build your own? And either way, how was your experience?
If it wasn't clear, I had a very hard time getting playtesters, and also didn't worry too much about getting playtesters since I figured few people would actually play the game. I mostly made it because I always wanted to make a card game and really liked the global-resource and win condition idea.
Huh, that's really strange. Even stranger that I've never seen that. I guess it's because I always have an extra key by level 20 and use it the second I get there. I'll try to look into it, but I might not be able to fix it since I'm very busy working on another (much bigger) project.
I love the visuals and tight gameplay! I think the hitboxes could use some tweaking though, as they seem slightly unfair in some stages (like the stage with 5 pillars and bees going up and down beside them).
Yeah some of the characters are blatantly better or worse than others. It's unavoidable since the game is so simple. I can guarantee that all of the characters can win (spoilers, you can win) though! Some will be harder than others though.
A more intricate screen here: lots of blocks of various gravity settings. This room also has warps, the diamonds. Solid color warps send you places, outlines show where they send you. In this case, these warps aren't connected to each other, but to other warps in different rooms.
I've changed up my ideology on the game recently. I've decided now that this won't be a game that you can 100%. You'll always be able to complete the game no mater what you do, but there will be some decisions that are permanent and will keep you from completing certain puzzles. This will make the game a bit more intricate and repayable.
If you're wondering about the art, this is still the prototype art. Art, sound, and music will be last and I don't really want to talk about what that will be yet.
My new game is going to be a puzzle platformer about gravity. When you change screens, your gravity will change too. If you move to a room to the right, gravity will go to the right. If you walk to a room above you, it will be upside down, and if you go down from there it will be right-side up again.
If that sounds familiar it's because it's a concept I've played with before in The Gears don't Grind, which the same gravity mechanic. The different is: TGDG was level based and featured screen wrapping. This new game will be room based, increasing complexity a lot. If you're still confused by what this mechanic is, I'd recommend trying The Gears don't Grind.
This will be the first time I do a devlog, and I'm committed to going all the way with it.
Here's a short list of things I want in the game:
- Large game world (100+ rooms) where each room has a purpose
- Puzzles focused on placing blocks, which are also affected by gravity changing
- You'll never need to restart something regardless of how bad you "mess up" a puzzle
- A game world that complements the gravity system well
- More will be added over time
I'm currently in the prototype phase. This screenshot shows the player (the white square without the triangle) with a block on its head (the white square with the triangle). Here I'm testing one way platforms with gravity going to the right.
Next I'm going to work on block moving in each gravity direction, and after that the puzzle logic system.
My spring break just started so I'll be updating this at least two more times this week.