interesting game, though it is extremely influenced by Reigns. But good job making a more simplistic version
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Cool game thus far! Spent probably a good hour or two on it. I hope it's still being worked on!
Firstly, love the style and atmosphere it has. I do wish there was more variety with the enemies and places, though that will obviously come in time, I'm certainly aware of how time consuming it is to develop a game!
As for the current enemies: each enemy feels different, which is great! Though some that looked the same took roughly 5-6 hits as those that took 1-2, so I was slightly confused as to why, since they don't scale with the level of the player, since the lesser ones still took just 1-2 hits.
Love how there's a heavy attack, but it seems quirky. As far as I could tell, heavy attacks did hardly any extra damage, if it at all had an increase. The knockback was unsatisfying. Sure a light attack seems fine without it, but a properly timed heavy should create some distance between the player. Or perhaps, since it's a stab attack, it could have extra reach.
I would personally recommend that leveling and judgments only increase stats by a tiny bit. This would make the game more skill based. Item drop increases become way too important when your level up items (light?) are just regular drops affected by the item drop stat. The stamina delay was also super important it seemed, because you use it so often and the delay is already pretty long. When I came across a stamina delay modifier, I dropped a pretty good item just for that so that I didn't have to always back off from an enemy all the time.
Hopefully environments will become more unique as development progresses. A map would be nice with the game the way it is, but if everything (or most everything) was unique, it would be harder to get lost.
Now this is a design choice, but hear me out: shortcuts. Locked gates, particular elevators, doors that open from other side etc.
I would personally suggest more shortcuts and less checkpoints. Makes the game seem less linear (though it's not! But it's so maze-like that I found myself just crossing my fingers, picking a path, and hoping I find the next checkpoint. This is because doubling back to check the other routes got me lost a few times) or at least more connected.
Just a few more notes, which are obviously just suggestions from one dev to another. Ultimately it's your game, so do what you think is best for your vision! But I study game design and I think these notes could possibly help :) Sorry this is long.
HUD bars and whatnot are rather bright compared to the greys and blacks of the game. Love the look of it and whatnot, I just think the colors should be dulled a bit.
Camera gets a little glitchy while running into a wall. Being able to dodge through caster's attacks would be welcome.
Lock on button could maybe be bound to the 'S' key instead of 'Q', Since left and right are the only directions of movement, S could be a nice resting place between the movement buttons. Also, you could possibly free up the Tab button by having the lock on button change the locked on enemy when pressed and unlocks while held.
Please implement a sprinting mechanic, unless there is one and I missed it. Maybe Shift while moving? (I would suggest lowering the amount of key bindings as much as possible. That hurt my first game, having too many buttons for people to remember)
There isn't currently a way to save yet, is there?
All in all though, it's a fun game!! Sorry if it seems like I tore it apart in this, but honestly, I took the time to write this because I see potential in this game and I would like to see it be the best it can be!
I'm impressed with the visuals and the pacing feels nice! Good job!! Hope to see this project get finished. Take care!
No problem! It was a fun little game :) I'm interested in the genre right now as I'm currently working on my own racing/car combat game. I'm hoping to maybe upload it onto Itch.io once it's done. I know how projects can be left alone for a while with hopes of returning to them, I've done that countless times. Well, good luck on whatever you're currently focusing on
Ah that's too bad, I've been feeling like trying a car combat game out. Still downloaded it, it was pretty fun, but I can definitely tell where the other person was coming from. It's a little strange, yet oddly fun, to be able to fly around as a car by constantly shooting at the ground. I like how the enemy cars drive off when you die. Wish the shots fired upwards had the same affect, so it looks like I was shooting forward instead of up, but oh well :)
Hello! I've stumbled across this and might download, but I read the criticism below and I'm curious what changes have been made since then and what the state of the game is now :) Any feedback can drastically change whether I download this or not
ohhhh do you play as a little ninja dude? Hahaha this whole time I thought you were playing as a bird with ninja stars! Not saying anything bad about the art, I think it's beautiful, I just could have sworn it was a parrot or something (I thought the eye in the shadow part of the character was the beak) and you have a feather item so I just assumed. Cool game though! Excited to play it
Hey guys! Finished my title page for my game Delve! It's an exploration platformer about descending into a dark cave, where your torches are your only ally and defense against the darkness.
this is my first jam and first game I've coded myself. Well, besides some online help here and there, but I'm excited! I'm doing a relatively basic platformer, can't let my scope get so large that I can't finish it