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I've had a lot of fun playing games from the Brackeys 2020.2 gamejam.  With nearly 2000 entries to choose from, I thought it would be interesting to see everyone's top picks from the jam. 


To kick off these are mine:

https://rubic.itch.io/timekeep
Charming retro style puzzle game, that uses its main mechanic for some novel puzzle solving.
https://danidev.itch.io/rerun
Fun first person action with great momentum and physics-driven movement, combat and enemies.
https://tarrcolt.itch.io/clockwork
Solid precision platformer with good feel and difficult puzzles.

I encourage people to post below, pick 3 games you've played that you think show the best of what gamejams can do.

Session 3 of me playing through entries from this Jam! This may be the last session I do before the end of the rating period. Still I had fun, a lot of good and interesting games I've gotten to play through this week! 

Thinking I might try to get myself to do these recording of itchio games more often, it's been fun to do and a good way to get me use to audio work, maybe I can work myself up to doing voices eventually, here's hoping.

Here's a link to my own game (Catastrophe Again -again); 

https://itch.io/jam/brackeys-4/rate/723939


Games played here are:
01 - Screw This Party - 00:00:12
https://marc00099.itch.io/screw-this-party-fixed
02 - Back In Lab - 00:22:35
https://paulowgg.itch.io/back-in-lab
03 - Batteries Not Included - 00:33:35
https://wasdindiegamedev-atrido.itch.io/batteries-not-included
04 - Rewind Sticks - 00:49:54
https://makinggameswithunity.itch.io/rewind-sticks
05 - Try To Remember - 00:54:33
https://kainaris.itch.io/try-to-remember
06 - A Very Cool Game - 01:01:20
https://ninja-monkey.itch.io/very-cool-game
07 - Back Track - 01:09:50
https://4sigma.itch.io/backtrack
08 - Fading World - 01:16:25
https://true-retrodev.itch.io/fading-world-brackeysgamejam-20202
09 - Ball Escape - 01:33:42
https://anwar-a.itch.io/ball-escape

Played through your game in this video here at 00:00:12

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This may be the worse kind of game for my memory impaired self to play, but to heck with it I had fun anyway. Great PS1 style look and a nice amount of humor in the dialogue. One of the more intriguing games I've seen in this Jam so far.

Played through your game in this video here at 01:33:42

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I had a great time playing this, though I do need to say I don't think the cover image does justice to the visuals of your game! The levels have a lovely style to them that you might miss when browsing through all this jams entries.

Anyway, great puzzles, brilliant sounds and just a good level of polish overall!

Played through your game in this video here at 01:09:50

Played through your game in this video here at 01:16:25

Felt delightfully nostalgic to play, though a criticism would be the controls don't really work to well if you use a keyboard.

I had a controller so it was fine, but since you can't move the camera it may be better to use the mouse to aim the player direction, or even tank controls. As it is now keyboard and mouse players get quite a different experience to controller users.

Still apart from that, I had a great time and loved how the world faded in and out, great overall.

Play session 2 is now online; https://itch.io/jam/brackeys-4/topic/926308/lets-play-brackeys-20202-game-jam-entries-session-2

Session 2 of me playing through entries from this Jam! This time I managed to split the audio channels properly, now I just need to find a way to muffle my mouse and keyboard sounds on the more click intensive games better and i'll be set.

Here's a link to my own game; 

https://itch.io/jam/brackeys-4/rate/723939


And the times and games played in the video;

01 - Destroy All Aliens!- 00:00:10
https://hoomoongoos.itch.io/destroy-a...
02 - Vine Wind- 00:16:10
https://juul1a.itch.io/vine-wind
03 - Timekeep- 00:28:08
https://rubic.itch.io/timekeep
04 - Turtle Trouble - 00:45:30
https://nachoninja.itch.io/turtle-tro...
05 - Power Out - 00:49:15
https://mr-bun.itch.io/power-out
06 - RE:RUN - 01:00:02
https://danidev.itch.io/rerun

Played through your game in this video here at 01:00:02.

... I may have gotten a bit obsessed with throwing swords to defeat my enemies, but it was just to fun to stop!

Played through your game in this video here at 00:49:15.

Played through your game in this video here at  00:45:30.

Played through your game in this video here at 00:28:08.

I loved uncovering the scenes from the past and using the restored platforms to solve the puzzles. I felt where items from the past were missing was properly hinted at, overall a great design, great time!

Played through your game in this video here at 00:16:10.

Played through your game in this video here at 00:00:10.  


It will be solved by next vid. I was trying out some new audio settings and didn't realize I muted the mic only channel till after I was done, i'll be double checking before next session. 

I Played the  game 'Clockwork' yesterday and was surprised by how few ratings it had, seems the definition of a skill based, tough but fair, reto-styled platformer.

https://itch.io/jam/brackeys-4/rate/724898

Recording myself playing some Jam entries again. Sadly due playing god with the audio settings I could not split the in-game and mic audio channels, so my commentary on some of the games i'm playing is very quite, hopefully i'll get that sorted.

Don't know if i'll be able to do session 2 before this weekend, but i'll try to record a few more play sessions and would recommend anyone else who feels up to recording their play sessions to give it a try.

Played your game in this video here at 01:46:40. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 01:46:40. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 01:40:36. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 01:28:35. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 01:15:35. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 00:54:20. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

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Played your game in this video here at 00:45:38. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 00:31:05. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 00:25:55. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback

Played your game in this video here at 00:09:30. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

Played your game in this video here at 00:00:40. Didn't get my audio settings quite right so my feedback is a bit, quiet, but hopefully it's still helpful feedback.

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It's great seeing people play games from the Jam, here mine if you have the time!

Catastrophe Again- Again   -723939
https://itch.io/jam/brackeys-4/rate/723939

I did my first game jam last year, and have been enjoying them ever since. To list my tips I guess;

1- Don't over focus on polish - Come up with a plan you think you can get working and just get it playable, if you can easily polish it off with extra time at the end that’s great, but you don't want to spend so much time perfecting a mechanic you don't have time to make the actual levels to show it off.

2- Level before mechanic - This is my personal bias, but if you can't think of what level you could make with your mechanic, what kind of obstacle or activities you can do with it, near the start you may want to try something. 

My first jam I had a character who could shrink, or go through certain objects. To come up with my puzzle I thought of the simplest obstacle that would apply to my game, a door, and ways I could show off my mechanics to get past said door.

3- Making a whole package - When making games we tend to get stuck focusing on one element of production at a time, game jams are a great chance to widen our view and focus on the entire development cycle in a quick burst. Come up with something small and simple, then plan out your time so with the aim of having a good finished package at the end (no matter how rough).

4- Have fun and don't overstress it - Have fun, don't worry if you coding is a bit shoddy or arts a bit of a mess, try to come up with something you think you can do, and see how it pans out, you will find you'll be much better at the end of this than the start.

Probably the last video i'll be doing for the games of this jam, been great fun playing them all and I hope these videos have been helpful to the people who's games I played. The ones played here are;

Hole N' Fun - 00:45
https://kellyrayj.itch.io/hole-n-fun
They Come At Night - 15:00
https://virtual-turtle.itch.io/they-come-at-night
Dam Guardian - 26:15
https://cloakedbytes.itch.io/dam-guardian
The (W)hole Planet - 34:55
https://colin-mitchell.itch.io/thewholeplanet
RDrift - 40:10
https://quasar47.itch.io/rdrift-brackeys-game-jam-n3
A Long Way Down - 50:20
https://thephoenixfish.itch.io/alongwaydown
Black Hole - 53:50
https://muffan.itch.io/black-hole
The Plot Hole : Little Red - 58:40
https://lacrearthur.itch.io/plot-hole
Singularity - 01:13:10
https://silentflamex.itch.io/singularity
Coma - 01:24:30
https://imrainydan.itch.io/coma
Hole Lifes - 01:37:00
https://fhy.itch.io/hole-lifes


And my own game here at the bottom for good measure; https://itch.io/jam/brackeys-3/rate/573795

Had a play of your game in this video here - at 01:37:00 -, where I give my thoughts while I play. Hopefully it's helpful feedback.

If you have time I'd greatly appreciate it if you could give my game a go to, happy jamming

Had a play of your game in this video here - at 01:24:30 -, where I give my thoughts while I play. Hopefully it's helpful feedback.

If you have time I'd greatly appreciate it if you could give my game a go to, happy jamming

Had a play of your game in this video here - at 01:13:10 -, where I give my thoughts while I play. Hopefully it's helpful feedback.

If you have time I'd greatly appreciate it if you could give my game a go to, happy jamming

Had a play of your game in this video here - at 58:40 -, where I give my thoughts while I play. Hopefully it's helpful feedback.

If you have time I'd greatly appreciate it if you could give my game a go to, happy jamming