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i finally had the time to sit down and give this demo the attention it absolutely deserves and i am absolutely blown away!

the puzzles and general vibe remind me very much of iconoclasts in the best ways, which is itself a huge love letter to the Zelda series. this game isn't afraid to throw some pretty head scratching puzzles our way and i'm absolutely here for it. by the end of it, i can finally say that now i'm thinking with giga swords.

- the combat is pretty satisfying, although it's a bit too easy to 1-2-1-2-1-2 spam by combo cancelling. the 1-2-3 combo looks fantastic but it does feel a little overpowered.
- maybe i'm reading too much into it, but i love this literal take on violence weighing ezra down, as vulnerable as he may be without it.
- earthy tones have never looked so good! the greys and beiges and browns all have this lovely blue tint as they get darker and it really balances out everything as far as eye-flavor goes. it looks great.
- these crunchy sounds and tunes are the tastiest thing i've heard since plastic love. some of the temple music gave me actual goosebumps.
- i love the B I G puzzles. the big, multi-room ones. they remind me of every time in your videos that you've said, "this is important, remember it, we'll come back to it later." sure enough, after giving up on a puzzle to explore some more, i find another way to near it and figure out how to set it up. the backtracking might be divisive to some, but it's an acquired taste that i'll happily sip like fine whisky. a map would be nice, though.
- i don't know who this owl guy is in all the statues, but i would die for him. he looks like a friend, and i trust him with my whole heart. i can't explain why.
- the silent area with what looked like a battlefield gave me chills. i'm not sure what we're setting up for here, but i can only hope i'm ready for it.
- how funny is it we might've been both thinking of minotaurs at the same time?
- for a demo, this has incredible polish! it's well-crafted and finely-tuned.

god, what a beautiful game. as a huge fan of your youtube series, it's very clear to see that you know what makes good games tick, and seeing what you do with that is exciting. i can't wait to play this game when it's done!

much love, dude!

Play it in your browser here.


This is a short project made in just 24 hours, and is for the most part a somewhat simple randomly generated maze with a few looping paths. The real feature here, though, is the Minotaur.

The Minotaur knows two things, at all times:

- Your exact location.

- The layout of the labyrinth.

This is a test of courage and wit, conveniently playable right in the browser!

I intentionally made this as anxiety-inducing as possible, so please be kind to yourself. There are several difficulty levels, ranging from Easy to Minotaur, and each one increases the maze's size and the minotaur's speed. 

Give it a go and let me know what you think!

i'm impressed beyond words at this and don't have any idea how to convey my immense satisfaction

i've played some great pico-8 games before but this is just insane

thanks! i'm hyped to see how dual gunstrike turns out; i'm a huge fan of retro schmups so that looks right up my alley. i'm followin' it for sure!

the full release is dropping tonight!

that's fixed! check around tonight for a full release!

the full game is gonna drop tonight!

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hey! the final stage is just about wrapped up and i even got someone on board to do the music - all the tracks are finished and implemented, as well as a few new cars. we're gearing up for a full release October 1st at the latest!


edit: uh maybe i should've said 31st because it's about to drop tonight

i saw his vid, too! it was a great time watching his vid, i'm glad it's bringing people over to check this out<3

R was supposed to be recharge rooms!

but i broke the suit rechargers in the 11th hour and as the clock approached the jam's deadline, i had to axe the recharge rooms - and forgot to get rid of the map icon! the post jam release will certainly have some kind of health replenishment tho, keep your eyes peeled

i managed to get it to work; i didn't want this to sit with only a few ratings by the time voting ended!

getting it to work wasn't necessarily hard, it was just an extra step that i missed at first. that was my fault!

that aside, the gameplay itself was very difficult; though i did really appreciate the chill music and the text hints. if you pitch the music down just a bit in the menu, you end up with really good lo-fi beats. interesting option to have, haven't ever seen that before.

trying to move when your starting speed is insanely fast, but it decreases, means most of my speed would be burnt up trying to decelerate after my initial keypress. thankfully, watching four seasons of the expanse trained me well for flip and burn maneuvers, but it was still very tough to get the hang of, especially with how strange the camera can behave. nonetheless i can happily say i finally gave it a fair chance and enjoyed my time with it!

thank you so much for the feedback!

originally, the player couldn't clear rooms out, and they had to run past enemies in order to get their suit wherever it was. that turned out to be nearly impossible, so when i made sure rooms cleared and the suit would always stay in the last clear room, i didn't have much time to come up with anything else hahaha- i'm just glad i didn't go with my original decision there.

i'm really glad you found the gameplay to be immersive; i worked very hard on trying to make sure the tone was consistent enough to pull that off, and i'm happy to hear it worked.

customizable controls will come in a post-jam release, as well as an android port!

for other games i've made, here's a couple picks i think you'd be interested in, if you liked this one:
SPACE CORTEX:
https://brainos.itch.io/spacecortex
two operatives infiltrate a space station to destroy the superintelligence inside. supports local multiplayer with two controllers, and the multiplayer mode has a secret final boss you wouldn't get to fight in the singleplayer mode. it's my latest, full release title with all of the passion and polish i could fit into it.

SAVING PRINCESS:
https://brainos.itch.io/savingprincess
for a more traditional metroidvania experience with weapon and platforming mechanics similar to this, i recommend trying this one out. it's my first, full release of a game, so there's a few things here and there that i'd certainly do differently now, nonetheless it's had a fair amount of praise and seems to be my most popular title.

there's a couple more WIP games on my itch page, including a hotline-miami-ish dungeon-slaying romp, and what could be thought of as an initial d x ghostbusters fangame.

this was made with game maker studio 1.4! i've been using game maker - and GML - since 2003 or earlier. i did the art and graphics entirely with mspaint.

this came out of nowhere to be one of my favorite games on itch! it has nearly infinite charm and the graphics style is so well done. i'd love to play more like this! excellent polish and perfect execution.

the music is definitely exceptional, i agree! it was made by my friend, whose music channel goes under the name "Designator." you can check their other stuff out here:

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UUCwCRvuNRTxwwIP8KfUsiJZQ

we're working on a bigger game together, and i'm very excited for it.

as far as pixel art goes, it's a huge creative outlet and passion of mine, i'm glad you like it! if i ever want to do a collaboration, i'll be in touch. 

and you're not weird! i'm glad you commented - and it means a lot to me that i seem approachable to talk to. thank you so much!

i just watched! great video, i'll be sharing it with everyone! thank you so much for the coverage, it's an honor to be featured on one of my favorite gaming channels. <3

alternatively, there's an android port coming very soon!
the touchscreen certainly doesn't beat having a controller with real buttons, though.

your comments are very constructive, and much appreciated as well!
i'm so happy to hear you're enjoying this entry; i didn't spare a single minute of time working on it until i collapsed at my desk with four hours to go hahaa- phew. that was fun, though!
this game asks a lot from the player to trust in their incremental progress; even when you have to start from square one after running out of biomass, though, you'll start getting a little further each time. believe in yourself, and you'll see the story to completion!

yeah the batteries speed you up!

AWWW YISS

half-life, metroid and alien, as well!

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that would be a dream come true for me! you've gotten much further in the game than most!

dark souls was a big inspiration, especially the way it handles death! thank you.

keep at it and let me know when you beat it!

oh you were supposed to open up the map screen! press q next time you get to that big console. that should open up the rest of the game for you!

oh lord i regret this font choice hahaha
anyway this is an extremely well thought out comment and i really appreciate it, so i'll go ahead and try replying point by point!

- The empty corridors. big agree here, to be quite honest with you. there's a lot i've learned since the release of this game just a few years ago about storytelling and pacing, thankfully.
- the first path unlocking by interacting with an object: that was actually my attempt at storytelling. it definitely could have been more interesting!
- the camera, i also agree, looking back on it. the movement speed isn't high enough, the view size isn't large enough and the framerate is also an abysmal 30 frames per second. the panning left and right was done to give the player some more view space, but because everything is snapping to whole numbers when the screen width is barely 256 pixels or however many, it's - oof. wowie, yeah, i agree, it can look kinda rough.
- the controls: this is actually less of an issue with thinking out the controls themselves and more of a problem with the framerate and balancing the recoil amount. it's a lot more generous and well balanced when the recoil provides a noticeable boost. as far as stopping the jump upon key release, i will certainly stand by that. shooting down by pressing jump was actually a feature in place to prevent people with really old keyboards from missing their input by holding too many keys at once- though it certainly could have been an option, instead of an always-on feature.
- The bullet recharge mechanic is just bad: this, thank god, was completely re-thought for the perpetually in development sequel. the very first upgrade you get doubles your reload speed, instead of the tiny 20% boost each upgrade in this game provides. this game asks the player to really trust in their incremental progress as they find more upgrades, which can be really off-putting at first.
- Each room just kind of blended together: dude tell me about it! the blocks are all kinda ehhhhh looking and a lot of the map, looking back on it, seems to be there for filler. fortunately at least, each sector of the station is themed differently and each sector is a significant difference from the other with their own unique challenges within. graphically i've grown enough to really convey what i want to with level design now, at least.
- spikes: yeah no definitely, they're the worst. they do knockback and stunlock you into a deathpit. i've learned my lesson about spikepits in these types of games - they don't return in the sequel!

the sequel has been on hold for years, though, while i've been experimenting with other games. check out:
https://brainos.itch.io/spacecortex for a more polished overall experience with more of a focus on the shooting bits and cooperation with a second player.
https://brainos.itch.io/biomass for a free game that's a bit more polished than saving princess was, despite being made in just 72 hours for a game jam! it's not a particularly lengthy commitment of time to play through, either.
https://brainos.itch.io/touge if you'd rather quit playing metroid and just watch initial d

i can only keep improving thanks to feedback and criticism like yours, and i really appreciate players like you helping me to grow and learn and become an unstoppable flesh monster.

that's a debug key! you're not supposed to use it! hahaha whoops!

i don't think i'll ever be able to implement online multiplayer sadly; and two player only works with a second, xinput controller! that means that only xbone, x360 or windows controllers will guaranteeably work.

i've been meaning to experiment with remote viewing and stuff like over-the-internet-controller support, but noooo idea when i'll actually be sure if that can work!

thanks for the comments!

i tried so hard
and got so far
but in the end
it didn't even matterrrrr

also why is my character so angry? can i get them an ice cream sandwich to cheer them up?

i love the character's beard! what a cool guy

the gameplay is very solid, especially once i got the hang of it, i had a great time!

HELL YEAH I'M A GUN AND I'M HERE TO SHOOT SOME VEGETABLES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

there's still two more bosses, a suit upgrade, a locked research lab, a final boss and an escape sequence to beat!

and remember, since your progress saves, you don't have to worry about dying as long as you get a little better every time!

seemed a bit obtuse, but i'm sure with enough patience i can get the hang of it!

i killed the first wave of enemies and got a rocket launcher, it was good shit

then the second wave came and when i died it made this god awful noise and put the fear of god into me

the mercenary ship is still docked! hint: you might have to ditch the suit in order to get to it

love your youtube channel by the way!

hell yeah bay BEEEE that's what i like to HEARrr

the physics are a bit bothersome but the idea is irresistably charming. i've never been this attached to a snowball.

i have achieved NEGATIVE JUMP POWER

and i will use this TO PLUMMET through the CORE OF THE EARTH at LIGHT SPEED


just 3 hours?! that's incredible! great implementation of the theme; i hadn't noticed anything until i recharged for the first time and realized, ''holy shit''

remember that scene in the matrix, when neo was like, ''why do my eyes hurt?'' and morpheus said, ''you've never used them before''

it was a lot like that
also the sound design in general is spectacular, great choice on those, they make recharging and everything immensely satisfying

there used to be a suit recharger that would recharge your health, but it broke in the 11th hour (not literally the 11th hour, like the 71st actual hour) of the game jam, so i had to axe it before compiling and submitting hahaha
now there's basically no way to replenish health other than death - which kinda stinks, but with enough practice it becomes less noticeable - or maybe i just played it too much haha