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
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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:
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.
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 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:
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
the game was very short, but i had a great time with it. the emphasis on movement and swarms of enemies reminded me of doom 2016 - which is one of my favorite games of all time. i'd say the booster is a bit overpowered, but it's still fun to use
i don't think i've found the secret yet, i've gotta look more. this was honestly the most frightening and immersive experience i've had playing submissions for this game jam - i've never seen a real porcupine before and i can only assume this is an extremely accurate and detailed depiction of them. the guitar when i finally got home was pretty wicked, too
i also had a tough time with the box physics, but i did really enjoy the voice lines - i got to level 3 and figured i must have gotten something wrong because i forgot to get all the boxes i could from level 2 - and couldn't bear the thought of doing that staircase again.
with that said, i'll definitely give it another try later! it's a fantastic concept with very well-done implementation
this is so much fun! the voice clips are one of my favorite things - and the portal mechanic is utterly fantastic in concept and implementation. the music is great, as well - i can't praise this entry enough. it's one of the best i've played for sure!