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1. I think there might be a bug there then (aside from the lack of a tutorial), because I tried everything I could think of to use the Ribbon.  I didn't see an inventory of any kind, except the character menu, and I clicked all the "+" buttons there, assuming they were gear slots or something like that, but none of them showed an inventory or the ribbon.
2. Oh, I think I miswrote in my original post here.  I think this was after the second crystal, or whichever one introduced the RMB alternative attack, which had the entrance to the next section in the bottom-right.  I don't think a cutscene is necessary, but maybe just a different zoom level instead, and/or better handling of aspect ratios (so taller ones like 16:10 show more instead of less).

I'm so excited to play more!  It's easy to be a fan of such a well-made game.  The technology you've already employed is excellent.  For example, the way the character can be seen through walls is just perfect.  The charge-up mechanics and cooldowns are awesome too.

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1. The map doesn't always appear when viewing the character menu.  I wasn't able to see it for most of my playthrough just now, and only discovered it after running around a lot more and trying random things.  I'm not sure exactly what I did to make it appear.
2. The "X" button in the top-right corner of the character menu doesn't close the menu.  It looks like it's intended to.
3. I couldn't progress after opening the chest with Elsa.  I'm not sure if there was a bug there.  I explored every nook and cranny for 20 minutes after and couldn't figure out how to progress.  I also tried everything I could think of to interact with the ribbon that the chest gave me, but couldn't find any way to do so.

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Before playing version 0.3.7 today (which is what this post is about), I last played Marmoreal with version 0.2.2 in 2017 and loved it.  You may remember me from the YouTube video I made of trying to last as long as I could and the discussions we had in Steam chats.  It's clear the game's come an incredibly long way since then!  I ABSOLUTELY LOVE the progress you've made.  The potential for this to be my favorite game eventually is incredibly high.  Overall, the potential for this game and its engine for mass appeal is amazing too.  It could go in many directions and/or have many different game modes, including MMORPG, Diablo/PoE-like, PvP arena, arcade shooter like Assault Android Cactus, adventure like Zelda ALBW, a mishmash of all that, and more.  My personal favorite would include many game modes.  That being said, in its current state, I did find issues that you might be interested to know.  Here's my list.

1. In the dark castle area with Elsa, I'm not sure where to go.  I feel like I've explored everywhere and there's nothing more to do.  There's already a lot, so it makes sense if you haven't added more than this.  I just wasn't sure if what I've explored so far is all there is in the game so far, since there was no definitive ending or explanation.  I'd played less than 10 minutes total so far when I figured I was stuck or missing something.  A map and minimap with fog of war (though obviously tricky to implement for several reasons) would go a long way in resolving this for future players, in case I did actually miss something.  I see another poster having posted something about Frank, but I haven't been able to see Frank yet.  I'm guessing that either I missed something or there was a bug preventing the game from progressing for me.  I did spend a good 10 minutes afterward exploring around every nook and cranny I could find though.  Edit: I played a bit more and discovered that a map can appear if you press Esc in a particular state.  It wasn't appearing for me for whatever reason.  It appeared when the options menu simultaneously appeared with the Esc key.  There's some sort of bug there.  Also, this map didn't show me anything new, so I wasn't able to progress further anyway.  Maybe the treasure chest event didn't do something it was supposed to do.  Also, I can't move my character or play while the map is up, which is unfortunate.  I'd love to be able to run around while looking at my map like in Path Of Exile or WoW.  I have plenty of screen space for it.
2. In the tutorial, the visibility of the entrance to the next area after destroying the first crystal was difficult.  I didn't notice it in the bottom-right after destroying the crystal there (with a 16:10 aspect ratio) and ended up wandering around for 2-3 minutes wondering where to go.  I eventually found it.  This is similar to my first issue in that a minimap/map system with fog of war (or just darkened areas that haven't been explored yet instead of hiding those areas completely) would help tremendously.
3. Elsa's third ability stays around forever (maybe until an enemy touches it?).  I'm not sure if this is intended.  It could last for double the base cooldown's duration instead if you want it to last a long time and be able to place multiple while not being able to set up a huge trap room to kite all the monsters into (for later level design space).
4. I didn't find a way to disable the screen shake.  The screen shake bothers me a lot and I don't want it.
5. The cooldowns don't have visible cooldown counters on them, like WoW's OmniCC addon.  Those would go a long way toward making me understand how often I can use a cooldown ability, since getting a feel for it was difficult while I wasn't able to look at the icons often in the heat of battle.
6. An in-game keybind system similar to the Neuron addon in WoW would be amazing.  This isn't really an issue so much as a convenience improvement which would be good to have early on, for the rest of the game's/engine's life.  Being able to mouseover-bind abilities, items, movement, and maybe even menu binds would be incredibly awesome.
7. Being able to zoom the camera out more would be a nice touch.  This would improve the viability of the game as an MMORPG eventually, and IMO wouldn't hurt the potential fun or difficulty of the game, as it could increase design space to add more epic encounters of all kinds.  See how Assault Android Cactus zooms the camera WAAAAY out on many levels and is still super fun (though I wish that game had manual zoom and a more continuous world as well).
8. I didn't figure out a way to save and/or quit the game from the menus.  In the end, I pressed Alt+F4 which closed the game without saving.  Some way to close the game naturally would be a small improvement, and a clear way to save progress (that clarifies what progress would be saved) would be super cool.

Overall, the innovation with this game is incredible and I personally am excited not just about the current progress, but the extremely huge potential this game has.

Edit: By the way, I'd be happy to participate in some sort of issue tracker if you ever feel inspired to do some rapid development with QA testing, using maybe Trello, Asana, github, gitlab, Mantis, or whatever you'd want.

Can you post the demo here?

I tried to start the game and I could see the process open in Process Explorer, but no game window ever appeared.  I had to manually kill the process.  I'm running Windows 7 SP1 64-bit with an Nvidia GTX 960 GPU and an Intel Core i7-6700K.

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This is feeling pretty good so far, but I found some minor issues.  The acceleration/deceleration should be disabled if you want it to feel like Aria Of Sorrow / Dawn Of Sorrow / Portrait Of Ruin, which are all great games that seem to inspire this one.  They have 0 acceleration/deceleration when walking, so you have total control over the movement of the character.

There's a similar issue with jumping.  In those games listed above, jumps' vertical momentum stops immediately when the jump button is released, which allows for very precise attack points in mid-air.  In Forsaken Castle, jumping floats beyond the target point.

Another issue is that the back of the whip doesn't deal damage.  In Portrait Of Ruin, the back of the whip deals damage.  This can be helpful for quickly attacking something approaching from up and behind.

Switching directions in the air doesn't work quite the same way, but this might be due to the horizontal acceleration/deceleration.

Played through it; very fun game!  As a fan of Aria Of Sorrow, Dawn Of Sorrow, and Portrait Of Ruin, I'm excited to see where this game goes.  I would buy it with the right feeling of character control.

I tried using Levitate and Ethereal form, but neither worked.  I tried being in several positions around the area and it seemed to fill the entire area, so I really have no idea how it's done.

I beat the game, including the dude summoning the maelstrom and all the quests in the world.  It took me about 15 hours.  It was really fun.  Thanks for making it!

Baal was impossible for me.  It did its inferno for 10000 damage and even ethereal form didn't prevent the damage.  I'm not sure what to do there.  Everything else was beaten though, so that rocked, at least.

Ah, I figured it out.  There's a trainer in the top-right area in the first town.  Somehow, I'd missed that building in my exploration.

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I just started playing the game and beat up a bunch of orcs.  I leveled to level 2, which gave me 5 attribute points and 2 skill points.  Now, I see in the character menu, "Unspent Skill Points: 2" and "Unspent Attribute Points: 5", but there is no obvious way to spend these.  I don't see any keyboard keys in square brackets on this menu.  How do I spend these points?

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I made a video of getting to wave 18!

See the video description for some feedback.

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Very fun! I got to wave 15 before dying.

What do the stats mean? I just stacked only "Power" except for 3 points in "Ferocity".

Edit: I got to wave 18. I'm uploading a video of it right now!

I just beat seemingly the last puzzle in the game, as it looped to the start screen after. It is a fun little puzzle game! I enjoyed it, and it had the perfect length for me.

This comment has almost all the feedback I had in mind. The only thing I would add is that I wish there was some non-random set of choices within each run, like how in Dungeons Of Dredmor, you can build your character based on a set of skill trees, and consistently make the kind of character you like to play. Even though it doesn't have persistent progression, it is endlessly replayable because of the custom builds.

Persistent progression would widen the audience, as well. Currently, the audience for this game is mostly limited to hardcore players, as it is very tough to get reasonably far.

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Is it possible to do better than 8th place? It seems like the computers have better ships that accelerate more than doubly as fast and have much higher top speed than the player's ship. They ram into walls and still just accelerate out of it like it was nothing. Meanwhile, I can turn almost 180 degrees to avoid ramming the walls because of the space physics, but still get wrecked by the bots smashing into the walls and accelerating away at overpowered rates.

Nice 3D engine, by the way. It's great to see such stuff being made in D.

Edit: Oh, there's a "boost" key that must be held. I held it at all times and got 3rd place.

Thanks for the explanations! Yes, Doggo speeding up when there are no enemies is great! It's nice to get a feel for how many enemies are moving around by seeing the speed, and to know that no time is being needlessly wasted.

Regarding handling inventory items, please make Doggo just drink the potions like before. The good point of the previous version was that there was no interaction other than choosing a stat build strategy on the fly. Equippable items should not have negative stats, also, and Doggo should just equip any with higher total stat points, with luck determining their spawn rate, which can be much lower than currently at the lowest luck. With these changes, inventory management will not be manual, and it will feel as nice and relaxed as before.

By the way, in the previous version, when I got to luck values above about 45, the game started lagging extremely on every new floor generated, until at 50 luck, I let it run overnight and it had remained hung, I'm assuming forever.

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Hi! The previous version of Doguelike had doge moving at a normal pace, but this one moves slowly. I want to get back to level 144 like I had done in the previous version, but the slow moving makes it difficult to bear. Can you please add an option for doge to move like it did in the previous version? That is, the one in this video:

Also, please no full inventory! I liked the previous version more, as it never paused.