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Loved this. Perfectly paced, cute and exciting visuals, and super satisfying to finish a stage. I was dumb and actually didn’t realize you could change momentum left/right (despite reading the controls…) so I thought it was designed specifically to where you just keep bouncing around the screen and can only flap lmao. It was actually pretty interesting playing it that way. Anyways, great work!

Wow this is extremely cool and cute! You explore a lot of different ideas with the mechanic, and those ideas are all super varied. The whole thing is this nice little arc of tension and difficulty, complete with a tense set piece boss fight. Extremely cool!

I love this so much. It made me laugh out loud several times. Many social and personal aspects it paints are deeply relatable to me, some stuff I thought I'd never see portrayed in media. The music selections are delightful and gave me warm feelings each morning I booted it up for a ~30 minute session. The art is incredible, too. So much personality and mood conveyed in such a small and funky palette. The scene direction is so strong, conveying humor and intimacy and creepy moments all with equal potency. My screenshot folder is bursting at the seams!!

Amazing work!

This is great. Love the tile work. Love how the text gives extra character to the world and things you consume.

I'd give this game 6 stars but I'm a little offended that you're forced to eat a box of board games so I'm knocking it down to 5 stars. Sorry.

This was just so nice, through and through.

There's fun text packed into every inch of this game. Every map is lovingly crafted, dense with decoration and personality. Character portraits, animations, and sound effects are used to incredible effect. There's more unique creative voice in here than I thought was possible with RPG Maker. The "normal life, except fantasy" setting is a joy. And of course, all the Facets (and even Wayward) references made me very happy! Everything about this game made me want to keep playing to see what silly, fun, and/or cute thing would happen next.

(*person who just finished playing Ys VI voice*): The difficulty gave me an Ys vibe.  ...both in that levelling up once or twice made a huge difference, and in that exploring could yield extremely cool items. To answer your in-game representation: no you definitely did not make it too hard! The variety of healing options and the high escape rate made it all feel quite generous.

I enjoyed the texture of the battles, too. Boss fights had me using pretty much every battle command, keeping it fresh throughout. While I didn't really ever use any of the low rank spells, I liked having a variety of options. Daisy was a lot more effective with melee attacks than I expected! I really liked how using certain Specials on certain enemies triggered special dialogue. Makes me wonder what other things like that I may have missed...

This game just rules. I aspire to make an RM game that gets its hooks into folks as much as Daisy Goes to Slime Castle for Tea does. What a delight. I can't wait to see what else you make!!

Gosh, thank you for digging into all this! It truly means so much.

The anxiety read makes a lot of sense given the aggressiveness of the visuals and actions. Similar to Far Away Times' comment below, I think my reading and the anxiety one are not necessarily unrelated!

An hour is so long to be in this game! Thank you for engaging with it so deeply though, and I'm sorry the secrets are so obscure! I'll give some hints here: they're both at the top of the screen, and one of them won't be visible if you're by yourself.

Really neat interpretation of the train station. I definitely didn't consciously think of anything like that for it, but it makes a lot of sense. I suppose your initial assumption isn't far off either, actually. It could easily represent the subway stations in Boston or New York City that I used to frequent with friends. I was in a pretty heightened state of creative excitement back then, and those subway stations exist in my memories as a sort of magical liminal space where I contemplated that excitement between destinations.

Thank you so much for the well wishes and the kind words!!!

I finally found my way back to this after many months of meaning to play through. I did it! Got to the 13th island, and that little gem spree was really nice and fun  :D

This was delightful. It's just pure, simple video game packed with small joys and moments of surprising nuance. Took me a bit to realize how small my hitbox really was. I feel like my recent foray into Touhou gave me some training for Jellyfish Archipelago, and not just for the more obviously bullethell-like levels!

The level with the jellyfish walls (11 I think?) was the toughest for me. That's when I made the hitbox realization. I also found it was easiest if I took a path that required the least amount of stopping, which started by going left, and took a pretty twisty path through the middle and back again... How intentional was that? It was brilliant regardless! Very cool use of the jellyfish as insta-kill walls that don't block other jellyfish, too.

Oh and this level is extremely John: 

I did it! What a lovely game! Here are my partner's and my favorite outfits:


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This was a really nice surprise! I loved the vibe of your screenshots on twitter, and the game lives up to that and more - with a great atmosphere and really satisfying progression. Amazing work, especially for just 14 days!

I only collected like 3 or 4 items, so I'm looking forward to playing through the whole thing when I have more time :)

I don't know a dang thing about Linux, nor do I have a way to test, BUT I just uploaded a Linux build. Please let me know if it does/doesn't work!

This rules!!

This rules!!

This is lovely - nice work! :)

Absolutely adored this. It totally stands on its own as a compelling story, but being paired with Facets just so highly elevates both works! For anyone reading who hasn’t read/played yet, I recommend playing Facets first. It gives Wayward such a special and potent framing. Super fun to see aspects of the game represented in a different format too!

Of course I'm biased, but I love this zine! I think it's a fun way to record a snapshot of our lives through what we liked to eat at the time. Also just a good way to reference the recipes when I inevitably forget certain steps!

Thanks for playing!

I've been wanting to get less precious with my games and approach game dev with more of a fast and loose mindset. I found out about Bitsy somewhat recently and it seemed like a fun format, so I just kinda threw this together in a few hours yesterday :)

This reflection is a little bittersweet, yeah, but these days it feels more like just a nice memory I can think back to. Sorry that last paragraph came across as depressing! It was meant to be silly, haha. The neighbors around there were incredibly passive-aggressive towards us (probably because we were a bunch of 20-somethings invading their neighborhood of typical middle-class nuclear families), and were the types of people that would over-react to a totally benign thing if it was different from what they expected. In all reality, I probably could get away with walking through that marsh. Pretty sure it was public land :P

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Thanks so much! I’m happy to hear this :)

This is fascinating! I'm particularly excited by the implicit narrative potential. You allude to NPCs appearing potentially only once, by chance, and never again after that.....but if you do happen to come across them again, that could be a pretty powerfully memorable moment. Kinda like hitting it off with a stranger at a local event, then ending up in line with them at the grocery store months later, or something.

Oh this is incredibly helpful. I'd definitely love to hear your findings on macOS stuff too. Thank you! What Godot version(s) have you used for recent jams?

Far from a disaster! An excellent proof-of-concept for a very interesting idea :)

Regarding the presentation of keys/notes, perhaps give the icons some sort of arrow shape? Also FWIW, I think most rhythm games  (or at least DDR and Pump It Up, off the top of my head) present directions in the order of left, down, up, right.

Totally reasonable to stay focused on Ao. Hope that's going well!

The Mac stuff is annoying... I've definitely had issues with Godot builds. I've yet to get a web export working, so I'm curious how you've been doing it. TBF, I haven't dug into it too much yet though :P

I love this!

FYI, when I try to run the Mac version, it says it's "damaged and can't be opened". I'm on Monterey 12.3.1, with Apple M1 chip. I had to use the web version for now, which did indeed have some lag as you mentioned, but there's only so much that can be done to help that, especially in a rhythm game and especially especially in a game jam. I know first-hand how tough that can be, so great job! What engine did you use?

Anyways, lots of cool concepts in this. I especially like how well-integrated the debate theme is with the mechanics. You literally have to read the audience to know what's worth your effort, but you also can't just mindlessly hammer on the same points over and over again. So cool! I enjoy the flow of players taking turns too.

The visuals are lovely. I'm really surprised how polished and cohesive it all looks, considering it was a game jam! The sfx and crowd chanting in-rhythm when things heat up is super super good too.

So far I'v only played this by myself (handling input for both players), so take these next points with a grain of salt.

  • It was tricky to mentally associate the "note" color/shape with the keyboard keys, but it did eventually stick.
  • There's a lot to keep track of in general, so I had a tough time remembering to go for specific combos. To be clear, I don't think this is a bad thing, just something to get used to!
  • I think I only unlocked an item once, and I wasn't sure when I was supposed to use it. There isn't much time/space to experiment to learn.
  • It was tough to understand what the impact of certain combos/items was on my score.

I imagine all of the above could be dealt with through some sort of tutorialization/practice area/etc, which of course isn't much of a priority for a game jam.

This is possibly my favorite jam game I've played from you/Marte. It's really, really good! I personally think it would be very cool to see it polished up and given a full release at some point. :)

The *SMOOCH* was so good. I love this!

(I'm exploring your games and such after reading your "How To Make Good Small Games" article!)

Thank you for such an insightful response! I suppose every game probably goes through a shifting of focus/identity throughout development, but I find it particularly interesting to hear how it has happened with Analgesic's games, which I've always felt present such a clear picture of what they are.

Excited for more Game 5 devlogs!

Really enjoying these devlogs, and very much looking forward to Game 5!

I'm curious how you two go about honing in on the focus of your games. It feels like there are countless possible directions to take things when designing, especially in the beginning, but even in later stages.

How do you decide what to focus on and what to strip away? How do you avoid spending a bunch of time developing foundational things (mechanics, story ideas, level design philosophy, etc) that end up getting scrapped? How do you know/evaluate the appropriateness of such things?

Looks good, thank you!

Nice! The hiding in shadows and possessing people was neat, and quite impressive for a game jam! I enjoyed the tension created by the limited possession time + the obscured/distant visuals making it hard to identify the foods for sale. Cute character art style too! :)

Thanks for using my music and asking about this! Linking my Twitter and website would be appreciated:

https://twitter.com/chrislsound

https://chrislsound.com/

I really like this solution you landed on. I very much enjoyed the level of difficulty of the ONYX Linking in Sephonie, so having a similar difficulty for this sounds great to me. The gentle music/sfx in the video is nice too!

You mention there's a bit of luck involved. If I understand correctly, that comes from the fact that the room you get is never 100% guaranteed — so you could do everything "correctly" but still get a bad room. Would you just have to reset the world at that point? Do you think resetting/retrying like this would be tedious when you know the "solution" and just have to get good RNG?

FWIW, the board game Black Sonata came to mind when you mentioned "puzzle games where you 'deduce and then test the answers'". This video does a pretty good job of efficiently getting the idea across (the guy in the video is kinda goofy sometimes though lol). The "test the answers" part happens about halfway through the video FYI. It's a deduction game with an interesting physical design. Some cards have holes in them that you lay over other cards. If you see a symbol through that hole, that means you've correctly deduced something. I also see some similarities to the "shuffled world" in how the Dark Lady moves around.

Anyways, this post was really interesting to read! It's helpful (and entertaining) seeing how you work through issues. I'll probably try this "write a blog post" method next time I'm mega stuck haha.

Hah, it's very likely I did hit space. I tend to accidentally hit random buttons when in-game tensions are high 😅

Great work! I very much like how you kept the text "immersive" while still making it very clear what needed to be done gameplay-wise. Cool to see you trying out Godot, too! I appreciate you and your creations, and I hope that cup of coffee helped 💜

I ran into a couple technical issues, but I was able to work around them:

The first was an OS pop-up saying the app "is damaged and can't be opened." I fixed it with a "xattr -cr" terminal command though. FWIW I'm on Monterey 12.3.1 with the Apple M1 chip.

The second was that my cursor appeared at some point, and it wasn't constrained within the game window. I don't think I pressed any unusual key combos to make that happen?

Thanks so much! Congrats on finishing the game! :)

I'm happy to hear this, thank you!

Thanks for helping out. I tried running the command on the 1.0.0 and 1.0.1 versions of the game. While it did fix one of the errors, it still won't run.

Here are the errors it gives when I try running the app before running the command:


After running the command, only this error appears:


I looked up other potential fixes to this, and nothing seems to be working. For what it's worth, the app never shows up in the Security & Privacy panel of my system prefs as I might expect.

Thank you! ✨🌌✨

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I leave it up to the licensor to decide what the most convenient/appropriate way to credit me is. In the simplest of situations, "Music by Chris Logsdon" works. Maybe include a link to this page, if possible.

The problem is I can't know exactly how the assets will be used, nor how the credits will appear. Scrolling credits? Mentioned in the description? Are there multiple composers? Was only one of my songs used? Was it remixed/transformed?

Plus, the official CC BY 4.0 page describes what "appropriate credit" would be.

And if folks are still unsure how to credit, they're welcome to reach out to me and explain the situation so I can give specific suggestions.

I'm looking forward to trying this demo out! But I ran into an issue with the Mac version: When I try to run the .app, it says it's damaged and can't be opened.

I'm on 12.3.1 (Monterey) and using the Apple M1 chip.

Awesome! Thanks for using it and for letting me know! :)

Cool! Thanks for letting me know!

Cool demo, great job! I'm very intrigued by the premise you have going on here! (won't go into detail to avoid spoilers for others :))

I ran into a strange bug on Mac (12.3.1, using the Apple M1 chip). Everything was fine until the title screen, which looked like this:


When I started a new game and opened the esc menu, the pink went away and everything seemed fine. This pink screen came back when the scene changed after the shelves fell on me. Opening the esc menu fixed it again.

Let me know if you need more info!

Also, I'm pretty sure I ran into a broken first puzzle when I made my first new game. The object you can look under was showing nearly all the symbols, and it showed some symbols multiple times before actually repeating the sequence. For what it's worth, I did open the menu and change the difficulty to easy just after I loaded into the world. I was able to solve it easily after creating a new game after that. It's entirely possible I was just being a dummy and missed the solution the first time around, but I figured it might be worth mentioning in case there is a bug somewhere there!