Did you try to make a platformer using rigidbodies? :)
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This is fun, you guys really nailed the atmosphere. I feel like it didn't quite live up to what I was hoping, only because it feels like it's just a game of Memory but you have to keep clicking on the crosses if you want to make more matches. I don't feel like I'm earning the exorcisms. I was also told there was a jumpscare, and somehow anticipating a jumpscare and not getting one is somehow disappointing even though no one really wants to be jumpscared??
I would make it harder so that there's some tension, it will be inherently scarier that way.
The music is great, and the sound effects are disturbingly squishy. Probably captures a lot of people's opinion on hot dogs, which is that they are tasty, but kind of weird and gross too.
The puzzles were interesting, but not very difficult.
Great fun! The art is simple but very effective. I like the ending.
There was a slight tendency to die without knowing exactly what happened.
Once I figured the game out, it instead became absurdly easy. I got all upgrades and kind of stood around waiting for the ending and occasionally buying health.
The voice acting is good. I need to do that for my next game jam.
WALL OF TEXT FOR COOL GAME DEMO
Played through this the other day. (SPOILERS) I like the secret area, even if it wasn't the most well-hidden (I saw the platform go up without me the first time I played Mainframe, and I instantly remembered it when I read the hint). I love the idea of "knowledge is power" (Outer Wilds is one of my favorite games, possibly top 5). The story is vague, but intriguing, being a museum curator in a dying universe controlled by an intelligent god-like being is pretty unique.
GRAPPLINGS HOOKS IMPROVE EVERY GAME THEY'RE ADDED TO.
There are some fun mechanics, I've seen the grappling hook/magnet mechanic before but you used it really well and made it fun so good job. Overall the controls feel pretty good. I like how momentum can be used off the grappling hook, and how you can use left or right click for different styles of grapple. I was starting to pull of neat stunts with it towards the end there. Kinda wish there was a big, open, easy level where I can just play with it. Maybe a bigger hub area will help fill that job?
THE ANNOYING LITTLE THINGS
I definitely agree with some of the gripes I've seen about the difficulty. There are some tiny platforms and really bizarre laser timings. I didn't find the demo incredibly hard having played a lot of twitch platformers before and I liked it, but not everyone will find it accessible. I imagine a longer game would have a better difficulty curve where you could introduce some of this stuff farther into the game. There were a few things that were difficult in an annoying way though, instead of a fun challenging way, and that's what I want to discuss.
I think the most annoying was having to precisely aim at the grappling hook targets. They're not bad until the camera moves. For instance, I'll be at the side of the level and aiming at a target, I'll jump causing the camera to move a bit and then I miss my target and die, which sometimes feels unfair. I'd make the hitboxes on those much larger, so it feels like you can more consistently use the one you're trying to use (if their hitboxes overlap, and someone clicks 2 of them, pick the closest one to the mouse). It would reduce difficulty a bit but it gives the player more control and takes away some unfairness.
Oh yeah and dropping down from one moving platformer to the other was weird because you have to move forward, but juuust the right amount, or you miss. Very awkward until you memorize the timing on it.
THE HINT AREA:
OH MY GOSH This was difficult, but do-able and I only had to come back after a break twice since I got frustrated. I think you crossed the threshold into "this is a bit too long without a checkpoint" territory. There's a point where I start to think "I've proven I can beat the first half, give me a checkpoint. The first half is becoming something I need to beat just to attempt the second half, which means I don't get as many attempts on the second half and it's going to take longer to beat. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's harder, just gonna take longer. GIMME CHECKPOINT BRO". On the other hand, it stopped just before it became a serious problem, and I felt good after beating it, so perhaps it was about the right length. This is a controversial topic with some developers, I'm sure
This is my philosophy when I make platformers:
It's usually okay to make a change that makes the controls easier to use, or makes the main character more powerful. You can always make the game harder to balance something that made it easier (and improved controls will make increased difficulty more fun). Muahahaha-*ahem*
Overall though, this is a lot of nitpicking and I really did enjoy your demo immensely. I know it's a huge project going from a prototype to a complete game, but I would love to see more games from you (even if they're more prototypes like this) because this was super fun.
p.s. For the movement feel, personally I find the Super Meat Boy style movement to be the most fun and precise-feeling, maybe look into how steering worked in those games. To summarize, you speed up gradually but slow down way faster than you sped up (more force is applied if you move opposite the direction you're already moving in).
The advantages of this are:
- If tap the button you move slower for precise moves.
- You can reach a high max speed after by holding a direction down longer.
- The high max speed doesn't hinder your ability to suddenly change direction.
OK so from what I've played so far, this is a solid platformer.movement felt kind of sluggish, but then I found out that you get a brief speed boost when you kill enemies. It took some getting used to (lots of accidentally boosting off a cliff) but it's quite fun. The level design could really use some longer sections with fewer pitfalls where the player can dash around and have fun with this mechanic. The difficulty rises a bit quickly (but that's understandable for a short demo like this). The music, of course, is fantastic.
There were a number of things that bothered me but it's mostly nitpicky stuff:
There's some awkward platforming where I found myself wishing I could jump a tad higher or farther (although the boost mechanic does help). Charge attacking enemies makes you stop mid-air after hitting one, so you wind up falling into a pit (it feels like it should go through enemies like the regular attack). There's one or two platform you can bump into the side of, which look just like all the other platforms so it looks like you should be able to run through them (one of these made me fall into a pit). The dragon holding a star was a pain to catch. I didn't really figure out how the bouncy platforms work until 2-1, where I found out that you get higher with each bounce, and that they disappear after you bounce 3 times (which made me fall in another pit).
Overall, I have to say this is a well done project. I think in spite of my initial impressions (it very much looks like a student project) I wound up playing it and wanting to get all the collectibles. It could use polish, but I see potential in this game. Slopes would be a great addition (I know they can be tricky to code, but oh man they would be fun).
The graphics are super cute, you did great! Gameplay's fun and has some replayability. There was a nice jumping puzzle. I like it.
p.s. There is an edge case where the bee that comes from the right can spawn while you're falling, causing it to appear 1 tile above the ground so that the bear cannot jump over it. I would reconsider how you position those.
The first two levels I didn't get max score. The third level I got 1540 out of a max possible 1440. Level 4 my score was lower again. I still haven't figured out much strategy to this game. I don't know how to predict what the lizards are doing. I don't like this puzzle very much...
The graphics are, of course, gorgeous cute and colorful. The music is lovely, very chill.
I think speeding up the ball would indeed make it much harder... The thing that bothered me was not that it felt "floaty" but rather that the ball slows down a lot on obstacles, when I would much rather it slide through tubes like a pinball. When it stops halfway through a tube it can feel awkward trying to catch it.
Slowing down the ball when the paddle is running is genius, and for some reason I didn't really notice it. I just knew that it was hard to catch the ball sometimes but not too unfair.
Also if I may ask, is the ball's collider not a perfect circle??
This does demand some practice, as the controls are a bit unforgiving, and I sometimes wished it felt a bit more smooth and pinball-y (the ball doesn't keep enough momentum to ride all the way through even the short tracks). Mostly this is down too a need for polish, however, and I can't blame a jam game for feeling unpolished.
I can't help but be amused at the frantic nature of this pinball flipper constantly chasing after the ball, and the graphics fit this feeling perfectly.
The sound effects are great. The music gets a little irritating after listening a lot.
Overall it's an excellent jam game and very charming.
Thanks! I understand if you don't want to spend a lot more time of this game but... I noticed that it can break if you press space while the animation for flying to another planet is happening.
Also if you hit space while still dragging a ship part it gets suspended in the air and can never be used again.
This was a fun experience. It's a good twist on the concept of building your ship from parts like Captain Forever. I rather enjoyed swordfighting with spaceships. I got home once. Barely even saw any items, just swords and a rocket launcher. I'll have to try a few more times and see if I find anything else.
I did get one bug which ruined a save file. Something to do with spawning inside another ship, I think...
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This is a genius idea and the game you've made around it is really fun. That crusher level is so cool! It makes me want to play around with the thing and perhaps make more levels, for instance there are almost no levels that have you run through the inside of a fractal. Incredible game.