Love the concept. Having your lasers also be your health is very clever. One suggestion I have that might be worth trying out is having rotate clockwise/anticlockwise buttons instead of aiming with the mouse, as it feels a bit awkward to point elsewhere than where you're aiming.
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I love this. Lots of good design ideas that were executed well. The dash that's used for movement/defense/offense is brilliant. The shooting feels just right, the 3 shot burst is nice. The bosses were unique and not overwhelming.
I also have to say I absolutely love the art, and it's what made me wanna check out your game in particular. Getting some vibe of old DOS games from it (and I mean that in a good way!)
I can see myself playing a full version of this with more challenge.
The twist was on point, was wondering how the game fits the theme, and then that happened. My dumb ass didn't figure out I could shoot with the mouse, I think if the gravity change was left/right click instead of arrow keys it would have been more natural, but that's just me nitpicking and, again, being a dumb ass :p
One suggestion I would make is give icons for each rule - as it stands there's a lot of reading text involved. And don't skip the audio, even if for a short jam game. I think the concept is great, so well done!
That was really difficult already with the first level. And then you escalated the difficulty even more with the Esc mechanic. That was satisfying to finish. I enjoyed the game and the concept.
I can get that, but honestly this game idea wouldn't have come up without the theme to prompt it. The idea evolved from Mark's "only one sprite" suggestion, and then make that interesting mechanically. I still think it adheres to the theme, with effectively one character having the one loadout you selected.
Reminds me of Sanctum, except you're also the tower. Switching from topdown to first-person seemed a bit weird, and I don't feel like it adds much to the gameplay. Perhaps if you could move in first-person, and start and stop moving as a Bastion would in Overwatch?
Solid game! Really responsive controls, switching from lance to shield real quick is satisfying. I wish the lunge had more feedback for when it's ready, I found myself lunging to my death a lot.
This is insanely well polished for a jam. Cool concept, and a good execution. But I didn't find it fun. Most of the gameplay is just trial and error. And the shuttle can just bounce off ever so slightly off the landing pad, agh! Maybe it just didn't click with me. The only suggestion I can think of is having a restart button: if it's clear it's gonna fail don't make me wait for the crash.
The core mechanic of having the light is pretty neat, but I feel like the supporting mechanics don't work too well. Your levels are all just mazes, which is not particularly fun to play. The spikes give me a reason to keep the light on the player as I move, which you have to do anyway. It would have been interesting if I had to remember the layout of the spikes rather than just keep the light on the player whenever I move. The enemies are way too slow to be relevant.
In terms of doing different mechanics. Perhaps more threatening enemies and some kind of combat? Perhaps a switch that's triggered by the light to force the player to move in darkness?
There's potential in the idea, though!
Yeah, that version of the UI would work better. Although if you intend to have that many spells it would be a bit overwhelming, especially on early levels. Perhaps if you unlock more spells as you go along?
Love games that can be played both as singleplayer and as coop. Cool design, the idea is executed brilliantly, and the levels are good at teaching you the mechanics then escalating complexity.
The sheer amount of juice on that bullet! Took a while to understand how the mechanics work, but the early levels were perfect for learning. Good escalation of mechanics, although I'm not too keen on the levels. Or level. I would have liked more variety, rather than the same level with more and more stuff added in, it gets tedious at some point. And you can't introduce new mechanics on their own if you're so adamant on keeping the same things from the previous level, which is not great. Overall, great game!
Bouncing missiles into each other is incredibly satisfying. Having to defend a different character other than yourself is an interesting design choice, and you're still punished for messing up by getting stunned. That part was not obvious though, I had to read the page description to realize what the scoring and lose condition was.
I can smell the Superhot inspiration, and you've done a good job with it. The weapons feel good, and the glass aesthetic is satisfying.
I actually didn't mind the mouse movement that much, but I don't see why it's necessary. There's a reason why WASD + mouse is the norm. It's natural. Even Rocket League, which has no business with mouse movement at all, preferred to use WASD + mouse for its default input scheme.
I personally find picking up items a bit awkward (just a bit, not a major issue). Have you tried auto-equipping?
Overall, solid entry to the jam!
There is potential here. The mechanic to match the theme isn't there with the single combat in the prototype. I can see how it would be interesting to ration the different spells and combos you have.
The UI leaves a bit to be desired. I wish there was a list of spells I already picked, or some marker on the already existing buttons. I could also pick duplicate spells (e.g. Scald + several copies of Ashes). Is that intentional? For some reason I had to click on spells that were marked as passive.
Shame it was incomplete for the jam, this could be a solid game!
There are many games in the jam using "only one shot" as their mechanic. The bullet teleporting to the other side of the screen is a neat take on that, though! I found it a bit disorienting where the bullet is gonna end up, I'm not sure why, perhaps because the bounding box for the bullet is slightly larger than the screen and there's a bit of offset when it comes on the other side? The score is also bugged, it adds the previous run, even though it displays 0 at first. All in all, great entry!
Thanks a lot for the comprehensive feedback!
Having debuffs was an "aha" moment during the design, I couldn't come up with more debuffs in the time time though. I didn't consider limiting abilities, that may be an idea.
In regards to AI: the big thing I would have liked to do was make them actually jump towards platforms, rather than do so randomly. More complex AI features would have been nice as well, but had to limit the scope for the jam. Another problem was the levels, I rushed them in the last couple hours, so enemies tend to get stuck in the pits of the levels. If the AI was smarter, or the levels were laid out differently, it could have been a lot better.
More polish to the attacks was certainly needed. Screen shake was literally on the to do list, but I just left it until the very end and there was no more time.
I actually have WASD implemented, as well as 1/2/3/4 as subsitutes for Z/X/C/V. I never mentioned it as I think the arrow key control scheme is better. I was reluctant to use the mouse, as you wouldn't use it to aim, and I felt that would have been counterintuitive.
And I have played your game! Even left a comment :)
Another take on "one shot"! Neat graphics, the throw feels pretty good, but I found the game as a whole a bit bland. The lack of feedback for getting hit is a big issue.
For the future, I'd recommend doing KB&M input as well, this game would have been perfect for WASD + mouse. I had to run it as a non-steam game just to get my Dualshock 4 to work with it.
What a silly idea! I got a best of 24. I like how the chairs slow you down as you have more of them (although it's perhaps a bit too harsh on 3 chairs). Would have been interesting if having items on top of you would affect gameplay as well.
There were some issues here and there. The cursor wasn't locked to the window. I found the attack awkward to actually land.
Overall, good entry!
What a cool idea out of the theme. I was pleased to see the design space explored in the last level, where you need to hold opposite directions down to stop yourself, but keep the movement for later. I wish you had more levels doing that.
You could create a lot more design space and levels exploring it with the right supporting mechanics. A timed obstacle could force you to stop, the same way I mentioned previously. Perhaps a pickup that could refresh your key presses? There's a lot of potential!
Really cool puzzle game, I can see you running off this this idea. Solid mechanics, with good escalation of complexity throughout the levels.
I'm not too keen on explicitly explaining mechanics through text, but you've done it in a tasteful way, so props on that as well.