Cool! That's another way I could take it I guess--provide more info to the player about how the forces are working.
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Wow! Nice job! And thanks for sticking with it that long! If I give the game any more dev time, I'll probably break it out into levels that introduce the mechanics--and definitely tone down the whirlpool chains.
Hey, thanks for playing! I'm glad you enjoyed it! As far as times, anywhere between 3 and 9 minutes seems to be pretty common, so yeah nice job! My best was probably a bit lucky, around 2 minutes 20 seconds. I'm pretty sure sub 2 is possible, but requires some really clever input near the end.
I'm happy to know the vectors were useful, too! I added them as a debug feature while I was modeling the rowing forces to make sure I was getting the right result. I figured if I needed help making it, it might not be bad to give the help to those playing. It was super easy since I already had the math done and GMS2 already has a draw_arrow(...) function--don't know if I would have done proper arrows without it, haha!
Thanks for playing! I agree the small play area is a bit of a problem. On the next pass on this one I'll definitely consider your idea. Also thanks for posting the vid! Super valuable cor seeing how other people play!
Solid idea! Thanks for that! If it's pretty easy to get in, I should be able to add it on the weekend. If not, might have to wait a bit longer. I've been trying to be strict about putting these down at the end of each week and continuing with the next prototype.
Thanks for playing!
Thanks for the feedback!
And totally--a major limitation in this prototype is that it's tightly coupled to the US-en QWERTY layout. For the future, I'm curious: were you pressing the key on your keyboard marked with the ' character on it, or pressing the key to the right of the ; key? If the second, does your ' key work to trigger the key in-game?
I left up top pretty blank for the "test game" feel, so let's do the rundown here.
This is another prototype-in-a-week: a puzzle game where you tap the buttons and things happen. It's definitely it's own sort of thing to make a puzzle game. I hadn't before, so this was a fun experiment. I hope you enjoy playing it, too! Let me know what you think here!
If you get stuck at any point, try making the button states match.
Oh yeah, pretty much by definition! Some of the lack there is by design, but I think what I will add is an indication of one of the options that isn't as obvious as it could be.
Thanks for the feedback!
Yes, certainly! You have to manage your resources correctly in the final phase, i.e. you can definitely lose the game too. Now that you mention it, I should probably add something that will let you know you've gone too far to turn back.
Seriously, keep going with this one! Concept is simple, fun, and easy to keep playing! High mobile potential here with the mouse/tap only controls and turn-based play.
If you haven't tried this to rate it yet.. DO IT!
I shall comment positively on your doings!
Nice work--the character art was goofy and charming! Great sound and music--especially the track for when the machine is placed down at the beginning. And the turn-based RPG is a classic formula--plenty of fun there!
Also, was it three cookies or three-factorial?
For the record, I reuploaded the web version with a handful of added "floor(...)" calls because it turns out the GameMaker HTML5 export doesn't have true integers. This led to a bug in the web version where, after planting the last tree, Blobert would just stand and wave for eternity while the trigger for the shutter animation never technically occurred. Well, now I know for next time! Cheers!
Thanks Scripts! Glad you enjoyed it--yeah I had to cut some gameplay to finish it for the deadline. Basically seeds will be less plentiful at the end. That way, you have to balance knocking down trees for materials with making sure you don't kill all the trees off in the process.
Thanks! I agree regarding the theme strength; I'm going to finish the rest of the gameplay I planned--basically seeds will be less plentiful at the end, so you have to balance knocking down trees and growing them to get enough seeds to grow them all!
Thanks for the feedback! Once I get the physics jank sorted, I'll def be looking at some speed-related concerns. I had in mind a fast-forward button of sorts, since the outcome is essentially determined before the ball even moves
Played for a while and read the post-mortem. What's there is brilliant, and it seems like you have the rough parts figured out already (based on the post-mortem). Charming and straightforward, but definitely needs that on-off switch! I'll be keeping an eye to see if you take this one further. Great work!
Thanks for the feedback! I'm definitely with you on the feeling of balance. I think it has to do with the winning player not having anything to do wihile they are winning. A friend suggested having the scoring player point the ball for the next round, which I'm experimenting with presently.
I most likely will change the scoring following some other planned changes--as long as it still seems needed. I'm thinking either streaks or more standard tally-up scoring.
Also, yeah, the idea of upgrades is almost a given in a game like this! I am especially interested in the effect of other block shapes on play.
Thanks again for your interest and feedback!
EDIT: I'm a doofus and never published the sale. Keeping it on until July 3 now.
I'm proud to
announce Convergence Compulsion is joining the itch.io Summer Sale!
This week, for $1 USD, you can get this chaotic, colorful game on PC, Mac, Linux, and Android!
(Psst! There's also a playable demo on the game page, so you can check it out in your browser right now!)
Convergence Compulsion is an arcade-style game where you match colors, dodge obstacles, and collect power-ups to rack up a high score! Supports mouse, keyboard, gamepad, and touchscreen input.
Notes regarding the demo: gamepad not supported in the browser, and request the desktop site on mobile. I'm hoping to resolve both of these soon.
Try it out! Or watch this trailer here--either way, thanks for the time and I hope you have fun!
As a matter of philosophy, the color should never be the source of difficulty. I've been trying to find some science to help out with picking up good colors. Might just need to punt and prevent certain pairings.
Convergence Compulsion is still in beta, as there are a number of features I hope to add before calling the game feature-complete. Most of what will change is the addition of new power-ups and platforms to play on. Here's the general idea of what I'm going to add to the game before it goes into a more bug-fixes-only mode. (This is obviously subject to change based on feedback during the beta.)
- Before July 1, 2018
Add a gravity power up that for a short period causes all existing and new obstacles to fall to the bottom of the screen. The player also falls, but gains a "jump" while gravity is active.
- I'm gonna move this out past some of the other platform releases, and maybe only if there's a good number of requests.
Add a time-stop power up that stops the oncoming waves, allowing the player to converge on their color at their leisure for that one set.
Add a "power up" that causes the next set of waves to come in from the top and bottom rather than the sides. The next waves will resume from the sides.
- At a future date
- Release the game on Android and Amazon Fire--and in their respective app stores.
- Release the game on iOS and in the App Store.
- Release the game on Steam.
- Definitely some kind of options menu for volume, and rumble settings--at least.
Anyway, that's the plan so far. If I'm missing anything that is going to prevent you from enjoying the game, let me know! Thanks for playing!
Thanks for getting into Convergence Compulsion while it's still in beta! Let me know what you think of the game here: accolades, criticisms, issues, bug reports, ideas--anything goes, just keep it PG!
Also, if you're reporting issues, be sure to include each of the following.
- What version of the game you were playing (i.e. the number, like 0.1.0)
- What platform you were playing on (windows, linux, etc.)
- What input method (mouse, keyboard, gamepad, etc.)
Good luck! Have fun! And thanks for playing!