Thanks so much for the thoughtful review! I'll check out NewGrounds.
I'd love to do a game jam together. I checked out Pirate and Tough Growth. They're pretty engaging.
Are you participating in anything soon? ProcJam (procedurally generated games) started last night at midnight.
My pride and joy of Amaya and Ko was the dialogue overlay. I created a full manager for automating the expressions, audio cues, auto-enabling scripts, and speech. I later brought that dialogue overlay to the Global Game Jam, when I participated in Copsing Mechanisms, a game about building family through the metaphor of growing a copse of different kinds of trees.