Is land really a core mechanic of 4X? Most 4X are space based.
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For the amount of work in a short amount of time, and it pulled some emotional heartstrings like some of my favorite games like To The Moon, which the creator told me this was based upon, it gets 4.
Why it doesn't get a 5:
1. The English dialogue, while decent, is obviously not from a native speaker. A lot of saying "Owwww" after an insult, jab, or surprise which gets annoying, but is tantamount to immersion breaking. Especially since the game is set what seems to be a European country of some sort. No native English speaker says "Oww" repeatedly, only Asian English speakers do that (I'm Asian, so I know).
2. Some minor gameplay annoyances. Sometimes you can't get through a door to the next area if you are coming from the side and must face it head-on. The fetch quest seems artificially extended, especially those parts that simply have the escort character saying to check the notes or grunting, not advancing the story.
3. The plot was a bit predictable, however, even with that in mind, it was still very emotional and heartfelt.
It gets a 4 as those things doesn't actually detract from the story focus. The game can be finished in under a couple hours, if not just one.
Let's get the excuses out of the way, the point person I was in contact with in the sponsor organization was embroiled in a move so he was swamped and did not get back to me until today.
So winner of the Crypto Jam is...
BITCOIN SURVIVAL by Old Mohave Games Studio!
The judges were impressed with the amount of gameplay features and intertwining cryptocurrency with every day life, even if fantasized.
Runner up was Carved In Bytes for mostly graphics and original story.
Thank you for joining the Crypto Jam, despite all the hold ups.
P.S. I am now free to advertise a new jam I'm hosting, the 4COOP jam. No prizes this time, and it's a month long.
Crypto Game Jam Host
When I get confirmation from my sponsor to award the prize money. It's taking awhile, if people need proof or whatever, they can ask me.
Worse comes to worse, if the sponsor drags on, I will at minimum pay the $100 part of the prize out of my own pocket then announce the results, I guarantee that.
If you submitted a game, you got the following email, so check it! It uses a different address than my previous emails.
We are now awarding the prizes! However...
We neglected to ask contact info for our submissions (my fault entirely), and the itch.io email list for this jam is hidden and only shows up as a group.
So please reply with:
The name of the game you made
Your username on itch.io
Your email address
Your social media you can be quickly reached at
Thank you for your patience!
Crypto Game Jam Host
If you want to count it as an old project, I wouldn't mind, I'm not a strict person (as there is no judging). However, the intent of the jam is taking things you've already abandoned that have not seen the light of day and turning it into a finished game. So if it doesn't feel old to you while you are working on it, then probably not.