Thanks for the feedback! I'll have to investigate that slowdown, not sure what it could be
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I like the idea! the jumping felt a bit too floaty and it was sometimes confusing trying to figure out how you're supposed to beat a level. But I liked the implementation of the slowmotion and how you can hurt yourself!
Interesting concept and the puzzles are cool, only problem is the bugs I came across as others have as well. Bishop not taking pieces, pawns overlapping, and not being able to move after the king piece was introduced.
Love the polish on this, looks good and has some good music. The main mechanic is neat and makes for some good puzzles. Just wish that there was an indicator for where enemies will move and where teleporters take you so that it isnt trial and error.
Cool concept, the arrows being the 45 degrees to the board was confusing, and there were a few bugs like not being able to move in the way I programmed it, and one time I got moved to the next level without completing it.
It's a neat game though, unique concept, and the presentation is great.
This is a really interesting idea and really fits the theme well! Having all the enemies do menu options is interesting as a game mechanic, as the rewards and punishments for hitting enemies are really unique and sometimes quite funny when you accidentally send yourself back to menu or something.
The art style is really nice and the game feel is good (except when I hit a mute button haha)
The one problem is that it's a little too easy, there's a lot of waiting for enemies. and there doesn't seem to be much cause for moving around
great game! sorry the comment is short, wanted to get this in before time ends!
Its a pretty complicated topic and not something that can be learning by itself, it's more a combination of many things. It's generally just using similar artistic techniques and styles for everything, as well as everything kind of fitting a theme. And yes, a shared palette among things you wish to associate is one of those techniques for more cohesion.
There should be similar geometry among parts that want to be cohesive, similar palette, similar sizes, similar level of detail, etc.
In games, generally the first enemies will be introduced in an easy environment for the player to learn about them. Then every enemy henceforth is introduced in reference to that first. If a new enemy looks similar to something you saw before then it's assumed it will behave similar. If a new enemy is stronger maybe in terms of maybe health and attack, then it will usually be bigger, if an enemy is showing new geometry or color, then it is probably going to have new mechanics. If you see a new enemy like the ones previous, except this one has a really big spear, then the player will inherently think that this enemy is the same as the previous one in every way, except that it will use this spear.
You can break conventions, but you have to be really good at introducing these new conventions to players. Because there is a thing called game literacy, and subverting that will more often than not just unecessarily annoy players. Like if you make the left analog stick control the camera, or make up arrow on a controller equal to jump. These things break convention for no good reason and make a player relearn mechanics that they could've already know. And the same goes for art and sign posting.
For my game, I originally had more detailed sprites for the enemies, but the rest of the game was minimalist, so while I personally liked the sprites I made, they just didn't fit the game, and I ended up just making the enemies squares
This is the kind of thing I've had to fit to, this minimalist style and also the pallette I chose. The enemies are grey because they couldn't be the same color as the player, they couldn't be allowed to blend into the background, and adding too much more color to the scene would've made it muddier, so they became grey.
But then also, the little indicators on my enemies don't fit the pallette that much, because I purposely want them to stand out as they are an important game mechanic, not just art.
The mechanics felt good and easy to control, the box spawning wasn't a bother at all, and felt good.
The art is pretty sparse, and the fire kinda looks out of place, but the simplicity works well for the game.
The tutorial is good, and I like how it's set up to be necessary if you don't know the game, but easily avoided if you do.
Could definitely do with more gimmicks in the future, as right now there's only really the fire and simply spawning the box, so puzzle options will be limited past a couple levels.
I liked it!
It's definitely lacking animations.
But it's also lacking an overarching theme, and artistic style. The pieces just don't seem to fit together and make a cohesive whole.
The sprites feel like sprites in a game, they don't feel like creatures that fit into a world.
The music is very good for it, very tense! and the sound effects fit it very nicely and communicate the game mechanics well!
The graphics are also simple but quite nice! brings focus towards the gameplay!
The gameplay is quite challenging, and while I started to get better at managing things as I played, I think it may still be a bit unbalanced. It seems almost impossible to grow lots of trees while also putting out the fires.
It could also benefit from a tutorial as the mechanics take a little bit to figure out.
Good game though! I had fun playing it!
The art is really quite lacking, there's no real theme, and the SFX are sub par.
The gun didn't point in the direction of my cursor which made the gun kind of hard to control.
Shoot to move means when I try to shoot enemies I just fly away from them and can't see them, then they shoot me from off screen which isn't too fun. The only reasonable strategy was to just sit in a corner and shot enemies that come near.
The enemies were just complete bullet sponges, you shoot them a tonne and they just never die, and there's no interesting mechanic to make them better, just point the gun at the enemy and hope it dies before it slowly walks towards you.
you put screen shake on the gun, but it still lacks juice because the sound effect is really not good and there are no good visual effects to go with it.
My score also never went down after I died, which doesn't really make sense.
The player seems to have an invincibility timer after being hit, but there's no indication of when they can or cannot be hit, the player should flash or something when they are invincible.
Keep at it! this will be a good learning experience, and you can improve for next time!
Since there is a flashlight mechanic, I'd suggest maybe removing the circle of light around the player or at least make it smaller, it would make the game more tense as you have to check behind you all the time.
The gun is also really piddly like a pea shooter, it's lacking game feel.
I wasn't entirely sure how the mechanics with ammo worked either, I just shot enemies and sometimes ammo comes back, idk.
The enemies are also really easy to kill, I had a horde of like 10-15 at one point, and killed them easily. The boss is a challenge, but he's just a bullet sponge, nothing really special about it it seems.
the atmosphere of the setting was nice though and fit the theme well!
it has some potentially mechanics here, you just really need to add some juice to the game.
The art is really good! and the gameplay is simple but a bit of a challenge
it would've been nice to have some sort of timer, because I was never really sure how well I was doing with respect to lasting 12 months. And a reset button was definitely needed.
Very nice, simple game though!
The wall climbing mechanic was pretty hit or miss, and I had to wrestle with it a lot. And that red animal was really annoying to try and beat, especially when there were no checkpoints and you had to spend a lot of time getting back there again.
Art style was nice though!
I really like the aesthetic, and the star effect is really cool!
took me a little while to figure out that you absorb bullets by taking damage, but I figured it out eventually!
The gameplay is really tight and good to control, and the balance between ammo and health makes it a challenge, I like it!
Yes, there are some bugs with the hit detection that I unfortunately was unable to fix in time.
And yes, I tried to design the level to be optimal for these mechanics but couldn't get it perfect, thank you for the feedback!
The character looks like a backwards duck, not a slime
Really nice game though! the aesthetic is really nice, the SFX really fit, and the music is simple but suits the type of game. The game itself is quite difficult but also well designed and doesn't feel like fake difficulty, so makes it quite fun and makes you want to go back again for one more try.
Fun game, and I really like the combo system, it's really satisfying.
The only problem is that the platforms seem to get in the way a lot, and I found the best strategy was to just stand in one spot and shoot enemies, because you can easily shoot 1 enemy per second that way and rack up combos.
Besides that though, the art style is really nice and works well, and the music also fits the theme quite well! good game!
cool game! random level generation in a game jam is really cool, the mechanic works well and the visual style is really nice!
only a couple of problems, the sword SFX glitch out when you put it against a wall, and the game feel when hitting enemies is maybe a little lacking, but otherwise a really nice little game!
The rockets for platforms idea is pretty cool, and the sound effect for pausing them feels really nice. Only problem is that a few times I could get past obstacles with 0 platforms by just rocket jumping.
Also you should probably round your health to an int, my health was at 4 decimal places at one point
Overall fun little game with a cool mechanic!
The art is really creepy and great, and the music also fits the theme really well!
The game play is really fun and responsive, and the difficulty ramps up nicely
definitely want to play more of this, awesome game!
The feel of the sword isn't very good, it needs a better animation and some sound FX, the game needs sound effects in general.
The art style is quite nice though, and consistent throughout so it looks quite good!
The boss designs are also nice, though they're a little easy, they have interesting mechanics!