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Of course! The waiter and the name of the establishment too!

This is a cool pixel roguelike game for anyone who feels nostalgic about Gameboy games!

Horace

Horace

Wow, that's some very detailed feedback! Firstly, thank you for playing the demo and and sending across your thoughts.

I'm glad you appreciated the change of pace in the storyline and felt truly immersed in the experience. There will be plenty more times in the full game where you will experience this so lots to look forward to.

I have been working on updating the UI too for the full game so hopefully these changes to the junk collection numbers will help keep players like yourself motivated throughout the game.

I will also have another look at the junk collection animations. Of course, there are times when a lot is going on on screen so want to make sure this is as intuitive for players as possible.

I have already made some improvements to the tutorial to better illustrate the controls so this is definitely coming.

And I'm not sure which jump you found 'controversial' but now that you have overcome it, it will stand you in good stead for the rest of the game! ;)

With regards to cut scenes, I animated my sprites in Promotion and then used flash to push them around the screen, drop in SFX, etc. Hope that helps with your project.

Thank you :)

Hi xAnnihil4ti0nx, 

Please check out the demo for my game, Horace!

Horace is a story-driven, pixel platform adventure about a small robot on a big adventure. Think cinematic cutscenes but with little pixel guys,all tied together with traversal challenges that will test your brain as much as your abilities! The demo will showcase approx. 2 hours of game play as it branches out into the more metroidvania style later in the demo!

Would be great to hear your feedback! And be sure to share your YouTube channel so we can all check it out.


Thanks tomcheshire for the positive feedback! I really liked your play through and commentary and you still have plenty left to see in the demo ;) I hope you enjoy the rest of the demo as much as the first 10 mins. I'm also really happy that you enjoyed the story elements too and feel this was unique - that was my intention.

I have one small favour to ask, if you wouldn't mind leaving a rating for the game that would really help other potentials players see the quality of the game.

Hoping to release the full game early next year so hopefully not long to wait now!

Thanks for your video Blis! It's great to see how much you are connecting with the story and can't wait to see your other videos for Horace.

Thanks for trying out my demo. I really appreciate it and I'm really happy to hear you enjoyed it. I am still working on finishing the game and hope to release early next year. Feel free to follow my Twitter channel to stay updated on the full release :)

Hey Blis,

First of all thank you, I really appreciate you playing the demo, leaving your feedback and creating content for others to enjoy!

I'm really happy the story has connected with you so strongly. There will be plenty more story to uncover when I release the final game and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the full  experience when its ready. I will send round updates here on Itch and on my Twitter channel so I'm sure you won't miss it.

I'll keep an eye out for the videos you will be posting and happy to share on Twitter too.

Paul

I hope you enjoy it when you get some time to try it out. Would be really interesting to hear your thoughts.

Thanks for taking the time to check Horace out!

Looks like I won't be bucking the trend of self promotion but I have a couple of games to suggest!

First is to check out my pixel platforming game, Horace. It's only a demo at the moment but I think there is still plenty of quality to see from the approx. 2 hours of game play you will get! Please let me know your feedback too.

My other suggestion is for a another game demo that I tried out the other day. The game is called NYKRA and plays fantasically well! Link for the demo is below:

https://endesga.itch.io/nykra-demo

Hope you enjoy them!

Hi Vioa,

Not a horror game unfortunately but hopefully one you will still enjoy nonetheless! Please check out the demo for my game, Horace!

Horace is a story-driven, pixel platform adventure about a small robot on a big adventure. Think cinematic cutscenes but with little pixel guys,all tied together with traversal challenges that will test your brain as much as your abilities! The demo will showcase approx. 2 hours of game play as it branches out into the more metroidvania style later in the demo!

Would be great to hear your feedback! Thanks for your support.


Hi Blis, 

Good luck with your new Youtube channel! 

Please check out the demo for my game, Horace!

Horace is a story-driven, pixel platform adventure about a small robot on a big adventure. Think cinematic cutscenes but with little pixel guys,all tied together with traversal challenges that will test your brain as much as your abilities! The demo will showcase approx. 2 hours of game play as it branches out into the more metroidvania style later in the demo!

Would be great to hear your feedback! Thanks for your support.


This was a nice, casual game and I enjoyed playing through it. Thank you

It's all good feedback and I knew there would be flaws. Would be good to see if something like this could be implemented in some way shape or form. A report functionality would be needed for people absuing the system (and there will definitely be some!)

Maybe as a reward outside of montary value could be exposure opportunities for all people who have earned particular badges (like a reward based on loyalty). In October, all users who have the "entered 5 game jams" badge can recommend a game for the homepage. Probably needs to exclude their own titles to make it supportive to all community members

Not sure how we could make this all work, we would most likely need support from Itch to get something like this running.

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Reading the other comments really gets the creative juices flowing. My idea definitely builds on the 'thinking outside of the box' ideas.

Maybe a loyalty scheme of some sort would help retention on the platform. I'm thinking similar to the Xbox achievements type set up when you can earn badges as a developer and a customer which allow everyone to earn rewards, be it monetary or something else. For example, rate 5 games, earn the Mates Rates badge and earn $X to spend in the store. Then these accounts can use these badges to display next to their names on the forum/discord/etc as like a badge of honor.

I'm sure the idea would need refining but I'm thinking something like this would be more beneficial for indie devs who all want to support each other.

Hi Joyfuldeath,

Please try the free demo for my game. Horace is a story-driven, pixel platform adventure about a small robot on a big adventure. Think cinematic cutscenes but with little pixel guys,all tied together with traversal challenges that will test your brain as much as your abilities! The demo will showcase approx. 2 hours of game play as it branches out into the more metroidvania style later in the demo!


Thanks for taking the time to check out my game.

Paul


Studio Name: Paul Helman (It's just me!)

Name Of Game: Horace

Quick Bio of Game: Horace is a story-driven, pixel platform adventure about a small robot on a big adventure. Think cinematic cutscenes but with little pixel guys,all tied together with traversal challenges that will test your brain as much as your abilities! The demo will showcase approx. 2 hours of game play as it branches out into the more metroidvania style later in the demo!

How long the Game was in development and if it's still in development, early access, or complete: I've spent the past 6 years developing Horace! It's still in development but edging closer to launch. At this moment in time, I estimate I will release the final version early next year. 

Why you became a game developer in the first place: I played Space Invaders when I was about 4 and it's all I wanted to do since! It's all I have done for the past 25 years. I hated school as it got in the way of my pixelling at home.

Link to my game: https://horacedev.itch.io/horace


Hi tomcheshire! 

      

Try the free demo for my story-driven, pixel platform adventure game, Horace. There is approx 2 hours of game play available in the demo and you will get a mixture of story content and puzzle platforming challenges!

 

Hi puzygamer! 

      

Try the free demo for my story-driven, pixel platform adventure game, Horace. There is approx 2 hours of game play available in the demo and you will get a mixture of story content and puzzle platforming challenges!

The game feels good - plenty of potential already. Good luck with your kickstarter

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Hi Sean,

I released a demo for my passion project, Horace, just over a month ago. It's a story driven, platform game about a small robot on a big adventure. Would really appreciate you checking it out.





Itch page: https://horacedev.itch.io/horace

Twitter: https://twitter.com/horacedev

Thanks!

Thanks Andy for the informative post. Promoting games is a completely new prospect for me - I'm definitely better at making games than marketing them. Will give Reddit a try! 

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Hi Vo0do0leW,

I released a demo for my passion project, Horace, just over a month ago. It's a story driven, platform game about a small robot on a big adventure. Would really appreciate you checking it out.

Itch page: https://horacedev.itch.io/horace

Twitter: https://twitter.com/horacedev

Thanks!

Horace


After 5 years of working tirelessly I am really pleased to announce the launch of a free demo for my passion project, Horace. Please come try it out - your feedback is much appreciated!

Itch Demo: Click here to download

ABOUT THE GAME

Horace is a story-driven platform game starring a naive robot learning about the meaning of his life but later ends up trying to save the world as the story takes an apocalyptic turn. That's not all in the demo so you’ll just need to trust me. You will encounter ability upgrades that will test you brain as much as your traversal skills. Couple this with the cinematic story telling and I really think you end up with a unique experience!

The demo will give you roughly the first hour of the game so this is where you will get a real sense of the story and then the second half is where you get more of the Metroidnavia style of  game play shining through as you explore more of the house.

I really hope you enjoy this snippet of the game and if you do, please make sure to spread the word! If you're feeling particularly generous then please also follow me on Twitter (where I post sporadically):

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Thanks for taking the time to check out Horace!

Paul

Thanks for the video! Interesting to see people playing in a way I never intended. In the room with with the moving paintings it's MUCH easier if instead of trying to jump across the room you try to fall down the room. 

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Hi there, thanks so much for being the first commenter!

The rooms after the 'fast forward' are part of the end game. I wondered if the difficulty was going to be too much when juxtaposed against the tutorial/intro, but I didn't want to show the other game locations *just* yet. The final game will have a concept of 'shields' to give you a bit more leeway with failure on the tougher rooms. 

Chain climbing - you're right. The tutorial for that part was a casualty of cutting two parts of the game together.

This has been my sole project for the five years. A *ton* of time goes into the story cinematics. It's already taken at least two years longer than I thought, but might as well try and do it properly. 

Thanks again! Comments like this really give me a boost :D