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Nope, can't. The first thing it asks is "Do you have Steam or do you need Steam?", which is a sort of a leading question that ignores my answer of "I don't have and don't want Steam" :)

Ah, well, next month it is... Thanks for the reply ;)

I cannot agree with the "need a new computer" sentiment wholeheartedly. More precisely, if the programmers didn't have such powerful computers, they would be optimising software better! Which would be greener for all users :P

The description of rain, though... I also like the rain <3

And when I'm looking for "atmospheric games", this sort of game is what I'm looking for, not reams of horror XD

My only "Horror" favourite is that hunchbacked book from "The Pagemaster". Other than that it's either yucky... or I begin to need to turn the lights on at night, heh! :D

And I, too, would love to see the code ;)

Alas, the download only contains the soundtrack - "Download" under the HTML5 brings me the same place as "Download" above the comments:

Click download now to get access to the following files:

Soft Drizzle Soundtrack 14 MB

I don't mind waiting for the full game... I can even cope with WINE-wrestling to play it... But may I first see the demo everybody's raving about, please?

(No, I can't download it on Steam; Steam asks to download Steam first and that's not an option :(( )

Alas, the

Files

UniverseForSalePrologue.zip 530 MB
Sep 09, 2021


is a non-clickable link :(

Nice Game! Had some difficulty at first with all the battles after (and including) Guy the Great, but got used to them. Most of the time I still ended up moving in a square formation to constantly revive the one person that got hit, not sure if it's the intended way but it is the only way that worked for me.

One complaint I have is the size of the UI and UI font. I would find the game more enjoyable if I didn't have to strain my eyes so much. Perhaps an option for the UI size (1, 1.5, 2)?  just make sure to keep the scale ;)

example of formation mentioned above

Great game! One thing I would appreciate is some way to get back health (not sure if I missed that or if it actually isn't there). I liked how the energy balls bounce around the walls! On my first play-through I forgot about the different weapons, and didn't end up using them ;)

Nice mechanics and a great job on the game. I really appreciate the time-slowing next to the atoms, as without it I would have found it much more difficult. I like how the menu serves as a mini tutorial for the game. The way you designed the levels is very nice as it gives you time to grasp each of the new mechanics.

Very impressive game for a game jam. I liked the art style and gameplay a lot but got stuck a bit after getting the nail pogo. Whichever way I go, I end up running out of energy, and being sent back to the start point. Is that intended, and are there any other ways to refill your energy?

I let godot handle the collisions and movement. All the times I tested that, the activated platforms always pushed me upwards, but I ques that's not always the case! The platforms pushing you upwards could be used as an interesting mechanic now that I think about it...

The map itself is pretty linear (left to right), the only exception is the area after the first moving platform where you need to go down, there are two hot springs there. The way the game was when I submitted it I see no way to go back  (and reach the hot springs you might have missed) once you've made it past the orb wall. I will keep that in mind for later. When you reach all of the hot springs (and activate them) you should get a very quickly scribbled "You win!" image appear over the screen.

Nice art style and idea. I was a bit surprised when I died from a cockroach as I didn't see it straight away. A fullscreen option for the html export would be nice because I had to adjust the zoom in my browser. Overall nice game!

Nice game and interesting art style! A decreased cool-down for the attack would be nice, as I found myself jumping most of the time.

Great mechanic you have there with the clones! I was unsure what to do on the level with the turret, and was a bit confused when I saw a level that was very similar to a previous one. I was also pleasantly surprised by the animation, it is both very simple and looks very nice when you play and goes with the physics well.

Very impressive for a first game! A UI for changing elements would be helpful so it will be easier to remember which numbers give which element. In terms of areas for improvement, I would suggest making the cursor more visible, and maybe making the enemies a bit slower. Another tip (even if it is a matter of preference) would be to have all your art the same size and scale.

Very nice game! I liked the idea of charging yourself up, would appreciate a clearer indication of being charged, as there were times when I was unsure. Having the spikes/gravity reset, or having a reload level option would be awesome(there were times when I soft-locked myself).

Hope you enjoy!

Sorry, I've tried and tried, but I can't find the demo download link anywhere. Is this a bug or a feature?

Ah, that makes sense! Didn't see the chocolate, but 'mallows burnt to crisp become much lighter in such a "sandwich". We hypothesize it's the unburnt inside part showing through, why not... Attempts to fry some bread or light up a wet log pile proved unsuccessful, but the ability to blow out flaming food was fun. Though tossing burning food _into_ the fire would make more fire safety sense than tossing it "somewhere" (yeah, some people hoped for a larger fire and seeing the marshmallow become extra-bright, if short-lived, fuel, like newspaper and paper tissues do). Oh, and, as people who've tried starting a fire from a match, everybody I know tried to use newspaper as kindling before lighting a match!

What's "smore" meant to do? It highlights the letters like it's a valid command, but doesn't accept it to do anything. If I try to add an extra letter, the only working result is adding a 'd' - at which point it parses "red", which is not what I mean ;)


Fascinating how I can eat a flaming hotdog! I'm a fire-eating dragon, roar!

Still does, by the way. With a "Core dumped" complaint in the terminal.

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(I haven't gotten through everything yet, so full reply pending, but here's a status update).

In browser mode it doesn't run at all. I think it's because I don't have Unity Web player installed (and I'm not sure the beast exists for Linux at all - all I find is ooold requests for one).

I've (reluctantly) rebooted to finally give the NVIDIA-blocking version of /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf (pinched off a friend with similar setup) a spin:
blacklist nouveau
blacklist drm
blacklist drm_kms_helper
blacklist ttm
blacklist mxm_wmi
alias nouveau off
(some of the modules don't seem relevant, but I'm told they very much are. I took his word for it - though he's forgotten the reasons, I never knew them :D )

Intel-only rulez! Now mouse feels more like "a computer with slightly different speed settings for pointer movement than what I'm used to" and it doesn't take ages for Clam to cross a room or for me to aim at a menu line. So, definitely looks like "CPU can't do that much software rendering emulation, need hardware GPU - even 'slow' Intel will do".

Still don't know what's so computationally-intensive and am sure there's a possibility for optimisation/low-quality mode, but the work-around worked.

Which, of course, means a lot more of things to talk about, but not quite now. Just checking in and letting other unfortunate souls know about a possible solution :)

Sheesh, that thing below looks scary! A bit like that elevator shaft o_O

Apologies, I'm rambling and verbose. In my defense, I'm half-asleep and if I leave it "'till later", "'till I edit it and make it shorter and more concise" or any of that sort of thing, the antonym "verbose" will, sadly, be "silent". Which, I'm told, is no good in a bug reporter!


Technical details: Dell laptop of 4 (or 2 hyper-threaded, dunno) CPUs and 8GB memory running 64-bit Debian Linux, Intel/Nvidia hybrid card, nouveau kernel module loaded and, as far as I understood it, that means the NVIDIA part of the hydra is always on and the Intel part is not. Until two days ago I thought it could do anything I need. Within reason, of course, but a point-and-click game fell well within my boundaries of "reason".

Now, my screen resolution is far from 1980x1080... It's a mere 1600x900 at its best, 1024x768 the way I've run the game for the first time (using VNC in case it kills the X-server altogether - it didn't, kudos). Also, I'm running the downloadable version, not the browser one. The lag, however, is very much there.

Mouse moves quickly while Unity logo is up or when I move away from the game/VNC window. In the game, though - ouch. I've gotten through the beginning by using the keyboard for 1-2-3-4 option selection (very handy!) and had a lot of fun deducing what the first game looks like, but now I simply can't continue. That sort of "Slow" can be ignored in menus that are used very rarely, but figuring out the environment at such speed requires the mastery of Zen and two kettles of tea per room!

Internet suggests "Reduce the quality" - no such option in this game - or "Turn off Vsync" - done in the Unity development interface, which I don't think I have. There's a third option that involves playing around with the NVIDIA part of my video card (culling it, most probably, and keeping strictly Intel - apparently it's hard to get true hardware acceleration with free NVIDIA drivers and, I guess, the software approximation is not enough, so "economy-powered" and "slow", but really GPU-powered Intel might work better) - but, really?! It's strange to see 3D games in Wine run with barely a hitch, if a little CPU spike, and a 2D mostly-text game to run into so much trouble.

Any possible help? Location of debug logs, "--debug" flags, something?


Regarding other things (the aforementioned bagful that was meant to be a small P.S. ):

1. Windowed mode doesn't seem to work.

2. I'd really appreciate tooltips on the interface in the corner (if they are there in general, they probably aren't there in dialog mode - which is where I spent most of my play time. So far I've only been told about the quest log - and that was a looong way in and many a slow puzzled swipe over those icons. It's fine if they can't be used, but I still would like to know what they are. Using the "click and see" method only became possible in the comedy club lobby. Until then, throughout half of the tutorial I've been feeling like they're broken buttons - clicking doesn't work, mouse-over does nothing, what gives?

3. Any sort of a manual/readme to tell a newcomer what the keys are and where the main menu is to be found? I think it was "Escape", but I'd not bet on it. I admit a handicap - the recently-previous games I played were Grim Fandango (menu at F1) and Undertale (quitting at Esc), but that's just furthers the case in point: conventions are not always conventional. Or intuitive. It's nice to be warned that quitting now will erase progress (and be told that there is a "Save" option!), but getting that far implies that the user had found the menu. You see, at some point I was thinking of quitting by "Kill Process". That warning wouldn't have helped me then :/

So: "Numbers can be used for dialog option selection, Escape is the main menu, whatever_other_shortcuts_I_don't_know_go_here" would be a good thing to put before that "Click here to continue".

4. When I had no save files and went to "Load", there was - unsurprisingly - nothing there. When I came back to the menu, "Save" button was gone. I don't think that was an intentional practical joke? ;)

5. I've tried to scale the window down... At 640x480 the game does become a bit faster, but the text is, how shall I put it... Ah, see for yourself:

The pictures are fine, but the text definitely doesn't use the textbox width optimally. This feels like a perfect place for a size-based pun, but my real-life Improv is below Clam's lowest stat :(

Oh, by the way. You see where Clam is? I've talked to Tilda and went for a look-around, saw how badly this was going, led him to that corner, tried to settle him down on a seat, saved and exited. Upon restoring he's always trying to start from the beginning-scene chit-chat. Even tries to walk back to the bar in whatever conversation place it's meant to happen. Successfully, I think, but I didn't have the time and inclination to go through all the chat again and see whether he'll behave normally after the talk. Yet I found enough of both to register here and write up this bed-sheet of a text-wall. Sigh.


I really am interested in getting further, though... This bug report's length is not an indication of dislike. Quite the contrary.