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Jimmy Schubert

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Thanks! :D 

And yeah, several doctors were consulted in the making of this game, at least they said they were doctors. 

Thank you very much that's great to hear! Yeah I totally developed it with mobile in mind and kept making Android builds throughout the development :) (I feel a lot less like I'm about to get carpal tunnel syndrome when I play it on a touch screen vs with a mouse that's for sure haha). 

If only all our hearts were equipped with lasers, we'd be much healthier.

Amazing art and aesthetic, I'd really love to see you do more with this! It's great :)

Great aesthetic and tone, love the premise too.

Was the running guy the dude from No More Heroes?

Great stuff!

Love the style and art! 

The "aww coooomoooooon" pose the vampires do when they open up is great haha.

Thanks for hosting the jam, it was super fun :)

I loved it!

The aesthetic and design were super cool.

Always awesome to see people making cool stuff in Fusion too.

Had loads of fun with it!

Well, it's certainly a broad theme :P

Thanks :D 

Ah yeah, got it working thanks.

It's a fun idea, would probably work well on mobile too :)

You should definitely carry it on :)

Thank you :D

Yeah I'm definitely going to try and do something with it :)

I really like the bear sprite/animation :D

Would be cool to see you carry this on!

Pretty trippy, cool atmosphere.

Can't seem to get it to work I'm afraid D:, just boots up onto the 'U is dead' screen.

Haha loved it! Art and writing was great, would love to see you take this further!

Cool idea

Loved it! Really compelling idea, would work super well on mobile I reckon.

Pretty fun, love the cover art too haha

Really enjoyed it :)

Fun :) love the bear sprite.

I really got a feel for the world as I was navigating it, I'd love to see you do more with this.

Like an episode of Planet Earth in pixel form.

Heh really liked the style

Really liked the way you did the sunset :)

The art is really compelling :)

The graphics are super impressive! 

I'm also curious why, it's great to see the variation in game types this jam brought in.

Thank you very much, that's awesome to hear! 

Yeah I definitely think I'll carry on with this at some point, got a bunch of ideas I didn't get chance to explore in this Jam.


Thanks for the heads-up on the crash too, I'll look into it asap.

Thanks :)

Thanks :D

Created a new topic Backpackalypse: What's Next


Hello there Jammers!

With less than a day left for everyone to get their ratings in *wink wink nudge nudge* I thought I'd write a small thing on my entry, Backpackalypse, and how I'd evolve it if I carried on (which is something I'm considering).

Aside from the obvious polish, bug fixing, additional content and balancing (the games kind of impossible right now, oops) here's some of the features I'd consider implementing/expanding:

BRANCHING NARRATIVE

Right now the game has a couple of faux-narrative elements in it, mainly in the form of each mission having a randomly selected description string "There's bandits, get em!" etc. 

This text doesn't actually have any wider bearing on the game. It would be great if the player could experience quest-lines and consequences by interacting with different missions.

Clumsy example: A person knocks at your door asking you to save their family from bandits, you go and do that, gaining the family as survivors, but then the surviving bandits come back to haunt you in a later mission etc.

FLESHED OUT SQUAD MEMBERS

Initially I wanted more personality for the squad members (i.e. not just a single counter) but that got cut pretty quickly for time reasons. 

It'd be awesome if the game took some light X-Com inspiration and gave you squad members with some form of identity to recognize and get attached to. Even if this was just a randomly generated name string and image I think it would add a lot.

I also considered the idea of the squad members having their own stats, special abilities, proficiencies, progression routes and maybe even different bags.

VISUAL BATTLE SIMULATIONS

Currently the games battle simulation is completely invisible to the player up until they see the 'Alive' or 'Killed' message on the mission roundup screen. This is super underwhelming and means that the player never gets to see the fruits of their labors, how their equipment choices actually affected the game in what should be the most exciting part of the day cycle.

I'm not 100% sure what I'd do here, and there is something to be said for having the action implied rather than fully revealed, but I think some sort of animation sequence in which the squad members fight their way through the Neon Horde could be exciting, satisfying as well as showing off the world outside/enemies which is something I regret Backpackalypse doesn't really do.

MORE UNIQUE ITEM TYPES

One of my key design pillars for this game was that I wanted the player to have a difficult choice about what they put in their bag, similar to the feeling I had with Resident Evil 4 "Hmm do I take this shotgun ammo, or this tasty, tasty sea bass". 

I'd want to put in more items with unique effects (and shapes) to create more of a meaningful choices, for instance, every item now mostly just goes towards winning the mission, but I'd also like to implement some sort off utility item which changes the outcome of a successful mission, i.e. 'Get more Food' etc. There'd probably be room for narrative items too.

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Those are my initial high level ideas, it'd be great to get additional thoughts on the matter, any ideas or criticisms are welcome!

This jams been super fun and it's been awesome to play all the entries, hopefully it happens next year too!

One final thing to throw out there; as some might be able to tell from the window size I picked, Backpackalypse is aimed at mobile devices. I was going to include an APK alongside the EXE but I noticed a weird interaction that kind of breaks the APK version. 

In my game, each item which you place in the bag is an active object set to Drag and Drop movement, to get one of these items out of the bag, you click/tap the corresponding icon in the inventory and it creates the active object for said item.

 On PC, it has no trouble creating the object then snapping to the mouse, on the APK however, the object is created but you have to initiate a new click/tap to actually pick it up. I'm sure there's a million solutions to it, just wanted to throw it out there and see if there was any thoughts.

Thanks! :D There's a million things I'd like to change though haha, but that's game jams I guess :P

Haha don't worry I did exactly the same thing :P, but yeah this was one of my favorites of the jam without a doubt. 

Yeah or a clearer indication that it's a short burst of speed rather than prolonged, tbh I liked not being able to just sprint out of there :P

Really creepy and weird (in a good way!). Reminded me a bit of Hugo's Horrific Adventure in style and gamepaly. Felt like a game you'd hear about in a Creepy Pasta, "I got bought this weird old adventure game but when I started playing...things got weird." Love it :)

Really cool aesthetic, quite spooky and atmospheric and fun to play :)