completely understand, gameplay can definitely be slow. but glad you still liked it! :)
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I did not, I coded it from scratch. I wrote out the dialogue out in creately to develop the tree system/visualize the flow of dialogue (I used a flowchart template). Once I'd written the text and figured out what I wanted the characters to say, I coded a Heap which I stored the dialogue lines in, where each node's children were response(s) to a given line of dialogue. Outside of the structure I tracked whose turn it was to speak so I could just pull the top lines and put them in the right spot. I then had to put all the dialogue in by hand, adding each node to the heap manually. Not the best system, I know, but I thought about it for awhile and given the time crunch this felt the most feasible. The text effects that you then see (expanding dialogue box, colored/live typing, rich text) were all coded from scratch as well, using Unity's TextMeshPro. They were actually not too hard once I found the right part of the TMPro documentation, and are decently modular.
I've never made a dialogue system on this scale before, and given the time constraints I definitely had to cut some corners to make it work, so not the greatest code. In the future I would probably use an external dialogue system asset, or spend more time and really develop my own dialogue system that would be more modular and expandable.
Fantastic game! I loved the clear Hotline Miami homage, one of my favorite games. Main criticism is that the character movement is very haphazard, like there's a lot of momentum on the character, making precise movement challenging. This was probably intentional to make the levels feel more chaotic, but I would prefer an easier to control character. Overall amazing job!
Glad you liked it! We're in the process of revamping the game with tons of new content, and a better health item is being added to balance the difficulty. Happy to hear you've been inspired :D Thanks so much for playing and leaving a comment!
Wow, that was really fun and surprisingly addictive. Beautiful art, audio, and very fun gameplay. But there were a few things I think you can do to improve.
Enemy variety would vastly increase the replayability of this game. That and attack variety/items. More stuff to spice it up.
Challenge wise this game was not particularly hard. I think making it a bit harder would really make it more fun. I got to 31,600 (see pic) and gave up because I got bored. I think there's also a bit of a prevailing strategy that makes the game really easy: hugging the bottom of the screen. Since enemies don't spawn there, the player can just sit there and wait for the right spells while dodging enemies and racking up a huge score.
Overall though this game is a really fun and addictive arcade puzzle/strategy game. Great job!
Thanks so much! The joystick boss actually should be dropping attack (A Button) drops every time he finishes the dash attack (so when he comes back on the screen and is "dizzy", not moving). But sometimes they can get covered by enemies or spawn underneath him, which can be a bit annoying or make it seem like they aren't there. We'll work on that in the future. Thanks a bunch for the feedback, we're glad you enjoyed the game :D
Cool concept for a game. I think where this could be improved is in the small things. A more thorough tutorial (explaining what the pink guy in the last level does?), a main menu, more than one song, and smoother controls would all vastly improve this game.
The controls in particular have room for improvement. The bodyguard seems to have momentum when he moves, and also moves fairly slow. Since the player is constantly running around to try and control things, these can be a little frustrating. I find that in games where precision is important, tight controls can go a long way. Additionally, there appears to be momentum when rotating the character to place something. I think it would be better if there was not momentum here, since it doesn't really need to be there and just makes setting up the stage more frustrating.
Overall this is a really cool idea. I think it'd be neat to explore more ideas with abilities, different types of fans, and stuff like that. Great job!
Great game, quite fun. I found the movement very smooth and loved the model of the spaceship used. But there is room for improvement.
As others have mentioned, the asteroids need some more contrast compared to everything else, and I think the background could stand to be less busy. Right now there's tons of little white stars flying around which are decorative, but altogether a bit distracting, so toning those down might be nice.
Additionally, the game needs more of a challenge. Right now I'm not finding it all that difficult to get past asteroid cloud after asteroid cloud. There's many ways you could do this, maybe with a variety of challenging items/enemies, increased speed, etc. One way I thought of that might be interesting is if instead of flying through some asteroids, then getting empty space, what if it was just constant asteroids? Could be fun, perhaps.
Something small I noticed was that the music restarts every time the level restarts. This is small but makes a pretty big difference. It can be fixed using the singleton instance model and using DontDestroyOnLoad() with your audio manager.If you're interested, Brackeys has a great tutorial on how to do this in just a few minutes.
Overall, fantastic job and very clean. Quite fun to play.
very fun game! definitely fits the theme without forcing the player to do anything too challenging :) i think its great that this game is so relaxed and unpunishing, it almost feels like a driving sandbox with a mission :D great job on this!
very fun little game! i think you should punish hugging the walls more, one time i got full 60 seconds just by hugging the left wall. also, once the pendulum speeds up past a certain point, its movement becomes too predictable. i found that the first 30 seconds were much harder than the last 30 seconds. overall though, this is a superbly creative game and perfectly executed. great job :)
this is a brilliant puzzle game, probably one of the most creative ideas ive seen in a while, and definitely one of the most fun. what this game could use, though, is some polish. a more clear main menu, a tutorial, and a few more levels that push this concept even further would really take this game to the next level.
there were also a few bugs that stood out to me: the music on the levels wasn't looping, on the last level there was a region where i couldnt move to even though there was space to move there, and there was an instance of a box being pushed over spikes but the spike hole sprites still appearing on top of the box. the suicidal AI also sometimes kept trying to go to spikes that were covered up, instead of pathfinding to spikes that were uncovered.
overall, this is a super original idea that is very fun and has a lot of potential moving forward. great work!
amazing game! this has the polish of a fully released title! super fun gameplay, challenging, yet not impossible. i think some of the SFX could be bit less harsh (especially the victory SFX, that one is like a screech), but overall this game is excellent. i especially found it interesting that more often than not, the player's own gun is the cause of the player's death, either through stray bullets or recoil knocking you into spikes. very creative. great job :D
very interesting and original story! i loved the visual effects of text glitching, and options disappearing and appearing based on the previous choices the player had made. the ending was cool, but i wished there were multiple endings (or that the choices i made actually had an impact on the ending). i played through a few times and always got the same ending. it felt like i had no control over what was happening (which i imagine was the point, right?) but i think it might have added some fun/replayability if there was some control the player had. overall, this is a really polished and cool game, so great job!
i agree, the powerups have a cooldown period but it is definitely too long, and needs to be telegraphed to the player in a more clear way (right now, the button color just changes). thank you so much for taking the time to play and give feedback! i appreciate it :)