Honestly I think I just need more practice
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Best Wario Land game I ever played. Movement tech may be a bit too galaxy brained for me, I kept fat fingering down and up on the D-pad at moments when I had to dash and jump at precise moments. I don't think it's a big deal, if I were to practice the levels it might feel better over time, but I also mention it as it would never hurt to have alternate control schemes. I'm watching a gameplay video on the side of typing this and notice so many neat movement tricks. Even the taunt is useful in a way I didn't expect. As a person who works at a pizza kitchen with a blue uniform I highly approve. Hope you can customize his costume/color in the final product.
I've been hearing a lot of complaints about the Enter key being used to Pause/Unpause. When I first got into gamedev it was the standard that nobody batted an eye so it always struck me as odd. What's a more acceptable Pause/Unpause key used these days?
If you're just beginning in game design, than in terms of menus and controls, you're doing great. Most everything else could use some work, mostly coming from just learning from experience/not being so lazy. The sword is really hard to see, making it hard to judge the distance you can hit enemies from, I legit at first thought it was like 2 pixels long and was a meme game for it. You should get a better description for what the abilities are, I assumed the Super Jump was something where you had to crouch to use first or was another name for a double jump, had no idea what it meant because it was vague. Otherwise, keep working at it, you're doing fine.
---IMPORTANT FOR ALL THOSE WHO PLAY WITH KEYBOARDS---
If you are experiencing problems using the hammer, change the controls in the options menu so that Attack and Dash are bound to different keys.
That's really helpful thanks. Sometimes you just don't notice certain things when you're doing almost everything yourself. I added an additional sign in the tutorial area explaining how to pause and unpause the game as I've had people in the past complain about it as well. What I figured out with the keyboard controls was that in a very old build I had attack and dash bound to the same key and the game was designed around that, but now it's definitely not. I thought I fixed the default controls so that you used X to attack and C to dash but I guess not.
Thanks for the feedback man, I immediately went back and checked the game to see what the problem was for the controls. I used my controller and it felt fine, but when I used the keyboard, I immediately understood what you were talking about with the attack animations working wrong. That'll be a high priority for me to fix. You use Enter to Pause/Unpause btw. It's very much more a controller based game than a keyboard based game, but you're supposed to do everything the same on each.
I can get what you're saying with the graphics being insistent, the collision tiles would be easy as just changing room tiles to better represent a ruleset for the area. As for other stuff, a lot of things in the game got edited in iterations while others were ignored, but what would you suggest I put the highest priority in redrawing?
Really promising looking game, but I ran into a few issues, biggest one being that text wouldn't display on screen during cutscenes. At first I thought the controls weren't working for me for some reason because it only showed the protag's mugshot sprite and the buttons wouldn't do anything for me until I clicked a couple times and then I could move. The second cutscene made me realize what was going on.
Another thing I have to say is that while it might just be my machine, having the main character not being in the center of the screen in a game where you use the mouse to look around is really bothersome, uncomfortable but not in the right way like say a spooky game would be.
The last issue I ran into was getting caught into a corner and not being able to move out, but honestly it was the thing that bothered me least. If you get either of the first issues fixed I'll try it out again, keep working at it. Love the spritework and atmosphere.
I think this game should have a more clear indication of how you're supposed to move (on-screen controls, if nothing else), and the arms' punching ability to be stronger. An on-screen meter to show how much you've charged would be helpful too
This game needs a whole lot more streamlining with the movement. Analog stick deadzone is way too sensitive, making me run even if I rest my thumb. Hyperactive mode should be way more hyper, even if it involves draining stamina faster. Making you stop and take a break when you deactivate it is a complete waste of time and your speed increase is so small that you'd likely waste more time with the break than just running across a space normally. In short, there should be a more noticeable difference when you activate hyper active mode. Locking the wall jump to hyperactive mode just doesn't seem right, as does losing control of your left and right movement. If you want people to use hyper active mode smartly to speed through levels, it should improve your movement and abilities at all times, with the only cost being the stamina meter. It's a good foundation, but the movement in this movement focused platformer is just plain bad.
Ahh. I've heard it being called QOL (Quality of life) a lot more than UX. Most other developers starting out don't seem to bother, but even little things like a string that prints out "Press X to Start" on the title can greatly enhance the experience for the player. Mouse controls was actually something requested from a comment on a previous version of the project, and while I thought it was absurd for someone to ask for that for what is essentially a beefed up SNES title at heart, it ended up being incredibly useful in the long run, and there's been a lot of things like that from people testing my game in the past.
As for the running tutorial, I don't think it's that big of a deal, though it seems people are becoming less and less willing to just push all the buttons to see what they do at the beginning. Still, it's in the second room in the game out of one that has over 100 and the finished product will probably be 400-500+, so I don't think it'll hamper the experience of most players in the long run.
Holy shit man! I remember testing this game a year or so ago and this is so much more polished and enjoyable to play! It still looks like it needs some kinks to be ironed out (stuff like pushing a puzzle block over a ledge and following it will kill you) but overall it's a really enjoyable experience. Can't wait to see the finished product.
Well, this game's pretty fuckin kawaii <3
I'd say having a skippable demo that appears before you start the game would be ideal, there's a lot of arcade games that do it that way, because otherwise figuring out how to use the balls as projectiles is pretty unintuitive.
I'd also suggest completely getting rid of the stamina system, because it forces you to look at a bar away from the action in the screen. I think you could get away with the melee attack not even doing damage to enemies at all, or something ridiculously low like 20 shots to get one enemy (might be good for score farmers).
This game has a lot of potential, you should try experimenting with different types of weapons as powerups.
I should have fixed it now. All I really did was add an options save file in the save file directory so the game knew where to read and write from. If you redownload the game it should be fine.
I have implemented multiple language support for the game, actually. I don't know any other language though lol, I might ask for people to voluntarily translate it in the future. Also, I think I fixed the other issues you had.
Really good premise, looking forward to seeing it improve over time. Also I suck a lot more at this kind of thing than I thought lol
Actually now that I think of it, it might not be a bad idea to have difficulty options.
Really like this game! Graphics are great and the entire game has this Sega Genesis kind of feel. Really like the unique mechanics brought on by the method of attacking enemies. If I had one suggestion, it would be that there should be a multiplier for every enemy you hit when you launch yourself at them, like you get 2x points for hitting the second enemy, 3x for hitting the third and so on.
This game is super cute! Kinda reminds me of that one with the lizard that bakes things by throwing stuff into a pot from awhile back. I think the plants should grow and spread slower though, it's kinda creepy how fast they pop in and out when you walk away from one spot and come back to it later.
A vastly improved product compared to last time. I don't think the special spear attack should have collision for the player character though. I went from not giving a shit last time to totally wanting to follow this from this demo.
wtf now it's suddenly Sonic
It's pretty alright, looks like you can do some advanced stuff judging from the gifs on the right. I'd say the level and enemy design could use a bit more polish but it was a pretty solid experience.
This is a pretty solid game, couldn't get passed one part where you're expected to let a fireball hit a switch but the level design is pretty top notch. Looking forward to seeing updates to this in the future.
This is really good, looking forward to playing more advanced versions in the future.
The only suggestion I really have is to give the enemies that do a million points of damage a better telegraph before they attack, even if they're supposed to be hard and screw you over on purpose, and some of the jumps are a bit too precise, requiring you to get the absolute top pixel apex of your jump to be able to reach.
I'm feeling better now and I can tell you what the problem is with
the empty cell room. It's because the hallway at the end of the purple
area leads to the second boss's room, which was the intended 'end' of
the demo. He's horribly unfinished (literally just a head rn) so I just
outright removed the room for the demo. When you touch a room load
trigger that loads a room file that doesn't exist, the game defaults to
reloading the same room you're in but Bugsy's X and Y coordinates are 0.
There's water under every room in the game (defaults to a screen below
the room's lowest point, it just raises or lowers depending on the room
file's internal values) so the game's running as intended in that sense.
There are other rooms this way too, or some that don't have collision
yet and just a basic outline, or some rooms that don't have all the
exits with room load triggers, which allow you to do things like go over
the top of a room and stand inside walls. It's more my fault for not
sealing those unfinished exits and telling the player they're done with
Aside from that the glitches look like relatively simple problems to fix, other than the balloon jellyfish falling (although somehow whenever a tester finds a glitch it ends up taking like 8 hours to fix apiece). The springs suck though, I'm gonna replace them with plants that you jump inside and spit you out, launching you until you hit the ceiling.
I have lots more plans for the higher difficulties. Right now normal enemy placements are set for Normal Mode. I'm not a fan of simply increasing damage and health for enemies. I wanted them to be simple and predictable, but easy to set in any situation, like the monsters in Doom, so I can spam huge numbers of them and still be fair in higher difficulties, like Doom. But on top of that I'm also going to include late game enemies early game and probabaly make harder varients of enemies appear on harder difficulties as well.
My progress is pretty slow because it's a project I manage on my free time when I feel motivated to work on it. I can go a month without touching Fusion, then suddenly work 12-15 hours a day on it over a weekend. Keep your fingers crossed for DD17.
That is an incredibly detailed post. Thank you for giving me all this feedback, however don't expect it to be taken care of soon. I have fallen into depression and it's hard for me to motivate myself enough to do anything these days. Still, I commend you in putting so much effort into this post. I will use this as the basis for what I'll fix the next time I find the motivation to continue this project.
Edit: The room before the Mantis fight was supposed to be a one-way path, intending you to git gud before you can go on. The room where you fall through the bottom, I have no idea how that happened to you unless you used the map editor in the previous room and changed the spawn point from one of the exits or something, or I just typed in the wrong number.
Thank you so much for your feedback. Right now I'm priortizing making menus easier to understand, but after that the ground movement should be an easy tweak or two. You can go into the options menu to make is so rolling is done with 1 button, or by double-tapping left/right if that's what you prefer. I'm not intending the air attack to let you hover infinitely, but it is neat to see how much you've looked into the core mechanics of the game. Your jump attack changes when you're spinning and the ground attacks combo differently if you change the timing of the third attack. Also, there are a couple places you could sequence break and a few extra items you could find with wall jumping. Your enthuasism makes me want to go back to your game again.
If you fucked up the controls by rebinding them, the best way to do this is to delete the Options.arr file in the Saves folder and open the game. The controls will be reverted to default. Rebinding controls was one of the least thought out priorities I had when designing the game, that'll be my next project. Using the mouse is a great idea.
Other than adding button prompts at the bottom of the screen whenever a text box appears I don't know how I could simplify using the menu more. That being said, when I open the pause menu right now I can see how people can get really confused.
When a bug appeared and kidnapped you, it was because you used an item that summons it. It's supposed to take you to the last place you saved as a shortcut but it sounds like it's still bugged. Thank you for your criticism.