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In Unity, I have my game passed onto a render texture at 64x64 and projecting onto an ingame tv. The environment is static, non-interactable and is only there for aesthetics as well as reducing eye strain for fast low resolution movement.
Is this still considered in the spirit of the jam as the game itself is 64x64? Or does the entirety of the visuals also need to fit onto a 64x64 screen?
Sounds to me by the way you're talking about it that you still want to finish it. All the things that you mention are perfectly doable! I think the big thing that would make development easier for you would be some code refactoring (since you've mentioned the code being a mess). A big thing about game dev is actually finishing the game. Yeah, the experience counts but even if you cut half the planned content, nothing is better than actually finishing something.
it wasn't bad. in fact for a first game ever, it beats the hell out of my first games. everything was functional.
the only real problem is poor design. the game was just boring. nothing to really keep you on your toes. more enemy variation, weapons, etc would have been nice. im sure your next projects will benefit greatly from the experience from this. good luck!
Always a joy to see progress on this game. Haven't played it yet so this is my first time.
- If you go to the object that says "closed", you get an error. Might be implied but still worth mentioning.
- Game has no sound! Use bfxr and put some placeholder sounds in! Takes a couple minutes and makes the game feel a lot more alive!
- Using either dash button while crouching will slide in the direction you're facing while using them while standing dashes in the direction of the corresponding button.
- The metroid style wall jumping seems kind of unintuitive for fast movement. Megaman X style might be better suited?
- Boss tells feel a little on the short side for how varied they are. If the bosses only had a couple moves, it would be fine but it's difficult to know which way to dodge when you only get half a second's warning.
I played for a while and was unsure if there's an actual end to the demo and eventually stopped.
It plays solid enough and I didn't find any kind of inherit issues, but I do have some suggestions.
- There's no sound. This is understandable as it's a WIP, but at least use Bfxr to get some placeholder sound effects in. The visuals for shooting felt meaty but also underwhelming due to the lack of sound.
- Spawning enemies in the current view is a big no-no. But a while loop or an if statement in your spawner object that checks if the spawn location is inside the view and if it is, pick a new spawn location.
- Due to the amount of enemy projectiles that can be on the screen, the player's hitbox is too big. You should either lessen the amount of bullets enemies shoot or shrink the player. Bullet hells get away with that because the player has a small hitbox and moves quickly so they're always in control.
That was fun as hell! I beat the three levels after a few tries and enjoyed pretty much every second of it and cannot wait for more! Good job! When this comes out you can bet that I'll be buying it!
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The game was good, and I really enjoyed it. It felt like an authentic arcade experience down to the possibility of a second player with a flashing push start button.
I did have some trouble seeing what's going on because of how hectic the screen can get. Some way to easily identify the player would be really nice.
Shooting felt satisfying. However I was not a fan of the sewer area. It lasted way way waaaaaay too long and to top it off your reward is a "good job" and get sent back to the title. At least say "end of demo", lol.
Overall I enjoyed this and I look forward to seeing your progress posts.
I didn't get very far before giving up. The game plays well and has a very authentic classic feel which is great. I think the difficulty curve could stand to be smoothed out a bit as it's currently pretty frustrating especially the bees and the owls which are very difficult to avoid (more so the owl projectiles. The bees feel very random) . I never made much progress as I kept dying in every direction I went but the game is very solid.
Keep up the good work, but please evaluate the difficult curve!
This feels really good. The framerate can't manage to keep 60 on my rig but it's aging so I don't fault the game.
Controls very tight and I love how hectic things can get. I never finished to finish the first level (I'm not good at dog fighting I've discovered), but I very much enjoyed what I played.
To be honest this is the main game that I look out for when I visit the thread. I love Metroidvanias and Clarent really genuinely excites me.
I recorded my playthrough as I find watching somebody play your game can help visualize how other people see the game. My extended thoughts are in the description.
I am genuinely looking forward to watching this game grow.
The game was fun and I enjoyed it. However I am unable to complete it as for some reason the enemies are able to hit you pretty much at any time during your attack, making it rely on luck with whether you take damage or not. I'm not sure if it's a bug or design but I think some kind of invulnerability when you connect a hit would do the game wonders!
Overall pretty fun though. Good job!
The game was good and had really good GameBoy feel, but I felt that it was very frustrating as well. I never made it past the second level, but there a segment that involved jumping up a bunch of falling platforms that is excruciatingly difficult to do without wasting your lives. After dying ten or so times and only making it past that part twice, I gave up.
I think the game would be better if the difficulty curve was smoothed a bit as it's kind of jarring how difficult it gets within two levels.
Sorry if this seems overly negative. Your game is really cool and has really nice music and GB feel!
Good to hear! I didn't use a controller but it was a nice convenience to not need to unplug it for keyboard.
The game was fun. I enjoyed the arcade-y premise and feel, though I do feel like the game is lacking variation. I can see that the village seems to be semi-random each time, but perhaps some kind of progression (like work towards bigger villages or something) would help liven it up as I felt like I was just replaying the same level for ten or so rounds I played. Keep in mind I only got to level 4 or 5 as the furthest, so I may have missed something. Overall good simple fun and I enjoyed it! I liked the music and art too.
Something seems to be up with diagonal inputs. I'm not sure what's going on there but there seems to be some sort of strange priority or at least that's what it felt like. Maybe I'm just crazy though.
Overall good fun! Keep up the good work! Sorry if this post seemed overly critical but I don't know what else to say other than "I had fun and enjoyed it".
Yeah, that was probably the problem. I always have a couple of pads plugged in. I assume you're using Game Maker based on the folder structure?
If you are, you should probably set your movement controls to variables that = keyboard || gamepad in order to prevent these kind of issues in the future. That's what I've done and it seems to work fine for now.
If that doesn't work with your current setup, then adding a manual controller input options would be much appreciated.
So I'm playing the latest demo (3.1), but I can't seem to move. When I press either the arrow keys or WADS, the player sprite faces the corresponding direction but simply does not move. Am I missing something or is it a bug?
As pretty much the entire experience was positive, I'll only leave the criticisms here otherwise I'd just explain why I loved every single thing and that would be pretty much pointless as I would describe the whole game.
- The volume keys on my keyboard skipped the intro. I assume you have it so any key skips it, but maybe just leave it to enter or space or something?
- First trip to the shop and I wasn't sure where the money indicator was. You might want to add "G" or something next to it on the top of the screen so it's consistent with the shop. Needless to say I figured it out pretty quick but still a little nitpick.
- In the shop W looks like an H. Super tiny nitpick but worth mentioning.
- The scanlines don't effect the cursor. Maybe this is to easily distinguish it? Still seemed kind of odd aesthetically, however.
- The bosses seemed challenging, fun, and fair except for Behemoth (out of the ones I played). He seemed a bit too unpredictable and hard to follow what's going on, especially when he starts to litter the entire screen with bullets.
- Waterfalls don't slow music like the water areas do.
- Some enemies (like the small brown guys) are hard to follow because they look similar to the bullets.
- Can sometimes be hard to find the player amidst all the chaos but I understand this is typical for bullet hells and difficult to have a solution for so I don't fault you for that.
Your game is evolving nicely!
The first thing I noticed however is that the player jitters when moving. I suspect this might be caused either by sub pixel movement or inconsistent sprite origins? It's very distracting and you should probably look into fixing it.
Did you tweak the levels since the last demo? They feel a little more smarter. I still don't think they make use of the enemy's abilities enough yet, but it's getting there. I also like seeing that you need to use Whimp's float once in a while. I suggest maybe only allowing Whimp himself float? It's be interesting because you would need to leave your protective shell in order to progress which might also help regulate pacing.
I posted this in the thread but I'll just copy and paste it here too: Also if I have FRAPS recording or OBS running, the game maintains 60fps, but if I don't, the framerate fluctuates between 50 and 51, causing a lot of timing related bugs and issues. Unfortunately I can't show you because if I record, the framerate goes back up to 60 and the problems are fixed. I've never seen Game Maker do this in regards to the fluctuating framerate, but it may be out of your control. Still might be worth looking into?
Not sure if this is a bug or not, but if you stand on top of a cannon, you'll still get hurt by it. Also I'd recommend destroying instances of cannon balls if they're off screen, as they can come and hit you if you don't move at the start of the level they're introduced in (forgot which one).
Oh and one more minor nitpick: There's something about using both the Z and X buttons along with space. My brain cannot comprehend both as it's like using two separate control schemes at once. Maybe use Z X C instead? Or maybe I'm just nuts? Probably the latter.
Also I hear those default FL Studio percussion instruments. You can't fool me! I kinda want to make fan music so I think I'll go do that.
Overall it's a good improvement and I love watching this take shape. Keep pushing on,
Anon (sorry, habit)! You have potential!
I'm happy to hear that you've been working on fixing the little problems, as I'm also happy to hear that I didn't appear over-critical!
Good luck on your game and if you ever want an honest opinion in the future, I'm always willing give it a play!
Thank you for the review! I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed it!
In response to the critiques, I never noticed that the tricks are difficult to see at times, but I totally understand now that I think about it. Sticking with the GB theme, I'm unsure if there is an elegant solution while avoiding cluttering the screen. Post rating period, if I decide to open up the palette, I'll definitely keep a more visual indication in mind. Thank you for pointing this out!
Also, I'm not quite sure what you mean by the backgrounds looking rushed. I tried to keep them detailed enough to be interesting without cluttering the screen, but unfortunately I'm not much of an artist so they don't look that great, haha. I'm hoping to improve my art skills, however.
Thank you again! I very much appreciate the review!
The Curse of Talon Cyphyr is a collect-a-thon styled platformer where you play as a little dog named Talon and collect berries.
The game didn't feel too long or too short which is something that I always appreciate. It appeared to have five different levels to the best of my knowledge, with an intro room and a central hub.
The first thing that jumped out at me was the choice in the color palette. Rather than being monochrome, the developer decided to broaden the palette a little with purple and orange, giving it more of an early GameBoy Color vibe- and it looks nice.
The game plays with you going through each level collecting berries in order to activate an NPC who then opens a barrier in the level which allows you to collect some... stuff. When you pick up berries, you need to howl which turns them white and allows you to gather/eat them. I'm honestly not quite sold on this mechanic, as it tends to unnecessarily slow the game down. I think that having either howling or pressing down to collect the berries would be sufficient, rather than needing to do both which ends up feeling redundant. Perhaps some other uses for howling would alleviate that issue as well!
The sound overall is pretty good. The sounds are typical GameBoy sounds and the music is pretty enjoyable to have in the background. More variety in the music would be welcome, however. Since there is a stage or two that just continues playing the hub music, I suspect that the developer simply ran out of time or didn't have more music prepared which is to be expected in jams.
The player control feels a little rough around the edges and could benefit from a little more polish. Jumping essentially teleports you in the air rather that actually jumping you, and the jump itself could probably stand to be given a little more height. Nothing too aggravating but worth noting nonetheless.
Now, I'm not sure if there's an ending. I (at least I think I did) collected all the items, berries, and spoke to everyone. When nothing happened, I noticed that the levels reset themselves when you leave and renter along with all of their items. Of course I could have just missed something and if I did, I apologize.
I think the level design could use a bit more variety as the obstacles are pretty much the same through all the levels with the exception of water in the first level and the spikes in the last one. I understand this is because of the jam (I know I wanted my game to have more variety but such is how it goes), but with the future in mind some gimmicks would be interesting.
Overall I had fun with it. I think with some spit-shine, the game could be pretty interesting. It gives me a castlevania vibe from the aesthetic with some collect-a-thon style things going on, which is a good thing.
P.S. to the developer: Please don't take my criticisms too personally. I tend to critique much more easily than I compliment, so if the ratio of compliments to complaints is off, I apologize.
My game is Super Skater Kid.
It's also possible if you don't want to use views for whatever reason and don't allow resizing is display_set_size(). Also remember to uncheck color interpolation in global settings, otherwise scaling will be blurry.
I only made it to the third level until the game glitched and I was unable to continue.
The concept is good, but I feel the execution could be improved a lot. There are a lot of smaller bugs such as getting stuck inside an opening in the first level if you possess into it, hit detection being a little wonky, and player movement not feeling quite satisfying.
I'm aware that you said that you made a lot of improvements since this was posted, and I'm happy to hear that you're still working on ironing it out.
I genuinely like the idea of possessing different enemies in order to progress through the level, but I ultimately didn't find the mechanic to be necessary for no other reason than additional health. I think if you create puzzles that require you to be a specific enemy, it would be more interesting.
Onto a more specific detail, I didn't feel that possessing into the projectiles to reflect them was a worthwhile idea. You get pushed too far back that you'll essentially go backwards, and the projectiles don't harm the enemies.
I think you can turn the idea into something really good- but the project needs a lot of work. Of course- this is not meant as an insult. I think once you can create good puzzles, iron out the bugs, and refine the player movement to feel more responsive yet smooth, I think the game will begin to take shape.
Take care and thanks for allowing me to play it and give my thoughts!
You can use FL Studio with a Gameboy soundfont available from here. If you're going for authenticity, you'll need to keep the GameBoy limits in mind, especially with only allowing one note at a time and only having 2 square channels, a noise channel, and a wave table channel playing at once.
If you want genuine authenticity and aren't unfamiliar/afraid of trackers, you can try a GameBoy tracker. There's a list available here. Since they run on actual hardware (or an emulator), the sound would be 100% authentic. I only tried Fat Ass which is a ROM. I couldn't figure it out as I'm not very well versed in trackers outside of FamiTracker, but I managed to load an example song it provided and sure enough it was authentic.
You could also try this GameBoy tracker for PC, but I couldn't figure it out for the life of me, however I'm sure some dedication would fix that.
I would personally recommend just using a soundfont with FL Studio/DAW of your choice as the process is much simpler.