Ingenious - I love it! If you fleshed this out, I would buy it
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I played 5 games as (sorry, I've forgotten their actual names) DamagePig, DamagePig, HealingPlant, DamagePig, HealingPlant. The best I did was my final game with HealingPlant, when I won ~6 fights using Slash (the +5 damage card) and Life Leech. Using Focus was a mistake 90% of the time with HealingPlant, but... only 60% of the time with DamagePig, because it's more about crushing your opponent quickly. So yes, you're right - sorry for overgeneralizing!
This game was really fun!
From a design standpoint, the one-card hand limit reduces the number of options available to the player, thereby making all the strategy go into the deck-building and less into the play of the hand. This has the potential to be really interesting! However, this game hasn't shown me that potential yet. You've crafted a solid card game - which is already impressive given the time constraints - but what I'm not getting is, once you've subtracted the multiple cards in your hand, what is gained? Some additional simplicity? That's not bad, depending on what you're going for. But if there's something else you wanted to show me with this game, I didn't receive it.
Also, I feel like the lack of being able to reshuffle your discard pile makes Focus almost useless, because skipping past a card is rarely worth it. Focus could be a really interesting mechanic, but again, I don't feel its potential was realized in this jam.
Regardless, I enjoyed the heck out of playing it - thanks for making it!
Well done! This is one of the most fun entries I've played! By removing the constraint of "Two flippers, controlled by a button" you've introduced two fun mechanics of twisting platforms and activating... well, they're basically flippers, but it still plays very differently to have to activate them with the mouse.
Some minor things:
It's easy to create a chicken coop where you can just keep some chickens out of the way. If you're going to work on this game post-jam (I think it could be quite marketable on mobile devices with touchscreens!) you'll might want to make that harder or impossible.
It would be nice to not have to hold the mouse button down to activate flippers/bumpers.
Congratulations on a game well done!
I love the gradual introduction of new commands - it's well taught. My design criticism is that the command-line interface, despite meeting the theme, doesn't really add anything interesting in terms of design. For example, in QWOP, removing intuitive control of the player creates hilarity. In Space Command 1980, it's certainly clever and well-implemented, but I'm not getting what it adds in exchange for what it takes away.
Regardless, it was clever and fun and I enjoyed playing it! Thanks for making it!
Thanks for your feedback! I agree with your criticism of the "mindlessly rush" strategy, although a poorly placed shield piece can block you into a bad configuration.
The art is actually fully rendered 3d, and it looks really cool if the camera tilts. Maybe we could get a nice graphical improvement just from tilting the camera angle slightly.
But innovative and unique is what we were primarily aiming for, so I'm happy to hear your feedback that we hit the mark in that regard!
Thanks! I suggest starting off by building only on the right side (since that gives you a bit more time to prepare for the first bullet) and being sure to keep your connectors open so you can hook around to build a tile, hopefully a spiky raft (can take 3 hits) in front of your helm. With this opening and a little practice, I can win about 50% of the time.
Since we didn't have time to create a tutorial, it does throw you into the deep end (so to speak) right from the start, and I agree that can be frustrating.
Thanks for your feedback!
It's not random, it just turns chaotic after longer than a second. If you can judge both the space and the time accurately, you can hold down LMB when you're about 20 pixels below a bullet for about .2 seconds, and it will turn it around 180 degrees. This is especially handy for the enemies that shoot directly downward. It's definitely very precise, though, and does feel a bit janky.
This is AWESOME. Some of the mechanics would be impossible in a different medium! Like looking closely at the picture, then looking through the emoji... very unique, and a great take on the theme! I also really enjoyed the twist on the old wolf/chicken/grain puzzle!
Like many textful text adventure games, it falls prey to the "guess the verb" problem, or in this case the "guess the emoji" problem. For the observational challenges, that's the challenge and that's awesome. But for the puzzle bits, some synonyms would have avoided frustration and not detracted from the experience.
Quite possibly my favorite game of the jam so far - kudos!!
This is a fantastic game, and exceptionally well made given the time constraints!
In my opinion, it doesn't fit the theme well, though. As a Super Monkey Ball player, I don't see a significant difference between controlling a ball directly and controlling it via tilting the world.
Despite that, it was definitely a fun and well-made game!
It's interesting - you made a tower defense game without towers, but it feels like you've removed a constraint instead of added one; it feels like a tower defense game where all the towers are stacked on top of each other and can move freely. What I love about this jam is seeing what interesting combinations we get when we defy genre conventions.
Thanks for making an interesting and well-made game!
Congrats on beating my score! That sounds like a strat worth trying. WR is 1431 by Lloyd, screenshot posted on the Ludum Dare page, which is especially impressive given that Lloyd's inventory has NO gold. So you've got 2nd place overall - thanks for playing! It's gratifying to know that we made a game worth playing TWICE! (:
Fun! The design/theme flaw, though, is that running out of space isn't a bad thing! You can just camp in a corner
and shoot everything that comes at you, unless it spawns on your nose which is pretty unfair. If you could figure out a fix for this, this would be fun to play!
With reliable controls and some bug fixes, this could be a fun "beat-the-challenge" platformer!
I love how it tells you the levels will start trying to kill you AFTER I've been boiled alive by lava twice. (:
I made it to level 7, but technically I won by selecting level 13 from level select.
Nice! My first couple of tries I got crushed, my third I got Time: 228, Height:28. I tried to jump to a taller island, but apparently it was too steep? I'm not exactly sure why I fell off. If you keep working on this game, I suggest nerfing the crushing mechanic. I spent lots of time looking up and waiting in fear, which is not the most fun (: