And thanks for the very nice words, obviously! :D
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You bring up a great point about toggling the controls screen. I will add that to the post-jam version (not right now, but soon, I think)! And I will also remove the timer at the start for the controls screen, since I honestly thought no one would play this game more than once and I wanted to make sure that everyone understood that you could stop time. It's very cheap, but it was minutes before the deadline and I had no other ideas :D
I think we disagree a little on the score system in general. I think I almost put it in without thinking, when I wasn't really sure what I actually want to do with that game. By now I don't think it should be any sort of "score" at all, just something that gives you some sense of how much you progressed (as in "how much" you did and not "how well"). In that sense going to crazy on the combos might be deceiving, just as negative scores might be. I think I might just have it show lines and full lines.
I had that on my jam todo list! But I didn't put it in, because I didn't know how to limit it (still don't know really) and I had the feeling unlimited undo would somehow cross the treshhold of it being no challenge at all and would ultimately make the game boring. And thanks for the nice words!
I liked how symbolic, yet expressive the graphics were. The terrain was simple, but also served well as a battle ground. I had some trouble understanding what the orientation of the unit rectangles meant and whether I could control it or not. Sometimes I found myself losing fights, but because it went by so quickly, I had trouble understanding what exactly went wrong. I think a feature to replay the fight a couple of times would have been very helpful. So would have been a way to replay the fight a little bit slower. All in all a nice effort and one extra Star for using Rust :>
That is actually in place (it shows as "(+N)") and you get one extra score for every 4 consecutive full line. I think the negative points you can get are not a great decision by me and I removed them in the post-jam version. Now the score is not about rating your performance, but just to give you an additional sense of (albeit meaningless) progress and achievement. i.e. it's way less of a value judgment of your play and I think that fits better!
A great thing about making such a simple game is that you can take the time and make it pleasant and just sprinkle in a bunch of stuff that looks cool. My music person is well aware of the praise people have been giving him and I am very thankful to his contribution as well!
And there is a post-jam version already up on GitHub. There are no grand changes, just gamepad support, audio/music mute, IJKL as an alternative to arrow keys and a really cool zoom-out when you press escape! I guess one could put in more (so that it will seem pseudo-infinite) gimmicks to discover at larger heights, but otherwise I am not sure what to add that would really fit the theme of it being a relaxing experience. I'll think about it and see if other people suggest some other clever things!
Thanks a lot for taking the time to play and for writing such a nice comment :)