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Twinstick Horror Shooter
Bubblegum Zombie Hunter is a fast paced twin stick retro styled horror shooter! It's quirky, spooky, frantic action, secrets and frights will keep you coming back for more! If all of that sounds interesting to you, then we invite you to play our latest Demo giving you a polished slice of the full game. It's out now! We can't wait to hear your feedback and meet more of you! Come join us today.
Haven't played through all of the new version yet, however here are some more notes and observations for your consideration.
recommended text alterations to the controller instruction screen.
"Smash Ringtail Cat is playable with a keyboard and fully compatible with any bluetooth controller! An Xbox or Playstation controller is recommended."
in the scene select screen, you can infinitely scroll down past the last entry "Binary appears"
advice, have it jump back up to the top if player presses down on the very last entry.
Donate option is broken. accessing it leads to a blank screen with a broken link. Check what URL this button is pointing to.
First instruction after starting the game is to "press x to jump"
advice - if player is using an xbox controller, change the text to relate to the controller they are using.
jumping on the spot, and standing still causes ava to spin constantly until you move again.
Avas jump is set to occur when the player releases the jump button. advice; any partner character should jump at the same time the player presses the jump button. This should help stop them from falling into pits and off platforms.
How to play screen, this I feel should display controls based on what the player is using.
An instruction screen says there are difficulty levels/options when pausing the game, but I couldn't seem to access these.
Pausing and un pausing halts enemy movement.
framerate in 1 - 1 and a few other levels is very choppy. (browser version tested)
When moving on a sloped collision block you can't jump.
Red Punching bags that contain items - recommend reducing their hitpoints to just 1. just to make grabbing the items easier/ more satisfying.
The heart icon doesn't seem to give you much health, perhaps increase the amount it can give you to make it more worth while?
level 1 -4 (glitch house) the level end is a glitch box. players have been taught to avoid these. maybe change the sprite so its more obvious you need to touch it to progress.
If you die fighting dr glitcher in the first encounter in dr glitchers castle, on restarting at the checkpoint, the level music doesn't play.
When advancing dialogue in the cutscene after fighting dr glitcher avas sprite changes size.
That's all for now. You have been doing really well fixing all the previous bugs i pointed out, nice work.
I can continue to test things and play it when I can if you feel my notes are helping you. I don't want to over load you haha.
Hi there. played through the game and found some issues you might want to address :) hope the following notes are helpful.
if you die at the 2nd boss, when you restart at the last check point the level music isn't playing.
Pressing Enter multiple times during the opening cutscene stacks all the dialogue on top of eachother
On the level 1 - 4 if you die, the music stacks so its louder when you restart.
in the cutscene after the big robot chasing you Ava's sprite is constantly sliding to the left during the dialogue
the aspect ratio shrinks when starting act 2-1
aspect ratio zooms in during the first chase of dr glitcher
If you don't catch, or attack dr glitcher during that first chase, the level is impossible to complete.
The invincibility collectible on act 2-3 can't be picked up and its audio loops rapidly
act 3-3 dr glitcher is facing the wrong way in the boss fight
The safe zones at present are pretty clear cut, always in specific rooms. So the rooms entrance is where the gramophone is effective from.
We don't plan on having the gramophones out in open areas, they will always be tucked inside smaller rooms :)
If it causes confusion we can perhaps add a glowing line to the ground to further highlight it. But for now they are sufficient.
However thank you for that suggestion and that would certainly be a great tool for us to be able to place gramophones out in open areas if we ever needed to do that. Multiplayer survival modes perhaps.
Its a little hard to see, but the game also crashes when you punch this enemy. I was invincible at the time managed to replicate it multiple times. If you DON'T collect the invincibility power up then the crash doesn't happen must be tied to that. Also if you quit the game and select load game the aspect ratio is restored.
A game where enemies are ONLY activated when light touches them or you get too close. Its possible to get through a level without ever encountering a ghost or entity... The fear is put into the players hands so THEY are solely responsible for how scary it is.
Perhaps could add sound cues to indicate the proximity of a ghost, and add in things that could lead them astray, maybe a section could have the batteries die in the flashlight requiring the player to intensely listen for the sound cues. The ghosts could be smart, and lure the player by making different noises, or open & close certain doors.
its a loose idea, but I think some potential is there :)
Hi, I tried it out here's my feedback
I like how you gain spell power by attacking enemies and using that to heal yourself, its a good mechanic.
My biggest gripe is with how the level is laid out, there isn't a great sense of direction and a lot of the sections are large and one miss step and I've fallen a long way just led to frustration or not wanting to try to get back there. When that happened I was more inclined to abuse the save system and just let the character die to respawn further back up.
Enemies are good, the red enemy that locks onto you has a nice knock back when you attack it, but this feedback is missing from the white egg shaped enemy and the yellow enemy that shoots projectiles. I tended to avoid the egg enemies completely as I wasn't sure if they could be killed or not.
I think having a map would help greatly as the location largely looks the same and frustration of "I don't know where I'm going" got to me quicker than I thought.
Looks wise there doesn't seem to be a consistent art direction, the main menu gave a completely different impression as to what the game actually is. The main character is a chair? but the main menu shows a car with some spooky fog. All the graphics in the game are more fantasy in style and are predominantly blues and greens, but the main menu is harsh blacks and reds.
I'd not noticed any bugs, the character movement feels fine and the enemy AI is fairly good, I'd say the red floating enemy could do with a radius of whether or not its active as it can get stuck behind walls when tracking the player.
Unfortunately I didn't manage to find the 3 points, and I got lost before I came across any of the bosses. so I can't comment on them.
Overall I can see a lot of work has gone into it already but, it needs much more to mold it into a better experience. Some sounds and music will help a lot, and some more concise art direction to tie it all together. My main feedback points are
- include a map system OR reduce the chances of falling a long way.
- Give knock back to all enemies that can be killed
I think doing those 2 things will improve engagement time and help players want to explore more rather than be frustrated by it.
Hope that helps a little.
Hi, in the full release (with a proper pause and options menu) we are going to add AZERTY as well as the option to completely customize your buttons the way you want it, It just wasn't in our scope for this demo. It's certainly on the list to be included as we know how important control customization is.
The timer won't pause during dialogue scenes, but it should when the game is paused manually. Currently Pause doesn't work properly at all so I expect there to be some issues surround it still. But Thank you for letting us know.
And sure i'll check out your game.
I love how you've laid out the page, looks striking , different and generates a lot of intrigue. You made me want to try it.
You clearly laid out what I can expect from this project, good job!
Hi all, Looking for some people to give our latest release a try and see if you can break it. Would love to hear your feedback. Releasing on Steam soon so squashing the last bugs and getting everything in tip top shape is a high priority.
Here's a link to the game - https://projectlevel.itch.io/bubblegum-zombie-hunter
Have fun! (please don't break it)
Thank you for your patience, we hope you enjoy this greatly improved demo that has expanded the gameplay of BGZH upwards immensely. We've had great community support and look forward to hearing more of your feedback!
You can download the game from our page here https://projectlevel.itch.io/bubblegum-zombie-hunter
For more details please read on!
WHAT'S IN THE DEMO?
This demo showcases the first level of the main story campaign, Kaylee and her sister Maddie find them selves out of gas and stuck at the local high school. Its your task to find some gas and get out of there before things get too hairy.
Experience all the fun weapons and powerups you can use in the game! Perks can be bought from vending machines in the world to give you a great advantage against the raging hordes of the undead, don't ignore them!
There are many surprises to find, secrets to unlock and gameplay to enjoy! New quality of life features means the games difficulty is more accessible to all skill levels and we hope you all enjoy the fun challenge it provides.
As well as being fun, there are a few moments where things can get spooky, so be wary and cautious, its cute pixels but... don't expect it to be free from scares, after all it is a horror themed game. Boo!
WHAT TO EXPECT GOING FORWARD
We hope you enjoy what we have put together here and we are super excited to hear your feedback, we are continuing to develop the game and will be adding many more features. The image below gives you some details on what to expect in the FULL RELEASE coming Later. In the meantime please feel free to follow us on Itch or head to our website at https:\\bubblegumzombie.com for details of how to find us on other social media and to stay up to date with any big announcements.
Lastly I just wanted to say thank you to all our followers! You are AWESOME! Thanks for all the wonderful fan art and support! And we all hope to be meeting more of you over the next few months! Bubblegum Zombie Hunter is here and ready for you to have fun! So download the demo today and give it a blast! Kaylee Bu33le is waiting!
Hey, firstly thank you so much for playing and thanks for providing us with some great feedback!
I agree with most of the cons, we are actually fixing the camera issue. In the new build the camera shifts slightly up and down now so you can see ahead of you the same as when you are running left and right. This would make the difficulty a bit easier and stop those pesky "where the heck did that zombie come from" deaths.
Going forward each level is slightly different and Kaylee will have many different objectives and some of the levels are bigger, they will also have a check point system and there's a few other player comfort things/power ups we are working on in the background that will make it a little easier.
The lives will be more relevant in the full game, for the sake of the demo we didn't want players to have to see a game over screen every time they died, so all though it seems a bit strange now, it'll make more sense in the next release :)
On the difficulty though, its certainly not going to be easy. "easy mode" will be less zombies and still have objective arrows, but overall its a game that has to be mastered to beat. But hopefully with the new tweaks and extra fixes we have planned this will make the game hard, but also more player friendly.
Again thank you for taking the time to play and for letting us know how you felt about your time with it.
We hope you'll try the next demo later this year and see the improvements.
Brendan Toy - Creative Lead.
It's really no problem :) if you pop over to our website you can find links to all our socials and stay informed with major updates. we're also live developing the game most evenings on our discord. stop by and say hi sometime.