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The ramp / difficulty curve is definitely off! I really need to improve my game balancing skills.
As for the plants, when plants have a low pH they start pulsing in size a bit. Which can help if colors can't be distinguished. Also, when the plant is close to dying there is an alert sound effect that plays for a few seconds and some radial particles that come out of the base. I actually had number of other accessibility ideas but just didn't have enough time to implement them all :(
I love to see 3D platformers! I also completed the game after I think 4 or 5 crystals on accident. The dark environment and the master passing away gave off a darker tone. I'm convinced that I helped revive some terrible monster o.O It did seem to uphold its end of the bargain and helped me out of the cave!
Adding a mouse sensitivity setting would be nice. But, I totally get that we are all time constrained.
Really well done! Amazing amount of polish and balance. It was pretty difficult and there were multiple levels I just could not beat, even with the upgrades :) But, that's not a bad thing. I think the difficulty ramp combined with the upgrade cards was just about spot on. Unique style and mechanics.
Totally thought the heart bullets would give me health. I was terribly mistaken!
A couple more levels at the end may have been nice. Only needed to move around towers in the last wave. But, I only say that because I was having fun! Nicely done. Good ramp and overall strong entry.
Very polished and enjoyable game. Just the right length for a jam. The effects really gave an impression of being under water. A vague story that leaves a lot to imagination. I'm always impressed when someone puts together a unique puzzle game in such a short time and you did that well to. Fun to see the picture of your brainstorming and prototyping. Just well done all round!
The standalone executable seems a bit better, but still stutters too. Interestingly, the stutters don't happen when editing the project. It seems like the first time each scene (rain, drone, turret, etc.) are spawned, it stutters. Then it's good from there. I wonder if I could hide all this with a custom loading screen and secretly load all the scenes? This has effected another 3D game entry of mine too.
Thank you so much for the in-depth feedback! I love it. Also, really fun watching you play the game on stream.
I do wish the plants had to be spaced out. Though, you and another play-testing friend both were excited about exploiting it as strategy :D
There is a little bit of vertical auto-aiming that lasers do to try and hit higher drones. Picture worth a thousand words?
It ended up working OK-ish, but you can still 'feel' like your laser should have hit. The making drones glow with a little outline would have been amazing... Where were you when I was trying to solve this problem haha.
All my friends had issues with the tutorial panels as well. This was the first game I tried to put the tutorial into the main game loop. Still have a lot to learn on how to pull that off well. Ended up sprinkling "if Global.tutorial" all over the code and it became quite goopy.
And, darn did you escape my game? I'll need to lock it down more next time :P
But really, a jam lesson for me is that both the title scene and pause menu should have a "Settings" menu. That way players can always find the full set of options.
Love in-depth feedback like this!
The changes to the turret would probably help a lot! They do seem a little weak especially as the game progresses. I really struggle to balance my games actually. Other than play testing, I wonder if there are some rules of thumb I could be following. Need to do some research!
The plant variant idea is great. I tried having the drone lasers hit all objects, but that opened up the strategy of sandwiching yourself between a bunch of plants and not worrying about drones at all. Plant variants would really open up a lot of possibilities.
For the rooftops, I originally planned to have zip lines between them. The idea would be you create a little plant growing engine with turrets protecting them and then move on to another rooftop. But then... suddenly it was Sunday :( Still recouping from my sleep loss haha.
Happy to see you noticed the slight vertical auto-aim :D
This game surprised and impressed me repeatedly! Such a creative and fun application of numbers / math. The variety of enemies and weapons was phenomenal. Such a classic joke of 7 8 9, and then wow... Just grinning the whole way. Really well done. Top marks across the board from me.
Thanks forgiving it a try!
I really need to learn more about Godot's performance profiler, I tried clicking around a bit in it but couldn't quite figure it out. Always something to learn for the next jam! Probably half of what I implemented could have been better haha...
Out of curiosity, what kind of machine are you using? Do you have a dedicated graphics card?
Pleasant platformer! Movement feels pretty good. Not too slippery which I really appreciate! I think velocity down is only cancelled out when you jump. Sometimes I would walk off a platform (without jumping) and rapidly plummet to death on spikes o.O
After the 7th ship I almost left the game open just to continue listening to the music haha...
The voice acting was truly wonderful. Great job giving each character a voice and personality! I did have quite a few crashes, but made it through! I couldn't seem to get the save/load to work.
Loved the story introducing each character. Really sucked me in. The idea behind escaping the sludge each level was cool. It's too bad there wasn't more because after that intro I was ready for the long haul!
One of the best entries for sure! The sound especially stood out but all the respective components were great. I would love to see more difficult puzzles but I'm just happen to really like puzzle games. I think you balanced it wonderfully for a game jam!
Thank you so much for playing and for the feedback!
We really wish we had made the game easier :'( The player is also probably a bit too fast. Even I had issues sometimes going through doorways because of how fast they move haha. Lessons learned for the next jam!
We used Godot's TileMap to do the house walls and there are a few tiles that don't have the correct collision shape so you can escape your family and run away... <.< The front door was actually on purpose because we wanted some chores to be outside like mowing the lawn and taking out the trash. Alas, we had way more ideas than time to implement them!
This is a really strong entry! Great art, nice background music. When I went to the cave garden for the first time, I was really surprised. The dog leash was a really nice touch. All the wiggly trees. It all worked really well together to give a very juicy feel. Good job!
This is one of my favorites this jam! The art style was very unique and stylistic. It set the mood for the game really well and gave a real sense of sadness and depression in the family. I'm also a sucker for a puzzle so it was fun getting through the secret door where there was even more awesome stylized art! Thank you for this entry :P
Wow this one really surprised me! Lot's of polish and in 3D no less! All the character models and animations were great. When first started playing I really thought cars were going to run over the people but thankfully they come to screeching halt. I did end up getting grandpa stuck in front of a car that forever stopped moving, but thankfully my score was already high enough to pass. The game over screen made me chuckle too.
Really enjoyed the atmosphere and setting here! What are these creatures I'm killing? Why am I killing them? Why does the comms guy hate them so much? That little bit of mystery was enough for me to play multiple times. Great job!
Wow, thanks for the kind comment and for playing 5 times! Unfortunately, we ended up making the game a bit more difficult than intended. I think I'll try to get some early play testers next time for this very reason.
In the baby room, there is a diaper changing table where you can change the baby's diaper. Once complete, a dirty diaper will appear on the floor that you can throw away.
Other people also had trouble determining where to change the diaper! Unfortunately, the trash can mini game is confusing because it always shows a dirty diaper as if that's what you are always throwing away. But, the reality is that whatever you are holding is what you throw away. So if you took the baby to the trash can... you actually tried to throw out the baby :P We just ran out of time to make the mini games better :(
Thanks for playing!