One feature I might ask that past a certain number of resets, lower-tier imps start to become automated. It gets to a point where you have to click the upgrade button a whole whole lot, and on top of that, the game usually feels like it can make some measure of progress while I'm AFK, except right after a demon reset when I have to sit there and do a bunch of upgrades for like fifteen minutes or else production is just massively underpowered till I get around to it.
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I found that making sure to spend energy while doing other stuff worked out pretty well. You never reach a point where the game grinds to a halt due to lack of raw mana. But it's understandable if that feels kind of slow. I would guess that in future versions there will be other ways to get waste, because right now getting a Worm C is basically impossible.
You may have already figured this out by now, but the main way to get a lot of waste is by using energy abilities. With 10K you can get a Worm B and start to make them back. That's still pretty slow, but it's doable.
The game has saved fine for me even before the update. Maybe it's broken for some people or something? In any case, there's some quality of life tweaks and a new energy ability that's very good. I haven't gotten to the dark mana stuff yet, though.
This is a neat little game. I thought I wouldn't finish it because it was a bit bland, but I started to get kind of hooked by the extra mechanics and abilities, and my curiosity about the narrative. It certainly took a much darker turn than I expected, and I honestly would've been really interested if the game had leaned into that more.
I also really enjoyed reading your thoughts about the game's development! I can see the thought you're putting into how different mechanics influence the player and their experience, and I think that's really cool.
I'm glad to hear it. Making the game accessible while assuming as little knowledge as possible about interactive fiction on the part of the player was a big challenge here, and there are definitely some stumbling blocks I still need to work through, but I'm so pleased that people were mostly able to figure things out.
Haha. I don't really have any art to put into the game, or the means to create it, unfortunately.
The rest system was actually not too bad, as its effect is fairly constrained to the puzzle set pieces. You can see how it's implemented if you dig into the source code I posted as a separate file.
As far as the energy and the puzzles in general, right now I'm in a place where I realized that each puzzle is giving me a big meaty chunk of stuff to write, which I spend more time on than the puzzles themselves, so there probably aren't going to be very many or very complicated. An interesting lesson from this game is that this particular type of puzzle doesn't lend itself well to building up towards large, complex designs in IF, if only because it would be quite difficult to keep up with the level of detail you'd want to see in an interactive fiction game.
Edit: I probably should also note that the resemblance to Hadean Lands isn't coincidental. I was looking for inspiration for more "system-like" puzzles, which are fairly rare in interactive fiction, so I re-played the game to help give me ideas for my design.
Thanks for the feedback. This is my first big I7 project so I'm still getting a handle of what all I can accomplish with it. What sort of interactions did you have in mind? Are there any noteworthy I7 works that would serve as good examples to study?
Haha. Nice catch. Ultimately I decided that it would be unfair if the player was able to explicitly notice the circle had been broken, but be unable to do anything about it. I'm curious if you have a different opinion about that.
Yes, I understand. Programming Inform 7 games is something of a usability challenge. To be honest, I stuck with it anyway because I'm absolutely enamored with its world modeling system, so I'm probably going to stick with it for the forseeable future. I know it's not going to be to everyone's tastes.
That said, if there were particular commands that you had trouble figuring out, or commands you think really should've worked but didn't, I'm always up for feedback on that.
That might be helpful. This kind of guiding process is subtle and hard to get right, except with playtesting probably. Mostly the problem I had was that I would see things in the world and not really be sure how I should interact with them or why I wanted to. It's possible I missed something important, I'm not sure.
It looks kind of neat, but I couldn't quite figure out what I was supposed to be doing, or if I had any control over what was going on with Liam. I collected a star thing, but I wasn't sure what it was? I think it could use a bit more direction. Also, I found the mouse control kind of awkward, as well.
Wow, totally cute. I went for Cassidy without a second thought X3 More games need to feature cute lesbians. uwu
My answers were pretty honest and I got a date with Cassidy, so I guess this game is good in my book. :D
Yeah, and I also typically expect the text box to jump to the end of the current line when I click it. And the screen scroll in the warehouse was kind of slow. Not to be too negative about it. X3 These are fairly superficial problems I think.
Goodness, I'm not sure I would've been able to handle that if it had actually been drawn on-screen. Still, I encourage you to keep creating...as long as there's adequate content warnings. :V
I'm not sure if I missed anything, I managed to wander around the shop a bit and then fight some enemies. I like the sprite art, though.
Also, the background parallax is a bit intense, you might want to dial it down a bit.
Totally adorable. I never really got into the whole warioware thing, but I can hardly complain about sexy-themed minigames with cute characters. My only issue is that even once I knew what to do, I had trouble getting the "cum on her face" bit to work consistently.
Interesting concept. I found it a bit hard to follow what was going on, but it's a little bit hard to put my finger on why. Anyway, I got the bad ending where I got sucked into an alien flesh cave. :V
He's shaped like a friend and I love him.
In all seriousness, it plays pretty well and getting to see the way power-swapping works offers a neat glimpse into how the game might eventually work. I wouldn't mind seeing more of this.
Well, this is amazing. It took me a bit to figure out what I was supposed to do with this, but it worked surprisingly well just playing it in VLC.
It's definitely the cheesy overacting that really sells it.
A pretty decent scrolling shooter, although I'm not sure if the whole aspect of seeing porn by losing serves this game especially well. I beat the first level and it took me a minute to realize how I was supposed to see the lewd part.
Ooh, I really like the premise. I'm really curious to see how a game would play out, but I don't really have anyone to play this with. Not being able to play makes it kind of hard to rate, but I've done the best I can.
I'm a bit ambivalent about the topic of sexual violence in the context of the game. I feel like I was expecting to see more guidance on engaging with that topic, but I'm not sure what that would look like. Given just how freeform the game is, I suppose the players' real life capacity to negotiate and set boundaries is going to be pretty important.
Wow, I love this. The idea of using a very narrow viewpoint to tell a larger story is a great concept. It took me a bit to consistently identify the characters just by text color, but once I did I really got sucked into the narrative.
Interesting aesthetic, although I didn't feel like I had a lot of meaningful choices to make? Also, I was fighting one of the bird creatures on the third stage, and when I died, the game crashed.