Update: I just reduced the score bubbles' size and it's much better now; the score is readable and it doesn't obscure the view. Thanks to AWK and crabowitz for pointing out this issue.
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I agree that that the game is frustrating. That jungle/sea level in particular feels the most frustrating imo because the foreground trees and the fast-scrolling background distract the player. And it's in no way a proper introduction to the game ( Which makes me think I shouldn't have put it in the demo). But I can guarantee once you get used to the movement speed of the aircraft it's much easier to dodge enemies and target your shots to perform direct fatal hits. And by the time you play the first levels you'll understand it's better to study your shots instead of keeping constant fire like in other shmups.
(Also there is no controller support yet. I'm surprised it worked at all)
Thanks for your points AWK. I appreciate the feedback.
So about the score bubbles, yesterday I made them render beneath the playfield and changed their color a little so they're less distracting. Now that you mention it they're super big for their purpose, I'm gonna try making them smaller now and see how that turns out.
Those arrows are supposed to show where the player is when it's vulnerable to make it easier to locate. But I noticed like you said it acts against that purpose. I might end up scratching it altogether, or making the arrows smaller and semi-transparent.
I didn't know you had your game in DD14 until I checked the submissions now.
This feels really good. The animations and particle effects make for a satisfying game feel. I know you describe it as multiplayer Downwell but this should be a game of its own.
I really want to see a singleplayer mode because not everyone has friends, you know. Maybe just a basic movement/jumping AI that shoots the player whenever they're in the enemy's line of sight, with random shooting delay ( so that it's fair).
Other than that I don't have much to nitpick about, the game feels very solid and responsive. Great job comrade! 👌
I think I probably shouldn't have put the 3rd level in the demo, or at least should have had a tutorial to explain the mechanics first. But the first 2 levels are less straining on the eye and will hopefully give a proper introduction to the game's mechanics.
Thanks for playing either ways!
This was an interesting read! The demo itself was a unique experience so reading about the game's origin makes me all the more excited about this project.
If you don't mind I would love to hear about your art workflow in one of the upcoming devlogs - what kind of material do you start with and how do you go about producing that unique aesthetic in Norco.
Thanks for playing stek!
I ditched the overheating as most feedback mentioned how unsatisfying the shooting feels with the 4-5 seconds shooting cap. Its purpose initially was to prevent the player from shooting non-stop so they can focus on what's coming at them on the screen. Now that I removed it I added the button mashing so the player only shoots when it's necessary. I can't think of a better way so I'm gonna be keeping it for now.
I have no idea why those hiccups happened in the water section. I'll investigate at some point.
Thanks again :D
Thank you for playing and for this insightful feedback! <3
I wish I had made the movement less slower from the beginning, now that I have 4 levels each having ~5 enemy-behaviors it's hard to reprogram all those enemies so as to be balanced with a faster/slower player. I'll definitely look into it though, maybe increasing speed a little won't introduce any issues.
Controller support is on my to-do list, didn't get around implementing it for this demo. But it's definitely a must!
I'm afraid I'm not hoping to add fullscreen support since the window's content has to be scaled roundly to preserve that retro look.
Though I'll make sure to provide an option menu from where you can resize the game's window ( for the demo you can press F1/2/3/4/ to change the resolution)
Thanks again for playing! Make sure to stick around while I'm finishing the game :D