Thanks! We're really glad the concept shines through.
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I was not expecting to rate this game as highly as I did, honestly. Like, I wasn't expecting it to be trash, but you got three fours and a five outta me, and I don't give those fives out easily. Actually, you might be the first to get one.
It's a game that does its small collection of things, but does them well. The game is stable, I didn't encounter more than one or two small pathing irregularities in the kids, and there's a good balance between my speed, the kids speed, and the rate at which they'll cause havoc. Honestly, your excellently in-universe tutorial probably clinched it for me though. Diagetic and informative!
That and you clearly have an insight into the daily struggles of a teacher. I swear, I'll never know how they get so many grenades.
A very good implementation of the theme! You took a new concept and made a very servicible order of operations brain teaser, and that's nothing to sneeze at in 48 hours. I especially like how you took the time to do something many don't find themselves with the time to do, tutorialize, while also being comfortable allowing the puzzle design itself to do some of that work for you. I don't think I was ever unsure of what a given piece did for more than a second or two and any given time, minus perhaps one exception.
I did notice there seems to be a lot of "extra" pieces lying around the board, usually several movement keys I wouldn't touch at all during my solution. I presume this was to allow for not-strictly-intended solutions without adding on that much iterative testing, which is honestly not a bad compromise at all.
The one thing that I never understood the place of was those pushable boxes. Movable only once, and never into a meaningfully different position from what I played. A leftover? An idea that didn't make it? An oversight on my part? Inquiring minds want to know!
Thanks! It's definitely one of those games that's not meant to be "Fun" in the traditional sense, though I did try to include enough content that multiple playthroughs would still see new things (most interactables have different text lines that change both based on how long you've been waiting and how many times you've interacted with them).
We definitely struggled with the visual design some, the lights in particular. Lighting is something we're both still working on getting good at, and there's a lot we weren't able to iterate on/mesh together after we lost our first day. Definitely looking forward to releasing a more polished version after voting ends.
Thanks for playing! The doctor returning is meant to be the end of the story, but as you probably noticed, it doesn't fire correctly in this build. I (BAM) can't speak for the other half of the team, but I don't think I'd be opposed to exploring some vignettes of this story beyond this!
Unlike these other plebians below me, I have mastered the art of playing with myself. Don't take that out of context.
I didn't have the highest expectations for this game; a lot of jam game that try local multi end up biting off way more than they can chew and produce barely functional prototypes.
My expectations were not met.
Your game is pretty good.
You focused on the very core of your idea and made it shine. Scope can be hard for a lot of people, especially when you're working on a 48 hour time frame, but it's clear you had a good vision of what you wanted to do and an understanding of how much you could pull off.
Also it's pretty fuckin' cute. That helps.
My one real critique is I feel it may have erred a little too far on the "out of control" side, especially without vertical or midair options. That's pretty easily worked out with a little iteration, and I gotta say; I hope you keep working on this.
I braced myself for the worst when I saw that your game was so topical. It's a hot-button issue, especially where I live and it can be easy to mishandle something that's so big and tragic.
I didn't hate this though.
Your game is really simple, but it manages to do something a lot of other games don't manage; you captured an experience. People running around, not taking precautions, getting infected, and trying to keep things as under control as possible while you try to run the timer out with everyone still alive. You can always add style and panache later, but being able to capture a perspective and present it in a way that others can relate to is a core design thing, you can't add that later as easily, and I feel like you nailed that bit. Good work, my guy.
It's a really novel concept, in fact you got five stars for originality, but I want to strongly, strongly reccomend you find an interesting twist that doesn't make quite as many people nauseous. This was uncomfortable for me to play, and would be a one way ticket to vom-town for over half the people I know.
Like, the game minus the camera was just fine! It really was! There was an interesting challenge and a creative setting. I just...oof.
I enjoy me a good complicated game. Some catan, some alhambra, some war games, and a whole lot of Dwarf Fortress and factorio. I have very mixed feelings about this game.
The game itself is good. Sure, some of the ai trades are a little wonky, but that's an AI balance thing, not necessarily a reflection on the design of the game itself. The art and styling is gorgeous, very Hermaeus Basch, and with some tinkering I even think this could be adapted for live tabletop play pretty successfully.
I'm a big believer that games as pieces of software should generally stand on their own though. Part of my criteria for this is going in blind without reading anything beyond the jam description and while your game stood up on a lot of fronts, it fell just short there.
I know it's a jam and things get left out and honestly? It's one of the only hangups I've got about your entry, but for a game this intricate, instructions are nearly as critical as the game itself. Even just what you wrote in the comments on a static little menu somewhere would have made all the difference.
Taking off my critic hat for a moment, this is good work. For real though, I go in blind because I know as a developer that it's what most people do when they play a game, but this is a solid ruleset implemented solidly. I hope you don't take my hardness for dislike.
Your build is borked and that's unfortunate. As someone who also put out a borked build, I sympathize. Your art's nice though! I do hope it didn't get prioritized over things like build stability, but it's a nice little 16-bit style regardless.
Obviously this game didn't go quite as you hoped, but the idea is solid. Throw on some affordances like cooldown timers and part descriptions and then a whole heap of iteration and polish and you just might have something here!
Now this was cute. I enjoyed this quite a bit, not gonna lie! It's got a few problems with it mechanically; The potion on K refills just as the shield runs out, for instance making it 100% possible to just spam it until the timer runs out, but it managed to charm me regardless. I do wish the fire potion had more of a kick as an "Oh fuck" tool or a crowd thinner, and the speed potion just seemed like a losing proposition, but you guys definitely seemed like you had a vision for what you wanted out of this game. Not a bad go at all!
I'm a big fan of the risk-reward idea of more damage = more power. This obviously came out a bit rougher than you might have liked, but I can see potential in this and the Hotline Miami influence does manage to shine through.
That health meter though. That health meter was less than helpful.
As the others have indicated, it seems there's only the mac build available for download. I'm not going to downvote you just because I can't play your game, but do consider changing your platform tags.
Hey man, listen. Your game might be fantastic, but this is a game jam. We're all here to practice doing what we love and appreciate and learn from the efforts of others doing the same. I normally wouldn't make a thing out of something like this, but a jam like this isn't the place to get your work appreciated if you're going to charge for it.
I have been tricked into doing math! I feel so betrayed! I signed up for fun video games, not balancing equations!
Dialing back the drama a bit, even though math + stress = ??!?!? for me, I was still kinda charmed by your game. It feels a little bit more like Math Blaster than a game I'd pick up for myself right now, but a little time spent on the presentation and affordances might just clear that right up.
That said, just because it didn't rub up against my personal biases, I won't dismiss that feeling like an edutainment game isn't necessarily a bad thing. There's a reason people like me remember things like Math Blaster or the Jumpstart series, and if that's the direction you want to go then I think you're off to a good start.
You know? I think you've hit on something here. It's true that there doesn't seem to be any escalation or even really urgency, but I get the feeling that wasn't your priority for this jam. You made a solid, well-constructed prototype for an idea you thought might work, and as far as I'm concerned, it did.
I see as well you intended for there to be a "bullet budget" so the player couldn't overspam bullets and trivialize the game, but I wonder if you shouldn't lean into that. Give players a shooter with no ammo restrictions and they'll fall back on the classical ABS method: "Always be shooting." What would be more engaging? Suddenly losing your ability to shoot because too many bullets are on screen? Or using that as a tool to avoid getting overrun? I know for my part I had a good time manipulating the stream of bullets to shoot around corners, and I don't know if that would be as enjoyable otherwise.
Also, if you're willing to share, I wonder what technique you used to curve the bullet paths? It was really consistent, even when I tried to mess it up.
Unfortunately, it seems like this game didn't come together like you probably hoped. I don't feel the need to go over its shortcomings, I imagine you're acutely aware of them. I do want to still congratulate you for turning anything in at all. 18k+ people entered this jam and just over 5k submitted. You may not be the proudest of your end result, but that's what jams are about; finishing the race and learning from your time running it.
While your idea has merit, I almost feel like you took the concept a bit too far. Near the end of my play, I actually took my hands off the keyboard and just let the game play itself. It seems like you might have been trying to deal with the question "In a game about shooting everything, what's the consequence for randomly firing?" and your answer was "It won't shoot otherwise." This makes logical sense, but doesn't end up being great fun in practice, especially when you start removing the player's locomotive option, hence the keyboard hand removal.
I think this idea is worth exploring, but might need a more subtle touch. A way to steadily remove control from the player without actively disengaging them. If this were my game, that question of "What's the consequence of randomly firing" would be my first consideration.
I'm sorry friend, you worked so hard on this game, but didn't zip it up before uploading it. That's gotta feel like shit :-(
"How does your game fit the theme?"
I respect the balls on that.
Part of your description says this is barely done, and it's definitely that. I'm not going to focus on that though, because I think your design is much more interesting than its shortcomings. You've got this two player semi-asymetrical game. Players can choose to play as either a horse, who is fast, or a dino, who's the win condition for the game. As a fun little party game that's actually pretty compelling to me. It's fast, it's easy to pick up on, and there's a level of light strategy to it. You may not have finished your project in much of a state, but I do think you hit on something kinda cool here!
It's a good concept; this is basically lemmings on crack with one lemming and one mechanic. This is definitely a good job for a 48 hour jam!
Just a couple of things ended up killing it for me though. First, the camera wibble made aiming my shots and predicting timings maybe a bit more difficult than it needed to be. It went beyond making it harder and began to feel more frustrating than challenging. Second, aiming my shots resulted in a lot of things getting in the way that I hadn't been able to consider. It's a bit of a tough design problem, because just making your shot always land where you click might remove some of the positional play you've got going for you. A good aid for the player might be introducing an aiming line that goes from the wand to the eventual target, intended or no.
A good time regardless though! Well done!
Portals in puzzle games aren't breaking new ground, but they really don't have to be when you do them well! This was a pretty well-considered game from the ground up and I could tell you spent some time considering the portals' positioning. That could have easily been a breaking point in the design. The game also controlled well, especially for a 2D platformer played on my keyboard. Well done!
I share most of the same thoughts as my partner in crime so I won't belabour them here. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed this! I think flashing blue would be a great way to telegraph and that you've got a novel little platformer if you decide to develop it more!
Thanks! We had such a good time working on this that we immediately started polish and bug fixing after the dev period ended. It's definitely the first jam game we made that we really wanted to get more out of.
Thanks for checking it out! This game is partially autobiographical so it means a lot for people to relate to it.
I've got the bugs fixed on my end and we'll be dropping that as soon as voting ends!
You know? Now that you say that, I'm remembering that was a popular request last year, too. I'll put it on my list for the post-jam patch!
It means a lot that you feel this was able to capture that feeling. I've spent a good amout of times in hospitals and waiting rooms myself, and I'm glad we were able to translate that into Unity, albeit somewhat jankily.
I really like this idea! It's just a few tweaks short of being really good. If you were to continue working on this (and I hope you do!) the first things I'd address is probably the over-active physics on the crane rope and the tendency of cars to pile up in a way that becomes unmanagable. Those are both fairly straightforward fixes though; the core design is solid and can be heavily improved upon. Great work!
Yep, this is a .yyp file, which I think can be opened in Game Maker 2, though without the supporting code and asset files, I'm not sure how well that would work out. :-( Sorry dude, just missed sticking the dismount.
The game is actually a fixed five minutes in length. You can wander around the environment and interact with several parts of it. Doing so multiple times will usually yield different results as the player character gets more and more stressed. The design as intended was for the doctor to return at the end of that five minutes to deliver the news to you, but some known bugs that we weren't able to iron out in time prevents that from happening, unfortunately. A pretty big patch will be coming once voting ends if you still feel like trying it out at that point!
Also the painting is "Storm-Tossed Frigate" by Thomas Chambers, 1808!
A couple of thoughts about this:
The art is nice. I like!
The dialogue choices don't often seem to line up with what I selected. I get that as a gag, but there didn't seem to be much rhyme or reason to the mismatches.
I feel like I "got" your game more once I realized there didn't seem to be a way to get to a "Good" ending. I'm unsure though, because it seems like it repeats from the female perspective afterwards, but the game crashed at that point. Did you not get all the content you wanted in?
I can see that there are some cool ideas in here, but I'm just not sure quite how they fit together. Almost feels like more of a tech demo than a game,what with the confusing UI, the lack of apparent goals, and the faling off the map. I don't want to be hard on this, because it's clear a lot of work went into this, it just didn't seem to quite come together.
I'm unsure if it's a problem on my end or of the game itself, but despite installing it just would not run correctly. I'll reserve the rating for a bit to see if the reason can be determined/resolved.
A novel idea that mostly works! It's a bit simple, but works as designed and demonstrates the mechanic nicely. The gunshot sound is VERY loud on balance with the other sounds, but that's no problem to fix and I'll be frank, I didn't understand the warp ability, but those are pretty minor notes, altogether. BAM gives it a thumbs up.