Okay, thanks for letting me know!
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If I pay enough to buy the season pass on Itch, will I be able to play all the episodes on Steam? Or does the Steam key only include the first game? Just trying to figure out whether it's worth braving the US currency conversion or better to buy directly off of Steam.
Good advice! I loved the ending music and the design of the spacewhale home especially.
I'm not sure if it was intentional or a glitch (or just something you didn't have time to program out), but the game looped at the end for me, which made for a rather odd experience as the happy music was still playing and I ran straight to the broken android with the assumption that my character would now give them money for repairs.
Sweet! To be a bit clearer about the saving issue, since you're looking into it:
I was using the downloaded Itch.io version. I booted up the game to play through some older levels to get enough bits for upgrades before before I tried to beat the second-to-last level. The first time I exited and continued, I suddenly had the same number of bits as when I'd continued from my last save file. Went "Argh!", played through some more levels, then exited once more and had the same problem. It seemed to fix itself the third time around, when I decided to just grind enough to actually purchase the upgrades I wanted before exiting the game—the upgrades and number of bits were the same the next time I continued from my file.
It's possible that the game just doesn't save your progress after you finish old levels? In which case, er, consider this general feedback on changing that.
Just finished the game! Really enjoyed watching Rad grow over the course of the story. There's oodles of charm in the jokes, character designs, and all the tiny details. I can tell you put a lot of work into this.
I found the difficulty a tiny bit hit or miss, but I might just be bad at games. I never got stuck for too long. I DID encounter one annoying bug toward the very end of the game, where if I exited the game and then hit continue again, even after saving, it undid all my progress. Other than that, I had a great time! Looking forward to whatever you do next. :)
From what I could see while playing, the mental health professionals aren't all that helpful, but going to the clinic will give you the option to go to the grave if you give the right answers. And I found the conversation with the coworker, which for me ended with them offering to visit the grave with me and saying we should talk more, was a good way to show the benefits of reaching out.
To add to Leafo's answer, you can check at the bottom of a game's page whether or not it comes with a key. It'll say something like, "In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $0.00 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key."
Thanks for the response! I'll probably get the bundle regardless. Like I said, my copy of Hustle Cat was bought directly on Steam. If you did add a feature, it would be great if it gave you the gifting option upon purchase, rather than only checking if the buyer has the game on Itch already.
It might be a different error, then. The specific message I'm getting in my browser (on Automata Empire, which I picked at random):
This XML file does not appear to have any style information associated with it. The document tree is shown below.
The request signature we calculated does not match the signature you provided. Check your Google secret key and signing method.
<StringToSign>GET 1505441309 /itchio/upload2/game/59781/288466</StringToSign>