This one jump will haunt me, I think.
Brilliant 1900M method, much easier than mine. Very nice!
The menu elements slid off screen before I could click them lol.
When making a bullet hell, always consider visibility. I can barely see the player against the background, and I didn't realize there were collectibles until one hit me by complete accident.
Nice try otherwise!
Yea this challenge is fun
It's a bit tight, but in 400m you can also get here without jumping, but I couldn't get to the strawberry without an extra jump, so that was a bust, but it does open up some new options
Edit: also a slightly easier way to do old site
I decided to try it without dash grace jumps and managed to lower it to 2, 1 in 1300, 1 in 1700,
and 1 in 2600...
In 1100 it's possible to do a spike jump on that leftmost side and then continue as normal
In 1800, it's very tight, but you can just barely reach that first balloon by getting to it at it's lowest pixel
And in 2300 you are able to do the same trick as before
Also it might be possible to get one off of 2600, but I'm not sure, I keep dying at the brown X in the image
EDIT: Wait... you could do the gemskip strategy to beat it... give me a bit to do that
EDIT 2: did it
It's kinda hilarious to me that I missed those simpler solutions and chose much more annoying solutions like in 2400 and 1900 lol, thanks for those
Cool! I wish the death tiles weren't so unfair, I would barely be touching it, and I would die anyway. One way to fix it would be to give priority to normal ground blocks, and only die to the blocks when it is the only thing you are standing on.
The mechanic is unique, and the puzzles use it very well.
The player is so smooth, you didn't have to put input buffers and coyote time, but you did anyway, and I always appreciate that
The graphics were clear and easy to read and looked great
The sounds effects were simple and didn't get in the way of the focus, and the ambiance of the music pairs perfectly with the tone and genre
Honestly, my only complaint would be that it is short and easy, but that is to be expected from a jam game, and it doesn't take away anything.
5/5, not even kidding, this was amazing.
Definitely deserved the win
Enjoyable, until the game went red, and it became impossible to see. The red and the black need to contrast more, and the player needs to be a different color. Perhaps white?
The low visibility combined with the terrible platforming physics makes for a super frustrating game to play.
I kept trying to beat one section over and over, because I wanted to see how it ended! Alas...
2/5, cool until it very quickly sucked
I thought the last one was kinda funny, but the way it just forces you to die without a chance for you to react was kinda unfair. I would have a wall push you instead of a spike killing you.
Something that could help would be a small freezeframe after you die, after you die, you can't control the player for a few frames to give the player a chance to fix themselves.
I appreciate implementing coyote time, not many people do that, and that is especially important in a game like this.
I have a few tips for making your platformers feel better:
Your buffer-jumping isn't buffered, it held. If I hold the jump, I keep jump, and that is not buffer-jumping. Not super important, but it can annoying.
Controlled jumps can really help, especially in this game. It allows for more precision, which super important to have in this game.
Now for a super important one...
NEVER MAKE YOUR PLAYER'S HITBOX A CAPSULE.
In Getting Over It, you fall because the player sucks. In this game, you fall because the game is unfair with its hitbox. The capsule causes you to slip off, which is more frustrating than anything. In the Crash Bandicoot remaster(whatever it was called), the hitbox was a capsule, which caused players to slip off. Despite the game has a reputation for being a difficult game, it frustrated players because they slipped off a platform. Never use a capsule for a hitbox.
If a tutorial ever tells you to use a capsule for the player's hitbox, don't listen to them, it is not a good idea.
The level design is pretty nice, I always knew where to go, but I felt like you were being benevolent with the punishments.
That is basically it... 3/5 for me. It is a game and has some interesting ideas, but it is not very punishing for a game where its entire point is to be punishing.
I couldn't get past level 3, it was just too annoying.
I like the graphics, and it is a cool concept...
It's so boring and tedious though! Why would I play a game where the main thing you can do is wait. Most of this game is waiting, and it is so boring. I would just ditch the refilling altogether.
Alright review time
I sometimes go to the itch.io "latest games", and I just play whatever free game I happen to see. I normally find some pretty bad games, some are slightly better than bad, but I have not found a good game.
This is great!
First things first, my complaints
I don't like the way the attacks look when they overlap while they are not dealing damage(i call that anticipating). You are changing the alpha, which by itself is fine, but when the attacks overlap, it doesn't look very good imo. My solution would be to change its color instead or maybe apply some dithering.
There aren't many indicators. When an attack is about to spin, please have an indicator of which direction it is going.
The attacks still hit, even when they aren't there. When the attacks fade away, even though they are nearly invisible I would still get hit. I get that there is an outline, but that is not what I'm paying attention to when I'm trying to survive. As soon as something starts fading away, it shouldn't do damage anymore. Also, sometimes an anticipating block would stop on me, and immediately start attacking. I had no time to react to it...
Finally, the instant kill attack is cheap.
Now for things I like!
I love the way the enemy colors contrast the player's colors, that is a nice touch.
These particles look so great! The way the background particles move away from the boss emphasizes the circle.
I'm really happy with how forgiving the player's hitbox is. Most people just make it as large as possible lol
I like the way the game slows down when you change direction, and speeds up the less you turn. It helps new players trying to stay in one place, and for more experienced players, they will try to hold a direction as long as possible to beat the boss faster!
I love the way the music is timed with the first attack. It teaches you how attacks and damage work, in just a second.
4/5, very well done, I can't wait to see what comes out of this.
New complaint: I beat the game and unlocked dashing, but I can't go back to normal. :/
I totally understand that! I make games for fun and learning too. I make reviews like this because I hope they could be used to help improve your future games!
I'm really sorry if I was rude or anything like that, I just get honestly upset, because some things are just obvious to me, and but not obvious to newcomers.
I will say, the new camera definitely fits the game now. The previous camera was made for something where you would keep moving in a direction, without stopping every 2 seconds.
The slippers are kinda infinite now... You can just spam them to your heart's content, but even that was an improvement. Honestly, I had a much better time with the game because of that.
I understand trying to make the player jump on the enemies like that to get to the other platform, but here is a little level design tip that I realized after tons of testing:
Never force the player to get hit.
Unless you have a really good reason for it, don't force the player to get hit to progress. Obviously, there are exceptions... In Celeste chapter 5, the game forces you to kill yourself in the pov of a monster. It was to teach you that the monster is dangerous.
In the context of your game, the player will reach that point, and then get stuck trying to figure out how to get past it, grinding the pacing to a halt. They could try to attack them, but they would die several times trying. They could shoot them, but the angle is just too awkward to do so. Honestly, it doesn't even matter that you require that they take damage, what sucks is that it just disrupts the flow of the game, and that moment just sticks out. It also ruins an opportunity for a player to try to beat the game without taking damage.
I was playing, and I realized that the jump sound effect was replaced! It took a while for me to notice it, because of how much more natural it was. While I was making my game, I tried to put in some walking sound effects, but it felt too out of place and unnatural, that I just removed it.
Score raised to 3/5, making the ranged attack infinite made everything much more enjoyable! The level design made sense, and because of that, it was much more satisfying, and thus, not as much as a waste of time.