Wish I could fix it.
I like this more than yume nikki.
So far the only way I can survive is through getting some distance and throwing fire potions, so once creatures get too close to me I'm ruined unless I can lose them. I gained access to shock/stun potions once via plot progression, but was saving them for the quest. I haven't managed to unlock anything on the technology tree aside from torches and fire potions. I suspect armor or access to more tools would help, but I keep not getting that far.
It is nice that massive forest fires produce plentiful resources for more fire potions.
Really enjoying this game, but think it would be less frustrating if there was an option to lighten the consequences of death a bit. I keep exhaustively clearing out the missions one by one, but then one bad encounter makes me lose the dozens or hundreds of stockpiled ingredients. So far my record is managing to die near the end of the third mission.
It would be super nice to be able to make consistant/permanent saves when I'm back at the basement between missions, so I only have to repeat the most recent one if I die. Or, if permadeath is important, maybe adding some roguelite new-game-plus features -- like starting with an amount of each raw ingredient based on 10% of your highest previous total. It could be leftovers salvaged from your previous shop.
It's not a perfect solution, but -- there are programs out there that let you remap your controls manually, I think. More accessibly, if you temporarily swap your keyboard's language settings over to US English, Z and X will be the two keys just to the right of left shift. I have my keyboard set up to be able to swap between entering English and Spanish, and in Spanish mode some of my punctuation turns into a quick way to add accents onto letters.
One way that windows tries to tell dangerous programs apart from safe ones, is it automatically flags anything that hasn't been run by a large number of people as "dangerous". This means that programs by large companies often skate through with no problems, while anything programmed by individuals or small companies get caught in the filter. There should be a way to click through the warning and run it anyway, for situations where you're sure that it's overreacting.
Seconding the removal / alteration request... They spontaneously attack me, I died twice while trying to mind my own business, and the debuff that makes my screen hard to read made it so I effectively could only play the game around half the time with very little benefit. It significantly disrupts the crafting / exploring angle of the game, and got me to uninstall rather than fight with it.
Maybe the tutorial could have more specific hints about how to deal with them, so people don't just grab an axe? Or, maybe I'm not the target demographic...
I'm also running into the "lose the duel because the menu takes too long" problem. Any chance that either the duel could become not timed, or a faster interface for forms that lets you see all of them at once could be implemented?
You could probably fit the moon logic and one-pixel-clickables into an optional hard difficulty setting -- introducing a few additional puzzles that only come up for people who are actively going for the Full Experience. Maybe one of the keycards is broken, so you have to glue the two pieces together with partially-chewed gum that's stuck to the bottom of one of the magboots, or the chemical recipe is found only in a PDF manual as copy-protection, or ....
Unfortunately relateable. Well-done, and well-handled. It would be nice if the game didn't turn the sound back on at the start of every chapter though -- it's actually the alarm clock noise I was trying to avoid.