Ah—sounds like quite the journey. Glad to hear you are getting back into game development. Hope to see a demo of your game some time! :)
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First of all, congrats on getting to the last level. :) and thanks so much for the bugs—it’s really helpful!
The map button crash issue is something I’m looking into. Been having trouble reproducing it reliably, so it’s just a matter of identifying the cause.
Yup, I noticed too it lags in the last level. Will try to look for ways to maybe unload objects that are off screen, or reduce the number of necessary objects (without affecting the level design) in general.
Thanks again for the feedback!
Yeah, after attending a game developers conference in hopes of networking as a composer, I realize how difficult it is to gain visibility in a non-visual art form. So I decided to take matters into my own hand and produce my own game so that my music can be consumed in a more engaging way (than say, SoundCloud).
Thanks for the kind words. I actually happen to be a classically trained pianist, so my deep understanding of music theory helps me analyze why music sounds good to me. In turn, this helps me identify patterns and methods that other composers have used, so that I may adopt techniques that work well into my own musical language.
I am curious to know what is your involvement with video games, and how you came across my game?
Wow, thanks for reading the case study. I hope it helps inspire other solo creators out there too.
Yes, the reason why I chose game development as a vehicle is because video games are a time-based art form that engages the audience. Music is also time-based, so it felt like a suitable vehicle. Compared to film, games are more interactive and allows for multiple outcomes, encouraging repeated plays and increasing exposure time. Seeing that I am trying to reach out to game studios, I also felt distributing my music through video games would be more relatable and impactful.
Haven't received any replies yet, so I thought I'd bump it. Wondering if anyone else is experiencing this issue? It's pretty serious for game creators who distribute via the HTML5 platform ...
Hi everyone, I've been getting this error when running my HTML5 game in Safari since around May 2018:
audio_play_sound failed. WebAudio Context suspended - user must interact with the page before audio can be played.
I think it's due to recent versions of Safari requiring the user to click on a canvas before audio can play. But the error persists after I click on my game canvas and there's still no sound. I did some poking around and it seems HTML5 games are wrapped in an iframe. So I opened the frame source in a new window, where sound will play after I interact with the viewport.
So I don't know, if it would it be possible for the itch.io team to render the HTML5 game directly on the page? (Without the iframe.) I'm sure there are reasons for using an iframe ...
In other browsers, it seems to work fine (audio will play after the user clicks on the canvas).
Thanks for checking it out.
Wow, cool concept! So as the player, I basically need to plan out what order I choose the cards in so that my net health always remains above zero, is that right?
Looks like you're well on the way with progress and you've already released it to the app store. Congrats!
Sounds cool. I can imagine how the stars/coin idea gives incentive to the player to take the more challenging route, effectively increasing screen-time, which is great. I also see that you're also using Game Maker Studio. For the inventory, some kind of resizable data structure would be my first instinct. I haven't looked into the data-saving functions yet, but the new GMS 2 IDE is pretty slick so far.
Looking forward to more!
Interesting concept--from reading your description, I gather that the goal of the game is to find the key and make it to the door. And enemies and objects also occupy the tiles on their own layer (so they are placed independently of the pipe layer).
As all of this information could only be known from reading your description, I found it was difficult to know what the goal of the game was from just playing the game, so it was a bit discouraging playing it the first time. So I might suggest making your game UI more informative by having a more guided on-boarding experience. As a specific example, for the line-up of pipes, at first I didn't even know it was a line-up, and thought all pipes had equal significance. Maybe if you allowed the pipe icons to animate and move along a path, that would show the player that once you use a pipe segment, more pipe segments will come in (maybe even show a fifth pipe segment that is unselectable).
Secondly, it's awesome that you're making a hybrid of two different genres. Because the main game layout is designed as a pipe mania type of game, I think it's a good idea to introduce the dungeon crawling component gradually, both in a gameplay sense (e.g. introduce one type of object in the first level, then more in later levels) and also in the project timeline (e.g. in your first build, introduce one dungeon crawling element like the key and the door, then more elements in future builds).
Anyway, nice job so far. Looking forward to more updates!
Thanks for trying the game!
For the pixel art, I used GIMP (a free alternative to Photoshop). The game is coded in GML (Game Maker Langauge), and put together in the Game Maker Studio 2 IDE.
Thanks for your feedback!
Right so, the block-pushing speed is something I'd like to keep rather slow so that it leaves the player vulnerable to attacks while pushing. I might change the speed if I get more feedback from others. I'm also trying to figure out how to push the slimes "out of the way" if they are blocking the motion of the pushable block.
Graphics and sound effects are amazing! I love the art style. As @danmakesgame remarked, I also think different controls would be more comfortable. Suggestions.
- Tap left twice or right twice to dash.
- Tap down twice for meteor slam.
- Z for jump. (twice for double jump)
- X for attack.
- Space for interact. This would be consistent since you already use Space for dialog advance.
- Shift + arrow keys to walk slower (facing same direction), which would also cover the backstep.
I found a bug: after I fall from the ledge where there's a slime enjoying a cigarette, I land on the spikes and get stuck.