I bought this and am super excited. I can get by, but just curious. Thanks again and good luck!
By this logic, doesn't it give a subpar experience to people that can read Portuguese? It's like they are getting baby mode.
Sorry, I'm not trying to be hard about this, but the logic doesn't make any sense to me. And usually your games are filled to the brim with functionality.
Also, why isn't this whole conversation in Portuguese then for work purposes? Man this whole thing makes little sense to me.
They really aren't. You can play this game entirely without text. You will figure out what each effect does very quickly, the first time you see it for many of them because the effect is so obvious. The game reveals what the effects are WHEN the effect has applied. Therefore by observing the game you will understand the symbols.
Hey there! I'm actually one of those indie friends mentioned above. Originally the language thing turned me off as well, but with some convincing I decided to dive into the game after all. Not like I havent played confusing-to-learn games in this genre before, really.
And honestly.... after quite a number of hours with the game, I gotta say... the language bit stopped mattering almost immediately. Partly due to how well you did with making the ability icons descriptive, I find that honestly very impressive. I went into this expecting to have alot of trouble remembering what each one does (my memory is bloody horrible... with something like Isaac for instance I constantly have to check the freaking wiki because even after 400 hours I still cant remember what half the items do) without the ability to get a tooltip description, but... no, the icons honestly do the trick.
Anyway, I mostly just wanted to say: This game is absolutely fantastic. You've done an incredible job here. I've really enjoyed your previous games and they're all things that I constantly come back to, but I honestly think this might be the best one you've made. I'm very impressed with the depth and creativity on offer here. The more I play it, the deeper and more challenging it seems to get. I'm currently on an 11-streak run (score of about 280... alot of room for improvement, yep), have some artifacts and even reached the secret room, and am loving every moment of it.
I cant wait to see whatever you might make next!
I still think there are droves of potential players that are turning away because of the language thing. It's the most common (actually the _only_) response when I try getting anyone other than you, Misery, to try it.
But I give up on trying to promote this dudes game. It'll fall between the cracks like all his other titles do, unless he actually cares enough to try to get in the right hands.
To be fair though, even if the language thing was changed, it's still just very difficult to get games noticed these days. Even devs with alot of know-how and resources have trouble getting anyone to see that their game even exists. And then getting people interested in trying them is the other half of the problem. Particularly with games this unique. I mean, I point out stuff like 868-HACK to friends all the time, particularly since that hit Steam, but it's hard to get anyone to try it because they think it looks "weird" or confusing since it's just so different from everything else. There's no language barrier there but still the game seems to intimidate people somehow. And finding these games on your own is tough. The only reason I even know about any of them is from stumbling on HACK a couple years back on TouchArcade... some article or something mentioned it, and I gave it a try and loved it.
No argument there. But boy it sure does feel like Michael is swimming upstream with this title. Again, even my friends won't try it. Now that takes something *really* off, let me tell you (I think you would appreciate that Misery, seeing as we share many of the same indie game friends). I have plenty of Steam friends that own and play 868.
I still would like an answer as to why it couldn't just have a non-language. Problem solved in one fell swoop. Anyways, I've moved on to other games and discussions, so I won't be back to this forum. Thanks for the discussion, folks.
It's an experiment, as outlined above, and I think it's pretty offensive for you to start accusing the dev of not "caring enough" just because he's done something you may not agree with. Give him a break - the guy's an artist.
You can play this game entirely visually with zero need to read the symbols. Just pretend the game has no text and play it that way.
The developer has stated porting to Android would require an entire re-write and there isn't enough paid demand on Android to warrant porting.