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Initial thoughts & feedback

A topic by mluck984 created 1 year ago Views: 117 Replies: 6
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Hey, Mind Grown team! I had a chance to sit down for a few hours and try the game out, and here are some of my initial thoughts on the gameplay.

First off, kudos to all the hard work you have put into the game so far! It really shows, and the game looks and feels great. Here's a list of some observations and suggestions:

  1. One of the first things that really impressed me was the sound design. The music, ship and weapon effects, and atmosphere all drew me in and did a wonderful job supporting the visuals and the gameplay. The only suggestion I have here is to look at the scrap collection sound, which is sharp and jarring compared to the other audio. I think a pleasant plink or beeping noise would go well here.

  2. The scale of the game is also really impressive. Star systems are huge with thousands of objects, and I never experienced any slowdown or graphical issues. There's a good sense of exploration. On the other hand I think the initial star systems could be smaller to provide the player with clearer direction before they get to the bigger stuff. It was very easy for me to run out of fuel before I reached the nearest neutral planet, so some steps should be taken to ensure that new players don't get stranded.

  3. Early game combat feels pretty tedious. Missiles are effective but the primary plasma weapon could use a buff. I think a faster-firing, low-damage variant would work better since it would be more forgiving. The current weapon fires too slowly to hit consistently at range, which can cause enemy shields to replenish several times during a fight. I'd suggest buffing the starting weapons or reducing the health of the first enemies the player encounters.

  4. On a related note, I found it pretty difficult to judge distances when enemies are far away. It's hard to tell if they're approaching or flying away. Something that might be helpful is a small distance meter adjacent to the enemies.

  5. Just a quality of life improvement, I think you should auto-target any enemy you hit. Oftentimes I found myself firing missiles at enemies I forgot to lock onto first. This would save the player a step but still give them manual control to change the target.

  6. The tab menu and orbit menu don't pause the game. Sometimes I found myself under attack while trying to use the menus.

  7. When fighting around planets, coming too close opens the orbit menu. This would happen while I was trying to chase down an enemy, and then leave me vulnerable because the game didn't pause. I'd suggest preventing players from using the orbit menu if there are enemies in the area.

  8. The tutorial screen partially covers the orbit menu. Perhaps allow players to close the tutorial screen while in the menus or provide a key for them to dismiss tutorial messages.

  9. The compare screens were somewhat hard to read when viewing weapon and ship upgrades. Maybe make the background solid rather than transparent.

  10. There doesn't appear to be a "Save & Continue" option.

  11. Respawning at a planet sometimes resulted in the orbit menu camera angle during regular gameplay, where the ship is positioned on the right of the screen. Going into the orbit menu and exiting returned the camera to normal.
I have further thoughts about the camera behavior and how to possibly make that smoother, but I'll be posting that in a separate topic. I hope the above is useful feedback and gives you a few things to consider!

-Matthew

    Developer (Edited 1 time)

    Thanks again Matthew for the feedback! A+, 5 stars! We will be going through your feedback and making additions to the trello board for this feedback as well.

    As for (11) Respawning at a planet with an improper camera angle, I will make a bug post for that (r358-b004). Thanks for bringing it to our attention!

    If you could pick 2 improvements that are most crucial and pressing, what would they be?

    -Ryan

    The two I'd say would have the most impact are #6 and #10. Being able to pause the game and being able to save the game while playing will prevent a lot of potential frustration. If possible, having the game auto-save when you visit a planet could be useful, too.

    Developer

    I see. We will discuss, and probably implement pausing again.

    I'm pretty sure it does autosave when you enter a planet... there should be a some indication to the user :/ ... my bad.

    This just in! - I've also added a task to put an autosave logo when we autosave. :D

    Thanks!

    -Ryan

    Excellent, that will be a great addition! I must have missed the autosave feature on my first few playtimes.

    Developer

    Matthew, we have implemented quite a few features/improvements that you have mentioned. Just off the top of my head, I know we re-implemented (6) pausing during menus, the autosave visual, and most (if not all) of your camera control/animation ideas. All of these and more will be available in our next update, scheduled for Tuesday, August 30th. If you do end up playing the updated version, we would really appreciate your continued feedback. Thanks for your help!

    -Ryan

    (+1)

    Amazing! I'll be more than happy to take a look. Thanks for all the awesome work!