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Pulp Fantasy Pulp Fantasy

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This could be a great game and I do understand that you only had 72 hours to make this, but it is lacking things and has problems:
- The game refuses to end unless you either help or kill everyone or at the least 3 out of the 4 people. (I killed the old guy, ignored the snail guy, buried the beach guy's family, but it wouldn't end so I killed the voodoo guy and I get the evil ending).
- On the screen where the snail guy is (the guy who wants you to get rid of the fire breathing snail), invisible platforms will sometimes be there for the player to jump on. Also, I've been respawned inside the platform, a little bit below where the player is supposed to respawn, forcing me to restart. Also, if you jump up to the top of the screen and go off of the top of the screen, you instantly die (the same thing happens if you touch the beach scene's far right wall).
- I've so far only found 3 endings and I don't see how another ending is possible (either you are consider good, evil, or obedient. I thought there might have been something to do with "not killing the animals", but it doesn't seem to affect the outcome).
- The fact that it's the same boss every time really doesn't help a game like this (even the subtle changes in the way the boss fights doesn't help). The only real reward is the text you get at the end of the game and it gets old quick when you are trying to unlock the other endings and keep the getting the ones you got before, forcing you to start over at that point.
- It is also kind of lack luster when the ferry guy treats the game like a play rather than an actually adventure "I will now take on the role of this". It really takes away from the morality of it all when it is presented as this and it really takes away from the ferryman's character as he is now just a jerk who plans on trying to kill you in choosing whatever you choose.
- I got a boss battle where an endless number of animals came to attack, but I can't seem to get that again. Concerning this though, spiders can pop up everywhere on the platform, which leave little time or room to dodge (by the time I notice it's under me, it's over).
- You put the old man's wheel chair in the direct path of the player, making it impossible to ignore either him or the archer guy, seeing as you can't drop the wheelchair once you get it, preventing you from just using the underground tunnel to get to the beach and bury the beach guy's family.
- You say there are two secrets in the game. The only thing I could possibly identify as a secret is the place where you get the cucumber at. Other than that, I think I've gone and pushed against every corner and can't find anything else (the "ha ha" cannon is a little annoying in that if you are on the platform above it and walk toward it, you die).
- I thought the "dark flame" was an interesting idea and I liked how it could destroy the fire snail and the rock blocking the easy exit to the beach, but outside of this, it does nothing, but make the game harder (it doesn't even seem to affect any of the endings. It just makes the final boss fight harder).
- The description says "Your choices will affect gameplay in subtle ways". They really don't. The music goes away when you kill someone, quest items disappear sometimes, and the boss battle might be a little different, but overall, the gameplay remains exactly the same.
- It would've been cool if the black flame could reveal a secret or it could be harnessed. It would have also been cool if the void butterfly could have an effect on the ferryman. It's just different things like that could could have made a real difference.

I like the idea of the game, I can certainly see that it was influenced by Undertale and Don't Look Back, and I can see that work went into it, but it's just lacking in general: it's lacking in interactibility with the game (you can only collect some things and kill), lacking in effective story telling and invoking emotion (though the music cutting out was a neat little thing), and lacking in replayability (the first time through, it is okay, but as you play through it hoping to find something cool you can do or some different way to affect the world around you, you find you can only kill, help, or ignore, and you can't even ignore the people completely).

I liked the art, music, and the platforming was solid. I really do look forward to your future works as I know you'll make cool stuff.


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esayitch responds:

Hey! I love getting detailed feedback and there are some valid points here, but there are also things that were intentional/misunderstood. I'll go over your feedback and clarify some points:

- The game refuses to end unless you either help or kill everyone or at the least 3 out of the 4 people.
A: The game will also end if you kill more than 50 animals, or if you just kill the beach-guy (murderer's) family. The quest you are sent on is to kill the beach guy with the two dead bodies. He is the murderer the ferryman mentions in the beginning (or he is a mourning father, both can be true). So you have 4 ways to end the game, and in the situation you described you didn't qualify for any of them, so it didn't end... if you ignore everyone the game doesn't end at all (this might not be perfectly intuitive and perhaps I can change the situation to end it if you just explore and don't do anything).

- On the screen where the snail guy is (the guy who wants you to get rid of the fire breathing snail), invisible platforms will sometimes be there for the player to jump on. Also, I've been respawned inside the platform, a little bit below where the player is supposed to respawn, forcing me to restart. Also, if you jump up to the top of the screen and go off of the top of the screen, you instantly die (the same thing happens if you touch the beach scene's far right wall).
A: The invisible platforms are there on purpose. They offer a way for the player to cross the water and get to the beach without having to help or kill the huntress (snail guy is a gal :P). Do you spawn inside the platforms only in this screen, or does it sometime happen in general? Either way I didn't have a lot of time to test everything 100%, so I am sorry for that :( about dying when you hit edges of a screen, that happens when there is nothing on the other side and I just forgot to put an invisible wall there... apologies!

- I've so far only found 3 endings and I don't see how another ending is possible (either you are consider good, evil, or obedient. I thought there might have been something to do with "not killing the animals", but it doesn't seem to affect the outcome).
A: From what you wrote a bit later on, you also found the 4th ending :) The game can end also if you kill more than 50 animals (I think that was the number, perhaps slightly more). If you don't kill as much animals, you will get one of the three endings you mentioned.

- The fact that it's the same boss every time really doesn't help a game like this (even the subtle changes in the way the boss fights doesn't help). The only real reward is the text you get at the end of the game and it gets old quick when you are trying to unlock the other endings and keep the getting the ones you got before, forcing you to start over at that point.
A: The original plan was to have 4 different bosses, but I just ran out of time to be honest :(

- It is also kind of lack luster when the ferry guy treats the game like a play rather than an actually adventure "I will now take on the role of this". It really takes away from the morality of it all when it is presented as this and it really takes away from the ferryman's character as he is now just a jerk who plans on trying to kill you in choosing whatever you choose.
A: The game starts off very weird and without explanation (it is vague on purpose, I like players interpreting things for themselves), you fall asleep and wake up someplace you don't know... why? Maybe you died and this is a divine test... Maybe the ferryman is just a very powerful wizard... Maybe it actually IS a dream even though the text says it isn't. I wanted to enforce the feeling that anything regarding the story is possible (the setting has its strange things... cucumber forest O.o? Flying wheelchair O.o? Fire-sick snail O.o?) Maybe the warlock stole the old man's chair to try and excape? Maybe the warlock is a good soul who is trying to kill the fire-snail to help the beach guy bury his family? The ferryman clearly has supernatural aspects, and so he will stress the fact that this is a "game" or an island where anything regarding the story is possible, because like in the old pulp fiction, the story didn't matter all that muchin the end. You were there to read about heroes killing shit and going on adventures and sleeping with beautiful women, and you didn't care if the plot made sense or had any meaning or layers to it. It's not that I didn't want the story to matter here, I did, and I also wanted to enforce the theme of choice and consequences, which when translated into the story, resulted in treating the story like a canvas more than an actual story, and the ferryman at the end embodies that. He assume the role you want him (by reaching that ending) assume.

- I got a boss battle where an endless number of animals came to attack, but I can't seem to get that again. Concerning this though, spiders can pop up everywhere on the platform, which leave little time or room to dodge (by the time I notice it's under me, it's over).
A: This is actually the 4th and worst ending (and you actually got all 4 endings :P). It is the calamity ending. You get it when you kill a certain number of animals. The boss fight is supposed to be frustrating and "not fair", but it is certainly winnable. Generally the easiest boss is the good run boss, then the "normal" boss is the obedient man boss, the vile murderer boss is hard (Fire from sky), and the calamity upon nature boss is hardest.

- You put the old man's wheel chair in the direct path of the player, making it impossible to ignore either him or the archer guy, seeing as you can't drop the wheelchair once you get it, preventing you from just using the underground tunnel to get to the beach and bury the beach guy's family.
A: That's a great point! Didn't think of that.

- You say there are two secrets in the game. The only thing I could possibly identify as a secret is the place where you get the cucumber at. Other than that, I think I've gone and pushed against every corner and can't find anything else (the "ha ha" cannon is a little annoying in that if you are on the platform above it and walk toward it, you die).
A: The other secret are the invisible platforms in the screen with the huntress (snail gal), which allow you to cross the water without helping/killing.

- I thought the "dark flame" was an interesting idea and I liked how it could destroy the fire snail and the rock blocking the easy exit to the beach, but outside of this, it does nothing, but make the game harder (it doesn't even seem to affect any of the endings. It just makes the final boss fight harder).
A: Yeah... that's the payback for using dark magic to cross the area :P it makes the game harder. In general, a lot of the choices make the game harder in certain areas even though they can potentially help you. If you kill people you can jump higher, but try platforming in a restricted area (underground for example, crossing the flame cannon or jumping to the platform with the spider in the wheelchair room) is much harder.

- The description says "Your choices will affect gameplay in subtle ways". They really don't. The music goes away when you kill someone, quest items disappear sometimes, and the boss battle might be a little different, but overall, the gameplay remains exactly the same.
A: They actually do! Like I just wrote above, certain platforming challenges will become much harder if you murder people, and if you help the warlock the dark flame is in the boss fight and it is harder. If you choose not to kill animals the boss fight is easier but the platforming is harder. If you kill a lot of people it isvery hard for you to jump during the boss fight, etc.

- It would've been cool if the black flame could reveal a secret or it could be harnessed. It would have also been cool if the void butterfly could have an effect on the ferryman. It's just different things like that could could have made a real difference.
A: Nice ideas! I know this sounds like an excuse by now.. but I just ran out of time to make neat additions like that.

I'm glad that overall it was all right, I realize there is a lot of places for improvement obviously, and you live and you learn! Perhaps the next jam entry will be better as a result of this feedback. Thank you again for writing in so much detail!


Aquacreep Aquacreep

Rated 3 / 5 stars

This could be a pretty good game. I like the voice acting, the sound effects are good, and the story is okay, but it has its problems.
- If you kill everyone early on, the game won't advance. There will be no one for the creature to possess and replace. There were a few people left alive and I took blood samples and none of them were the creature. I know this for certain because I killed the rest of the people. You could have made it so the creature could possess or hide inside dead bodies or if everyone, but you is dead, you could try having a surprise attack inside the building or have it come after you outside. You could also have it where it can shrink down to its smaller size and jump out of the vent at you.
- The game doesn't offer multiple endings, right? It could offer four endings, one if you beat it without killing any innocents, one for if you accidentally kill an innocent, one for if the creature takes over everyone except you (killing them all), and one for if you murder everyone. There wouldn't have to be much of an ending for each. For killing everyone, you could show him in jail or show everyone who survived.
- Things about the game’s logic don’t add up. Based on Astrocreep, these creatures can reproduce yet only one of them is present in the game and it jumps from body to body. Why is there only one? What happens to the body it originally jumped from? Why does the bloody wetsuit disappear after the creature is first attacked? You could have made it really creepy and had it so the creature would stash the bodies in different places, like one in the fringe, another under the bed, etc.
- Starting the game over and having to swim through the credits is boring the second time through. Perhaps add a skip function.
- You don't offer the player a way to restart the game if they get stuck or if they just feel like starting over. You can refresh the page, but the game takes kind of long to load.
- You can’t leave a room once the creature reveals itself, which kind of stinks, especially if you run out of ammo (if I ran out of ammo in that situation, I’d get out). Also, why is it that you are only allowed to run during attacks? Why not provide the run option outside of this? I understand wanting to build suspense, but if you designed this game for multiple playthroughs, players are going to get annoyed by this.
- During the “take blood” part of the game, you can’t interact with Trevor. He’ll just stand in the corner of the lab (though you can shoot him).
- The text doesn’t always fit in the dialogue boxes, making it difficult to read (one example being talking to Uma after the first appearance of the creature).
- Dean, your character, will know that the microscope has been damaged before he even goes back to the lab (if you talk to anyone after encountering the creature a second time, this will be revealed even without going back to the lab).
- You can turn on the air conditioning unit without the screwdriver. I’m pretty sure that’s not supposed to happen.
- The audio for a character will cut off if you advance usually, which is good, but if you get to a choice screen, the other character’s audio will keep playing even if you tried to skip it.
- The creature attacked me after getting the gun and going back to the party. How would it have known to do that? What’s worse is that the character (who I knew the creature was) was off screen and I walked to the second screen, but the person was right there as soon as I got there and the creature transformed and ate me. This isn’t very fair at all. It also isn’t right where you are shooting at the creature and he is still approaching you. You don’t provide the player with much room to fight and this is also bas because you can’t control where the creature is going to walk before it transforms (for example, if the creature in human form is coming to the left wall than right, then you’d want to go to the right wall and put as much distance between you and creature as possible, but you’d have to pass by it. What’s stopping the creature from transforming when you try and pass it?
- Having to check the blood tests again after dying is a pain and it can be avoided. Why not have it so you have the blood tests, but randomize them upon respawning so that the result might be different. If you want to indicate the player that they should check them again, have a “to do list” or a menu that details what the current mission is.
- When the helicopter appears, it takes a long time for the game to end. Please speed up this process. I don’t hear anything special while waiting for it to end except for the sound of a helicopter.
- I don’t know this for certain (because after three times where the game either freezes or doesn’t let me advance, I’m not playing it again. Getting through the opening again is a pain), but it’s possible if you try to rapidly shoot bullets, the game will only shoot at a certain rate while if you press the fire button faster than this rate, then your ammo will go down. Maybe check on this.
- It’s a small detail, but when you shoot a bullet, the direction of the sprite does not change.
- There is a locker in the last building on the left. I’ve spoken with everyone, but it doesn’t seem like anyone is offering a key. I even got the blonde woman to offer her key (originally, I got it from killing her).
- You allow the player to open the refrigerator, but you don’t let them take a beer. You could make it so you can just ignore the scream and party for a while until the creature attacks or something.
- When you take away the beginning credits portion, the beginning introduction to the characters portion, the game is pretty short and doesn’t offer a lot of replay value after beating it because it doesn’t offer anything new. The game will play out in the same way each time with different characters being taken over. So far, Trevor or the scientist woman haven’t been taken over at the beginning because this would interfere with the streamed line storyline. There are no surprises after playing it through the first time.
- There might be more problems, but I don’t feel like playing the game again right now. Below, I’ve listed some definite glitches.

Glitches:
- After turning on the air conditioning unit and dying after facing the creature, the game over screen came up and then game screen went black. You could still hear the rain for a little while though. This happened to me at least twice, forcing me to restart the game if I wanted to continue.
- The game flashes white when you leave a building. Is this intentional?
- The game window shifts slightly to the left or right when you are about to walk off screen.

You’ve been making games for at least 12 years and I’ve seen the things you can make and they are good, but recently there is almost always problems with them whether it be glitches, they aren’t finished, or something else and a lot of the time, they are glaringly obvious problems. Now, glitches and lacking gameplay you will find in nearly all games, but putting in safe guards that prevent the player’s progress from being lost is vital (I played Psychoscape and I wanted to make a walkthrough for it, but I got trapped on one of the levels, I wasn’t able to restart and I wasn’t able to reload the game without starting all over. That turned me off immediately). Also, as interesting as playing the game was, I wouldn’t mind (and I’m guessing many others wouldn’t mind either) waiting for it to be good and done instead of releasing a beta or releasing it with problems. Many people lead busy lives and they don’t want to risk wasting time playing something that may fail on them (also there’s less motivation to play a game you played once before, even if it is the “complete” version). I’m willing to help you test your games and I’m sure many other people are willing to help as well because it is clear, both from past and present projects, that you have talent and you can organize the creation of games and work with other people on them (the voice acting in the game is well done).

I would really like this game if it took place inside of a house or hospital, somewhere where there is room to move about and danger could come at any moment.

I wish you luck on your future project and let me know if you want any help with them.


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TheMillz responds:

Thanks for the essay


Third Exit Chapter 1 Third Exit Chapter 1

Rated 4 / 5 stars

I enjoyed playing the game. The story draws you in like a funnel and I like the art though I wish the cutscenes would move faster or could be skipped (this includes the times when sound effects are playing, like a ringing phone. Cutting it short may not be a bad idea).

Also, some of the puzzles are kind of abstract, like the tutorial puzzle. Was there any hint that you needed to take the first number of the first number, the second of the second...? Without putting a hint there, it's like dumping a pile of numbers on the floor and asking the player to figure out what the answer is.

I do look forward to the next chapter. Good luck.


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ZeroDigitZ responds:

Thanks for the review. The skip function will be available in the full version. I will reevaluate the tutorial puzzle because it was poorly executed.


Fragile Fragile

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I think I understand what the message is. The three sibling eggs are there to send the player the false message that if they fall too far, they're egg will break and they will die, making them believe they are fragile. You can make it through almost the entire game in the egg form until you get to the final hole. If you try to jump across it in the egg form, you won't make it and you will fall, breaking the egg open and revealing that you wouldn't have died and if you had done this earlier, you could have made it across the gap.

There's a few problem with this premise if this is what you intended. The egg siblings don't "die" soon enough. They stop at the edge, giving the player time to screw around and fall, revealing that they wouldn't die. Also, even after they die, the lessen doesn't really have time to sink in. Plus, you don't tell player that if they fall off of platform without jumping, they can air jump (without knowing this, it would be impossible to get through the entire game up to the hole as an egg). Plus, you can fall down the hole and air jump at the last second, keeping the egg from breaking.

Also, you don't tell people the controls, which leaves them with a lot of questions:
- What are the boxes for in game? Can they be interacted with?
- Was there a way to get over the hole while in egg form (was there a control that would allow it)?
Without giving the player the controls, you don't give them clear limitations that would make the reality of "dying" a real thing.

Aside from this, I did enjoy the game and played it multiple times. The art style was cool though an ending scene for falling into the hole would have been nice. I wish you luck in your future of game design and look forward to more games from you.


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Nightfall Nightfall

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I would like to play the rest of the game, but glitches are preventing me from doing so:
- After getting passed the tutorial, if you run out of health, you will appear back at the beginning of the level, unable to move. Also, I don't understand why the health goes down when you shoot the boomerang.
- During the first or second level, you lose the ability to glide. However, if you die in the same level after losing the ability, you won't be able to beat the level.
- Why are the controls so far apart? You could have assigned the controls to multiple buttons, such as "z" for shoot and "x" for glide.
- The ending scene went by way too fast.
- The color coded beginnings and endings are things that you would find in the testing version of the game. It seems like it would be a good idea to make them transparent.

I managed to beat the game, but only because I avoided killing the enemies. I think with a few fixes, the game could be a lot more popular. I like the gameplay, the story is good, and making it longer could be a good idea.

I wish you luck in your game creating future.



Energy Scraps Energy Scraps

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I found a few problems with the game.
- An explanation on what some of the upgrades do would be helpful, such as what is "distans", "time to waste energy", and "energy damage"? Players are left to guess what these do and the upgrade system doesn't allow me to find out for myself quickly.
- I didn't discover until after three game overs that you lose health when you are outside the ship with no energy. You should probably point this out to the player. Also, I don't think it is such a good idea for the player's only currency to be protection against automated damage.
- An alert whenever the player is attacked would be helpful since the health indicator is so small and easily missed that you can lose a chunk of your life before realizing someone's shooting at you. However, don't just make it a audio alert, make it a visual one as well because some people might be playing with the sound off.
- The fact that you lose energy while holding it with time is not just annoying, it ruins the experience. Not only does it make it difficult to get the first few upgrades, you have to keep in mind what the player wants to do during the game. If the player wants to explore, they can't do that without going back to the ship and spending their energy or risk losing what they have. If an enemy attacks the player when they just got a little energy, they can fight it off, but not without losing energy. The upgrade which slows the process of losing energy is okay, but there are many other variables that contribute to energy loss such as movement speed (if it takes you longer to get back to the ship, you'll be losing more), bullet damage (the longer it takes you to take down the enemy, the more you lose). Lastly, this is especially annoying when you don't include a pause button in the game to stop the player from losing energy. The only place they don't lose stuff is at the ship on the upgrade screen; meaning if they want to stop and relax or they get a phone call, they need to go back to the ship to avoid losing progress or to avoid getting killed by enemies.
- I can understand having to lock the screen to play the game, but the game unlocks the mouse every time I go to the upgrade screen and I have to re-lock it in place afterwards. This is annoying.
- The process just moves too slowly with having to focus efforts on upgrading maintaining energy, then jumping and speed (to get to more energy and maintain what you have) and then to attack to deal with enemies. I'd like to cut out the first part.
- Having a sound effect when you hit an enemy would be satisfying to the player so perhaps think of adding one.
- Having more sound effects in general would also lend themselves to the game.

Overall though I like your game and the idea behind it. I really want to the explore it further, but the drawbacks are what keeps me from doing so. As far as I can tell, there are no bugs or glitches, the graphics are good, and you actually have more than one enemy design (you'd be surprised how many game creator just throw one enemy type into a game). I really hope you'll consider my suggestions. Good luck in your future in game design!


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Royoyoo responds:

Thanks a lot, it's really helpful!
This was game jam entry, so we were short on time.
We will make an update and fix those issues.


Pixel Ice Pixel Ice

Rated 4 / 5 stars

I enjoyed the game, but I only got up to level 27 because the ice cube got stuck on one of the wooden ramps. This has happened several times in past levels, but in the others ones, I managed to beat the levels by jumping after getting stuck. However, I can't jump to get around this without getting killed.
http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/116f2b17ed56062082c82c5b2358e407

I've found other problems and concerns:
- I've tried going back to the menu and loading the game, but it doesn't fix the problem always. For example, when I started level 27 again, I got stuck on a different board and the death animation went from an explosion of icy squares to just a single small square floating until the ice cube came back.
- It seems like you throw the player into the levels without giving them much of a chance to react. I would've suggested making the levels wider, just enough to give a little "runway" for the player before they get the level. It wouldn't even have to be that long. Half an inch perhaps?
- On level 20, the cube hit the soda cup and didn't explode. It just stayed there. I tried it again later and it didn't happen again.

I do like the cuteness of the game as well as the challenge. I look forward to your next project. Good luck!


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AlamyrJunior responds:

Thank you very much for your feedback, Plasmarift!
That's my first game so I have a lot to learn yet!

I'll correct these bugs as soon as possible( I'm already correcting the places where the ice is getting stucked), I agree with you that is needed more time to the player react, I'm thinking about make the ice cube stop for a half sec (or less) in the beggining of the levels, so the player can see what's going on...

I'm already thinking about the next projects but I want to launch this one on mobile, refine the game and correct the bugs before start the next game.
Thank you again! =]


Slimy Slimy

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

There are some big problems with your game.
- I am unable to make the jump across the gap, even when using the shooting ability as a small boost. There needs to be a double jump feature or include the ability to jump off of enemy's heads.
- I found an invisible wall on the left that I could jump over and, by falling down, I could get onto a closed off section of platform with a big heart. Depending on if I killed the enemy at the beginning, it will continuously spawn blue squares, one after another (the next one only appears when the one the heart spawns is killed) that can't hurt me.
- It is never explained what the blue light things that you get from killing enemies do.
- After dying/restarting enough times, the first blue enemy will stop coming after you. It will start coming after you if you get injured by it though.
- If you activate your shield and keep it on as you fall to your death, it will remain on when you spawn until you press the shield button again, which corrects this problem.
- The "Author Comments" section where you included a few of the controls doesn't say to use the arrow keys, doesn't tell you what the plot of the game is, doesn't tell you what the plot of the game is, what the goal of the player is, and, although it is clear from the loading screen, doesn't tell you what you used to make this game.
- In the place where the heart is, I found if I jump while up against a wall, unpredictable things happen, such as being launched in the opposite direction at various velocities and heights (much like the mechanic of wall jumping) or moving up the wall, as if I was walking up it. It was fun to play around with though I don't think you intended this to happen, correct?

I give you 2.5 stars because the shooting and shield mechanics do work and it looks like it could have been a fun game based on the small section I played that worked. I do wish you luck in your future in game design and I hope you'll make some changes to this game to allow for it to be beaten.


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Wombart responds:

Wow, first thanks to you for taking the time to write this reviews, i think you know how those reviews can help developers

i haven't mentioned it but this project was for a game jam

- You are supposed to jump over the yellow block (wich make you bounce)
- Yeah i didn't take the time to check all the invisible wall
- the blue light things are points (absolutely useless)
- The place with the heart is the cemetery for the enemies (you are not supposed to go there lol)
- I knew for the shield bug that stand activate but after trying an hour to fixed it, i stopped trying
- i didn't thinked about the controls that allow you to move (so obvious to me)

Anyway thanks a lot for the review.


Battery Efficient Battery Efficient

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The game is good, but I find three problems with it:
- The screen appears small (about 4 inches in width and 3.5 inches in length) compared to what it could be. It's so small, it is difficult to see the bullets being fired with it being this small.
- An additional jump button (like spacebar or z or x) would make jumping and moving at the same time easier.
- Including arrow keys as an option would be good.

The game is good and I like the concept. I hope you could possibly make the changes I suggested. I look forward to your future projects.


LeviRamirez responds:

Alright, People have asked for arrow controls and I probably will add them, along with making the bullets at least a bit more noticeable. Thanks for the feedback :)


Escape3 Escape3

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I like the art for the game, the clay animations, and the premise, but I'm finding problems with the gameplay:
- The game requires that you split up into three separate characters and, at times, jump on another one to move both of them at the same time (you can only switch between characters by touching them, making this necessary when you come to an area where all three must reach the same location). However, the jumping is unpredictable when two of them are stacked up together. Sometimes when you jump with two stacked, the top part will jump without the bottom or it will try to jump and only vibrate in place and sometimes it works fine. The only time it doesn't work at all is when I use the spacebar. Am I missing a mechanic? Why can't the combined character jump?
- It's often times difficult to recombine them. I've stacked them on top of each other many times with nothing happening. And then, other times, it works. I even rearranged them so they were in the right order to recombine and it still doesn't work.
- I also ran into a problem with the character glitching through platforms, causing them to either fall to their deaths or get separated from the others and make it impossible to get all three together again.
- When pressing the R button to restart, it won't restart. I even went to the pause screen and pressed it and all it does is make the screen shake a little.
- Whenever a character dies, the screen goes to black. It doesn't restart.
- Going back to the main menu in game takes me back to the logo with the white background, but it won't progress any farther, forcing me to refresh the page.
- I ran into a problem where they are all touching each other and none of them will move. Observe:
http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/593fa68e975c593d1dfa6fff77cea78d
I was able to replicate it with even worse results; this time, they're not all touching.
http://www.newgrounds.com/dump/item/e07e1f990dedbba4efa674e7c763e814
- Why does the spacebar work as a jump and an action button? In a game where jumping is the primary method of solving puzzles, it would be a good idea to have those two separated so that players aren't jumping when they simply want to use an ability or activate something.
- Why don't their powers stay with them when they recombine? The only way to lower one of the platforms is for the middle section to step into the water and get heavier. However, once the platform goes down, there's no way for him to come back up while he's heavy and the others can't follow since you can only switch between them by touching. I even tried to keep the other two character on the platform, but the middle section would just jump on top of the others.
- It's too easy to get permanently separated from one of the characters, making the rest of the game impossible.

I'm not sure why I seem to be the only person experiencing these problems. I'm using a Mac, but I tried this game on both Google Chrome and Safari. In any case, here is my advice for the game:
- Make it so you can switch between characters by pressing a button, like 1, 2, and 3.
- Make it so the combine sequence activate easily or perhaps only activates when all of them are touching and a button on the keyboard is pressed.
- Make activation button and jump button two separate things.
- Make it so you can jump in the big.

I'd really like to see more of the game, but I can't progress any farther because of the problems I mentioned. I still wish you luck in your creative endeavors.


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