I really like the theme and ambiance but wanted to reiterate what some other reviews have noted. The first place you can possibly die is on the first plant, so if you die there it would be great to start in the room before the plant vs going back to the title screen and watching the tutorial text again. Every elevator could be a checkpoint from then on.
Also to help new players who might not have picked up everything in the tutorial, when you first grab ammo, it could prompt you to "Press A to Reload" - my first time through I didn't think to load my gun and was killed while trying to shoot the plant. When you do reach the first plant, it could also prompt you to "Hold X to AIM, Press C to Shoot", so in the moment people can be reminded. This would make a big difference in getting people into the game and ongoing checkpoints would make progress less frustrating.
Thanks, great tips! I've put in a checkpoint system already and I'll add the improved prompts a bit later, I appreciate the help.
This took a minute to figure out but once I did, I really enjoyed it! People have been exploring different game types where enemies take a turn each time the player takes a turn but I don't recall having seen anyone do it with a shooter yet.
The permadeath is expected with a roguelike but I'll admit I like getting to keep my upgrades and keep building where I left off after dying... That wouldn't make a lot of sense though since it would discourage spending money on healing between rounds.
I hope more fans of these genres take some time to play this!
Thank you for the nice review! :D
I was confused about the ending as well but after reading your explanation in the reviews it was pretty funny. Enjoyed the whole experience, hope you make more games!
I enjoyed the art, especially the unique death animations for each enemy! The use of vocals was also a nice touch. I wasn't sure how to beat the ninja, I can get to him with a lot of health and then he tears me down fast. It's tough to start from the very beginning afterwards and have to get to the ninja again, since your character moves slowly... Maybe some sort of checkpoint there?
Thanks for the input. My friends and I are probably going to update it after the judging.
You are showing great potential with your first published game! There are lots of cool gameplay concepts in here and puzzles that feel really fresh. I also like the art and character designs.
On the very first screen I was initially confused where to go - it wasn't immediately clear that I had to go up and exit to the top left. On something like the first screen it's good to hit people over the head with what to do / where to go. I was similarly confused after coming back from the bridge collapse, I pretty much did everything Cyberdevil mentioned in his review. Things seemed more clear from that point on and the little puzzles were great.
My one other preference would be that when you die, you restart on that screen, rather than go back to a save point. It saves players from having to redo things they already succeeded at and also removes the need to have regular save prompts - you can just auto-save on each screen entrance.
Looking forward to playing more of your games!
Thank you for the helpful insights. I agree with your save suggestion. My next game will be similar but with better puzzles, gameplay elements, and a better story/dialogue.
Been reading the reviews and thinking about the controls... I typically like having a jump button in games but while playing I WAS wondering about using the UP arrow to jump instead. You could add support for both UP arrow AND a jump button so people can choose either.
I also did find myself instinctively pressing down to drop through plafforms, although this doesn't need to be an ability. Maybe it's problematic because people do instinctively try it and end up dashing instead... What if C makes you DASH if you aren't carrying an enemy and THROW if you are carrying an enemy? That would let players focus on tapping C twice to complete the grab / throw process, less likely to get mixed up with different buttons.
Also the intro could have a "Press Z to SKIP" note in the bottom corner to make sure players are aware.
Love the music and art! Only other issue is whether the difficulty is too oldschool - which plenty of people like - but nowadays I prefer something where I get infinite chances to complete a level, vs a limited set of lives to complete all levels.... Or maybe some hybrid where you have limited lives, but every 5 levels reaches a checkpoint you can continue from infinitely.
Tom thanks :)
I need players to be able to carry more than one dino. I know, this isn't evident in this version, but carrying three or more would be higher risk and higher reward, with a score bonus for consecutive portal throws.
So one button for DASH and THROW isn't going to work. It used to be that 3 buttons were super-acceptable for an arcade game, what happened since :S I'm racking my brain to find a simpler control scheme. People hated the 2-button controls too, even though it was more well-thought out.
I hear what you're saying about the old-school difficulty. I'm liking those ideas. My original plan to make it more modern was to implement a continue feature, based on your score. Like, buying continues at the expense of your high score. That would theoretically motivate retro fans and convenience more casual players. But as it's an LD game, I didn't have time to even implement score.
Thanks for the kind words.
Great movie and very thoughtful. Hopefully everyone who watches this will go vote and review some stuff.
Thanks, Tom! ;3
Yep, it'd be great if people went out of their way to go and vote and review more stuff because of this. That was my goal with this, to make something great and get people to appreciate everything on Newgrounds.
The voices, the animation, the gestures and all the subtle details... Perfection!
Excellent storytelling! Both your movies so far are great.
This became strangely addictive, trying to find the best place to spawn my next guy and making sure I spawned him AS SOON as it was possible to do so. I feel like this is on to something, if there were a few more deterministic things a player could do between rounds to improve his odds... Travel a world map to battle increasingly powerful hoards...
I'm saving those features for the sequel! I want to release a game each month this year, where each game builds off of the previous game, but for now, I think its therapeutic to just get a game out the door :)
newgrounds.com — Your #1 online entertainment & artist community! All your base are belong to us.