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The fastest flinger in the west

Version 1.6.1

Description

You are the new sherrif in town, and due to budget cuts, they sadly cant afford to give you a gun, so you'll have to do with a sling and the rocks you can find. Shoot yourself through hordes of outlaws whilst trying to be as economical as possible!

Cart #westernflinger-9 | 2022-08-02 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License
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Info

Aight, i've been doing some work on a game now, and this is the first version of it!
There is no music as i am an incompetent developer, but that shouldnt be too bad, right?

The game is about you being a sheriff with a rock slinger, and your goal is just to defeat massive amounts of criminals.
The game is theoretically impossible to beat but sooner or later you should hit some limits like ram etc.

Native downloads
itch.io page

I hope it isnt too bad, and i am open for any feedback!

Update 1.0

  • Added sound effects
  • Added rock throwing mechanics
  • Added player control
  • Added enemies
  • Added main menu
  • Added death
  • Added player
  • Really, added the game

Update 1.1

  • Added screen shake
  • Added death SFX

Update 1.2

  • Added a whole bunch of new kill SFX
  • Added 3 new enemies for a total of 4
    [32x8]
  • Killing multiple enemies with one stone will now grant you score multipliers
  • Enemies with higher difficulty will grant higher multipliers but also move a lot faster
  • Added version to the main menu
  • Updated menu text
  • Tweaked screen shake
  • Multipliers now also increase screen shake

Update 1.3

  • Added enemy death particles
  • Fixed so that the player cannot leave the screen

Update 1.4

  • Added new enemy: boss, for a total of 5
    [8x8]
  • New main menu
  • Added high score
  • Added score reset option in the pause menu(pico-8 machine)

Update 1.4.1

  • It now shows multipliers even at stage 1
  • Did not update the main menu text

Update 1.5

HIGH SCORE RESET!

  • Fixed the particle system
  • Screen shake tweaks
  • Added small intro
  • Rock destruction changes

Update 1.6

HIGH SCORE RESET!

  • Added 2 new enemies, the rancher, and the gunman!
    [16x8]
  • Updated game ID
  • Fixed some minor bugs
  • Secret changes(as usual)

Update 1.6.1

  • Tweaked boss speed
P#115055 2022-07-31 10:15 ( Edited 2022-08-02 19:45)

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This is a great start! I had fun playing. The thing that really hooked me was setting up combos, trying to whack multiple outlaws with one rock. That, to me, is where the gold in your game is, so you should emphasize the heck out of that - combo multipliers, bigger shake when you hit a combo, wacky combo sound effects, etc. Just amp up the rewards for a multi-hit combo and people will want to see how big they can go.

Otherwise, maybe some different sprites for the outlaws (even just black hats?) would be cool, and maybe even different outlaw types (like a guy on a horse who's faster but less maneuverable or something) and some environmental bits (cactus, tumbleweeds that blow through, etc.) But I think you're onto something fun here, so keep at it!

P#115057 2022-07-31 11:23
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thanks a lot for the feedback! I am looking into the things you said, and i hope to get it real good!

P#115059 2022-07-31 11:27

To make it clear, the official names of the enemies are now
1 - Rookie
2 - Robber
3 - Dalton
4 - Professional

P#115061 2022-07-31 12:31

The different enemy speeds make such a difference! Now you have to think more about positioning instead of just camping out and firing. This is coming along nicely!

P#115063 2022-07-31 14:14

I managed to get a score of 75, @khhs. When I first started playing this I thought the angle the rock is at is the angle it would be launched.

No, it is about 90 degrees additional counter-clockwise, correct angle for a human to be flinging. And that's not easy for the brain to do.

Superb action game, multiple and different personalities to enemies. All in all a gold star game. Well done !

P#115068 2022-07-31 17:28

Thanks a lot for the compliments @dw817! Makes me really happy!

P#115071 2022-07-31 18:19

@khhs
A fun addictive arcade style game. I love it! It presents an interesting strategy choice: Wait for more enemies to get multipliers and risk being swarmed? Or play it safe at the cost of speed? Keep up the good work! As for music, look at Gruber's stuff, you could take something from there https://www.lexaloffle.com/bbs/?uid=11292

Also some ideas:
Powerups. Such as faster rocks or rock regeneration, spread of rocks, bigger rocks, briefly freeze all enemies etc. Also, an enemy that shoots projectiles would also be cool.

I look forward to future updates! Keep up the good work!

P#115079 2022-07-31 20:33 ( Edited 2022-07-31 20:34)

what.

P#115095 2022-08-01 08:01

It's a bot. Marked as spam. RaphaelHelen's comment is a replica your earlier one. The profile has no posts.

P#115097 2022-08-01 11:30

So, i am now working on a new feature, i am unsure of how well it will work, so it might not make it. This gif will be the teaser for now!

If it seems like a good idea (from what you've seen), i might release a dev build with a link. Currently letting a person playtest, and we'll see how the feedback seems.

Powerups are still in the "hmm" phase btw, thinking about them and how they'll fit.

P#115128 2022-08-01 19:32

@khhs
Is the rock actually traveling faster? or is just the spinning increased? The quick spin probably isn't great because it makes aiming a lot more erratic.
Also, perhaps power-ups could be a separate mode if you feel they don't quite fit with the vanilla game. I'm interested to see where you take this. Keep tinkering!

Also as a side note, have you considered my other suggestion, an enemy that shoots projectiles? I personally think it would fit well with the overall flavor and gameplay.

P#115130 2022-08-01 20:31

@MLGDuckboi
I've got a dev build, if you(or anyone) wants to try. You'll discover what the spin does quickly if you play some!

Cart #westernflinger_dev-0 | 2022-08-01 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

Edit: Maybe try to spin into some outlaws? ;)

P#115133 2022-08-01 21:39 ( Edited 2022-08-01 21:40)

Bludgeoning? 👀

In all seriousness though, something still feels a little off about it. Perhaps hold X to charge a fast shot? Dunno.

P#115138 2022-08-02 00:16

Aight, another version, removed spinning and added a new enemy, calling it the rancher. You'll see what it does.

Cart #westernflinger_dev2-0 | 2022-08-02 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

P#115147 2022-08-02 09:27

FYI The rancher is just me testing enemies with special abilities, if it is a well received enemy i'll keep it and make a new one with a gun, otherwise i'll make the rancher a gunner.

P#115149 2022-08-02 09:39

I like it! It fits the game well. You can leave alive it to rack up combos, or kill it avoid the risk. Keep up the good work!

P#115151 2022-08-02 11:01

aight, I’ll do some more work and then I might be able to push a 1.6 update. If there are any bugs or something that feels off, unfair or unbalanced, just tell me and I’ll look into it.

P#115152 2022-08-02 11:50

Lets go!
I think i'll do a couple more updates before releasing 2.0.
My idea of 2.0 is for that to be like, a finished version of the game, with all things in place! Hopefully i can write together a port for android and IOS as well, although IOS ports might not be possible as of right now due to, well, technical limitations.
Other than that, i hope everyone liked the new enemies, and patches are always possible if something isnt as good as it can be!

P#115159 2022-08-02 14:40 ( Edited 2022-08-02 14:40)

The new enemies are amazing! I love them! I think the one thing I'd change/balance is the boss. It's not really fun to have an enemy that barrels out of nowhere and kills you. Probably either make it slightly slower than the player or make it dash in short spurts so you can get some breathing room. Seriously though, great job so far.

P#115163 2022-08-02 17:30

I looked into the boss and, we’ll, it is a hard balance, I’ll do some work in the decimals, as the current speed of 8 is too fast and speed 7 is like a snail

P#115166 2022-08-02 18:00

I left this project behind for quite some time, but got around to remaking it with better code!
Here is how it looks rn. Somewhat bland, yes.

P#120162 2022-11-05 19:40

Alright. More work is being done! I've gotten in the main gameplay elements already, and now it is time to polish up and add content, sound effects etc. Planning on some big features!

P#120223 2022-11-06 19:44

Aight. More features are in the works. Meanwhile I've got y'all a beta-test-build-thing.
lol.

Cart #dorikopozo-0 | 2022-11-07 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

EDIT: Wait wait sorry that was me testing lol.

EDIT 2: Here is an updated copy

Cart #dorikopozo-1 | 2022-11-07 | Code ▽ | Embed ▽ | No License

P#120277 2022-11-07 19:48 ( Edited 2022-11-07 19:50)

Thread Dead o_O

P#120911 2022-11-18 15:54

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