You are a star that jumps (video gaming).
Move: arrows or ESDF
Addition options in menu (P/Enter):
- Adjust wobble intensity
- Show timer
- Skip screen
- Reset progress
Big thanks to friends and twitter pals for the testing, support and feedback <3
That was really cool! A nice progression of game mechanics that really mesh well together, combined with an art style that rules. I was really surprised by how much more natural the EDSF controls were for me, but I guess that's to be expected considering the large amount of time I've spent using WASD controls.
The aesthetics, sound effects, and soundtrack are lovely, and some of the mechanics were pretty interesting too. I thought the interactions of the breakable platforms with the red balloons was a neat wrinkle, as were the togglable floor/walls.
I did have a few issues tho:
- Something about the timing of the breakable platform spawners was very frustrating for me; it seemed like some of them just didn't have an optimal pattern at all (especially the 4 columns one, and to a lesser extent the one with 3 rotating spawners). Having the emitters blink or pulse right before spawning one might help a little since it would give a clear visual tell to time your actions from.
- I also kept getting tripped up by the fact you can only autojump on breakable platforms - I feel like it's confusing to have to press the button each time you want to jump from a white platform but can hold it down to jump continuously from the breakable ones, and it messes with the gameplay flow a little every time you have to switch between them. I'd greatly prefer being able to hold the button down to continually jump from any surface.
Love this game. Didn't know what to expect going in, I really like the difficulty curve in this, lots of precision platformers just go far too hard too soon. The art style is really cool, I appreciated being able to adjust the wobble effect, the default wobble was a bit too much for me. The soundtrack was great too, I haven't played any other Pico-8 games that had 'external' soundtracks, but it really fit well for the game. Great stuff. :)
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