The Shopkeeper Vs. Demon Award for Making Me Swear At My Screen
Arowx says ...
Found the pylon alignment a bit odd, hard to see which way they were going to align!? Like it!
LunarCrisis says ...
This was fun =). I particularly like the particle motion, it's very soothing.
The only thing I had trouble with was telling when things were destroyed, It would be nice for there to be some sort visual and aural feedback.
Radix says ...
This is pretty great.
I wish I'd looked at the readme and known that I could zoom.
Endurion says ...
Quite tough, i'm struggling at the second stage already.
agj says ...
Wow, tough. I did beat it, though! There was a lot of micromanagement involved in this game.
ondrew says ...
I managed to get to the fourth level, but then it became more about speed and less about puzzle.
Very nice atmosphere.
NiallM says ...
Wow, this is great! The first entry I've played that really grabbed my attention. I'm absolutely terrible at it though - I've only made it to level 2.
5parrowhawk says ...
Won. That was rough.
You win the award for "Only LD14 Game To Make Me Swear At My Screen", as soon as I get off my lazy butt and make it. Also, the only game to never get less than a 4 in any relevant category.
This is really excellent. It's not just about arcade-speed, although that is needed, but there's a certain economy of movement that the game stimulates - it has its own aesthetic of play. I am awed and humbled.
callidus says ...
wow that was a hard game, very well made and great idea! well done.
0rel says ...
very interesting game! difficult, and engaging in a positive way. genre: abstract realtime strategy puzzle? innovative... high entry level: it's difficult to get into the game on first try, despite the simplicity of the interface. but the rewards are real, once one solved a level, and sort of meaningful! universal patterns? deep gameplay. not shallow easy fun at all. a very impressive achievement for 48h! technically, as well as design wise. the presentation and the background story make sense too. this is great, really.
hmm, but first i didn't know what to write... cause i gave up several times, i couldn't get something out beside the nice space grids and music. - it needs really some dedication, like playing chess somehow. or any other good game. that's probably also the main problem. the difficutly curve is steep and starts already quite high. but i got into the last level right before, and it was a good experience... didn't felt like "wasted time", like playing many many other games does. (hmm, i accidently pressed esc twice there! ahh!). -- what could help to make playing easier would be maybe a 2-phase gameplay, i thought. taking the realtime aspect out, and construct the fences in save mode, but that wouldn't be as much fun... the last level is quite hard in that respect, the first couple of seconds really decide how it turns out, that's probably the biggest "gamplay bottleneck" i've spotted. but you have to replay the level anyway, so it's not really bad. - i like the idea to search for dynamic patterns, playing has it's own aesthetics, and the insights on structure/strategy can really make playing games a good thing! but it took a while to think like that about the game... what's not a bad sign, though. impressive!, i'll come back to it... will be interesting to see how long it will take till my neurons will break the first grids again :)
Entar says ...
Very cool, could use just a bit more polish maybe.
DrPetter says ...
I could only play it once. When I tried starting my second game I just got a frozen game screen. This happened even if I restarted the application.
I didn't manage to figure out how the barriers worked. I placed a good number of pylons but only at the very end did I manage to get any swirling particles, which I suppose I should have had from the start. The barriers seemed rather useless without them. Anyway, I can't seem to play anymore, so nyah!
(soundtrack made me want to play Metroid Fusion... overall very good polish/presentation)
jhauberg says ...
Very neat game. I liked the background music a lot, it was very fitting.
I didn't like the rmb-click-on-tile navigation. I felt like it would have worked a lot better if you could scroll by hovering the mouse cursor at the edges of the screen.
For me, the game itself got very difficult in lvl3, and, as noted by ondrew, the game lost the relaxed puzzle feel that I felt the first levels had.
I would also have liked a visual cue as to whether or not a pylon would be aligned with any other pylons before placing them.
SethR says ...
This is really good... I couldn't quite click fast enough to pass level 5. Good progression of difficulty with the levels.
I would have liked to see perhaps some kind of indicator to show a weak wall, like pulsing red or something.
Nice game, music added a lot!
scionkiller says ...
Great game, one of the best I've reviewed so far!
greencow says ...
whew, took some time to triumph in this one. 20 second hold time is excruciating. nice ambience.
HybridMind says ...
I read the readme and I still really don't get what strategy this game is supposed to use. It doesn't provide enough feedback in my opinion for me to determine what strategies are good or bad.
I was able to brute force my way past level 1 but get annihilated on level 2. I then went back and played level 1 a bunch to try and determine how it works but I still can't figure it out.
I would love to read a writeup or watch a youtube video on how this game is supposed to work from someone who is good at it.
Seems like people have really enjoyed it so I want to know what I'm missing.
Music is nice and ambient. The graphics are well polished and fit. The background story adds a sufficient wrapper.
Doches says ...
My only problem is the right-click-to-move-to business. And really, if that's my only problem you must be doing something right.