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by Joszs - Competition Entry

Speculum is a small platform game. Your task is to rescue the empire by defeating the evil robot king in the east. You are given the magic shield to help you on your journey.

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zlash says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 2:27pm

I made it to the robot boss, but after some attempts, I couldn't beat it. Otherwise, it was fun!

crackerblocks says ...
May 2, 2011 @ 11:32pm

cool concept. couldn't beat the boss either. not much room for mistakes.

Covenant says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 12:05pm

Yep, same as previous, but very cool game! :)

Jhelle says ...
May 3, 2011 @ 7:03pm

Beat the boss by huggin a corner. Nice game !

Dan C says ...
May 5, 2011 @ 8:01pm

Lovely graphics, and some clever gameplay mechanics.

I really like the design and rolling animation of the main character and friendly NPCs :).

I'm also very impressed with how much you managed to get done in such a short time.

I found it too slow-paced to be fun, though, and the music is a little atonal for my taste. Also, the interpretation of the theme is too literal to be interesting, but at least you didn't make a Zelda clone.

The choice of name is... odd.

May 5, 2011 @ 11:12pm

Oh man this was great! With a few more cannon types, some extra levels, a couple of sub-bosses this could really have legs.

Great work, and congrats on finishing!

qrunchmonkey says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 3:36am

I too couldn't beat the boss. There doesn't seem to be a great angle to reflect the shots back at him. I think I got a few hits, but it seemed pretty random.

elbowroom says ...
May 6, 2011 @ 11:20am

I really enjoyed this rather easy game and then I got to the boss and oh my that was challenging.
I loved the graphics and ambiance, the music contributed to the relaxing feeling. The game is well made, the boss is a big difficulty spike but it can be defeated with planning so it gets two thumbs up.
Overall a very lovely game.

I think there are some minor issues with the mouse control over the blue shield, it is especially noticeable when the *spoiler*

last boss turrets are firing rapidly from both directions.

eli says ...
May 7, 2011 @ 12:32pm

Destructible walls ... boss fight ... a rolling protagonist ... what more could you want???!

Great clean tileset, fun mechanic. I especially liked the multiple heights to the level (ie. underground) - it was pretty surprising.

Not a hard game, but I don't know if how I won was "right".

Frib says ...
May 9, 2011 @ 12:32pm

Cool mechanic, but aiming was a little hard at times, especially at the boss. But maybe that's a good thing, or else it would be too easy. Very enjoyable to play, though. Good job.

quickfingers says ...
May 13, 2011 @ 10:38pm

I really enjoyed it! Managed to beat the boss aswell, just hid myself in the right corner of the room and it was easy enough. Charming game though, shame the music was so off key, kind of grated after a while, but still think it's better than just having silence

Jesse Chand says ...
May 18, 2011 @ 1:53am

The graphics remind me a bit of Rolando. XD

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