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by Cake&Code - Jam Entry

Pow! Pow! Pow!
aka; A Game About a 16mm Hero Who Fights Off Invading Aliens
from Supersizing His Home Planet

You play as the leader of the faraway small-sized planet Pipbit
who sets out to kick out invading aliens from supersizing and
completely taking over his home planet.

With your powers of Minification and your army of micro-fighters,
go out and get rid of these invaders and restore your home back to
its rightful small state.

This was made by....
Matias Giachino (Zeik) : Coder extraordinaire.
Christina Pham (Cake / microcake): Artist, UI Designer, and Level designer.
-Photoshop (level design and raster work)
-Illustrator (raw artwork)
-InDesign (level layout)
-Dreamweaver (level creation via XML)

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23 says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:46pm

This is absolutely gorgeous. I almost have to give it full marks on the strength of the graphics alone.

Unfortunately, it's a little too hard - I have a lot of trouble making jumps even once I figure out the timing. It might be easier if there were fewer small gaps to fall down and if gravity were a bit softer.

Also, a smaller issue, but I wish the punch had more of a visual indicator (or sound effect).

caranha says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 12:53pm

That was a very good looking game, thank you! The general idea is also really cute. I found myself immersed in the mood while playing this.

That said, the controls are a bit unresponsive. Timing the jumps with the unminimization is really hard, specially because the item takes a bit of time to pop out even after the "aura" had disappeared.

Thanks for the nice looking game!

robbiehunt says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:12pm

Definitely gorgeous game. But the cuteness sort of masks how difficult this.

But I think that's okay. Hard games are good as long as their not torture for the user. I liked it.

spooks says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 2:59pm

The art style is really well done and great audio! That said, I found the controls to be a bit unpredictable

Hazard says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:02pm

Amazing Art-Style, but fiddly controls. It feels a bit odd that you have to hit objects multiple times before anything happens. A smooth shrinking animation with every hit could improve that.

Cake&Code says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:17pm

Thanks everyone! We really appreciate the comments and critiques. You can blame any level-based difficulty on Cake. :)

For our post-mortem we'll probably add in easy levels at the beginning so people can ease into the gameplay, and we'll tweak the controls for better results as well.

Keep 'em coming!

madpew says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:54pm

First, please add Y as an equivalent for Z for us non-english-layout users so we can properly play. Second, it's really hard to dodge the bullets while trying to shoot the "bumpers" and getting the timing right. maybe reduce the shooting-frequenzy. I dunno. I gave up after the 4th Bumper. :/

madpew says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:54pm

But I like the artstyle and the music. Too bad there is so little SFX going on besides to that.

bms says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:02pm

Love the art, but gameplay was a bit odd for me.

Alex Gilday says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:17pm

I love it! The graphics are great, the story is nice, the controls are usable and it's fun! I wish you good luck, I think this will go far :D

totorotonio says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 9:55pm

good graphics but the gameplay is not really good.

Jacic says ...
Apr 23, 2012 @ 10:48pm

Amazing art and sound, fun to play, you nailed it! :D

Peter Cooper says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 1:53am

Definitely a nice focus on the design, as other people have said :-) It's odd to see a game that has such nice "design" although the art is quite simple.

BenW says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 2:01am

It looks great and the music is really nice. Unfortunately the fact that there were no sound effects and that the jump timing was so difficult made this a chore to play. I feel like it would be really good with some gameplay tweaks.

chambers says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:59am

I found it kind of boring to wait for the stuff to grow to the right size to use them as jump. I like the art style and the game name a lot XD

ccscanf says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 3:18pm

Nice Art.

Keirua says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:02pm

That's really not an easy game, but the art is among the best I've seen in the indie game world

Darkfrost says ...
Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:20pm

Very nice! The art style was unique, beautiful, and yet strange! It was pretty difficult, but I managed to finish it (Atleast, I think I finished it? I got to to the end of the stage where it wouldn't scroll anymore ,but there was no kind of end? :p)

Good fun, some sound effects might have made it a lot more immersive though!

gritfish says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 12:51am

I think the two-step growing could be chucked out, and have the "springs" just snap right back to full size.
Sound effects would have been nice, but the graphics really steal the show on this one, the translucent style you guys went for is really cool. I couldn't get past the bit where there was a mushroom, and then a floating platform with spikes, but it's a really solid, great looking platformer.

Apr 25, 2012 @ 7:55am

Lovely graphics, nice mechanic with the shrinking and flinging. The platforming did feel a little off - I really like what Scott Rogers has to say about making great feeling platformers: http://mrbossdesign.blogspot.com.au/2008/10/platformer-primer.html . Cheers!

GreyShock says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 11:00am

Nice design and graphics :3 About the gameplay, i got killed a lot and I don't get the difference between firing and punching :O Great job anyway :)

Daniel says ...
Apr 25, 2012 @ 2:41pm

Nice idea and the mood is very cute.

davidllanos22 says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:37am

Quite difficult! Nice graphics and story! ;)

KevinWorkman says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:58am

Very pretty game, interesting mechanic with shrinking things to solve puzzles. Could easily by made into a more full game. Well done.

robcozzens says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:33am

Looks fantastic! The controls didn't feel as good as the game looked though.

moonmagic says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:46am

The art in this game is gorgeous, and the sound felt mostly appropriate (the blip when shooting is slightly jarring; a more melodious shot would have felt better to me). I understand that movement was probably limited to emphasize the smallness of the protagonist, but I wanted to explore the weird shapes in this world, and I was frustrated at the rate of my progress. Moving felt slippery.

I also realize the text is probably placeholder, but I definitely think less is more, here. The art and music are so compelling, the less exposition in the game, the less likely it is that the mood will be disrupted.

edbadiux says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 4:57am

I REALLY liked the direction and art style of this game. Really good looking =).

neocrey says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:50am

Very nice graphics and mood of the game. Gameplay is addictive and simple. Nice ^_^

Apr 26, 2012 @ 5:57am

Beautiful graphics. Gameplay could be a bit punchier, though.

liger13 says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:10am

Really good entry. It's amazing how you got all the sound and looks and gameplay working really well together in such a short amount of time. It's a bit hard, but the continues made it a lot more enjoyable.

marudziik says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 9:32am

Looks really nice, feels very consistent, but is hard as hell - to the point where it's being almost unfair. Almost, because I can continue as many times as I want, which is good. I was able to finish it, but it was a little frustrating (not realising I could shoot the spikes was also the issue here). Kinda short.

RandomOutput says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 3:12pm

As everyone else has said, the art is beautiful! Agree that the timing bits, where I'm shooting and dodging are difficult. I think its primarily the repetition within a single challenge. If perhaps it took fewer shots to shrink an object it would alleviate some of the frustration. Great work though, its beautiful and I much enjoyed playing.

01101101 says ...
Apr 26, 2012 @ 7:37pm

I really like the art, so fresh and neat! :) Nice job, congrats to you two!

Rabbits... says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 5:29am

definitely a strange game...I like it though

TenTonToon says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 6:37am

Beautiful and moody, with a great sense of style.
The game parts, though, are a bit lacking. The controls are a bit unresponsive, and the rhythm of the action is a little bit strange. It is also quite unforgiving - maybe you should ease the player's introduction to the core mechanics.

BlackDogg says ...
Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:38pm

I'm not going to be really original with my comments, I like the art (but a bit more in the introduction, it seems different, I don't know if it's real or just me) but the controls made the game harder the it should be.

Kendja says ...
Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:21am

The art style is amazing. But the game is quite hard. May be it's controls or something.

jeffz says ...
Apr 29, 2012 @ 4:36am

The music sounded generative, like one of those cell based music making programs, I think it worked. The artwork was lovely but the gameplay felt a little empty, would have benefited from some sound effects. 5/5 for graphics.

Andrew says ...
Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:50pm

Great visuals and interesting mechanic, but unfortunately the sound got annoying really fast.

Niavlys says ...
May 1, 2012 @ 8:45pm

Really hard to play, it was difficult for me to get into the game. Beautiful graphics and music, but not enough fun.

gregdevice says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 5:28am

The art was fantastic! It made the whole thing work for me.

Birchmountain says ...
May 3, 2012 @ 7:19am

Cool gameplay, a little hard to use the "growing stuff" to jump higher sometimes. But what really made the experience great was the art. Well done!

deejorg says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 3:36am

Graphics are gorgeous and the story/ introduction really gets me excited to play but the gameplay seems a little slow and hard. The checkpoints happening often was a good balance with the difficulty. Nevertheless i really liked it!

ragnister says ...
May 4, 2012 @ 4:41pm

Everything's fine, but the gameplay could be better!

MadGnomeGamer says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 9:33pm

What the...I forgot to rate this one, even after putting it on my favourite games list! Lol. I'll fix that now. Great art btw.

ratking says ...
May 7, 2012 @ 10:05pm

The graphics are just awesome!!! Impressive overall look.
The controls worked a bit hard, because in german keyboards the Z is were your Y is :/

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