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by Wan - Compo Entry

SQUIRCLE(1) _______________________ squircle man page _______________________ SQUIRCLE(1)


Hi! I'm Wan and a made a little platfoÂÃ

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squircle [options]

-s, --sound | Enable sound (currently not implemented)
-d, --download-state-of-the-art-graphics | Enables high-quality graphics. Must be set on first launch to prevent errors during startup.


Chrome.......... OK
Firefox.......... OK
IE9.......... Blurry, but OK if you were short-sighted anyway


- Prevented the page from scrolling when pressing keys
- Fixed game-breaking collision issue on laggy computers

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qikcik says ...
Apr 17, 2016 @ 8:07pm

Nice :D

IvanFon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:25am


GodsBoss says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:31pm

In the second level, the square gets stuck after moving up, down or left, so I can't complete it. :-(

Firefox 45.0.2 on Debian Linux 8.4.

LandoSystems says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:40am

Awesome game. Loved the humor. I am sad I didn't get to see the squircle and triangle love child.

Great job!

pythong says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:20am

would have loved to see the combination with the triangle :) good job!

Wan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:30am

Thanks for the positive feedback! It's always nice to have people finish your game :)

@GodsBoss: I made a couple tests (on Ubuntu) but couldn't reproduce your issue, sorry. While the square can (rarely) get stuck, pressing R to restart the level normally fixes it. If the whole game got stuck you may have had a JS error?

Manou says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:40am

Excellent game 5*

SuperIzzo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:39pm

Amazing. This game deserves a sequel. 5*

undefinist says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:42pm

Sweet game! At first reminded me of Thomas Was Alone. Same as the above person, wanted the game to go one with the triangle.

CasualCat says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:47pm

Ohh my gosh that was sooo cute! The intro actually made me laugh and this is the first game with a story so far. And its a good one (for a game made in 48 hours)! At first some of the platforming was kinda "eh", but once I got the hang of it and was introduced to the other mechanics, I was impressed. The story was really creative and SUPER cute. Your humor is really good you must be a pretty good writer or something. I had a fun, one of the best submissions so far IMO. And even though you used simple shapes, you polished everything up really well, the animated background, the boxes that floated when you were the square. The puzzles were nice and easy to progress the story but hard enough and had form that I had to think a lil' for a few of em' I would love to see what else you can do!

Daukan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:47pm

I like the puzzles. The game finished kind of quick however. I think you could make a lot of fun levels building on this concept.

GodsBoss says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:51pm

@Wan: I pressed 'R' plenty of times, the level did reset, but the square got stuck after one move every time.

Will try again at home, I'm now at work and was able to play (and win) the game, a great one for sure.

jollyserpent says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:58pm

It ends on such a cliffhanger. :( In all seriousness, a very entertaining game. Now I want more!

Chikoness says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:23pm

Oooooh, definitely felt the Thomas was Alone vibe there! However this one has a different feel to it, and it's a good feel! Very humorous game, great great job!

Ayawaska says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:49pm

It makes a trisquircle? :)
Had a good time. Great mood!

DivineOmega says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:54pm

All Hail Squircle. Kind of the shapes.

I really liked this game. Great narrative and good 'loading/downgrading' of the graphics. The humour was right up my street.

The gameplay was just complex enough to be interesting, while maintaining a simplicity that suited the game well.

lonewookie says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:11pm

I love this game! Awesome mechanics. I was a little disappointed at the end though. I was hoping for a Squarcangle!

Naca says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:37pm

Well done! Best game I've seen for now. Fun and simple, and it made me smile. It's a pity it does not have a little bit of sound, but hey, take it with humor :D

Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:04pm

I'll begin by saying I came here after you posted to our game. You asked how we did the curved wall. I posted a reply on our game's thread referencing you to the source. Basically, we keep an array of points for each of the walls, then do deltaY * e^(x^2) on all points when a drag happens.

I must say I really enjoyed the story. Subtle irony with respect to conventional love stories and a proper cliffhanger. The mood could be complemented with some sound, but I felt the story broke through and immersed me.

Overall, it was a nice experience, but in the beginning it was a bit frustrating.

I had some issues with the controls. I couldn't figure out how to jump with Circle. It wasn't immediately obvious that you jump more if you're horizontally moving. Also, occasionally, Square wouldn't go to the edge. It would stop almost there leaving me a bit stuck. Somehow the controls felt a bit fidgety in the end.

PinkIndian says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:50pm

Neat! The story element reminded me of Thomas was Alone :) Really well done! Extra points for the humor.

Matzigon says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:18pm

Great job, funny story, nice round experience. :) Well done!

Cosine says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:12am

Really enjoyed the game. Loved the overall aesthetic, humour, and mood. The square platforming was a lot of fun, it was the first introduction of some amount of puzzle, I especially liked that first level where you had to figure out how to use the square. I would have liked to see more! Really nice polish, great game overall.

curtamyth says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:57am

Awesome, favorite game I've played so far :)

josemwarrior says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:28pm

About your comment: It's very nice that you remember my comment about get stucked :DD Thank you for your appreciation of physics, it was very difficult. I see that you also handled it very well.

About your game: I completed the 17 levels. I have fallen in love with your game. I like the little story of love, and how they complement each other and have to change shape to solve a cleverly designed puzzles. Very funny when loaded graphics. 5/5

kariamoss says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:42pm

Good game! :)

euske says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:58am

Very nicely done! Lovely story.

markusfisch says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:44pm

Cool game! Played all the levels!

Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:37am

I couldn't figure out how to jump as I needed, so I got stuck. 8<

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:57pm

Really nicely done. Great, funny writing, and some interesting uses of the combined mechanics. Nice job!!

puppetmaster says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:24pm

Amazing!! What a great puzzle game! 5* for theme implementation. Congrats for your very cool game!

Studiosaurus says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:44pm

Fantastic entry! I probably would have considered giving 4 overall for the lack of audio, but that intro more than makes up for it. The graphics were minimal, sure, but that's sort of the only way I'd expect a game about geometric shapes to be. It's a funny, well presented, fun platformer with a great narrative and a really nice pace, and really charming. It's also the first game I'm giving 5 across the board :)

Togimaro says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:32pm

Just fantastic!
Absolutely brilliant narration, great level design idea, cute assets, really good work :)

PS disable the scroll on space key in your javascript, it's a little disturbing on little screen and it prevents me to see the top of the levels when I switch shape

Wan says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 8:55am

@Togimaro You're right, I just fixed it.

Again thanks for all the nice comments. Actually I didn't expect that most people would take the time to read and enjoy the story... How the writing turned out to be the most praised aspect of the game is a very interesting lesson!

Erkberg says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:56am

Awesome game! Really liked the gameplay and totally loved the humor. My only complaint would be the absence of audio. Great job overall!

Togimaro says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 4:44pm

Thanks for the scroll update :)

Steven Pinto says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 10:04am

Wow! i must, this is a really good game.. lol i actually finished it and played till the end xD..
Over all i just loved the game form the start to the way it ended nicely done :D. Also the level design and the way you introduced the characters was simply awesome.
The feed backs, the way the BG changes..nice :D Although i wish there was sound but.. i understand :p anyway all the best.. great entry keep up the good work (:

rnlf says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 9:17pm

Great game! Reminds me a lot of Thomas was Alone, just in funny. The writing was great, especially the very last thing :D

The graphics are just perfect for this game, the mechanics work flawlessy. Too bad it didn't have sound.

Also +1 for a game with terminal emulation for story telling, I did that last time :D

rhastapunk says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 7:35am

Wow, really really interesting entry, one of the best I played. GJ there, I miss some audio :__(

AinoraZ says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 7:57pm

I didn't get to see the love baby of a squircle and a triangle :c

Azumiar says ...
May 13, 2016 @ 2:09pm

Awesome game!!!

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