NeonPlat Adventures is a platform game featuring PlatDude, character known from earlier jayenkai's games.
NeonPlat Adventures includes Calendar system. When you first run the game you can choose present day or any day from the past (but never one from the future) and you will play a set of four pseudo-randomly generated levels. The set stays fixed for each day, so you can try to beat it later if it happened to be too hard or simply replay it as many times as you wish for better score.
Game itself is Mario-style jump'n'run with huge variety of differently acting enemies, three kind of "flowers" to be thrown at them (they either instantly kill them, freeze them or trap them in bubbles), level bosses and multitude of bonuses and power-ups which vary depending on what you collect or which enemy and it what way you killed. There is little information what does what, so you must either discover things yourself or search the web for hints.
NeonPlat Adventures is currently available for Windows, Mac and Linux, however the are plans for iOS port.
How about a game where the tutorial guides you through a really simple generic level with nothing to kill you.. and then instantly tosses you into a death filled arena with 1,000 bad guys with giant lazers, and deadly mines everywhere!!!
I think a tutorial which ends up being the game's most difficult level would be pretty cool.
Ideas worthy of Peter Molydeux. Whose twitter account was shut down by baddies of this world, just a couple days ago.
Zyx : I think a tutorial which ends up being the game's most difficult level would be pretty cool.
jayenkai : AGameAWeek Year 4 will be starting off in a very silly mood, at this rate!
... meanwhile.. One of these will kill you (not a gamey-enough game for my liking, but you DEFINITELY can't complain about a lack of instructions!!)
Pater Alf : Nice idea! Or how about a tutorial that explains lots of stuff and moves that you will never need in the actual game? Or a game that only consists of the tutorial (End sequence: And now that you know how to play this game, go and play something else!")?
jayenkai : My ranting whinging mind is definitely having a lot of fun with this Tutorial malarkey, coming up with really evil sadistic gameplay mechanics just to throw the player..
Half of me wants to do it, and be mean and evil..
.. the other half's going "now now, Jay, don't be silly!!"
.. hmm.. How about a game where the tutorial guides you through a really simple generic level with nothing to kill you.. and then instantly tosses you into a death filled arena with 1,000 bad guys with giant lazers, and deadly mines everywhere!!!
Great rant, jayenkai! I hate tutorials that assume that the players are complete idiots and even explain that you have to use the cursor keys to move your character around. So I had a good laugh when I read your blog.
About the game: I like it a lot. It's made in your typical style, but it's much more complex than most of the stuff you did before. And it strictly follows your "level 6 rule" (or whatever you called it) which means you are thrown into the game without a warning and many things start to happen at the same time and you have to react and learn quickly to survive for a longer time (which is probably the reason why people cry for a tutorial). And some of the bosses are really great (I like the invisible one). Hard to beat, but yet fair once you found a strategy.
I took my time, and I loved every single minute of development.
At no point did it get stuck, everything flowed wonderfully, and all the parts fell fantastically into place.
Even the thought of having to add 50 baddies*, each with a little power up* didn't phase me, and with a few random ideas and old AGameAWeek character theft, it all got smushed together pretty well.
Having said that, I'm now in the middle of converting it over to iOS, and that's certainly not a happy joyous experience. Dang thing's winding me up like crazy.
Couple that with the depressingly crap lack of interest in the game, and.. yeah, this is the struggly bit of this project, I think!
Your enjoyment pushes me onwards!
(releasing a 2D SuperMarioLand style platformer at the same time that Nintendo releases a 3D SuperMarioLand style platformer probably doesn't help!.. And Skyrim's taking folk away, too.. damn you professional games!! grr!!!)
Over on the NeonPlat Minisite I popped a bunch of little Handy Hints. I've actually been throwing random tidbits on twitter, too, so I figured it'd be nice to have them collected onto a page somewhere.
I'm trying not to reveal too much, though. With the calendar setup, and all those little pickups to discover, it's meant to be one of those "lots to learn, lots to do, play and see, take a peek" kind of things.
I used to LOVE doing that. Really gets you into the game, trying different things..
..but people DO keep asking about it..
I'm getting the feeling, lately, that all these long lengthy tutorials in games are starting to have an adverse effect on the player's ability to play games properly, learning things as they go.
When EVEN NINTENDO start shoving "how to jump over this hole" type tutorials, you know something's really quite wrong in the world of gaming.. .. I got quite whingy/ranty about that, yesterday!
Anyhoo, thanks for the thanks. I'll plod ahead on the iOS crazy stuff.
Today's task, converting all that nasty AI stuff.
.. A long day ahead..
March 10th <-- MAR10!
* There's only 49 baddies, but NeonPlat counts, too, so that's 50! .. oh, and the bosses don't act as powerups, so I didn't have to think up any for those guys!
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