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Caustic [SE Beta 9]

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 00:50
by QwertymanO07
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You have been captured! The guards found you sneaking about the forest, and promptly arrested you for possible treasonous behavior. As they toss you into a small dugout, you see a couple of pale, bulbous creatures leaving a trail of purple sludge that smells like a gastroenterologist's worst nightmare. One of the guards swipes one of its tentacles against a ramshackle wooden door in the dugout, closing it and locking you in. It's been a while since then...

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Not all of these are in the mappack demo; in fact, most of them aren't.
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Features
  • Puzzling platforming and portalling gameplay
  • Five levels of terror
  • All new enemies custom-built for the mappack
  • Beautiful tiles and graphics
Notice
This is not a final product. It's more of a proof-of-concept, and as such, has not been thoroughly playtested. That said, I did still try to make it fun and polished, but don't be afraid report any bugs, errors, or other grievances, just keep the mappack's current state in mind.

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Re: Caustic [SE Beta 9]

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 01:57
by MagicPillow
I've been playing through it, and so far it's pretty great!
I did have a couple of problems, though:
-The area of light in 0-1 was too small to see anything going backwards.
-It took me a while to realize I could go through the tree trunk. Not sure if that was just me being stupid, or if it could've been more obvious.
-It was kind of hard to tell which blocks were and weren't portalable in 1-2 and 1-3
- The boss in 1-4 appeared really quickly and killed me. It's not too big of an issue, since there's infinite lives and all, but I thought I'd mention it. 
- I was kinda confused as to why the guard in 2-0 wasn't trying to arrest me. 
Aside from those small issues, I had a really fun time! I'm looking forward to seeing what the rest of the map has in store.

Re: Caustic [SE Beta 9]

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 03:28
by QwertymanO07
Duly noted.

As for the final point, there is a reason, but it's not stated very directly. You can probably take a guess with what's there already, but it will become more obvious in the full version. Keep in mind that the plot is going to stay cryptic as hell.

Re: Caustic [SE Beta 9]

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 05:13
by WillWare
Hi this demo is excellent and I love it, please make more
  • Pixel artwork is very well-made! The details are subtle and refined, almost to a fault - it makes it difficult to tell between portalable and non-portalable tiles (as MagicPillow said) and fading vs. permanent trails, but it's easy on the eyes and has great style.
  • Puzzles are also very well-made! Plenty of uses for portals, and the trail mechanics are used in very creative ways.
  • With what little of the story there is here, I can already tell it'll be really good. Can't wait to see more!
  • I wouldn't be so bothered about navigating the dark in 0-1, especially since you did help out with the camera a bit... but I managed to trigger an earlier checkpoint and die, which made me have to re-do some of it >_>
  • Custom music volume is a bit too loud (Mari0 is a very quiet game).  The sudden boss encounter made me jump because HI IT'S MUSIC TIME 
  •  Speaking of the boss, I think if it were visible before entering the arena, that would make it less sudden while adding more tension and anticipation. Also, the second phase may be a bit too difficult - you have to act immediately or the ground is covered in death. 
  •  Is there a reason the demo ends on 11-17? That's a pretty specific number, almost like a date... 
  • Why is there even a testing room when there's like 3 things to do in it :v

Re: Caustic [SE Beta 9]

Posted: 13 Nov 2017, 05:56
by QwertymanO07
11-17 is just the current month and (truncated) year. I couldn't really think of anything good with little significance other than 0-0, which was already my debugging room (that I forgot to remove). As for the testing room, it was basically to see how many active enemies I could get away with at once. I've also managed to fix the checkpoint bug, thanks for letting me know about that! I'll also likely loosen up on the darkness, too, unless I remember why I added it. The rest I'll deal with a bit later. Thanks for your feedback!

Re: Caustic [SE Beta 9]

Posted: 14 Nov 2017, 08:20
by MagicPillow
Oh, yeah. One more thing:
at that one level where you have to go down (I think it was the start of 1-3?), the screen doesn't move far enough to see the poison, potentially causing a death. If you added some fumes or something that would let you know there's poison below, it would fix that.