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Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 13:14:41 Reply

I regret not going more in-depth about the Game Jam entries in yesterday's post, so here's a more in-depth look at each of the entries that weren't included. I'll include critiques but also keep in mind these teams did just have 48 hours. If the critiques help to improve the games post-jam then yay - I'm sure the teams are already aware of plenty of things they want to improve.

  • The Hut in Ayre Forest
    The Hut in Ayre Forest by TroisNyxEtienne

    A boy's search for a cure for his younger sister... leads him to a cabin in the woods.

    Score
    3.39 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    3,614 Views
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    Everyone

Beautiful art and music. My initial response to the combat was that it needs an impact sound effect and if the enemies get pushed back when hit, I would prefer a smoother slide back vs the "pop" back. The puzzles are nice and it's an ambitious size for a game made in a weekend. Some more gameplay polish could go a long way towards long-term playability.

  • Cab In The Woods
    Cab In The Woods by Seppyb63

    Be a Crazy Taxi for the Things That Go Bump in The Night

    Score
    3.43 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    2,281 Views
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    Everyone

Fun take on the theme. I enjoyed the SkiFree inspired Yeti level the most and the Lagoon the least. The collision on the car in the lagoon level seemed way too unforgiving, where I collided with objects I clearly wasn't coming in visual contact with. I'm impressed that you tackled three game engines in one weekend!

  • SoulCrusher Cabin
    SoulCrusher Cabin by Manly-Chicken

    Long ago in year 666 Satan came to earth to make evil. You must stop him.

    Score
    3.34 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    3,295 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

Looks good, plays really well, lots of fun with a great payoff at the end. The genre itself has been overdone but this did bring a nice upgrade system to the table and a good variety of boss styles. Really impressive for a weekend of work. My one suggestion is to make the enemies flash yellow when hit instead of flashing transparent. When they turn transparent you can see all the layers of vector art and it looks weird.

  • Cabinalt
    Cabinalt by cupnoodles

    What would you do if progress came knocking on your door?

    Score
    3.35 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    2,289 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

Art style was fun and playing this brought a smile to my face. Sometimes the random placement of obstacles makes it seem kinda impossible but I could just be bad at ramming people.

  • Journalist Jimmy
    Journalist Jimmy by Guy-Unger

    GJ8: Get Jimmy away from the zombies!

    Score
    3.31 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    895 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

A nice point and click given the time restraints! The dialog sequences felt too drawn out and hard to hear but the ghost was amusing nonetheless.

  • Billy's Barricade
    Billy's Barricade by MonoFlauta

    Help Billy defend his cabin from the horrifying monster!

    Score
    3.31 / 5.00
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    Popularity
    1,360 Views
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    Everyone

I loved the idea that you are stacking things in front of a door and some monster is trying to break it down. The way the objects maintained left and right momentum made it different from games with similar mechanics that I've seen. The scrolling was interesting but I think I would have preferred to see the door at all times as the objects stacked up, maybe it could zoom out instead of scroll up to accomodate the height of objects? Also when I failed, I would have liked to see the monster burst through the door. Great concept though, worth revisiting!

  • Angry Face vs the Cabin
    Angry Face vs the Cabin by FsebastiamL

    Angry face vs the cabin in the woods!!! NG game jam8

    Score
    3.29 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    903 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

A solid action game engine and the action ran fast. I missed sound effects the most, they would have had a huge impact in this sort of game. A good start if you want to do more brawlers.

  • Frozen
    Frozen by ZeroCreativity1

    Swap Tiles to go further into the cabin and get Warm.

    Score
    3.28 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    880 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

Was impressed to see the Continuity style tackled in 48 hours! My biggest suggestion would be to make it clear on the title screen that you have to use the arrow keys to start moving - I clicked around for a while before trying that and I imagine some people could have shrugged their shoulders and left before realizing. The main character has a nice design.

  • Game jam 8
    Game jam 8 by rhys510

    Run, jump, dodgeas a castle crasher and hide away from the falling trolls.

    Score
    3.16 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    798 Views
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    Everyone

It looks and plays nice but starts off too slow. I think starting at the speed of wave 3 would help, I think a lot of people will run out of patience waiting for that first gold coin to land. Has some good concepts like filling in blocks that could be built upon.

  • Cabin Brick Breaker
    Cabin Brick Breaker by zephyr6

    Cabin themed Brick Breaker

    Score
    3.16 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    862 Views
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    Everyone

As worn out as I am on brick breaking games, I actually played this for a while. Still, it IS a brick breaking game, albeit a cute cabin one.

  • Lumberjacked
    Lumberjacked by Pahgawk

    Help nature fight back against the lumberjack!

    Score
    3.15 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    1,219 Views
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    Everyone

Great art, nice intro and promising gameplay. I like the concept of trying to block the lumberjack from getting home, I just played for a while and wasn't sure if there was an end. A scoreboard would REALLY increase interest, since otherwise it was hard to find an incentive to keep at it. Also the acorn seemed unhelpful enough to not be worth getting, which was kinda a bummer. Still feel like a fun game could come from this foundation.

  • Lumberjack vs Treehuggers
    Lumberjack vs Treehuggers by funstorm

    You're lumberjack, now fight off these pesky treehuggers before they destroy your cabin!

    Score
    3.11 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    9,450 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

Great art and plays well, this game felt very nicely polished. I found myself wanting more upgrades and some medals would help incentivize sticking with it for the long haul.

  • Rob's Cabin Quest
    Rob's Cabin Quest by NoLanLabs

    Whip and blast your way through countless enemies to save your family! (GJ8 TeamPogoStick)

    Score
    2.99 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    5,256 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

Controls felt kinda awkward with running and whipping but I liked the ambition behind it. Decent for people who want more after playing Binding of Isaac.

  • BGE - Best Game Ever
    BGE - Best Game Ever by Holon

    When a man asks, "I know BG means Best Game but what is E," you reply with "EVER!"

    Score
    2.88 / 5.00
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    Game
    Popularity
    1,575 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

It really is!

  • Cabin Survival Horror
    Cabin Survival Horror by dartosgamer

    Kill Zombies, Stay alive, Get points

    Score
    2.83 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    806 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

It made me smile but in the scope of the jam, some other games tackled the multidirectional shooter genre better.

Has a bug where you need to refresh the page otherwise you're stuck on the intro screen. Beyond that, it's nicely rendered. :)

  • Oh my... Ghosts!
    Oh my... Ghosts! by emanuelmaues

    Ghosts are trying to sneak into your cabin in the woods.

    Score
    2.14 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    1,571 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

It was great to see an HTML5 game in the mix! I'll be posting more about our HTML5 support later this week. It's a fun concept but the controls took some getting used to with moving around in a circle.

  • Cabin Within Wood
    Cabin Within Wood by maxman43

    Can you uncover the hidden secret of the cabin within wood?

    Score
    2.00 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    4,432 Views
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    Everyone

At first I didn't realize you could pan the screen but once I did that I was able to solve it. Another one that made me smile.

And finally, one entry isn't on NG because we don't have Unity support up and running (yet): Cabin Wars! It's a 3D-rendered artillery game where you can even toss cars at your opponent.

As mentioned yesterday, the winner was Shadow Tag:

  • Shadow Tag
    Shadow Tag by Elvidian

    The children are out at night, and they want to play...

    Score
    4.00 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    15,169 Views
    Rated
    Ages 13+

I also made note of the more experimental "Out There Somewhere." Experimental is good in jams.

  • Out There Somewhere
    Out There Somewhere by I-smel

    I hope I win some o' that jam!!

    Score
    3.36 / 5.00
    Type
    Game
    Popularity
    7,182 Views
    Rated
    Everyone

It was exciting to see Unity and HTML5 in the mix this time but in terms of the best games, Flash has remained king so far. Maybe things will heat up in the next jam!

Thanks again everyone for participating.


This is the game JohnnyUtah and I have been working on.

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 13:33:46 Reply

Thanks so much Tom!
Really appreciate the critique!


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 13:36:42 Reply

Tom delivers.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 13:36:58 Reply

In before Manly-Chick. Good write up, I cant help but like Out there somewhere. I like depressing games lately. Im about to cry just thinking about it.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 13:55:35 Reply

Some great results from the jam! I especially enjoyed "Out There Somewhere", something really new.

Great work to all who participated :D

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:00:30 Reply

Tom Fulp, master of the compliment sandwich.

But seriously, thanks for doing this.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:07:43 Reply

At 10/16/12 01:36 PM, Luis wrote: In before Manly-Chick. Good write up, I cant help but like Out there somewhere. I like depressing games lately. Im about to cry just thinking about it.

Yeah I wonder if it means we're becoming old men.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:11:00 Reply

At 10/16/12 02:07 PM, TomFulp wrote:
At 10/16/12 01:36 PM, Luis wrote: In before Manly-Chick. Good write up, I cant help but like Out there somewhere. I like depressing games lately. Im about to cry just thinking about it.
Yeah I wonder if it means we're becoming old men.

Someone as cool as you? Well jeez, then that's something to look forward to :}


A journey of a thousand miles begins with complaining

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:12:21 Reply

I regret not going more in-depth about the Game Jam entries in yesterday's post, so here's a more in-depth look at each

Thanks Tom!
Having a leader that actually cares is awsome!


No mather how good you are sometime, somewhere, somehow...
Someone will blow your mind and make feel a beginner again..

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:25:48 Reply

Cool to see your critique Tom, IT SHOWS YOU CARE XXX.

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:30:59 Reply

At 10/16/12 02:00 PM, NoLanLabs wrote: Tom Fulp, master of the compliment sandwich.

But seriously, thanks for doing this.

I second this ^^^

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 14:31:13 Reply

Ah Tom, you are too kind!


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 15:10:08 Reply

Some awesome flashes included this year! Good work everybody!


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 16:06:14 Reply

Yeah, it's great that you've done this for all the game jam entries. It means a lot coming from you.

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 16:31:14 Reply

NEWGROUNDS IS THE PEOPLE'S GAME SITE.

The funny thing about Out There Somewhere being a lonely experimental thing is that I DID NOT put that much thought into it.
You see games like Time Fcuk or Don't Look Back or whateve other game based on authentic real-life experience, and I could never make a game like that, cos I just feel like it'd come off so corny and transparent and dumb.

So Out There Somewhere is a fake art game, and I'm about as emotionally invested in it as I am in Robot Dinosaurs.
Which launches into a seperate discussion, assuming this was a bigger game I spent more time on. How important is authorial intent? Does it make my work any better, or more impressive, or does it push games as a medium, or am I any more proud of my work to squeeze that reaction out of people?
Not really.

That's basically the thought process I have whenever I wanna make an art game and decide not to.
I had fun making a game that's that minimilistic though.

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 16:43:32 Reply

At 10/16/12 02:07 PM, TomFulp wrote:
At 10/16/12 01:36 PM, Luis wrote: In before Manly-Chick. Good write up, I cant help but like Out there somewhere. I like depressing games lately. Im about to cry just thinking about it.
Yeah I wonder if it means we're becoming old men.

Lulz...

...becoming


...the four right chords can make me cry
Some mellow jazz

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 16:54:33 Reply

You are a man that garners a lot of respect from your actions, Tom.

inb4 luis

II II lI

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 18:16:00 Reply

Good guy Tom listens to the people.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 18:34:14 Reply

At 10/16/12 06:16 PM, Jazza wrote: Good guy Tom listens to the people

Now let's just hope now that people will stop complaining and enjoy themselves!


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 18:46:10 Reply

Thank you Tom, for saying what I wanted to say about the these games.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 18:50:52 Reply

Tom Fulp for President!

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 19:06:52 Reply

See, this is what we wanted - reviews :D

It honestly makes it all the more rewarding when we get recognized, AustinBreed used to do them, it feels like this Game Jam was a wee bit less... official?

I dunno, I hope the next one is at the same caliber as the last ones have been in terms of set-up.

Thanks for the post, Tom!


Good.

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 19:50:24 Reply

Thank you, Tom <3 It's great to know how we've fared.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 21:18:49 Reply

Thanks so much for revisiting Tom :D


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 21:59:52 Reply

At 10/16/12 01:14 PM, TomFulp wrote:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/604457
It was great to see an HTML5 game in the mix! I'll be posting more about our HTML5 support later this week. It's a fun concept but the controls took some getting used to with moving around in a circle.

So, is this the first HTML5 game to be submitted to NG? I didn't realize HTML5 content could be posted yet...

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 22:23:14 Reply

At 10/16/12 09:59 PM, KyleRoberts wrote:
At 10/16/12 01:14 PM, TomFulp wrote:
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/604457
It was great to see an HTML5 game in the mix! I'll be posting more about our HTML5 support later this week. It's a fun concept but the controls took some getting used to with moving around in a circle.
So, is this the first HTML5 game to be submitted to NG? I didn't realize HTML5 content could be posted yet...

We had a few games submitted this week, I'll be highlighting them in the next post! It's invite-only at the moment but people are welcome to contact me if they have games they want to try uploading.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-16 22:37:47 Reply

Nice! Made Tom smile! There's one life goal complete.

Really awesome that you did these reviews, great to hear feedback from the top.


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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-17 00:39:50 Reply

Very cool! ^5

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-17 18:15:28 Reply

Nice write-ups.

hope that the winners are much greatfull for all that you do for them and the site.

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Response to Game Jam Extended Post 2012-10-18 12:18:08 Reply

I had fun seeing all the games coming through this time around. Possibly one of the best game jams we had?


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