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William and Sly

rated 4.44 / 5 stars
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Action - Platformer - Other

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Jul 17, 2009 | 3:03 PM EDT
  • Frontpaged July 17, 2009
  • Daily Feature July 17, 2009
  • Weekly 2nd Place July 21, 2009

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Flight 5 Points Find the wings.
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Dominus Lux 10 Points Slay five darklings.
Deviation 25 Points Unlock all boxes and switches.
Resolution 25 Points Complete the game.
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Author Comments

JAN 30, 2016
Hey guys, I’ve started work on a possible William and Sly 3. Follow me on facebook for updates!


This is probably my best game to date. I wanted to make something more accessible, as most of my flash games have been too complicated for my family to play. :3

I really hope you guys enjoy it, I think it's the most effort I've put in to anything. A big thanks to everyone who helped me test, and Tom and NG for the sponsorship!

As always, leave a comment! I love reading them.

EDIT: The game has version detection, but YOU NEED FLASH 10 to play it. If you have trouble loading the game, please send me a PM with the details.

EDIT: Because nearly everyone is saying they can't figure out the boss's pattern, I've made a slight change that should make it more obvious. Once the game update is approved I'll let you guys know and you can try again with the new pattern. *Alright it's up now*

If you're getting a black screen after the Newgrounds and Particlasm screens this applies to you. This might also help with the loading bar freezing. This was posted by a Kongregate user (thanks Knork):

"If the game does not load past the ads make sure that and are not being blocked in your hosts file. Which is located under C:\WINDOWS\system32\drive rs\etc
If they are, uncheck the "Read-only" attribute and edit out those two lines."

If this works for you let me know.



Rated 3 / 5 stars


i fucking hate the boss. it eats 3 lvls its like impossible to beat!!!!! there is no pattern for it


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Alright well,

I don't see what good about this game. The graphics were alright but that is about it. The controls are what really got me. I would just like to hold down the arrow keys but the fox just stops for god damn reason.

I know that this review is most likely going to be rated useless seeing is how everyone seems to love this game but I just don't like it. Sorry mate.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

i didnt entirely understand what to do....i kept aimelessly catching fireflies and activating the runestones...but it was so vast that in no time i had no idea what i was doing.....i loved the ur pixely-way of making games though....any help as to what i actually had to do instead of making sly jump around?

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Kajenx responds:

Light up all the runestones is it, basically, haha. Most people who like the game are completionists who try to find all the mushrooms.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

It's missing a little something

This is a very well rounded game. The graphics are amazing, the gameplay is amazing; many things in this game were amazing or very well rounded. You know what you did right. The animation was smooth, the graphics being beautiful. The controls were tight and fluid at the same time. Vast areas to explore. This slightly makes up for the problems of the game though.

First, the storyline. Couldn't you have gotten deeper into the storyline? Maybe I might be missing something, but all I could pick from the game was (SPOILER ALERT): Your are a fox named Sly. Sly is ordered by some guy in some random forest isolated from the outside world for some strange reason to activate some magical teleporters. You activate some teleporters, and at the last one there is a random giant snake that eats all your fairyflies, but when you suceed in activating the last rune the snake explodes. Fox goes home, then sleeps.

(END SPOILER) What can easily ruin a good game can usually be found in average game. For a very polished game like this, you were missing some storyline. Maybe as you progressed deeper into the game, you unlock more backround information. If you do it that way, the main character can advance, and the player will gain some deep backround information of the story aswell.

And character progression. Because this is a mix of storyline and gameplay, since the storyline was weak, there was none. Since this game is more of an exploration type, I wouldn't say add some additional powers every milestone. That would make the game more interesting though, like the wings.

Sound. You have natural noises and occasionally some music. There could be more. Natural noises should just be an extra. Music is what should be essential, as it can easily set the mood. Natural noises can help, but it is just an extra.

The gameplay for this was fun, but it got repetitive. You offered no new area types (like going from a forest to a cave to a more dry area) and only had the same forest tiles throughout the game. It got dull and boring.

The controls were fluid and solid. The fox went you wanted, and the controls worked with you.

This is a very good game, but it is not good enough. You say you worked hard on it, but it feels like you rushed it, and forgot the little details. The missing little details are what kept the game back from being brilliant.

For examples of good exploration and music check out Knytt and/or Knytt Stories.
For examples of good exploration (though more linear), music and story line, check out Cave Story.

These two/three games above are prime examples of the type of game you tried to create, but didin't exactly get to. You need to play some more games so you can get a grasp of what is good or not.

Overall, this is a very polished game, but it didn't really offer much.

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Rated 3 / 5 stars

need help with boss with the big head!

I can't seem to collect the fireflies cuz the big head keeps on taking them from me. And I can't escape cuz there's a barrier or somethin.