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Nov 25, 2009 | 12:19 AM EST
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Gem Collector 5 Points Collect 100 Gems.
Time Waster 5 Points Play to day 7 and beyond.
Gem Connoisseur 10 Points Collect All Giant Gems.
Gem Hoarder 10 Points Collect 400 Gems.
Moving the Mail 10 Points Find all the checkpoints in the level.
Dashing Course Legend 25 Points Beat the Super Dashing Course in under 25 seconds.
Fountain of Knowledge 25 Points Fill out every entry in the Codex.
Gem Addict 25 Points Collect every Red Gem on the Level.
Mad Skills 25 Points Buy every skill.
Grinding Maniac 50 Points Max out every single level type.
Heartbreaker 50 Points Defeat Nightmare with only 1 LOVE level.
Insomniac 50 Points Complete the game without ever sleeping.
Obsessive 100 Points Get 100% completion.

Author Comments

UPDATE: MEDALS ARE NOW FIXED.
- Air Recovery altered slightly. It gives a short burst of invincibility and pushes you into the air a bit so you can avoid getting it again.
- Worked a bit on the medal reloading script. If you unlocked medals before but the Newgrounds site didn't register it, try reloading the game. It's not foolproof but it should work most of the time.
- Fixed a few minor bugs and glitches.

I'm still trying to address the issue of the game not loading for a small number of people. Please be patient, it's quite hard to fix a problem when you don't know exactly what is causing it.

Inspired by Upgrade Complete, This game is a tribute to anyone who has ever sat there playing a game doing the same repeatable set of actions in order to get a arbitrary number to go up. It's a game about exploration, amnesia and collecting. Every action is will give you experience; You can gain levels in just about everything you do, from Jumping to Taking Damage to standing still and doing nothing at all. The world is sandbox, you can go anywhere you like as long as you level up enough. There is a catch though. Every night a re-occurring nightmare will rob you of everything if you can't survive it.

I have this love affair with Platformers and RPG's and this was my shot and bringing them together in an exciting taste explosion, with a little design flair of my own, some excellent editing/writing from Kayn, spiffy cut scene art from Gigas and awesome music from Triplefox. I hope you enjoy playing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

I'm desperately trying to get fixes checked in for the various problems reported. I've located the cause in the game. It's just uploading to NG that is causing me problems now as I have to wait an indeterminate amount of time between upload an update and it going live. I'll post something in nice big caps once it's all good again.

Yes, you can beat nightmare. Yes it's supposed to be really hard, that what nightmares are like. I made quite a few concessions along the way to make it easier than I had planned. I'm going to upload some Youtube videos of it being done. It's not as hard as it first may seem. Getting the Heart breaker achievement is MUCH trickier, I've yet to capture it on cam to prove it's do-able. The racing one is tricky. Max all your levels and a few well timed DASHES should get you through.

Some people might not like the ending, it was never the real heart of the game. I'm a big believer in games being about what you play rather than what you don't. Without the narrative that was created for the ending the world wouldn't be nearly as interesting as it is. In fact the game over all would be a little more dull because of it. The sequel is in the works, I'm already well into making it (get 100% completion and you can get an idea of -how- well started I am), I subscribe to running open devlogs of stuff I'm working on because it's what the players think that is important. It should be appearing Spring next year.

Development Blog for the sequel, Gather Up:
http://www.nifty-hat.blogspot.com/

The walkthrough, which is seriously a work in progress is here:
http://titch007uk.newgrounds.com/news/post/408038
If you are having trouble with either filling the codex or getting all the giant gems, check in. Theres still a bit of work to be done. It's the first walkthrough I've written and I'm -not- a fast typist ( unless it's AS3 code ^_^)

Thanks for playing :)

Thanks everyone for all the positive reviews, rates, feedback, oh and being told my game could 'die in a fire' because the boss was so hard. You have to work hard to get that level of frustration out of someone. ^_^

Reviews


HerospiritHerospirit

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Great Game!

Graphics- 9/10 for the most part, they are nice and smooth, and that's what matters. I'd rather have a nice looking 2d game than a bad looking 3d one. They also portray moods well, the world is more happy, the nightmare being it's counterpart. It's visually pleasing overall.

Sound- 9/10 The music goes well with the game, sets the same moods.

Story- 9/10 Great storyline, just could have added a little more of it.

One complaint I have though, I got most of the medals in the game (including 100%) and not a single one of them saved. Needless to say, I was pretty upset. A medals resend button would be nice.


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Op3r4t10nOp3r4t10n

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

....

I liked the design of the game but that was pretty much it.

Everytime i sleep im not visible when i face that nightmare.
I just never know where to go.



mew2keeganmew2keegan

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

confused...

at the moment i give a 5/10 because i went to sleep on day 0, and i could not see my person when 'battling' the nightmare how the heck do u FIGHT it anyways?!?

then, after 'waking up stressed' and starting Day 1, i still cant see my person!
im guessing this is not supposed to happen is it?


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IKurUIIKurUI

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Reveiw

Okay.. There are some serious bugs.. There is the freeze problem when you talk to the boy after getting relationship lvl 5 which I think other people already talked about..
The first time I tried the nightmare I didn't get it because my character was invisible, I just saw a guy with a sword, and then my health ran out.. and when the girl woke up she was still invisible so it was impossible for me to get anything done..
Almost everytime I load a saved game there is a bug.. I have tried a few times where everytime i try to pick up a gem it just floats around me untill there are so many that the game makes me imune to damage... but I can't collect gems, so what fun is that :P
another loadup problem is when the gems are there, but can't be picked up.. thats really anoying.. this keeps happening to me right now :S
I think you are aware that the medals doesn't work, but i'm looking forward to this game having a lot less bugs.. these were the ones I could think of right now..

Oh yeah.. people keep complaining about the nighmare.. I beat it without getting extra hearts, so it is quite possible.. You just need to make a stragedy? as long as you don't get hit, eventually he will die.. You have to pick up the black gems that appear when the comet-things hit the boss, or else he wont loose health

I can't give it a bad rating because I had fun with it :).. But it is a bit easy exept for the nightmares (which I think should stay hard)..

When the medals get up and working I guess I'll just start a new file and get them in one go so i won't get the load problems :P


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VerctexVerctex

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

This is just horrible..

It's a good game until the nightmare. You can't fight in the nightmare and it doesn't explain what's going on and you wake up and you lost all your stats and have to get all those gems again. How wonderful right? You also didn't explain the controls of the game very great either. Other than that, i think it's a alright game and for some reason addicting..