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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.blog spot.com/

The walkthrough, which is seriously a work in progress is here:
http://titch007uk.newgrou nds.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


MikeSpitterMikeSpitter

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Fck

How fucking strong is this fucking shadow !
i hate him sooo much
nice game the rest :D



NGbeforeall221NGbeforeall221

Rated 1 / 5 stars

well im not really feelin it

i could use words like colourful and challenging to describe this game, but i think ill use tedious and repetetive instead. i really dont know if the game gets any better, and lots of you newgrounders out there may critisize me for my quick judgement, but i really didnt want to go further into the game. the only reason you got any stars was 1 for the concept, boring as it was, it was different. the other was for the pixel graphics because i enjoy pixel graphics.


titch007uk responds:

It's too bad you didn't enjoy it, but I guess my games aren't for everyone. I'm glad you found a couple of features worth staring me for regardless. :)


KhaosElementKhaosElement

Rated 1 / 5 stars

Eh...

Yeah, after being forced to go to sleep at an insanely early time (who goes to bed at 6?) I got to run and jump and PRAY that a RANDOMLY falling rock would hit the shadow with a freaking SWORD.

What do I get? TO stand still and heal?

I'm not saying it's a bad game, but for me personally, it's shit.



masterhayden7masterhayden7

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

the nightmare

the nightmare is IMPOSSIBLE!!! MAKE IT EAISER!!! its a great idea but the nightmare ruins it! either take it out or make it easy!!!!


titch007uk responds:

Not impossible, just very hard. Grab yourself Regen, Hardy and Dash and abuse the hell out of the fact you can stun yourself using dash and move around in the invulnerable period after.


animehoundanimehound

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

great game but one issue

I had an issue with a glitch in the game, after the nightmare my character wasnt visible, and never became visible. other than that i love the way it looks sounds and plays. please fix this glitch.