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NOTE - THIS IS A DEMO FOR AN UPCOMING GAME!
there are bugs in it, I'm aware that it's not totally perfect. I'm here to take as many pies in the face as you can dish out, because i need feedback, including negative feedback.

I am gladly accepting more beta testers, especially if you have a lot of input or know a decent amount about AS. Please get ahold of me on AIM at GandoofTheWise.

Canthos is a showboating, thieving rogue who lives in a steam powered world in the clouds. This demo takes place right after the tutorial level, where he steals an artifact known only as the Compass of Fate and than makes his escape out of the city.

Control reference -
(you can hit esc in the game to bring up a menu to see the controls there as well)
RUN - left and right arrow keys
JUMP - Spacebar
GRAB / ATTACK - Ctrl. (you can grab cielings and walls using this button to reach otherwise unreachable locations)
DUCK - Down arrow - you can roll once ducked.
SLAM - Down + Jump

Interesting things to note:
I had been working on a game previous to this but I had no previous knowledge of coding and it got delayed big time. I started in on this thinking it'd be easier to make a platformer game rather than an RPG, oh how wrong i was.
This game is basically what taught me AS, and i'm even still learning. a lot of stuff in this feels like it's put together with crazy glue.
I've done all the art, coding, animation. Everything except the music, which hats off to Cazok for the fantastic job he's doing. I recommend all of you give this guy a listen, he does some good work!

Reviews


WallrossWallross

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 28, 2010

Good for an AS beginner

Just a few notes though:
1.When attacked in mid air, you stop falling

2. Don't use keys like ctrl, as when used in certain combinations, they can do stuff to certain programs and computers.

3. I find that your hitboxes are a little bit too low compared to your actual art.

4.Don't bag yourself out like that. The visuals are great. And the coding is fine.
If you fix the few things that I have suggested, I would give you a ten.

This game is actually quite good.
I could imagine it getting featured (possibly this demo could as well.)


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Xiphon responds:

We'll see if it does, honestly if i was going for ratings, i woulda released it around 7 PM, but I just wanted to get it out.

The controll scheme thing to me has always worked, I think it's because Tomb Raider was the first computer game I ever really played, and it had a nearly identical control scheme, and I just got used to it.
It's one of those things I don't know unless I release demos like this, so I'm glad info is coming back.


GuitarmasterX7GuitarmasterX7

Rated 3 / 5 stars April 28, 2010

you've got something workable.

It definitely needs some polish in almost every aspect but the biggest overbearing flaw that would be easiest to fix is the control scheme. the three buttons for actions (space ctrl and shift) are placed extremely awkwardly in relation to each other, making gameplay difficult. A S and D are good choices for this kind of thing, or something like A,S spacebar. ctrl and shift are too far to the right, and shift is right above ctrl, meaning you either have to position your hand/keyboard sideways, use the same finger and hop between buttons, or arrange your fingers into a weird star trek salute type shape which is almost unworkable. otherwise, it's a decent test build. could be a great game.


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Xiphon responds:

I completely agree, and actually I'd like to just get rid of hit-test mechanics altogether. it not only makes things feel awkward, but it causes a lot of slowdown in the game. it's probably one of the biggest drains on things you see (including the graphics)

I'm hoping to get some insight on how to get around the collision mechanics,


GodOfVideoGamesGodOfVideoGames

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 28, 2010

Sweet Game

It's like a mixture between Sky's of Arcadia and Prince of Persia.


Xiphon responds:

I actually took a lot of influence from Prince of Persia making this, I liked the acrobatic game-style.

I also took a lot from Sonic, it even shows through his spiky hair and all the rolling around


PsychofigPsychofig

Rated 4 / 5 stars April 28, 2010

Really cool!

Artwork was dazzling, I'll get that out of the way first. Animations were tweened, so they look not as organic as they could be, but the rest was fascinating. I congratulate you for creating a dynamic and fun world. It takes lots of skill and talent to make something engaging for the player.

Music was great as well, I don't know why the scores are so low though, many of those tracks are wonderful, done by the amazing Cazok... I even used the Canthos theme for my own game, hope it doesn't inflict anything on this, but it sounded so cool.

Gameplay is where there are a few issues. I won't rate you on it too much because it is obviously still in demo form, glitches are expected. Here are the glitches I encountered.

-Grappling is extremely glitchy, sometimes I was thrown around an entire object and other times I instantly died or was able to climb into infinite space.
-Combat is a bit dull with the main characters, you should add combo moves.
-When you roll under something and try jumping it messes up. I actually have a solution for this, for as I have the same kind of mechanic in my game and I used a method to fix it.

Go to your character code. Make a variable around the jumping actions,

if(jumping){
//your code
}

Then, go to a part where you have to roll. Make an invisible movieclip box on that area and make hittests that disable the jumping variable when your player is touching them, but make an

}else{
jumping=true;
}

command so that jumping is enabled once you out of the whole.

Anyway, onto the rest of the glitches.

-Menu should be mapped to P and arrow key navigation is recommended.
-If there was a ceiling that was walkable and i was underneath it, if I jumped, I hit it and then boosted up, looks a bit jaggy.
-Grappling to walking lines should be automatic instead of pressing CTRL, or at least have a command pop up over the characters head that says CTRL so it is more obvious.

Most of the glitches are found in the grappling move, though. Unless it's too late, I suggest scrapping it or taking away it's functionality of gripping to walls because it will be really hard to make it glitch free. Critics notice tiny little errors like this and go mad.

Otherwise, really cool project and I am behind it 100%!


Xiphon responds:

thanks for the review, I'm actually trying to find more beta testers that know something about code.
Once, some time ago, I was trying to find someone to just code it for me cause I didn't know what I was doing, unfortunately it didn't turn out many promising results, so I undertook the task myself.

The crouching thing, yeah, that's a bug that's there and I've had a plan to fix it and just always forget to when I open up the file.
The grapple is probably the biggest rediculous thing I've been trying to make work, And i dunno if i should bother with it.
Originally, you were supposed to be able to aim it in any direction, but I wasn't sure how to do that (at the time). I want to keep it in the game, I just need to find a way to make it work without throwing the character all over the place. And things get even worse when you try grappling to enemies off of walls and stuff like that...


GorgonofGorgonof

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars April 28, 2010

Not bad.

The graphics where beautiful, the music was amazing, it looks and sounds really good, but as soon as you start playing it falls flat on it's face. It feels really slippery and the collision detection with walls and platforms doesn't work right, I haven't made a platformer before so I can't give any specific advice, but keep working on it.


Xiphon responds:

Yeah, unfortunately I couldn't figure out how to manage collision other than hit-tests, and I think the physics are to watery,

I've been debating re-doing a lot of the physics since I actually coded in the base over a year ago, and I've been tinkering with it since.
Things like variable speeds causing the walls to feel more squishy than they should, etc etc