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Hunters: Relic of Stars is a 2D Action Platformer, a love letter to many old school action games of the 8 and 16 bit eras. There are six stages in total, this is the just first one!

Play stage 2 here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566291
Play stage 3 here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566564
Play stage 4 here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566734
Play stage 5 here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/566895
Play stage 6 here: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/567109

CONTROLS:
Arrow Keys - Move / Aim
Z - Shoot
X - Jump
C - Change Weapons (when available)
Spacebar - Pause / Open Map

You can also use WASD to move and JKL to shoot/jump/change weapons, however on some browsers/keyboards you may run into issues with too many keys being pressed at once, nothing I can do about that.

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PLAY WITH A CONTROLLER:
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If you have a PC Gamepad, I highly recommend using the Joy2Key Software. You can download it: here: http://bit.ly/NCx4h

Saving - Progress through the stage is saved automatically at every major checkpoint. If you have to leave and come back, your progress will still be there!

Bugs - If you do find a bug, please report it to me via PM. Be as descriptive as you can, I can't fix things if I don't know what went wrong!

Sticky Keys Bug - If the keys feel like they're sticking, character keeps running after you let go, please read the third post in this thread: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1123318
This is a bug with some browsers/systems and there's really nothing I can do to fix it.

Reviews


MisterJamshiMisterJamshi

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Epic Game Series begins...WTF?

This is not an epic game if you look at the graphics (DUH.), but it's still not epic when I play it. It gets repetitive very fast (Maybe the music involves this too) and the controls are kinda weak. But seriously, An EPIC game series with this quality of graphics and animation? CUMMON! You gotta be kiddin me.
Oh, and the intro...The voice doesn't capture with the characters' mouth movement. That's even more lame than retarded animation for kids in my country.
Sorry, bro.



bcdefg123bcdefg123

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty darn good

It's great to see you can do serious stuff as well, and do it well. This was actually kind of addicting for me. Some of the later stages were challenging, but sometimes in an odd order - when I got to the warehouse-like part of the stage, that was way harder for me than the boss that came afterward (or maybe it would be more appropriate to call it a miniboss - whatever). Then the game got a bit easy until the final boss, which beat me about 10 times until I actually passed it. The first boss was also a bit easier than the platforming that surrounds it.

One little unnecessarily tough part was in the portion of the game where you teamed up with that one guy. You seemingly arrive at a dead end, and by chance you discover 'oh, that's not a floor, that's an elevator'. It blends in perfectly, which isn't too great. Also, the machine gun feels useless - you don't have to use it at all, and indeed I didn't - there's no knockback when enemies are hit.

I won't spend too much time on the art. I figured people have said enough already. I do realize, however, that it doesn't make the game alone, and in all honesty, you did about as good as I could. Maybe even better. You do have time to improve for future stages, so that's something you might want to consider. Nice talent in the voice-acting department. I especially like the conversations during playtime - they add a lot of atmosphere and dynamics to the game (which is part of the reason why I like Sonic Heroes so much, when few others do). Unlockables are also a plus.

In addition, many nice little touches (thank you for skipping cutscenes if you have to redo portions of the game) demonstrate that you know what you're doing. I can't wait to play the next stages.


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Rhete responds:

Thanks for the very detailed review. About the elevator part in particular you made an extremely good point there, I've changed the elevator graphics so they stand out more, to make it more obvious what to do when you reach that room a second time. I'm not sure the update has gone live yet as it needs to get approved, but I posted it last night so hopefully it has.


PsychofigPsychofig

Rated 2 / 5 stars

Mediocre.

If I'm not correct, you're the guy who ripped on Moovlin PC... and you've ripped on issues which ironically you don't see a problem with in your own game.

Now, I know this is already getting fairly poor feedback but bare with me, this game isn't in any means bad, it's just the height of mediocrity.

Artwork is pretty simplistic and mostly static, there is not much to see here, locales don't change often, and everything is clearly made with the line tool. Artwork in my opinion usually doesn't matter as long as the game is functional and fun, proven time and time again by games like Minecraft, Fancy Pants, etc.

But even if this game did have nice art, I would probably only give it a 5.

The gameplay is extremely stale and counter intuitive. The jumping button is mapped to X which is really annoying since the intuitive option would be Up, but since that's aiming, the second option would be spacebar, and that's used to pause. So many time I would pause the game instead of jumping. The intuitive option for pausing would be mapping to P, as that is most commonly used.

Second, when you pause, the animations for your character still operate, which just looks sloppy. The game also feels like a clone copy of this other, even shittier game called Prometheus... it feels like a carbon clone with a female protagonist. The controls work smoothly but the enemy designs are few and far between, and I often found myself stuck in corners having to sacrifice health just to escape from a monster.

Despite all that, there is only one other thing that bugged me, you decided to have voices on top of music, which made it really hard to hear.

Anyways, nice effort, there are a ton of great constructive reviews on this already and if you fix a few of the flaws I mentioned on top of others mentioned, this could be really good. Don't listen to dickless shits who just blam it for the sake of blamming without offering any criticism, first hand experience here, it can be really annoying. With the right amount of effort and dedication put into this, this could be a top tier game



markomanxmarkomanx

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

If I wanted to play Metroid...

It definitely has a Metroid feel to it, but there's something about it that doesn't fully capture me...

Custom controls in games like these are always nice, regardless of how perfect you think you have them.

It's solid, but rather bland, even with all the questioned posed in the first stage. It's like, if I don't play the next games ever, it wouldn't matter that much.


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WesTriple6WesTriple6

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

meh

It's an average game, with average game play and below average controls. I found it monotonous and repetitive. I almost quit after I couldn't skip the intro, I wish I had.