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Jun 19, 2011 | 6:57 PM EDT

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Author Comments

This is my submission for the Game Jam 5. It is based off of the Sci-Fi novel Ender's Game by: Orson Scott Card.
I tried a new (i think) style of game play that i think brings a new challenge to the table.
You control your players with four sets of controls:
Player(s) 1:
(W:up (S: down) (A:left) (D: right) [1: (fire 1)] [2: (fire 2)]
Player(s) 2:
(I:up) (K: down )(J:left) (L: right ) (Space: Fire)
Player(s) 3:
(Up Arrow:up) (Down arrow: down) (Left Arrow:left) (Right Arrow: right ) (Back Slash: Fire)
Player(s) 4:
(Num 8: up) (Num 5: down) (Num 4: left) (Num 6: right) (Num Zero: fire)
I've worked alot this weekend and i hope you like it.
I forgot to mention that there are 2 easter eggs.
Also, I noticed that when you click the button to start, you have to click on the screen again, or you won't be able to move.



Rated 0 / 5 stars July 4, 2011

Now, I could win this if I had 5 hands.

But seeing as I only have 2, it's rather impossible for me. Not only that, but the text is cut off and I have a very hard time seeing how this is even a bit like the book. One more thing... the glitches are way too numerous and make the gameplay almost impossible. You get stuck in walls, boxes, you sometimes quit firing for some random reason, and you can't move at the beginning unless you give the enemies a 5 second advantage by having to click and hurriedly get back to your key positions.
And with so many keys, there's a ton of positions.

All in all, it's a very bad game.

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Rated 1.5 / 5 stars June 25, 2011

The Book

I like the concept of controlling multiple teams. However in the book, if you got frozen when you were moving you keep moving because it is in zero g. Also as you stated you would only need one guy left to win. If the game worked I would like it but when you freeze the enemy team you dont win and when I have 5 guys left I can only get 3 or 4 of them to the other side. So it is a lose, lose situation.

Also an explanation of the game concept would be helpful, such as a background of the game in the book. I've read the book or wouldn't have understood the game.

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Rated 0.5 / 5 stars June 24, 2011

I guess you had to read the book to get it?

I couldn't do anything but move one little car around, and it would say you lose <5 players after about 30 secs.

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shrimpchris responds:

First of all, I'm asuming that you read as much of the description as the book. Any ways, the screen you mentioned was a game over screen that said you had less than 5 men left. The reason that this gives you a game over is because you need one guy to press each switch on the opposite side.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars June 24, 2011

could be better

Like with a lot of game jam 5 games, all this game needs is some more refinement and testing. I think that you should follow up on this game and in a month or two re-release it with improvements. Then it will be the game that the book deserves.

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shrimpchris responds:

I know that it could be better. I actually want to do the second thing that you said, and I have plenty of ideas of how to do that. Unfortunately though, it will have to be put off until I can afford to purchase the full version of TGF 2. Thanks for the review!


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars June 23, 2011

Not too shabby

One of my all time fav books. Its on the marine commandants reading list. not too shabby. with a few tweaks this idea has potential.

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shrimpchris responds:

I responded to the guy who reviewed after you before this, but you should read what I said. Thanks for the Review!