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  • NG Game Jam 5
    NG Game Jam 5 Teams had to make games based on literary classics.

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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.

Reviews


PhineasFlynnPhineasFlynn

Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Confusing...

Read the book, was one of my faves. The sequels weren't as appealing to me, though, but I did read the entire shadow series.

Anyway, the game was really hard lol. Controlling four at a time...

This would be better if it were like, teambased. As in each character is controlled by a separate person. But then it would have to be online or something.

Another idea would be to make the player the commander, ordering the units around. Sort of like an RTS. If ya wana make it more like the book, make it so that the commander is one of the people on the battlefield lol. When the commander gets frozen, the remaining soldiers move on their own because they have no one to guide them.


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shrimpchris responds:

That is a really good idea, but I'm not sure how I would do that in the games factory 2.
Thanks for taking the time to review!


SilverahSilverah

Rated 3 / 5 stars

i remember this

never understood what happened in the book, don't understand what they're doing now. i know ender had some tactic he used. that's probably why they're all shooting from between their legs. none the less, i have to rate it low becuase even after i played i still have no clue on what's going on. i had to do a report on it so "beacuase" this one part brought back some failing memories. i got a C, it was late. but! i would have gotten a higher grade still if my teacher didn't troll me for that ONE PART out of over i think 200 PAGES! i give it a six "beacuase" i liked the the book. "revising this review i think im trollin a little indirectly"


shrimpchris responds:

Lol, "beacuase"
I had to read this for english too, except i understood it really well. Try reading some online reviews if you still care to understand what it meant.
Thanks for the review!


mittharmitthar

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

controol issues.

upon reading under the game the controls, i was turned off to this game. the music was a great choice for this game, but the game play itself really hurt the overall experience. a recommendation to help with the control issues:

1. turn based movement, this allows 1 player to control all the units without being overwhelmed.

2. auto, the play can take control of 1 (or a squad) and the other follow commands. this will take the burden off of the player to make a lot of choices fast without giving up the speed of the game.

either of these would make the game smoother and more enjoyable. also think about various backgrounds and floor plan lay outs. this add another level of challenge to each map. when you have those knocked out, i would make it where the player has X units and the computer CLEARLY out number the player but also has a limit. this would challenge the player to get to the end of each round with brings me to the next point:

upgrades, move faster, shoot faster or further, healing, ect. who doesn't like upgrades. this provide the player with the feeling that they may have an edge over the waves of attackers.

goals, you listed that the earth was in danger by aliens. well, how long (or how much damage) before the world is destroyed? by adding an element like that it would force the player to make calls to reenforce the defenses or go on the offensive.

listed also in the game, was the idea that there would be a counter-attack on the aliens planet. i do not know if that was the attack that was played out above or if that was the defense of the planet...

i, in no way, want to confine you in the way you build your games by pointing out these tips, on the contrary, i hope you take these and find a way to integrate them into the game without taking away from your original vision.

a good idea to start, just needs some fine tuning to make the game playable and enjoyable!


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shrimpchris responds:

Thanks for all the advice! I actually thought of alot of things I wanted to add, but it was impossible with the free version of TGF 2. If you use it, you might understand.
About the story: You see, the Earth had been attacked twice by the alien race and wanted to attack the alien home planet before the aliens attacked again. In the book, you learn that the aliens didn't want to attack the Earth a third time because they learned that humans were sentient after the second invasion, but people didn't know that because it was impossible to directly communicate with the aliens.
Remember, If you are having trouble, you can always ask friends for help. If you have any... jk


resdresd

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

sorry my friend

i oppoligize my friend it was a tad diffficult but stil fun however TO MANY CONTROLS but if you make it so you can send one out at a time i think it will be alot better however keep this mode have a 1 player and multiplayer mode


shrimpchris responds:

I thought about that, but I unfortunately, didn't have enough time, I might update it to do that, but I'll leave it for now. Thanks for your time and positive review.


Rh3InfernoRh3Inferno

Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

So...confused...

Let's see...couldn't move the characters, couldn't figure out how to attack...yeah didn't add up to a great game experience for me. On the brightside, the music was decent.


shrimpchris responds:

That's okay, It's not for everyone. If the characters just didn't move at all though, it was simply because you had to click on the screen again after you clicked the button to start.