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Jan 11, 2012 | 1:49 AM EST
  • Daily 2nd Place January 12, 2012

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Lore of the Land 5 Points Listen to the Alchemist's legends.
Marksman 5 Points Perfectly execute a bow attack.
Start the Clock 5 Points Restore the flow of time to normal.
Swordsman 5 Points Perfectly execute a melee combo.
The Adventure Begins... 5 Points Follow the kidnappers into the graveyard.
The Best Offense... 5 Points Defeat any low-level enemy without taking any damage.
Touche! 5 Points Perfectly execute a parry.
Yer a Wizard! 5 Points Perfectly execute a magic attack.
Master Defender 10 Points Defeat any high-level enemy without taking any damage.
Undefeated 25 Points Complete the game without dying.
Untouchable 25 Points Defeat a boss without taking damage.
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Author Comments

WASD: Move
SPACE: talk/interact
CURSOR: navigate menus

Hi everyone :) I'm super excited to finally be releasing the first part of Sol: Clockwork!
I've had more false starts, computer crashes, and total overhauls than I can recall working on this thing, but here it is! I've found my original plans for the game were lot bigger than what you can really put in one .swf file, so now the game is broken into episodes. Whether or not the rest of those episodes get made sorta depends on how this is received and how much time I've got to work on it... so we'll see!

Of course, many thanks are due to all my friends and family who've helped me every step along the way... thanks guys!

Also! the game features awesome original music by Thomas Sharp-Gagnie, for which I'm very thankful. I think it really adds a lot to the game. There's a link in-game to his myspace page if you like it, although I don't think he's updated it in a long time.


>Issues with Void & Spectral Ray doing infinite damage and selling weapons should now be resolved! Thanks for doing my bug testing :P

>Issues with parry and two-turn enemy attacks should be resolved.

>Quality buttons added.

Wooo front page :) Thanks everyone!



Rated 5 / 5 stars January 13, 2012

good adventure game, but could be better:

why not using the space bar instead of the mouse to skip text?

why does a smith only sell swords? he could sell at least a better shield/bow too.

something to change the quality would be nice because it is slow on my pc.

the earth spell didnt heal me and i used it right.

why not using wasd or the arrow keys for traveling and then using space bar to confirm that you want to enter this location/area?

still a very good game, but you need to train a lot because if you miss to hit space bar you didnt block. or you need to buy many apples.


Rated 4 / 5 stars January 13, 2012

Nice game overall, but requires improvements

This prologue is nice, the combat system of the game is nicely done and enemies are challenging without being too hard. As this is a prologue, I guess there will be more items to shop and more varied enemies in the incoming episodes, because they are not very varied here. About gameplay, the big default is that most skills require lightning reflexes to be executed nicely, and this is really, really hard to get the timing at the beginning.
Graphics are nice, the BGM and sound effects are very good too.
However I spotted two bugs in the game :
- When an enemy's HP reach 0 after a parry, it doesn't die until I use another random attack. I got this bug when facing the clockswork-mini, that evades melee attacks and is unaffected by arrows, but only uses melee attacks, thus can only be harmed by parries and magic.
- Spectral Ray deals undefined damage and one-shoots any foe. This bug needs to be fixed in the next episodes of the game or it will ruin everything.

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Rated 2.5 / 5 stars January 13, 2012

A decent game but flawed.

Lemme just write this review in point form to be quick.
1. Graphics: Simplistic but clean. However, animations are very lacking. Given the size of the characters on the screen, having more animations would have really helped to make them feel less like cardboard cutouts with a dialogue box.

2. Sound: Good quality music, but the actual sounds have nothing particularly noteworthy. I don't consider no voices as a downside, but the game does feel awfully quiet overall.

3. Gameplay - Overworld: Standard flash RPG fare in walking around, but this prologue is noticeably lacking in things to do. No items to pick up in the overworld? There is very little in way of exploration except for this-path-to-next-plot-point. The story isn't exactly all that interesting as well, and the way the backstory is told by the alchemist sounds like drunk nonsense rambling rather than something helpful to be listening to. There's that strange unwalkable section in the library which implies a secret door, but that area may be for another part. The world does feel kind of dead, like a painting that's there just so you have something to walk around on, but I guess that's because it's set in a village out in the middle of nowhere (will the next parts be more lively?). I do like the avoidable enemies though, random battles are just bad form in 2012. I think the way the Blood Thistle catches you is a neat idea as well, although it may be a -wee- little too easy to avoid them.

4. Gameplay - Combat : The system attempts to make a turn based system more interactive, but the timing for the melee attacks is extremely unforgiving. The prompt pretty much comes as soon as you should already be pressing, so it is completely unhelpful in helping you time your button presses. The bow was by far a more reliable source of damage, which means that buying the other weapons is a very big gamble unless you were very good with the timing. Same thing with dodging attacks, although I guess it is easier to do that since you only have to get the first press right. Magic is more forgiving than melee, although I guess everything is more effective than melee. I will say that I like the differentiation in how all the attacks are handled by the player, but it is still somewhat poorly executed.
The lack of a keyboard control for the combat menu makes it clunky for right-handers with right-hand mice, since they'll have to keep switching back and forth with their best hand. Overall, the combat just feels like a chore to be done with while walking to the next plot point rather than being anything exciting.

5. Gameplay - Bugs: I did not encounter any gamebreaking bugs, but there is one absolutely combat-breaking bug that I did find. The spell Spectral Ray does not do any kind of normal damage, but whatever it does instead causes the enemies health to be set to "NaN" (not a number), AKA insta-death. It doesn't even need to be charged to do that, just tap the spacebar. Given that I was already bored // frustrated with the combat system in general by the time I got spells, I just bought a load of MP restoring items from the shop, and Spectral Ray'd everything away, including the two bosses.
Please check your coding and playtest your game fully next time before uploading.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars January 13, 2012

That is the most fun I've had since yesterday.

This game is a pretty well made RPG.
I especially like the magic typing system, it looks like this will be very successful.
I can't wait for part two!!

I bestow the Aaroca Cookie of Approval upon this game.


Rated 5 / 5 stars January 12, 2012

Great game

Fantastic, really well done. Overall just a great experience, can't wait for future chapters.

Some suggestions - graphics wise, it was sometimes confusing where the walls were. If, especially in caves, a different hue or texture could be used, that would be helpful.

Also, a perk system each level would be interesting. Perks that could guarantee you a two hit combo, even if you missed the combo button, or could offer a chance for a counter attack if you make a successful defensive dodge, or something to help speed up the bow bar when hitting the space bar, or reducing the cost/improving the power of a certain spell... the ideas are endless. I hate to bogart a Skyrim idea, but given the mini-game nature of the combat, some ways to enhance a certain type of attack by leveling would be cool.

Other than that, great job! Keep up the good work.