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A Tale of Colours

rated 4.04 / 5 stars
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Action - Platformer - Hop and Bop

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Jul 25, 2012 | 2:47 PM EDT
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Average Explorer 5 Points Find an easy treasure.
Hey, at least you look neat! 5 Points Find a....certainly unique treasure.
A jewel to the reader's eyes 10 Points Find a readable treasure.
A treat for a Lady 10 Points Find a lady's treasure
Airship Coin Master 10 Points Collect every coin in the Airship Coin Race
Cave Coin Master 10 Points Collect every coin in the Cave Coin Race
Destroyer of Heroes 10 Points Find the treasure of the village.
Good Explorer 10 Points Find a not very well hidden treasure.
Heavenly Dinner 10 Points Find a delicious treasure.
Icon of the Blacksmith 10 Points Find a design-printing treasure.
Idol of the People 10 Points Find a gnomic treasure.
Master of Body Elevation 10 Points Learn from the Spirit of Body Elevation
Master of Body Levitation 10 Points Learn from the Spirit of Body Levitation
Master of F.I.S.T. 10 Points Learn from the Spirit of Incomplete Fist
Relic of the Goddesses 10 Points Find a rare yet slightly familiar treasure.
Sailor of the Sky 10 Points Find the treasure on the Gnome Airship
The satisfaction of a lifetime 10 Points Find the treasure on the waterfall
Tree Coin Master 10 Points Collect every coin in the Tree Coin Race
Waterfall Coin Master 10 Points Collect every coin in the Waterfall Coin Race
Yeah, whatever. 10 Points Find a bored treasure.
Great Explorer 25 Points Find a very carefully hidden treasure.
Weapon of Dreams 25 Points Find a sparkly, sharp treasure.
Awesome Explorer 50 Points Find an incredibly well hidden treasure.
Discover the LEGEND 100 Points Finish the game.
Legendary Treasure Hunter 100 Points Find every treasure in the game.
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SEQUENCE BREAKER! Secret Medal: Unlock this medal to view its details!

Author Comments

EDIT: Ver 1.5 is up. I've tweaked the running and braking a little. Movement should be more fluid now. I've also enlarged the offscreen window, so NPC popup should be nonexistant now. Enjoy and keep up with the feedback!

Sorry for the outline thing. It won't appear again.

LEFT and RIGHT ARROW to move
Z to jump, double jump and glide
DOWN to duck and stop gliding
UP to save in front of a SavePointMan
X to fight (when the time comes)
P to pause

A Tale of Colours is a nonlinear platform game with heavy emphasis on exploration. In this game you will find:

- A huge world filled with peculiar characters
- Colours and retro pixel graphics
- Powerups and Secret Fighting Techniques
- 16 unique treasures to find
- Gnome legends
- Gnome contraptions
- Gnome guys
- Giant Gnome Statues (just one, actually)
- Coin collecting
- Recycle beams (for game erasing purposes)
- Badly Drawn Stickmen posing as Almighty Spirits
- Mysterious, ubiquitous Save Point Men

Thanks to the Stencyl team and Newgrounds for making all of this possible.
i hope you enjoy your time with it!



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Fantastic Game. I'm giving it 4.5 stars because I do have a few gripes

Gripe 1: The controls can be a tad messy. Not a huge deal, but I felt I didn't have as much control as I wanted. The game could be laggy sometimes, which is something many games are guilty of, but it seemed like the jumps could be all over the place sometimes and running to get coins could sometimes be crazy as well. Maybe it's my browser though.(I use Google Chrome)

Gripe 2: Although the game was fun, it was really short for me. I found all of the treasures, perfected all the coin runs, and beat the game in just over an hour. There were only 2 enemies and they were very easy to kill. There were only 2 other things that could hurt you and I don't want to spoil it for anybody but the author should know what I'm talking about.

Gripe 3: The story was lackluster in my opinion. I didn't really care if the main character were to die or get raped by a gnome army. There was no real antagonist to look forward to fighting. I understand that the goal of the game was more geared toward finding treasures, but a stronger plot with a villain or rival could have made it so much better.

The game has so much potential and I'm hoping for some kind of sequel or a game similar to it, just with more detail and better controls. Maybe with some other cool mechanics? More enemies, more treasure that are harder to find, more coin runs, and more obstacles.

Nevertheless, this is a great game. Kudos to the author. I don't want to hand out a 5 star rating to a game that I feel can be improved, but with some changes this game I would consider buying this game on XBLA or The 3DS online store.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

A rather brilliant, if clunky game.

This game is quite big, or feels like it. Moreover, it's fun! A lot of platformers these days don't have that sense of open-ness, and a sadly large number lack the amusing flair and witticisms present in A Tale of Colour.
The music is quite nice, and I found myself mulling over the instrumentation as it went on. It was generally quite fitting. I thoroughly enjoyed the first of the two secret medals, which I leave unmentioned for those here with a desire to find it themselves. Even more liked was the fact that you alluded to it in a signpost, changing it from "Secret" to "Easter egg", which are far more fun!

The controls are indeed clunky. Most noticeable is a lack of responsiveness. Often I'd have to hit a key twice to make it register, but that may have been lag from my computer.
Other bugs I noticed are -- the render distance is a bit low. I noticed that entities only show up if they're on screen. However, they tended to turn up late in the main world, resulting in spontaneously appearing Save points and the like!
My favourite bug, however, which is actually quite curious, is a bug that lets you fly. If you Glide into a sloping water area -- the kind that you normally slide down from -- you will slide UP it... and then resume gliding, going up instead of down (albeit slowly).
The last one I noticed was that if you tap Z rapidly while under a low roof, you can double jump over and over.

The story I didn't quite understand, though I did enjoy it. If you fleshed it out a little, it would be quite excellent, I think.
The graphics, however, were fantastic. Bright and vibrant, and I really enjoyed them. The dot-matrix style background near the start was interesting!

Given I am certain you'll improve in development as time goes on, and also in style - and I sincerely hope you'll keep the humour *Grins* - I have only one word. Sequel!

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SavePointJohnny responds:

I've uploaded a new version that takes care - a little - of the controls and the NPC popup problem. it's all I can do for the time being. For any further revision I will have to make significant changes to the game code, so, in case, you'll need to wait for a while :/


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

4.5 Stars

Epic Game. I personally love adventure games and this adds to my enjoyment. The beginning was pretty well thought up. I didn't really have a problem with the controls, I quickly adjusted. Hope there will be a sequel out soon.

Glitch: When you jump off of the gnome blimp, you just hover in the air and there is no possible way to stop from "falling". Even after a while, the controls stop working and I eventually had to refresh the page (thank goodness for the save stations, which I thought were oddly placed).


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Controls should be more fluid. It's not obstacles that stand in my way, it's the character's movement.
It's a great game othwerwise!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Awesome music, world, and character controls. But, enemies are a bit boring and the ending left something to be desired. Also, the Find All Treasure Medal is not working.

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