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Dec 10, 2012 | 6:00 PM EST
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Commerical talk:
Massive Action platformer following in the footsteps of giants like Super Meat Boy or N+, spanning 45 levels across 3 unique worlds. Features: final boss, high scores, original soundtrack and a jetpack!

SkullFace, has been in the works for about 7 months and began almost a year before that! So much care and play-testing has gone into every level and nuance in this game, i hope you enjoy the experience. A challenging and rewarding adventure with original soundtrack by Adam Dishongh, that ends with a climactic showdown.

Real talk:
Woah, this is my biggest game to date and has taken a lot of work, i put my heart and soul into this thing. It started a long time back with a programmer who later moved to San Fransisco and work on the project, so i took the art assets redesigned the game a bit, and learned to program it myself in Stencyl Engine. Its largely inspired by SuperMeatBoy, N+ and Jumper.. i loved those games, the new wave of action platformer and so i just really wanted to make one. The game is about constant learning and the feeling of achievement when you beat a level, only to be met with a new challenge and so new obstacles are introduced every few levels across the entire game to keep it fresh. The main focus is on smooth movement and the under flow of rolling/jumping/jetpackin g.. the first time i made a boss battle as well, and the most play-tested and tweaked a game. been wanting to make a for ages, and i think something a lot of indie devs want to try.. so i hope i did it justice and to be honest this project was really fucking challenging from start to finish, and also was a financial failure as well, but i hope it is well received and the effort that went into it shines through. I really underestimated how difficult it would be to program the whole game myself as well as do the art/design/animation.. but despite wanting to quit several times during development and many long nights, i stuck with it and am super proud. the first time commissioned a soundtrack as well, and i think the music is great and really matches the gameplay. looking forward to feedback about the game and how it will be received by the players

Reviews


JojiroJojiro

Rated 5 / 5 stars

The pacing of the game is amazing. The slight but relieving changes in background scenery and game mechanics are amazing. The next-to last level seemed to have a lot of contrived bits of difficulty instead of the other levels, but even that was great.

The simplistic but challenging boss with its nods to all of the previous traps was excellent. Despite a lack of strong narrative or storyline, the little snippets were enough to let us know what was going on and to add a spice to an otherwise already flavorful blend of excellent platforming elements.

Controls were smooth, and while I experienced a little bit of lag whenever he entered a portal, I suspect that's a combination of my computer, Chrome, and the fact that I was playing on a low power setting.

This game, with no additional polish, would be one I'd gladly pay money for. Nothing copious, but easily a $5-15 game on Steam. With even more levels, more artistic vision, or this kind of excellent platforming mechanic plus an in-depth story, and you'd have even more of a gem.

I haven't played something this good in ages.

I do strongly encourage perhaps delving a bit into formulating plots and developing storylines, because this using whatever base you used for this and your great sensibilities with level design, you could just rehash the programming but vary the theme or message and build something truly great alongside such works as Limbo, Braid, and the like.

There is always room to reach higher, but on NG, and for a free game, this deserves MORE than a five-star rating. Great art, level design, animations, execution, and commitment to quality.


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stewievaderstewievader

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

very fun and nice music but the wall jumping really got to me on this one. the fact that you cant wall jump while your character is still ascending(moving upwards) even the tiniest bit, makes speed wall jumping impossible.

make it to where you can wall jump(while still moving upwards) and ill give you a 5 all day



RayStationX23RayStationX23

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I haven't beat it yet, but I'm about half way through, and I'm loving every second of it. I can't even put into words how great this game is. It has everything I love in a platformer; wall jumping, dodging obstacles, bouncing off enemies, etc. I really think you did a fantastic job, and I hope you get all the recognition you deserve. :) I will definitely be playing this game over and over again, for years to come.



desiertodesierto

Rated 5 / 5 stars

You deserve 5 stars, i can see you worked hard for this game, and i really have loved it, it is fun, challenging and cute too, very entertaining, thank you for sharing this, i really hope to see more from you in the future, really a great submission!



AutoAxpertAutoAxpert

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fast paced, smooth, challenging and fun. Love it.