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Raider: Episode 1

rated 4.33 / 5 stars
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Jun 3, 2009 | 6:17 AM EDT

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Raider: Episode 1 is the first in a series of five platformers, consisting of a single level each. The levels are long, however.

This game is designed to be reminiscent of 'old-school' games which those of us old enough to remember playing them as children might find nostalgic.
It is designed to be CHALLENGING. Only the best players will be able to achieve the fabled S ranking for their performance. Can you?!/

Controls are specified in the game. They can also be customised from the How to Play screen.

PLEASE try Beginner mode if you're not great at platformers or if you find the other difficulties to hard and frustrating. It removes many of the most irritating aspects of the higher difficulties. Please do not complain that the game is too hard if you haven't even tried Easy mode.

NOTE: It seems that playing this in Internet Explorer results in some strange input-related problems, where the keys seem to 'stick' or something. You shouldn't really be using IE anyway; it's a notoriously bad browser.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars


The music, the story, all of it I got into. The people saying that it doesnt deserve a higher rating are thinking this is just a copy of old games, when it does have SOME things alike, they aren't looking in depth to the game. Here's a game, entirely made by one person, that has beautiful gameplay, artwork, and music, and it gets a bad score because its like a different game? Anyways, great job Pseudo, keep making games and we'll keep playing them.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

My kinda game

true platform fun.
Its great to see that people can still take the fundamentals of games of old and redesign them again.
I for one still think that the the old games are still the best.
Super Mario world is still my most favorite game of all time and is still
legend of Zelda oot would have to be second.
this game i would have to say is in my top 20 games of all times
you should be glad because i am very particular in what games i choose
i am hardcore and this is hardcore.
Cant wait for the next installment.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Not Hard

It didn't seem to me to be hard at all. It was actually the default keys. Once I gotten use to those, and once I changed them to custom, I completed the game (Twice!) Still fun though. But it needs to be more pixelated to be considered "old skool".


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

positive review

hard and fun, A-

I liked the game, though I think your naming conventions for difficulty settings should be changed. Normal is "normal," not hard. Hard in this case should be "Hardcore" or "Insane" or something else that is eye catching yet plausible.

I also had some troubles with the controls. I prefer not to change the controls so as to play the game the way the author built it but they are set up awkwardly and you can't change them mid-game. Putting a controls option in the pause menu would be a huge improvement.

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Pseudolonewolf responds:

I thought that 'Expert' was a fair enough name for the hardest mode, and 'Beginner' for the easiest and 'Intermediate' for the middle difficulty, since these imply difficulties based on experience and practice. Like how when learning an instrument, the more complex music would be 'Intermediate' and then 'Expert' (which imply lots of experience to get to that point) rather than 'Normal' and 'Hard' (which imply that you could play them without practice, just not easily).

Yet another complaint about the controls being 'akward'... I really wonder if it's largely because UP isn't jump. Hmm.
The control scheme I used is the one that's usually used for emulator games, so I thought it sensible, especially since it's so easy for me to use myself. Perhaps people are confusing 'awkward controls' and 'lack of familiarity with the game'...


Rated 4 / 5 stars

not bad!!

a very nice platformer, it even has a classic feel to it.