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College-Ruled Universe

rated 3.61 / 5 stars
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Action - Shooter - Horizontal Flight

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Mar 24, 2012 | 4:37 PM EDT

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THIS GAME IS LESS THAN 12 MINUTES CAPS-LOCK. It IS a demo, so there's a few issues unresolved, but I'm working to fix them as I get feedback!
--edit 2-- HOLY SH*T! Front page! Whoooo!! Thanks Tom and thanks Newgrounds! And yes, I'm looking at all your comments, really appreciate the feedback. :D
--edit-- tweaked some balance issues, upped the framerate.
CRU is a side scrolling shooter/exploration game. This is a SHORT ASS DEMO, which means I can only show a bit of the exploration, the bulk of the demo is the shoot-em-up section.

Controls: (once you get to the shooting part!)
_----==** Z: shoot X: shield C: charge beam **==----_
The beam gauge charges when you kill an enemy; If you slaughter them like the beast you are, you'll charge it up, dude.

ANYWAYS have fun ng!



Rated 2 / 5 stars

I was enthralled by it until it turned into a shooter. I think you'd be much better off doing a platformer. The shooter part didn't hold me for very long. Since it's just a demo I don't really know what rating to give it, but if it was a full fledged game I probably would have just skipped commenting or rating since I closed it right after the gameplay started.

If you're going to stick with the shooter, it's generally a bad idea to limit the ammo the way you are. I tried that on my first shooter, too, and in testing no one understood why the gun suddenly didn't work. ("The gun is glitchy, it just stops working randomly...") You'd be better off doing limited ammo on a secondary weapon, or making the game more tactically oriented - rather than action oriented - and limiting the number of shots. Right now you're kind of in an awkward middle area.

Also in a shooter like this, you should focus on how you want the player to play the game. Are they supposed to hit every enemy, or is it just a clusterfuck that you have to dodge through and the weapon is more of a shield. Here, too, you're in an awkward middle area. If you're supposed to hit every enemy, you should have a money/score system that rewards you for each hit and links to upgrades that make it easier to kill more enemies. If it's a clusterfuck, then you need tons of enemies or bullets moving in predictable patterns so the game becomes about dodging and sniping whatever is in your way. Rewards should be given in this option for distance traveled, where hitting checkpoints is tied to an upgrade system that makes dodging easier. There could be other play-style options too, it's just important to think about what exactly you want the player to do.

Lastly, protip on using bitmaps in flash: Either turn on smoothing (Library Properties -> Allow Smoothing) or make sure your bitmap is always on a pixel and not halfway between. I just use Math.Round() to snap it to the nearest pixel. That'll get rid of all the funny jumping around and image tearing. Smoothing eats up CPU and snapping it to the nearest pixel won't move as smoothly when it's going slow, so you usually have to decide which tradeoff you want.

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LordDF responds:

Awesome review! Thanks for the protips man.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

not a fan of these controls

LordDF responds:

Can you be more specific in a PM? I aim to please, bro.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

you lay so much focus on the graphics, which look really interessting, but didn't put effort in the control, there are no physics at all at the ships movement, it's just about moving it some pixels up or down, without any acceleration or breaks, it just doesn't feel good..

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Rated 2 / 5 stars

Well first of all, I dont really like these kind of games. But for me it's just another person trying to make "that kind of game". Its not original and people doing it all the time.. Trying to make a weird or disturbed atmosphere for example the game closure. Sincerely it was very very boring.. The shooting wasn't that fun.
I dont like the way its drawn, it's weird and make no sense. You know what would be original that human plays a role and your just on earth no fantasy bullshit. Thats something no one does around here.
But well thats my opinion. I would like it if it wasnt all weird and stuff.. The ship im flying what is it? how is it hold together? Why dont just make a space ship that makes sense.. It may be fun for some people.. but every game here on newgrounds does that.. Its not cool or original.. kinda pretentious..
I'm sorry, but i found it pretty boring.. I hope I helped you..

LordDF responds:

I make games as an escape. If you want something 'down to earth,' I might suggest going to your local DMV or filing your taxes.


Rated 1.5 / 5 stars

This is fail on a few levels.

1. I hate memorization bosses. There's no way to anticipate, no visual clues, what the boss will do next.
2. The speed to size ratio is way off. There's just too little room to move around to justify the movement speed of the enemies. Sometimes there's literally no where to go.
3. The shading is deceptive. I was dodging things not on my axis, and getting hit by things I didn't expect to.
4. Shield is a gimmick. There's times when you literally have to just block. Shield should be used to overcome a challenge and give you recovery time, not so you can flash a "use shield now" sign, giving it no other practical purpose.

Having a fast game, or a bullet hell game is acceptable, but having a game so unpredictable the only way to win is by memory is an excuse to frustrate players.

I've learned to just drop a game that does this, as 100 levels of die and retry is lame.

LordDF responds:

A lot of people had issues with the boss. I'll work on giving him some visual cues for the final.