Gerry's Grueling Garden

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Wooow, thanks for the frontpage Tom!

This game was made in 72 hours for Newgrounds' 7th Game Jam!

Core Mechanic: Raising

-How to play-
At first Gerry will raise his plant by pouring water in it's pot. When the plant is being raised you control where it grows with the arrows. Grow the plant in a way so Garry can climb it to collect all of his seeds.

Arrows Keys: Move Player/Plant Growing Direction
A = Attack
S = Jump
Press and hold S = Higher Jump

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Programmer: Spudzy
Artists: Goat-Man & Kashi
Musician: XsakuX

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I think what's throwing people off is your attack and jump buttons feel exactly backwards. Or in other words A should be jump and S should be attack.

It's like on NES games how the vast majority of games had A (the button on the right) for jump and B (the button on the left) for attack but every so often a game did the opposite and when that happened it just felt weird.

Well since a keyboard control with arrows to move on the right but your action buttons on the left, you need to flip them from what they would be on the NES so instead of leftmost button attack rightmost jump, you'd need leftmost button jump rightmost attack.

This is really the only thing I can make sense of as far as the overwhelming amount of reviews complaining about the controls, because they weren't that bad (I mean some games really do have bad controls), but they did feel backwards is all.

Pretty good game for having made in such a short time and I don't think any of the low scores are justified. I'm giving 4 of 5 stars because there is a fair amount of lag in this, though honestly I'm not sure how it could be avoided given the nature of the game.

Also I think it's level 7 or one of them where after you grow the vine the camera fails to pan back to your character, so you're just walking blind for a bit unless you finished with the vine near your player.

DreamEater responds:

Thank you very much for the extremely detailed review.

Really bad, controls are useless

The controls are stupid, have you ever played a game before?

so......slow..... Everything about this game is decent except the pace. the vine is slow, the walking is slow, the jumping is slow. I just couldn't bring myself to get past a few levels.

It's way too slow. Maybe you should have the option to make the vine grow faster. Also if you die you should have a choice between restarting from before you grew the vine and restarting from after you grew the vine. Good job for getting the game done in the time limit though.

Credits & Info

3.14 / 5.00

Jul 1, 2012
11:24 PM EDT
Action - Fighting - Brawler