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Jan 17, 2013 | 1:45 PM EST

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Secret Beater 50 Points Successfully navigate all secret levels.
Secret Completer 100 Points Beat the target times for all secret levels
Ultimate Uirdz Champion 100 Points Complete everything and die trying

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Soundtrack now available! Get it for free at http://paste42.bandcamp.c om/album/uirdz-soundtrack

Basic walkthrough video now available at tch?v=RY3ANpVTmtQ
Having trouble getting a particular target time? Secret level/Target time video now available at tch?v=Q4_l2DNjGvA

***UPDATE***: Fixed end roar bug and flip freeze bug
***UPDATE***: Dragable words now do not snap to the first letter!

You will probably die a few times. When dying, please do not leave a mess.

You may want to wait until your second playthrough before subjecting yourself to their abuses. (Hit ESC to exit a secret level and go back to the level select)

This game uses the mouse and the keyboard. I recommend using a mouse as opposed to a touchpad or nub, especially if you're going for target times (which you are, of course).

You may, during the course of playing Uirdz, find yourself having fun. If so, please continue to play Uirdz and tell one person you love and one person you hate about it.



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Not bad, but target times makes the game almost impossible. I'm not gonna try a million times only to win 3 medals.


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I didn't have much fun. I think you'd be better off making a platformer with some good basic level design than relying on the text dragging gimmick and frustration. :/


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

It's different, but I wouldn't say it's enjoyable. The target times were way too strict to bother with, and if you're not trying for those, the game loses a lot. Dragging words around and placing them just seems kind of boring, and a lot slower than other platformers. I appreciate that you tried to utilize two completely different concentrations, but it just doesn't work well enough.

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Rated 2 / 5 stars

If target times are going to be based around how well you can drag things with a mouse cursor, you should probably make sure that the action of dragging things with the mouse cursor actually works intuitively, rather than having it jump the position of the word on mouseDown to some vague orientation around the cursor itself.

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Rated 2 / 5 stars

After playing up to the last level and finding myself too annoyed to complete it, I have mixed feelings, and unfortunately most of them are negative.

The concept of the game is original and well utilized. The dialogue and the captions are clever, the puzzles and level design were very carefully made. The music was catchy enough, and there was a lot of content.

But those controls... Goodness gracious. They're far too slippery and sensitive for a game with as many precise jumps as this one does. The game is clearly meant to be pretty fast-paced (or else you wouldn't have had all those practically impossible 'target times'), yet the character takes an unnaturally long time to turn around both in the air and on the ground. The three-tile-high jump is capable of avoiding the spikes thrown by the boss, but only by about a pixel or less. Speaking of jumping, it's also not easy to jump, then jump again as soon as you land on the ground, which I think is a serious oversight.

Those were all cases of when the game does too little, but there are plenty of times when it does too much, as well. The character would always move farther than I wanted it to and jump higher than I asked it to anytime I lightly tapped the keys to do either of those things. There were even a number of times where the controls glitched and I kept moving one direction even if I wasn't pressing anything.

While I'm on the subject of glitches, I might as well also point out that there were multiple times when I was using the word "FLIP" while jumping past some platforms, and everything froze. Only the Esc key was still working. Also, if you die while the boss is roaring, the sound of the roar persists forever until you go back to the level select, enter the last level again, and watch the entire pre-boss cutscene again.

The reason I've brought up the boss so many times is that while nearly all of this game's issues are present throughout most of the levels, they really shine when you reach the end of the game and suddenly ALL of the difficulty is comprised of these awful design flaws. Was this game just meant to be challenging by any means necessary, even if it meant bad functionality? That's the kind of vibe I get from the insane medals attached to this game, none of which are even as simple as "Beat the game for 100 points." I haven't even bothered bringing up the dragging-the-text mechanic, but as many people will probably tell you, exact-placement mouse controls and fast-paced gameplay don't really go well together if you're trying to make a game that isn't frustrating for all the wrong reasons.

This whole game just feels unresponsive, which wouldn't have been as irritating if this was entirely a puzzle-based game without any ludicrous jumps or near-exact timing, but it almost feels like you pieced all the levels together and then programmed the character at the last minute. The game starts out being enjoyable as the mechanics are introduced to you, and then it became overly difficult in a way that's not actually satisfying, because the only challenge the player is really dealing with is the artificial challenge of flimsy maneuverability... which is sad. There was so much potential here.

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