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Ripple Dot Zero

rated 4.31 / 5 stars
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Action - Platformer - Hop and Bop

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Jul 6, 2013 | 5:50 PM EDT

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Lab Rat 5 Points You woke up, you were flushed, you escaped...
Moonwalker 50 Points Completed the game
Ripple Dot Master 50 Points Completing the game with good ending
Messiah 100 Points All Ripples Rescued

Author Comments

Ripple Dot Zero is a classic action platformer heavily influenced by the aestethics of the 16-bit era of the early The game features 20 Levels of running, bouncing, slashing and Gyro-Blade-throwing, set to the slick beats of an original soundtrack of pure fm-funk schmaltz. Even the sound effects where made with FM-synthesis to give the game that sharp sting of early gaming.

Move with arrow keys
Attack: Ctrl or Z
Jump: Space or X
Pause in game with P or ESC
Toggle Mute: M
Full screen: F

Re-map controls from main menu



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. The platforming is solid, the character design is quaint and original and DAT MYOOSIK. MMMM DAS SUM GOOOOOD MYOOSIK.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

My feelings are... mixed. I have some great things, some mediocre things, and one especially unhappy thing to say about this game.

First off, I seriously admire how much detail there is. From beginning to end, the artwork is solid and beautiful to look at, and nothing ever feels out of place. The parallax-scrolling title logo in the first stage was a really cool way to introduce the game, and the controls are easy enough to figure out by the time you get to Level 2. Everything runs very smoothly, and you certainly caught the feel of old 16-bit classics like Sonic the Hedgehog with the catchy music and level design--except here, the controls are more manageable and the fast pace of the gameplay is very infrequently interrupted. The difficulty curve is also pretty respectable, and I can tell the game is just designed to feel rather satisfying to play through.

Sometimes it is difficult to distinguish between the background and foreground, or which platforms you can jump through and which ones you can't, which can be pretty disconcerting at times. Occasionally, I found it unclear which direction I was supposed to be going to reach the end of a stage, starting with the first maze-like "Oxygen Plants" level. And when I finally met the requirements to enter one of the bonus stages to save one of the other Ripple subjects, I found the penalty for not collecting quite enough vials within the time limit to be really unforgiving, so completing the game 100% sounds like it would be more frustrating than fun.

I also found it irritating that the protagonist has a maximum health meter of four hearts most of the time, but he always starts out with two hearts upon entering a level or respawning, and if he gets hit even once, all you hear until you either die or find another heart is *blip-blip-blip-blip*... From what I've been able to tell, there is no way to turn this alert sound off without turning off all the sound in the game, and this saddens me because I enjoy the music and sound effects.

Now, for my biggest complaint, and the main reason I have mixed feelings about this game: If I'm being completely honest here, even with all of its beauty, I feel like this is almost as generic of a hop-and-bop game as they come. From a gameplay perspective, there's not much about this experience that makes it stand out. You run, jump, and swing a beam-sword, and meanwhile there are a bunch of small objects to collect. I was intrigued when that hover suit and boomerang disc were introduced, only to be disappointed when I found how rarely they were utilized throughout the game. As I played on, I kept hoping for more unique mechanics--new ideas that built upon past levels to create new experiences. Instead, every level felt basically the same, just laid out a little differently, save for the boss battle and mini-chase sequence at the end.

If I had to summarize my thoughts, I'd say Ripple Dot Zero does everything that it does very well, but some areas could have been improved, and the overall experience had a depressing amount of missed potential.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's a breath of fresh air to see something so creative and new. Taking heavy inspiration from classic games, Ripple Dot Zero is a 16 bit fantasy. The game play is never too fast, or too slow. I feel encouraged to explore and find secrets. At the same time, the game doesn't stack on the difficulty unlike a lot of 16 bit gems. Fair challenge is the name of the game. (or it easily could be.) I was also generally curious to see what mysteries the games plot held. After the first stages, there ends up being huge emphasis on exploring. I actually had to go back a few times and gather more pills. But it doesn't seem to much like a chore. The rescue the ripple bonus stages aren't awful either. I had my expectations low, and thought even the first few would be really hard. Well, I can gladly say they weren't. But, nothing is perfect. This game suffers from "do it again syndrome. That is, if you fail one of these vital bonus stages, you're not gonna be trying it again. you're doing the whole previous stage again. A minor gripe, but i just can't give perfect scores, it's against my nature. What I can do is give it a 4.5/5 and go buy the fantastic soundtrack. You definitely deserve that much for all your hard work. Another minor flaw is length. The game doesn't have that many stages. Personally, my recommendation is as follows: Make an extended version on sale on steam, including bonus levels. Sell it for about 5-10 dollars. Cha-ching. Oh, and offer discounts on the soundtrack if you buy it.
Final verdict: Shut up and take my money. Seriously, you deserve an internet for this. 3 guys made all this? Incredible. This game deserves it's daily first, and will remain a well remembered part of newgrounds history. Thanks for making my day guys.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

^^ that is all^^
music gameplay environment and controls are top notch, i jumped right in and it was like i was playing mega man/sonic it felt natural and fun to play kudos.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

The gameplay is awesome the controls are awesome the music is awesome the graphics are awesome no premium content... its like PERRFECT so yeah not much else can be said about this!!!