There's an awful lot of cisplaining going on in these reviews. Personally, I think calling the antagonist Cisbot was to the point. I also appreciated including the unlockable genderqueer character, although it took me a little while to get enough points. Of course for such a small game, the rhetoric is simplified, but personally as a cisguy I thought it wasn't bad. The music was great, too, and the mechanic, though not *too* different from any other shoot-em-up, is executed well. My main complaint is that while the controls were very smooth, every so often they would freak out for a second and the character would keep moving right into a pronoun-bullet.
Also, on the victory screen, it says "conglaturations" instead of "congratulations"--might want to fix that :P
That last one is deliberate. Search for "Gostbusters Nes" ;)
This is a really, really great game. It's very satisfying to shoot at incorrect pronouns being hurled at you. I just really wish there was a nonbinary gender option. Other than that, this is an amazing game with catchy music.
There actually is, but I think you have to unlock it by gaining a certain score (Looking back I think that was a bad decision and I should have had it selectable from the start). But thank you for your comment :)
Nice little idea. Slightly disappointed you can't 'edit' the pronouns and use them - eg shooting the 'tom' off 'tomboy' and collecting the 'boy' part, or the 'he' from 'she'. That would add an extra layer of skill to it (though it's hard to think of many suitable words you could turn from male to female that way - Herr to her, perhaps)
I had that idea, too, but it would have been beyond my programming abilities. Also, as you mentioned, it would have been a bit unbalanced since not many pronouns can be modified from m to f.
Great game, I loved it! I find it a little bit repetitive, I feel like there could be more power-ups like traditional bullet games (spreadshot, machine gun, etc) or have the different levels be made with different music/colors.
It looks like you accidentally misspelled proving. Not that big of a deal but I noticed.
Also, as it was already pointed out, kind of wish nonbinary wasn't an award and was instead one of your options.
You did a fantastic job though! I had to make an account just to write my first review for you... :>
Disclaimer: I'm going to review this seriously. I know full well that this was not meant to be a seriously-taken game, but that's how I roll.
Ok. Let's break it down.
Gameplay-wise, it was terrible. I'm not going to sugar-coat it with a storyline excuse, the gameplay was dull, colourless and repetitive. You did shake it up with the lasers, but they were easy to avoid. Overall, if this was a serious game and was any longer, I would give up on it after the 2nd level.
On that cheerful note...
Story-wise, it was well suited for the project scale. It was simple, but just so slightly off the point. I think some people will be confused at what the message is, simply considering the cisbot to be a blind twit. However, once the word "lesbian" came up, I'm confident at least a few people will get the message eventually.
So after a short examination of your game, I'd think, considering the tiny scale of the project, you did pretty well. I feel that you could have been a bit less lazy in the gameplay and made something change in the 2nd and 3rd stages, and I know that you're capable of doing so.
Good game, if you don't mind a small, simple game.