Ok, for I have put MUCH more time into this game than into almost any other here on Newgrounds, I think it is time for a review.
I absolutely love this game.
Music is great. If you manage to make a different track for every four levels, that would be pretty much perfect. However, the music is not generic. Because of this, I would recommend to have like a random 1 - 3 minute break between repeating it, otherwise it gets annoying. I turned it off now.
Unfortunately, no sounds at all (, yet ?). I would recommend to add these, but put them on a 2nd Speaker, so that we have the option to turn on/off Sound and/or turn on/off music, maybe even control them.
Completely, fully fluid. Nothing to more to say here. Perfect. For The "minimap" idea below, introducing to move backwards would become an option.
In order to allow players to "reskill" faster, maybe add a button on the skills tree to "clear skills" and a button on the masteries tree to "clear masteries", so they dont have to click the minus hundreds of times (I am somewhere around dungeon level 19 now). Alternatively, holding shift / ctrl / z and at the same time holding the mouse button could be used to increase / decrease the skills / masteris very fast. (At the moment you receive the point when releasing the mouse from the + / -. This would require to receive the points once you press it, rather than when you release it)
I saw a comment where the poster complained that the "labrinth" is not recognizable. As a matter of fact, it changes whenever you turn. if you turn around left 4 times, you are somewhere else than before. I think it would be enough to just change this as follows: The "longest" "hallway" currently is 4 "blocks" long. If you change it to 7, and memorize at maximum the 3 directions possible (I realized there is no 4-way crossroad), and "forget" about the previous ways as soon as you move forward into a new corner, this feeling of the labrinth being completely unpredictable would go away. Even more, this would allow you to implement a new feature:
This is just an idea, This is how it would look like:
| x |
| |__ ___ ___
|you___ ___ x |
with "x" being mobs and "c" being a chest. Once you walk one step up, the right corridor would disappear (and become random again, until you walk 1 down again and look into it). If instead you walk into the right corridor, the bottom and top corridors would become random.
This would allow for an even more juicy feature:
Once every ~ 2 seconds, a monster could decide to move a step closer to you. you would see them come at you on the minimap, and there would be situations possible where three mobs would attack you simultaneously. If none are there, they could also randomly spawn at the entrances.
I read a suggestion of having a button to turn it on and off. I would like to recommend something else: Put auto-movement as a passive skill onto some items. On the tear 1 Items, only 1 step every ~5 seconds would be possible, faster steps would be available on higher tear equipment. This would be something where the player would have to make up his mind when "setting up" his "auto farmer" - "Can I go with just 1 auto-movement item? Should I use 2 items for a bit faster movement, or will this kill me?" The player would have to test and observe what happens rather than just going afk.
I like that the automatic attacks are slower than the ones you make by hand in case you have a high attack speed weapon. This way, sometimes you see yourself dieing while idling in Auto mode and are forced to intervene and take control in order to defeat a mob.
Strength, Vitality and Magic are self explaining. Luck is not. This was a big downtime in Diablo2 (magic find), as it is here: I simply have no idea how much I need in order to find the next tear item. This has an empty"feel" to it. I do not know if it increases the chest size, the chest amount, the items found inside the chest, the mob rarity, my chance to crit etc. The game should give me some kind of response when having mouse ofver the "+ / -" buttons, as it does for the other stats.
As already said, I would love to hear my attack on the mob, and I also would like to see my sword/axe/staff when striking. This would, I believe, add a lot to the "feel" during combat.
Actually, once you go Baba, you go full ret4rd and never use anything else. I have not casted once, except for a bit heal on level 2 or 3. The reason for this is, that I simply am too lazy to "unskill" with the minus button and try something new. Just one more reason for the "reset masteries" button mentioned above.
If you reset all masteries and the player has to click through them again, he might change his race just in order to try something new. For I am a lazy bum, I didn´t play mage yet, for example. (Also because points in magic would destroy my damage dealt -> blue sword mastery)
When you ascend, and all masteries arereset, BLOCK THEM. The player will be allowed only - i dont know - 500 mastery points in level 1, once he clears it he will get more for level 2 and so on. only when he reaches his previous dungeon level he will be allowed to use all the mastery points he has unlocked. This way, the player would be forced to REALLY play the game AGAIN when ascending. At the moment, it takes me like 10 minutes and I am back in the labrinth level I had before ascending, because my masteries alone clear all the low levels with ease.
That´s all for now,
I hope you continue working on this great pixel-art project,
- cyb -