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Re: itch.io tast.io

Postby nosimpleway » Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:32 pm

Art Sqool appears to be the sort of intentionally-grating graphics-and-music sort of game. I will never know if there's anything good there.

I'm probably going to wait for a specific recommendation for any game where my experience starts with having to reconfigure the controls from right-handed WASD-and-mouse to play turn the coffee mug around.

Midboss seems like a pretty good pick-up-and-go roguelike. The gimmick is that you possess the bodies of monsters you kill and learn their abilities, then mix-and-match like a Final Fantasy job system.

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Postby Friday » Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:56 pm

Niku I want to let you know I finally just got the thread title good job
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Postby Niku » Sat Jul 04, 2020 8:57 am

GNOG is like if the popular The Room series of mobile games was charming and whimsical instead of foreboding and Lovecraftian. Or like someone digitized the popular toddler noisemaker box toy. You’re given a lunchbox sort of contraption floating in the middle of the screen which will have various things to poke and prod at, and you’ll then poke and prod at it until things happen, until things happen enough for you to win the box. It’s charming! Good touch screen game.

Hidden Folks is interactive Where’s Waldo. If you take pleasure in methodically scanning the page to find the specific thing you’re looking for, this replicated that perfectly while also having some minor interactivity (like opening tents or moving bridges to look inside or move the little people around so you can find what you’re looking for). Low key and relaxing in small doses, eye straining to marathon. Good touch screen game.

You Died But a Necromancer Revived You earns an A for naming but is not any fun to play. You just run through a top down single screen obstacle course trying not to get hit by things or step on spikes. Might be entertaining as couch co op depending on how the multiplayer works and if you can sabotage or help the other players, but very bad single player game. Very bad touch screen game.
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Postby beatbandito » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:24 am

Niku wrote:GNOG is like if the popular The Room series of mobile games was charming and whimsical instead of foreboding and Lovecraftian. Or like someone digitized the popular toddler noisemaker box toy. You’re given a lunchbox sort of contraption floating in the middle of the screen which will have various things to poke and prod at, and you’ll then poke and prod at it until things happen, until things happen enough for you to win the box. It’s charming! Good touch screen game.

Sounds like the "Grow" series of flash games. Or really just like half the single-screen point'n'clicks from Newgrounds I guess. Something we desperately need a return to for mobile instead of what mobile games have become.
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Postby Friday » Sat Jul 04, 2020 11:45 am

I have finally found my masocore limit, and it is Celeste chapter 9.
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Postby Niku » Sat Jul 04, 2020 12:36 pm

yeah farewell is goddamn ROUGH. i never finished the c-sides either.
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Postby nosimpleway » Sat Jul 04, 2020 10:44 pm

Arcade Spirits is apparently some sort of visual novel thing but the second text box that appears says:

New profile #237771. Economic bracket: Lower-Middle. Employment Category: Bleak. Current Emotional Health Rating: Low...

and I feel seen.

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Postby nosimpleway » Mon Jul 06, 2020 5:45 pm

Midboss is a solid idea for a roguelike but there just aren't enough different monsters in the game to make it really interesting lategame. Either you keep using the biggest and strongest monsters you can possess, or you get twoshotted as soon as the minotaurs show up.

There's a game I've seen LPed that I don't remember the name of. You wake up in an abandoned house, there are zombies, you heal from walking across broken glass by drinking beer and fight by chucking the empty beer bottles at enemies. No Delivery really wants to be that game. Or Five Nights at Freddy's, since it's all about a haunted pizza place. It's very trial-and-error. For instance, you find yourself fishing around in a toilet Silent Hill 2 style early on. Do you pull on the soft thing you feel clogging the pipes, or the hard thing? If it's the soft thing you get into unwinnable combat and die. If it's the hard thing you can continue the game.

Witchway is good stuff.

Anodyne is hard to describe. It's kind of like Link's Awakening if Link's Awakening tried to be (more overtly?) horror. Controls are a little wonky but it's fine.

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Re: itch.io tast.io

Postby nosimpleway » Sat Jul 18, 2020 4:20 pm

Witchway was good stuff until the game crashed halfway through one of the laser puzzles later on. By the time I got the game to work I had forgotten how the maze fit together and the relationship between rooms, which it turns out is p important.

Loot Rascals is pretty breezy in the main game and the real brain-bending puzzle is inventory management. You get eight equipment slots in two rows of four slots. Items are either +defense or +attack. But this card gets a bonus if it's on the bottom row, and this one gets a bonus if it's in column four, this one gives a bonus to the cards on either side of it, this one gives a bonus to every other helmet you have equipped (idgi either), and this one gives +2 to the card above it but removes its own bonus unless you have another equip of the same name somewhere else on the board, and...
I got tired of starting that puzzle over every time I got a couple new pieces of equipment and lost interest, but it's a game for somebody out there.

Beglitched is a match-three-falling-icons puzzle, but somewhere on the board is an enemy. You have to drop a bomb so that it explodes the space he's in. Some pieces can help point the way, or tell you how far away he is, or whatever.

Masocore games aren't really for me, I'm not the kid who finished Battletoads anymore, but apparently Celeste is one of those games that you should really try even if it isn't your thing. It's pretty fun, and respawning when you die is fast enough that you can just pick right back up and try again.
Then I found a cassette tape that loaded a "B side" of the level and the game immediately assumed I am Friday or perhaps Niku. I'm not sure how much further I can go.

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Re: itch.io tast.io

Postby Friday » Sat Jul 18, 2020 5:58 pm

Exit out and continue the main game.

Celeste is entirely reasonable and fun outside of the B sides and chapters 8 and especially ESPECIALLY 9.

(the game has it's normal ending at the end of chapter 7.)
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Postby zaratustra » Sat Jul 18, 2020 6:51 pm

nosimpleway wrote:There's a game I've seen LPed that I don't remember the name of. You wake up in an abandoned house, there are zombies, you heal from walking across broken glass by drinking beer and fight by chucking the empty beer bottles at enemies. No Delivery really wants to be that game. Or Five Nights at Freddy's, since it's all about a haunted pizza place.


No Delivery's gameplay mechanic is pretty unique. You have a central area that never changes; from there you can do runs into "wrong turns" that are basically 4 to 12 randomly generated events in a row. The first couple can be pretty hard-hitting, but once you get the leg up on usable items you're pretty safe for the rest of the game. Also, your class is randomized every time you die, and some usable items you collect are unusable by your current class, which is a good way to get you a leg up when you die.

The endings are ... okay? you don't really get any mind-blowing twist at the last minute that makes everything fit together perfectly forever. It starts weird and ends weird.

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Re: itch.io tast.io

Postby Newbie » Tue Jul 21, 2020 1:47 pm

A dude on my other forum just wrote at length about Vision Soft Reset , which might be one of the most conceptually ambitious Metroid-ish games I've ever seen. I'm just gonna excerpt him here:

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"...The protagonist here is psychic, which manifests itself in a few ways but the main one can be in how time is handled.

"The planet you land on is gonna explode twenty minutes after you land, which is a bad thing. It is simply not possible to accomplish everything that needs to be done in only twenty minutes. However, since when you are playing the game you are in essence just exploring various potential timelines as a psychic you have all the time in the world to explore the world.

"[...T]here are typical save points/rooms throughout the world, but when you save at one what you are saving is that exact moment in that timeline. Every health or meter pick-up you’ve found, any changes you’ve made to the world, and the exact time you make the save are all stored at this point. As you play through that first twenty minute period all those saves are put on an individual timeline, and if you die or reload from only the most recent one then it stays on it and everything works like it does typically. Still at some point you are gonna start to run short on time and will have to go back to an earlier save point, either the initial starting “twenty minutes left” one or a more recent one. When you continue from one of those you create a different timeline that branches off from that point, and anything you previously accomplished after that point is undone. You had four hearts? Now you’re back to two. That thing you spent so long trying to activate? It is shut down again.

"How is it possible to make any lasting progress this way? There is one exception: the suit you are in has all kinds of abilities you never figured out how to unlock, and surprise surprise you find data on the planet that reveals how to unlock them. Since they are in essence just data and as a psychic you have complete knowledge of what happens on all these timelines you don’t forget this when you return to an earlier point. You may be back at the starting point but hey, now you have a charged shot and will always have one. Certain bits of terrain can be destroyed by those, opening up paths to new places, etc.

[Interesting and novel game mechanics omitted]

"Now this doesn’t make VSR the best Metrovania I’ve played. The pixel graphics are fine but can’t match some of the heavy hitters, I don’t recall any of the music, it controls well enough but other games have more interesting movesets and combat to play around with, the world it creates doesn’t quite match others (although the variety of routes through it is rather strong), there’s only a few boss fights, and it’s only about five hours long. I think an argument can be made that it is the cleverest one I’ve come across though. It had an idea of what it could bring to the genre, which is basically a speedrunner mindset (in a less demanding form, a couple asks are tricky but for example on the final run I had about five minutes left over) wed to a unique-for-the-genre time system that is fully thought out and realized in a way that is sadly uncommon.

"…And no one played it. No one even really knew it existed. I usually write these things some days after the fact but after playing through this over the last few days I had to come here and struggle to try and explain how Vision Soft Reset is special, a true hidden gem because letting it be unknown any longer than it has to be just feels like such a damn shame.


"If Vision Soft Reset is the best game I discover via this bundle it would not be a disappointment."
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