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Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« on: February 27, 2016, 07:51:32 pm »




So this is my first level, hope you like!
Stellar Matter (read: trinkets) are worth a fortune in the markets of the Milky Way. However, the only method of extraction is finding them in the middle of an arbitrarily long series of spike-filled rooms. Sounds like a job for Captain Viridian!
Please give feedback so I can improve the level!

Current Version: 904.04
Current zones: Green Zone, Purple Zone, Hard Way Zone, Redshift Blueshift, Coaster Zone, Laboratory Zone
Future zones: Turquoise Zone, (3 more), Final Zone

CHANGELOG:
[v904.04]
6 of 11 zones complete.
Bug fixes:
* Blueshift-1 tells you where to go this time.
* At the end of RedshiftBlueshift you're dumped at the checkpoint instead of right next to spikes.
* Hard Way: You can now see the entire level before trying it.
* Any/all rogue Viridians told to shut up and fly straight.

[v904.03]
4 of 15 or 20 zones complete.

[v904.02]
2 of 20 zones complete.

[v904.01]
1 of 20 zones complete. 4 of 100 flags used.
N.B. Random  :vitellary: at beginning of level will be used eventually once all twenty trinkets are available.
« Last Edit: March 19, 2016, 06:59:33 pm by Asmodean_ »

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2016, 08:54:25 pm »
Uhh, you kinda need some screenshots here.

Actually, where's that thing?


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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2016, 08:57:26 pm »
Uhh, you kinda need some screenshots here.

Actually, where's that thing?


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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2016, 09:22:16 pm »
Uhh, you kinda need some screenshots here.

Actually, where's that thing?


in the arms of the angel lol

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I thought it wasn’t going to be short.
« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2016, 09:23:30 pm »
This level is too short and too meta (e.g. shouldn’t have any meta-dialogue at all).

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Re: I thought it wasn’t going to be short.
« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2016, 09:50:37 pm »
This level is too short and too meta (e.g. shouldn’t have any meta-dialogue at all).
1: It's just the first bit so I don't have to go and change everything if/when a major flaw comes up.
2: Why is meta-dialogue so bad?

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Also, you wouldn’t have to change everything if you made the entire level.
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2016, 04:02:34 am »
1: It's just the first bit so I don't have to go and change everything if/when a major flaw comes up.
2: Why is meta-dialogue so bad?
Meta-dialogue has no cohesion.

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« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2016, 06:45:56 pm »
1: It's just the first bit so I don't have to go and change everything if/when a major flaw comes up.
2: Why is meta-dialogue so bad?
Meta-dialogue has no cohesion.
Ignore him. I like the level, even if it's a demo - dialogues were great! The level itself is great, and the idea is great too. The Green Zone is well done, and I can't wait for this to be completed. Keep it up!

Just a little spoiler to put you all at ease while I finish this goddamn level:

All of the terminals are directly controlled by the Level Creator. After the first twenty (or maybe just fifteen) zones and trinkets, dat sass gets to him and he grabs the crewmates and puts them "at the end of an arbitrarily long spike-filled corridor for no particular reason for you to risk your live numerous times to traverse, as that seems to be the only thing you ever do here"

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2016, 08:23:57 pm »
I like the humor. It was actually fun to read all dialogs/terminals.
But why post an alpha stage? We need a full 20x20, 35-zone, 20-trinket mega-level!!!

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2016, 09:44:38 pm »
I like the humor. It was actually fun to read all dialogs/terminals.
But why post an alpha stage? We need a full 20x20, 35-zone, 20-trinket mega-level!!!

So that people don't get antsy, like maybe A POSSIBLE LEVEL I KNOW.

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2016, 07:14:54 pm »
Update: Version v904.03 released - contains 4 zones: Green Zone, Purple Zone, Hard Way Zone, Redshift Blueshift.

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2016, 04:18:44 am »
I played the level, and here are my thoughts:

Blueshift #1: This screen is brutal.  It has spike pits of the maximum jump length, which really needed an antepiece.  Another glaring flaw is that—once you destroy the warp tokens—there's no way to tell which pit is the correct one, so unless you're lucky, you have to do the screen twice.  If you just added some subtle indication of the correct one, it would be much better.

Hard Way Zone: You forgot something that everyone seems to forget: showing the entire track before sending you in.  The main game does this, making it more fair.  Not that it really matters, though; it would be best if you swapped this zone out for something else later in development.

Map Size: I simply can not imaging you fitting 20 zones in this map, especially since now that you have areas that rely on map wrapping, you can't change its size.  You might be able to rearrange it with Ved, but it'll still take some work.

Stagger: I really like this screen for some reason.  I don't really know why, since its just like an unnamed screen in "Pyramid of Doom"; but I guess yours is prettier.

Dialogues: I liked the checkpoint tutorial joke.  That's about all that stood out to me.

File Name: Why isn't the level file named "dim904", why not something like "stellarmatter904"?

In conclusion: it's rough, but I think it has potential.

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2016, 04:52:02 pm »
I played the level, and here are my thoughts:

Blueshift #1: This screen is brutal.  It has spike pits of the maximum jump length, which really needed an antepiece.
Fixed by making it slightly easier and making the first one the antepiece instead of the second one.
Another glaring flaw is that—once you destroy the warp tokens—there's no way to tell which pit is the correct one, so unless you're lucky, you have to do the screen twice.  If you just added some subtle indication of the correct one, it would be much better.
Done (and lampshaded).
Hard Way Zone: You forgot something that everyone seems to forget: showing the entire track before sending you in.  The main game does this, making it more fair.  Not that it really matters, though; it would be best if you swapped this zone out for something else later in development.
You can now do this, but it's optional and I can't make it any more mandatory without breaking it. It's staying, though.
Map Size: I simply can not imaging you fitting 20 zones in this map, especially since now that you have areas that rely on map wrapping, you can't change its size.  You might be able to rearrange it with Ved, but it'll still take some work.
There are probably only going to be 10 zones (I thought 6 x 20 = 60 so I could fit it but obviously not) and a final zone. Really CBA to get Ved.
Stagger: I really like this screen for some reason.  I don't really know why, since its just like an unnamed screen in "Pyramid of Doom"; but I guess yours is prettier.
Never underestimate the power of direct-mode'd backing. The backing line (that shows the path through the Green Zone) goes over itself.
Dialogues: I liked the checkpoint tutorial joke.  That's about all that stood out to me.
Don't worry it'll get better.
I think.
File Name: Why isn't the level file named "dim904", why not something like "stellarmatter904"?
Because it's quicker to type in. I'll rename it once it's finished etc. It was originally going to be Dimension 904 but that's the most generic name I've ever seen.

All these fixes and a new zone in an upcoming update!

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2016, 05:27:47 pm »
I'm not a huge fan of Ved either, but once it's complete i bet its going to be amazing

EDIT: I like this level alot. The design is pretty good, and the meta-dialogue is quirky. I can't wait for the finished version!
« Last Edit: March 13, 2016, 05:46:32 pm by Lollipop »

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Re: Stellar Matter (WIP / Demo)
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2016, 06:25:43 pm »
I'm not a huge fan of Ved either, but once it's complete i bet its going to be amazing
I've been using it exclusively lately since it can do pretty much everything the built-in editor can and a bit more.