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Read July 04, 2007, 08:09:23 AM #40
-One-

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What's the name of the last enemy?  The farthest that I got was the skeptical square or whatever in Thailand.
That's the final enemy of the Thailand level. The big bad boss in the game can be found in China. The final one in Korea is pretty tough too  tongue2
I wouldn't say so. I just swept across the boss with my level 9 weapon and blew off all its side guns and the two front grey circle things. For a boss the size of China's boss, I would have expected more firepower on the boss' part, but oh well.  Tongue

If only my mom would let me buy games on the internet...I would definitely give about $5 for this.
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Read July 04, 2007, 11:37:39 PM #41
cactus

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

Yeah, I put up a gameplay video. Maybe it'll get me a few more pre-orders, maybe it will make people want their money back. I dunno.

http://www.akuchizoku.co.nr/
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Read July 04, 2007, 11:48:06 PM #42
Kairos

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Nice, looks very retro, and those sticky option things/ bullets are pretty interesting. Anyway, great use of effects!
Can't wait to see further progress.

EDIT: Noticed how the options work from the2bears' blog. Looks innovative.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 03:09:22 AM by Kairos »
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Read July 05, 2007, 02:38:33 AM #43
monoRAIL

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

That looks like fun. Since you're going with such a simplistic graphical style though, I think you should have more effects and particles. Very innovative boss.

How exactly do the options work - you shoot them off and they stick to an enemy? Do they damage it over time?
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Read July 05, 2007, 02:40:33 AM #44
Adigun A. Polack

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

I saw the video just now, cactus, and while there is some very good shooting mechanics, I simply do not think that the color red for the shots and stuff would be a proper move for you on this project, turning off and scaring away at least some players.  Sad  Remember, part of the rules of this competition said:

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*  Your game must be suitable for all ages.  Your game must not contain any material of a profanatory, pornagraphic, morbidly violent, or racist nature.

...so with the red being there suggesting lots of blood being gushed and/or spilled (especially when enemies are shot!), this game ends up not being suitable for a general audience, which is something that you definitely need to be thinking about adjusting, man.

I am not trying to put you down, nor am I even gonna go against what you have done on this project at all.  Smiley !  All I want you to do is to make some vital fixes to make it even more suitable for the general public, and you will be A-OK!!

If you can do all of that, the risk of potential disqualification on your entry will be cut down to nothing flat!  Besides, I just want your game to be one of the possible winners.  That is all.  Cool=b

(And my man motorherp, I do hope that you are taking close notice at this post.  Grin )
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 02:49:36 AM by Adigun A. Polack »
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Read July 05, 2007, 03:00:52 AM #45
Kairos

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Hmm. I thought the color was fine, blood was actually the last thing I thought about. Maybe it had to go with the theme/ title. Well, if something has to be changed, he could probably do that without a problem, although now that you mention it...

Yes a few blood splats and such are fine such as in Guwange.  We just wont accept anything with morbidly violent content

I wonder what he would think.

« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 03:03:17 AM by Kairos »
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Read July 05, 2007, 03:12:02 AM #46
Adigun A. Polack

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Kairos, I did not notice that quote you gave out just now, as I just want to be sure all entries are as suitable for the general public as ever.  I am not going against cactus on his entry at all; I *only* want him to do so well on it.  That is all.  cool2

I also want to be sure what motorherp is gonna say as a result of this gameplay video.  In a way, I am a little concerned myself, as I am carefully thinking about something that is suitable mainly to the general audience on the whole... at least I am doing so to the utmost best of my very power here.  And while I am not perfect, I am just learning to be as *truly* honest as I can right here ( Wink ! ).

My two cents.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 03:16:08 AM by Adigun A. Polack »
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Read July 05, 2007, 04:57:46 AM #47
the2bears

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

There were little blood splatters in Dragon Forever, actually kind of hard to notice.  I still think it's a great effect... but I'm not commenting on the present issue, this just reminded me of it.

Bill


the2bears - the indie shmup blog
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Read July 05, 2007, 10:07:56 AM #48
alillm

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Well that looks pretty amazing to me, I will definitely be buying it  Grin. I love crazy graphic styles and the gameplay looks superb too.

As for the blood issue, I don't think itís a problem with the style of the game. If it was realistic and had heads rolling across the screen etc, then yes, but as it stands I don't watch the video and think 'wow that was violent'. Still, itís up to the judges.

Great work cactus  Smiley

Ali
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Read July 05, 2007, 10:41:00 AM #49
pixelizr

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The sound effects took me back to my Atari days. Good work! Smiley
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Read July 05, 2007, 11:45:46 AM #50
cactus

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Yes a few blood splats and such are fine such as in Guwange.  We just wont accept anything with morbidly violent content
I wonder what he would think.
Yeah, I also read the following quote. The red stuff is in fact all blood, but if anyone would find the graphics frightening or disgusting, I'd be really surprised. I mean, even Wolfenstein is way worse than this. If I can't do the game as I want it, I'll pull it out of the competition. I don't intend to sacrifice my "artistic vision" for something that I don't agree with Tongue

I'll let you guys figure out how the options in the video work. It's not obvious from the video, but if you look hard and think about how the attack sequence seem to work, you should be able to figure it out.

Also, there's a lot of stuff not in the video yet. It'll definitely look spiffier when I add more particles, the HUD, and the rest of the stuff I have planned.
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Read July 05, 2007, 12:54:05 PM #51
pixelizr

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I don't think the blood issue should be a big deal. I'm sure Adigun brought it up out of duty as one of the judges more than anything else; it doesn't hurt to make sure, after all. Anyway, I think cactus has done a good job so far in conveying in good taste his vision of a pixelated, comical splatterfest. It's even possible to over-analyze the game's presentation as a subtle statement on the current videogame violence debate. I won't go that far, of course. Too tired from work. All I can say is that I love those dashing ostriches. Grin
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Read July 05, 2007, 01:55:43 PM #52
ReleX

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Dude that totally rocked! So nice and retro! ******'-A man! As for the blood, or rather: the red pixels... How can that be too violent and to graphic in the modern world? Young ppl nowadays play games where you can chop of ppl's heads in al its realistic and graphic glory. But this.. I wouldent even say the beam is blood if you hadnt told me. And I think you are apsolutely right about removing your entry from the compo if people are going to nag about the 'red pixels'. Nothing should stand in your way of making this game EXACTLY as YOU want it too. And other than that, how young are the youngest people that are actually going to play this game (on this site)? I'm shure the've seen much worse. Finally I just want to say that I'd be very dissapointed if this entry would be disqualified for all this. That's all... ttyl!

-ReleX
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 02:13:43 PM by motorherp »

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Read July 05, 2007, 02:09:53 PM #53
motorherp

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Ok people dont get your knickers in a twist  Tongue.  The key word here is morbidly violent.  I've already stated that a few blood splats are fine giving Guwange as an example of what is bloody yet acceptable.  Go and check it out on youtube if you dont know what game I'm talking about.  What I'm trying to avoid is entries such as 'Common Sense' from the last competition where people include sickening images and ideas to try to give their game shock value and infamy.  Just remember that there is no 18 rating on this site and and such we cant freely provide material that would require such a rating.

And Relex, watch your language.  That's the third time you've posted innapropriate language and someone has taken offense and reported you for it once already in the past.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 02:12:41 PM by motorherp »

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Read July 05, 2007, 03:21:52 PM #54
battlegorge

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

If I can't do the game as I want it, I'll pull it out of the competition.
I dont think its too much to enter it in the competition.
But i think shmups shouldnt have blood.
In Guwange 20 soldiers enter the screen then 10 horses and disappear in big blood clouds.
Cant say i like that   Roll Eyes.
Your shooter looks fun but i think it would be cooler with the graphic style of you old game Insect Invade 2.
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Read July 05, 2007, 04:00:25 PM #55
ReleX

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I'm sorry for using the 'F' word. But It was not ment offensive or anything. It was a quote from a movie called 'The big Lebowski' and I ment it as 'GREAT!', 'SWEET!' or 'SUPER'. More like a big thumbs up than in any bad way.

Guess no bad words at all on this site huh?

Sorry,
-ReleX
 


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Read July 05, 2007, 04:34:19 PM #56
motorherp

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No worries Relex, I realise it's not meant offensively.  I try to keep a relaxed atmosphere here which is why I dont usualy make a big deal of it, but it did seem to be fairly common place in your speach which is why I said something.  Personally it doesn't phase me at all but it does bother some people and I have to remember that this site is open to everyone.

With regards to the Guwange issue, personally I feel this is one of the hypocritical things about game rating.  For example, Carmaggedon was banned because of its blood, but when they changed the colour of the blood splats to green everyone was then fine with it.  I dont really see the logic in that since it didn't change what was happening.  With regards to shmups, these are by their very nature violent since they involve you going around killing things in great quantities, even the cute-em-ups.  Adding blood splats whether they be red, green, or tartan doesn't change that.  Also what's the difference between a blood splat and an explosion since they both signify you've just killed something, yet poeple aren't phased by explosions.  I think where the difference comes in is when the violence is glorified such that the focus of the game becomes inflicting suffering.  In a shmup you shoot things for points, whether they're poeple, horses, aliens, or abstract shapes is irrelevant, they're mearly vessels for points.  The same can be said for most games.  Anyway, this is the wrong place to really discuss such things.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 04:38:17 PM by motorherp »

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Read July 05, 2007, 05:19:31 PM #57
Adigun A. Polack

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I can understand a little clearly now, motorherp.  Thank you so much.  Wink=b

Going back on topic, cactus, my positive point that I am trying to say to you today is that you are doing an *excellent* job at the design of the game so far, and I certainly hope that this project becomes a clear success just like your previous project Clean Asia did from the Autofire 2007 competition.  Because you know, it is the gameplay and play control that matters the most out of all of the design elements of what makes a contest entry great, got that now?  Grin !!

Speaking for myself now, as a judge, I just was making sure all along that things are successfully on the up-and-up without any trouble, as I was only doing my valiant part in making sure all of the rules of the compo are upheld.  But motorherp, of course, has the final say about what material is acceptable or not, since he is both the head judge of this compo and the admin of Shmup-dev.

And no hard feelings, cactus.  I am *so* sorry if I offended you about the game.  sad2  Carry on, and continue to do an awesome job that you are doing!!!  d=wink1=b

With the record settled straight, let us now get back on track!!  cool2  Thank you everyone, for your honest and important understanding on this post.
« Last Edit: July 05, 2007, 05:21:45 PM by Adigun A. Polack »
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Read July 05, 2007, 05:25:35 PM #58
Tim

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I'm sure a lot of guys with entries in this competition were disappointed to hear that Akuchizoku won't be disqualified lol
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Read July 05, 2007, 05:35:27 PM #59
Adigun A. Polack

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I'm sure a lot of guys with entries in this competition were disappointed to hear that Akuchizoku won't be disqualified lol

Tim W., let us safely say that as great a game as Akuchizoku looks in the gameplay so far (according to the vid), I care so much more about the gameplay and play control myself, which I think is the very heart of probably ANY game out there, indie or otherwise.  cool1 !
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Read July 05, 2007, 05:59:26 PM #60
Kairos

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I'm sure a lot of guys with entries in this competition were disappointed to hear that Akuchizoku won't be disqualified lol

Oh yes, surely.

Just kidding.  Tongue

Actually, a game like that increases motivation, if anything. I'm sure people love tough competition.
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Read July 05, 2007, 06:07:28 PM #61
Adigun A. Polack

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I'm sure a lot of guys with entries in this competition were disappointed to hear that Akuchizoku won't be disqualified lol

Oh yes, surely.

Just kidding.  Tongue

Actually, a game like that increases motivation, if anything. I'm sure people love tough competition.

Well, with the way things are going so far here, Iíd say KEEP BRINGING IT!!!  Because you know, the tougher, the better... and that is what make this compo a lot more interesting and fresh indeed!!!  cheesy2=b
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Read July 05, 2007, 07:37:52 PM #62
the2bears

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I know, I have to completely redo my "explosion engine" for this competition Smiley

Bill


the2bears - the indie shmup blog
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Read July 05, 2007, 07:44:49 PM #63
cactus

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

And no hard feelings, cactus.  I am *so* sorry if I offended you about the game.  sad2  Carry on, and continue to do an awesome job that you are doing!!!  d=wink1=b
No hard feelings. Since Matt was the one to add the rule concerning blood and violence, things might've been different if he was still the head master over here. Always better to address the matter as soon as possible, rather than someone getting disqualified in the last minute.
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Read July 05, 2007, 09:19:19 PM #64
alillm

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I'm sure a lot of guys with entries in this competition were disappointed to hear that Akuchizoku won't be disqualified lol

Actually I would have withdrawn my game in protest...and then come crawling back a few days later hehe  Wink

Ali
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Read July 05, 2007, 11:12:00 PM #65
pixelizr

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I know, I have to completely redo my "explosion engine" for this competition

...and I probably have to rewrite my "player.splatter(double blood)" function as well... Grin
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Read July 11, 2007, 09:36:07 PM #66
cactus

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

Progress report. I've got level three alive and kicking, worked a lot on the background effect. This level will be more bullet hell than the first. And I added bomb attacks for the three playable pilots I have so far.

I've done 75% of the intro sequence... Will probably go back and rework the backgrounds a bit Tongue



The intro sequence has about a hundred lines worth of dialouge. I hope people will like the story. I'm putting a lot of effort into making it worthwhile. There'll be skippable cutscenes in between each level that will help advancing the game. Will probably finish writing the whole manuscript during the rest of the week, as I will be on a brief vacation without any computer access. Will also draw up some enemies and crap while I'm at it Tongue
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Read July 11, 2007, 09:53:15 PM #67
alillm

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Nice screen Smiley. I'm glad you are putting the effort into a detailed story, it can really add a lot to a game. Saying that, my entry wonít have much of a story, I'm having to put all my effort into learning new tools for this one which is a shame.

Have a good vacation. I'm looking forward to seeing your progress once you get back.

Ali
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Read July 11, 2007, 11:18:18 PM #68
jellyf15h

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Indeed.  A tip of the hat to you and your silly talking dog. 
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Read July 12, 2007, 10:53:39 PM #69
Shoot-em-upper

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You mean General Silly Talking Dog.

Adding blood splats whether they be red, green, or tartan doesn't change that.

Actually, tartan blood splats would look pretty cool, IMO.
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Read July 13, 2007, 06:51:07 PM #70
stwelin

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Video is lookin' pretty slick. The options that attach to the enemy pose an interesting game mechanic. I really won't be able to play this without a paypal account? It's such a shame.
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Read July 13, 2007, 07:16:29 PM #71
the2bears

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Video is lookin' pretty slick. The options that attach to the enemy pose an interesting game mechanic. I really won't be able to play this without a paypal account? It's such a shame.

You'll be able to play the contest version certainly, and with a kind word I'm sure that cactus will make "other arrangements" for you Smiley

Bill


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Read July 16, 2007, 04:01:38 PM #72
cactus

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You'll be able to play the contest version certainly, and with a kind word I'm sure that cactus will make "other arrangements" for you Smiley
Yes, the contest version should be pretty decent. Three levels and three pilots, that's more than what can be found in Clean Asia (at the moment). If people can't donate a buck (or why not ten?) for the full version, then I won't hog it. But that only applies for people that I like Kiss
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Read August 28, 2007, 08:58:31 PM #73
cactus

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

Okay, for those getting worried I might've stopped working on this or anyone who's forgotten about it, here's some new screenshots:


The skull dude has gotten himself a nice special attack


And so has the helicopter


And the penis rocket ain't any worse (it's really not supposed to be a penis)


What's this, a new boss with segmented neck and a blood squirting eye?


Yeah, some of my big donors get incorporated into the game. Here's for the2bears, who's given me the second largest donation so far. Also, he had a nickname that was easy to create something from.


New level. It's the last one in the demo, as in the third.


It's got a nice timecycle in the background. Gets darker and darker, and then brighter and brighter. AMAZING, HUH?! Too bad I took these screens at practically the same part Sad

As you can see, the game's levels will be quite different from each other. And yeah, the new level presented looks a lot better in motion... Believe me.
« Last Edit: September 21, 2007, 09:33:29 AM by cactus »
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Read August 28, 2007, 10:20:21 PM #74
berilium

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OMG Cactus!!! Those screens are glorious man! And I do like the2bears' donation. What are those pinky rectangles coming from (I believe) the gray thing there? growing bullets?

Awesome!!!  Cheesy
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Read August 28, 2007, 11:42:31 PM #75
cactus

Re: Akuchizoku (With Gameplay Video?)

What are those pinky rectangles coming from (I believe) the gray thing there? growing bullets?
Those are parts of the boss. Both enemies in those screens are bosses, which is why they look a bit similar. Each boss in this level will have a core that looks the same as the other bosses' cores. The boss in that picture has a nice movement pattern, and looks a lot better in motion.

Thanks for the positivity, comments like yours always does wonders for my motivation to work more on the game.
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Read August 29, 2007, 01:40:40 AM #76
the2bears

Re: Akuchizoku (Updated 29-07-07 with 7 new screenshots)

Awesome boss  Cool

Bill


the2bears - the indie shmup blog
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Read September 09, 2007, 02:02:11 PM #77
Shoot-em-upper

Re: Akuchizoku (Updated 29-07-07 with 7 new screenshots)

Cool screens!
(sorry, late post)


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Read September 11, 2007, 07:41:59 AM #78
Linley

Re: Akuchizoku (Updated 29-07-07 with 7 new screenshots)

My life will be incomplete until I see that segmented neck with blood squirting eye in action. Awesome!
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Read September 26, 2007, 11:28:15 PM #79
cactus

Re: Akuchizoku (Updated 29-07-07 with 7 new screenshots)

My life will be incomplete until I see that segmented neck with blood squirting eye in action. Awesome!
Thanks, man! That's one of the nicest compliments I've ever had  Cry (tears of joy)

I'm sorry to have to dissappoint everyone who has donated to get the full release of the game. But the full version will not be complete for the deadline of this competition. It feels bad that those who haven't been as generous will get to play the game first, as I do suggest that anyone who's sent me a few bucks wait for the full version for maximum enjoyment. However, I do believe that the delay is a good thing for the most part. I've had some great ideas lately, and think that the game will end up a lot better thanks to this.

For example, I decided to practically remake a level, and it went from the first pic to the second. In my opinion, the improvement is huge.



Again, I'm sorry for this delay, everyone! I hope that you'll forgive me. I will try to have the whole game finished by mid october embarrassed2

Note: I'm not dropping out of the competition. The three level demo shall be finished by sunday, even if it kills me.
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