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Feedback Bowler Head (top down pixel art)

Discussion in 'Work in Progress' started by frd, Jan 24, 2019.

  1. frd

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    Hi, I'm working on a game called Bowler Head.

    So far it features:

    - random room generation
    - player character with block, attacks and bowling

    Time spent so far - 2 days.

    Not sure where it's headed exactly. Here's how it looks -

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019
  2. Morendral

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    I like the look of it, and the concept is nice with a weapon that's one use and must be recovered. I think the game looks promising, but it's still too early to tell
     
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  3. frd

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    Thanks, that sounds fair.
     
  4. frd

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    - Added randomly spawning pins to knock over, crystals to collect, zoom, screen shake, scoring and bonuses, entrances and exits to rooms, transitions, bowling directional arrows, a few more animations and generally juicied it up a bit.

    Starting to come up with a bit of a plan for how the game might work.

    Time spent so far - 4 days.

    Any feedback would be appreciated.

    [​IMG]
     
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  5. Japster

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    Quirky! - I like it! :)
     
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  6. curato

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    Definitely an interesting mechanic. It definitely needs some form of push back like how to win or lose and disability when you lose your head. Maybe the pins march around or and you got to fight off rain drops since you got an umbrella. Maybe the umbrella has different abilities with and without your head (just random thought).
     
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  7. EvanSki

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    Sort of like Oddjob from James bond
     
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  8. Toque

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    I like character. The bowling ball is a great concept
     
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  9. mamacato

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    I like the animation.

    Edit: something about the dimensions has me thinking it's a side scroller every time I look at the GIF. Maybe it's just the lack of details in the room. To be seen..
     
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  10. Morendral

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    I had thought that also at first glance. I think it's because the walls are lacking any detail in the filled part
     
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  11. Nocturne

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    Conceptually, I think this is brilliant! The character is really cute and the bowling game mechanic is really interesting and I can see how it could lead to many different sub-mechanics related to interacting with buttons, enemies, puzzles, traps, etc... The umbrella is an interesting mechanic too, and it could make a great "secondary" weapon or support item to the bowling ball head. I would definitely keep working on this, as it looks charming and has great potential!
     
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  12. RichHopefulComposer

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    He needs a rounder shadow. With this top down view, the shadow on the ground would almost appear as a circle, but here it's a sliver. Combined with the (common and excusable) stylized side-on perspective of the character himself, it really does feel like a platformer at first glance.

    The super dark walls aren't helping, either. They almost feel more like holes than walls, making it even harder to register this scene as top down. The shadows going straight down compound this even more, hahah! Changing the black to a dark brown/red would also help a lot to show that we're looking at ceiling rather than bottomless pits. Pure black surrounded by bright colors is always going to feel like a hole in the screen. I still read the scene as top-down, but I can see how others might read it as side-on at first.

    Anyway, yeah. This is cute. I like the character and concept, too. =D
     
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  13. frd

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    Wow, thanks so much for all the feedback!

    It’s really helpful and encouraging.
     
  14. Toque

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    I thought it was a side scroller at first as well. Thought. “Floor is not well defined”.
     
  15. spoonsinbunnies

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    shows promise, I noticed your wallpaper disappears during the camera shake and no one else mentioned it.
     
  16. frd

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    Holy moly you’re right, what the heck is that about ....
     

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