GALACTIVORE - 2D Retro action-platformer

GALACTIVORE is a 2D retro action-platformer I´ve been working on sporadically since 2013.

I felt it was time to wrap up a demo version and get some feedback on it, so here it is.

The game is set in the year 2068. You play a lone traveller that get caught up in the biggest conflict of the galaxy. The current version features three levels, two boss fights and and two additional ammo types for your arsenal.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated!'

UPDATE: Version 1.02 is available!

News in version 1.02:

-New enemy type
-Tweaked levels
-Slight graphical changes
-Added squishy sound
-Faster player movement
-Updated player sprite
-Fixed minor bugs
-Unintentionally added bugs(?)

Try it and let me know what you think!

Download demo version 1.02 for Windows here:
https://invisible-hand-corp.itch.io/galactivore-demo-version


Website: https://invisiblehandcorp.wordpress.com/

Screenshots:




 
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Hi Kris :)
It looks great indeed, I find that the art-style is simple, yet stands out!
Particularly like the backgrounds and the overall retro style
Music & sounds are awesome (really like the menu's music!)

Gameplay is fun but to be honest I'm under the impression that it feels too slow, that's only my though.
I mean it probably fits the genre.

Cool game overall ! Eager to see the improvements
 
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Hi Kris :)
It looks great indeed, I find that the art-style is simple, yet stands out!
Particularly like the backgrounds and the overall retro style
Music & sounds are awesome (really like the menu's music!)

Gameplay is fun but to be honest I'm under the impression that it feels too slow, that's only my though.
I mean it probably fits the genre.

Cool game overall ! Eager to see the improvements

Thanks for your feedback!

I have thought a bit about the game being too slow myself, and i’m probably gonna change it so the whole game is 60 fps. That might make it feel faster. Otherwise i’ll Just have to speed it up another way.

I think the reason I made it in that pace is that I’m in pal territory and thats how I percieve retro games to be :)
 

Red Phantom

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First of all I want to say that this game is already great and has even more potential, I personally enjoyed it very much. I can tell you've put a lot of effort into the game and I think it has payed off.

Things I personally really liked about the game:
  • The red and grey enemy boss character: his graphics, the fight with him and the intro cut scene with him.
  • The gameplay mechanics (crouching, shooting, jumping)
  • The dripping sewer pipes
  • The bat enemies
  • The brown and green big alien enemies.
  • The visuals/graphics in general: red and green HUD, starry sky background, red structures in the background, mountains in the background, platforms. machines, brick and pipe system in background, walls
  • The music
Things I personally didn't like about the game and that I think could improve:
  • Accessibility: I had to get a download link sent to my email to download the game. I suggest putting the game on gamejolt or itch.io to make the download easier and this would also put your game out there a bit more.
  • Main character: This is being really picky but I feel like the main character could have a bit more... character. If he/she could perhaps be a bit more unique/special/interesting in some way. Maybe give him/her an ammo belt or change the colours to something more serious like purple or orange or green (but perhaps these colours might not work with your game)
  • The standing stance of the main character: this is also really picky but it looks a bit awkward with the direction the feet are pointed.
  • The main character's movement speed: I feel as though most people want decently fast paced games (although not too fast). I feel if you increased the player's speed by 1.5x or even just 1.25x this would make the game feel a bit more intense, faster-paced and enjoyable.
  • Difficulty: I think the difficulty could be turned down just slightly considering this is only the first planet of the game: less green liquid slime pits (which cause you to die instantly), more health packs dropped.
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First of all I want to say that this game is already great and has even more potential, I personally enjoyed it very much. I can tell you've put a lot of effort into the game and I think it has payed off.

Things I personally really liked about the game:
  • The red and grey enemy boss character: his graphics, the fight with him and the intro cut scene with him.
  • The gameplay mechanics (crouching, shooting, jumping)
  • The dripping sewer pipes
  • The bat enemies
  • The brown and green big alien enemies.
  • The visuals/graphics in general: red and green HUD, starry sky background, red structures in the background, mountains in the background, platforms. machines, brick and pipe system in background, walls
  • The music
Things I personally didn't like about the game and that I think could improve:
  • Accessibility: I had to get a download link sent to my email to download the game. I suggest putting the game on gamejolt or itch.io to make the download easier and this would also put your game out there a bit more.
  • Main character: This is being really picky but I feel like the main character could have a bit more... character. If he/she could perhaps be a bit more unique/special/interesting in some way. Maybe give him/her an ammo belt or change the colours to something more serious like purple or orange or green (but perhaps these colours might not work with your game)
  • The standing stance of the main character: this is also really picky but it looks a bit awkward with the direction the feet are pointed.
  • The main character's movement speed: I feel as though most people want decently fast paced games (although not too fast). I feel if you increased the player's speed by 1.5x or even just 1.25x this would make the game feel a bit more intense, faster-paced and enjoyable.
  • Difficulty: I think the difficulty could be turned down just slightly considering this is only the first planet of the game: less green liquid slime pits (which cause you to die instantly), more health packs dropped.
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Thank you very much! Thats great feedback!

The next iteration Will be easier for sure. I think I know what part of the level youre talking about.

About the other things you mentioned regarding the players look and speed Ive thought about them and plan to have them fixed. Hadnt thought about the feet though, and now I won’t be able to unsee it :)

Thanks for the tip about itch.io. Just learned about the site the other day!
 
Version 1.02 is available!

News in version 1.02:

-New enemy type
-Tweaked levels
-Slight graphical changes
-Added squishy sound
-Faster player movement
-Updated player sprite
-Fixed minor bugs
-Unintentionally added bugs(?)

Download link is in the first post of the thread.
 
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