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« Reply #80 on: April 08, 2009, 08:55:50 AM »

I couldn't work out how to build stuff Sad

Also, if you miss with the cannon blast, it seemed to disable the cannon for a pretty unfair amount of time.

Awesome atmosphere and old school flashing line bullets are great too. Love the reflections. The whole thing is really smooth. ZGE seems great!
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« Reply #81 on: April 09, 2009, 07:12:09 AM »

Alex- press "Q" to build a Turret or "E" to build a Cannnon,. ?

I am not sure what you are refering to here; "if you miss with the cannon blast, it seemed to disable the cannon for a pretty unfair amount of time." ? 

The 'main gun' of the player? or the built drop ship killing 'cannon'?  The 'main player gun' fires as long as you have the BLUE sheild/gun meter in the cockpit holding some 'ammo/energy',. you gain this by touching a node! and the build cannon no longer misses,. unless you are playing an old unfinnished build ??

There is actually an Instuction Screen (Main Menu) to read ,. . it is sparce, however  relatively clear.  I will eventually add some smaller/learning levels to help start the game,. time/energy required.

Thanks, and yes, the ZGE is great! IMHO Smiley
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« Reply #82 on: April 17, 2009, 10:15:33 PM »

Excellent game, deep and the graphics are awesome. Excellent work jph wacheski   Beer!
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« Reply #83 on: April 25, 2009, 02:50:29 AM »

Okay, I've been playing this quite a lot over the past week; took me a while to get around to playing the latest version, and at first wasn't sure what I thought of it. I was dying very frequently, rushing towards the locust spawn points with all guns blazing trying to destroy them (And I quickly found out that you don't have enough energy to destroy them), and generally not concentrating on defence. The more I play it, however, the more I try out different tactics.

I went through a stage of holding off a single point on the map by building about 4 turrets, but even then I was getting overrun. At the moment, I make a rush for one of the far spawn points and attempt to take them out by hanging around a nearby shield generator and recharging whenever my shield runs out. By the time I've destroyed that and turned it into a shield point, the locusts have caught up with me, so I hold them off for a while, maybe build a turret, and then move on to the next spawn point. I generally get overrun when trying to take the second point, though. Perhaps I should try to take out the mothership first.

Anyway, my point is that while the game isn't very accessible at first, due to how often you die, I'm glad you did something different with the gameplay, because it's actually really deep and it keeps me coming back. You've got my vote! Hand Thumbs Up Left Smiley

Edit: I just destroyed all of the locusts!
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« Reply #84 on: May 04, 2009, 10:03:08 AM »

I've been playing the game a bit more, and have a couple of observations.
  • The game looks a lot better on a CRT. If you have one around, I'd definitely recommend trying it. You can play at lower resolutions with no scaling artifacts- all the lines are very visible and completely smooth.
  • The endgame seems to be easier and a lot less varied than the beginning, because once the drop ship is destroyed there are fewer enemy varieties, and production declines as you reclaim nodes. This isn't necessarily bad on an ecosystem level, but it seems a bit awkward if you just look at the moment to moment action within the game.

Everything looks better on a CRT; I can't understand playing games on an LCD when CRTs are cheaper and crisper. The only drawback is their massive weight and size, but we didn't seem to mind it so much when they were the only things available, so I think that's a case of getting used to something else.

Anyway: vectorLocust! I tried it today finally (shame I tried it so late, I'm a big fan of jph's games). It reminded me of one of your other games which I forget the name of, but it was in GM and was also 3D perspective.

I couldn't figure out how to place turrets in this game, though. So I feel I'm missing something. I pressed '5' but that doesn't seem to do it? But just moving around and shooting enemies is fun. Although I miss the score feature, or something to keep track of progress. Without score there isn't as much motivation to play it over and over (to beat your old score by surviving as long as possible).
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