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« Reply #40 on: December 04, 2019, 11:32:26 AM »



Spammy combos are properly discouraged. While in the air, using the same move more than a few times limits how much extended air time you'll get.



But, with a variety of moves being strung together, you'll be gain massive air time. With this in place, I aim to encourage players to mix things up but not harshly punish them for not trying new stuff



Lastly, I am happy to let you all know that there's an (early) demo out now :D https://aw0.itch.io/whiskers-and-wags

There's quite a few known glitches and improvements that I'm working really hard on. What you see in the demo is totally not how the final will end up being lol I hope you do enjoy it for what it is now, though! :D
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« Reply #41 on: December 04, 2019, 07:45:15 PM »

I love the fluidness of the movement. Looks great!
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« Reply #42 on: December 04, 2019, 08:21:39 PM »

I love the fluidness of the movement. Looks great!

Thank you! :D
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« Reply #43 on: February 08, 2020, 07:35:02 PM »

Hey, long time no see. Game is still comin' along. Lots has been added and adjusted, mechanically. Soon I'll be workin on assets for the first real location for the game. Here's a peek at the gameplay as of late.







As shown in the clips above, you can "surf" on enemies now lol It's pretty fun and has a lot of benefits. Will be explained later
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« Reply #44 on: February 14, 2020, 03:30:31 AM »

Been a while since I checked in here! Looking good. Kiss
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« Reply #45 on: February 14, 2020, 10:59:06 AM »

This is insanely stylish! I love all the animations and the style of the character.



One thing that comes to mind with this gif is that, since the whole room already fits vertically on screen, it'd be nice if the camera avoided moving up/down. It's a bit distracting that the bottom half of the room keeps going out of sight.
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« Reply #46 on: February 15, 2020, 02:47:58 AM »

That's a good point!
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« Reply #47 on: February 15, 2020, 11:06:51 AM »

This is insanely stylish! I love all the animations and the style of the character.



One thing that comes to mind with this gif is that, since the whole room already fits vertically on screen, it'd be nice if the camera avoided moving up/down. It's a bit distracting that the bottom half of the room keeps going out of sight.

Thank you! I've been having a bit of trouble with camera lately (still trying to figure this out lol) but I'll definitely keep working to get camera behavior settled Smiley
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« Reply #48 on: February 15, 2020, 11:07:22 AM »

Been a while since I checked in here! Looking good. Kiss

Thanks for stopping by again! :D
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« Reply #49 on: February 24, 2020, 11:32:32 AM »

Looks like the camera is locked on Twinkelen. What you probably want to do is only have the screen scroll if she moves outside of a buffer zone, at least on the vertical axis. There are tons of ways to do this. If you haven't seen it already, you'll want to check out Scroll Back: The Theory and Practice of Cameras in Side-Scrollers for tons of examples of how different side-scroller games handle their cameras.

Super Mario World, for instance, only scrolls the camera up or down when Mario touches the ground, unless he gets too close to the edge. I'm not sure that would work for Twinkelen, though, because she gets a lot of height by comboing off enemies and not just jumping off platforms. Maybe have the snap occur whenever she gets a combo that grants her another jump. (I forget, does she have a standard double-jump? If so, maybe snap to that as well.) Also, you'll want to make sure the camera catching up is sufficiently smooth. SMW's exact camera movement is probably too snappy for your game. You'll just have to experiment.

I can think of several simpler approaches, but they all have serious flaws, so I'll spare you the "You could...but then..." spiel.
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« Reply #50 on: February 24, 2020, 03:19:56 PM »

Hey another thing looking at this again, I really appreciate that the goal is to clean as opposed to kill enemies. Idk I love when games find non-violent ways of having combat(like in chex quest, you don't actually kill the baddies, you just teleport them somewhere else with your weapons but it still functionally a first person shooter)
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« Reply #51 on: February 26, 2020, 02:41:14 AM »

I've always liked the idea of  the camera having a specific "track" that it snaps to. It follows the player, but the focal point is always aligned with the track - which runs through the center of the playable area be it vertical or horizontal or anything in between. Pretty much just a set of lines, really. It can branch off and turn corners and what not, but, again, the camera never strays from it.

The downside to this is you have to make sure every area will fit on screen, so you can't have large open areas...
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