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#1 cactus

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 07:50 PM

THE DESIGN
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This game is an unusual gaming experience, yet more normal than it seems. It's a 2D shooter with some unique querks. The graphics are simplified and stylish, and makes the game look a bit confusing. The controls make the game even more confusing (before you get used to them, that is).

You control two dots on a design, which can shoot at the angle from one to the other. New figures on the design appears and you earn points by removing them. This is what the shooting is for. Note that the enemies can only be killed while they're white. If you shoot an enemy while it's red, the bullet will turn against you. Aside from the normal shooting, you also have three upgrades that'll help you with getting a highscore.

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The controls and gameplay hints are told within the game. Now download it! (1,4 megs, unzip before playing and beware of the resolution change!)

Edited by cactus, 19 January 2007 - 02:01 AM.

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#2 acecool1bandit

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 08:34 PM

Well.. its pretty fun...

--things i care about--
graphix = 1 (very gay)

gameplay = 6 (fun)

CPU = good

loading time = good

good job!
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#3 rowboat-synclaire

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 09:52 PM

@ ace cool1bandit"gay"? youre SAYING THAT THE GAME IS HAPPY? AND YOUR GIVING IT A 1?! OR ARE YOU?, christ, youre a moron, never use the word "gay" to determine something thats bad, as it is saying you are anti homosexual.
some games look good retro, and i have yet to try this game.
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#4 Sulfuric

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:11 PM

@ ace cool1bandit"gay"? youre SAYING THAT THE GAME IS HAPPY? AND YOUR GIVING IT A 1?! OR ARE YOU?, christ, youre a moron, never use the word "gay" to determine something thats bad, as it is saying you are anti homosexual.
some games look good retro, and i have yet to try this game.
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In America, people call things gay to say they are stupid. I do that, but I have NOTHING against gay people. I think it's just an American thing. That aside, this game is really cool! I liked the graphics, and the gameplay was very nice. It was quite hard at first, but I got used to it.

Edited by STARFOXROX, 31 December 2006 - 10:12 PM.

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:13 PM

in the sake of acecool1bandit rudeness. ::lmao::

^_^ I have to say your game looks really cool. I havn't had a chance to play yet since my computer won't let me run any gm6 games but thats the price i pay for having an older computer.
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#6 Tahnok

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 10:53 PM

Wow, I'm very pleasantly surprised. The screenshot does not do the graphics justice. The way the lines follow everything around at right angles makes for a very cool visual. Anyone who doesn't like the graphics was born after 1990.

The gameplay is rather interesting too. Kind of reminds me of Space Dual (a favorite of mine).
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#7 chigsam

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Posted 31 December 2006 - 11:12 PM

wow great game so cool! confusing but sweet. 10/10
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#8 im9today

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 04:02 AM

Sometimes I wonder if people deserve to be graced with Cactus's presence. Leaning towards no at the moment.

Much love for the attempt at innovation, that’s what is really important to me in independently made games. The intricate weaves of lines can look pretty cool at times, and I wonder what you could have done with some cool color effects and fading also. And the $ in front of hits made me laugh because I am childish. $hits, ha. ^_^ It doesn't seem completed to me though, more like an amazing idea for a game than an actual finished project.
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#9 TehSilentOne

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 07:33 PM

very nice, cactus.. i'm feelin' the abstract, cyber-punk feel to it. ^_^

edit: hiscore is 7100 for me. :) how much can you get cactus?

edit again.. nm.. it's in the screen shot.. and holy ****e! :)

Edited by TehSilentOne, 01 January 2007 - 07:45 PM.

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#10 H4><0R

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Posted 01 January 2007 - 07:51 PM

Very nice game, I enjoyed it! A bit confusing at first, but still very fun even when I was confused! The graphics are great, pixels before polygons my friend, old school pixelation games rule. Although inanimate objects cannot in turn be gay in the sexual way and/or the emotional way, gay refers to the main idea of something being idiotic and/or unpopular thus to the reason of the sexual relations of being gay. That is my, definition, of the common day word gay used in urban times.
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#11 cactus

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 09:29 AM

Thanks for the kind words, and the ellaborate investigation of the game's sexuallity. The graphics may be different, and you could call 'em queer, but gay isn't the right word in my opinion. I'm glad many of you appreciate the look of my work ;)

I wonder what you could have done with some cool color effects and fading also.

Explain what you mean... Sounds like you might've gotten some ideas that my mind didn't catch.

Is there anyone who can beat, or even come close to my highscore? (39400, as seen in the screenshot.)
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#12 Milo-

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 10:43 AM

Very Nice game, I really like it, the only problem I found is that it's impossible to move the two squares in a diagonal direction due to keyboard limitations, but anyway, It's still has a challenging and solid gameplay, I give it a 9/10 on it's own category ;)
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#13 kimkallstrom1

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 04:16 PM

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link fixed. ;)

Edited by kimkallstrom1, 03 January 2007 - 01:46 AM.

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#14 Tahnok

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 07:35 PM

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Did you try pressing F1, like it says? If you had, you would know to press enter to start the game, along with all the other controls.
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#15 TehSilentOne

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Posted 02 January 2007 - 08:08 PM

^ i think he was just showing his hscore. ;) (nice, btw)
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#16 Tahnok

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 12:18 AM

^ i think he was just showing his hscore. ;) (nice, btw)

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Ah, I missed that. I guess in this case a picture is not worth two words.
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 01:38 AM

Wow...nice but VERY hard for me x'D
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Posted 03 January 2007 - 01:55 AM

ive seen 3 original games made with gm that i thought 'wow' too, and this im happy to say is one of them!

truly innovative and implimented perfectly! the graphics fulfil their purpose perfectly! and THAT is what makes good graphics! not how 'fancy' they look (even though, imo, they do look fancy in this game).

anyone making another mario clone, or sonic wannabee, who is reading this thread - look at the wicked comments he's getting for his game! take a leaf out of his book, make an ORIGINAL game, and let's get some more wicked games like this on the gmc!! PLEASE!!
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#19 szepi1991

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 04:12 AM

It looks cool although I usually died after 30 seconds ;) maybe I will ask one of my sisters to help me because it seems to be easy for 2 players
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#20 Kapser

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Posted 03 January 2007 - 06:40 AM

Very cool, well designed game. Gameplay and graphics were nice and original. Requires a lot of coordination tho, I'd like to try it 2 player.

My score was 6000.
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#21 warrior

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Posted 04 January 2007 - 04:34 AM

Very cool looking, but its so hard.
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#22 Tobs

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 10:40 AM

I like this game alot :(
It's everything I really love about indie games.

You, good sir, should have a cookie.

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#23 Qjet

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 11:14 AM

it doesnt keep my attention for long

but you did a hell of alot with a hell of a little

so you definitly deserve props, btw i got a highscore of 15000
edit* typo lol

Edited by Qjet, 07 January 2007 - 11:18 AM.

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#24 PlazmaBurst

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 12:12 PM

Nice game you have there.

Graphics are extra stylish but confusing as hell. Took me a while to figure out how to play it but when you figure it out the fun begins.
I like the abstract feeling you get when you play the game and good retro sound in it. The difficulty is well balanced and keeps you focused on the game. It requires good coordination and fast thinking.

Either way this game is great and I think everybody should try it.

It's good to finally have the game that proves that graphics aren't crucial for good game play.

Regards.

EDIT: You should also put in the pause button and maybe put automatic shooting so you don't need to hold space bar because after playing your game my finger hurts. I was practicality always shooting so... nah, you get the point.

Edited by PlazmaBurst, 07 January 2007 - 01:18 PM.

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#25 JTR

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Posted 07 January 2007 - 04:04 PM

This is pure excellence once again. And it looks great, too!
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#26 bexx

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Posted 08 January 2007 - 06:03 PM

hard, fun, original, awesome, weird but cool gfx style, WHAT MORE DOES A GAME NEED?

P.S. why say a games gfx are gay? just say they are bad so you dont have to insult gay people :(
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#27 awasel

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 11:13 AM

Hi there,

I added this game to my website Runtime Entertaiment. The website dedicated itself to high quality freeware games only. Read the review here:

http://www.runtime-h...d=104&Itemid=67

If you have a website for this game, please let me know, I will add the link.

Greetz

Maenny @ Runtime Entertainement

Edited by awasel, 18 January 2007 - 11:15 AM.

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#28 Jabberwock

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 03:26 PM

1 3 3 7.

Congrats. There are very few GM games I've actually got addicted to. This is one.
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#29 Ablach Blackrat

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 09:40 PM

Several posts deleted. Now stay on topic.
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#30 Jabberwock

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Posted 18 January 2007 - 10:59 PM

Cactus- you might want to rehost. Apparently DLStudios, sadly, has been shut down.
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#31 cactus

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Posted 19 January 2007 - 02:13 AM

Thanks, Jabby! I updated the download link. Sorry about the downtime :ph34r:

And thanks to everyone for the positivity in this topic. It really makes me glad to hear that you enjoy the game :GM007:

Here's a few reviews/"reviews" that I've hunted down on the interwebs:
- the2bears.com
- Independent Gaming
- Game Maker Games
- The Independent Gaming Source
- Shmuptacular
- RunTime
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