Oooh, o.k. so if you've got 3 'stacked' you have to shoot beside them. Even after your instructions it took me a while to figure it out. Maybe I'm just a bit slow, but doesn't seem that intuitive.
Initially I did design the game so that the orbs fired out immediately when a 3-orb stack formed, without the charged shot. The charged shot was a relatively late addition. Its purpose is partly due to giving the down button a purpose, but mainly due to the number of tactical options that it opens.
Here are three major ones:
- Charged shots can destroy unused orbs, which allows the player to undo bad shots.
- You can space two formations apart with a one-orb gap, and then fire a charged shot in the middle for a quick firestorm.
- Formations can be made ahead of time, and you can work on other ones while waiting for the target to move into place.
O.k. so beat the first training level. Earned 1 star, then was sent to the main menu... that can't be right.Also, when I go back, I can't play the next level, because that needs 4 stars. I retry the training level, hoping to earn another star, same scenario. Only I think I still only have 1 star. :(Is this a bug?(also, the game maay be lagging a bit on my computer, which is currently really sucks. Hence the menu slowness)
You're right, I should send the player back to the game selection menu in order to entice them to play more (it's a psychological technique that I ignored last year during production). Also, your observation revealed one problem that I didn't anticipate: World 1's colour concealed the red arrows above and below the level label. Press up and you should see the next levels --- level 1-2 and 1-3 need only 1 star to unlock.
And yes, I did design the game so that you can only get one star off each level. This avoids a problem that TNTBF had, which is being able to get through the game by grinding the tutorial levels and then finishing off the last level. I'll add a note about this to the help file, and add alternative messages to level 1-1 and 1-2 for when the player has already obtained the stars for them.
All this and a tutorial mode will come in an update fairly soon. I'm quite grateful that you've come to this topic and posted replies on it, about 200 others have come here before you and I never knew how they felt about the game. Perhaps if I get enough feedback, I may be ready for a more ambitious and polished rendition of this game...