Space Retards (soon to be renamed:) - feedback needed

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touch_the_sky
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Posted Thu Jan 10, 2013 6:11AM
Hi everyone,

I am looking for some people to test my upcoming game. It plays in the browser, all html5+js so no plugins, etc. needed.

The game is a retro-style 2d arcade shooter, a kind of a modernized Atari / NES style thing (oh yeah, and it can be old-school challenging toowink

Currently I am focusing on Google Chrome and I'd recommend having 1600x1050 screen resolution. So if anyone has a matching setup, I'd appreciate some feedback.

You move with arrow keys and shoot with either Space or Ctrl (both do the same thing)

The game can be played here:

Space Retards

Hope you enjoy!smile Any constructive criticism welcome.

SCREEN
gameplay

(Edited on 2013-01-10 06:12:05 by touch_the_sky)

(Edited on 2013-02-05 10:59:17 by touch_the_sky)
stacey_newman
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 11:39AM
the name is terrible, there's some constructive criticism. are you really planning on using the word 'retard'?
nkbimages
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:04PM
^ Didn't try the game but I second this opinion.  Change the name.
jonathansloane
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:14PM
Agree. I wouldn't try this BECAUSE of the name. Change it.
inhauscreative
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Posted Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:44PM

M3 Murder Mutant Marauders!


 
susandaniels
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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:51AM
'retards are coming'  i played it and was pretty useless  actually i think i am the retard in this game
RyersonClark
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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:08AM

Yup, the name alone stopped me trying.


 
touch_the_sky
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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:44AM

Well, it's a work in progress, so there is a LOT of things that are going to be changed / added.


 


"i played it and was pretty useless smile  actually i think i am the retard in this game"


Don't worry susan, I'll introduce some power-ups to help out the player on his noble quest Probably would be also a good idea to make it a bit more easy to start with and then build up the intensity later on


 


M3 Murder Mutant Marauders!


Hmm.. interesting


 


For those who feel offended by the language used, etc. - don't, no need to. Unless you are the sort person who wouldn't normally watch a movie where there's a chance some actor might use the F word or where death could be portrayed graphically. To each his own, I respect everyones opinion.


It's a pretty 'dumb' game, not making any real statements and not taking itself very seriously. A Space Retard is a fictional, blue, pixelated creature, making weird noises when being shot at by the Space Murderer, that's all. The Space Murderer is an evil character though, but he has a good reason to hate the blue guys


 


At this early stage of development, I was hoping for comments mostly related to the initial gameplay experience or technical issues (I know not everyone uses Chrome, but for now Chrome please), but thanks everyone for taking time to leave feedback.


And keep posting if anyone has anything to add.
susandaniels
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Posted Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:58AM
i am in the UK so retard is not so bad here also spas is quite common. Yes please make it a bit easier at the beginning, i used to love playing the game that came with winzip many years ago, it had a space theme but i forget what its called now, there were these kind of jellyfish creature in space
touch_the_sky
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:02AM
A game that came with winzip? Don't remember that one, I might do like different game modes or difficulty settings. Back to the drawing board
grebcha
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Posted Sun Jan 13, 2013 4:07PM

you might want to check out thi game on android, I loved it - Radiant HD. And please drop the retards from the name, not funny dude
touch_the_sky
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 4:39AM
You mean this Radiant HD ? It does look awesome Thanks for this, it also has various game modes, which is what I'll probably end up doing (to have some easier gameplay as well as the hardcore one)
susandaniels
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 11:30AM

it was this game 


http://www.play.vg/games/4-Asteroids.html 


and it came with WinAmp (not winzip )
touch_the_sky
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013 2:19PM
Asteroids! Haven't seen that one in a while, a total classic!
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Posted Sat Jan 19, 2013 6:26PM
I'd change the word "retard" as it traditionally doesn't mean what you are insisting it does. Instead it means "something that is slowly released" and has origins in the pharmaceutical industry. I can see why you want to use the name as it gives you exposure to the public, yet going against your critique group isn't a good idea!
touch_the_sky
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Posted Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:05AM

Thanks Jjohnson,


I agree going against your critique group would be a weird idea.


Did you play the game btw.?
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Posted Sat Jan 26, 2013 4:41PM
Yeah I had a go on safari instead of chrome and the game worked fine. My only issue with the game is the enemies take far too many shots to kill before they get close, so it turns more into an "avoid the alien" game instead of what I was expecting (similar to Jamestown). Could also use some sort of legend to explain what each of the powerups and enemies actually are and do.
touch_the_sky
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Posted Mon Jan 28, 2013 3:38AM

Thanks for testing Jjohnson.


I agree, it is a bit of an "avoid the alien" kind of thing without powerups - you are a bit weak to start with. They are being made though, was hoping to post an update this Sunday, but not quite ready yet, need few more days (where I can find some spare time that is


In terms of difficulty - what I've decided is, what you can currently play will effectively become a "hardcore / survival" mode, where it's tough right away, and there are big swarms of enemies instantly - there will be a high score table added, so it's gonna be all about your reflexes, staying alive as long as possible and getting the biggest score.


I am also going to add a "standard" mode, where it will start pretty easy, gradually picking the pace, and gradually introducing different types of enemies. It will have some "storyline" elements as well - I am focusing on the hardcore mode first though.


And the legend of some sort is a great idea IMHO, so I'll look into that as well
touch_the_sky
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Posted Tue Feb 5, 2013 6:18AM
Quick Update: I do have a new version of the game literally ready-to-go, but I am holding back... because, after some serious consideration I have decided to drop the R word! Yepsmile Actually, I have decided to make the game non-explicit entirely. No genocide, no "fucking hell", none of that.


 


Need to re-think the text and re-do some audio as well, the new game will have it's own new thread soon when it's all sorted.


In the meanwhile, while I'm still "censoring" - if anyone has some ideas for names of the enemies, etc. please let me know. Stupidity totally welcome, as long as it's child-friendlysmile 

(Edited on 2013-02-05 06:19:28 by touch_the_sky)

(Edited on 2013-02-05 06:20:41 by touch_the_sky)
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