Comments for Invader Breaker

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Abigayl

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Thank you everyone for your comments/suggestions. Tomorrow, I will look over them and respond (I'm bushed tonight... tutored 11 hours straight). Please realize though that I cannot make improvements due to the nature of the "GiTD competition":http://www.kongregate.com/forums/4-game-programming/topics/243400-gitd-24-voting which is currently in voting process. As such, please feel free to cast your vote for the best game... even if that vote is not for my game ;)

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PineyMike

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) This is a game that definitely goes "practice makes perfect" Very nice job, glad I gave it more then one go

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks. The entire point of all of my games is to be addictive :D

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Aesica

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) So I got pwned pretty fast, and then left the room to go do something. When I got back, the game (in its game-over state) had slowed to a crawl due to lag. Are you properly disposing of things that move off the screen? If you're handling all of the movement in a single enterframe event (which you should be) are you keeping your array(s) of badguys, bullets, etc trimmed down?

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Developer response from Abigayl

I am indeed disposing of actors when they are killed or move off the screen... I'm at a loss as to what is causing the lag, which means it's back to the basics to rebuild the engine from the ground up :(

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lSWATLLAMA

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I love the hybrid between the two games. I've always liked them, and I love your spin on the mix. 5/5 and keep up the good work!

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks Llama :)

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kingorkami

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Here are a couple of suggestions: -A small text that pops up to tell you what you just picked up, for example "Speed up!" or "+Speed" or something. -Score or time-dependant difficulty. As said someone else, once you get the hang of it, you can keep playing forever (heck, I had 260k score before getting bored and suiciding, lol). would be cool to have bosses that start firing at you after a set amount of time, and then turn the screen into a bullet hell after a little longer, that would be cool. Otherwise, this is an awesome game and despite those little remarks I made, still deserves a 5/5. Polish it a little more and I will have problems because I won't be able to rate it any higher, lol.

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Developer response from Abigayl

There is indeed a time-dependent difficulty curve, but by the comments, it is not nearly steep enough. I do have some ideas of the "Reboot" version for the power-ups to make them clearer. I am still confused as to why the power-ups are confusing; I know that I am the creator, but they all made sense to me...

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mrfmarcelo

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Nice game. 4/5 because there's no tutorial, and it is hard, since strong enemies appear too earlier

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Developer response from Abigayl

I will likely be adding pop-ups in the Reboot version (quick info pieces that introduce enemies, etc.).

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Raideen

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) nice but pretty hard since strong enemies appear too earlier, it's better to start with easier sequence for players to adapt the gameplay. Overall I believe with addition of furthermore polishing will turn it to a great game, anyway it's quite hard to recognize the difference between own balls with enemy's bullets, please fix it. And the last thing, I see the game pretty lag while played for long period of time (and become worse at later), is that of Stencyl matter?

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Developer response from Abigayl

There is indeed a learning curve for learning starting techniques. On the flipside, if you can get off to an early start with getting powerups, it seems like you can last forever... the one aspect of development I still suck at is the balance issue. If you have ideas for making the bullets look different, please let me know; that was another issue I have struggled with. As for the lag, a lot of my coding was centered around making it as lag-less as possible, but unfortunately Stencyl (or at least my knowledge of Stencyl) is limited in that area :(

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kingorkami

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Only thing I don't like is the size and form of the powerups, you can't tell which one does what. In old breaker for example you could tell very easily what a powerup does. 5/5 Anyway because it's awesome. :D

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Developer response from Abigayl

If you have suggestions to make them clearer, please let me know. They are each color coded and the graphics are supposed to describe what they do. If you can think of something better, I'm all ears.

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Abigayl

Mar. 1, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) PLEASE NOTE: I am no longer going to be checking on the comments for this game. If you have a comment, please send me a PM instead, else it might be a long time before I can get back to you. Please + this so others can see it too. Thank you.

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Developer response from Abigayl

EDIT: I do still check, just very occasionally, so PM is much better method.

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Abigayl

Jan. 9, 2014

Under rating threshold (show) Please note: I am no longer checking this game to answer new comments. If you want to reach me, please send a PM. Thank you.

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clasher235

Feb. 15, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Glitch: An enemy UFO hit my paddle and the game froze. I had 4 health at the time, in case that matters.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks for the heads up... I'll look into it.

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the1templar

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I found it interesting. I liked it but.... not that much. Definitively 4/5 for me.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Alright ;)

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ChazDragoon

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) an interesting mixture there Abi. It -could- use a bit of a help section if those powerups we're collecting actually -do- something. I can think of some tweaks to add to it.. ^^;

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Developer response from Abigayl

Chaz, the power-ups do a TON :P. There is a help section in the instructions, but I guess a lot of people miss it :( If you have tweaking ideas, let me know ;).

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orandze

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) @ISWATLLAMA The rating on the game has nothing to do with the GiTD contest. Voting will be held in the forums after the contest is over

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Developer response from Abigayl

Hoping it doesn't become a popularity contest, but the voting seems reasonable so far... I like how several have posted thought-out reasons for their votes.

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Abigayl

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Here's a hint for anyone just starting off: aim for the red blocks first... getting the ball power upgrade is the most important one (in my opinion anyways).

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dedit8

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) soz meant health

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Developer response from Abigayl

Ah, the negative health simply means you died... it's your "lives left", so 0 is a possible amount, but -1 isn't. I guess it's confusing quite a few people though.

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toofastforU

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) So after all this I'm going straight to rating the game. Starts with 5/5. +1 for unique idea -1 for no limits to player(I.E. there's no limit your paddle and ball power and ball production time, that way player can be very OP and find this game boring). -1 for lagging and crashing for playing long period of time. So after all that makes it 4/5.

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Developer response from Abigayl

So you don't like that the player is unlimited? I was thinking of keeping that in the reboot but making it more of a logarithmic growth (i.e. the higher you get, the less it matters). I am definitely looking into the lag issue.

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toofastforU

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) The game's difficulty curve stops at one point, and the game is by far TOO easy if you know how to do it, white powerups help, while black powerups harm, I used this and got over 5 mil score, then got bored and suicided. Just make difficulty harder the longer player lives

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Developer response from Abigayl

The game is indeed designed to have a difficulty curves, but methinks I scaled the difficulty far too gently... That is one of the key issues I am working on in my development process: the difficulty curve.

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The_Artillerist

Feb. 22, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) This game rocks!!! Keep up the good work Aby!

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks :)

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shadow999999

Feb. 20, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) at first i was like hm then i was like wow too many balls and stuf

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Developer response from Abigayl

Aye, I hadn't intended for this to be a "bullet hell" game, but that is kinda what it became.

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SilentSand

Feb. 20, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Interesting thing. The lag built up on my game too, and got extremely slow and then...stopped. It then resumed after a few seconds and worked at it's original speed. The only thing I can say is that I had a really low creation time (~120). Also, it needs a longer difficulty curve, because at the end I don't think the mother ship even had a chance to get out, and I never got hit.

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Developer response from Abigayl

I'm working on the lag and balancing issues for the Reboot version... I've mostly solved the lag I think, but the balancing issues are giving me a headache.

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warshon

Feb. 17, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Very nice game! If it had more time put into it (or an awesomer sequel?) it be one of my favorite games! Only problem is that it gets boring once you catch to many upgrades. I hope to see more and better from you in the future!

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Developer response from Abigayl

I am planning on making a "sequel" of sorts. I'm calling it a "Reboot" instead. It's going to be a completely overhauled version of the same game.

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Hotshot2k4

Feb. 16, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) RE: UI. A HUD at the bottom left or right (or center), showing a red bar and a life indicator, below it whatever else you have going on, such as the ball and laser power as well as whatever else you want. Also if the point is a simple game, the powerups should stay simple as well. Not everything needs a numbered display or you risk overburdening the player with information. I think the best thing you can do is to take inspiration from previous successful games, and see what their strengths were in terms of UI and help.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Alright, thanks.

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ktluvsice

Feb. 15, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) so much stuff!!!!!

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Developer response from Abigayl

Aye, it's rather chaotic... I'm trying to simplify things for the reboot.

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Hotshot2k4

Feb. 14, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I feel like I stepped into a pong tournament from hell. Basically I click start and within a minute or two I have no idea what's going on. Some in-game info on the pick-ups would be helpful, since even if one reads the instructions before playing the game, there's still the matter of trying to memorize all the powerups, many of which don't give any obvious feedback when looted. Maybe before the game is started, have a little powerup reference page? It feels like too much is going on with too little 'weight' to any of it; it seems hard to care if you lose. That info block on the right is a bit hard to reference with all the chaos going on, so for future games you should consider making the UI a bit more integrated. The idea seems like an interesting one though.

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Developer response from Abigayl

How would you integrate the UI into the game more?

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dedit8

Feb. 13, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) have a game variable (boolean ) which gets set to false when the player dies and make enemies only spawn if it is true.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Aye, I've used similar mechanics in the past, but I always build up my games from scratch, trying out new concepts to see what works... and what doesn't :P

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dedit8

Feb. 13, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) -1 health just doesn't look nice

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white_darkness

Feb. 13, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Snuck right by me with this one. Got totally served by it too. :( Oh well, fun getting taken down quickly.

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Developer response from Abigayl

The reboot will be much nicer to new players ;). If you play a few times, you'll get the hang of it.

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dedit8

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) if score < 0 score=0

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Developer response from Abigayl

You got a negative score?

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DKC10000

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) This game js fantastic! great job, 5/5 + Added to favourites.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks :)

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AdeBlackRune

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Really nice idea ^_^

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks :)

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livold

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) LOVE IT!

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks :)

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Cyclonea

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I like the right sidebar detailing your stats, it's a nice touch. The game itself is pretty fun, good job!

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks. I'm glad you liked the sidebar. Since your powers can actually go far beyond the color changes (many have infinite growths), I realized I needed to state what the actual stats are :P.

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orandze

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I love all the individual aspects of it, but there's almost too much (for me) to focus on. Incredibly innovative idea however.

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Developer response from Abigayl

I agree, it can quickly get overwhelming. I hope to one day return to this game and make some major improvements.

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toofastforU

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Thing is I was right in middle, I wasn't hugging on any sides

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Developer response from Abigayl

Weird :( If it happens again, please screenshot it so I can try to figure out what is going on...

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khixan

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Nice looking game Abi :) I suck at it LOL. However, it's probably very fun for those with hand/eye coordination! Like all the cool ideas in it.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Thanks... the amount of hand-eye coordination is indeed high ;)

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toofastforU

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) Oh and I forgot to tell that I hit nothing, the paddle just died out of thin air.

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Developer response from Abigayl

Really? Were you hugging the left side at the start? If so, there is an enemy that comes out from that side and fires a laser... it's not an instant death, but it can seem that way.

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toofastforU

Feb. 11, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) For some weird reason I die instantly for no reason, fix please.

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lSWATLLAMA

Feb. 12, 2012

Under rating threshold (show) I just love how the other GiTD people downrated this game unfairly so that they have a better chance of winning. Thanks, you immature idiots.

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Developer response from Abigayl

While there might be some of that, it seems like the lag is the biggest issue... one issue with building games on a fast computer is that I can't tell how bad the lag will be for others.

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abyssoft

Feb. 12, 2012

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Developer response from Abigayl

The rules are all in the instructions. What rules are not consistently applied? You've totally lost me...

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