My love for this movie. So, so, much. My friends could never understand (and were actually pretty bewildered when I showed this to them), and I'm not even sure everyone on Newgrounds could understand.
Anyway, I really, really, liked everything about this, and I think the characters' facial expressions were the best part. It doesn't have to make complete sense to be absolute genius.
I didn't like the fairy's voices, and the song was annoyingly catchy... Link's facial expression made up for it though. I never did play Ocarina of Time... I never had a 64 growing up :(
I'm sorry I couldn't make the voices equally enjoyable as Navi's.
My rage is that there's still no separation between comments and reviews, and when someone tries to write something constructive about a flash, or give it real critique, it gets lost in a sea of "reviews" that just say "5 stars I liked it" or "LOLOLOL hilarious!" etc. I'd like to see a difference, maybe like a separated tab in the same space, where people could post comments, and then people who actually wanted to take the time and write extensive reviews could actually have their reviews seen.
I didn't expect this to be great, after seeing the low score and it being categorized as "spam", but I expected a few cheap laughs... And, regrettably, I really didn't find anything other than confusion. I appreciate the effort... Now, not trying to be a dick here, but with the new layout, you get "dumping grounds" where you can upload stuff like this that you made in 5 hours. If you're going to submit a game, maybe try and polish it a bit next time, put some more time into coloring things and making it look nice, try and you'll get a product that gets a better score than 2.03. Good luck with your future works
clear your cookies or it will look horrible, what system are you running? this game looks nice but I put special code in to make it look 'downgraded' if your computer is not as good as mine.
Try upgrading some shiz kay?
I really don't think you had the right idea this time around. First of all, I just didn't like the songs as much. That's totally an opinion, and I haven't unlocked them all, but I didn't find the instrumentals as catchy, I thought the alternative / punk songs were a little annoying (I could not stand "Fairest One of All") and the quality just wasn't what i expected. Secondly, I really don't think the direction you took this game was the right one; It's hard to appreciate the visuals when you'll mess up the song if you even glance at them, and I found it hard to appreciate anything but the comedy of boss fights - which was generally pretty short lived. So, while all of the graphical elements might have been better, and prettier, I don't think they enhanced the game. In fact, I think the overload of animation may have even slowed the game. I played the previous games in this serious with a pretty old computer and they ran fine, but this time, on a laptop with tons of memory and good graphics that's about 3 weeks old, it seemed that the path of the notes was sometimes not completely smooth which made it really hard to get the notes timed right.
My final issue is with "mistakes". It bothered me a TON that pressing the button a fraction of a second late counted as 2 mistakes (missing the note and hitting a key at the wrong time) and it drove me crazy when if my timing got off (due to the choppiness often) for just a second, I could amass 25 errors in three seconds.
I was good at SCGMD2, even better at the third one with most songs at perfect, and I really don't see myself devoting that kind of time to this game. I am thoroughly disappointed.
Good, but not good enough
This game had a lot of good things going for it, but before I address them I have to point out some of the very fundamental flaws I encountered.
First of all, the lack of animation was horrendous; I was very bothered by bosses like the Ice Dragon having absolutely no kinetic motion, and just being a picture of a dragon floating around the screen. This issue was uniform with all ofthe other bosses as well. They lazily drifted around the screen firing their weapons, but their guns never moved to point at the player, they never really angled themselves, and they simply weren't very visually impressive. However, I find that to be completely forgivable. The real isue with the animation is the lack of STORY animation, with the entire arc of the game playing out completely in text. The cutscenes, which often portrayed important and exhilirating events were never more than two character portraits opposite one another on the screen, unmoving. I was extremely bothered by the copious times throughout the game when something would appear in italicized text like "The battle played out, the cannon ripped through the shields, a giant wormhole appeared, etc." Without the player ever seeing this take place. Yes, the story was good, but this isn't a novel, it's a flash game, and I really expected it to be more than text. The lack of story animation seemed to drain the story, and often I was eager to skip through dialogue that wasn't key to the plot. Unlike the lack of enemy animation, this one is not forgivable, and really ticked me off.
The second fundamental flaw is repetition. During the first few levels on Home Planet I was impressed with the environments; an underwater level, a city level, an asteroid field, the game was full of variety! But even in the early stages of the game I couldn't help but notice that the same music track was repeated throughout all of the zones. I thought of super mario, and the distinct music that accompanied the undeground levels, the water levels, bowser's castle, and how much they added to the game, but in Starwish, the one track that existed throughout the main gameplay levels got very stale. As I progressed in the game I became bewildered with the more extensive recycling. Another city level, with the same boss, another forest level, with the same boss, and just like that, the awe I had experienced from the vastly different environments was gone. I also couldn't help but notice that throughout the entire game the base enemies never really changed. After only a few levels, I had seen every single non-boss enemy that I would see for its remainder, the mines, the ground cannons, the drones... It seemed that with a few small exceptions the enemies were irrelevant to their environment as well, and for the most part I saw the same array of foes underwater as I did in the acid swamp. Again, I was very ticked off. The only that makes this forgivable is the wonderful amount of variety found in the weapons and the wonderful ability to buy modulators and level and really make the game your own; I was very puzzled that part of the game could have such unique and nonlinear aspects while the main levels became so dull and repetitive.
I believe the key issue here is laziness, which everything can boil down to. You could have put animation in, but didn't; you could have made new enemies, but didn't, and you could have had a unique environment and unique boss for every single zone, but you just didn't do it.
My final grievance before I can get on to saying some nice things is how the levels related to the story. After the dramatic arrival of the firebolt on enigma, the cutscene ended with the dilemma of having 4 days to evacuate the planet. Then, the next mission was just killing a bunch of enemies and the recycled Monolith boss in a ruin level, after which the plot advanced. That left me thinking, "What the hell did what I just do with my ship have anything to do with the plot?". Like so many other things, I was ticked off.
I have some more things to say but I'm out of room; message me for more.
This was really interesting and I enjoyed it thoroughly. My only problem is the length. I don't think 8 minutes was really appropriate, and even though it was fast paced I began to lose interest. Overall, this is some good work.
Hmm yeah, it is pretty long, but most of my stuff is. I you really listen for all the different sounds and effects you can see how the length really helps build up to the very end. That was my goal, but thank you for your opinion and thank you for listening, I'm glad you enjoyed it mate :)
- Arron -
You were right, and this loop would fit perfectly into a suspense scene in a game. It started out just like an ordinary drum session, but when the kind of skittery sound started coming in the only thing I could think of was oh my god... THERE'S SOMETHING BEHIND ME!
I have to agree with Timpinsucks, in the fact that with a module and a keyboard anyone could create something similar. The fact that you used one instrument continuously for the entire song and added no effects made this seem very unprofessional, even if you did spend time working on this, aside from that there werse some mistakes and it seemed like some notes didn't fit together very well at parts.
okay. thanks for the constructive critisiscm. now shut up.
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