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Post links to the three reviews of No Travel Game Jams Submissions Here!

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Hi All,

I started reviewing some games, so I will also add other, as I go along.

Please note that the order is random, so no favorites at the moment.

  1. Monster Reign
  2. Isekai Demonica
  3. Twilight City

Thanks and keep safe!
 
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Played a few games already, still deciding which (3 games) game to pick. I will edit this message once I decide:
Done.

1. Stuck In A Wall
2. Elegy
3. Sundew Nightmare

I left comments on other games too, especially the ones that left a good impression on me, but didn't know what to tell the creators in 300 words.
 
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I will drop my post here too, and edit when I make a review.
I don't know yet which one I will review
I would like to test them all, but there is so much of them !

# Actual progress

Ailius - Small world
Review finished - game finished
Rose Guardian - Monster reign
Review finished - game finished
Canini - Grenickle Park
Review finished - game finished
V_Aero -The Guardian Angel of the Rural Village
I gave it a try, I will complete it later
easyterminal - Small Town Shutdown
Game downloaded
l8rose - Noavel Manor
Review in progress - game finished

Conflictx3 - Til death do us
SparKt - The corruption
PhoenixReD - The plague
SmashArtist - Go find Carl
GoodSelf - Elegy
Novacalico - Guilty
TSR - Life of a virus
Mrs_Allykat - Isekai Demonica
hinola - The living among the dead
Well, I will pass on this one
Quoteman - Cornona Sim (direct download)
I may test later, but I like to know what I am testing.
Ceres-Eris - Lockdown at Lilac
EuphemiaArtoria - The rest is silence
Joker101 - The Chevalier's Course
KV_Kingdom - Stuck in a wall
LVGames - Tenko's Story
Chez - Magical girl Z
Corlagon - Byteria Quest: Thosaport
EmmaB - Mystery in Snowbound Riverdale
mlogan - Zombied!
Zliryu -Ervenfell - Crimson Plague
astrobunny - macademica
Hyouryuu-Na - To see tomorrow
Lanteral - I'll Defeat the Monster From the Comfort of My Bed!
Dama -3 Not Prepared Contents
Gokasy - True hero
Silverpence - Twilight city
Touchfuzzy - Submissions Over!
I won't play this one, he didn't even gave a link to his submission !
Outside the submission thread :
RCXDan - Sundew Nightmare

# Full list, blank :
If you need it
Ailius - Small world
Rose Guardian - Monster reign
Canini - Grenickle Park
Conflictx3 - Til death do us
SparKt - The corruption
V_Aero -The Guardian Angel of the Rural Village
PhoenixReD - The plague
SmashArtist - Go find Carl
GoodSelf - Elegy
Novacalico - Guilty
TSR - Life of a virus
Mrs_Allykat - Isekai Demonica
hinola - The living among the dead
Quoteman - Cornona Sim (direct download)
Ceres-Eris - Lockdown at Lilac
EuphemiaArtoria - The rest is silence
Joker101 - The Chevalier's Course
KV_Kingdom - Stuck in a wall
LVGames - Tenko's Story
Chez - Magical girl Z
easyterminal - Small Town Shutdown
Corlagon - Byteria Quest: Thosaport
EmmaB - Mystery in Snowbound Riverdale
mlogan - Zombied!
Zliryu -Ervenfell - Crimson Plague
astrobunny - macademica
Hyouryuu-Na - To see tomorrow
Lanteral - I'll Defeat the Monster From the Comfort of My Bed!
Dama -3 Not Prepared Contents
Gokasy - True hero
Silverpence - Twilight city
Outside the submission thread :
l8rose - Noavel Manor
RCXDan - Sundew Nightmare
 
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My reviews:

Aaaahhh I got janked and stuck in one street with zombies running in from both sides constantly, eck dead. This game is hhhhaaarrddd, maybe just a bit too hard, died 10x in a row and still can't get to the hospital :)on the 11th try made it to the hospital! That being said "official" review below:

The setup of the game is great for what it is, quick and dirty tutorial and get you straight in the game to play. Randomizing works great to keep each play-through feeling fresh and unique, while keeping to what you expect out of a drop in game. Each play-through is likely to only last a couple of minutes, but each are fresh enough that you don't mind playing a couple of times to get the full experience. This has a strong presence to work great as a built in browser game to gain popularity. The random nature of the map and item generation inherently lend themselves to this style of game, and drive additional play throughs.
That being said it was quite difficult right off the bat. The most common reason I can think of why I died was because I was constantly getting surrounded on both sides of the narrow streets, and did not have any weapons that killed fast enough for me to escape. There could be a couple of solutions to fix this issue depending upon what the future of the game would be:

1. Allow the player and zombies to walk through other areas outside of the pre-determined roadways to avoid the congestion and infinite trail of zombies feeding in swarming.
2. Increase the range/damage of the weapons (allows you to get through crowds of zombies better).
3. Lessen the amount of zombies/increase the size of the map slightly (expanding space so you have more time to kill zombies).

There was some confusion based upon information in the tutorial as well. It may be due to the randomized nature of the game, but, I never found anything to blockade the zombies and keep them away from me. Additionally it was not immediately clear that I could only equip weapons in slot 1, I thought that I would be able to utilize weapons in multiple slots. I would recommend mentioning something about Slot 1: Weapons, Slot 2: NRG Drink, Slot 3: Blockades (I am assuming since I couldn't find any).
In the interest of curbing the difficulty to increase player drive to continuing playing I would recommend giving the player a starting weapon as well. I had about 3 play throughs where I found nothing in multiple buildings and died. There is nothing necessarily wrong with this, but, it does discourage the player from continuing to put in time and effort to completing the experience.

Overall I would recommend the game to be played, and am definitely looking forward to see if you do any future edits and finalized version of it.

Overall a very interesting experience and a great job at keeping consistency in the persistence of the characters personas. This style of genre could work great as a full game due to the back and forth available between the main character and the scientist, allowing for a continued push into the theme and motif of being anti-magical girl in how it mocks the genre. Not in the same way that Puella Magi Madoka Magica is an unexpected twist on the magical girl genre, but still a welcome addition none the less.

However there are some balancing issues that need to be addressed, and while latitudes are granted due to the nature of the entry, I was a bit confused at how the battle system was structured. For example, if you complete two battles, using only your magic and attack, you will likely die. Even when I completed one battle at a time, and went and bought stuff to restore my MP, I would still die trying to complete all the battles. However, if I skip everyone and go straight to the final boss, you can beat the final boss with your current skills. I did notice I leveled up and learned a seemingly powerful skill, but could never seem to level up to get the skill before the final boss. I am unsure if this is intentional or not to encourage the player to go straight to the final boss? Additionally just to let you know, you can still see TP in the character menu, though you have it disabled in the battle system.

I would strongly recommend that those reading here try this game out as the story and character development for such a short game are great. While the game does need further polish (if desired to be a longer game), it was an enjoyable experience.
 
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Gonna try to play as many as I can, so I'm going to reserve a spot for linking reviews.
 

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1. Life of a Virus (very challeging game, and require alot of patients
(I beat it, but took me many, many, many tries)

2. Isekai Demonica

3. coming soon (maybe)

while I test alot and place the nice ones that have good potentional.
 
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I reviewed:

I had hoped to get through more but in the end I only managed 8. Still, it was very cool to play such a variety of different games and see everyone's different approaches. If anyone else was really really keen for more feedback on their game and I didn't get a look at it, shoot me a message and I'll have a look in future!

Thanks to everyone who submitted these games :)
 
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My submission, coming this weekend :p
 

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