Body & Mind

  • Puzzle
  • Baku
  • 1 month ago
  • 1st

Description

A weird metaphysical dungeon escape, or something


Controls

Action Keyboard Gamepad
Move WASD / Arrows Left Stick / Dpad
Meditate Enter A
Switch Enter A
Wake up Backspace B
Restart level R Start

Credits

Didn't get as much content done as I wanted, but eh, it's a game :)

Also, designing puzzles is hard, who knew

Can you find the hidden fish with arms? 💪🐟

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  • Kwisarts
    Kwisarts Kwisarts 35
    1 month ago
    • The last level looks like the first one. There even is the exact same dialog! The level after that is identitcal to the second level too. Also the 6th level looks like a copy of the third level. Also the 7th level kinda looks like the 4th level. And the 8th, if you look, ressembles the 5th. (Wait, I don't know where I'm going with this joke)
    • It feels frustrating to block a crate because it's so easy to move them, but sometimes it's too hard to guess when it's getting blocked. Annoying in the third, 6th, 9th, 12th and 15th level (I didn't go further though) because the level is longer.
    • Some crates are blue.
    • Does she push the crates with her body?

    That said, the games looks so cool. Nice use of the 3D there, especially when meditating. The use of color is cool as well, although I kinda wished for a third main color in some elements or another for a change. The textures are pretty nice looking!

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer
      • 🤔
      • I agree that pushing could be a little more deliberate. Either the pushing speed just needs to be slower, or there needs to be some system where if you try moving into a block for half a second or something, you go into a "pushing" state, to avoid accidental pushes. In terms of not knowing what's blocking the crate, do you mean other characters, or like when trying to push a crate through a tight space but just gets caught on the corner? Not going to change the former, but I have made the crate's collision mask slightly smaller in the post-jam update that I'm working on.
      • I wanted to have some kinda "gate", or disappearing wall or something, that could be triggered with buttons. I didn't have much time left so I just made a palette swap of the crates. I realise this is a great source of confusion in level 1 (since you can't always see what happens when you press buttons - fixed with a camera pan in post-jam update), but mostly level 3 (since the bars kinda block the view of the blue crate, and also that button is a completely red herring... - level 3 is completely new in post-jam update).
      • I guess the idea is that she splits up into Mind - some kinda etherial spirit-like being - and Body - a strong but brainless body walking around. I had more ideas for things that would care about intelligence (Mind, but not Body) or physicality/strength (Body, but not Mind) but didn't have time. Also at some point I realised Body wasn't really different from the "normal" player character at all, so I wanted to make Body the only one capable of pushing crates (not sure what the logic behind that would be, other than gamepay purposes 😅), but for some reason I never got around to changing that lol

      Thanks! 💖

  • Deathbreth
    Deathbreth Deathbreth 4
    1 month ago

    Great game! As soon as the music started I was excited to play because it matches the environment perfectly. The beginning puzzle is a great tutorial and the meditation system was a good use of the theme.

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thanks a ton!!

      💖

  • Kyon
    Kyon Kyon 3
    1 month ago

    Cool style! Especially the camera effect when you meditate. Too bad there was so little gameplay. Would be very nice if you could pull the crates next to pushing. And maybe making the character actually push and move slower or something so it doesn't feel so light In the last level I missed that that one button removed a crate. So it took me way too long to figure the puzzle was basicly to not push a button, which felt a bit weak to me. Overall a very good entry though!! Especially within 48 hours of course.

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thanks!

      Boxes should absolutely not be able to be pulled. Since it's a Sokoban-style game. But I do agree that box pushing could be a little more deliberate than in this jam build!

      And yeah, level 3 is really awful.. It can even be solved without meditating at all, lol

  • Tero Hannula
    Tero Hannula Tero Hannula 11
    1 month ago

    'Ah, 3D game, you are man of culture as well' :D Graphics were good, I like that you had put stones on edges etc. to blend level building blocks more to the environment, gives more polished look. I loved the music. The effect of meditating was simple but effective, liked that. Game was short, but I can't complain, I didn't even make one puzzle D: As one previously stated, blocks could have had pushing and pulling mechanism attached to key for more precise control of boxes, and would have eliminated accidental pushes. Though, it wasn't big of a problem. Overall, one of my favorites so far :)

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thanks a ton! 💖

      I probably spent too much time doing environment art stuff, including making the floor tiles "connect" to the blocks, etc., but it's nice to know this was appreciated :P In hindsight though I should've maybe spent that time polishing other things, but oh well

      It's nice to see someone else made a 3D game too! I'll be sure to play yours soon!!

  • QuibbleCoatl
    QuibbleCoatl QuibbleCoatl 9
    1 month ago

    The visuals and art are really damn good and make it a very memorable entry. The music and effects were good too. The dialog system looked nice. Although a suggestion for that would be having a trigger for it to skip the first level dialogue on a room restart.

    It would have been great if you had more time for a few more levels and a bit more polish on the puzzles but I did enjoy what was there. Although the slow pace of the game can make things a little annoying at times to restart, such as the fakeout button in the last room that just removes a block (I think?) and falling off and getting trapped in the final room with no way to get back to the meditation area.

    I am curious though on what the intended way to beat the 2nd level is as I saw you say that nobody solved it as intended and I can only think of a single way to win. So that will drive me a little nuts lol.

    The use of the theme was good and the art and visuals really pop out. Good job.

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thank you!

      Here's a video of the two unintended ways of beating level 2 that I've seen (of course the fact that they are unintended does not make them any less valid, it just means I goofed up!), and the two intended ones: https://youtu.be/CS9xU2b48bo

  • Jean-Bernard G
    Jean-Bernard G Jean-Bernard G 4
    1 month ago

    Good job, make 3D in this gamejam make really pop out your game from the others. I don't really have anything to write who has already been written before. But yes, the system to push the boxes is sometimes really punitive and can be solved by a pull system.

  • s7stringmadness
    s7stringmadness s7stringmadness 2
    1 month ago

    Pretty cool game, I really like the art style! The dialogue was pretty good too. The concept was really interesting, I think it could really shine if you pushed it even farther! Some of the solutions were a little obscure to me, but I'm sure more development time would have helped. Great concept overall, good job!

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thank you!! 💖

      Yeah, designing good puzzles is really hard >.<

  • Luke Peña
    Luke Peña Luke Peña 2
    1 month ago

    I was impressed by the visuals, but some of the puzzle solutions felt kind of vague to me. Like I solved some by poking blocks into weird positions, and I couldn't tell if that was how it was supposed to be solved, or if I just broke the puzzle.

    But again, the 3D art is great! I haven't done 3D stuff before in GMS, but it looks really appealing.

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thanks! 💖

      If you managed to solve it, then that's good enough! But there are definitely some unintended ways that I didn't think of, at least in level 2: https://youtu.be/CS9xU2b48bo

  • StereoJunkie
    StereoJunkie StereoJunkie 2
    1 month ago

    I really liked how we just got put straight into the game/tutorial. Nice way of introducing players :) I would definitely play the full game if you finished it (do it!).

    >Now onto the CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM! I'd say add more levels, it is addictive. Maybe add some kind of typography into the game to make it more user friendly so that "the older generation" can also play. For the rest, it is hard for me to come up with feedback at the moment

    > reply, yes i mean like a "tutorial"

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thanks! 💖

      Going straight into the game, without any title screen or menu, was mostly a time limit thing. All the intro/outro dialogue was added within the last hour or something like that 😅

      Typography? You mean just explaining what stuff does / how things work?

  • singleshot
    singleshot singleshot 4
    1 month ago

    It's A Fun Game To look at, Little Less To play.

    You're artistic sense Really Shows Here, The environment Really Pops from the texture design and the opposing color tones of the characters to the background just brings it Home.

    The box pushing is nice at first, but with out a way to undo or pull them. I ended up have to restart a lot because I pushed a box just a bit too far.

    I feel that having a contextual button prompt like having to hold the A button to push a block. would make it a little better. at lest it would have made me less worried about bumping the box and ruining the puzzle and more into having fun shoveling puzzled.

    And I Feel Like having yourself is a companion is stretching the theme a bit . . .

    Over all, Its a nice Final Product, if a little short.

    Nice JOB!

    • Baku Baku
      Baku 22 Developer

      Thank you!! 💖

      I did want to have a better push/pull system at first, but didn't have any time to implement it at all lol

  • Batboy
    Batboy Batboy 2
    1 month ago

    Honestly, my only complaint is that it ended waaaay too soon. Cool idea, good execution, awesome music and visuals. Making a 3D game in a 48h GM jam is really ballsy. I hope you flesh this out some more in the future!

    EDIT: Now that I've let it sit for a while, I think the biggest drawback is that it can be a bit hard to map the layout of the puzzle mentally because you can't see all of it at the same time. Of course, it's impossible to avoid that in a 3D game, but I think pulling the camera a bit higher and further away from the player would go a long way in that regard.

Post-mortem

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