Color is Everything

  • Puzzle
  • Loates
  • 3 months ago
  • 33rd

Description

Welcome to Color is Everything

IT IS IMPORTANT YOU READ THE "HOW TO PLAY" SECTION ON THE MENU BEFORE PLAYING THE GAME, SERIOUSLY. DON'T SKIP THAT
DO NOT USE WASD TO MOVE, IT DOESN'T WORK, PLS

Controls:

  • arrow keys to move*
  • Press R to restart the level
  • No mouse is required to play this game

Summary of Game:

This game has less of a story, and is more made to be an experience, It provides to you a perspective with, and a perspective without access to colors, and this feature is used heavily through out the game to convey the message of "what would the world be like without color"

The game, while a puzzle game isn't made to be too challenging, yet instead it attempts to intrigue you

Enjoy the game! - Loates

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  • Jupiter Hadley
    Jupiter Hadley Jupiter Hadley 9
    2 months ago

    Neat game. I included it in my GM48: Colors are Important compilation video series, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/QrF-3ZnvIJU

  • Redbeard
    Redbeard Redbeard 1
    2 months ago

    Thanks for submitting a game!

    Going to stream of consciousness as I play this:

    • I like the acoustic guitar music. Nothing fancy, sounds good. For the jam format it was good enough to sound pleasant and not be distracting.
    • I feel like the main menu is off center and its making me uncomfortable.
    • The art style is very simple, feels a bit placeholder.
    • No sound in the game, indication that things are happening. Could do with a simple noise or something when you beat a level or press the button etc.
    • I like the block pushing puzzle mechanic.
    • I like the switching back and forth with a button mechanic, but feel like in many of the levels you have WAY too long. Maybe this gets harder later.
    • Some of the levels you hit a button and then walk through the portal, ther wasnt any challenge on some of these, or maybe I lucked into doing things the right way or something not sure.
    • I feel like you have more of a conceptual tie to the theme than a gameplay tie, for what its worth.

    Nice job!

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks for the comprehensive, honest review and for the useful constructive criticism!

  • Croaks
    Croaks Croaks 4
    2 months ago

    I want to start by saying the choices you made in your puzzle design was super clever. Give yourself more credit! I think the reason Kwisarts found the game as intuitive as they did isn't because it's easy, it's because you did a great job of teaching-by-playing. The order is smart and you definitely don't need the how-to text (and again I really don't think it's just because it's "easy"). You already do everything Bird mentions on the topic, so great job there!

    You also did imbue it with a sense of play. To counter Bird, I did feel that the first level the button was after a shift in the ground tiles was a fun choice. I'm suddenly super fast, don't know why, hit the button, and learn "Oh. That's a new kind of tile. Awesome." I liked learning that way because it felt fair. I was also then prepped for the next level when you added a gap there. It made sense to me and I appreciated that design progression. That was smart stuff (I'm also going on a limb that the slightly different gray was intentional. I can't imagine you missed that for a second).

    I would have loved more interaction with the world, or feedback for me as the player. I liked the feedback of being slow pushing a block. That helped ground me. I just wonder what other feedback would have helped. Maybe more sounds? A more dynamic timer? A more involved puzzle just for a fun challenge at the end? I wanted to be tested. Again though, that's because your design efficiently taught me how to play your game.

    So great job. This has a lot of potential as a playground for practicing great level design techniques and I hope you follow through with it. I hope next jam you also stand by your work more confidently (no more text how-to's) because you clearly demonstrate you can teach a player without it. Awesome stuff!

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks, first of all, I really appreciate the feedback! You are right with me noticing about the different shade of grey, despite friend telling me to change it, I stuck with it as I was very worried I'd make it unfair. I'm happy that you enjoyed the puzzle design and found it intuitive, and that I achieved the idea of teaching-by-playing well. Thanks for your kind words!

  • Bird
    Bird Bird 1
    2 months ago

    This game has a pretty interesting mechanic, but I think the execution was weak. Although the premise of the game (story wise) is about color, the actual ties to the theme gameplay wise are few and far between!

    After playing the game, I actually did not find the "How to play" section to be as crucial as it was mentioned. I think the gist of what the game was trying to convey could have easily been picked up through a simple "tutorial" style level, or one that was designed to show the player that you can interact with things through the colored vision while in the grayscale state. There were a few levels that tried to do this by putting obstacles before the button itself, such as the one where you fall through, but I actually think that the button being laid before the obstacle would have been more beneficial, and feel more fair and less confusing!

    Along with this, I also felt the gameplay ties to the theme were pretty weak. I could play this game in grayscale, and I don't think it would affect the game at all! I understand that the premise of the game is that color is everything, but you could easily change that to entering an alternate dimension, and the game would still make sense. I would have liked to see something that aligned with the theme more, gameplay wise, rather than an explanation as to why it should make sense!

    Overall, I can still appreciate the attempt that was made here. If used well, the mechanic shown has the potential to make something a lot more fun and interesting.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks for the honest review and the advice! It's very appreciated!

  • Naxos
    Naxos Naxos 3
    3 months ago

    This was a gentle, relaxing experience that doesn't ask too much of the player, while still being interesting and engaging. A lot of elements appear without explanation, but their function becomes so immediately obvious that it "just works", very intuitive, very nice!

    When I first saw your title my immediate, joking wish was that the game had been called 'No, Colors are Everything" as a sort of cheeky rebuke of the theme :)

    The music fit in well... really liked the relaxing guitar plucking. Game sounds would have been nice, but I didn't miss them too much.

    The menu seemed a bit off center, but now I'm nit picking! :D


    On the whole, just a short, relaxing experience that I enjoyed!

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Happy to hear it was relaxing to you! I really regret not calling it "No, colors are everything" now

  • Kwisarts
    Kwisarts Kwisarts 40
    3 months ago
    • I know you said reading the instruction is important, but reading is... hmm not ideal. To properly get a game mechanic, it's often best to be shown (images, videos, in game demonstration) or to visualize it ourselves. ("show, don't tell") Basically, keep it as simple as possible. A few tips:
    • as few words as possible. Avoid things like "but this effect is temporary, and quickly wears off" as it's... not very ecomonical in terms of words.
    • You could improve big chunk of texts by splitting them into smaller text. A big wall of text tends to discourage the viewer to read, while small chunks will feel easier to read and it allows more space.

    ...and now that I finished the game, I can tell you the gameplay was really intuitive enough! I wasn't invested in reading the instructions, so I tried anyway and it was easy. Please don't scare me off with a "crucial" xD

    • the music loop is a bit short (/repetitive)

    • We should be able to reset the timer at any time by clicking the button, so that we can reset it to optimize the time, instead of needing to wait (edit: my bad, it was already mentioned)

    • The puzzle are not bad, although as mentioned earlier, we can easily tell which tiles are what.

    • good difficulty curve!

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks for the comprehensive and honest review!

  • GooseNinja
    GooseNinja GooseNinja 3
    3 months ago

    I started playing with the WASD keys and it was driving me insane. Using the arrow keys made it much easier :'D Solid entry. Good Job

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Oh, i'm really sorry about the WASD key glitch, it was a last second glitch that got through! I hope you enjoyed it though!

  • Moo
    Moo Moo 12
    3 months ago

    I liked this. The variety of puzzles in this game was pretty cool, and the way mechanics are introduced was done very well. It was a little on the shorter end, but I enjoyed it for what it was.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks! I'm happy to hear the variety was good enough!

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      Loates 8 Coder
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  • mick constable
    mick constable mick constable 1
    3 months ago

    This game is just like my life, its sad and happy when someone presses my button.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Well, that's a bit sad lol, but thanks for playing my game!

  • FrogWax
    FrogWax FrogWax 5
    3 months ago

    I had some minor issues with the UI not centering correctly but nothing that affected playability. The only thing I would change is to have the timer start when you leave the pad, so that time is allowed to see things and plan the route. Could also be a bit more challenging. Nice concept and good execution! Would be interested to see more puzzles in this format.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks for the advice! I'm making a post-jam version soon so will keep this is mind!

  • Niles
    Niles Niles 1
    3 months ago

    Great game, the idea behind it is great and the design is very simplistic and cool!

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks for the compliments! I appreciate the feedback!

  • Joe Wetmore
    Joe Wetmore Joe Wetmore 2
    3 months ago

    Nice work! Cute little player sprite too! :D

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Glad to hear you liked the sprite! It went through a few iterations before getting to that point!

  • Zachary
    Zachary Zachary 3
    3 months ago

    This is a great concept and you were able to show off some interesting puzzles using the mode switching mechanic. The biggest issue I noticed was that the tiles have different patterns, even in monochrome mode. This means that it becomes very easy to solve some of the challenges because you can tell what the ground is even in mono mode. Still, it's a cool idea with a lot of potential.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Yeah, I really should've worked on making sure that it was harder to differentiate, thanks for the review!

  • Hikikomori
    Hikikomori Hikikomori 2
    3 months ago

    Very nice concept. Really original gameplay and nice features. Really liked the coding for jumping higher while sliding.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      Thanks! I wasn't sure whether it was a good idea originally but stuck with it anyway!

  • Anonymous
    Anonymous Anonymous
    3 months ago

    This is a pretty cool game. The concept is interesting and there are some nice puzzles in it. It felt a bit to short to me, but I had fun playing it.

    • Loates Loates
      Loates 8 Coder

      I'm happy to hear you enjoyed it! Planning to add more levels post jam!

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