What it would have been if I had the time to finish:

You fight a foreign invasion... from the inside of an alien! You are their assigned protector. Your host is unfortunately sick and takes a special medication. That means you get free pills that may boost your power! But there are side effects, which may or may not include...

nausea

trembling

gastric reflux

stronger infestation

...death of your host

The side effects aren't affecting you, but the alien you try to defend from the inside. You're inside hostile grounds as these effects influence your environment.

(Unfortunately, I was way off in terms of time management. The game is far from done, and doesn't even include the side effects... which is a side effect of me not managing my time correctly)

CON TROLLS
  • Move: arrow keys, AD
  • Crouch: down key, S
  • Jump: up key, W, K
  • Shoot: X, J

(note: the nausea and trembling side effects are implemented in game and can be activated manually. They both trigger at specific intervals that gets shorter as they stack. note that the nausea effect is unfinished and completely messes with the view.)

trembling: space

nausea: control

SCREEN SHORTS

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  • 2102
    Patron

    Technically and graphically impressive as always. I wish I could've seen the side effects. And maybe have the enemies/hive things have a little less health. All in all, great entry.

  • Matt Waters
    Lv. 2

    The art and sound for this game are great!

    I like the premise but, unfortunately, the 48 hour time crunch meant it was unfinished.

    I found the number of shots required to defeat enemies and environment to be so numerous that it was a bit frustrating.

    Death Bowl
    Submitted

    Death Bowl

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      Yep, I should have pushed these numbers lowers. I mostly wanted to avoid making the game too easy considering there's just... 2 levels

      Old school kind of difficulty for bad games: game difficult to make sure you don't finish it too quick ahaha

  • singleshot
    Lv. 38

    Hey kwis, You can really tell that this game is unfinished.

    I like the ideas you had going into this, but I think you had more to do then time to do it.

    If you are still wanting to make a metroidvania in 48hours, I recommend you get someone to help you or plan out a design doc before the jam starts.

    But as far as proof of concept goes this was a fun little game.

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      I guess the first time is the hardest! I had a really cool map idea planned too, but the game's mechanics weren't as simple as I thought they were. I added mechanics that ended up being unused, and I should have done that a different way

      Oh well... thanks for playing!

  • Jupiter Hadley
    Lv. 13

    Really lovely graphics and sounds! I couldn't beat the wall though. I included it in my GM48 compilation video series, if you’d like to take a look. :) https://youtu.be/2x0hqeP3RWA

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      Thank you for playing and recording yourself playing! Made me very conscious of all the mistakes I've done in terms of design :)

  • Leanne Rath
    Lv. 2

    Ahhhh what a cool soundtrack! Love the art also! Control wise I would have liked a mouse aim so you could shoot in different directions, as sometimes it was tricky to make sure things were on the same plane for shooting, but I understand this is probably an intended portion of the difficulty!

    Hallucia
    Submitted

    Hallucia

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      The fact you couldn't aim freely was deliberate! The issue is that the level design and where the spawners are placed makes it too tricky as is to make it feel good, as well as, I guess, the hitboxes. I intended for the little critters to make it easier for you to kill them while crouching or from a distances, but the slopes and others things kinda worked against that

      So I meant it to make the challenge more interesting, yeah, but it wasn't done the best way...

      Thank you for your feedback!

  • Tydecon Games
    Patron

    This is a fun start to a game and I feel like there's a lot more going on here that I don't necessarily understand - quite a few unanswered questions about what I'm meant to do and where I'm meant to go but I get that the time management wasn't on your side on this one. It's a solid foundation and I hope there's more to this as what you've got so far was a lot of fun :)

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      Yeah, the joys of an unfinished game! :D

      I don't know if i'd have the motivation to keep that project going, but i'm considering it

  • FlyAway
    Lv. 8

    Fun game, had nice movement and combat, and the screen effects and change in music were cool. a shame you couldent get it done in time but the groundwork is there for a solid title. Nice job :)

    Side Quest
    Submitted

    Side Quest

  • FlowerSnek
    Lv. 2

    I loved this game's artstyle and aesthetic, especially the little touches like your alien host starting to sway with nausea as you progress further and fight the infection. Your character also handles pretty well, and the trajectory on their bullets makes fighting enemies a little more interesting, since you have to use the terrain to your advantage. The use of music to set the mood was also great. My only real complaint stems from the difficulty curve — since you can't shoot up, some of the blocks of alien spawners take a long time to destroy, and you can get overwhelmed pretty easily if an alien spawns from off-screen.

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      Yeah, I wanted the player to be able to shoot up, considering it'd make interesting to aim as the bullets are affected by gravity! But didn't have the time

      I kinda wanted to go the kero blaster way, but my game plays differently, so it doesn't work well...

      Also the nausa thing was supposed to be a side effects you could choose, but as it is, it was only left because I implemented it, so it has to be manually triggered: I assume you did that, cause the game doesn't make them appear as you progress!

      But it's cool that it happened!

      I should have lowered the monsters' HP much lower, so that they don't overwhelm you so fast

  • Cassidy Liston
    Lv. 2

    Huh. It's very adorable but unfortunately I wasn't able to progress very far.

    Xanitol
    Submitted

    Xanitol

  • Jaspo
    Lv. 13

    Don't know if I was doing something wrong but the enemies and spawners seemed too hard to kill. Also, having the controls listed somewhere would be nice. Other than that, good art, good music, uses side effect theme, and what's finished seems stable.

    Yukon
    Submitted

    Yukon

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      9mos ago

      Yep, should have added the controls! Added them, even if it's a bit too late. Also yeah I gave them too much health...

  • arthurgps2
    Lv. 8

    Real shame you couldn't finish it in time, the idea was pretty cool, including the side effect one which you also couldn't finish :( I will say though, the art in this game is very nice. The music that plays when you start fighting that horde of aliens too.

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      10mos ago

      Thanks, yeah it's a shame!

      (note: I mistakenly referred the infesters as "alien", the game is called Alien infestation because it's an alien that gets infested, - though I guess technically they're also aliens)

  • Marco Maureira
    Lv. 4

    Damn :( a lot of potential here, hopefully next time you're able to finish for me it took like 12 tries but you can get there if you don't give up

    • Kwis
      Lv. 67
      Kwis Developer of "Alien" Infestation

      10mos ago

      Yeaaah I'm starting to feel like I get way too excited over my game to ever finish. I need to either tone down my fun or just avoid participating alone! Thanks for playing :)

  • Wubs
    Lv. 6

    Would have liked to see the pills finished. overall a fun little platformer :D