So, over the weekend, my older sister came home from college with her friend for a short visit.
Obsessive person that I am, the first thought I had was 'OH! They will be able to give me input on this project!". But, to my further delight, Marko got a windows executable put out that I could show them. So in total, I had three eager testers for the most important part of the game: the gameplay. My opinion is already well known, this game is absolutely awesome, but it was interesting to watch some other people play (and struggle) with the first level. Collectively, we managed to get past the first level after significant effort, but we had a great time losing horribly.
The consensus is that the first level is perfection, you start in a safe area, the first platform is a ways away, with an enemy between you and him. I watched my older sister attempt to plow right through him three times in a row, everyone present giggling at her exasperation. Needless to say, she represents the 'I suck at video games' demographic, and, as such gamers will probably never be interesting in a pandora, her input is for comic relief only.
Next up at bat was my younger sister, who probably has no idea that there was a console that came before the Nintendo 64. She managed to do fairly well, killing two enemies on her very first try and collecting one egg. She liked the game that was "kind of like a copy of mario, but still good" to put it in her words.
Finally, My sister's friend took a shot, and thought he had everything under control as he flew quickly towards the end of the level, where, as I had informed them, was a cage that had to be entered to complete the level. As he landed on the platform, so sure that he had outperformed the girls, he realized, to his dismay, that you must collect a number of eggs to open the door to the cage.
"Oh, that's just great!"
He got three eggs and then faceplanted an enemy rider.
I think the first dry run of panjoust went well. We all agreed it was a laugh, and "the kind of game you would play while waiting for the bus."
Also, marko, the second level is fucking bullshit
You put a bird right under where I started, it was very not cool
(it doesn't help that that damn bird killed me three times IN A ROW, even though I knew he was there)
Keep up the good work, the finished product is going to be amazing, I already know. I listened to the music from Nick, and it fits the game like a glove. When he releases the OGGs for everyone to hear, you guys are in for a treat. All of his other music is top notch as well, I would recommend checking out both his website
and youtube page
to get an idea of the treat we're in for.
As always, with love and affection,