Category: PC


My thoughts on Tiny Galaxy

Where to start..

I got a free download of the PC version of Tiny Galaxy by @ArcanePixel when I made a donation to the Epilepsy Foundation during @IndieGamerChick‘s 26th birthday. Looked like a cute enough platformer, for PC and soon WiiU – great!

Quick overview of the game: you run on the outside of planets, jumping from one to the other while being attracted by the next one’s gravity pull, collecting enough stars to open a black hole to get out of the level and go to the next one. All that to get back to a bully who stole your headphones (…yeah whatever).

I played the first world for about an hour… after 30 mins I thought to myself I’ll finish World 1 and that’ll be it.. but I finally got to level 9 (out of 10 for that world) and decided I had quite enough 🙂 I’m not a big fan of tough platformers (for example, I have no love for playing Super Meat Boy while I can appreciate it is really well made) and that probably won’t change much as I just get to be an older and older fart.

I did have time to take down notes of stuff that annoyed me.. Really not to bash the game, but because they all seemed to be things that could be improved (I’d say easily, but maybe I’d wait to have actually made a game myself to push it there :)) :

  • The game should tell you how many stars you have collected on the level so far
  • There should be a sound when the black hole appears / when all stars have been collected
  • The total number of stars listed on the selection doesn’t mean anything, since you have to collect all stars to clear a level (after getting all stars on 8 out of 10 levels of World 1, it didn’t seem to open up anything new)
  • The one-hit-restart-the-whole-level thing was annoying. Maybe allow to take 2-3 hits? Call it easy or grandpa mode.
  • The font used to number the levels on the selection screen.. yikes.
  • There’s NOTHING indicating what levels have been completed on the selection screen
  • PC: play levels with keyboard, select levels with the mouse. Annoying to switch back and forth. Guessing level selection on the WiiU is touch on the pad. Bad translation to PC controls if that’s the case.
  • PC: no controller support ?!?!?
  • Loose the superfluous exclamation points (World 1: “Meadow!”)
  • Seems to be a bit of lag between the camera shifting the whole level view when you start/stop running around a planet, especially noticeable on small ones
  • Controls could be tighter / jumps felt a bit floaty at times (what I called camera lag contributed)
  • On level 6 jumping from a planet to the final one, close to the black hole, I was actually pushed away from it and out the level..!
  • Would have liked the possibility of zooming out a bit to see more of the level to look for remaining stars
  • Graphics are ok but firmly in the programmer art category
  • Could use more music
  • Saws going back and forth in a straight line freely while in the same spot gravity pulls YOU in different directions doesn’t make sense. Mechanically ok, but doesn’t tie in with the theme

So this one is really not for me, but I can see people liking it no problem.. But I still think it could use some more time in the oven to add polish everywhere – maybe as an eventual update.

Xmas shopping is starting

The Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday specials may still be on your credit card, but Christmas is already here for PC gamers!

Great prices to be had.. First there’s the Indie Royale Xmas Bundle which lets you pay what you want for a bunch of games, DRM free, with Steam/Desura keys when available. Really no downside! Always had smooth transactions with them since they’re started.

 

New comer to the ‘Indie bundle’ trend, Indie Gala, is also offering a neat bundle with a price tag of your choice. Like the humble and royale guys, part of the proceeds go to charity, for that warm and fuzzy feeling. They would work on a better logo, but let’s give them time 🙂

 

Then there’s GOG, Good Old Games, cutting prices by 50% on a lot of stuff. Old classics, lots of goodies included (wallpapers, mp3s, etc) most of the time. All bundled to work great on a recent OS/machine.

And it goes without saying, you might to keep in mind that Steam will most probably have another huge sale during the holidays.. poor, poor wallet! But it has really been a great year for cheap gamers.. or addicts on a budget like me.

If you’re a fellow Canuck with a Twitter account, you could do worse than follow @GameDealsCanada – great way to keep up on offers everywhere.

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