General Commentary and Game Overview
Regular Toad Game is a type of a game I've never seen come from Hypernova. I'm only familiar with their turd fest series, so seeing them try to make a game with a more serious plotline initially got me pretty excited.
That excitement fell apart by the time I got to the time machine.
I don't know why, but it feels like there was a serious drop in the game design once you reach the sewer level.
Suddenly, the platforming felt unfair, the enemy placement turned annoying, and even the story itself became very predictable. (oh, I'm in a coma? and I have a dead wife? and the final boss is a physical representation of my depression? do the coins represent the mourning for my dead parents too?) Moreover, the checkpoint placement was merciless, making it so if I died about 2/3rd's of the way through a level, I'd have to do the entire chapter again. Why couldn't this game maintain it's quality the whole way through?
One very aggravating thing about RTG in general is that you can't save it. there's no save files, you HAVE to beat this in one sitting. if you quit, you get sent allll the way back to the start.
granted, the game's about 2 and a half hours? (At least that's how long I took to beat it, I think.) but come on, at least give me a password or something.
Not to mention the final boss, god. It took me three tries, which meant I had to go through the hoard fight, and the mini boss, three times. You really couldn't just put me before the final boss phase?
Now, Hyper mentions in the readme that "Due to restricted time and I have a strong considerations about the game jam, part of the game will feel rushed". Why couldn't they just hold onto this for a bit longer then? You didn't HAVE to submit this, you could've taken some time and polished it up it up a bit more. I wouldn't have minded waiting...
Once I beat the final boss, I didn't think "Man, that was really fun!" I just thought "Oh, thank god it's over. I'm going to rate this a 6 out of 10. This wasn't very fun."
Like how my dad expresses his frustrations with me: I'm not mad at hypernova, I'm just disappointed. I'm hoping they'll learn from their mistakes and make something better than this next time, because I really do like their work. This just didn't do it for me, though.
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