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    April 20th-23rd 2012 :: 10 Year Anniversary! :: Theme: Tiny World

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    Cloud Realm - Hempuli - 48 Hour Compo Entry

    Cloud Realm is a very small game where you play as a young boy, fighting against a huge robotic sky serpent, one which siblings have been tormenting previously peaceful areas. The game may be very hard or very easy depending on how quickly one handles the controls.

    ~CONTROLS~
    A & D - move around
    W, SPACE & Left mouse - jump when not flying
    ESC - skip the first part of the game (in case you want to get to the action quickly)

    Left mouse - shoot while flying
    Right mouse or E - leave a bomb while hanging from a surface
    Space - cling to a surface and jump off it, more about this in the in-game instructions

    In the game you're controlling a glider-ish vehicle, so horizontal momentum matters a lot - you glide when your horizontal momentum is high, but start losing altitude when you slow down. However, diving a bit and then accelerating makes you gain height. This may need some trying but you have infinite retries!!

    All this is also explained in the in-game instruction screen. Shouldn't be too weird.
    The game should work on Wine.

    View Hempuli's journal. | View all entries by Hempuli

    Ratings

    #13Graphics4.37
    #20Mood3.87
    #34Overall3.93
    #112Audio3.32
    #113Fun3.46
    #142Innovation3.56
    #333Humor2.42
    #413Theme3.07
    #1074Coolness14%

    Comments

    liger13 says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:12am

    Pretty easy to get the hang of it and pretty fun. The damage noises got a bit annoying, but really fun

    mattchu says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:23am

    Overall very well done.

    KhaoTom says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:35am

    That's a fun battle!

    Apr 23, 2012 @ 4:59pm

    great game man.. love the graphics :)

    jeroenimooo says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:01pm

    That monster is epic, also is the epic air battle :)

    angrygeometry says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:11pm

    damn, that was a lot of fun! really nice!

    madpew says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:12pm

    Just told you on irc, but this game deserves a comment as well. I LOVE the story and style, the detail of the graphics and the movement mechanic of the second part feels so fresh. I had lots of fun even thou I didn't win. But I'm missing some more sounds to build up athmosphere (even more) and music would have been nice. please make a post-compo version of this even if the length of the game stays the same. Best regards! (I'd vote if I could but I didn't submit)

    Lidfrid says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:20pm

    Great graphic! Bravo

    cornedor says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:33pm

    Very nice, and it does run in wine 1.0.1

    robbiehunt says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 5:45pm

    I love the epic feel of this hole game. Truly greatly done.

    I've never liked gliding mechanics in games, even in Super Mario World, so that part naturally turned me off a bit. But the rest of it is so wonderful - great job dude!

    One small concern is that it only kinda fits the theme. Maybe the story explains how it fits the theme better though. I skipped the intro.

    marudziik says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:02pm

    I almost freakin' hate you for those beautiful graphics! Had a lot of fun playing this one, although I'm not a fan of gliding - just can't seem to be able to get it. Nevertheless, an awesome entry. Love it.

    Wingy says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 6:17pm

    I like the sounds and atmosphere, together with the graphics.

    bms says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 7:15pm

    really well done. congrats!

    YMM says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 8:57pm

    Feels really complete. I couldn't really get a hang of the flying - there's no static reference points so it's hard to tell how fast you're moving.

    Hempuli says ...
    Apr 23, 2012 @ 11:11pm

    I completely agree. I couldn't figure out a good way to show your movement speed that would've seemed logical given the setting.

    Fireblend says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 4:14am

    Seriously well done. Great job!

    KevinZuhn says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 5:12am

    I got a very Shadow of the Colossus feel from this! I love the deep swooshy noise that you hear when the serpent is nearby, and it was fun, tense, and awesome dogfighting against its missiles and bombing its surface.

    I wish there was some indicator of how high you are. Without that, it was hard to tell how much diving mattered or how close I was to the serpent.

    Jigxor says ...
    Apr 24, 2012 @ 11:57am

    Loved the graphics, especially the character portraits! I found it a little hard to control the gliding, as someone else mentioned, it was difficult to gauge my speed and direction. Some static reference points (like far away parallax mountains) would have definitely helped.

    Overally, amazing work! Really nice fun polished game :)

    hulahulahest says ...
    Apr 25, 2012 @ 4:51pm

    A lot of fun! Reminds me of Shadow of the Colossus. Pretty graphics and good audio, and bonus points for the effort put into the interactive cutscene at the start. It adds a lot.

    I had an issue whenever the robo-serpent wasn't on screen. Since the background doesnt' scroll, I had nothing to compare my position too. Therefore, I could never know if I was actually getting any height or not, and that made me feel like I couldn't figure out how to control the damn thing.

    Also, no mouse lock means I clicked outside of the window several times, which also didn't pause the game - that caused quite a bit of frustration when it happened.

    naufr4g0 says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:58pm

    I have a lot of fun with game, altough is very hard to control the glider. Awesome graphics in a Hempuli style I like very much. :)

    Ranoka says ...
    Apr 28, 2012 @ 10:48pm

    I really like this game, I haven't managed to kill the sky serpent yet, but I'll have another go. I did manage to bomb him one. The controls are quite tricky, I had to read it a couple of times to work out what I needed to do. This game oozes atmosphere and has a strong contrast in scale!

    Chaoseed says ...
    Apr 30, 2012 @ 11:18pm

    It's pretty difficult to get the hang of...I spent the first couple of games bouncing off the bottom until I died. Then I figured out I have to hold W down the whole time...I think? It's impossible to tell when your guy is going to dive or not.

    Nick Cash says ...
    May 1, 2012 @ 4:50am

    My guy kept dive bombing and I don't know why. First few goes were good, and restarting the game seemed to help somewhat for whatever reason. Either way, after bombing the big dragon guy a few times I got too frustrated with constantly dying for no real reason.

    I love the look and feel of the game. The art is amazing, and the audio was great as well. For whatever reason I could not get the hang of flying, no matter how much I tried using A/D/W it seemed like my character really just wanted to fall from the sky. Then again, I'm on Windows 8, so I guess anything is possible.

    In any event, nice work!

    Zillix says ...
    May 1, 2012 @ 8:32am

    Extremely epic and pretty. Love the enormous boss battle. Would be great if there were more details in the sky so I could better judge how high up I am!

    chambers says ...
    May 2, 2012 @ 1:37am

    It took me a while to figure out the controls, especially since there isn't much feedback of whether you're rising or going down. But when you get the hang of it, controlling the character becomees really satisfying!

    I like the pixel art a lot!

    gregdevice says ...
    May 2, 2012 @ 7:19pm

    Controls take some getting used to but great overall!

    Thotep says ...
    May 2, 2012 @ 8:24pm

    Good graphics, and the game is rather enjoyable. I was quite annoyed by the controls though.

    kylerhoades says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 5:48am

    Love the atmosphere. The combat was fun but it did take a long time to get the hang of gliding. Played it until I beat the damned mechanical beast. Very enjoyable game.

    ilo says ...
    May 3, 2012 @ 7:03pm

    Quite tough, I thought, but very fun. Took me several tries just to get the hang of the gliding and planting bombs.

    AD-Edge says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 4:39am

    Interesting little game. Bit complex with all the controls however, and I dont think I ever got the hang of the gliding part.
    You can see a ton of work has gone into this game though, so well done, graphics are quite nice and the battle is pretty cool

    Pierrec says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 12:08pm

    The game is hard, and controls a bit weird (why not WS to cling and drop bombs ?) but this is one of the most enjoying gameplay I've seen so far. It reminds me Nitrome's Sky Serpent, which is good!

    Catman says ...
    May 4, 2012 @ 12:57pm

    This is fun and the mood is stellar! Nice graphics and sounds too, great job man! :)
    I really liked the controls too!

    mes says ...
    May 14, 2012 @ 6:35am

    i think you could have done a much better job with the flying mechanic, but excellent otherwise! really cool idea.

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