A downloadable TEKMONICA for Windows

Tekmonica is a story about a robot girl and her cyborg boss, MathBear. This is a demo training game built specifically for feedback on game mechanics and possible improvements.
Feel free to be harsh.

More information

Published 29 days ago
StatusPrototype
PlatformsWindows
AuthorMathbear
GenrePlatformer
Tags2D, Pixel Art, Robots, Twin Stick Shooter

Install instructions

Windows Only. Download and extract into a folder of your choice. Run the Executable. Controller support is sketchy. Best to use Keyboard & Mouse unless you're feeling lucky.

ENTER - Menu

  • WASD to move and jump
  • SPACE (Optional Jump)
  • MOUSE - AIM
  • LEFT M.Button - FIRE
  • RIGHT M.Button - DASH 

I feel like the game is missing a unique element. The current features are not enough. Recommendations and ideas are welcome. Feedback is appreciated.

Download

Download
MegaGirl_Training.zip (16 MB)

Comments

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Hey, I played your demo! Here's some feedback, as requested.

The animations and art feel pretty good. If you can get the combat and controls up to snuff, I think things will really shine.

Double jump should have an animation attached to it and a different feel. I recommend making the wings thing the double jump instead of having it separate. Then right click can be the super blast instead of alt. I think this would feel more natural and more interesting - it was hard to get used to hitting left mouse or alt to use weapons, hard to remember to use arrows and right mouse to dash.

Up shouldn't jump. 99% of action games use up for interact or pick up, instead, and there's a reason for that.

When jumping and hitting a ceiling, consider having the character either bounce down or grab hold - just floating along feels weird and weak. This may be less of an issue if the second jump is that jet-assisted wing thing.

Weapons: a gun which pushes you a little bit feels waaaaaay better. Try it, you'll see. Also, in these non-ortho-gunfire games, you should make a circular impact sprite and use masking to put it behind solid objects. Otherwise it 'floats' off the walls when you shoot them at an angle.

Basic running: consider a somewhat fast initial burst followed by a more steady run. This is ideal for games where dodging is a consideration.

Enemies: bullet sponges are boring. In general: more weaker enemies, or enemies which strongly react to getting shot. For example, robots could lose their arms and then dash at you in a self-destruct mode. If an enemy takes more than five shots, you'll probably want to rethink it, because it stops feeling satisfying.

Camera: screen shake is good, nice. Lots of screen space wasted on areas outside of the level, though: may want to constrain the camera to level bounds, if you can.

You'll want to recapture mouse constraints after losing focus, or your game will be unplayable if anyone checks twitter while playing.

Anyway, good luck!

thanks a lot. You have raised a lot of points that i would never have considered on my own.

The dash as a double jump, sounds like a very interesting idea.

I keep forgetting to disable the experimental powershot, but i agree that it would be better suited on the mouse.

Up for jump, is a weird one. I have had some people ask me why it was not available. So i added it. There is a culture split regarding that option.

I am not sure that i will be able to lock the camera, since the level bounds are not currently clipped by the floor etc.

I will try out all your recommendations, and update them here once i am done.

Thanks for the time and input!

Dammit! I invite people to leave comments, and then I forget to enable comments. Genius.