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The Watchmaker's Frog

Registered User
2023-03-21 23:50:42


Once upon a time, there was an old watchmaker and his beloved little frog.
They were very happy until, one day, the frog fell inside a clock.

Lost and alone in a maze of metal springs and cogs,
The little frog listened for his master's instruction...

"Hurry my friend!
If the clock chimes, you will be squished by the cogs of time."

A physics-based game.

Use "Left"and "Right" keys to rotate the clock-spring.
Press "Up" to make the frog jump.
Collect the key to unlock the gate.
Collect the Gem for Score.
Collect the Hour-glass for more time.

This is just the prototype - a working demo of the training level. If anyone wouldn't mind play-testing it to let me know if the controls/graphics/animations/sounds/pickups etc work or if there are any bugs/Glitches you can find? Have spent a few days on it so far, I expect the full version will be ready in a few weeks for the "Abstract" game-jam.

Let me know what you think so far.

Registered User
2023-03-22 00:40:11

Excellent game VP! I love the style of your game, a puzzle with strategy and time to scape the clock!

I noticed after level 3 has no music, maybe the game is not finished yet;

The controls are very good, is working great!

The music is very good in the gameplay!

Thanks for share the ccb file!

2023-03-22 04:46:30

This is a very unique game and very cool to play, liked it very much but for me, all the levels are the same, wish this can be turned into a something more beautiful puzzle game.
I liked the physics and puzzle, thanks a lot for the CCB too.

2023-03-22 07:37:14

Thank you for the feedback!

Glad it's working correctly and smoothly. This one is just a demo of a single level to test the mechanics and features. I'll be adding around 50 more puzzles with music to make a more complete game. By the way, did you like the death animation for the frog (if you let the timer run out)? lol.

By the way, I used as site called "Aiva" to make the music - it's all A.i. generated and free to use if you mention their site. Instead of paying a subscription, I clicked play and recorded in analogue from my desktop - it's slightly lower quality, but it keeps it free and is good enough for my non-commercial games - I'll be down-sampling all the audio to 1q(mono).ogg format anyway, to keep the file-size low.


2023-03-22 10:13:29

Congratulations @Pete, what a beautiful gem you put together!
Love it, this is what makes CopperCube really shine, thanks for sharing

2023-03-22 12:17:36

Thanks for your kind words hadoken!

I'm really glad it works properly and that you like it so far. Hopefully the finished game will be quite playable.

Registered User
2023-03-23 10:28:09

Really like the game!
The graphics reminds early ps2/psx era games a lot:) I wish there is more colorful nice stuff like that.

I have a weird issue with controls though:
1. Jump into the key room and pick up the key;
2. Hold down right key, so you hit the wall, keep the right key held until the room turns 180 degrees;

As a result your controls and animations gets inverted.

2023-03-23 20:24:44

Thanks for trying it out. Glad you like it.

Yes, I noticed the issue with inverting the player too. I think it's gonna be hard for me to fix but I'll try to fix it. Main problem is that it's an optical illusion - the controls actually move the wheel, not the frog - the frog stays still as the wheel moves round him her. I tried to fix it by moving the frog too - but that introduces the opposite problem and makes it really hard to control the player.

I'll have a long think about how to fix it and see what I can do. It's on the list of things to fix, if I can - thank you.

2023-03-23 20:31:20

I thought of a way to fix it - I think, if I stop the wheel turning when the frog hits a wall, it should stop the inversion of movement. It'll take me a while to implement it but I'll let you know if it works. Thanks again Okekoke.

Registered User
2023-03-25 00:19:49

Are "VeganPete" and "VP" the same person? Almost seems like it.

2023-03-25 21:56:54

Sorry for the confusion, yes - same person!

"VeganPete" is my registered login on mist forums, I sometimes just use "VP" as a guest here, simply because it's quick to type whenever I get logged out from a session.

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