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Surfing Snowman

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Surfing Snowman is endless surfer type game. There are plenty of obstacles on the way and ramps for those amazing jumps. Destroy mines and collect as many coins as you can, but watch out for that giant octopus! Be ready and vigilant as Surfing Snowman goes faster and faster. Get the highest score an put your name on the leaderboard. 
Gather coins to buy new boards in the surfboard shop.
There are no ads in this game, so if you like it, please consider supporting my work by purchasing add-ons.
Game features:
- you get 3 lives to start with
- get one live every five minutes
- avoid or destroy obstacles
- collect as much coins as possible to get new shiny surfboards
- score by shooting mines, going through the gates or performing those stunning jumps
- put your name on the leaderboard
- reset leaderboard for coins
- get notified when all lives restored
Add-ons:
- purchase "Lives Forever"
- purchase extra coins
On screen controls:
- joystick on the left
- fire button on the right
Happy surfing!

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CardboardBox 6 months ago

Mechanics Game Graphics
First thing I noticed is there's something jarring about the way the water is animated. Upon closer inspection, it looks like there's some form of static refraction effect on the water, as if it's seen through a stationary warped piece of glass. I think it would look better if the effect moved across the screen (at a different speed/direction from the water) and was smoother (i.e. scaled up to have the details not be so small). In its current form it just seems overwhelming and hard to look at.

Next issue, after dying 3 times I got a timer that didn't let me play again for >10 minutes. It's probably not a good idea to lock new users away from playing your game for the first few rounds, or you'll have low retention rates. I'd recommend a couple things:

- Turn off the timer until the user has spent x number of minutes of gameplay (for some value of x)
- Add a button near the timer to speed it up / make it go away (via coins, in-app purchases and/or rewarded video ads). e.g. spend x coins on a repair kit to to double the timer's speed one time only. At the very least there should be a link to the existing in-app purchase for infinite lives - you want to make it as easy as possible to buy things.
- Add a more detailed explanation of what is going on the first time the timer appears - I don't know what I did that made the timer last 11 minutes. If I play better is it shorter? (I see now you get a life every 5 minutes, but that would ideally be explained in-game).

Now for minor nitpicks:

- When you lose a life, it takes too long to start playing again. Ideally the obstacles on screen would speed up to go off screen to decrease the wait.
- The snowman could use some animation, since most of the other content moves (e.g. its upper body & head could trail behind his lower body as if it were a spring)
- I'd like to see more variety of content - more kinds of obstacles, moving obstacles, etc.
- I'd like to see something that differentiates it from other endless runners.
- The name entry should remember the last name you entered.

Finally, despite all the above criticism, I still enjoyed playing your game. It looks & feels pretty good (other than the aforementioned water effect) and is fun. I liked that the music changes when the big octopus things appear.
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AssemblyNest 6 months ago

Great feedback. Thank you. Thats the feedback I was looking for, this is my first game ever made and I will take all the thing you said into consideration to make my programing better. Again thank you for your time and testing :) Kind Regards.
AssemblyNest.
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jlvc 6 months ago

UI Graphics Controls
Positives:

You did a great job with the intro, UI graphics and fonts used. It looks polished and gives a high-end appearance.

The graphics look nice (except the water)

Negatives:

I couldn't play the game successfully with the current control scheme. The left "stick" doesn't feel right, it's not responsive and sometimes it gets stuck. This could be a flaw on my end, I haven't really played other games with this kind of control. If only I complain about this, you can ignore it. I'm not a fan of this type of controls.

The water is a strain on the eye. Please use a different effect.

Why is the snowman so stiff? Being the principal character it shouldn't look so lifeless!!
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Mj 4 months ago

Game Graphics Controls
Good graphics but little hard to control
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