Universal Kaka Ataka

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  1. nosheet

    nosheet New Member

    Nov 4, 2014
    #1 nosheet, Nov 4, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014
    hey everyone,
    i'd appreciate feedback on the little game i just released, Kaka Ataka. you can get it for free at:
    AppStore link: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id926243752

    It's a kind of a tiny physics-based precision shooter.
    My goal was to create an intense brief action game experience. A kind of game in which you can zone out fully engaged for a couple of minutes, and then get back to your work refreshed.
    I tried to focus gameplay mechanic on several key elements, and let the game evolve in rhytm from soothing to frantic, without increasing its complexity.
    Also, there are no upgrades, or collectibles - I liked the game that keeps you in a present moment, almost like an interactive toy.

    Video gameplay:

    A few screenshots:

    I believe main problem about the game right now is that it's not catchy on first play, which is a shame because once a player starts "feeling" the simple one-touch controls, the game becomes very absorbing, almost meditative.
    It's a kind of game that gets better, more interesting and more absorbing the better the player gets, and similarly to Super Hexagon, you can really feel getting better at it (I'm not trying to compare the actual game to Super Hexagon, that one is truly a work of brilliance). Some beta testers have had a gaming sessions of up to 3 hours at a time, which is quite a bit considering a typical game will be over in 30 seconds.
    However, most of the players will give up after first try because game will appear at the same time too difficult and maybe too random (but there is very calculated "order" that requires precision manoeuvring and shooting from player, it's just not that apparent on a first try).

    I'd love if you can check it out and give me some feedback on how to improve this.
    How to increase the initial appeal of the game without making it more complex?
    Thanks for your time, much appreciated!
  2. Vovin

    Vovin 👮 Spam Police 🚓

    Nov 28, 2009
    "Kaka" means "poo" in toddler-German. ;)
  3. sink_or_swim

    sink_or_swim Well-Known Member

    Feb 4, 2012
    I believe it's "kacka" but what are we talking about :D :D
  4. bigrand1

    bigrand1 Well-Known Member

    Apr 23, 2010
    Geriatric Party Animal
    California, USA
    So, basically we're talking about birds that turd on you and you throw rocks at them to kill them?
  5. nosheet

    nosheet New Member

    Nov 4, 2014
    #5 nosheet, Nov 4, 2014
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2014
    @bigrand1: No, it's the opposite: you are the bird pooping at the people to protect your nest. Plus one annoying cop.
    You control speed and direction of the bird, and aim at the people taking advantage of inertia. Also need to dodge stuff that people throw back at you, and avoid facing the cop.

    @sink_or_swim, @vovin: Yep, kaka means poop on many languages. Quite suitable for a toilet game based on real-time poop physics :)

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