Universal Time Surfer (by Kumobius)

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  1. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    Like the game a lot.

    Only problem is the pet system. I want to pick my favorite pet and get to use him every game. You have to use currency every round in order to use your pet.
     
  2. laszlo_kovacs

    laszlo_kovacs Well-Known Member

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    Extremely polished, well made, etc (not to gloss over the positives--it's a very fun game).

    However, to me, there's something empty about it. Punch Quest had the same quality; more like a piece of candy than a chocolate bar (which, in this case, is Tiny Wings).

    I know it won't be a permanent fixture, but it's a couple hours of a rollickin fun time for a buck.
     
  3. ffirebird

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    I was lucky enough to get into the beta, and played for hours.
     
  4. laszlo_kovacs

    laszlo_kovacs Well-Known Member

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    Gave it a few more minutes. One thing I definitely dislike is the level design. Sections 3 (1000-1500m) & the monochrome-ish one (2000-2500m). If you're not rollin into those sections, you get bogged down for far too long into a series of jumps where you have to grind the single dip on the platform to make it to the next. It's a trudge (and not a challenge) to get momentum going again.
     
  5. drelbs

    drelbs Well-Known Member

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    Maybe an IAP "Perma-pet slot" or "permanently buy pet X"?

    Who wouldn't want to bring their pet along for the ride? :D
     
  6. Gabrien

    Gabrien Well-Known Member

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    Excellent points. I agree.
     
  7. sink_or_swim

    sink_or_swim Well-Known Member

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    +1 !
     
  8. Jerutix

    Jerutix Well-Known Member

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    As the last few posters have said, there are some spots where it is really tough to ever regain momentum if you lose it.

    That being said, this game is tons of fun and definitely worth the $1. I love some of the included costumes (80s future car, Monkey King, Mikey Shorts).

    Definitely not a game where IAP is essential, nor will it mess with the leaderboards.
     
  9. turakm

    turakm Well-Known Member

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    My thoughts exactly. Not sure that should be an IAP though..

    I feel like that's something that SHOULD be there from the get go.
    Coin doublers work for IAP

    maybe a permanent : adopt your pet feature.
    - use it every round
    - give your pet a name (I want this so bad hah)
     
  10. Exact-Psience

    Exact-Psience Well-Known Member

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    It sure has its share of flaws, but im having a blast playing this. Looking to be GotW for me. We'll see after i play other pickups today.
     
  11. Capricornman

    Capricornman Well-Known Member

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    A game with flaws!
    I'll buy that!
     
  12. Bloko

    Bloko Well-Known Member

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    I'm loving this game as well (currently on 9th place on All Time boards! yaaay) but I agree: there's definitely something wrong with that black 'n white section design.
     
  13. tanoshiiki

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    #53 tanoshiiki, Jan 10, 2013
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    I beta-tested this game as well (I'm friends with the devoplers, btw!) and I always had trouble with the black and white section. I gave this feedback to them, but I since I'm not a real gamer, I thought I just wasn't skilled enough. If I don't "magically" float through the section (i.e. surf a planet, jump on an enemy prior, etc), I will usually die in this area, with no recourse to come back - without the aid of a pet, of course.

    That said, it's another really bright and colourful release from Kumobius with very catchy music. I find myself randomly humming the main melody at times.
     
  14. Exact-Psience

    Exact-Psience Well-Known Member

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    This is a reaaaally good runner game, but more often than not, my success in this game depends on luck rather than skill. It's still a blast to play, but may be because i was "watching" it more than i was playing it as well.
     
  15. Mr Kumobius

    Mr Kumobius Well-Known Member
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    thanks for the fantastic feedback everyone! itÂ’s so encouraging after putting so much work into the game. we'll definitely be addressing common issues that people are having (like that brutal black and white zone!..lol.)

    we have a lot of stuff planned for updates, but we're also very keen to listen to your feedback and adds things you want to see! be it pets, costumes, modes or any other features.

    for example, earlier prototypes of the game featured 2 additional modes. zen mode which was a speed run of a set distance, and leap mode, where gaps in the ground simply got wider with distance until there was practically no floor!
     
  16. sink_or_swim

    sink_or_swim Well-Known Member

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    I give up on this. It might be a great game but it's too frustrating. I can't make it through those big gaps at ~2.500m and I'm really pissed because the game has so much potential.
     
  17. TheFrost

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    Played more and more and I love it, although some sections are hard, the game overall is a blast, and controlling the ability is the key to success here.

    Those two modes sounds excellent, specially the latter one. Please add it. :)
     
  18. Exact-Psience

    Exact-Psience Well-Known Member

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    ^+1 to the 2nd mode... seems like a good timesink :)
     
  19. laszlo_kovacs

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    #59 laszlo_kovacs, Jan 10, 2013
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    I've been debating whether it would be a good pet or perk:

    A brief period of slow motion when coming out of the rewind. Perhaps the slowdown could be equivalent to the amount of time spent rewinding. To balance, it could use x2 the rewind meter, or maybe it could be a last-ditch thing where you have 1-2 seconds of slow-mo if you've used up the entire bar.

    Just throwin it out there.

    Also, seconding that pet costs are unbalanced. There should be a flat rate for all pets since you have to work to level up to unlock them, or the lesser pets should cost less (relative to their starting price) at higher levels. A two-thumb tap or button might reduce the simplicity of the controls, but I don't think most would mind.

    Or another idea: some of the pets are 'active' vs. passive, i.e. you can trigger a one-time small speed boost at a trouble point of your choice instead of beginning with it.
     
  20. syntheticvoid

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    Musician & factory worker.
    a[V-O-I-D]
    :rolleyes:

    And again I'm reminded why TA is a curse...
     

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