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PixelPest's Peculiarities (Mirror Castle Climb!--New Apr. 2018)

Postby PixelPest » Wed Aug 17, 2016 7:50 pm

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Levels are included by date (newest at the top; oldest at the bottom). All screenshots, video, and info about the levels are included inside the spoilers. Names, difficulty ratings, post dates, download links, and an indicator as to if the level requires LunaLua, are located outside the spoilers.

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K (Kaizo)

Image: Requires LunaLua (SMBX2 recommended)


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Post Date: Apr. 2018
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/utcvfmncruhgl ... b.zip?dl=0 Image
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Some tricky platforming and challenging enemy set-ups give this level quite a bit of spice, with a major twist. Takes a bit of perseverance to get to the top, however I specifically designed it so that if you fall, you don't usually fall far, unless you freak out and start mashing the arrow keys (speaking from personal experience). There is also a green star that is shown at the end when you collect all of the ace coins.

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Difficulty: ●●○○○
Post Date: Dec. 2017
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/vdkkgdslzboc3 ... e.lvl?dl=0
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I decided to instead of doing a LunaLua level or graphically-heavy level like I usually do, to go even simpler than my most recent level (Yoshi Parkour) and make a completely vanilla level with only default features and assets of 1.3. It isn't without challenge though and shows a lot of building and expanding on challenges and obstacle set-ups, despite the only enemies being roto-discs and thwomps.

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Post Date: Dec. 2017
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bgvwgt1c8rf6i ... r.zip?dl=0
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A level I made recently while trying to look at Nintendo's four-step level design. It's actually inspired by this level: viewtopic.php?f=89&t=20129. I plan on at some point compiling a small episode of remastered levels that look at a gimmick in a low-rated level and try to create something fun out of it.

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Difficulty: ●●●●●
Post Date: Oct. 2017
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/h1xefc6wu3vfx ... d.zip?dl=0 Image
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This is a challenging level I restored from about a year-or-so ago with some cool mechanics, tough platforming, a hidden gold onion, and a custom boss at the end.

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Difficulty: ●●●●○
Post Date: Sept. 2017
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/t5vqc69f6jvm6 ... n.zip?dl=0 Image
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My atmospheric Super Community Contest entry which scored 9th place. Made a few minor changes. There are in fact two exits and some collectable stars. You can also consult the README file or video walkthrough if you are having issues.

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Difficulty: ●●○○○
Post Date: Oct. 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9epdq3h7vojvv ... y.lvl?dl=0
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A relatively short and simple vanilla level that placed 2nd in DarkMatt’s recent contest.

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Difficulty: K
Post Date: Sept. 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3acl0x65g739u ... l.zip?dl=0 Image
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A tough Kaizo level that I submitted for my own contest. It didn’t do too bad either (3rd place). It isn’t too long but it is quite tough. Walkthrough instructions are included in the download.

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Difficulty: ●●●●○
Post Date: April 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/sow4nrk040if8 ... s.zip?dl=0
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Here's my extra salty SVLC level. The uploaded version of the level removes the puzzle section and adds one non-vanilla element to the level, both which were not in the SVLC submission. Try to find the secret castle and the star hidden inside it!

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Difficulty: ●●○○○
Post Date: April 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fbb6vmdxjy133 ... t.zip?dl=0 Image
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A demo level for the Bomb Boo NPC AI I wrote in LunaLua. It’s a quick and relatively easy battle with Bouldergeist in SMBX, styled SMW.

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Video:
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Difficulty: ●●●●○
Post Date: March 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fvmnkfspd3oo7 ... s.zip?dl=0 Image
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This was my CC12 level. It has a random firestorm mechanic using LunaLua and a secret star. It’s relatively short if you keep moving but tough. Good luck.

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Difficulty: ●●●○○ (Secret Star: ●●●●○)
Post Date: January 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/bkovopz2fe8i2 ... 2.zip?dl=0
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This was my level for The Thwomp King’s Visual Contest. It has a normal exit and a secret exit. My visual effect (theme) was the colour gold. It's more of a pyramid than a dungeon in design.

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Video (Normal Exit):
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Post Date: December 2015
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/u43kykccdhgu2 ... d.zip?dl=0 Image
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This is a relatively calm, simple, and linear level that takes you through a wintry pear tree forest. (There aren't any partridges though.) It uses M&L styled graphics, some of which were "borrowed" from M&L's Delightful Adventure by Darkonious, except for the pear trees, pears, and jump through platforms, made by me. It mainly uses a gimmick of falling pears (replace falling red block NPC). Try to find two 1-ups in the level.

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Difficulty: K
Post Date: December 2015
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/v8i2qhngyg4eo ... d.zip?dl=0
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This was my first Kaizo-esque level that isn't really Kaizo. It has fair, puzzling challenges that aren't really unfair but are tricky. That isn't to say that the level lacks a few tough spots.

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Difficulty: ●●●○○
Post Date: Oct. 2015
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/3ywi27e2b7mmw ... m.zip?dl=0
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This is an older level I made for The Thwomp King’s Hallowe’en Contest. It was one of the first levels I ever made but I forgot to post it. I plan to remake it into The Last Shy Guy Exorcism II this coming October. This version doesn’t have any jump scares but has a creepy Subcon atmosphere and a purple coins run section before the boss who is...not telling.

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby WindyDelcarlo » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:03 pm

Does LunaLUA need to be used for levels developed using it? (Example, do I need LunaLUA to play Firestorm Ruins?)
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby JupiHornet » Thu Aug 18, 2016 2:14 pm

WindyDelcarlo wrote:Does LunaLUA need to be used for levels developed using it? (Example, do I need LunaLUA to play Firestorm Ruins?)
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Thu Aug 18, 2016 4:48 pm

WindyDelcarlo wrote:Does LunaLUA need to be used for levels developed using it? (Example, do I need LunaLUA to play Firestorm Ruins?)
I noticed this last night and was going to update it today when I add another level I had forgotten. Also, a lot of these are older levels so they aren't fantastic, but I think I've got some good stuff coming

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Fri Aug 19, 2016 7:30 pm

Updated the thread. Now I have an icon beside the download link on some levels as an indicator that they require LunaLua and also added an older Hallowe'en level

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby AeroMatter » Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:22 am

Pear Tree Snow Land LIVE Review:

As long as one man goes hungry nobody should eat until everyone is full.

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Sat Aug 20, 2016 7:46 am

AeroMatter wrote:Pear Tree Snow Land LIVE Review:

Even if you did call me a piece of shit, it was nice to see you play this level--it's one of my favourites actually

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby AeroMatter » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:17 am

Yeah it's a solid 6/10 because of the odd water music and the pointless sign. I needed to insult something.
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:33 am

AeroMatter wrote:Yeah it's a solid 6/10 because of the odd water music and the pointless sign. I needed to insult something.
The music is just supposed to be relaxing and I wanted to make sure that the player knew that the pears weren't just BGOs and were actually platforms

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby Enjl » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:36 am

PixelPest wrote:
AeroMatter wrote:Yeah it's a solid 6/10 because of the odd water music and the pointless sign. I needed to insult something.
The music is just supposed to be relaxing and I wanted to make sure that the player knew that the pears weren't just BGOs and were actually platforms
The music really doesn't fit. I suggest going for something like this instead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGSnbOVj9Tk

Also, the pear thing could've been EASILY conveyed through design. Have a small area in the beginning where pear-jumping is REQUIRED to make it up a ledge (one screen to the right of the start so you can despawn them if you fuck up). BAM. Sign useless. Sign is bad and lazy design.
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:45 am

Enjl wrote:
PixelPest wrote:
AeroMatter wrote:Yeah it's a solid 6/10 because of the odd water music and the pointless sign. I needed to insult something.
The music is just supposed to be relaxing and I wanted to make sure that the player knew that the pears weren't just BGOs and were actually platforms
The music really doesn't fit. I suggest going for something like this instead:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGSnbOVj9Tk

Also, the pear thing could've been EASILY conveyed through design. Have a small area in the beginning where pear-jumping is REQUIRED to make it up a ledge (one screen to the right of the start so you can despawn them if you fuck up). BAM. Sign useless. Sign is bad and lazy design.
I'll look at doing something like that and removing the sign. Also, that music that you suggested is not as relaxing as it would like. It's too upbeat and bright

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby Enjl » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:46 am

It fits the level better than any relaxing music you can find. Why? Relaxing music doesn't fit for a level where you're constantly assaulted by bullets.

Maybe if you added a heavy snowstorm filter and wind noises too.
But then the design wouldn't fit the atmosphere wouldn't fit the music and everything would be a big mess.
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Sat Aug 20, 2016 11:49 am

Enjl wrote:It fits the level better than any relaxing music you can find. Why? Relaxing music doesn't fit for a level where you're constantly assaulted by bullets.

Maybe if you added a heavy snowstorm filter and wind noises too.
But then the design wouldn't fit the atmosphere wouldn't fit the music and everything would be a big mess.
Mhm. Well, thanks for the suggestions. I'll look at removing the sign but I think I'll stick with the music I have now

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby AeroMatter » Sat Aug 20, 2016 12:35 pm

Idk I'd rather have the bad sign than the bad music. BTB said last night in vc that the music is probably why people hate water levels and if they were more exciting people would like them better. It's the aesthetics that's the problem.
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Sat Oct 01, 2016 6:35 pm

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Post Date: Oct. 2016
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A relatively short and simple vanilla level that placed 2nd in DarkMatt’s recent contest.

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby Amine Retro » Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:59 am

PixelPest wrote:Image
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Post Date: Oct. 2016
Download Link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9epdq3h7vojvv ... y.lvl?dl=0
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A relatively short and simple vanilla level that placed 2nd in DarkMatt’s recent contest.

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i'm gonna play this level and judge it later.
cons:
-short level

pros:
-good use of smb3 platform

7.5/10

edit: i didn't know it was for a vanilla contest i don't read descriptions :P
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby underFlo » Thu Oct 20, 2016 7:55 am

The reason there are no custom GFX is because this level was made for a vanilla contest.
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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities

Postby PixelPest » Thu Sep 07, 2017 9:08 pm


New levels coming soon to download! This will be one of them

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities (SCC 9th Place Level!)

Postby PixelPest » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:50 pm

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Post Date: Sept. 2017
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My atmospheric Super Community Contest entry which scored 9th place. Made a few minor changes. There are in fact two exits and some collectable stars. You can also consult the README file or video walkthrough if you are having issues.

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Re: PixelPest's Peculiarities (New Level + Custom Boss!)

Postby PixelPest » Mon Oct 02, 2017 5:58 pm

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Post Date: Oct. 2017
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This is a challenging level I restored from about a year-or-so ago with some cool mechanics, tough platforming, a hidden gold onion, and a custom boss at the end.

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Video coming soon!
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