Turtwig wrote:This level was certainly a thing... ^_^;
Yeah, that sums this level up quite well.
And now, my review:
Okay, so as soon as the level is started, Mushroom Gorge begins playing, and this is one of the most annoying default songs in SMBX, second to SMB1's cave theme. Not only that, but like Turtwig wrote earlier, it doesn't fit a snowy mountain level. Also, like Yogi_Bear wrote, the song doesn't work well for a level this long; even if the player doesn't die, the song will still fade out multiple times before the end, or even the midpoint. You should change the song to something longer and more fitting.
Anyway, the biggest complaint about the level are the blocks attached to fire-bars, and I agree that they shouldn't be placed in areas where they collide with other blocks because of the aforementioned glitches. If you want to have a level where the player has to use blocks attached to fire-bars to jump across pits, you should provide a "practice section" of sorts where the player can figure out how to jump from fire-bar-blocks without fear of dying. Also, you should tell the player that it's best to jump from fire-bar-blocks when they're moving up and to the right because first-time players won't know about how layers affect the player's momentum and will most likely get killed, especially since fire-bar-blocks are rarely used due to the aforementioned glitches. The fire-bar-spikes are okay since it's obvious that those are supposed to be hazards.
Plus, the fire-bars won't even appear properly at times:
Also, like Turtwig mentioned, one of your mushroom stems is on the wrong layer:
Although the fire-bar-blocks are your biggest problem, let us not overlook the other, lesser problems that your level has, problems that have been overlooked by others simply because the fire-bar-blocks are such a terrible design choice. For example: many of your custom sprites have masking problems, like the blue fire-bars, the hammer sprite-swaps, and your dragon-insignia-thingy. Make sure that the mask sprite (the "m" sprite) is white everywhere you don't want random pixels to appear, and make sure that the normal sprite is black in those respective locations.
But this level has more than just fire-bar and masking problems:
It's a shame, too, because if it weren't for this levels problems (especially the music and the fire-bar-blocks), this would be a pretty good level. The block placement is well done and NPC placement isn't nearly as sparse as most levels, but it's not anything the player can't deal with easily. You even gave the Goombas different colors so that it was clear which ones had cliffturn=1 and which ones didn't. Plus, the part where the player needed to carry a spring from a secret section in order to collect one of the dragon coins was neat. By the way, if you don't want the player to jump over the blocks on top of the section boundary, you need to make a wall that goes more than one unit above the screen.
-Most custom graphics aren't terrible.
-Block placement is well done.
-NPC placement is also done well and is intuitive.
-CGFX masking problems.
-That terrible song choice.
-That annoying invisible block.
-Background images in front of sizables.
Again, like Turtwig wrote, this level has potential, but the terribly-executed fire-bar-blocks outweigh everything else. I'd say this deserves a 4.5/10.
P.S. Near the beginning of the level, you have the rocks spell out "141." Is that the "secret code" you mentioned in the first post, or is it the "CC10 RANK 48TH" in Section 8? Or does it have something to do with the arrangement of the water backgrounds at the bottom of Section 8?
Turtwig wrote:The red coins are a nice little challenge, but I got every one I could find and nothing happened.
I know that andialifbatara's English isn't the best, but even I was able to figure out that the red coins have individual
events (they move the mushroom platforms on-screen) as opposed to a collective event. Just because SM64, Super Mario Sunshine, Super Mario Galaxy (1 & 2), and a bunch of SMBX levels have red coin hunts doesn't mean that red coins always need to have a collective event.