Review of Just Brambles with Posion by RoundPiplup
This level is a prickly swamp filled with poisonous water, vine-covered trees and jungle creatures. Nice touch there with replacing coins with bananas - gives the level an unfamiliar and unique feel, which I assume you were trying to do.
I really liked this level’s atmosphere - the calm music fit in nicely with the rest of the level, it was really immersive. The background was alright, but at times I felt it clashed a little and made it difficult to see things. This wasn’t usually a problem though, as the NPC’s generally stood out among the level. And sometimes, the background looked great, such as this part set higher up:
There was a decent variety of enemies throughout the level with different mechanics. I knew right away what they replaced when I first saw them, so I knew what to expect, which is a good thing because there was no confusion or unpredictability, making for a relaxing jungle experience.
I thought that most of the gfx blended in great with the level. The grass tileset that you used doesn’t really “flow” well from tile to tile and looks clunky. It’s a shame, really, because it ruins nice decoration features like this - see what I mean?
I especially liked the way you used the brambles, although I was expecting them more to be obstacles as they do hurt you, whereas in most areas they just seemed like decoration. They do look nice, though (aside from a VERY minor cutoff):
Yeah, sorta nitpicky but I felt it was worth mentioning.
The BGO’s and NPC’s were well placed, I definitely didn’t feel like the level was bland or flat at all. It truly felt alive. The only thing I could complain about here is the visible lack of freedom in the level. I occasionally felt like the design itself was hindering me. I get that you might have been trying to create something linear and bound, but I found myself feeling cramped in sections such as these:
I recommend making the level a bit more open so it’ll feel less obstructed.
Anyway, this is a pretty good level that is definitely worth playing. There are issues here and there, but overall I found it enjoyable to play. The level is short, taking about 3 minutes to beat (that’s pretty much it, as I didn’t find any secrets).
This level gets a 6.5/10
Keep up the good work!
P.S. It’s poison, not posion. You may want to fix that.