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Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2019 10:21 pm
by PrinceApple
Hello everybody! I'm PrinceApple on SMBX or ultragreenmario on twitter, youtube, and discord. This is my very first ever level posted here, so I hope you all enjoy it! Thanks for playing if you do decide to.

The level can be found here: https://mega.nz/#!GWRXRaQY!YuZY6OVWH_6F ... uXdIlOXry0


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Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:29 pm
by PrinceApple
I am currently working on a sequel to this level titled Bowser's Crazy Contraptions 2. This time it will have SMW themed graphics, and a use of the ice flower. Hoping to get it finished by valentines.

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:29 pm
by MegaDood
Hey, that was a nice first level. I'm not a level reviewer, but I'll review it nonetheless.

The level itself was rather easy to complete, but the boss was pretty interesting in which how you had to fight him. Though a very minor thing, the backtracking in the second and third level was a bit boring. Aesthetically, it looked OK, maybe custom graphics would have made it look a bit better. Since it was your first level uploaded though, that's OK. Also I liked the Super Mario Land 2 music a lot.

For a first level, it was pretty good, maybe try using some custom graphics next time, and focus less on backtracking in puzzles.

Well done!

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:41 pm
by PixelPest
MegaDood wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:29 pm
Hey, that was a nice first level. I'm not a level reviewer, but I'll review it nonetheless.

The level itself was rather easy to complete, but the boss was pretty interesting in which how you had to fight him. Though a very minor thing, the backtracking in the second and third level was a bit boring. Aesthetically, it looked OK, maybe custom graphics would have made it look a bit better. Since it was your first level uploaded though, that's OK. Also I liked the Super Mario Land 2 music a lot.

For a first level, it was pretty good, maybe try using some custom graphics next time, and focus less on backtracking in puzzles.

Well done!
Just using custom graphics won't make aesthetics better. It's how you use the graphics that makes it work or not. There are a lot of levels with no custom graphics that look a lot better than some levels with custom graphics. Gameplay in general is also a lot more important than aesthetics

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:32 am
by PrinceApple
MegaDood wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:29 pm
Hey, that was a nice first level. I'm not a level reviewer, but I'll review it nonetheless.

The level itself was rather easy to complete, but the boss was pretty interesting in which how you had to fight him. Though a very minor thing, the backtracking in the second and third level was a bit boring. Aesthetically, it looked OK, maybe custom graphics would have made it look a bit better. Since it was your first level uploaded though, that's OK. Also I liked the Super Mario Land 2 music a lot.

For a first level, it was pretty good, maybe try using some custom graphics next time, and focus less on backtracking in puzzles.

Well done!
Thank you! The sequel will use custom GFX to make it look more like SMW and I will probably be going for less clash in that one. I will also try Super Paper Mario music for that level. Thanks for your feedback!

Added in 47 seconds:
What I meant by that is I found some gfx in the CGFX pack that are SMW styled and look good.

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:56 am
by MegaDood
PixelPest wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:41 pm
MegaDood wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:29 pm
Hey, that was a nice first level. I'm not a level reviewer, but I'll review it nonetheless.

The level itself was rather easy to complete, but the boss was pretty interesting in which how you had to fight him. Though a very minor thing, the backtracking in the second and third level was a bit boring. Aesthetically, it looked OK, maybe custom graphics would have made it look a bit better. Since it was your first level uploaded though, that's OK. Also I liked the Super Mario Land 2 music a lot.

For a first level, it was pretty good, maybe try using some custom graphics next time, and focus less on backtracking in puzzles.

Well done!
Just using custom graphics won't make aesthetics better. It's how you use the graphics that makes it work or not. There are a lot of levels with no custom graphics that look a lot better than some levels with custom graphics. Gameplay in general is also a lot more important than aesthetics
Ah, yeah true. When it comes to gameplay though, slight backtracking was the only real thing that I didn't like so much. But that didn't really ruin the level or anything.

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:14 pm
by PrinceApple
MegaDood wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:56 am
Ah, yeah true. When it comes to gameplay though, slight backtracking was the only real thing that I didn't like so much. But that didn't really ruin the level or anything.
The backtracking in puzzle three was so you could get all the necessary things before you get the fire flower and advance to the Bowser fight.
I don't remember putting any backtracking in the second puzzle, but there might have been some if you went past Luigi at first. Thanks for playing and thanks for the feedback, I hope the sequel can solve some of your problems with it although there will still be slight backtracking.

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 3:58 pm
by MegaDood
PrinceApple wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:14 pm
MegaDood wrote:
Sun Feb 10, 2019 12:56 am
Ah, yeah true. When it comes to gameplay though, slight backtracking was the only real thing that I didn't like so much. But that didn't really ruin the level or anything.
The backtracking in puzzle three was so you could get all the necessary things before you get the fire flower and advance to the Bowser fight.
I don't remember putting any backtracking in the second puzzle, but there might have been some if you went past Luigi at first. Thanks for playing and thanks for the feedback, I hope the sequel can solve some of your problems with it although there will still be slight backtracking.
That's alright, good luck with your next level.

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:01 pm
by PrinceApple
PrinceApple wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:29 pm
I am currently working on a sequel to this level titled Bowser's Crazy Contraptions 2. This time it will have SMW themed graphics, and a use of the ice flower. Hoping to get it finished by valentines.
It is currently 95% finished. Going to release Valentine's Day even if it's finished on that day.

Bowser's Crazy Contraptions 2

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:45 am
by PrinceApple
Bowser's Crazy Contraptions 2, the sequel to Bowser's Crazy Contraptions has been fully completed. It's been tested by TheLoafLord as he is one of my best friends. It will be released on Valentine's Day as planned.

Bowser's Crazy Contraptions 2

Posted: Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:16 am
by PrinceApple
Bowser's Crazy Contraptions 2 has been fully completed. Download it here: (https://mega.nz/#!yDwmXA7B!4pa5yD2kgPXM ... H9LTkQ2BnE)
The folder includes a read me file which has the story (up to this point) written in it, as well as the planned release date for BCC3. (this summer, hopefully). Have a great valentine's day, and enjoy! Make sure to send any feedback my way : )
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Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:59 am
by PrinceApple
"Bug" found. When you get to the starman section, the starmen are not meant to just jump around and give you invincibility. You're meant to freeze them with the ice flower and go down to fight Bowser. My SMBX was bugged so none of this happened on my end. Sorry for this, I'll get it fixed ASAP.

Re: Bowser's Crazy Contraptions (Puzzle Level)

Posted: Fri Feb 15, 2019 3:27 am
by PrinceApple
It has been fixed. The new link is included with the level post (the one with the screenshot and summer thingy). Look out this summer for the third one.