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New (Finished) Allegro Game - Crystal Picnic
Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Long time no see! :)

You may have seen posts about this game before -- it's been in the alpha stages for a while (4 years to be exact.) It's now finished and ready for your enjoyment! Only the builds from nooskewl.com and demos on crystalpicnic.com are at 1.0, the rest are currently in the process of becoming ready.

http://www.crystalpicnic.com

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Elias
Member #358
May 2000

Congratulations! I like your pixel artist a lot. Now I just need to find a way to play on the train on my phone, maybe over vnc...

Long time no see!

Well, you at least have something to show which you did in that time :)

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LennyLen
Member #5,313
December 2004
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Good job Trent & co.

Edgar Reynaldo
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May 2007
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beoran
Member #12,636
March 2011

First of all, congratulations! I downloaded and played the demo on Linux. The game has a lot of style and the story starts out interesting. The fights remind me of Tales of Phantasia, but with more platforming.

My only serious complaint would be about the difficulty, for me the game is quite hard. Especially because for me the computer controlled character keeps on dying.
Maybe I should switch characters more often during the fights, but my reflexes aren't what they used to be.

Oh, and I was sorta expecting some rumble effects too. ;-)

But anyway, a great effort with a great result. Definitely a game that showcases what Allegro is capable of!

Max Savenkov
Member #4,613
May 2004
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Not a fan of JRPGs, so I wouldn't post any opinions, just a few technical suggestions:

1) It seems like I can control movement from keyboard, but none of the obvious keys seem to work for interacting with objects/NPCs (when I banged on the whole keyboard, SOME key did work, but it I couldn't determine which one). The same goes for dialogues, but not for menus (Enter works just fine there).

2) I don't know about the others, would really like an option to turn off music. There is nothing wrong with it, but I, for one, can't listen to a tune more than a few times in row before I start to hate it.

Otherwise, great work on finishing a game! Congratulations!

Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Would appreciate any upvotes on Greenlight, thanks! http://noos.ca/eovC

NiteHackr
Member #2,229
April 2002

Looks great! Congrats!

Edit: logged on and upvoted for ya. :)

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Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Thanks to everyone who upvoted!

Matthew Leverton
Supreme Loser
January 1999
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Amazon says it doesn't work on Nexus 5 or 7.

Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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That's because it's not on phones yet, just Fire TV.

Paul whoknows
Member #5,081
September 2004
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Nice to see this game finally released. Congratulations! :D

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Yodhe23
Member #8,726
June 2007

It certainly looks like its come a long way since the Bryron(?) days, when you gave away that sampler with the Monster 2 Cds.

Anyway I brought a copy, but a day later still no email with the serial/download(?), although I got the paypal receipt straight away. (sorted, +10 EXP customer service skill reward!)

I will give it a decent session once I get to play it, and give some feedback if you care for it.

www.justanotherturn.com

Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Don't know what happened, usually codes are mailed right away automatically. I just emailed it to you again, let me know if you didn't get it.

Matthew Leverton
Supreme Loser
January 1999
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I tried it on Ouya, but the lo-res is unbearable on my 55" TV and I cannot sit back far enough since the Ouya joysticks have about a 1 foot range and are too laggy. >:(

Anyway, it looks like it could be a lot of fun on a better setup, and it's obvious you've put a ton of work in to it, so good luck with sales! 8-)

Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Since you and Elias mentioned it, I have an Android build ready now if you want to test it. Control is difficult (took me 10-15 battles to get the hang of it) on a touch screen though, and I don't think I can fix that.

Elias
Member #358
May 2000

I'm interested in testing. I tried on the website but that still had no android.

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Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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I'm uploading it now, I just finished testing it (and uploaded to Google Play also.)

(done, it's on nooskewl.com now)

Matthew Leverton
Supreme Loser
January 1999
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I got it off Google Play (had to search for nooskewl). Finished the opening sequence, but won't have a chance to play it for a while. Controls didn't seem too bad. (No worse than Ouya joysticks. >:()

Elias
Member #358
May 2000

Also got it on Google play (and yes, searching for crystal picnic does not find it). Didn't play past the title sequence yet either, but two things for nexus 5:

- Switching away during the title sequence crashes/restarts the sequence.
- The phone's back button doesn't seem to work.

[Edit:] I found a white speech bubble saying jump but not telling me how to do that...

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Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Ok cool. I've got a short list of things I need to fix in an update.

Pho75_
Member #12,377
November 2010

Hi Trent,

I bought the game way back during your early alpha releases so
I've been playing with the game off-and-on for a while.

I just installed 1.0 version.

Issues:
1. The android port crashes if the screen lock comes on.
Tested on Galaxy S4.

Request:
2. Please add a skip button so people can skip the intro
and dialogue scenes.

Congrats on your release,
Pho75_

Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Thanks for the support. I'll look into the screen lock bug soon.

GullRaDriel
Member #3,861
September 2003
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Wooo, it's nice Trent, congrats !!

"Code is like shit - it only smells if it is not yours"
Allegro Wiki, full of examples and articles !!

Trent Gamblin
Member #261
April 2000
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Thanks. It's now on iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch only) also (may take a minute to update the store): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crystal-picnic/id913757496?ls=1&mt=8

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