Please Remain Calm

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Do you love that old-school feeling of collecting coins? How about navigating precarious platforms and ledges to reach the exit door? Escape various baddies, maze-like environments and an expanding black hole of doom in this energetic and demanding retro platformer.

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ChaoSpectre Author Profile Page April 13, 2014 12:44 PM

The controls are responsive enough to eliminate most frustration. The mechanics of resource conservation to save for upgrades vs. extra mobility -or- threat elimination can really define how you approach each level. The midway change in objective direction is also a neat way to change the movement priorities. On these points alone, I can say this is a healthy, competent title.

The zoom feature can be helpful, but I played the whole thing zoomed out, because long-range awareness and path selection is vital to the conservative play-style I ended up embracing.

My biggest complaint, however, is with the title of the game itself. A few different enemies and hazards are introduced over the course of the ten levels, with healthy variety. However, the enemies are too few and the hazards too basic to warrant the warning "Please Remain Calm."

Perhaps if the controls weren't as responsive, I might begin to worry, although that'd be artificial difficulty. Maybe if the threats and hazards were more numerous or unpredictable, the game might live up to its name; except, given the procedural generation of the levels, it may be possible to confront the player with insurmountable odds depending on his coin management.

Perhaps if the level layouts were more dynamic somehow. Tropes like shifting gravity, rotating the maze, different terrain (affecting movement speed, destructibles, moving platforms), lock and key maze fixtures, and others could be well at home in a game like this with this presentation. As the game stands, it's a functional quasi-roguelike that becomes rather easy if you pay attention and move well.

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https://www.google.com/accounts/o8/id?id=AItOawnrLT_DgOiK7Leoj0eRHY69GNEFT33XtTU Author Profile Page April 14, 2014 11:04 AM

WASD AND arrows?

Just NO.

As for needing to press S to exit (especially when everythign is chasing you) is especially annoying.

Not a bad idea, just AWFULLY implemented.

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Hey, I made this game! Thanks for doing the mini review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the game! As ChaoSpectre pointed out, the game may be a bit too easy to earn the name Please Remain Calm. Because I was designing it for a Flash game audience, I wanted it to be a bit more casual than other roguelike games. That being said, I have a lot of ideas for expanding this game, and I will definitely be upping the difficulty in several ways that should unnerve players if I make a sequel/remake.

As for the person saying WASD and Arrow Keys is bad... I'm not sure what the alternative is when you want movement and 4 way shooting. It's the same control scheme as any twin-stick shooter (also the Binding of Isaac).

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