In all honesty it looks like a cutesy side scroller with some nice lighting effects and I just can't really get excited about that sort of thing anymore. In addition this might not be an issue when playing full screen and the game is in motion but I have a hard time picking out the character from the background.
Maybe next time don't put "Really?" next to one of the options though.
There are lots of puzzle platformers coming out of the small scene though I guess not to many done in 3D. What are the details of your team if you don't mind? Curious about that.
If you're trying to drum up interest for the game with the screenshots I'd reccomend showing more game. Where are the puzzles? Where are the platforms? The scenery is nice enough but I'd like a hint of how the game works if I'm even going to go to the trouble of following the link to a site.
Anyways congratulations and good luck. Come back with more later duder
- Atmosphere looks good. Heart of Darkness, vibe to it
- Character looks a bit too cartoony compared to the environment but no big deal, might even like it
- Interesting to skim over but they don't sell me on the game at all
- Indie puzzle platformers are almost at a "dime a dozen" state, tell me why I should care about yours
I can't really derive much else based on the screenshots, hopefully I was helpful. Best of luck!
Wow, this is a really active forum, awesome. Thanks to everyone for the feedback so far - good and bad, everything counts!! I've been keeping tab trying not to interfere as I needed "unbiased" responses.
Disclaimer: This post wasn't intended to drum up interest (it is of course welcomed, I won't lie!!). We are going to tweak and polish the graphics next week and I thought I should get some feedback on our current state. Consider it graphics beta testing =). The comments have been sooo helpful, I can't wait to see what you think on the update.
For the inquisitive pips:
@humanity you are correct, during game it's not a problem but in the screenshots it kinda is - we figured as much but didn't want to Photoshop anything and it was too late to fix (had to send PR release)
@jack268 oh darn, you had to mention that...! Our programmer is borderline-OCD with that. It's not exactly an anti-aliasing issue - the light illuminates steep angles (borders) at full intensity when it shouldn't, really weird. We will solve it eventually (or he will go bonkers).
@GERALTITUDE we are a team of seven: 3 programmers, concept artist, modeler and animator plus me, game design. you are ofc correct on your suggestions, as many commented these are not action screenshots and scenery excluded they are dull. I can see it myself. Except the bicycle shot, I personally like it for the reasons @ProfessorEss describes. I also know what happens next ;-)
@tarsier couldn't help myself: lol =)
Thanks to all who voted!
I said Nah, but that was because I thought you were talking about the concept of screenshots, not about these particular ones.
That said, this seems ok. The skyboxes look good.
Same, I missed "the" in the title and thought you meant screenshots in general. I actually think the screens look pretty good, nice sense of mood and atmosphere from them.
Good luck with this anyway.
The first one looks really good in particular. The protagonist, because he's wearing youthful clothing and riding a humble kid's bike, looks out of place in that eerie forest, in a good way. I think the forest looks great - the ambient light from the large full moon and the brushed tones of the foliage look real pretty - while still giving a notion that scares could be looming within every bush or treetop.
The protagonist looks harmless and has an irredeemable kiddish look to him, which should help make the player feel scared in such a dark environment. That's what really stands out there, I think.
The rest of the screenshots look okay, but none of them struck me as particularly memorable as the first one did. The top-right one looks something eerie too, though I find the rusted-down-road-sign scenario to be more generic and overused than what you have going on in your first screenshot.
That's my two cents, anyway.
EDIT: I voted "Good Start" by the way.