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Glitch

A singleplayer platformer game created for the 2022 Minetest Game Jam by Wuzzy.

You’re One, a bit who’s lost in cyberspace after a mysterious distortion interrupts a typical data transmission. Can you figure out what caused this and get back on track?

Explore the System, collect electrons to unlock new sectors, learn new abilities to become more powerful and maybe you will find the path to your true destination.

Basic controls

  • Move mouse: Look around
  • Place key [right mouse click]: Interact with beings
  • Movement keys [WASD]: Slide on flat ground and small slopes
  • Aux1 key [E]: Use gateway (hold key pressed)
  • Inventory key [I]: Show your electrons and abilities

You will learn more abilities along the way. Check the tooltips in your inventory for a reminder.

You can change the music volume with a setting in Minetest.

Version history

  • 1.1.0: Fixes powerslide and electron collecting bugs, improves usability, adds Spanish translation
  • 1.0.1: Version submitted for the 2022 Minetest Game Jam
  • 1.0.0: First public release

Credits

  • Idea, design, coding, graphics, sounds effects, story and testing by Wuzzy (2022).
  • Music by Visager (2016).
  • Spanish translation by ost1 (2022).

(Detailed credits and license notes in README.md.)

Reviews

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  • Nice parkour

    (I only am partway through the game so take this with a pinch of salt)

    The story aspects are very intriguing, and I like the integration of the different powers into earlier rooms to make visiting earlier rooms have a purpose.

    Something I found somewhat frustrating however is the controls feel somewhat difficult. Especially for dashing, triggering the dash feels somewhat inconsistent. I also think it is very difficult to control; combined with the aforementioned inconsistency, getting the dash distance correct is at times frustratingly difficult, though this is subjective and depends on a matter of preference and skill.

    Overall, I like the story and level design.

    2 comments
  • My Review [JAM VERSION]

    I played until around ~170 Electrons, but the ability lag, which was slowly getting worse as the game went on, has reached an unplayable point (10+ second delay from holding/pressing the correct key(s)). I hope you can fix this, because I'd really like to play this to the end. Here's my world file, if that helps

    Collecting the electrons can get a bit repetetive, but I think that's mostly due to how I play.

    Review:

    Overall: 8/10
    Gameplay: 7/10
    Innovation: 9/10
    Content: 7/10
    Theme: 7/10
    
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  • Parkour? In my computer cables?! It's more likely than you think...

    This left such a cool impression, it felt so complete and fun, wow! The intro sequence is cool, and its story is engaging right from the start. It was clearly well tested: I didn't find any obvious bugs. :) It features a secret level, and the game soundtrack is neat and varied. The abilities you learn along your journey all help you in different situations, at various points in the game: awesome!

    Collecting electrons while power-sliding is a bit finnicky, I found, but this is really the only complaint I have for the Jam version.

    Well done, the experience was really refreshing for a Minetest game. Totally recommended!

    3 comments
  • Fun parkour-like game with a great story

    This is a game that really feels complete! The storyline is great, the characters have varying personalities, the levels are well made, the textures are consistent, the sound effects, documentation, and texture effects are incredible - and best of all, it's quite fun!

    The quality opening sequence is also something that I believe defines this game and makes you feel part of your own character. Well done, Wuzzy!

    I wish that this game was longer, because it is really a joy to play (being a parkour fan myself :)). As mentioned, the slide controls are somewhat erratic and it takes a bit of experience: after a while, it becomes somewhat consistent if you use Shift (Sneak) in combination. It can also be somewhat confusing when you can use E to 'dash' and when you can't: on slopes, the dashing often doesn't work but (if you glitch? :)) it does work from time to time. On solid blocks, it usually always works in the right areas. If you get going downhill, you probably won't be able to stop yourself, as velocity increases like crazy.

    EDIT: After finishing the game I have nothing but more praise for it: this is extremely well polished and has a wonderful ending that is amusing and proves a very difficult puzzle! This is my personal pick for the best game of the Jam. I enjoyed it immensely, thank you Wuzzy!

    3 comments
  • You made an undoubtedly greater parkour game than what I made

    Late review. I made a parkour game for last year's game jam, but it was lacking of features and documentations (c55 stuck on the ground as he cannot find the /restart command!), and lack of creativities. This game, may or may not be inspired by my game, did a way better job than I.

    The textures are all simple, which matches its theme of a sci-fi game. My parkour game also uses simple textures (because I am not good at art at that time), leading me to think whether this game was inspired by my game or not.

    The plots are brilliant; The idea of letting the player (the One) travelling though the network interfaces are really innovative. Apart from the mainlines, there are also Easter eggs (e.g. the Powerslide Playground which was my only discovered Easter egg) which allows the player to pick up more electrons.

    At the end of the story, in which I've entered the Core and is pending to be deleted, I was stuck. It was “designed” to stuck players inside, and it turns the parkour game into a puzzle game. This combination was something I've never thought of, and is definitely bringing more fun (and more “pain” as you will be exhausted) to the game.

    By inspecting into the source codes, I know that there do have an ending (and is a happy ending), but I still can't reach it. I will not reach it today, but probably within this week.

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  • A well-designed parkour challenge with a compelling backstory.

    Glitch is fun to play: there are skills to unlock, electrons to collect, and secrets to find. The story is not tacked on but integrated into the game. It is compelling, starting with a cutscene that eases the player into the narrative. The levels are well-designed, with easy-to-reach electrons and hidden ones that give you a dopamine rush when you discover them. Finally, the game does not expect one to collect every single electron; it is easy enough to collect all you need to enter the endgame without too much effort. Without giving spoilers, I will say that the endgame is a great addition to the story and is very satisfying. Its levels are slightly frustrating, but that can be expected on a final level-set.

    Thank you for this game, it deserves the First prize!

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  • Cute, impressively polished platformer

    Rating Scale:

    1-10 for each of the 6 categories, 1 being a thumbs down, 10 being a thumbs up. Max total being 60.

    Gameplay: 7 | Innovation: 9 | Graphics (Content): 9 | Music & Sound (Content): 9 | Theme: 9 | Stability: 10 |

    Total: 53


    This one's tricky for me. I'm not a very patient gamer, and I don't enjoy platformers or 'skill based games', which is the direction that Glitch seems to be aiming for. But I will review this objectively, with the perspective of whether I would recommend this to a friend who I know enjoys this type of game.

    In the time I spent playing this game I could see that a lot of work went into it. An impressive amount actually - it really feels like a proper fully fledged game, not something frantically assembled while racing against the clock. It has a cute aesthetic, it has music, a unified feel (even the UI fits the theme), it has unique gameplay mechanics and it's engaging enough (if you like this genre) that you kind of forget about the whole 'Minetest is an engine' thing and just think of something as a game in its own right. Arguably, I think that's the most important thing. Too many games rely on the 'strengths' of the engine, e.g. that you can play tons of other stuff too, instead of just standing on their own right. With some more development after the Jam ends, this could probably be one of those rare titles worth playing even if you don't know anything about Minetest as an engine.

    That being said - some very minor critiques: I found it very hard to tell when an ability had recharged (like the sliding mechanics). The stopping distance also was quite hard to judge. Lastly, I feel like maybe the game could use a tiny bit more personality and liveliness of the kind you would find in nostalgic 3D platformers. Maybe little emotes over the characters heads, occasionally changing expressions to emphasise events, a tiny bit more humour, maybe some secrets to find, etc.

    3 comments
  • Fun game with a great atmosphere

    I love the ambience you built! The intro sequence was really good (maybe even a first among minetest games?), the helpers are super cute (even though it's a parkour game I wish there were more optional interactions!), and the maps play well. Good choice of soundtrack too. In general the game looks very polished for a game jam entry, congrats!

    The controls surprised me at times (long slide, unexpected momentum when jumping off, abilities not working at the edge of blocks), but I quickly got used to them. Maybe I’m supposed to play in third person? That would explain the slide distance.

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  • Very polished!

    OVERVIEW - Glitch This game was pretty fun, and surprisingly polished! I'm not too far in the game yet, but o far it's been pretty cool.

    RATING SYSTEM:

    1 - Not a fan 2 - Meh 3 - Okay 4 - Good 5 - Love it!

    GAMEPLAY - 4

    GRAPHICS - 5

    PLAYER-FRIENDLY - 5

    PERFORMANCE - 5 (So far it has not lagged)

    SOUNDS & MUSIC - 5

    THEME - 4

    TOTAL - 28/30 (Love it!)

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  • A good adventure game

    It seems to me that Glitch is a good adventure game and its gameplay is very good, I think that since it is open source in the future it can become better than it is today.

    0 comments
  • Awesome Parkour Game!

    This game is really fun to play. The collectables were too compelling for me, so on my first save I got all 833. The plot is interesting with some small laughs, and I really love the idea. Great job! After getting all the electrons, I speedran the game a few times, and got a time of 58 minutes (Any%). I also enjoyed the music a lot.

    However, I do have a few problems. For one, the powerslide trick felt very weird to control, and it felt like some challenges, like in Powerslide Playground, were out of my control. Also, during my speedruns, I kept on running into problems with electrons. Sometimes I would launch up and travel through one, but I wouldn't collect it. Sometimes I would just walk through it and it wouldn't register. I'm not entirely sure how you could fix these problems, as I'm not very familiar with the engine, but maybe some indicator showing how far you'll go with powersliding would be due? I played in Minetest 5.6.1, game version 1.1.0.

    Once I had finished the entire game, I went into the code and unlocked editor mode. I was really impressed with it. I really liked how there were blocks for everything, even the things that ended up being entities out of editor mode. It was fun trying to build my own level. I couldn't figure out how to get launch pads that could launch you higher than one block, and I couldn't figure out how to get gateways working either.

    Here's how I think this game could get even better: I would love to see something special for getting all the electrons, maybe a secret good ending. I also think it would be cool to have more levels and electrons. I also think more abilities would be fun, although I know that isn't likely to happen. Also, bouncers deserve more than being stuck in the farlands, so if you make more levels, include them.

    Overall, this is a great game, and I recommend it to anyone who loves parkour. Thank you for reading through my comment.

    0 comments
  • Fun platform, although a bit too farmy after a while

    I'll start by saying that this is both nice and curated. I'd make dialogues shorter here and there, but overall they're entertaining and you can see the effort the author put in the opening with the cutscene. Collecting electrons has reminded me a bit the first Spyro, where gems where scattered all around the maps, sometimes just to annoy the player, and... well, with the way MT detects keys such as AUX1, trust me it was indeed annoying when 1/3 of the time it didn't read the input in time, making me fall down (nice death transition!)

    I like how the author has structured the game, with this hub concept reminding of games like Crash 2. It's easy to navigate and environment elements near teleports help the player surely improves this aspect. My main critique is, the way you have to backtrack basically every level in order to collect all the electrons. I've personally quit after having unlocked the jump ability, all those jumps in that room were overwhelming (after having fought with MT limitations with me falling down several times in the 16 electrons level to gather enough electrons for the 128 one). Which is a pity, I kind of wanted to see the end!

    3 comments
  • My Review

    I use my rating on the 6% system what I used last year, even if this time the rating system works differently. My points:

    What gave the points Points reached Max Points Why I gave theme
    how good the idea is and theme 1 1 I like this idea. It was a story-game but the most story was on end which closely gave me the idea to give a half point lesser
    Media 1.5 2 The sounds was there. The textures too. But my eyes wasn't happy with the textures of chaos at the end. The textures could be better but there was less time so i say nothing there
    Playing 2.5 3 Wow, i wanted only play this game all the time. But some points weren't reachable and the game was a bit short. More levels and maybe 5-electrons items(give 5 electrons). More Ablities maybe too
    Total 5 6

    I hope you going to make Glitch 2. In the IP the game ended there were also the white noises. Maybe you have to escape them there.

    3 comments
  • Good

    I'm pissed to give Wuzzy a +1 but great game. My fav for the Game Jam 2022.

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