[Feedback] Gemsweeper Beta Test

Discussion in 'Feedback Requests' started by Karima, Jan 9, 2007.

  1. Karima

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    We have just started the beta test for our new game Gemsweeper. So we are looking for both experienced and inexperienced beta testers as well as general feedback.

    If you sign up as a beta tester, you get the full version of the game for free!

    Follow Professor McGuffog on his path through an ancient Mayan city in this original and mind-bending puzzle game. Solve 250 unique puzzles on your way to gold gems and treasurehunting glory.

    To download the game for Windows 98,ME,2000,XP,Vista, please visit:
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/downloads/gemsweeper/gemsweeper.exe

    To sign up as a tester and then download please visit:
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/gemsweeper

    Screenshots (quite large because they are 1024x768)
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/images/games/gemsweeper/gemsweeper-screenshot-full-size-en-01.jpg
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/images/games/gemsweeper/gemsweeper-screenshot-full-size-en-02.jpg
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/images/games/gemsweeper/gemsweeper-screenshot-full-size-en-03.jpg
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/images/games/gemsweeper/gemsweeper-screenshot-full-size-en-04.jpg
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/images/games/gemsweeper/gemsweeper-screenshot-full-size-en-05.jpg
    http://www.lobstersoft.com/images/games/gemsweeper/gemsweeper-screenshot-full-size-en-06.jpg

    If you have any problems or questions, please drop me an e-mail. Thank you!


    Best Regards,

    Sandra Erb
    sandra@lobstersoft.com
    http://www.lobstersoft.com - Non-violent logic games for all ages
     
  2. mpolzin

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    Hey there,
    Nice game, it seems well polished and very fun, it managed to keep me entertained for at least an hour before I ran out of the glue.

    Only two possible suggestions:

    1) Mix up the music a bit, what you have is cool, but after listening to the same thing for an hour, it gets old.

    2) You an cheat :) When the little guy pops up before a puzzle to give you a hint the puzzle is already shown in the background so it gives you unlimited time (until you dismiss the hint) to study the puzzle and plan your strategy.

    Otherwise I think you will do well with it! Its fun, it ran well on my laptop!

    Mike
     
  3. lakibuk

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    Quite original gameplay, reminds me of Minesweeper and Sudoku.
    I liked the game but it was a little bit easy for me, i guess a game can't be too simple when you target casual gamers.
    Explanatory texts worked well for me.
    Annoying: Installer didn't ask which folder to install + placed an icon in the start bar.
    Have to stop in the 3rd temple and go to bed now.
     
  4. Philippe

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    Hallo Sandra, Grüße aus Wien!

    I really liked the look and feel of the game, but I'm sorry to say I didn't get past the tutorial yet... I thought I had figured out the concept at the second or third slide, but kept going for a while. About halfway through the tutorial puzzle I thought "come onnnn, let me play!" and went back into the menu to find a way to skip the rest, only to end up at the start of the tutorial again. Clicked through it for a couple of minutes, got frustrated, thought "there's *got* to be a way to skip this", clicked around the menu again, landed at the start of the tutorial and decided to close the game.

    Long story short, I really think tutorials that are longer than a single page should be optional, no matter how well presented they are.
    Also: installing icons in my quick launch bar is a definite no-no!
     
  5. Kaos

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    yup pretty neat game! But the forced folder destination installer, is bad news! ESP as my local c:\drive is a pretty small hard drive, I usually install games on G:\ or H:\

    I do not even like installers that make start folders by default!

    a simple DT ico is always just fine!
     
  6. Jervin

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    Very fun game!

    A couple of things:

    My computer is a multi-user computer. The game automatically placed a shortcut on the desktop of every user without asking. Not good behavior.

    The game hanged on loading. It took an oddly very long amount of time for the amount of data it was loading.

    It would be nice if you could go straight from one puzzle to the next (there's a lot of down-time between puzzles; not bad at first, but it gets tiring). Also, if you click the 'ok' button before the scores finish adding up after a puzzle, it should display your total score at some point.

    As has been mentioned, you should really get some more music. The music you have is great, it just repeats a little too much. While I'm on it, the sfx were great too, and the graphics were awesome (I liked the little touches like the pictures in the puzzles and the pictures for the different levels of treasure hunter).

    The only bug - if you rapidly right-click while a level is starting, it doesn't switch back and forth betweend the hand and the hammer immediately, but rapidly switches back and forth a bunch of times after a few seconds pause.
     
  7. Yatec Games

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    Agree with this --^

    The game is really fun! Very polished. It does feel like Sudoku + Minesweeper (a good thing) and the theme is pretty fun.

    When the guy pops up at the end of the stage to tell you what the pattern looks like, the system chugs a bit. At least, my mouse cursor was pretty jerky while he was on-screen.
     
  8. BIGZIPZ

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    Superb game and a healthy seller in waiting.

    Did anyone with a relatively high end system encounter some slowdown when the gems were moving through the air or at other points?
     

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