Wonderful little game! Love the graphic style and the large world to explore.
Rex: Another Island
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Looks adorable :) but what could this retro game possibly be doing that would require a 3.4GHz i5??? o_O
Welcome to the perils of having an idea and not really thinking it through. When making Rex, we wanted the entire game to be one big open level, with no loading. As a result, the game is one big open level that's active and loaded all the time, which uses a lot more CPU than you'd think. We've tried to optimize it so that things not immediately visible on screen don't use up as much memory or processing, but there are limits to what we can do with Construct2.
The game can run on lower specs, especially if you toggle Performance Mode which removes a lot of particle systems, but we're not sure where the minimum is since we've only got our own PCs to test with. The recommended specs are based on our own systems, which is probably a bit overkill, but we'd rather be safe than sorry.
We've learned a lot from making Rex, and if we were going to try doing an open world platformer again, we'd certainly do it differently.
Any chance of bringing Rex to Steam? I would love to see it there with Steam Achievements and perhaps trading cards too...BTW Rex looks awesome!..
We'd love to put Rex on Steam! Unfortunately, it costs far too much for us to do so. The plan was always to see how Rex fares here on itch, and if it earns enough, use that towards putting it on Steam. We're glad you like the look of it!
As for 8-9-2017, the above is no longer the case! Thanks to a publishing deal with Pixeljam Games, Rex: Another Island will be headed to Steam. Expect to see the pink dinosaur there later in 2017.
Finished it in just over an hour minutes with the gem ending. I really enjoyed it, and kind of want to speedrun it, but I have a few issues which I'll get to after a quick review. For $2 it's totally worth it if you like a really clean short exploration platformer [a few very tricky sections, but most are pretty fair and the checkpoints are generally very forgiving].
1. As someone who frequently uses the map, it's very easy to accidentally fast travel to another area, killing progress, which is really frustrating and happened about 6 times to me throughout the game. I really think the input for fast travel should be changed to avoid this.
2. I finished the game with 769 coins. The last of which are guarded by the teleporting enemies at the bottom of the airship. This is by far the most cruel section in the game, and doesn't feel fair at all. I've tried this section many times now and haven't even found a way to consistently get past the first enemy, let alone the rest. I really think this should be changed significantly. I know you want this area to be challenging, but this is too much. I really want to get the coin ending [I think I found the secret door to get this ending already] but this section is gatekeeping me pretty hard.
We're glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for the comment!
1. With regards to the fast-travel system and losing progress, we're looking into a different way of handling the map so as to prevent accidental warps. If you accidentally teleport to a different area, you can use Respawn (R on Keyboard, Y on Gamepad) to go back to the last checkpoint, which should be close to where you last were.
2. We've looked at the "Three Swappers" and made a small adjustment to the Dead Swapper on the ceiling, to make the initial part of it easier. Those changes are in v1.1, but do require starting a new game unfortunately.