This is... a really, REALLY clever game! Always found a new way to surprise me. Sure, it's not very challenging, and I really didn't find a need to choose what I shot... until I hit the one that sent me back to the main menu. Really well done!
This game was submitted for the 1st Game Maker's Toolkit Game Jam!
Command: prompt_ is a top-down shooter about multi-purpose enemy deaths. Want to pause the game? Shoot something. Want to mute the game? Shoot something else. Want to take a look at the credits?
Well, sadly, no one tends to look at the credits. But if you really want to, feel free to shoot something!
But Command: prompt_ is also a shooter that forces the player to manage their actions: if you shift the game to an easier mode by shooting enemies that favour you, your score multiplier will decrease. If you want to increase it again, you'll have to shoot an enemy with an effect that’s bad for you - like, say, reducing your own movement speed.
Balance between difficulty and multipliers to achieve the best score you can. And if, for some reason, you want to quit this awesome game, you know what to do… just shoot something!
WASD - Move
Left Mouse Button - Shoot
Adherence to the Jam's Theme: This game uses dual-purpose design in a number of different ways. The first is that every action that, in most games, is done through menus and pause screens (like quitting, muting sound, restarting the game and others), is done here by playing the game itself, meaning the game screen offers both the purpose of the meta-game and the game itself.
Another way Command: prompt_ uses the theme is the fact that most enemies you kill wield multiple effects on the game: regaining a life point forces the player to lose part of their score, making yourself faster reduces your score multiplier and the opposite is true for your enemies, muting the game increases the multiplier, etc... The player has to balance these effects constantly in order to achieve the highest score possible. It's an examination of what makes a game fun and of an attempt of making a single mechanic, instead of dual or multi-purpose, nearly OMNI-purpose.
For added self-imposed difficulty, try not moving! - One more purpose given to shooting things!
Engine: Unity 5.6
Art: Adobe Illustrator CC
Programming: Visual Studio Code
Nicolas Paes Leme
Mark Brown & GMTK
RPG - Rio PUC Games