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Offline Lucinda

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« on: July 13, 2017, 02:39:14 »
Shalev

My first level for Knytt Stories, about two months in the making. Explore a lost society and discover its most prized artifact! You'll find a treehouse, a palace, a farm fueled by waterfalls, and some mysterious ruins...

Download here. (Version 2 with some tiny changes!)

Music by Unwell
Art by Mindy Kral and Caroline Li

Thank you so much to ixMarcel, SilasMann/xZilas, and egomassive for beta testing (especially egomassive due to his keen eye for detail)
« Last Edit: August 23, 2017, 05:54:00 by Lucinda »
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Offline SilasMann

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« Reply #1 on: July 13, 2017, 07:11:29 »
I still really like this level a lot. And I'm not just saying that because I'm in it  ;)

The cut scenes were cute and set the stage well. I'm reminded of older KS levels not only because of the tilesets, but also the secrets hidden throughout the level that make you want to explore more than you would normally. THE BEES!!! The giant tree is particular had knytt and fluff everywhere along with bits of dialogue and characters that made it the area feel especially alive.

Spoiler: ending kinda thing (click to show/hide)
« Last Edit: July 13, 2017, 07:13:12 by SilasMann »

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Offline Lucinda

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« Reply #2 on: July 13, 2017, 07:15:54 »
You are too nice, Silas :^^:
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Offline ixMarcel

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« Reply #3 on: July 13, 2017, 10:24:28 »
Nice work! Especially as this is your first level. It has the charm of the old classic KS :D.

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Offline Lucinda

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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2017, 16:12:13 »
Thank you! This is definitely the first time anyone's told me I have "classic charm" :D
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2017, 22:21:15 »
Very beautiful and interesting story  :) *star* Thank you  :)

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« Reply #6 on: July 16, 2017, 13:21:46 »
Exceptionally beautiful. I'll definitely echo the sentiment that this feels like a classic older level. I feel like I don't often now see such creative use of the default tilesets, or stuff like hand-drawn cutscenes that depict someone's personal take on Juni.

On x995y997, the ceiling grass here is on layer 3, which can cause a wallswim. A lazy fix would be to only change the leftmost patch to be on a lower layer... solid grass is generally regarded as a bug, so replacing it all is fine of course, but its impact in this specific context is pretty minimal and vaguely interesting.

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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2017, 23:02:25 »
This was actually pretty dang good for a first level. I do absolutely adore the good usage of default tilesets, and the custom music selection is top-notch.

A few comments I have about it, though:

Spoiler: (click to show/hide)

All in all, a not-perfect yet still great level. I enjoyed playing through this one. Made me feel like it was 2010 again. ^u^

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« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2017, 12:19:12 »
Really fantastic for a first level! :)

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« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2017, 14:09:28 »
Hi everyone! Thank you so much for your heartwarming comments and advice. I think I'm going to do some fixes and put up a new version soon. You guys are almost making me want to make another level too :P2 Also, SC, I'm glad someone finally noticed the custom music! My friend made it and I love his stuff to death.
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2017, 04:38:34 »
This is a really sweet level! I especially like how dense it feels.

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« Reply #11 on: August 08, 2017, 17:29:32 »
Nice level :)

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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2017, 05:54:46 »
Thank you all again! Also I just uploaded a new version with some minor changes as suggested in this thread.
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« Reply #13 on: February 28, 2023, 04:15:40 »
Great level! Loved it!

Spoiler: Show (click to show/hide)

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« Reply #14 on: March 01, 2023, 08:52:15 »
Shalev bumps and attention in 2023 are the little things that brighten my day
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