Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)

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Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« on: January 12, 2022, 02:20:51 »
Hej hej,

Here is a roundup of "single screen" levels that I have found over the years.

This list may be useful for those who enjoy these sort of levels and are looking for more, and may spur some good discussion on the design of such levels. Personally, I always enjoy stumbling upon these as they offer bite-sized experiences that bring out the designer's creativity working within the constraints.




The list below is not exhaustive, so please share if I am missing anything! There is at least one (very hard) level from memory that I haven't added.

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Take the Eyeball - ErSorro
[Hard][Small][Misc]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/ErSorro%20-%20Take%20the%20Eyeball.knytt.bin

     Challenge Rating: Medium

     Puzzle Rating: Easy

     Misc Thoughts: Default tileset which is nicely presented. The background elements and clearly marked borders are a nice touch
                                 without the level feeling too busy. There are a few tough jumps.


One Epic Screen - pfrangip
[Very Hard][Tiny][Puzzle/Challenge]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/pfrangip%20-%20One%20Epic%20Screen.knytt.bin

     Challenge Rating: Very Hard

     Puzzle Rating: Very Hard

     Misc. Thoughts: One of my favorite levels in this category. Very well crafted with no clear path to progress. Is that powerup just
                                  out of reach a dead-end or are your reflexes just not quick enough? The answer is never obvious.
                                  *spoiler* Only nit would be with the intuitiveness of the code section, as far as how to apply it to the buttons after you solve the code and figure out the value of each symbol.
                                                                    Fortunately, there is a heuristic approach (visual, no math required) that coincidentally (?) gives the correct answer.



Deluxe 1screen v1.2 - Lvl100Magikarp
[Very Hard][Small][Challenge/Playground]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Lvl100Magikarp%20-%20Deluxe%201screen%20v1.2.knytt.bin

     Challenge Rating: Normal

     Puzzle Rating: Normal

     Misc. Thoughts: Clean presentation. The two monsters with random projectiles may feel frustrating for those who are only
                                  looking for a puzzle, but they add to the challenge.


Onescreen - David L
(Hard/Very Hard, Small, Puzzle/Challenge)
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/David%20L%20-%20Onescreen.knytt.bin

     Challenge Rating: Normal/Hard

     Puzzle Rating: Normal

     Misc. Thoughts: The beginning in particular can be tricky when figuring out your surroundings. This is mitigated by save points
                                  strewn across the map at every powerup. There are some walkable tiles that are unbordered while some
                                  background blocks are bordered. There are also multiple points where the ​player can fall into a void.


One Screen Puzzle - Purple Pineapple
[Hard][Small][Puzzle]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Purple%20Pineapple%20-%20One%20Screen%20Puzzle.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Hard

    ​Puzzle Rating: Hard

    ​Misc. Thoughts: This level presents one challenge. Difficulty can be seen as either impossible or trivial, depending on the player's ​
                                 knowledge of game mechanics. A nice level for players to discover that mechanic if they aren't aware.



One Screen Puzzle 2 - Purple Pineapple
[Normal][Small][Puzzle]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Purple%20Pineapple%20-%20One%20Screen%20Puzzle%202.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Easy/Normal

    ​Puzzle Rating: Normal

    ​Misc. Thoughts: Really interesting level where the player must figure out which key combinations are needed (and when) to
                                 progress in the central puzzle. Plenty of configurations to try and rule out.


One Screen Puzzle 3 - Purple Pineapple
[Normal/Hard][Small][Puzzle/Challenge]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Purple%20Pineapple%20-%20One%20Screen%20Puzzle%203.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Hard

    ​Puzzle Rating: Hard

    ​Misc. Thoughts:  Nice puzzle that requires quick reflexes once you know how to progress. One jump in particular is quite
                                  challenging.


One Screen Puzzle 4 - Purple Pineapple
[Very Hard][Small][Puzzle/Challenge]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Purple%20Pineapple%20-%20One%20Screen%20Puzzle%204.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Hard/Very Hard

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Hard

    ​Misc. Thoughts: ​Perhaps tied with "One Epic Screen" as my favorite of the category. Will teach the player the limits of a handful of
                                 objects/mechanics in the game. Some powerups locked behind progression felt just barely possible to get
                                 (wrong), while some seemingly unobtainable powerups were available from the start.


One Screen Puzzle 5 - Purple Pineapple
[Normal][Small][Puzzle]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Purple%20Pineapple%20-%20One%20Screen%20Puzzle%205.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Normal

    ​Puzzle Rating: Hard

    ​Misc. Thoughts: A beautiful level that really shows PurplePineapple's progress as a level creator. The background and
                                 incorporation of puzzle elements was very creatively done. No advanced knowledge of the game necessary.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2022, 03:16:33 by pacifishi »

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Re: Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2022, 14:25:01 »
Hello!

Thank you for the praise on One Epic Screen. I was inspired to make it based on One Screen Puzzle 4, which is my personal favorite entry in the genre.

I would also like to recommend Uno, by Willster, which was the first Single Screen level I played years ago, and still stands as one of the best entries.

There is also the excellent Compact by the venerable Vegetal Gibber.

Thank you for compiling this level list!


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Re: Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2022, 20:13:16 »
Adding onto the niche of "appears to be a single screen", there's You Have to Put the Level into the Juni by VG.
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Re: Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2022, 21:47:43 »
Awesome, thank you pfrangip, egomassive, and canteven for the additional level suggestions!

I'm really excited to try most of these out. It only looks like there's a couple that I previously played but couldn't remember when making this list.

Oh, how nice it would be if knyttlevels had a tag system and difficulty/quality rating system. It's sort of a minefield right now whether I'll click on an amazing level or a test/broken/incomplete one, but that ship has probably already sailed.

Re: Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2022, 18:03:27 »
Uno - Willster
[Hard/Very Hard][Small][Challenge]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Willster%20-%20Uno%20v2.0.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Hard/Very Hard

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts:  This straightforward level has two difficulties and involves a series of challenging jumps.



Compact - Vegetal Gibber
[Very Hard][Small][Puzzle/Challenge]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Vegetal%20Gibber%20-%20Compact.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Hard

    ​Puzzle Rating: Normal

    ​Misc. Thoughts:  very well done level. It won't take long to figure out which powerup to go for, but the hard part is getting to them without dying.



FixedGrey - Purple Pineapple
[Normal][VeriSmall][Puzzle]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Purple%20Pineapple%20-%20FixedGrey.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Normal

    ​Puzzle Rating: Hard

    ​Misc. Thoughts: A nice key puzzle that makes you question what the goal even is. Trying out different key combinations will give you pieces of information that eventually reveal the goal.



You Have to Put the Level (...into the Juni) - Vegetal Gibber
[Easy][Small][Misc]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Vegetal%20Gibber%20-%20You%20Have%20to%20Put%20the%20Level%20into%20the%20Juni.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: Such a creative concept and use of the level editor. This feel like a proof of concept that could be turned into a full game.



Tiny House - Healy
[Easy][Small][Environmental]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Healy%20-%20Tiny%20House.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Very Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: no challenge or puzzle to be had, but a cute atmospheric screen that depicts what the level title says.



Capitalism 2 - Egomassive
[Easy][Small][Environmental]
download: http://egomassive.com/2013/05/capitalism-2/

    ​Challenge Rating: Very Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Normal

    ​Misc. Thoughts: who knew that a story can be told in a single screen, and a very good one at that. Like a splash of cold water to the face.



Some Room v2 - Raicuparta
[Very Easy][Tiny][Puzzle]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Raicuparta%20-%20Some%20Room%20v2.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Very Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: another really creative story based level. Captures the spirit of a typical room escape game, translated into knytt stories.



Day 901 - Plural
[][][Environmental/Misc]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/plural%20-%20Day%20901.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Very Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: No challenge or puzzles. The visuals and atmosphere that this screen creates is top notch.



Peaceful Sonata - Healy
[Easy][Small][Environmental/Misc]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Healy%20-%20Peaceful%20Sonata.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Very Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: the initial jumble of locks and objects may deceive you into thinking that there is a puzzle to solve, but the title isn't lying.



Angry Sonata - Healy
[Easy[Small][Environmental/Misc]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Healy%20-%20Angry%20Sonata.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Very Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: Once again, the title isn't lying. A vomit of tiles around the screen, and a not-so-peaceful message for the player.



Tiny and Really Weird Maze - Firecat
[][Small][]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/Firecat%20-%20Tiny%20and%20Really%20Werid%20Maze.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Normal/Hard

    ​Puzzle Rating: Easy

    ​Misc. Thoughts: the difficulty of this level varies, given the probabilistic pathing of the spiked blocks around the map. A bit of luck will present you with a nice easy stroll to the end.



The Puzzle Room (...ov Death) - Klämrisk
[Very Hard][Small][Puzzle]
download: https://nifflas.lp1.nl/index.php?topic=2800.msg32194#msg32194

    ​Challenge Rating: Normal

    ​Puzzle Rating: Hard

    ​Misc. Thoughts: An interesting level where you can choose which order to obtain the powerups, but you may end up stranded. It is possible to soft lock yourself depending on your choices.
*spoiler* I solved the code heuristically based on the other two signs. Once the correct combination registered I then understood the logic connecting the three signs. Probably a hard rating to figure this out the intended way given the scarcity of information, but brute forcing knowing the relative range of expected combinations is relatively easy.



Desert Knytt - StraightFlame
[Depends on how you define "difficulty"][I mean technically it's only 4 screens big, so...][Challenge/Misc]
download: https://knyttlevels.com/levels/StraightFlame%20-%20Desert%20Knytt.knytt.bin

    ​Challenge Rating: Easy

    ​Puzzle Rating: Very Easy

    Endurance Rating: Lunatic

    ​Misc. Thoughts: This level is sadistic. I downloaded this years ago and shame on me for not reading through the opening screens. So many deaths thinking that the end was just around the corner. The use of background simulating being on a train is really creative.
*spoiler* sadly, getting 100 coins doesn't seem to do anything

« Last Edit: January 15, 2022, 04:43:21 by pacifishi »

Re: Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2022, 11:25:39 »
You know, i don't think i ever actually thought of Desert Knytt as a single-screen level. I guess it makes sense, though.

    ​Misc. Thoughts: This level is sadistic. I downloaded this years ago and shame on me for not reading through the opening screens. So many deaths thinking that the end was just around the corner.

Oh. Sorry about that. I didn't exactly expect anyone to actually try to beat it, at least not without knowing exactly what they were getting into and being fully prepared. I figured any given player would realize that it's not a proper challenge level after reading that last bit of text in the intro cutscene, but i didn't stop to think some players might just not read it.

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Re: Single-screen Level Roundup - (9+ Levels)
« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2022, 15:03:04 »
You know, i don't think i ever actually thought of Desert Knytt as a single-screen level. I guess it makes sense, though.
In all honesty I never actually played it before. I thought it was a single screen level. Having looked at it now I think it deserves a mention if you're going to list such levels. The train effect was worth a look even if I had no intention of playing until the end.

@Pacifishi: Another level you might want to include is Ultigonio's Every Single Golden Creature on One Screen
https://nifflas.lp1.nl/index.php?topic=6715.msg71076#msg71076
There are two screens, but it's chiefly a one screen level and a decent challenge.