Game Jam THEFT on the MAGNET TRAIN EXPRESS

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THEFT on the MAGNET TRAIN EXPRESS

FROM THE MAKERS OF “POKéMON MEAT” “POKéMON WET MOAT”, “POKéMON MEAT CUTE” and “GALMI”...
...comes a brand new adventure, on rails!​



ALL ABOARD FOR MYSTERY:
A sudden blackout en route to Goldenrod City leads to a mysterious disappearance, a hunt for clues, shocking twists and turns, and a journey from engine to caboose of the MAGNET TRAIN EXPRESS. Will you unravel the mystery and solve the case, or will things...go off the rails?​

FEATURING:
Multiple Endings!
Gen 2 Nostalgic Graphics and Sounds!
A mystery for the ages!
Usage of the Game Jam Optional Theme “Escape!”
A solid hour of content!
Amusing writing hidden on many clickable objects!
Easter Eggs, plot twists, new characters, intense battles, and more!

SCREENSHOTS:




DOWNLOAD HERE
latest version: 1.1

RESOURCE PACK HERE

CREDITS:
Made by Evan & Scott (Mostly Evan)

8-bit Looker Theme by the wonderful "Synthescissor" on Youtube
8-bit Emerald Battle Frontier Brain Remix by the absolute genius "Pokeli" on Youtube

Stufful GS Sprite by SupahSanti_ (shiny recolor done by Evan)
Alolan Marowak Sprite, Looker Sprite, Kiana Sprite, Anabel Sprite, Ellen Sprite, and all their overworlds done by Evan
"Kiana" Sprite based off of @KianaMaiArt's "Rocketsona"

MADE USING GS ESSENTIALS BY COMBOY

Flameguru
Poccil (Peter O.)
Maruno
With contributions from:
AvatarMonkeyKirby
MiDas Mike
Boushy
Near Fantastica
Brother1440
PinkMan
FL.
Popper
Genzai Kawakami
Rataime
Harshboy
SoundSpawn
help-14
the__end
IceGod64
Venom12
Jacob O. Wobbrock
Wachunga
KitsuneKouta
xLeD
Lisa Anthony
and everyone else who helped out

3rd, 4rd & 5th generation POKéMON devamped sprites made by:

COMBOY
DarkDoom3000
Koolboyman
AkaiIsamu
Neslug
NICKtendo DS
Wes
pokekoks
Mighty Jetters
Alpha Six
Jeremy
Lockerz102
JoshR691
Koopaul
Parasect047
Ike
ClawedNyasu
Layle
SengirDev
Devicho

Please let us know what you think! This was made for the RELIC CASTLE SUMMER GAME JAM 2020, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it!​
 
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This was a lot of fun to work on. Evan truly did most of the lifting here so direct your most of your praise and all of your criticism to him.

We definitely wanted to do something that wasn’t too “out there” like GALMI, but we also know that our personal favorite Jam Games are bite sized, self contained stories that you can knock out in an hour. I know when writing a lot of dialogue and planning out the story, one of my influences was Paper Mario, which we were both playing during the initial planning phases here. We added in a few QoL things like Warp Panels, but wanted to have a game with some light backtracking that wasn’t annoying, while still showcasing what I think is my favorite part of this - writing and making fun events.

Thanks to the team at Relic for hosting another Jam, know things are a bit weird but hopefully you can knock out a quarantine hour with our silly game.
 

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I just finished up, got all 3 endings, and here are my thoughts:

The game was nice and short, like scott says, a good bite sized hour long game! It was a lot of fun to play. I think my favourite thing was the dialogue and flavour text, it had a lot of character in it.

I really liked the plot twist that you were the thief, that was cool and put a nice spin on the objective. Also that last scene on top of the train, very cool.

If I had to be ultra critical, I'd say that the clue section was a bit scary. It didn't take me too long but the thought of accidentally missing one thing to interact with and being stuck was scary. Maybe you did, but I think it would be nice to include more clues than the player needs (also I liked all the Clue jokes from Blues Clues to Clueless)

Thank you for the great jam game! Great to see another Looker game in this batch ;)
 
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Thanks for playing, and I appreciate the feedback very much! Spoilery response below:

If I had to be ultra critical, I'd say that the clue section was a bit scary. It didn't take me too long but the thought of accidentally missing one thing to interact with and being stuck was scary. Maybe you did, but I think it would be nice to include more clues than the player needs (also I liked all the Clue jokes from Blues Clues to Clueless)
Yeah that's a good call--honestly I was thinking of giving each clue its own switch instead of just adding to a variable, so that if you spoke to Looker he could give you a specific hint about where a clue you're missing could be. I'll take that into consideration for v1.1, which will likely happen some time this week, as I've gotten some other feedback about minor errors in events.
 

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Hey Evan! I just finished your game and I loved it! It was a fun little adventure, thought the story and writing was great!
 

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I've just finished playing this, I got one of the endings. (won't say which for spoilers sake)
And, I loved it, or most of it.

Everything works good, and is pretty well made.
I'm probably not going to go back and get the other two endings though.
Fighting is tedious, and so is the grinding.
And, you've only got 5 fresh waters, and 1 potion as means of healing. Unless there's a shop, I couldn't find it so if there is make it a bit more obvious? if there isn't one, consider adding a Vending Machine that you can spend money on, or a small clerk in the Dining Cart.

Overall, I'd give this a 7/10, it's a good game, good ideas. Just the grinding to be strong enough to not need healing items was tedious.
 
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Fighting is tedious, and so is the grinding.
And, you've only got 5 fresh waters, and 1 potion as means of healing. Unless there's a shop, I couldn't find it so if there is make it a bit more obvious? if there isn't one, consider adding a Vending Machine that you can spend money on, or a small clerk in the Dining Cart.

Overall, I'd give this a 7/10, it's a good game, good ideas. Just the grinding to be strong enough to not need healing items was tedious.
Hey, thanks for playing! I appreciate you playing thru to whichever ending you got, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Currently working on version 1.0 and I think i'll be adding a merchant in the dining car who will sell some healing items...though to be honest I was hoping that the game would be slightly challenging without requiring grinding, so I may try to tweak things a bit. I purposefully kept the number of trainers pretty low so it wouldn't halt gameplay too quickly.

Anyway, thanks for the critique, it will definitely be considered as I work on v1.1!
 

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Hey, thanks for playing! I appreciate you playing thru to whichever ending you got, and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Currently working on version 1.0 and I think i'll be adding a merchant in the dining car who will sell some healing items...though to be honest I was hoping that the game would be slightly challenging without requiring grinding, so I may try to tweak things a bit. I purposefully kept the number of trainers pretty low so it wouldn't halt gameplay too quickly.

Anyway, thanks for the critique, it will definitely be considered as I work on v1.1!
It was mostly the Raticate, and the Marowak that got me. (the way i actually managed to beat Marowak was finding the Mew.)
Either level them down, have more items to find, or introduce a shop would work, imo.
 
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Ok, version 1.1 is up, with some quick fixes:

1. No longer getting infinite clues
2. Added a merchant in the dining hall to sell you more FRESH WATERS
3. Made clue gathering clearer in Botanical Room, and added more interactable dialogue in Luggage Car.
4. Fixed some other small issues, typos, music cues, etc.
 

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Hi, I played this game it was fun. I did lose a lot of times (before you added the updates) and ended up skipping some battles and missed the rare candies. But it all turned out fine I still got one of the endings. I think it was well written from the story, to the characters, to all the little bits of dialogue from interacting with everything. In summary, I appreciate that even though I sucked I could still beat the game and get an interesting story :^)
 

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Hi, I played this game it was fun. I did lose a lot of times (before you added the updates) and ended up skipping some battles and missed the rare candies. But it all turned out fine I still got one of the endings. I think it was well written from the story, to the characters, to all the little bits of dialogue from interacting with everything. In summary, I appreciate that even though I sucked I could still beat the game and get an interesting story :^)
Thanks for playing! The endings aren’t that radically different, more of just a thing we put in because we wanted to be somewhat hands off with requiring the player to get things.
We wanted to not outright spoil that you were the theif, nor did we want to direct you how to play the game in terms of talking to everyone - we just wanted to reward that behavior.
 

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I really enjoyed this game! It had a lot of little things that could easily be missed if you're not careful and I know I missed plenty of stuff during my play through. I loved the setting because you were able to take such a small location and put things neatly in place to build your caper. Seeing a game in the generation 2 style makes your game stand out to me this year because it's not as common of a style to see people make a game in as generation 3-4. I loved playing the detective and trying to help Looker in his case!
Oh!!! And Looker's dialogue was amazing! I was very excited to see his speech mannerisms replicated so well. That's something I'm always picky about when people put Looker into their games.

I had a couple of moments where I was confused about how I was supposed to progress that I wish were a little clearer such as the part with the little girl.

That one gripe aside, I thought it had good execution and I cannot wait to take some personal time outside of streaming to play again and try to get the other endings and hopefully find some of the secrets I've learned more about now that I've read more of this thread.

How was I supposed to use the paint? I know I was missing something.
 

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Howdy! I downloaded the game and I am yet to try it out, but by the screenshots it looks awesome and also love the gen 2 style! :)
 

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This was a lot of fun! I managed to get 2/3 endings, and soloed it with Vulpix, which I was pretty proud of!
The aesthetics of the game were so accurate to Gen 2, it made it feel like an alternate timeline expansion pack in a way! I know keeping true to the design of the canon games is sort of the point with most fan games, but it felt especially nice here!

I had a lot of fun exploring all the nooks and crannies in the train, and seeing all the flavor text there!

The writing is really fun, I think the gross bin and Master Ball jokes were my favorite. (And yes, I clicked all the way through on the Master Ball) Oh, and all the "Clues" you find in the luggage car!

Ellen and Kiana's designs are really cool!
I did feel like the plot twist didn't leave much room for mystery. There's never any details on the case until we get the reveal of Vulpix, and when it happens, Looker immediately points out that you have one right there. TotMTE is definitely still fun as a heist game rather than a mystery, but I kind of thought the mystery was supposed to be a major point, given the thread description.

One thing I think you could do to change that would be to maybe add some "theories" from Ellen when she finds clues, and gradually reveal what was stolen. So, at first, Ellen finds the hat, and she mentions which people on the train it might have come from. Then Looker gets the woman to reveal that a Pokemon was stolen, and Ellen says "Oh, it was this Magikarp, wasn't it?" and then Looker finds out, no, it's a Vulpix. (That'd probably involve rewriting a fair amount of dialogue, though)

The fact that only one of Vulpix's moves was animated (initially, at least, I know other moves after leveling up had more animations) made battles feel a little more boring, since it was just tackle animations a lot of the time. I know it'd be insane to come up with Gen 2 style moves for every new move, but maybe you could do Ember for Will-o-Wisp, and Shadow Ball for Hex, since those moves aren't used elsewhere?

The save screen still shows the badge numbers, which feels a bit awkward when they don't have anything to do with the game. Maybe it could be rebranded to "Number of cars" or something similar?

There's a few places where the font causes the text to be spread out over several lines, even with the screen at full size. This was the most frustrating example:


The reason why I only got 2/3 endings is because I had already saved with the shiny doll in the making, and there was no way to undo it. I could get the winning/losing endings just fine, because the final battle is just right there, but if I wanted to undo the shiny doll, I'd have to start over entirely, and that felt like too much of a hassle to go all the way back through. I wish you could talk to the painter and just ask him to cancel the gift, it'd make it way easier to see all the endings. (I know I can just look in the files to see the newspaper, but I'm curious about the dialogue)

I was asked if I was okay with overwriting my file each time I saved, which got a little annoying. I know it's what the canon gen 2 games did, but in this case I think convenience is better than staying faithful to the source.

A few battle transitions seemed a bit out of place with the Gen 2 aesthetics- I remember one that had the screen breaking into small squares that spun around, looking more like a powerpoint transition than the ones in gen 2.


Most of the game does just fine at the speed it's at, but in wild encounters, I feel really slowed down by them. I think I counted 10 seconds between the initial animation and getting the chance to run in one case.

It's hardly a big deal, since there's only two cars where you can encounter wild Pokemon, but it was a little frustrating to be slowed down like that. (It also turned me off trying to find Celebi or Mew, since it seemed like they would be rare wild encounters?)

Kiana will praise the player's resourcefulness for catching Pokemon on the train even if the player just has Vulpix in their party- I thought it might be interesting if she had different dialogue for just using Vulpix.
I don't think there's a cry for Stufful? I didn't hear one, at least, and I played that battle a couple times.

This ladder gets cut off by the engine:

There's a passability error in the Quiet Room:

Quotation marks display this weird character instead:


I think this guy is supposed to have dialogue, since I could interact with the trash can, but nothing happened when I clicked on him:
(Well, for the most part, text inconsistencies)

Pokefeller is spelled as POKeFELLER in the parlor car, but Pokefeller in the Quiet Car.
The books usually say "Read more?", but in the Quiet Car, they say "Read More?"
Candy kid says "Hey friend," should have a comma after Hey

Thanks for sharing such a fun game!
 
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