A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

IF YOU GET STUCK, RESTART THE GAME AND PRESS L

it will reload from the last autosave

The year is 20XX.

You are Valkyrie X-404, and you have been exiled from Paradise Prismatic Laboratories.

Return to the surface of Vapor City and exact revenge.


Controls

  • Left/Right arrows to move
  • Space (A on controller) to jump (tap to shorthop)
  • Down to drop through platforms
  • Down (in the air) to fast fall
  • Z (X on controller) to attack
  • X (Y on controller) to shoot
  • Shift (B) + Left/Right to dash
  • Up to interact
  • Space to advance dialogue
  • Down + Shift in the air to meteor slam
  • Dash + Shift (hold) to super dash
  • Shift (hold) to heal when grounded and stationary
  • Ctrl (hold) to walk
  • Tab to show inventory
  • Space to buy items in shops

If something goes horribly wrong, press L to load from the last save point.

Sound Credits (used with permission)

title screen: until it feels like home by slime girls
intro scene: starbolt (reprise) by slime girls
rain loop: https://freesound.org/people/D%20W/sounds/136971/ 
sound effects: things I generated with chiptone

Problems? Anger?

Send me anthrax in the mail here.

Install instructions

download, play n go

I use itch's command line tools to push, so the directory is flat. looking at you rokas

Download

Download
vapor-trails-gnu-linux.zip 48 MB
Version 11 17 days ago
Download
vapor-trails-osx.zip 47 MB
Version 13 17 days ago
Download
vapor-trails-win-exe.zip 48 MB
Version 27 17 days ago

Development log

Comments

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I like the concept of the game, but when I tried to enter the house I was thrown out of the map, and it is not good. After restarting the game, everything became normal, but I think you should know.

Thanks for letting me know! I've fixed it locally but have not released it yet.

One of the best games i've played so far in 2019

the aquarium is so neat!!

Glad you liked it. The aquarium will become better but that won't be for a while.

I think i died and killed the boss at the same time and now i cant walk left/right

Aw, I thought I fixed that. Press L to force a load.

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Well, that fly skill is OP, i just used it and finished the demo. You can put a limit on it like, 3s and then you fall and it have to recharge

Well, it's supposed to be an endgame ability, assuming I ever create the endgame.

Were you actually able to skip areas/fights with it though?

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Yeah, i just stopped one time to kill the slimes and then i cheated by using the flying ability, i skipped like, 3 or 2 scenarios and i was in the elevator to the end of the demo

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Controls are pretty bad but the core concept is nice.

I really like the visuals and sound. Hope to see more of this.

Also:


;)

what's your gripe with the controls?

also congrats on superdashing off the edge

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Pressing shift to do things feels really uncomfortable. Usually it's ZXC not Shift ZX.

The different buttons for interacting and advancing dialogue is more confusing than helpful.

I think the setup you have at the moment would work pretty well on a controller and maybe it's just me, but definately make the keys rebindable.

I went with what I was comfortable with. The dialogue button changes are just so you don't immediately re-open dialogue if you're skipping through it. 

Also I think you should be able to rebind controls in the launcher for the downloadable version. 

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Graphics and sound effects are amazing! I love the art style. As @danmakesgame remarked, I also think different controls would be more comfortable. Suggestions.

  • Tap left twice or right twice to dash.
  • Tap down twice for meteor slam.
  • Z for jump. (twice for double jump)
  • X for attack.
  • Space for interact. This would be consistent since you already use Space for dialog advance.
  • Shift + arrow keys to walk slower (facing same direction), which would also cover the backstep.

I found a bug: after I fall from the ledge where there's a slime enjoying a cigarette, I land on the spikes and get stuck.

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  • I personally hate double-tapping for movements, especially on a controller, so I scrapped that idea pretty early on
  • I didn't want someone to press interact to skip through a bunch of dialogue and then accidentally open it again and have to go through it another time, hence different interact/skip line buttons
  • I forgot to write in the description that you can hold ctrl to walk, oops

Thanks for the feedback and bug finding though, I really appreciate it.

also @danmakesgames was replying to a much  older version with different, worse controls.

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I think you could pick better keyboard controls, and i just skipped the entirety of the tutorial without any problem, maybe consider making the windows auto-pop up instead of requiring an interact. the character itself feels good to me tho, the combat and movement is nice, hoping for a more content-rich version!

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Good proof of concept. Would like a hard mode.