I wanna be the Ingenuity

Creator: PRC

Average Rating
6.6 / 10
Average Difficulty
61.0 / 100
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Needle (11) Goner_Game (6)


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18 Reviews:

Another 'like' genre, here we have 'Goner_games', which are named after the aforementioned 'Goner' and seem to consist largely of highly technical one or two jump saves on a mostly 32/16px snap. The first jump of a Goner-like seems to require the player to utilize the negative space of one jump shape while situating themselves towards another, like dipping into a corner to full jump a sakurada gate. Align and valign knowledge will help a lot, even in the bits not indicated by the creator (the last jump, for example, is valign dependent, with a value of <.2 working for me). There are readmes included with strats for harder jumps, but I couldn't find an ingame way to display valign, which makes the majority of the strats useless. There is no music, and the tileset is default, both which seem to be staples of the genre. The only jump in this screen that gave me a major problem was the bottom left one which requires an align grab while falling through a 16px, and a fairly rapid turnaround full jump. I would like to play more games in this genre and see the ideas expanded, but in general the difficulty curve for 'Goner_games' seems to start in the low 60s, which means if you want to play one but aren't a needle hound or dedicated to grinding, this might be your best bet an intro the the lineage.

For what it's worth, a good number of jumps in this game just seem to 'work'—you see the jump, you internalize the method the creator intends you to use to complete it, and then you painstakingly align yourself with that strategy based on timing and distance. I think this is an important quality in a difficult jump, and one that's even more challenging to convey when the technical complexity of the jump increases. Eg. if I don't know I can bonk through a dplane with a setup, any inclusion of that setup that is necessary will seem strange to me, and I might not be able to complete it without some external influence or help. That is to say, maybe you can look at a jump like that and intuit exactly what you're supposed to do... it felt like this game was aiming for that kind of experience, even though it didn't successfully achieve it all the time. Again, the last jump looked like it just should have worked, but is valign dependent, etc.

A great fun genre intro but not necessarily a masterful execution of the formula. Shouts to YBMA for the recommendation.

Time: ~37min
Deaths: 1351

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Tagged as: Needle Goner_Game
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Rating: 7.0 70       Difficulty: 65 65
Jul 16, 2022
I can't play any Goner_games

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Tagged as: Needle Goner_Game
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Rating: 7.1 71       Difficulty: 65 65
Jan 6, 2023
Not terrible. The bhop jump was actually pretty fun to pull off; the drop after, not so much.

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Rating: 5.8 58       Difficulty: 60 60
Aug 30, 2022
Deceptively easy, though one jump requires either .valign luck or bhopping. Each jump is decently creative and all feel good to pull off, but I wasn't left feeling like I had played greatness when I finished.

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Tagged as: Needle
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Rating: 5.0 50       Difficulty: 59 59
May 14, 2020
Really kind, creative needle.

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Tagged as: Needle
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Rating: 7.2 72       Difficulty: 60 60
Mar 29, 2020