Nebulous Thoughts

Creator: YaBoiMarcAntony

Average Rating
8.6 / 10
Average Difficulty
80.7 / 100
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Needle (4) Gimmick (3)


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YaBoiMarcAntony [Creator]

Please download this version, thank you for playing!

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Jan 6, 2022

8 Reviews:

Pretty difficult game that's a little like Morning Dew but without the wacky gimmicks. I thought the majority of the gameplay was pretty fun and well designed despite being slightly too hard for me to fully enjoy. It was pure luck that I got past the last save - it's something like four screens of pretty rough needle in a row.

There weren't really any original gimmicks in the game, the most innovative thing is the disappearing water in the first stage. The sideways gravity stage was certainly interesting but I didn't enjoy it much. The jump refresher/low gravity stage was fun, and the several stages that use water were also pretty fun, although it gets a bit too hard for my tastes near the end. Overall, though, it's still a very solidly designed platforming experience.

I'll also list a few of my negatives. First, I wasn't really a fan of the soundtrack. When the music started screaming at me in the second stage I had to mute it. There were some decent picks, but I'd rather just play through the game with my own music. The production value is also lacking in a few spots. Some stages have backgrounds that clash with the spikes, and there isn't really much to say for the "wow" factor of the game. Even morning dew, which wasn't technically impressive, had some great artistic originality in its stages. The aesthetics in this one don't really feel as original. Anyway, that's just my opinion. Some more minor annoyances include the invisible blocks (which I don't understand why they exist at all...) and some screen transitions which are pretty much guaranteed to kill you and force you to play the save again.

Overall: It's worth it for the needle if you're into that sort of thing. Some saves are quite long but it doesn't get unreasonably hard until the very end (if you're around my skill level.)

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Tagged as: Needle
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Rating: 7.6 76       Difficulty: 80 80
Jan 8, 2022
11-stage needle game with a mix of both gimmick needle and pure jtool segments
the gimmicks are not used in super learny ways, so it plays more like regular needle rather than the recent boom of morning dew-like gimmick needle, which i can appreciate
most of the difficulty comes from the fact that a lot of saves are 1 or more screens long
i provided descriptions of each stage gimmicks, for those who are curious whether this game is for them or not and dont care about spoilers

stage 1: water1 that disappears if you jump in it
stage 2: cycles (and a few shoot refreshers)
stage 3: platforms and bouncy blocks
stage 4: low grav and jump refresher spam
stage 5: consistency pure needle
stage 6: consistency water3 needle
stage 7: triple jump platforms (like save my boy)
stage 8: water1 needle
stage 9: gravity arrow needle (includes sideways gravity)
stage 10: more consistency water3 needle
stage 11: more consistency pure needle. ends with a 4-screen save

for my criticisms, needle was mostly smooth, although i found the pure needle segments to be a bit repetitive at times. it was also a bit too full jumpy for my taste. i got frustrated with some of the unfair screen transitions and end-of-save chokes in this game. save balancing was a bit strange towards the end. also maybe just me but i did not like the flashing visual effect in stage 8.

if you like long saves and a small variety of gimmicks, maybe you like this game

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Tagged as: Needle Gimmick
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Rating: 7.0 70       Difficulty: 80 80
Jan 7, 2022
This game does things, and like, they're good things, but it certainly does them.

P.S. To anyone complaining about save balancing, I agree that it is inconsistent but don't agree that it is a bad thing. The way the saves differ in difficulty feels natural and gives a good pacing to the game.

Play this game, or don't, but know that it will always be hear, waiting.

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Tagged as: Needle Gimmick
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Rating: 9.0 90       Difficulty: 80 80
Jan 9, 2022
A great gimmick needle game blemished by a poor late game stage and save balancing that is all over the place.

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Rating: 7.8 78       Difficulty: 80 80
Jan 7, 2022
this game had a certain mood to it that is inexplicable, you can only feel it while playing.

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Rating: 10.0 100       Difficulty: 82 82
Jan 6, 2022