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Gunjumper has been trapped in some sort of strange facility, with a lit fuse on her head, ticking to her death!

If she wants to have enough time to find a way out of here, she'll have to lug around a huge die that can extend her fuse, granting her extra time, but only in mere seconds!

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Death Roll Frenzy is a 3d Platformer (with a bit of speedrunning and a dash of puzzle maybe?) where your resource is time. You can do a few fun movement tricks with the die, i tried to make use of them the best i can in the level design. I hope you enjoy it!

A controller is highly recommended!

Controls: 

Movement: Left Stick/WASD
Jump: A/ Space Bar
Grab/Throw: B/Left Shift

More contextual uses for jump and grab in game.

Quick Restart: Back/T



A game by rittzler
Made in 48 hours for the GMTK Jam 2022, for the theme "Roll of the Dice"

Music used: Waypoint U - Industrial Chill


StatusReleased
PlatformsWindows
Rating
Rated 4.1 out of 5 stars
(8 total ratings)
Authorrittz
GenrePlatformer
Tags3D, 3D Platformer, Parkour, Speedrun

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can you upload the models for sfm/or some thing?

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Hi, i know this is a jam game that's almost a year old at this point, but i was looking though past jam entries for inspiration and it piqued my mathematical interest as to why it's so challenging. The platforming is really solid, but i felt under very tight timing pressure regardless of using the slow or normal fuse.

The problem stems from the values chosen for the die. It's a six sided die with 2,4,6,8,0,-1. Assuming it's a fair die (i'm not going to test if the unreal physics engine has any bias), the "expected value" or the average amount from a roll is 3.17. Because your fuse timer is always ticking down, you must roll the dice at least once every 3 seconds or you will be losing time regardless of a fast or slow fuse. From a bit of testing, it takes about 3 seconds for the die to land after throwing, so you barely have any time for platforming. 

Second, we have to look at the worst case scenario (the player loses due to bad RNG), and the likelihood for it. Consider the following: when a roll takes 3 seconds, any value rolled below a 3 means you have a net time loss. This means that rolling 2, 0, or -1 actually results in a net time of -1s, -3s or -4s. On a macro scale, this means that there's a 3/6 or 1/2 chance that you lose time with each dice roll; the expected value of those three outcomes is -2.67s. That means with two bad rolls (25% chance), you typically lose 5.33s and with three bad rolls (12.5%), you typically lose 8s. In the absolute worst case scenario (2.78%), you can lose 8s with just two rolls. This is on top of the already very tight timing for "optimal" rolls. Assuming the player is already on low fuse, this can lead to considerable frustration, and once again, the fuse timer does not affect this outcome.

So what is the solution? Instead of offering the fuse timer as a difficulty option, offer different dies. Consider making a die with a expected value of at least 6 (giving the player 3 seconds between throws), and only 1/6 chance to lose time per roll (reducing the cost of bad RNG exponentially). This might appear to make the game super easy, but consider that the average player is probably trying to get a handle on the platforming first. You can keep the current die as a "hard" difficulty, for after the player has finished the game and is comfortable with the levels and platforming.

I hope this isn't too harsh of a critique, and keep on making awesome games :)

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hey how are you so damn good at making satisfying 3D platforming mechanics

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Time to tas this game lol