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Whatever I thought just a second ago. Might as well upload this.
Alrighty, this is a space-themed tileset. Some ground, some background scenery, some other stuff. Must I get creative in theis description.
Let’s write a rating. No comments sorry.
Tile amount 8/10
Tile linking 9/10
Anim tiles, spikes, etc. 6/10
+ or – extra points
+3 points because the example level.
-1 point because the simpleness.
Overall 8 Rank: Good tileset
Download recommendation: yes!
So you are pretty good tileset maker and level maker too. But there is a little simpleness and it doesn’t make levels very exciting. But hey, you got an 8. And your tileset might be useful.
Ok, I didn’t plan to review/rate this, but it is so hideously overrated I feel it is my duty as an unbiased reviewer not associated with J2O.
THEME: The theme is a space station. It does feel kind of like a space station, I’ll admit, but there are nowhere near enough animations (or even things that Could be animated, but aren’t), and the background doesn’t make you feel like you’re in space so much as standing against a big drawing of outer space.
Pros: It feels kind of like a space station.
Cons: Not too well executed (needs more support from the background in paticular).
GRAPHICS: Graphics are about the most important factor of a tileset, but this tileset doesn’t do too well here. The whole thing reminds me of Vector Reality, a previous tileset by the author which I think I liked more. Most everything in this tileset is a gradient (a grainy grey gradient, in fact), with very little color to speak of. Most of the color is in the background, which should be kind of muted in contrast to layers 4 and 3. As for the rest of the stuff, it’s not that great. The warp would look great if it was animated, but it’s not. It’s also too hard to make out the numbers on the countdown blocks.
Pros: Some things are ok, it’s not all single color.
Cons: Not too well done, and it still needs more animations.
INVENTORY: H/V poles, spikes, a warp, warp target like thing, */!/4321 blocks, hook, vine and a sign. While high tech tilesets should probably have belts, this tileset does do fairly well in the Inventory category.
Pros: Most everything is here.
Cons: The countdown blocks are hard to see, no belts. Some background eyecandy would be nice..
ORIGINALITY: Look, it’s a not-too-well-drawn space station, which is fairly common. It’s just not (for the most part) original.
Pros: All right, the satellite thing is kind of original (though tiny).
Cons: Nothing much to speak of here.
COMPETITION: This tileset has a great deal of competition. Vector Reality (same author) is probably better, Space (Blade) certainly is.
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EASE OF USE: This is a fairly simple tileset, and quite easy to use.
Pros: This tileset does well in this category.
Cons: Too much layer 5 necessary, not enough possibilities.
MASKING: The masking for this tileset is all pretty good, though I do not approve of the diagonal things being automasked, or the masking for the hook. (and the vine looks a bit questionable)
Pros: Everything’s pretty good.
Cons: A few things need work.
OVERALL (not an average): This is a rather average small tileset, and horribly overrated. You can not do much with it, and most everything you can do can be done with other tilesets.
Pros: It’s ok.
Cons: It’s merely ok. There are some problems.
I dislike reviewing TSF things, mainly because I have to transfer them to another computer with TSF in order to rate them, but I felt that as a non-biased reviewer, sort of associated with J20, who steals other’s reviewing criterea, I should rate this since it is plainly quite overrated. Here is a space tileset, and not a very good one. Still, it shows some promise
THEME: The theme for this tileset is perhaps the most common in JJ2’s history – space. The problem with having such a common theme is that there is a lot of competition. To be more specific, the theme for this tileset is a space STATION. There really is very little difference, but oh well. Anyway, for a space tileset, this is not high-quality. It feels kind of like a space station, but still, there are so many other kinds of space-y tilesets out there, this offers far too little to be worth consideration.
Pros: It is kind of like a space station.
Cons: Not very well-done. Too much superior competition.
GRAPHICS: The most important thing about a tileset is probably its graphics. The quality, appearence, and overall ability of the graphics pretty much decide how useful a tileset is. Unless there is one area in which it is particurally poor in, a tileset generally will get a high score if it features a high score in the category of graphics. Unfortunately for this tileset, its graphics are by no means its strongest category. While some parts are drawn well, and there is a variaty of different sorts of colors, shapes, and so on, the tileset just can not compete with tilesets in a similar field. The author’s previous work, “Vector Reality”, was (in my opinion) superior to this one, but there are a few things that have been improved since it. The gradient looks sort of odd on this tileset, but not awful. There is not much in the way of things to put in the background. It is always important to have background eyecandy, and this tileset does not have much. While some parts of it are well-done, most of it comes off looking pretty bland.
Pros: Some of the things within the tileset are done well. Things are not the same shape and color.
Cons: Graphics quality just was not anything interesting.
INVENTORY: This tileset does not do bad at all here. It has all of the standard things – polls, destruct blocks, etcetera. Still, some of the “extras” which are nice in space tilesets are missing. For instance, there are no conveyer belts, nor anything really high-tech looking. Also, the “countdown” destruct scenery in this is kind of hard to distinguish. Oh, and did I mention the lack of background eyecandy?
Pros: Almost every required thing is here.
Cons: There are no belts, nor are there any fabulous extras. A lack of background eyecandy. Some of the countdown blocks are hard to read.
ORIGINALITY: There really is not much original about this tileset. It’s a space tileset. There have been plenty of space tilesets before. Nothing new.
Pros: Not much.
Cons: Everything here has pretty much been done before.
COMPETITION: There are plenty of other tilesets that happen to fall into the same realm as this one. And they are mostly better.
EASE OF USE: Due to its simplicity, this tileset is more or less easy to use.
Pros: Easy to use.
Cons: …Mainly because it takes no chances.
MASKING: In testing, the only thing that really caused problems were the vines (they looked pretty suspicious in JCS). Otherwise, this tilest has OK masking.
Pros: Generally OK masking.
Cons: The vines, and a few other things, need some work.
OVERALL (not an average): This is a small tileset of average quality. Really, one can do a lot better than this. If more time, and more quality, was put into this tileset, it might have came out better. But it did not, unfortunately.
Pros: It’s not horrible.
Cons: Lack of background eyecandy. Generally not high-quality.
Background Eyecandy: B -
Foreground Eyecandy: C -
Masking: B -
Tile Variaty: B -
Tiles Included: B
FINAL SCORE: 5.5
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.