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Devan did it again. This time he went to the space to steal the moon! Without moon it become very dark nights! Jazz, Spaz and Lori are back to find the moon and beat Devan again! They have heard of Razz that Devan hides the moon in a cave at the Anthills…
Devan does it again! Boy oh boy he does!
I decided to stop my Ischa Boycott to see if Ischa’s level-making skills had improved. Honestly, here’s the blunt, cold, hard, truthy answer: They’re still terrible. Here’s the sugar coated answer: Keep trying! You can do it! B Moe Positive!
Whats so hard about the concept of getting people in the community to betatest your levels? You don’t have a deadline, and you’re apparently not making purposely bad levels, so why not? I know you read these, as you’ve gone to such lengths as to prove a simple line in my review false, so why not actually take the advice? Sign up at the JCF and make a topic that says “Hey, I have a level, does anyone want to betatest who isn’t going to forget 6 days later?”
Onto the actual level. I’ll let stealing a concept slide. I’ll even let underutilizing the FLoating Rock slide.
What I won’t let slide is the level’s poor design choices.
Why in god’s name would you have the player start by WALKING IN THIN AIR, if later on, every pit kills off the player? That is a terrible thing to do. You toy with the player by adding a secret slightly left to the starting position out of sight, after he’s/she’s used to not having anything there. You don’t toy with them by laying down a ground rule (example “You can walk on thin air”) and then a little later break said rule.
Next, whats up with the Stone Lady? She constantly never makes sense. First she addresses you as “Jazz”. The next time you see her she says “If you’re Spaz or Lori”. Later on she just starts spurting out gibberish but makes it sound important by saying “according to me”
The level itself, is a terrible disjointed mess that’s linear the whole way through. Really Linear. Aside from when you need to get up to the next straight path, the whole level is just a straight path. Theres even a section where you push a crate for 20-25 tiles NOT DOING ANYTHING. It’s a waste of time. Dont get me started about the lame tacked on “jump over fire with 1 tile wide safe zones randomly scattered” area. Finally, there’s the boss fight with Devan. Can we seriously just stop using the same arena for this guy? I’m sure Devan-Stories would be more appreciated if the Devan bossfight wasn’t on a straight line of an arena. Seriously, can we also give Devan a little more motivation than “I’M EVIL! I ‘M OFF TO GO DO EVIL THINGS NOW! HAHAHAHA” or any other villain for that matter. Just because Super Duper Badguy Lemon is the villain of a level, doesn’t mean he’s automatically better than Devan. Especially if he has no motivation to actually do the evil deed aside from “I’m Evil!” (That was aimed at everyone else, not Ischa).
In JJ1, Devan’s motivation was that he hated rabbits and wanted them wiped out. In JJ2, his motivation was to wipe out Jazz’s parents so he can wipe out the rabbits without the Green hare meddling in affairs. In JJA, Dark Shell wanted revenge on Jazz for defeating him 2 years prior.
Those are all short and simple motivations that make the villains much more interesting than “I’m EVIL”.
Finally, the Moon is a jerk. Well, the oversized Boomerang that calls itself “Moon”. he could have flown away anytime he wanted too, but didn’t because he wanted to see Jazz beat up Devan. What a jerkface. If our moon was really like that, I would go to space and slap it on where I assume it’s cheek to be.
It should be clear to anyone who has read this- No Download reccomendation.
Ha Ha, you’ve decided to try again for the 14th time. By now, someone who’s been getting ratings as low as 1s or 2s may have improved. Anyway, the review:
Not the worst start, but there’s nothing special there. Just a pack of ‘antholes’ that look like volcanoes and thats it. Nothing else in the backround, nothing in the foreground and the only moving animation used is fire, and thats in the sprite layer.
Like in most of Ischas levels, the worst problem of all is the gameplay as a whole. For a start, please don’t fustrait the player by all of these ‘challenges’ that end up in you dying. In this case, it is (as always) the increasingly common and annoying ‘fall down and die’ obstacles. If you survive them, you will mistakingly opening a crate full of explosives you need to progress through the level and then reading a small sign that tells you not to, forcing yourself to type JJK. Then, you must dodge a load of flames the width of the level. Finally, you beat up devan retreving back the so called ‘moon’. Another thing is that this would be better in a pack. You would ask yourself, ‘what happened when Jazz was travelling to the anthill?’ or ‘why did Devan steal the moon in the first place?’.
FINAL RATING: 3.2
RANK; 3 Very Bad
I started playing this. There was an invisible path, which is good enough. There’s a phantom, which is the start of the enemy events. Women statues even speak to you. There’s a mistake. It names Jazz in the phrase “I’m so glad to meet you, Jazz” Even if I use Spaz or Lori. But nobody is perfect. this can go. Then there are some ‘die when you fall’ holes. I like them, but people dislike them, so I will put a switch to choose if you want them or not in my next episode. There’s also a mystic power which carries the ‘stone which looks like leaven’. I call it so. The statue says me that the blocks near Devan’s lair are of titanium, which can be only destroyed with dynamite. It’s good. There are more enemies on the way. There’s a ‘puzzle’ which I must solve. I must bring the dynamite in the crate to the blocks of titanium. Then I must activate it. It’s pretty funny. A silver crate contains more dynamite which unlocks the blue springs. There’s a long firestorm until I get to the crate which opens Devan’s lair. Until this, it’s all good. BUT… there’s the same devan boss which is quite in all of Ischa’s levels. It’s good, but it makes me feel sick. For example, if I pass my days tripping with some little girls, I’m supposed to have fun. But after 14 days eating macaroni only, it makes even this bad. I would like eating something else when I am with them. So I’d like to have a different boss when I play Ischa’s levels. And the theme! THE SPEAKING MOON WAS STOLEN AND PUT IN AN ANTHILL?!? It’s good for babes, but only teens can play this without cheating. Well, my final rating is 6.5. I hope the administrators agree. Actually i’m not sure if it should be downloaded or not.
Eat your lima beans, Johnny.