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Title: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 06 Apr 2022, 13:07

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After being stuck on an asteroid with a decrepit, gabby hermit for a week, Clotilde has had enough!
She must find a way to call for help and hitch-hike a ride out of there!
Will she manage to escape the asteroid?! Only one way to find out! Or maybe two.


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Meet the locals on a strange planet!

(https://i.imgur.com/hL4vZSk.png)
Taste exotic food, such as old cheese crusts and vegetable stock cubes!

(https://i.imgur.com/v3iErZC.png)
Be amazed (?) at the sight of what future technology has in store!

(https://i.imgur.com/lZLtFXa.png)
Visit interstellar garages!


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Download it here! (https://lorenzob.itch.io/clotilde2)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: eri0o on 06 Apr 2022, 14:40
Wuhu!!! This was fast! Congratulations on the release! :) The video is very nice!!!
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 06 Apr 2022, 20:10
Thank you, eri0o! Although I don't have much experience in video editing, the trailer was fun to make. :)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: eri0o on 07 Apr 2022, 04:01
The comic like transitions are really cool! The music and animations in the game really fit nicely! This is seriously high quality stuff! Lots of tweens, it all works together really really well! I love your art style but playing it is really nice how it feels in motion and alive. Did you add it to AGS Games Database yet?
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 07 Apr 2022, 15:20
Thank you very much! I'm happy you liked it! :cheesy:

The tween module is amazing, once you start using it, it gets addictive you want to add tweens everywhere  (laugh)

Did you add it to AGS Games Database yet?
I tried two times adding it yesterday, but had no luck. After compiling all the information, I pressed "add" and I just got an empty page, with no error text. I'm not sure what happened.
I didn't want to risk adding the game multiple times, so I waited to see if it just took some time to appear, but nothing so far. Maybe I'll retry later.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: selmiak on 08 Apr 2022, 01:41
oh wow, what a fun ride that was! I really enjoyed this one and look forward to meeting clotilde's sister already :)

on the way a longplay happened :)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 09 Apr 2022, 18:54
Thanks for playing, selmiak!
I hope I'll be able to find that elusive typo you mentioned :D
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Vincent on 09 Apr 2022, 21:34
Whaat the sequel is here?! I am so glad you did it, I must download it right now can't wait!!

I tried two times adding it yesterday, but had no luck. After compiling all the information, I pressed "add" and I just got an empty page, with no error text. I'm not sure what happened.

This also happened to me some time ago, try to compile all the informations without adding the screenshots. After uploading the game you can safely add the screenshots later
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 09 Apr 2022, 22:58
Hope you enjoy it! :cheesy:

This also happened to me some time ago, try to compile all the informations without adding the screenshots. After uploading the game you can safely add the screenshots later
I tried again today and it worked! I'm not what went wrong last time. I'll try the screenshot trick next time, if it happens again.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Vincent on 09 Apr 2022, 23:24
I really enjoyed playing this chapter, it was a lot of fun, as usual! XD Very good work lorenzo, as always the art and animations are outstanding! I'd love to have new chapters of Clotilde Soffritti so that I can play them every day:) I agree with eri0o by the way, this (like all your games) are really high quality stuff! Now I can't wait to meet her twin and above all to know why she is looking for her:)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: heltenjon on 10 Apr 2022, 12:15
I started playing this and expected it to end after escaping the asteroid. So thrilled that there is more! Amazing work! I absolutely love all the "unnecessary" extra descriptions, the sainthood dialogue and the space food recipes. Good stuff, indeed! Need to take a break now to demolish my friend's kitchen (!).  (laugh)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: xandmatt on 10 Apr 2022, 16:25
Thoroughly enjoyed this one. The art-style is frankly gorgeous and the world building is great. Always left wanting more.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Laura Hunt on 10 Apr 2022, 18:13
This was the perfect little game for a rainy hangover sunday! The art style is fantastic as always, and I love that Clotilde's first adventure wasn't a one-off, but that we're seeing more and more of the story. Hope we get another one soon!

Regarding the recommended settings (yes, I always read the README files :-D), the game looked WAY better for me using linear interpolation than nearest neighbour, which is usually suitable only for pixel art scaling, so if the fonts and borders in general are looking kind of "hairy" for anybody, I'd recommend trying this setting instead :)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: heltenjon on 10 Apr 2022, 19:26
And...finished it and am thrilled there's more to come. (And I need to play the first game, too. Yay!) Clothilde is a great character whom I'll definitely follow.

For us who are less than fluent in Italian - I suspect there may be some jokes behind all the character names? I get the obvious ones, but do the other names mean or allude to something?
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 11 Apr 2022, 19:04
Vincent: thank you for your nice words!
I think it would be hard to make a game to play every day, but one every decade? More than feasible! :P (laugh)

heltenjon: how did the demolition of your friend's house go? I hope your friend authorized you to do it! :D
I'm happy you enjoyed the extra descriptions, I like to put some jokes that you can skip here and there, for the more inquiring player ;)
I wanted to make the game longer than the first part, it would've been boring seeing the asteroid only!

For us who are less than fluent in Italian - I suspect there may be some jokes behind all the character names? I get the obvious ones, but do the other names mean or allude to something?

huge spoilers for the deep, complex, touching plot here!: ShowHide
Most characters and places names are food-related. ;)


xandmatt: thanks you very much, I'm glad you liked it!  :cheesy:

Laura Hunt: thank you! "Perfect for a rainy hangover sunday", that quote will go on the box ;)

You're right regarding the recommended settings. I recommend using the intended resolution (1280x720, which should be the default one you get in the settings, unless I messed up something...), but linear interpolation looks better if you stretch the image to fit higher resolutions. Time to update the read me, I guess! (laugh)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: heltenjon on 12 Apr 2022, 02:30
heltenjon: how did the demolition of your friend's house go? I hope your friend authorized you to do it! :D
Off-Topic: ShowHide
Well, it went ok - tearing down stuff is easier than building. I can now add one viking point to my resume and scratch off the list of things to achievements in life having pulled a nail out of my foot with a crowbar. (Not so serious as it sounds, but it was stuck in my shoe, lightly piercing my foot.) I worked on for an hour after that before heading to my office where I had stashed in a drawer the single edible Kinder Surprise Egg in my town. I had promised my son one, and due to a salmonella alarm, no shops had them the day before. But I had an older one (sans salmonella) at work, meant as a prize for something. Silly story included because it's bound to inspire some of the more creative souls in here.  (laugh)

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I'm happy you enjoyed the extra descriptions, I like to put some jokes that you can skip here and there, for the more inquiring player ;)
*Warning* *Joke incoming* *Enable serious mode?*
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: cat on 13 Apr 2022, 20:38
Good, fun game with great background graphics and wonderful comic style cutscenes. Clotilde is a fun character and I'm looking forward to her future adventures.

However, there are a few things that should be addressed to make this game go from good to great:
Spoiler: ShowHide

- There were quite a few typos and grammar errors. Get someone (preferably native speaker) to proof-read your translation file, that's the easiest way to do this.
- Clotilde picks up stuff from the floor on several occasions but she doesn't have an animation for it. Make her bend her knees once and re-use the animation in all future games to come  ;)
- There is lots of stuff to see on those lovely backgrounds, but hardly anything can be looked at or interacted with. Not even the menu of the food-truck.
- I wanted to use the fan on the broken window but got no reasonable explanation why this does not work (I didn't realize that the smoke was a hotspot, since the pot was not and none of the many other items on the food truck were)
- I used the cup on the sink because I wanted to fill it with water, and instead I got the message that this cannot be used to clog the sink the way it is now. At this point, I didn't even know that clogging the sink would be a good idea. The message gave the solution away before I even found the problem.

Don't get me wrong, it is still a fun game and quality wise better than average, but a bit more polish would have made this so much better.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 15 Apr 2022, 09:29
Hey, cat, thanks for playing! Regarding your feedback:

Spoiler: ShowHide
Typos/grammar errors: ooh, those are bad! I didn't want to bother anyone with proofreading the game because it's not a very fun activity, but maybe I should have.
Do you remember where they were, so I can fix them?

Bending animations: I wanted to add one, but animations at high resolution take so much time to make! But if I do end up making it, I'll patch the game and add it everywhere (laugh)

Descriptions: I'd rather have multiple descriptions for the same hotspots, so that people who want more jokes can click on them to get different responses, rather than having hotspots everywhere that just give you a generic reply, or having every single hotspot being a joke (that gets tiring quickly).

In the game, some hotpots have up to seven-eight different responses if you keep clicking on them. For example, the radio when the hermit is sitting over it, the pylons in the background of the asteroid, the succulent plant, and the computer at the claim's office reception. Same with doing some actions that won't advance the plot, like using the employers-only door over and over, or entering the office with food in your pocket multiple times. So that if you want extra jokes, you can find them, but if you're just stuck and are trying to find the solution to a puzzle, you won't get annoyed by constant puns. ;)

It's a matter of taste, I guess! It may work better for some people, others may prefer things being done in another way.

By the way, I didn't make the menu interactive because the cook tells you what are the day's dishes, so I thought it would be pointless to repeat them there.

Cup puzzle: yes, I could change that description to avoid giving away the solution to the puzzle.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: cat on 15 Apr 2022, 16:57
Spoiler: ShowHide
Typos/grammar errors Sorry, I don't remember where they were.
Descriptions Ah, I didn't realize there were multiple descriptions for the same hotspot, I think I only encountered that for the door. I agree that it's probably a matter of taste.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Shadow1000 on 28 Apr 2022, 03:36
I played this game last night and I really enjoyed it! The puzzles were on the easier side, but still a great experience: TOP NOTCH comicbook graphics and animations, very entertaining story and humour and the attention to detail did not go unnoticed

Cheers
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 28 Apr 2022, 12:33
Thank you very much, Shadow1000! I'm happy you enjoyed the small details: it's worth putting them even if just one person sees them :)
I tend to make puzzles easier in favour of game flow (if that makes sense), and in fact I reduce the complexity of some of them that were a bit harder originally. Maybe next game I could try making them more difficult and see how testers react!

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Small update!

I've just updated the game, based on the feedback.

I've fixed some of the text and added a pick up from the floor animation. That should make cat happy  ;)
If you want to see it without having to replay the game, here it is in all its glory (?):

Spoiler: ShowHide

(https://i.imgur.com/TSu1Axx.gif)


Also, I've changed the default setting to "Linear interpolation", as suggested by Laura Hunt!
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: cat on 04 May 2022, 12:40
I've fixed some of the text and added a pick up from the floor animation. That should make cat happy  ;)

Awesome work! Thank you for taking user feedback into consideration and making the game even better!
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 07 May 2022, 19:57
Well, games are made for players, so it's worth listening to their feedback! Especially in a place like the AGS forums, where a lot of players are also game-makers themselves.

I usually update my games after I release them to fix issues I find or that get reported, but I always forget to write notes of what I've changed, so it may not look like it. (laugh)

Thankfully, unlike bugs, typos are easy enough to fix, once you have spotted them. Too bad that they keep hiding everywhere. ;)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Vincent on 07 May 2022, 20:44
Love the pick up animation, well done lorenzo!!
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 09 May 2022, 15:27
Thank you, Vincent! To be honest, I watched how they did it in some cartoons and made the animation pretty close to one I liked.  :-D
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Rik_Vargard on 09 May 2022, 18:52
All right! That was a very nice and "feel good" game.
I love the cartoon graphics; the colors are vibrant.
Also the cartoon storytelling (cutscenes)
The story is fun and every character stands out.
I like how you made me think I needed something but then it was another situation.

i did need to watch the @semliak video for the soup, tho... (Thank you selmiak for those btw)
So to me the puzzles weren't "too easy"  :P

Anyway, I had a great time and I'll be watching out for the next episode! :)

Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 11 May 2022, 14:03
Hi Rik Vargard, thank you for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the game!

Puzzles are the hardest thing to balance! Different people get stuck in different spots of the game, while others don't get stuck at all. (laugh)
Not being the best at puzzle-solving myself, I try to leave a lot of signposting and hints to help players, but it's difficult to judge when it's too little or too much (i.e. giving the puzzle away).

I hope you at least felt that the solution to that specific puzzle was logical, and didn't make you go "How the hell was I supposed to know that?!" ;)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Rik_Vargard on 11 May 2022, 17:10
Hi Rik Vargard, thank you for your comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the game!

Puzzles are the hardest thing to balance! Different people get stuck in different spots of the game, while others don't get stuck at all. (laugh)
Not being the best at puzzle-solving myself, I try to leave a lot of signposting and hints to help players, but it's difficult to judge when it's too little or too much (i.e. giving the puzzle away).

I hope you at least felt that the solution to that specific puzzle was logical, and didn't make you go "How the hell was I supposed to know that?!" ;)

Yeah don't worry it was all logical, we could talk all day about what's logical for one person and not the other: I agree with everything you said about creating puzzles; it's really challenging (for me)  (nod)
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: AlanH56 on 22 May 2022, 14:04
Really enjoyed that, thanks.
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: Vincent on 22 May 2022, 19:41
Thank you, Vincent! To be honest, I watched how they did it in some cartoons and made the animation pretty close to one I liked.  :-D

You nailed it, good job!! 👍
Title: Re: Clotilde Soffritti in: Never Double Park your Spaceship
Post by: lorenzo on 25 May 2022, 22:41
Rik_Vargard: I don't think creating good puzzles can ever be easy either! Not that I know much about making good puzzle... :P

AlanH56: thank you for playing!

Vincent: animation is so difficult, so if I get something that looks half decent I'm happy! :D