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Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« on: 02 Sep 2014, 21:11 »
Hen Man: Origins

This is the story of Ash - a normal guy, a house-sitter. Find out how, in his own words, he became Hen Man, the most rubbish superhero in town. It is an underwhelming tale of pity for this guy, but does he even realise?

This short game was made for MAGS (August), using hand-painted watercolour graphics, lovingly photographed in bad light.

Download Hen Man: Origins here

All artwork, design, writing was done by me.
All coding was done by me, except the awesome Tween Module by Edmundito.
All but one of the sounds come from (my one being the best... you'll know it near the end)

Thanks for playing.

Feedback and advice is always welcome.


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Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #1 on: 02 Sep 2014, 22:42 »
You made it! Downloading!

Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #2 on: 03 Sep 2014, 09:36 »
Haha I rad He-Man: Origins and I thought this was a new game of "He-Man and Masters of the Universe"  hahaha.

But I will downlood this game and try it.


Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #3 on: 03 Sep 2014, 10:25 »
Hehe yeah it's meant to be a play on He-Man and the tradition of using an animal before 'man'. Someone's probably already done Hen man, but Oh well.

Thanks to those who have downloaded (and hopefully played) so far :-)

Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #4 on: 03 Sep 2014, 11:01 »
I've completed the game, and I liked the unique art style!
I have one complaint though:
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the first puzzle where you have to find the list was too hard. I was randomly clicking on the screen for 5 minutes to find the list

Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #5 on: 03 Sep 2014, 16:51 »
Thanks for playing BSP.
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You're right, It is basically a pixel hunt, but the fallen fridge magnet is supposed to serve as a clue. Maybe it's not so obvious. Thanks for letting know though. I didn't have time to get it tested so I wasn't sure how hard or easy that would be.

Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #6 on: 03 Sep 2014, 17:21 »
The art looks cool! Going to play this tonight when I get home
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Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #7 on: 03 Sep 2014, 17:32 »
Great art!
Lovely watercolors!

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Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #8 on: 04 Sep 2014, 10:45 »
Nice! I had fun with this one. :-D


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Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #9 on: 04 Sep 2014, 17:31 »
Great little game!

I especially liked:

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The "lay an egg" fart joke payoff at the end...

Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #10 on: 05 Sep 2014, 13:07 »
Thanks for the nice words, guys.
I'm happy the artwork and humour seem to have been quite well-received, despite the lack of decent gameplay. Definitely learned more in the past few weeks than I'd learned in the past few years.

My advice to any forumites, old and new, who have yet to make a game, would be to just take the plunge with MAGS. I don't know why it took me so long, but I feel great for having finally done it.


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Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #11 on: 05 Sep 2014, 13:46 »
Stupot+, loved the game, only missed walkcycle and the fact that it it was so short.

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Yes, the list was a bit of a pixel hunt, and my only clue was actually the screen shot you posted, were he's talking about a fridge magnet... so I was searching for that magnet (that wasn't hanging on the fridge)... after I found it, then yes, I thought "can't see the list anywhere, probably under the fridge..." and then found it. :)

Besides, you inspired me to try a MAGS. So it's all your fault that all I could think about during work, was a game... (good thing I don't need to use grey matter to do my job....
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Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #12 on: 16 Jan 2015, 17:03 »

Interesting game.  I have a few points I would recommend for future projects:
1. Create F1 key help
  • by allowing F1 to bring up the help screen it utilizes the old F1=help association.  Even if you have the (?) in the game F1 should still work confirming that there is no other hidden functionality.
  • the (?) might also be considered by some as just helpful game hints and not necessarily program functionality like SAVE, LOAD, QUIT etc.
  • Since few people will read any help information having a concise F1 help screen with functionality will help people who are just looking for how to control the game and quit/save.
  • Basic functionality is provided for how to utilize F1 in the stock game templates of AGS

2. Add a way to quit the game and/or add this to the help
  • All programs need to have an exit button and the button should be simple to find.

3. A possible suggestion for puzzles like the "find the list"
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I was able to find the list under the refrigerator. However I did not find this challenge fun.  After finding the magnet on the floor I figured that the list fell down, but did not associate that with the possibility that there was space under the refrigerator.  So only by randomly clicking the area near the magnet did I find out that I would need to some how get the list from under the refrigerator.  The current bottom of the refrigerator though drawn, does not stand out to me in the game.  Perhaps coloring it a darker color then the rest or even black would have benefitted the player.  I can see the freezer and main door fine, and even the spoon and sushi magnet.  But the base of the refrigerator didn't stand out.  So without this pronounced visual clue, the mind may not immediately make that association that there is space under your refrigerator. 

To demonstrate this I created a quick image with a single line drawn  Although it is not much it at least brings the eye to the bottom of the refrigerator and gives a visual guide where to click.

I believe if there is a pixel hunt, the area for the pixels should be well defined.  Manic Mansion Deluxe did a great job of this with the paint on the wall and hiding of the film.

Another feature of Lucas arts games is the use of text to tell you what the mouse is top of.  The text will change if you mouse over something that is relevant or different in the game.  Thereby allowing a pixel hunt to consist of a steady mouse hand and not a random click.  Since most people really don't pay that close attention or won't normally spend the time needed to find a small detail, the pixel hunt works well.  Having to randomly guess where on the screen to click the mouse can be irritating as there is no X,Y coordinate feedback that at least allows you to eliminate the pixels you have already clicked on.

There is a great example of how mouse over challenges can be done in the game Arden's Vale.

4. A save/load option
  • Even though the game is very short the ability to save/load a game can allow one to jump to a point in the game.  This can be useful in debugging as well as allowing the player to have an "out" if they have to do something else. For instance if there was a bug in the chicken coop I would have had to replay the game to get back there to take screen shots or to trouble shoot it every time.

5. A way to skip over/replay the intro content (in the diner) 
  • Animation and scripted scenes although interesting the first time through are usually less enjoyable the second or third time
  • Even if how to skip the scripted sequence is only talked about on the help screen, having that option is still good as it doesn't force someone to have to wait through a script if they died and didn't save.

Re: Hen Man: Origins (MAGS August)
« Reply #13 on: 22 Jan 2015, 13:01 »
Hi Adventure 007.

Thanks for taking the time to play Hen Man. And thanks doubly for the great feedback.

I guess disabling exit and save options was a pretty dick move, but I guess at the time that if someone was going to exit the game before finishing it, they would be very unlikely to load it back up again. It really is just a bitesize, one-shot game. But for longer, more serious projects I would absolutely include those functions, as all games should have.

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Regarding 'find the list', I must admit I hadn't thought to simply make the bottom of the fridge more obvious. I didn't want it to be a pixel hunt, so I thought the fallen magnet was a good clue, and I did make the puzzle easier by doubling the width of the hotspot at the bottom of the fridge. But yeah, you make a good point.

Thanks again.