Winners & nominees 13th IMGA

Alien Jelly: Food For Thought

Roger Miller
United States
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    About Alien Jelly: Food For Thought

    Alien Jelly: Food For Thought is a mobile puzzle platformer game with a retro 50’s b-movie style. Think of Sokoban combined with Monument Valley and a healthy dash of Super Mario. The audio matches the style perfectly, heavily reliant on the theremin to emphasize the theme. The environments are a mix of 2D and 3D, with the game itself being entirely in 3D space.
    The primary game design element is the ability to flip the world at any time on one axis. This coupled with lots of traditional platforming elements, such as spikes, crates, portals and moving elements, makes for some fun and challenging puzzles. The ultimate goal is to get the Alien Jellies to the flying saucer, often placed at the opposite end of the level. The scoring is based on collecting pastries that have been scattered throughout the level. The second tier of collectibles are the gifts, that once collected, reward the player with beautiful illustrations, witty descriptions, and powers that allow the player to better face the challenges ahead. The game also allows the player to rewind time. This can be used to either undo mistakes or to reach hidden collectibles.
    The game has 50 handcrafted levels, that use one or all of the three available characters. Each character has a special ability and often the player has to carefully use these powers together to solve a level.
    The game has a nice slow difficulty ramp to allow for players to grasp each gameplay concept as well as a full tutorial system.

    Alien Jelly is a brand new type of puzzle game with oodles of brain numbing fun! Rotate the world and navigate through deadly obstacles to solve 50 levels!Features
    50 carefully crafted levels
    3 bizarre characters with unique abilities
    3 beautiful galactic environments
    10 hidden treasures
    Brand new mobile puzzle mechanic
    Plenty of platforming action
    Rewind time!

    What makes my game unique?

    The core Alien Jelly puzzle mechanic is, in itself, unique. The player can flip the world at any point. This, combined with a time rewind and unique characters with unique abilities, forms a deep foundation for interesting puzzles. Not only is the bouquet of mechanics interesting, but the way that they are used together in mobile-focused level design completes a satisfying experience.

    Why could my game win an award?

    Alien Jelly delivers a deep puzzle experience, bucking the norm of most mobile games on the market. It has been well designed both as a puzzle game and as a mobile puzzle experience and rewards the player with new mechanics and characters throughout the game.