A downloadable RunFrigerator for Windows



RunFridgerator:

As a refrigerator it's your sole duty to preserve food,now the food has escaped
and is causing havoc around the world. It's your task to catch the food and
restore balance to the world. 

Runfridgerator is a puzzle game in which you make your way through
several obstacles to catch the escaped food. 

Solve Dozens of Puzzles:

Solve over 10 puzzles levels.

Overcome Obstacles:

Navigate through obstacles using Moving Platforms, Boxes and your Carry and Throw abilities.

Find Hidden Food:

Watch your surroundings and explore. Food might be hiding everywhere, anxious to get caught.









Xbox Controls:

Movement: Left Analog Stick

Jump: L1, R1 or A

Carry: (toggle) R2

Aim: Move Right Analog Stick

Charge: (hold) L2 while Carrying

Shoot: (release) L2 while Charging







PC Controls:

Move Left: A

Move Right: D

Jump: W or SPACE

Carry: (hold) RMB

Aim: Move Mouse

Charge: (hold) LMB while Carrying

Shoot: (release) LMB while Charging



































Credits:

Developers:

Jip Crombag

Hidde Derks

Renzo Fledderus

Martin Vestin

Alberto Sartini

Dennis Butijn

Install instructions

  1. Un-Zip the File "2021-y1b-team-4-win"
  2. Open the Folder: "2021-y1b-team-4-win"
  3. Run "PlatformGameTemplate.exe"

Download

Download
2021-y1b-team-4-win.zip 229 MB
Version 16 Apr 09, 2021
Download
2021-04-09 Devlog Block C Week 7 [JC].pdf 299 kB

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General

* Box spawning button should have its own icon

* Pipes need to be added to ALL LEVELS before they're considered "complete". They serve a vital purpose in delivering information to the player, and any level without them will not be being tested properly as a result.

* There's a lot of easy ways to break things in the new levels, and there's a lot of awkward collisions and misaligned blocks

* Stay on target with the "feel" of the game by making sure everyone understands how this game produces challenge and what it should feel like. We're starting to see ideas that deviate from this and they feel out of place.

* You need to define rules and stick to them. One of these I would recommend would be to use slopes any time the player needs to guide an object through a passageway, and to use slopes leading into any button you expect the player to put the ball on.

Level 6

* Might want to consider how you shape the top of the "tunnel" you put the block in, just to avoid clumsy collisions. Not a major issue, though.

* I should ideally drop the block I'm holding as soon as I go through the blue field? Unless you're planning on using that in a puzzle later ...

* Not sure if it is intentional that, on the second "area", I walked through the lower channel before realising I had to walk the upper channel and float the box through the lower ... but it felt really right when it hit. A lovely example of teaching the player to do (A) then teaching them to do (B) and then giving them a space where they have to put both together.

* Which then led me to do the third area the wrong way around as well, but - again - this sort of misdirection hits differently in a puzzle game than a regular platformer, and I really liked it.

Level 7

* Can get stuck by leaving the 2nd box at the top and then missing the jump (put another "box spawn" button on the 2nd ledge?)

Level 9

* The weird trapdoor seems pointless if you don't have the pipes added. Please make sure this is done before testing in future.

* Right by the elevator, don't use curves/slopes, don't create odd little ledges

* Elevator is not timed to be visible when approaching the gap

* Once at the bottom of the gap, the elevator takes a LOOOONG time to come back, especially since you need to time the jump onto there.

* At the bottom of the elevator - door not aligned with wall, hazard not aligned with floor, floor is inset from wall ... whole level feels very sloppily constructed. Use snapping grids in the editor.

* Interesting idea, but very awkward implementation. Elevator actually moves too fast to manage moving the cube around, and the result is a dexterity challenge jammed into the middle of a mental challenge - feels incongruous and just frustrating. Didn't finish the level.

* Elevator should move slowly, and be activated by a button on top of itself (so it doesn't run away from you when you step off of it). Put a 2nd elevator in for the upper section

Level 10

* Camera at the start of the level didn't allow me a view of the pusher-platform, leaving me to launch the cube into the off-screen void in the hopes it would be useful ... really bad design. Please make sure that pusher-platform is VISIBLE when it needs to be!

* Box spawner should never be placed over its own button unless you're purposefully creating a loop - that should be a design rule in the site!

* Smooth out the geometry going into the "tunnel" with the vertical pusher-platform so the box doesn't collide awkwardly with things

* Again, the pipes need to be there - the moving platform's return caught me off-guard and nearly killed me

* Wouldn't this work better if you added a button in a sloped pit, and swapped the cube for a ball? Would prevent all the awkward collisions.

Level 11

* Not enough information at the opening of the level

* Weird bug - placed the block on the Pad, and there was an invisible collision box left behind when the platform rose up

* Also, after placing the box on the pad I was stuck - couldn't retrieve the box, despite it seeming like it should be in range!

* Not sure what the challenge is supposed to be here? It certainly doesn't seem to build on anything from before.

Level 12

* You need to have the slope run right TO the button so the ball won't roll off it ...

* Channel under player seems *just* too small for box & ball to pass each other? If this is deliberate, reduce the size of the channel. If it isn't, make it bigger.

* Some clever stuff, but I lost a block on the last leg of the puzzle and, by that point, couldn't be bothered going back to get it again! Consider where checkpoints and box spawners are placed and try to minimise the moving around of the player if you can.

Level 14

* Don't have objects glitch through each other!

* So many glitchy collisions. If you're using the ball, put in slopes!

* Couldn't figure out the last leg of the puzzle, but also don't put the player in a position to bash their head on the ceiling if you can help it.

Level 15

* Very easily broke the whole game in a very obvious way - stood on the rising platform and dropped the cube on the button.

* Clever idea, but needs playtested properly.

Level 16

* You can't add arrows that aren't being used in the rest of the game

* Do something else with the camera, this setup is inconsistent with the other levels.

* Moving platform should have a purple dot on it?

* Buttons in ceiling can't be seen

* Clever idea, but seems more frustrating than fun? 

* If I miss the "spot" with one of the platforms it takes SOOOOO long to loop around and come back ...

  • I should have said this last week, but "Up" to jump sucks, PLUS it doesn't work on the thumbstick, just the D-Pad, which is surprisingly sloppy for you lot.
  • Left Bumper to jump feels weird too. Why not "A"?
  • Not convinced "pick-up/drop" and "throw" aren't the wrong way around
  • Levels should flow into next levels
  • Please put the PDFs of DevLogs on itch.io if possible!
  • WTF are you talking about "only levels 12 and 13 are in playable state", there's a half a playable game here!
  • Did I miss all this puzzle-y goodness last week because I was focused on the gyms?
  • There's a lot of edges need sanded off and little things that could be tied up, but there's some real gems of puzzle design in here!
  • Please put egos aside for a moment within the team and discuss who is making the puzzles that really hit and who isn't, and shuffle the workload. Learn from what's working and what isn't.
  • Difficulty is the big issue right now. Figure out those parameters! What makes a puzzle easier or harder? Is there a way you can estimate difficulty without testing?
  • Take the motifs and archetypes you've got and spin them out in sketches. Group the levels by challenge themes and then figure out your parameters with those

Levels 1-3

  • This is clearly basic stuff, but it doesn't feel bad? Actually enjoyable towards the end of level 3
  • Consider the use of the space - wide open top feels weird
  • Spacing towards the end of level 3 feels a bit too much, could condense the end sections a little

Level 4

  • If I didn't know better, I'd think I was playing a puzzle game
  • Portal-style box reset needs tidied up - box shouldn't reset all the time while button is depressed, etc

Level 5

  • These things need rethought
  • This feels completely incongruous with previous level
  • Moving platforms should be synced to prevent the player getting stuck/squashed
  • Puzzle seems to rely on you standing on the ends of the platforms? Feels more like a glitch than a solution
  • Couldn't make the final jump (mostly due to previous points)

Level 6

  • Couldn't figure this out, but I liked it in principle
  • Metrics need more love: box shouldn't be in such a tight space that it clips and sticks like that. Define minimal "tunnel" spaces so that they feel fun and smooth.

Level 7

  • Nice use of open space at the start to lure me into the solution, but camerawork could be better there
  • Poor use of camera at the end where you show a whole space to the right that isn't necessary
  • Don't get cocky, but this was a good puzzle with a really satisfying "AHA" moment ...

Level 8

  • This is also a good puzzle
  • Very nicely done, showing the rolling boulder at the start to demonstrate the destruction of objects by falling hazards
  • The inversion of the door ... lovely work.
  • Metrics felt off though - definitely had the right solution but couldn't land the shot. Could be that I wasn't reading the geometry right, it seemed like I needed to be in a very precise spot,

Level 9

  • This felt easier than 8, despite working on the same principles
  • That platform is painfully slow to arrive
  • The use of the clutched object as a shelter is a nice touch, but might need a stronger introduction.
  • Boxes did not reset with the player death, leaving me stranded with the box on the other side of the hazard

Level 10

  • Not sure what's going on here ... some nice ideas, but not polished to the same degree as previous levels
  • Was able to throw the ball under the big white block and get stuck

Level 11

  • That camera is both annoying and pointless, just move the button closer ...
  • Oh. This isn't a level yet.

Level 12

  • Keep aesthetics in line
  • Consider your spacing - the platform takes a little too long to reach the right spot at times
  • Pretty easy to figure out, might want to shuffle the order

Level 13

  • Not sure if its deliberate that the last platform is timed with the others so I had to awkwardly jump on the box to reach it - it worked, but it's a bit shaky
  • I really want to also play a level where the wall buttons that activate the lifts are press-and-hold and I have to keep going back and forth pressing different ones to get platforms to line up. Nice motif that deserves to be repeated.

Thanks for All the great feedback, I agree with most of it, some points I wanted to make some comments on:

  • The Jump: It’s on LB because you can’t press A if you want to jump while hovering with a block (both the Right Analog stick and A require your Thumb to be pressed).
  • Levels should flow into next levels: Agreed! We don’t have the level flow, because we’re not set on the order of the levels yet.
  • Please put the PDFs of DevLogs on itch.io if possible!: I’ve discussed this with you in the past and then you said it was fine I thought: “You're right about the build reviews ... maybe it's not so bad if you don't use the DevLog functionality "properly". See what you can do with linked files for now.”
  • Level 0 till 9 are from last week so that why I didn’t specify them in this Devlog. 12 and 13 are the NEW playable levels this build.

Level 9

  • "That platform is painfully slow to arrive. The use of the clutched object as a shelter is a nice touch, but might need a stronger introduction". True, this is the reason why we made the platform so slow, so that you’re “forced” to use the block to block the hazard blocks.

Level 10

  • Polish state of the Level: This level was a work in progress I believe, so it indeed needs some polish.

Level 12

  • Keep aesthetics in line:  This is just how we block out levels, to make it easier to go from sketch to level while keeping the metrics in mind. So, it’s a bit of a work in progress.
  • Pretty easy to figure out:  good point, it was harder in the first iterations, might have to get back to that.
  • The Jump ... does that actually happen though? I agree with the logic in theory, but since you changed the way collision works, I'm happy "holding" the box without pressing the thumbstick. I ended up just roaming around holding the box "inside" my character, and it felt okay.
  • With the PDFs - I didn't realise that it was going to switch out to Teams whenever I clicked on them! It's clunky. I think itch.io should allow you to host the PDFs on the game page, though? Not sure. The main point is - sometimes I will say "yes, that should work" to something and then when we try it it doesn't work as well as I hoped, so ... it's still a thing. Not saying get rid of the PDFs, just saying that Teams isn't the best place to put them.
  • Level 9  Platform - this is the thing with game design feedback: one point doesn't counteract another. It isn't a zero-sum game. In this case, both situations are true: the slow platform is necessary for the timing, but it's also painful to wait on it. There's always a solution. The trick is to not be reactionary. Gather up all the feedback and assess the situation as a whole, then look for ways to improve. Don't "fire-fight".

I don't have much more to add than Nick and Steve.

There's definitely some forward motion on the project on display here in the number of situations that are being explored, but - as Nick pointed out - there's a lot of "level rules" you should be laying down. For example, it is FAR too easy to lose blocks and have them fly everywhere. The puzzles that work are the ones that are smaller and more self-contained.

There are some timing challenges and dexterity challenges emerging, which has the potential to produce the "Frankengame" effect where everyone pushes in different directions. Neither direction is bad, but make sure the team are in discussion and stay together with the direction of the project.

Finally ... just make the physics objects a whole lot heavier (or increase gravity). It'll reduce the likelihood of them bouncing around, and they'll feel more satisfying to play with. 

And don't design puzzles around glitches or twitchy responses. If the player knows the solution (and your core challenge is mental, not physical) then it's just frustrating to have to sit and attempt it over and over until the physics lines up, or my stupid fingers can time things right.

Thanks for the build!

Ok, there's alot to like here with some idea generation of the 'sort of thing' you could do as this character thats had some crazy features that provide an interesting, if a little fiddley, carry mechanic that's been implemented.

Theres a choice made to work with physics based objects, this brings an element of challenge and skill to master the level designers ideas. Thats a real great place to be as a level designer because your job is to find how to tighten up the core experience to demonstrate the best, or should I say fun, things you can do with these toys. 

Now, theres some really interesting elements and puzzles being demonstrated but as with most things its to do with the way we 'stage the scene' to demonstrate and facilitate the players actions. Right now that aspect is somewhat unbalanced and the metrics really need to enforce the parameters you are establishing for the player to follow.

And those physics objects? You the designer need to tighten up the behaviour throughout. As an experience I spent more down time trying to fix the mess I'd created, quite infuriating that can lead the player to disengage from the overall flow.

Pick-ups serve no real service to the players needs. Maybe its the way the actual collection is served (lack of character/animation/feel) or maybe it actually fills up the fridge somehow? I dont know, as a player Im disconnected to these variable's and their setup questions the design behind them. Please develop the collectibles a little more.

What happens as a goal? Maybe think about at least celebrating the players journey and final destination, things should have a bit more spike to at least sync the levels together or present something to celebrate.

So final notes, Im not quite sure what this game is other than you really need to make the feedback on the cool stuff that you are already doing. Tighten it up and series invest a bit more focus on metrics to lock down the framing of the focused experience.

The bad stuff: 

If only you'd spent as much time on the UI as you did on this rather lovely page. 

The wording on the mouse controls is obscured by the mouse graphic and it the actual graphic itself bewilders me, is it greyed out if you need to activate it? Just what is going on, I think I need to sit down and have a cup of tea. 


Next up, your levels - you have loads of them and to be honest they feel like they've been rushed and have no continuity in terms of difficulty. I would advise you focus on a smaller number of levels and do them well. 

The good stuff: I think there's a solid game lurking in here but its well hidden. You need to refine what you have to discover it. The rhythm of the levels need a lot of love, they feel more like proofs rather than something that's made with the player in mind. Shift your focus, reign in you ambition and you could have something special here. 

Hello and thanks for the Feedback,

The icon obscuring the text is a definitely a problem, it wasn't picked up until we build because we mostly play in editor mode and there the scaling of the UI is of course different. 

It's intressting that you're confused by the Mouse Icons as (if you do a quick search) this is a common way to signify these icons I would say. But it's something I can work on and improve by adding some pulsing graphic.

I absolutely agree with the Level Feedback and some of these levels are not here to stay in my opinion, they are more an exploration of the posibilities. 

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Hello Alan,

I'm not sure what you mean with "no devlog" we did have a devlog for week 3 and we will publish a new one on thursday along with a new build. 

As for the feedback on the flying bug and the missing moving platforms please have a look at the following video: here.

In short the bug is fixed and will be included in the next build. The moving platforms were there but not very visible, because of the missing background image.