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Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« on: February 03, 2023, 04:07:31 PM »
All zips only need to be unzipped inside the main folder of your NeoLemmix or Lix Player!

Lix Level Pack: https://www.dropbox.com/s/9b4richjbp35ce0/Contest_27_Lix.zip?dl=1   

The Lix levels will then be in the single/Contests/Contest_27 folder!

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Rule 1 Levels

geoo's "Hanabi" (V2)
Simon's "Inside Your Router" (V1)
Armani's "Primitive Instinct" (V2)
IchoTolot's "Internecion Cube" (V1)
NieSch's "Tomb of Doom" (V2)
tan x dx's "Garden of Love" (V4)
The Tomato Watcher's "Demolishing Old Ruins" (V2)
WillLem's "The Instrument" (V1)
kaywhyn's "Stop Blowing Up My Construction Work!" (V7)


Rule 2 Levels

geoo's "The Last Shall Be First" (V1)
Simon's "Bumper Cave" (V1)
Armani's "Natural-born" (V4)
IchoTolot's "Skyfall" (V1)
NieSch's "Splash or Splat" (V7)
The Tomato Watcher's "Expediency will be ENFORCED" (V4)
kaywhyn's "Swim Team Rush" (V7)
WillLem's "Direct Drip (Contest Version)" (V2)


Rule 3 Levels

geoo's "Pommes Schranke" (V1)
Simon's "Rhizome" (V3)
Armani's "Clown Fiesta" (V1)
Crane's "Mincemeat" (V1)
IchoTolot's "Supreme LEMCO Safety Standards" (V1)
NieSch's "The Magic of Lemmings" (V4)
The Tomato Watcher's "Lemmings are Beans" (V2)
Silken Healer's "Jumpstone" (V1)
kaywhyn's "Hero Time Again?" (V6)


You can check the rules details again here: https://www.lemmingsforums.net/index.php?topic=6104.0

Playing Phase will be closed on 31th of March!
Updates will close on 28th of March!


Note: This topic is for posting your comments, replays, etc for the levels. If you wish to post an update to your level, or enter a late submission, please do so in the Updates Topic instead.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2023, 04:31:00 PM »
Let the playtesting begin!

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2023, 05:57:47 PM »
Yeah, let's go! Good opportunity to find out about Lix for me. :)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2023, 09:26:24 PM »
Hello everyone, :)

I have uploaded my R1 and R2. Check the update topic for them, as well as for the music tracks. I still need to make my R3, so hopefully another day or so it'll be ready, but when it is I'll upload in the update topic as well.

Looking forward to playing these levels and seeing replay solutions to mine! :thumbsup:
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #4 on: February 03, 2023, 10:12:24 PM »
solved 6 of the levels

1) all of Tomato watchers levels including his version 2 of Rule 2
2) Niesch's Rule 1 and Rule 2 levels
3) WillLems'  Rule 1







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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2023, 10:21:13 PM »
Hello everyone, :)

I have uploaded my R1 and R2. Check the update topic for them, as well as for the music tracks. I still need to make my R3, so hopefully another day or so it'll be ready, but when it is I'll upload in the update topic as well.

Looking forward to playing these levels and seeing replay solutions to mine! :thumbsup:

Music + Levels included in the zips from now on.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2023, 10:49:17 PM »
Archive has replays for:
Expediency_will_be_ENFORCED v1
Expediency_will_be_ENFORCED v2
Mincemeat (twice, but similar)
Natural-born
Tomb_of_Doom
Splash_or_Splat

As loose files:
Pommes Schranke
Hanabi

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2023, 11:11:34 PM »
I thought it was a good opportunity to give lix a try! 8-)

My first impression was that lix and NL are very similar so I got to enjoy it very much.
I especially had fun playing with runner skill. :laugh:

I probably have found some intended solutions and backroutes.
I attached replays for all lix levels!

@Simon Not quite intended :( At least the end part is good! I will make an update soon.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2023, 01:36:48 AM »
Armani, all of Rhizome, Inside Your Router, Bumper Cave are intended. geoo and I had a hard time solving each other's levels, and you plowed through all of them on the first evening. Congratulations, excellent work!

Re-solved Natural Born v2 with a minimal adaption of my v1 backroute. I use all skills now. Nice!

Solved Clown Fiesta. I'll let geoo applaud. 8-)

Solved both of Kaywhyn's entries (Swim Team Rush, Stop Blowing Up). Of these, Swim Team Rush doesn't feel like it needs the time limit; the limit leads to unnecessary worrying near the end. Swim Team Rush has interesting and different uses of water, nice!

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2023, 01:50:17 AM »
I went through most of the levels now (excluding the ones posted after the deadline), only missing Internection Cube (made some progress, but then moved on to stay in sync with what Simon was playing) and Magic of Lemmings (still don't have a good idea how to contain the crowd).

I think my favourites so far were Clown Fiesta (seemed completely impossible at first, a lot of interesting ideas to piece together, and yet the execution is easy and not much need for experimentation to see what works and what doesn't. Had a blast with this level.), Primitive Instinct (again, seemed impossible first and a lot of interesting observations to be made, but here a bit more experimentation was needed to determine how many builders are needed for what, and to discover that the lone flimsy root prevents building from the diagonal bar to the wall with 3 builders), and Skyfall (not hard to see what's going on, but somehow very elegant).
Splash or Splat seemed very interesting, but I might have skipped some of the intended steps; the Instrument was cute; Supreme LEMCO Safety Standard had a lot of interesting ideas to find but also a lot of fiddly placements and timings, felt super tight and I might have appreciated some extra leeway.

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I especially had fun playing with runner skill. :laugh:

I probably have found some intended solutions and backroutes.
I attached replays for all lix levels!
Glad to hear that! I was afraid "The Last Shall be First" may be a bit frustrating due to all the timings to get right. This one and Pommes Schranke are intended, for Hanabi I released a small update to prevent one element of your solution.

Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #10 on: February 04, 2023, 02:16:29 AM »
ericderkovits and Simon, all of your replays are horrendous backroutes, and I don't know why I'm surprised by that considering I got no useful feedback from anyone I asked to be a tester. If one of you is reading this, please know that I understand you have a life too and that I have no hard feelings; the situation just sucks.

My intended solutions felt a lot more clever so I'm not sure I can bring myself to make these backroutes the normal solutions, yet I have no idea how I'm going to patch any of these, ESPECIALLY my R3 which is the one I was most proud of. I'm not sure I'll ever have the energy to deal with backroutes this bad. I truly have no idea why I even entered with no tester feedback; I guess I was just excited. If I even bother to update my entries it's gonna be a while from now. Should not have spent my time and energy on this when I was already hanging by a thread. Sorry everyone :(

To contribute something of value now, I'll go ahead and put the replays I have here. Garden of Love was quite nice, tan x dx, and I enjoyed the concept Splash or Splat, NieSch, though my solution seems like a mild backroute(?)

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #11 on: February 04, 2023, 03:26:37 AM »
Mincemeat (twice, but similar)
Both are acceptable solutions - well done.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #12 on: February 04, 2023, 07:08:21 AM »
@Simon @geoo
Hey thank you so much for the compliments! :thumbsup: I didn't expect that level to be a hit to be honest. Glad you guys like it. :laugh: Also I resolved updated version of Hanavi and this looks promising! I bet this is intended :laugh:

Both solutions to Natural-born is not yet intended. Btw, you can get over the second milla statue with only one stacker! You've been wasting one. ;P
geoo's solution to Pimitive Instinct is almost intended. Just a little bit of detail is missing.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #13 on: February 04, 2023, 07:42:11 AM »
@Simon

Thanks for playing my levels and the replays! :thumbsup: Unfortunately, they are both backroutes.

R1 - For V2, added some steel and some traps. Pretty far from what I have intended

R2 - For V2, added some more terrain near the bottom where the stars/lattice are. You are right about the timer being a worry, but sadly I can't add in a few more seconds without opening up backroutes, and it's to block other alternatives that otherwise would had been possible while making only the intended route work, though that too currently is pretty tight on time. I could always make it less tight if the feedback I get from several others that it's too tight later on.


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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #14 on: February 04, 2023, 08:58:33 AM »
Almost all* of the solutions to "Tomb of Doom" and "Splash or Splat" above are backroutes. I made updates to the levels to fix them. Thanks for playing! :)

*geoo and Simon: Your solutions to Splash or Splat where you manage to spare a few skills are still possible in V2. (But I might change this later. ;)) Well done! 8-)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #15 on: February 04, 2023, 12:37:13 PM »
@geoo Both your solutions to my levels are intended! great job! :thumbsup:

@The Tomato Watcher   Do not be discouraged by backroutes! It happens to all! Just go though recent contests and check the version numbers and this doesn't even count in all the backroute wars in packs! Just go through Lemmings Uncharted, Lemmings United or any other pack that has been out for some time and see the flood of backroutes coming in.
You may argue that with more experience somebody can reduce the backroute count by a bit by seeing stuff in advance, but that does not always save you!
If I go through the levels (probably after the first solving wave is over) I can try and help with some backroute fixing ideas if they are still present at that point - might need the intended solution then though. ;)

Also I updated the packs! :)

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #16 on: February 04, 2023, 09:04:52 PM »
Also to add on to what Icho already said, backroutes happen to even the best of us. Yes, backroutes do hurt, but keep in mind that they don't necessarily mean the level isn't good. Rather, a level being solved with a backroute simply means that the intended solution isn't 100% enforced yet! I can think of plenty of times where I mentioned in my feedback that I thought the "level was great but I liked it even better now that it's fully patched up."

In regards to taking a look over packs/past content/past contests, this immediately sprung to my mind something I remember reading about, and that is a level by Crane from a very early contest. It was riddled with backroutes but it still ended up winning the contest it was in! Here, I fortunately remember Icho's list of previous contest results (thanks! :thumbsup:), so that tremendously helped to narrow down which discussion topics to look at. So, don't lose hope and encouragement! Again, backroutes don't make a level bad, just that the intended one isn't enforced yet.

Another example, but one of my own: My R2 from the previous contest. If you look at the update topic, it went through at least 20 versions! However, it was the most popular of my levels even though none of them ever made it past the rule voteoff. I had the thought that the many backroutes harmed it more than it should, and it did to some extent, but it was nevertheless the most popular of my levels in that contest.

Nevertheless, if backroutes are frustrating to you, then it's fine to take a break and come back and fix up the levels once you're good and ready. I had to do that for some of the past contests and I felt getting away from them for a time helped since they allowed me to look at them again with a clear mind and conscience to fix them. That sounds like what you're already doing, Tomato. Good idea! ;)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #17 on: February 05, 2023, 05:23:10 AM »
played through the first rank 8-) and attached my replays for all except for the one I pretested.
Internecion Cube (click to show/hide)
Tomb of Doom (click to show/hide)
Demolishing_Old_Ruins (click to show/hide)
The_Instrument (click to show/hide)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #18 on: February 05, 2023, 07:11:30 AM »
Swim Team Rush v2: Backroute, abusing a finnicky start to save time.

Stop Blowing Up v2: Looks sensible, but still feels too comfortable near the end and loses only 2, not 4.

Natural Born v3 (higher pole), thanks for the hint. I haven't found a solution, but I have new ideas to try later. Interesting things will happen.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #19 on: February 05, 2023, 07:35:21 AM »
Armani and Simon more or less found the same backroute to my R1, except Simon's does better in the number saved. For V3, I added buttons. Unfortunately, I think this now makes the solution way too obvious, but I've been proven wrong about this several times in the past by Armani, when he tells me that my levels still tend to be challenging despite when I use pickups/buttons as fixes. Both are still far from what I have intended.

For R2, indeed Simon found a pretty elegant way to save a lot of time due to what was done at the start. For V3, the fencer is now a pickup. Again, I fear this makes the solution way too obvious now, but feel free to prove me wrong! Even if it is, this might seal the deal on forcing the intended. Also, I forgot the last time, but thanks for the compliment on the uses of the water! :thumbsup:
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2023, 09:23:51 AM »
Tomb of Doom (click to show/hide)

Thanks! Intended solution. :)

geoo and Simon: Your solutions to Splash or Splat where you manage to spare a few skills are still possible in V2. (But I might change this later. ;)) Well done! 8-)

I made a V3 now. geoo's and Simon's solutions don't work anymore. (Although they were clever. ;))
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #21 on: February 05, 2023, 12:06:46 PM »
@Armani: Intended solution for my R1! :thumbsup:

Also the pack has been updated. :)

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #22 on: February 05, 2023, 02:52:33 PM »
Lemmings are Beans (click to show/hide)
Natural Born v3 (click to show/hide)
Splash or Splat (click to show/hide)
Stop Blowing Up v3 (click to show/hide)
Swim Team Rush v3 (click to show/hide)
Tomb of Doom v2 (click to show/hide)

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #23 on: February 05, 2023, 03:53:47 PM »
Splash or Splat (click to show/hide)

This is still a backroute/alternative solution. After seeing geoo's solution I'll see if I can tweak things again.

Tomb of Doom (click to show/hide)

Intended! :)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #24 on: February 05, 2023, 06:00:05 PM »
Splash or Splat (click to show/hide)

Stop Blowing Up v3: Brute-forced my way through a wall, definitely a backroute.

Swim Team Rush v3: Again, looks like a cheap backroute, even has an extra minute on the clock.

The Magic of Lemmings (click to show/hide)

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geoo's solution to Pimitive Instinct is almost intended. Just a little bit of detail is missing.
I solved the updated version. The change I made seems quite elegant, so maybe intended?
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Your new solution to Hanabi is 100% intended! :)


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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #25 on: February 05, 2023, 06:43:34 PM »
Splash or Splat (click to show/hide)

Well done. They're backroutes, so I made a V4.

The Magic of Lemmings (click to show/hide)

You did find the intended solution* but if it was causing you so much frustration that's not a good thing. I'll think what I can do about it. ;) Thanks!

*Attached is my execution of it.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #26 on: February 05, 2023, 08:19:46 PM »
@Simon, geoo

R1:

Simon's solution is very close, but the reason you found the bottom left so fiddly is because that part is the only unintended part in your solution, as it misses one final trick that I wanted to enforce there. Geoo's solution, on the other hand, is much farther away and is indeed a very bad backroute. For V4, I extended the trap near the bottom right, as well as replaced the steel with a wooden plank where the left entrance is. I could had maybe added in a timer to prevent Simon's waiting, but I rather avoid that for the time being :P

R2:

Both solutions are very bad backroutes, as the way the containment is done is very much unintended. For V4, I replaced the terrain under the trapdoor with steel and erased some of the left wall which will prevent that.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #27 on: February 05, 2023, 09:50:12 PM »
Pack has been updated and includes WillLem's new level + music. (styles should already be in the standard download)

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #28 on: February 06, 2023, 12:50:43 AM »
Solved 5 more levels

1) Tan x dx's Rule 1 Garden of Love
2) WillLem's Rule 2  Direct Drip (Contest Version)
3) Kaywhyn's Rule 2 Swim Team Rush
4) Niesch's Rule 2 and 3 Splash or Splat, and The Magic of Lemmings

Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #29 on: February 06, 2023, 01:42:55 AM »
Alright, first of all, thank you so much @IchoTolot and @kaywhyn for the encouragement. That, along with just taking a bit of time away from everything, really helped.

@Armani, your solution to my R1 was definitely a backroute, but I incorporated a small part of it into V2's intended solution. ;) The tileset in question, by the way, is the tileset for the Medieval Tribe in Lemmings Tribes, which, to avoid any confusion, is a completely separate game from L2. Here's a wiki page about it that I put together a little while ago if you're interested: https://lemmings.fandom.com/wiki/Lemmings_Tribes. Anyway, I was the one responsible for porting the tilesets over to NeoLemmix, and since its tilesets would fall into roughly the same category as the L2 and L3 ones (and since it doesn't have trap sound effects anyway), I just stuck with the default sound effects for traps, which is why the dragon (since it is a Medieval tileset I believe it is indeed supposed to be a dragon, but its design is quite dinosaur-like so you're entirely justified calling it a dino) sounds the way it does. Since these tilesets are directly ripped from an officially licensed Lemmings game, they should probably be properly labeled and put below the L3 ones, but I didn't pay any attention to that or say anything on that matter when I uploaded them. :P

@Simon, your solution is, expectedly, another horrendous backroute. It's pretty likely I'll just throw out the Stacker entirely and adjust the level accordingly in V2. I had quite a clever use for the Stacker in mind when designing the level, but after some consideration I think it is literally impossible to enforce without completely changing the spirit of the level. :P There is indeed a reason the save requirement and exit cap are what they are.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2023, 05:15:52 AM »
@geoo Your solution is actually intended. :thumbsup:
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2023, 05:38:33 AM »
And I played through all of rule2 and rule3 levels.(+updated rule1 levels ;))

Demolishing_Old_Ruins (click to show/hide)
Skyfall (click to show/hide)
Splash_or_Splat (click to show/hide)
Swim_Team_Rush (click to show/hide)
Direct_Drip (click to show/hide)
Mincemeat (click to show/hide)
Supreme_LEMCO_Safety_Standards (click to show/hide)
The_Magic_of_Lemmings (click to show/hide)
Lemmings_are_Beans (click to show/hide)
Jumpstone (click to show/hide)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #32 on: February 06, 2023, 06:26:12 AM »
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Well done Armani! That was the exact intended solution :thumbsup:

Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #33 on: February 06, 2023, 06:54:00 AM »
@Armani, your solution to my R3 was actually surprisingly close to the one I had in mind for the level. Seems like you experienced the overall feeling of the level I intended. :)
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« Reply #34 on: February 06, 2023, 07:46:09 AM »
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Both intended. Well done! :) Yes, the timing is (too) tight. I'll try to make this better/less frustrating some way.

4) Niesch's Rule 2 and 3 Splash or Splat, and The Magic of Lemmings

R2 is a backroute*, R3 is intended. Well done! 8-)

*I made a V5 now.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #35 on: February 06, 2023, 07:46:59 AM »
@Armani

You're actually the closest to my intended solutions to both of my levels out of anyone! :thumbsup: However, they still need some more patching.

R1 - Your first solution is similar to Simon's solution in that you both are about 97-98% intended except here you also did something unintended on the right side. Your second solution is a bit farther away. Both solutions do miss a trick I intended on the bottom left. For V5, I shifted the wooden plank with the needle traps on them to connect with the steel platform, shifted the structural terrain near the middle left a bit, and added some needle traps within the exit area on both sides.

R2 - Again, you're the closest out of anyone who has played this level to intended! :thumbsup: As you might had guessed, what you did at the very end is the only unintended part and also you avoid using one area of the level. For V5, I added more steel to the starting platform and a steel block where you did the mining and bashing, and sadly I had to take away another 20 seconds off the timer so that now you only get 4:30 for the level. Because this now breaks my replay, I made some adjustments in the top area by adding more terrain so that there's less walking around. As a result, my new intended solution finishes with a couple more extra seconds than previously, but it's still a bit tight.


Also in case you're wondering, yes I still intend to enter a R3, but I'm trying to make sure everything is ok with my R1 and R2 first before doing so. Plus with the idea I have in mind I feel it will be the least interesting of all my levels this contest similar to the previous one, especially since I think when people see it it should be pretty obvious what level I based it off of.   
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #36 on: February 06, 2023, 09:14:24 AM »
Well done on getting the talisman, Armani.  That's a tough one!

Also to add on to what Icho already said, backroutes happen to even the best of us. Yes, backroutes do hurt, but keep in mind that they don't necessarily mean the level isn't good. Rather, a level being solved with a backroute simply means that the intended solution isn't 100% enforced yet! I can think of plenty of times where I mentioned in my feedback that I thought the "level was great but I liked it even better now that it's fully patched up."

In regards to taking a look over packs/past content/past contests, this immediately sprung to my mind something I remember reading about, and that is a level by Crane from a very early contest. It was riddled with backroutes but it still ended up winning the contest it was in! Here, I fortunately remember Icho's list of previous contest results (thanks! :thumbsup:), so that tremendously helped to narrow down which discussion topics to look at. So, don't lose hope and encouragement! Again, backroutes don't make a level bad, just that the intended one isn't enforced yet.

Another example, but one of my own: My R2 from the previous contest. If you look at the update topic, it went through at least 20 versions! However, it was the most popular of my levels even though none of them ever made it past the rule voteoff. I had the thought that the many backroutes harmed it more than it should, and it did to some extent, but it was nevertheless the most popular of my levels in that contest.

Nevertheless, if backroutes are frustrating to you, then it's fine to take a break and come back and fix up the levels once you're good and ready. I had to do that for some of the past contests and I felt getting away from them for a time helped since they allowed me to look at them again with a clear mind and conscience to fix them. That sounds like what you're already doing, Tomato. Good idea! ;)
I don't actually remember that level.  Do you remember which one it was?

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« Reply #37 on: February 06, 2023, 09:48:06 AM »
Well done on getting the talisman, Armani.  That's a tough one!

Also to add on to what Icho already said, backroutes happen to even the best of us. Yes, backroutes do hurt, but keep in mind that they don't necessarily mean the level isn't good. Rather, a level being solved with a backroute simply means that the intended solution isn't 100% enforced yet! I can think of plenty of times where I mentioned in my feedback that I thought the "level was great but I liked it even better now that it's fully patched up."

In regards to taking a look over packs/past content/past contests, this immediately sprung to my mind something I remember reading about, and that is a level by Crane from a very early contest. It was riddled with backroutes but it still ended up winning the contest it was in! Here, I fortunately remember Icho's list of previous contest results (thanks! :thumbsup:), so that tremendously helped to narrow down which discussion topics to look at. So, don't lose hope and encouragement! Again, backroutes don't make a level bad, just that the intended one isn't enforced yet.

Another example, but one of my own: My R2 from the previous contest. If you look at the update topic, it went through at least 20 versions! However, it was the most popular of my levels even though none of them ever made it past the rule voteoff. I had the thought that the many backroutes harmed it more than it should, and it did to some extent, but it was nevertheless the most popular of my levels in that contest.

Nevertheless, if backroutes are frustrating to you, then it's fine to take a break and come back and fix up the levels once you're good and ready. I had to do that for some of the past contests and I felt getting away from them for a time helped since they allowed me to look at them again with a clear mind and conscience to fix them. That sounds like what you're already doing, Tomato. Good idea! ;)
I don't actually remember that level.  Do you remember which one it was?

Precarious construction part 2, which I believe I have played when I started my LP of all the contest entries a while back. I don't remember if I used all the skills, I'll have to check.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #38 on: February 06, 2023, 05:49:32 PM »
@Armani: Both solutions are intended! :thumbsup:

And yes, my R2 is intentionally on the easier side as I try to incorperate a few levels here and there that are solvable without too many problems for the sanity of the players. ;)

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« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2023, 05:09:57 AM »
I'll say my level is on the easier side for once as well.  If you just take a deep breath and go to it, things fall into place with the skills you have.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #40 on: February 08, 2023, 03:49:25 AM »
Resolved all the updated levels ;)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #41 on: February 08, 2023, 04:58:35 AM »
@Armani

Your solutions to both my R1 and R2 are now about 98% - 99% intended! Meaning, we're not quite there yet, and I think the V6's will seal the deal on them :laugh:

R1 - This one still avoids a trick I intended on the bottom left. For V6, I added in a 1:50 timer. Yes, I thought about making one of the stackers a pickup instead, but I honestly don't want to disrupt the X-of-everything skillset from the get-go :P In any case, you just need to tweak the bottom left a bit and you should be good to go. Other than that, your replay is essentially the exact same as mine! I can assure everyone that the timer allows plenty of leeway, and I could even add in an extra 5 seconds, but I'll just keep it currently at 1:50 for now.

R2 - What, you mean to tell me that I misplaced that steel block near the exit? Ok, this was a complete dumb on my part :forehead: For V6, I simply shifted that steel block near the exit a few pixels to the right. I originally just shifted it 1 pixel, but let's better be safe than sorry, so let's do a few extra pixels over :P

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #42 on: February 08, 2023, 02:58:34 PM »
@Armani Both solutions are pretty much intended! :thumbsup:

I did update my R2 just now, however, as you revealed some potential for other backroutes by finding a way to save a skill. I don't know if that extra skill would lead to anything disastrous, but better safe than sorry. :P

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #43 on: February 09, 2023, 04:37:33 AM »
Resolved updated levels.
All seem good now :laugh:
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #44 on: February 09, 2023, 05:48:25 AM »
@Armani

Your solutions to my R1 and R2 differ in a few details but are pretty much intended! :thumbsup: Well done!

R1 - Perfect, now your solution pretty much contains all the tricks I intended! :thumbsup: Basically the title here serves as a bit of a hint.

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R2 - Intended! :thumbsup:

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #45 on: February 09, 2023, 07:06:06 AM »
Solved Armani's Rule 1 level

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« Reply #46 on: February 09, 2023, 08:49:44 AM »
solved Simon's Rule 2 and Rule 3 levels (Lix) and
Geoo's Rule 3 level (Lix)

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« Reply #47 on: February 09, 2023, 10:54:15 AM »
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Close enough :laugh: Well done!
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #48 on: February 09, 2023, 04:52:45 PM »
solved Simon's Rule 2 and Rule 3 levels (Lix) and
Geoo's Rule 3 level (Lix)

Thanks! Both of your solutions for my levels are intended, i.e., for Bumper Cave and for Rhizome. Happy to see Lix replays again, and I'm really happy that Rhizome leads to the intended solution.

I'll let geoo judge your solution to Pommes Schranke, but he'll very likely consider your solution intended, too.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2023, 05:27:48 PM »
Hi everyone,

here's my replays for Rule 1 so far.
I liked Primitive Instinct a lot but I haven't solved it yet. Not even sure how to reach the goal tbh ???
I'm also at a loss with Internecion Cube and Tomb of Doom, but they're fun and I'll keep trying.

I had a little help from Icho with Garden of Love, but I'm not sure if it's intended like this. Really liked the theming and decoration.

Demolishing of Ruins gave me less trouble than the others, but MAN that dragon is intimidating :D . Great concept.

The Instrument had a great aha moment when I finally got it, really enjoyed that.

I will not stop blowing up the Construction work, because I have some spares at the end, and therefore this might not have been what I was supposed to do :)


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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2023, 07:14:25 PM »
Just a heads up to everyone, once I get my R3 done and I upload it, I will be taking a hiatus from the game until probably about the beginning of March. Meaning, Icho will likely record his playthrough of the contest levels during that time, which I assume he'll do whenever he gets some time off from work or is in the mood to. So, for solutions please refer to his videos whenever they become available. I kind of hit my low point with the game and therefore need an extensive break from playing/solving. Nevertheless, when I do return, which will certainly be long before the playing phase ends, I will play through and record my solutions to them as well, including the Lix entries! ;) I'll still be around to check solutions to my levels, I just won't be going through everyone's levels for a while until after my hiatus.


I will not stop blowing up the Construction work, because I have some spares at the end, and therefore this might not have been what I was supposed to do :)

Seems like you played an old version of my R1, as when I run the replay for V6 it fails. You can grab the latest version of the level in the update topic, or you can just redownload the pack in the OP, as it does say that it is up at V6, which is the most recent version of the level ;)

For Icho's R1, let him or any of us who have solved it know if you want some help. I pre-tested it, and I must say it's a great level, though it's certainly not easy!
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #51 on: February 09, 2023, 08:01:33 PM »
Resolved some levels

1) The Tomato Watchers Demolishing Old Ruins, Expediency will be ENFORCED and Lemmings are beans
2) WillLems' Direct Drip (Contest Version)
3) Nieschs' Splash or Splat and The Magic of Lemmings
4) Kaywhyns' Swim Team Rush


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Armani's Natural-born
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Silken Healers Jumpstone

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #52 on: February 09, 2023, 09:25:34 PM »
Resolved some levels
3) Nieschs' Splash or Splat and The Magic of Lemmings

The first one is a backroute, I made a V6. The second is the intended solution. :)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #53 on: February 10, 2023, 01:14:00 AM »
here are 3 solutions to Nieschs' Splash or Splat

1) Have 2 skills left
2) Have 1 skill left
3) Uses all skills

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« Reply #54 on: February 10, 2023, 07:33:49 AM »
That's impressive Eric! Well done. I'll add a talisman for your solution where you spare 2 skills. Your third is the intended solution. :thumbsup:
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #55 on: February 10, 2023, 07:02:34 PM »
If there's anyone who wants to see the intended solutions to my levels, here's it is :laugh:

https://youtu.be/xeOFQJpOV4Y
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #56 on: February 12, 2023, 10:16:19 PM »
After the first big wave of backroutes, I haven solved my way through the entries. :)

Replays attached and here are the YouTube links:

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #57 on: February 12, 2023, 10:52:24 PM »
@Icho

Already commented on your solutions to my R1 and R2, but I will post here as will. You pretty much got the intended solutions to them. Nice job! :thumbsup:

R1 - Pretty much intended. Only the details in the bottom left area differ, but you made the bottom left more complicated than it needs to be :P There originally wasn't a timer, but after I saw a couple of solutions from Simon and Armani that involved some unnecessary waiting, I decided to end that madness. Not only that, it's to block a backroute that I don't think I can fix in any other way besides maybe making some pickups.

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R2 - Intended! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #58 on: February 13, 2023, 04:25:48 AM »
@Ichotolot
Everything intended
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #59 on: February 13, 2023, 07:28:37 AM »
@Icho: Your solutions to my levels are intended as well. Well done! :)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #60 on: February 13, 2023, 10:33:15 AM »
Solution to "Mincemeat" is intended, although I'm not sure how to feel about the "ugh" feeling towards the talisman!

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« Reply #61 on: February 13, 2023, 02:49:57 PM »
Solution to "Mincemeat" is intended, although I'm not sure how to feel about the "ugh" feeling towards the talisman!

If I accomplish a big task that took quite a bit of work I let out that sound - like I just carried a large weight up the stairs.

As I said, I took that burden knowingly upon myself and the sound should not indicate any grudge or bad will against the level! I am sorry if it came across that way.

In fact I like the concept, it just took quite a bit of fine-tuning to get the talisman solution right. Nothing more.

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« Reply #62 on: February 13, 2023, 03:09:22 PM »
Don't worry, I don't hold it against you IchoTolot, just I associate the "ugh" sound to something disgusting and undesirable, although I figured it was in playful jest!  I'm glad you like the concept.  It's not the first time I've done this (I did a similar thing with "Tough Call" years ago), but this one is mostly trimmed down to its basic components, and the talisman solution rewards as much precision as you can squeeze in.

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« Reply #63 on: February 13, 2023, 08:32:25 PM »
All of the solutions to my level Garden of Love were unfortunately not what I was aiming for with this level. They were all still very good solutions, though! :thumbsup:

I've uploaded V2 in the other thread :)

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #64 on: February 14, 2023, 06:33:01 PM »
Icho's solutions to Inside Your Router, Bumper Cave, and Rhizome are all fully intended.

Yeah, in Rhizome, it looks like I can widen the single-block platform without introducing backroutes. I'll do it. Thanks for the feedback!

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #65 on: February 22, 2023, 10:27:33 AM »
Finally got around to fixing up my R1 and R2, as well as finish an R3! :) See the update topic for the new level and the music file for it ;) For R3, it's another attempt at my hand of making a 1-of-everything level, and I think you all can guess what official level it's based on from the title. I simply took things further and created a solution that's only a bit harder. Honestly, this took a lot of tweaking and thinking in order to make sure it all can be done within the 1 minute time limit. In earlier versions, the intended solution was too slow by about 15 seconds! :laugh: Also with figuring out how to make do with the 10 skill type limit. There were some things I wanted to include in the solution but I couldn't due to the limit :( I'm not advocating to expand it any further, 10 skill types max for a level is already more than enough! If you need more, there's always pre-assigned skills, but that's not allowed for this ruleset. However, I persevered and finally managed to make it work :thumbsup: Sad to say that I couldn't really think of anything better for this ruleset. I just kept having my mind stuck on this type of level from L1 in the Mayhem rank that I wanted to make.


R1 - Armani and Icho already have the intended solution for my R1, but based on the feedback from Icho's LP video, I decided to release an update that should ease the execution in the bottom left area. In this case, it's not to fix a backroute, and I already told him that he made that area more complicated than it needs to be, as there are multiple stacker positions that still work. The position he placed it on the wooden staircase is not the only one that works. Needless to say, it was self-inflicted on his end :P

So, for V7 I just added a small sloping terrain on the wooden staircase. This very small and minor change is enough to break all replays, including mine, but it's just tweaking a few skill assignments and it should be good again. Not only that, it's also to enforce a trick I intended in that area better. In the previous version, it was possible to get on top of the stack without the trick I intended. In the updated version, it shouldn't be possible anymore without it, but feel free to prove me wrong.

@Simon - I took your feedback into consideration about the timer, and sorry to say it, but it will remain in place for the level. It's not to frustrate players at all (it's possible to finish upwards of around 10 seconds or so) but rather to stop any unwanted waiting you and Armani did in the bottom left area and to block off a backroute that would be possible without it, and not even pickups will stop the backroute here without the timer. Not all of us hate time limits, and I happen to be a huge fan of them, being a math person myself, and pretty much any levels of mine that do have one are pretty much for backroute prevention. I still have a handful of levels without time limits, so you might want to look at those if you're interested ;)


R2 - Again, Armani and Icho already have the intended solution, but there was a glaring backroute that eric revealed. For V7, I covered most of the thin pole near the upper far right area with steel. Here, I want to thank Icho for telling me his method of how he achieved thin steel pieces on Hurricane 13 of Pimolems. It really came in handy here! :thumbsup:

Once again, this change broke all replays, including mine, but to fix it here all you just need to do is tweak a few skill assignments on the far right side.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #66 on: February 22, 2023, 04:27:03 PM »
New level + updates included. :)

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« Reply #67 on: February 22, 2023, 07:47:10 PM »
solved
1) Tan x dx updated Garden of Love
2) Kaywhyn's Rule 3 Hero Time Again
3) Niesch's Splash or Splat (had to slightly tweek both intended one and Talisman one)
4) Niesch's Tomb of Doom

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« Reply #68 on: February 22, 2023, 08:35:31 PM »
That's a backroute for R3. Easy enough fix, though. For V2, modified and extended the midair platform underneath the entrance.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #69 on: February 23, 2023, 07:01:51 AM »
here are 2 completely different solutions to Kaywhyn's R3 level (V2)


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« Reply #70 on: February 23, 2023, 09:22:06 AM »
First solution is pretty much the same glaring backroute as last time, while the second solution is a closer to intended but still misses plenty of core elements. For V3, added some more blocks of terrain.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #71 on: February 23, 2023, 06:02:32 PM »
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Nice solution, and getting very close to what I intended! :thumbsup:

I've uploaded V3 in the other thread

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« Reply #72 on: February 23, 2023, 08:17:36 PM »
here are resolves for both V3's of
1) Tan x Dx's Garden of Love (Tough one)
2) Kaywhyn's Hero Time Again?

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« Reply #73 on: February 23, 2023, 09:16:38 PM »
Closer, but still not quite. That glider is more powerful than I thought. For V4, added more terrain! I have a feeling that it can now be abused to backroute the level, though.
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« Reply #74 on: February 23, 2023, 10:25:08 PM »
V4 of Kaywhyn's R3
Hero Time Again?

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« Reply #75 on: February 24, 2023, 08:16:00 AM »
solved
3) Niesch's Splash or Splat (had to slightly tweek both intended one and Talisman one)
4) Niesch's Tomb of Doom

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #76 on: February 24, 2023, 09:00:10 AM »
Still not quite for R3. For V5, swapped the cannibal trap with the smaller wrong exit trap and replaced the brick with a not as wide one.
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« Reply #77 on: February 24, 2023, 05:52:51 PM »
Solution for V5 of

Kaywhyn's Hero Time Again?

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« Reply #78 on: February 24, 2023, 06:46:47 PM »
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D'ohhh! Another backroute! :forehead:

V4 has been uploaded! :P

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« Reply #79 on: February 24, 2023, 07:47:58 PM »
Solution for V4 of

Tan x dx's Garden of Love

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« Reply #80 on: February 24, 2023, 09:52:02 PM »
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I'm going to accept this as intended! :thumbsup:

I see you saved an extra lemming and a bomber, but I think that's close enough to my solution!

Nicely done! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #81 on: March 05, 2023, 05:47:12 PM »
I have some resolved levels from tan x dx and kaywhyn. :)

@kaywhyn: I noticed in your new R3 level that the traps are missing their frames and therefore look a bit odd (the trapdoory had some extra frames around them in L3). --> They are also among the objects. ;)

Nice level though and I think my solution should be intended! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #82 on: March 05, 2023, 08:53:32 PM »
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R1 - 100% intended now! Nice job! :thumbsup: I'll reiterate here, which is your solution to the previous version of the level was intended, except I didn't realize there was one trick in the bottom left area that could be avoided. Now, in this latest version I do see that it was used, and with that the other tricks I intended as well are now all there, so I'm happy :) I think you can now see that the way you placed the stacker was completely self-inflicted and therefore the solution was made more complicated than it needed to be in the previous version. With the change I made, not only did it eliminate the pixel precision (there should be a few pixels more leeway in the stacker placement now ;)), it also enforced a trick I intended in the bottom left area.

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R2 - Your solution was already 100% intended from the previous version, but the reason for the change was to fix a very glaring backroute found by eric that allowed you to send several lemmings past the zapper trap, therefore allowing you to save and finish with a lot of time to spare. I hope the steel on the thin pole is still noticeable, as I realize that it can be a bit hard to make out. Once again, thank you so much for your tip on how to make thinner steel pieces! :thumbsup:

R3 - Your solution is essentially intended, with the only minor thing that isn't intended is the use of the bomber to avoid the trap. I could maybe make some changes to enforce the solution I had in mind better, but I'm quite on the fence about it here and is probably a very big nitpick on my part if I do make an update. I'll think about it, but if I do release an update that's really the only skill assignment you need to tweak in that area. There will probably be one other change I'll make that won't affect the solution as well, so I'll likely release an update after all, but I'll do it when I'm good and ready.

I do apologize for not being more original with my R3. As you can probably guess from the level title, this is inspired by Mayhem 3 of L1, only I took things further and made the solution a bit harder and also uses the two new skills added to stable NL, the slider and the laser. So really, this was just my attempt at another 1-of-everything (the other one of mine that's this type of level was "Cross into the light, my lems" from LDC 23) that is a "It's hero time!" type level, meaning the only reason for the 1 minute time limit is simply due to it being a characteristic of that level :laugh: This was the only kind of level I could think of for weeks, and I tried my best to come up with some other level for R3, but nope, I had nothing else in mind.

Regarding the traps, are you saying that the idle animation is a few frames too short? Or the killing animation? Of course, credit goes to TTW for the secondary animations for them, as I didn't change anything here with the triggers. In the process of updating my R3, I've also noticed that the trap triggers are different widths and heights as well. I definitely could enforce the solution better if I had used the small square trapdoor trap instead of the cannibal one, but it still would had required burying the trigger very deeply into the terrain (though not as much as the latter) and would had made it not look as nice IMO.


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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #83 on: March 05, 2023, 10:24:27 PM »
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Regarding the traps, are you saying that the idle animation is a few frames too short? Or the killing animation? Of course, credit goes to TTW for the secondary animations for them, as I didn't change anything here with the triggers. In the process of updating my R3, I've also noticed that the trap triggers are different widths and heights as well. I definitely could enforce the solution better if I had used the small square trapdoor trap instead of the cannibal one, but it still would had required burying the trigger very deeply into the terrain (though not as much as the latter) and would had made it not look as nice IMO.

No, nothing to do with idle animations or triggers! It's rather that there is another object that normally blongs to them.

With frames I mean a literal frame for the objects!

Take a look at the "trap_door_frame" and "trap_wrong_exit_frame" objects of the l3_egypt style and you'll see what I am referring to. ;)

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« Reply #84 on: March 05, 2023, 11:49:25 PM »
No, nothing to do with idle animations or triggers! It's rather that there is another object that normally blongs to them.

With frames I mean a literal frame for the objects!

Take a look at the "trap_door_frame" and "trap_wrong_exit_frame" objects of the l3_egypt style and you'll see what I am referring to. ;)

Ah, I see what you're saying. I didn't know about that at all. I thought that's how the traps were supposed to look, without the frames. However, I have not played the game L3, so of course your knowledge here about the door traps was quite helpful. Also, now that I think about it, I should had known about those door traps not looking right due to seeing them in your United pack anyway, so that should had occurred to me, but it didn't. I wonder if the L3 Egypt style can be changed to merge the frames with those door traps, then ??? In that case, I'll make sure to release an update to my R3 to include the outer frame of those trapdoor traps before you record your video on your updated solutions. I'll likely do this in about a week or two, once I'm back from my hiatus from Lemmings and have played through all the Lix and contest entries myself ;)

To reiterate, your solutions to my R1 and R2 are 100% intended, while R3 I'm a bit on the fence though the solution I have in mind isn't very much different so I may let it slide, I might not. I'll have to think about it.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #85 on: March 27, 2023, 09:26:24 AM »
I've released a V6 for my R3 not to fix a backroute, but rather one that adds in the door frame objects for the wrong trapdoor traps, as well as added some additional door traps in the bottom left area just in case there are any funny ideas that can be used there to backroute the level even though I'm certain they aren't needed. Just one trap suffices, but can't go wrong with making triple sure, right? :laugh: Here, I must thank Icho for his feedback and lending his knowledge of the L3 door traps having a literal door frame! :thumbsup: I honestly didn't know about that, but it does make sense, since what's supporting the door and allowing them to stand upright otherwise? Also, I should had known that they didn't look right without the frames because of how I've seen them used in Icho's United pack, but nope, I didn't catch myself. 

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After thinking long and hard about it, I've decided to accept your R3 solution, so nice job solving it nearly intended! :thumbsup: Really, if I did in fact release an update, it would just be a steel block on the terrain where the trap is and hence all that's needed to fix the replay is adjusting the bomber placement by a pixel or two. In the end, I decided against the fix, since it just looked strange to me despite just being a steel block. And yea, that would just be a very huge nitpick on my end, when your solution isn't that much different from mine and the effect is essentially the same,

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I've attached my solution for you to compare. Really the only difference to my solution is I use different lemmings at the start to do the first few skill assignments and the bomber assignment but is otherwise the same. I also grant you permission to show off my intended solution to my R3 after you show off yours, if you want. You don't have to, of course, but just know you have my permission to show my replay solution for your video :)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #86 on: March 27, 2023, 10:01:29 AM »
Finally started playing through these! I have solved the R2's and R3's of geoo's and Simon's Lix levels, as well as all the R1's. My replays are attached.
Phew, save for TTW and WillLem's levels, I must say these R1's were all deceivingly tough! I also haven't had any luck with Simon's and geoo's R1's yet. I'll have another go at them later! No hints, of course! :P

For tan x, is it correct that there aren't any stackers anymore for your R1? When I was watching Icho's video on the R1's, the level had stackers, but it seems that in V4 there aren't stackers ??? It just has bombers and builders now, with most of them as pickups.

Simon's Bumper Cave R2V1 (click to show/hide)

Simon's Rhizome R3V2 (click to show/hide)


geoo's Pommes schranke R3V2 (click to show/hide)


All rightie, now my feedback on the R1 NL entries.


Niesch's Tomb of Doom R1V2 (click to show/hide)

tan x's Garden of Love R1V4 (click to show/hide)



WillLem's The Instrument R1V1 (click to show/hide)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #87 on: March 27, 2023, 06:47:30 PM »
Rhizome: This is a backroute. Good find! I already have an idea for fixing it. I'll see when I have time. Released Rhizome v3 with fix. Thanks!

Bumper Cave: Intended. Bumper Cave is deliberately easy to counterbalance the fiddliness in Last Shall Be First.

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« Reply #88 on: March 27, 2023, 06:58:35 PM »
@kaywhyn That's intended 8-) Well done on saving additional lemming.
Your solution is identical to geoo's and eric's.
It's possible to solve the level without RR fiddling with the extra bomber. But it's optional. ;)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #89 on: March 27, 2023, 10:09:51 PM »
Natural-born v4: Armani, the wider waterfall hasn't fixed my backroute from Natural-born v3. The lemmings can swim upwards even in the wider waterfall. I've thought that for a month and never came around to re-solve it, but here's the proof, finally.

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« Reply #90 on: March 29, 2023, 09:07:51 AM »
Attached are the intended solutions to my levels.
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #91 on: March 29, 2023, 10:29:42 AM »
Here is my vid to the backrouted levels: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXjlWI4iOAI

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« Reply #92 on: March 30, 2023, 10:49:39 AM »
Finally got the Lix R1's solved and hence all the Lix entries solved and resolved Simon's R3V3. Here are all my Lix replays. Also, here is my video covering the Lix entries:

Part 1 (Lix entries) - https://youtu.be/IWI3ycmdfqQ

I will record my videos for the NL entries later on, as it's quite late here and I really should be getting some rest/sleep :laugh:


I've already gave feedback on the R2's and R3's, so I'm just going to give feedback for the R1's.

Simon's Inside Your Router R1V1 (click to show/hide)

geoo's Hannabi R1V2 (click to show/hide)

For Simon's Rhizome R3V3 this should be intended ;) I admit that I watched Icho's solution shortly after I backrouted V2 and hence I know how to solve V3. At the same time, I was pretty much on the right track,

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In any case, I tried to see if I could still backroute V3, but seems like you've succeeded in blocking out all backroutes, so nice job ;)

Thanks Simon and geoo for your Lix entries :thumbsup: I will likely consider looking at the LixForum pack sometime and providing my feedback in the future so that we can get the ordering of the levels better, once I'm close to running out of NL content to play through ;)
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« Reply #93 on: March 30, 2023, 09:38:04 PM »
Finally solved all the remaining contest levels. Here are all my replays for the NL entries (for the Lix replays, see the post right above this one), including all of my solutions to Icho's levels which I of course pre-tested, as well as my solutions for Crane's R3 and Niesch's R3, which I've also had the honor of pre-testing. I've attached 3 solutions for Niesch's R2, one of which is the talisman solution and the other two just slight variants of each other, as well as two solutions for Crane's R3, one of which is a solution from the pre-testing days, as well as the talisman solution.

Also I have the remaining videos up for the LDC levels :) For part 1, see the above post.

Part 2 (NL Rule 1) - https://youtu.be/dTpF8EbWRLE

Part 3 (NL Rule 2) - https://youtu.be/9Yfxs9iM9-s

Part 4 (NL Rule 3) - https://youtu.be/s5r3VvmZgjc

Part 5 (my contest levels) - https://youtu.be/4UG2jpppYc0

For Armani's R2, I show Icho's intended solution after I show off my very hackish and extremely hard to pull off solution, while for my R3 after I show my intended solutions I show off Icho's solution, as a way to thank him for all the super helpful feedback he has provided me to help me improve in my designs! :thumbsup:


I've already provided feedback on the R1's last time, so this will just be feedback for the R2's and R3's.

Rule 2 Feedback

Like R1, all these levels were a lot tougher than I thought! In particular, I found Armani's R2 to be the hardest of the entire pack, though that's because of the extremely hackish solution I found which is very different and much tougher than the intended solution that I personally would accept, but that's for Armani to decide. Sadly, I've solved all of these close to around the time the update phase is closed, so apologies to those people whose levels I backrouted and cannot release an update anymore for the LDC :(

My solution to The Tomato Watcher's R2 is most definitely a very glaring backroute, though that can easily be fixed with OWAs pointing to the right on the sand terrain :P

Armani's Natural-Born R2V4 (click to show/hide)

Niesch's Splash or Splat R2V7 (click to show/hide)


WillLem's Direct Drip R2V2 (click to show/hide)


Rule 3 Feedback

These levels didn't take anywhere near as long as the other two rulesets, but still some tough nuts here. Then again, I only had to play Armani's, TTW's, and Silken's R3's here, as I ended up pre-testing both Niesch's and Crane's R3's, and of course all of Icho's levels. As a result, only feedback to the first three I mentioned will be provided :P

Armani's Clown Fiesta R3V1 (click to show/hide)


Silken Healer's Jumpstone R3V1 (click to show/hide)


All rightie, thank goodness to finally have gotten through all levels here. I did get worry that I wouldn't be able to solve everything before the playing phase ended due to how late I came back to the game close to the deadline, but fortunately I was able to solve everything. Even if I didn't succeed here, I still be able to release videos of my solutions to them during the voting but off-site due to discussions of them not allowed  unless they were already eliminated.

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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #94 on: March 31, 2023, 09:56:49 AM »
Apologies for triple posting, but before the end of the playing phase, I just wanted to attach the intended solutions to my contest levels ;)
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Re: Level Design Contest #27 - Playing Phase (Discussion Topic)
« Reply #95 on: April 01, 2023, 10:45:53 AM »
Wow, this is an egregious backroute to Pommes Schranke which looks so painful to execute (when the intended solution is very simple to execute).
Here's a fix where I move the second fry 1 px to the right so your blocker-bomber can't blow through it anymore. (It's also in the update topic).

btw, Pommes Schranke refers to this dish: https://as2.ftcdn.net/v2/jpg/00/58/28/95/1000_F_58289557_DFySSo3h0A0KLKJZU64cuUjoglkM2ne6.jpg

IchoTolot's solution to Hanabi is a bit different from the intended one, but back when I watched it I didn't dislike it enough to fix it, so for now it's just an 'alternative' solution. Maybe I'll fix it in the future, not sure. Btw, Hanabi means 'Fireworks' in Japanese.

Yeah, I'm aware 'The last shall be first' is tedious, and was almost considering to not submit it here... But good job on solving it, looks intended. I wasn't aware of the precise bombing at the end allowing to save 2, that should be fixed though.