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This is a general game design topic in several forums/media.  When looking for a new game to play, I often stop to topics like 'Know any good fast-paced games?'. 

 

But fast-paced can mean almost anything, so let’s consider a small scale example:

1. Total fast-paced insanity

  • very fast movement 
  • full arsenal of advanced movements (e.g. double-jump, dash, teleport)
  • crazy animations

Cool games examples: MatterfallSeraphHolodrive

2. Almost real

  • movement speed matches real human sportsman's or martial arts master's
  • some advanced acrobatic movements (no double-jumps or wall-run though)
  • realistic animations, some crazy physics

Cool games examples: My Friend PedroAC Chronicles

3. Realistic

  • movement speed is realistic (maybe with some Hollywood influences)
  • no advanced movements, except short rolls 
  • realistic physics

Cool games examples: Shadow ComplexDeadlight

 

We envision much action going on in Boom Squad, however, we wanted to induce some fast-paced feel by a very smooth realistic movement. So we placed the movement in the 3rd category. 

 

What type of movement do you like the most? How would you see a platformer game?

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