A hack for the excited beginner and the seasoned veteran, Love Yourself provides a vanilla adjacent kaizo experience accessible (and enjoyable) to all skill levels. Love Yourself features 17 levels (no secret exits), a few custom sprites, plenty of custom graphics/palettes, and a fun soundtrack. Many thanks to the SMWC members who provided the resources used to build this hack. There are also 3 secret rooms, each dedicated to one of the awesome playtesters who helped to polish this hack. Can you find them all?
Love Yourself was built under a semi-strict 9 month deadline. Work began soon after my wife (Mrs. Chon) found out that she was pregnant with our first child. My goal was to create a hack that my kids could play as an introduction to SMW Kaizo. This hack is dedicated to all of my kids (however many there may be).
Please enjoy, and feel free to let me know you played through Love Yourself. I value all of your feedback so that I can better improve my craft as a level maker.
Probably my favorite true beginner hack. Often beginner hacks don't play anything like harder kaizos, which detracts from their value as entry points to the genre. Love Yourself deploys actual kaizo level design, but introduces the player to it in a gentle, forgiving way. The stages are varied with some true gems to delight players of any skill level (ex: Tippy Toes). I highly recommend this hack.
Gotta say, after spending about 2 hours(I think) beating all of the levels(except for one), this is probably my favorite Kaizo hack I have played so far. Probably one of the least frustrating, without it being the easiest. The one level I was not a fan of was the Disco Shell level, but that is only because I dislike Disco shells in Kaizo in general, not that level specifically. So I decided to skip it just so it would not ruin my experience with the rest of the hack, which is stellar.
Tippy Toes was easily my favorite of the levels. I enjoy the concept of a level based on hitboxes that are just a tiny bit larger than what it looks like. I am also glad that it was more than just showing this gimmick off and using it in more creative ways, while still being fun to play. If I ever make a Kaizo Hack, I might look at this one for some ideas.
Fantastic hack. Very accessible to new players, while still having level design that is fun and interesting to more experienced players. I really love the style of level design you use where you're not just holding right, but weaving back and forth to set up the platforms/enemies in a way that lets you proceed. Your last hack did this as well, but it's more varied and natural here.
My one complaint would be what twicepipes mentioned - there are a few places where I couldn't tell what was solid/background/semisolid. Most notably the orange platforms in level 1, the bamboo shoots in the triangle level, and the semisolids in the ice level. I would recommend making those first two things I mentioned more saturated (if that's the right word) and making the top of the ice semisolids thin, or at least more rounded.
My favorite levels were Wobblin, Tippy Toes, and Looking Back. Great job!
Great hack! I highly recommend this to any beginner and also any player looking for a fun time. I hope your children, however many there may be, one day enjoy playing this hack that you made for them with love!
What a fun hack, I had a really good time with this throughout. A lot of cool mixups on mostly vanilla stuff that I hadn't seen before. I also like how a lot of the setups felt good whether you one-cycled them or played more patiently. The only issue I had at all was visibility type stuff on one or two occasions where I couldn't tell that some foreground blocks weren't solid.
Wow, what a fun little hack. Very beginner-friendly while still full of creativity. Definitely on my list of first-or-second hacks to play for new players. The last level was a really nice way to end it, too.