So, I just started working on my level earlier today, and I thought it would be nice to share what I've started with you guys. So, the idea of this is level is to build a gimmick based on Chargin' Chucks ramming into turn blocks, but with a plot twist: the blocks are actually made of chocolate, and the Chucks are experiencing a sugar craving, hence this level's name.
I'm also unsure about how well the song fits. Sure, it's happy and all that, but it still very much sounds like a ship level song rather than a sweets type level song.
I like the concept of the level, but right now (not that there's a ton to go off of) my concern is that the foreground could end up a bit bland. I'm assuming that the ground is supposed to be cotton candy, and while the palette looks fine for that, the majority of the ground is just a solid color. One idea might be to mix in blue cotton candy (since that's a pretty common cotton candy color) and have the colors alternate, intertwine, etc. to vary it up a bit.
Other than that, try to think of some other candy-themed decorations, maybe? The gray falling platforms could be colored to look like wafers, for example. You could throw in water and color it yellow like lemonade, brown like cola, etc. Maybe you could turn cloud blocks into marshmallows with some palette trickery, or turn the No Yoshi sign into a lollipop?
seconding the concern about the choice of music.
But I like the concept and graphics you shown so far.
If you provide any kind of video of your level, we may be able to help you find a more fitting song.
But if you really, really, really want to keep it the way it is, I guess it's fine then.
I guess I can understand about the music choice. I have to admit, it's definitely not the most fitting song for a candy level, but I still think it's appropriate. Here's the new song that I'm gonna use. I think this one has more of a "candy feel" to it. What do you guys think of it?
I also took K3fka's advice about the blue cotton candy foreground. This is what it will look like (This is just a test screenshot by the way):
I haven't really made a lot of progress in the moment, since school keeps me pretty occupied, but I'll try to pick up the pace.
Everything looks great so far. I think this level will have more decorations looking like candy. You can use some more of K3fka's propositions.Calling Tim Follin a musical genius would be offensive to him.
Well, cotton candy doesn't exactly have sprinkles. But you could make vanilla ice cream with sprinkles using white cloud gfx. K3fka's idea for a lollipop is also super creative, and wafers would be really easy to make. Basically, we all sorta wish we had started making a food-themed level But it's too late now, so we may as well give you our ideas! I'm looking forward to what you make of this level.
I'm pretty much done with the level itself now, though I still might need to make some slight changes. Here's a patch if you want to give it a try. I'm looking for constructive feedback. Also, I might have said that I was gonna make the second half a vertical section, but I couldn't come up with anything good, so I just made it horizontal, and I also had to ditch the secret exit, but hopefully it should still be fun for you guys.
Your level is very good. The aesthetics are gorgeous, it plays very nicely, not too hard, not too easy, and its overall a very good level.
That being said, there are a few things I'd like to point out. The first thing being this:
I appreciate that you're trying to make the level not too difficult, but having this many falling platforms seems unnecessary. just remove the ones on the bottom and it'll be just fine.
Also I'm assuming this was unintentional?
This is more of a suggestion than something that you need to change, but its about your music choice. While the song is very fitting, I hear it used a lot and there are other songs that would fit that theme very well that don't get used. Have a look at the song Stars and Rainbows from Ruberjig's C3 music pack, I think that song would go much better in your level.