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  1. Andrew Menzies' scores

    A CCLP4 bold! It's been a while. #2 (Pixelated Fire): 251 (+31, b)
  2. JoshL7

    A few more comments from the levels I just played... Level 18 (Cold Hard Chip): I liked the aesthetic of the hallways with ice tiles down the middle/a few branching off. The yellow key section was just intuitive enough for me to get it on the first try by process-of-elimination even though not everything was visible at the start, which felt good. Unfortunately I didn't realize that you absolutely have to enter the ice checkerboard section from the bottom-right, resulting in a surprise ambush by hidden walls: Level 19 (Drops of Jupiter): This started off nice and relaxing with some simple sokobans with small twists, and then suddenly some harrowing monster dodging near the end...a bit nerve-wracking, but I got through it in one piece. My favorite sokobans were the ones that involved the teleports. Level 20 (Fortune Ravine): Like the previous level, another nice themed campaign level, but here the theme was recessed walls. I think the difficulty was just right here for its place in the set and it very gradually sloped downwards (unlike the previous level which seemed to spike upwards around halfway through). There were a few places I wish I could have seen farther, but also could have probably avoided cooks if I'd been more careful. (The red/yellow/green key section looked like guesswork at first, but then I realized I could tell that the red key had to come before the yellow.) My favorite part was going through a bomb/recessed wall maze and then clearing out the bombs using a fireball cloner! --- And now because it was getting late and I decided to skip around arbitrarily: Level 49 (Seven by Seven): One cool thing about this level was being able to see the whole thing, notice that there is no visible exit--and yet still I knew exactly where the exit had to be. (And I was right.) It turned out much simpler than I expected; I never had to use the trapped ball or the flippers for anything. Was that intended? Anyway, the nice thing about leaving the flippers untouched is that you avoid the "dumb Lynx ending" you mentioned in your designer comment (the tank doesn't need to be stopped on the button if the flippers are still there).
  3. Andrew Menzies' scores

    #76 (Flow State): 284 #77 (Brick Block Facility ): 358 #78 (Aquatic Ruins): 351 #79 (Spring ): 212 #80 (Monster Swapper): 272 #81 (Estranged for a Season): 237 #82 (Puzzle Box): 776/ --- #83 (Frozen Over): 254 #84 (Forsythia): 378 #85 (Nectar Meadow): 404 #86 (Cyprus): 226 #87 (And the Walls Kept Tumbling Down): 473 #88 (Empty Rooms): 252 #89 (Diametric Opposition): 375 #90 (Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy): 308 #91 (How to Retune Your Harp): 363 #92 (Fire Is My Enemy): 370 #93 (Bombs Are a Beautiful Thing): 272 #94 (Ditchdigger): 433 #95 (Ravaged): 359 #96 (Lean Thinking): 721/--- #97 (Lockdown): 192 #98 (Clay Tunnel): 374 #99 (Ice Cavern): 173 #100 (One Tank's Adventure): 736 #101 (Condo Management): 295 #102 (The Key Issue): 127 #103 (Malachite): 201 #104 (Dual): 112 #105 (Living Things): 191 #106 (Gridlock): 187 #107 (Combinations): 757/--- #108 (Scatterbrained): 455 #109 (Shemozzle): 13 #110 (Keyrithmetic): 946/--- #111 (Water Bottle): 161 #112 (Triple Mint Slurpee): 410 #113 (Half of You, Half of Me): 268 #114 (Repugnant Nonsense): 387 #115 (Overlap): 832/--- #116 (They're Not Called Blocks for Nothing): 196 #117 (Greenian Motion): 197 #118 (Chip Controls): 349 #119 (Strandquist): 236 #120 (Construct-a-Sokoban): 230 #121 (Death and Destruction): 242 #122 (Jigsee): 605 #123 (Life Is Not a Puzzle): 546 #124 (Air Bubble): 31 #125 (Beautiful Struggle): 439 #126 (Bind Mender): 57 #127 (Wrong Exit): 177 #128 (Mindless Self-Indulgence): 217 #129 (Undefined Fantastic Object): 164 #130 (Bam Thwok): 539 #131 (Jigsaw): 561 #132 (Monorail): 395 #133 (Monochrome): 583 #134 (Pushover): 347 #135 (Propaganda): 308 #136 (Seeing Red): 289 #137 (The Longest Track): 418/--- #138 (Zipper): 105 #139 (Unravel): 962/--- #140 (Repair the Automatic (Caution) Doors): 729 #141 (World of a Thousand Flames): 513 #142 (Stratagem): 43 #143 (Color Coordination): 370 #144 (Paradigm Shift): 566 #145 (Hacked Save File): 424 #146 (Japanese Game Show): 699/--- #147 (Gimmick Isle): 498 #148 (Gravity Well): 397 #149 (Mental Marvel Monastery): 432
  4. Andrew Menzies' scores

    First half of my CCLP4 initial times. (Some of these have already been reported.) #1 (Molecule): 154 #2 (Pixelated Fire): 220 #3 (Fossilized Snow): 186 #4 (Oasis): 186 #5 (Non-Dimensional Layer): 219 #6 (Proving Grounds): 288 #7 (In the Pool): 93 #8 (The Fourth Dimension): 293 #9 (Pinball): 226 #10 (Stuck in Emerald): 73 #11 (Keyboard Malfunction): 350 #12 (Rivets): 176 #13 (Encased in Carbonite): 184 #14 (Poly-Gone): 259 #15 (Cross Back): 260 #16 (Reservoir Frogs): 269 #17 (The Three Trials): 254 #18 (Inferno Dynamics): 201 #19 (Conservation of Keys): 186 #20 (It's No Skin Off My Teeth): 278 #21 (Glacial Palace): 284 #22 (Bodyguards): 238 #23 (Western Standards of Living): 349 #24 (It's Easy Being Green): 319 #25 (Difficulty Switch): 350 #26 (Shrub): 147 #27 (Suburban Legend): 331 #28 (Zephyr Heights): 340 #29 (Flipper Departments): 312 #30 (Hoodwinked): 51 #31 (Big Boulder Alley): 362 #32 (Blended Brussels Sprouts): 284 #33 (Tool Shed): 215 #34 (Frozen Waffle): 150 #35 (Chasing Chips): 309 #36 (One Who Raids Tombs): 386 #37 (Tropical Hibiscus): 340 #38 (Detonation Station): 208 #39 (In the Walls of Gravel Castle): 285 #40 (Periodic Lasers): 128 #41 (Ghetto Piranha): 264 #42 (Nova Prospect): 163 #43 (Coral Reef): 340 #44 (Blobfield): 391 #45 (Seven-Layer Salad): 211 #46 (Exclusive Or): 193 #47 (Antidisruptive Caves): 298 #48 (Key Insight): 244 #49 (Block Parking): 814/--- #50 (Secret Underground Society): 203 #51 (Ice in a Blender): 267 #52 (It Suits the Purpose): 103 #53 (Protect Your Fortress): 257 #54 (Split Path): 154 #55 (If I Ran the Zoo): 434 #56 (Fireworks Factory): 501 #57 (Bisection): 382 #58 (Ruinous Plaza): 184 #59 (Blockpick): 258 #60 (Flippant): 174 #61 (Blue Tooth): 400 #62 (Block Unpuzzle): 317 #63 (Pneumatic Diversity Vents): 487 #64 (Excuse Me): 276 #65 (Duplex): 401 #66 (Anaconda): 264 #67 (Nuclear Energy for Dummies): 221 #68 (Cold Fusion Reactor): 911/--- #69 (Ball in an Awkward Place): 315 #70 (Science Museum): 276 #71 (Puuf): 143 #72 (Sewerway): 314 #73 (Sealed Doors in the Spacecraft): 200 #74 (Technopathic): 208 #75 (Unmitigated Hint Factory Disaster): 262
  5. Level 31 "Creepy Crawly" A level I made primarily for the "whaaaaaaaaat?" factor. It looks ridiculous at first glance, and then you realize the monsters are circling invisible walls and it's just a small maze. Even if I'd wanted to make it much bigger, I couldn't have, since you can only have 127 moving monsters in a level in MS mode, and the level currently contains 112. Level 32 "Goin' For a Walk" This is basically the obligatory walker level of the set, made at JB's request late in the set's production because I didn't have (m)any walkers levels yet. (I can't recall if I made this before or after Level 73.) That's about all there is to it. I definitely like the other walker level in the set more. Level 33 "Corresponding" A puzzle where, as the hint says, you have to figure out which block corresponds with each water space, and there's only one correct set of pairings. I think it turned out decently but wish it were a little harder. (For a few of the blocks, it's very obvious that they can only go in a particular place, which significantly narrows down the rest.) Level 34 "Pursued By Shadows" There are plenty of monster-dodging levels where you can lure the monsters to their deaths, but not so many where you can send them away only temporarily...hence, this level! All the teleports in the play area are only enterable from the left or top to ensure that no Teeth will unexpectedly pop out of them at you, and the two Teeth trapped in the top-left corner of the level ensure that you can't use the teleports yourself to escape. This is one of my favorite levels from this decade. In an old version (released in the 33-level preview) I had an opening at (11, 13) instead of (10, 14), which caused Teeth to repeatedly move left along row 12 and drop into the spiral, meaning you'd have to lure them alllllll the way around again and again until the coast was clear. Ugh. I'm so glad I changed that for the 63-level preview and the final version. As far as the title goes, JB insisted that I use proper titling conventions and make the "By" lowercase, but I thought the title would stand out more if the "By" was capital, so I overruled him. I'm not sure where I originally heard the phrase, or if I just made it up. It is a book title and a card in a collectible card game, but I hadn't heard of either of them until I did a Google search just a few minutes ago. Level 35 "The Incredibly Safe Maze" Another really silly "whaaaaaaaat?" level, and another way to use invisible walls without a ton of guesswork. There are monsters, but the maze is safe, so they must be held back by invisible walls...hence you can watch them to find your way through the maze! The name might have been inspired by the (very friendly and safe) "Incredibly Deadly Viper" from Book 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Hmm, maybe I should have called this "The Incredibly Deadly Maze". Level 36 "Infernal Cell" A throwback to the four "Cell" levels from Po100T, but instead of force floors between each cell, the monster flows act as 1-way passages within some of the cells. The gliders and water in the top-right are just there to give the level a bit of visual variety. The center of the level could be though of as one big cell, but if you treat the socket and exit as walls, it's 4 cells arranged in a 2x2 pattern, which gives the level 36 cells as its level number would suggest. Level 37 "Tanks, Toggles, Traps" This was one of the very last levels I designed for this set, kind of as a hole-filler. The puzzles were designed mostly by playing with different configurations of tanks and toggle walls and seeing how they could be manipulated, and I'm pretty pleased with how the first couple turned out. However, I couldn't think of too many ways to make them more complicated, so I called it quits after a very easy 3rd puzzle and a 4th puzzle that's very similar to the first 2. The wall pattern has an interesting aesthetic, where I intentionally made the outer walls a mostly continuous path with no squares, crosses, or diagonal-only connections, and only a single "T"-shape. Also, unlike most levels, the title took me a little while to decide after I'd finished building it; in the end I went with simple alliteration. Level 38 "Patterns" "Frogger 2: Swampy's Revenge" inspired me to make this dodging-themed level, as that game had plenty of neat-looking patterns of enemies to dodge--stuff a bit more intricate than "back and forth in a straight line" or "around and around in a rectangle". For instance, in the video below, look at the section with the oncoming enemies after the slide down the curvy vine, and compare that to the fireball-cloning section in the top-left of Patterns. It's a little different (3 paths vs 2) but both sections have zigzagging oncoming monsters to dodge. Anyway, that was one of the concepts I started with...the other was the idea for the bug-and-paramecia section in the bottom-center which I didn't actually know was solvable until I built and tried it. ("Wretched Hive of Scum and Villainy" from CCLP4 has a similar looking section, which may be coincidence, since I didn't play it before designing this level.) I knew some rooms would be harder than others, with the bottom-left and bottom-center probably being the hardest, which is why I let you visit the rooms in any order and skip up to 12 chips (just enough to skip those two rooms, or certain other combinations of rooms). It's possible the level is harder than I intended, even with the ability to skip chips. "Patterns" may not be all that popular, but it's one of my personal favorite levels from the set. I ended up liking the northeast enough to build Level 44, which is fully dedicated to the concept of avoiding monster "snakes" in mazes. Level 39 "Block Unpuzzle" (CCLP4 Level 62) First of all, let me say that I'm super happily surprised by how popular this level is! It was my highest-voted level in CCLP4. Anyway, my first idea was a reverse sokoban where all the trap buttons are initially held down and you need to UNcover all of them. But then I thought it would be more interesting if you had to do both parts--the covering and then the uncovering. The placement of the blocks and buttons was pretty much arbitrary. All I did was make sure there were no 2x2 squares of blocks (for obvious reasons) and no 2x2 squares of buttons (since then you'd be unable to move those blocks for Phase 2) and that I didn't surround all 8 squares next to the center thieves with the same type of tile (block or button). I ended up with this setup, tested it, and found it to be possible and moderately challenging, so I kept it. It was a little bit trickier to design the mechanism that would enforce the two phases of the puzzles. I was working on something involving a column of traps, a column of bombs, and spamming cloned fireballs horizontally after the first phase, but then realized that constantly-flipping-tanks and traps would be a simpler, more elegant solution. Level 40 "Pneumatic Diversity Vents" (CCLP4 Level 63) This level is based on the concept of force-floor-and-ice slides that take you from one section to another. It's named and inspired by a feature in Portal 2 shown in the video below. (It was originally intended to show up in test chambers, but in the final game only appears once, as a means of travel about midway through the game.) I like the block puzzle at the beginning, because it's the first instance I can think of where you have to get 2 blocks out of your way by "storing" them in a single space (fill in water, then pack down the dirt and put another block on that space). I think this is the best-placed of the secret hints. It plays off the CCLP3 trope of "don't pick up any items right away because you might need them to deflect monsters". I definitely didn't want to have this level be cooked if you picked up those chips because that would be pretty mean when the previous levels in this set don't require you to be so paranoid about taking items. However, the fact that you don't have to be paranoid to solve the level, but do in order to get the secret hint, makes the secret hint a lot less obvious than if you had to be paranoid to do both! Plus, once you do figure out the secret hint, it's nice that you don't have to redo the whole level...just enough to reach it.
  6. Level 21 "TNT" Just an idea I had for a block-extracting level themed around using explosives (and drills...or something...whatever the keys represent...) to break apart a giant boulder. I meant for there to be just enough blocks, but it turned out that you could save an extra one if you were really careful near the start, which is fine by me since it doesn't change too much. Also, I just couldn't resist hiding the exit under a block with the theme of the level being what it was. The level was originally named "Dynamite" (after both the concept and the Taio Cruz song) in the 33-level preview I released, but then another level by that name got into CCLP1 so at JB's suggestion, I renamed this before the final release to avoid confusion. Level 22 "Stress Reliever" This is a really silly level...just an excuse to murder a bunch of walkers and blobs. The title can be thought of as a double meaning, in that you're relieving stress on your part by getting rid of those troublesome monsters, and relieving the stress on the walls of the packed-to-the-brim rooms containing those monsters. The chaotic ending is there to at least add some challenge...you might want to use the blocks to prepare an exit path for the monsters before you start freeing them. Level 23 "Invisible Plumbing" This is, in my opinion, a pretty neat idea for a blue wall maze--you have environmental clues that tell you where you can walk, rather than having to oof on every wall. In this case, you can see where each path turns and ends, as though you could see the joints and caps on a twisted nest of pipes but not the pipes themselves. (I may have been thinking about the game "Pipe Dream" from the Windows Entertainment Pack as I built this.) I kept the time limit low so that you would most likely have to use the visual clues to finish the level, rather than just pushing blindly on everything. Level 24 "Cross-Hatching" The idea was to use crossing monster paths to create a sort of maze, including paths that you can only travel through in one direction and some squares that you cannot travel through at all (as they are occupied every 2 moves). The name comes from the back of a box of colored pencils, where it was shown as the name of a coloring technique: Level 25 "Freeway" A very short dodging level inspired and named by a game called "Freeway" for the Atari 2600, which I have on a 30-game compilation disc for the PlayStation 1. In that game, you have a limited amount of time to guide a chicken across a 10-lane freeway as many times as possible to score points. So basically it's Frogger except that the river is replaced with more road. I deliberately kept it simple and only focused on dodging, unlike my Frogger-inspired "Froggy!" from Pit of 100 Tiles. I made this before the level named "Frogger" by Wes Powers got into CCLP1, so the similarity with that level is entirely coincidental! Level 26 "Plinko" This is named after the Price is Right game where contestants drop disks into a board with several layers of dividers on the way down, each of which deflects the disk left or right, until it lands in the bottom and they win a prize depending on where. So for this level, you need to guide some Teeth down a series of passages, making them turn left or right to fall onto trap buttons. It's not all that difficult, and the only mildly clever bit is getting the far-left or far-right traps open, where you need to either put yourself in harm's way on the trap button OR stand in the trap while luring the Teeth to release that trap. Originally this was going to be later in the set, and the time limit was low to make it a mild time-crunch level, but I moved it earlier in the released version (and bumped up the time limit in a later update). I realized after making this level that, unlike the game of Plinko, this level isn't very random, so I decided to make another Plinko-themed level, which became Level 73. Level 27 "Serpentslayer" This was probably inspired by the ending of "Mud and Water" from CCLP3, where you have to use a Teeth to disrupt circling bugs and reach the exit. Here I just put that aspect of the level a little more into focus; you have to collect all the chips in order to recruit the "serpentslayer" (a Teeth) to disrupt the "snake" of paramecia guarding the green keys and the exit. The random force floors and ice corners inside the exit square were just supposed to look pretty, like a treasure horde of emeralds and a big diamond or something...not sure if that really came across. Oh, and the blue wall maze in the bottom is a mirror image of the passages to the right of it...wonder how many people caught that! Level 28 "Build-a-Bridge Workshop 2.0" One of my goals while making this set was to revisit older concepts in a more advanced way...and one way to do that was to tighten up forgiving causal levels into actual puzzles with much less room for error. Even though the original "Build-a-Bridge Workshop" had a lot of blocks and was very open-ended, the concept lent itself well to making a strict puzzle with just enough blocks to complete. Admittedly, this is a strange sequel because the aesthetics are so different (grid vs mess), but the core concept of using blocks and flippers to build bridges, so that you can pick up all the chips after losing the flippers, is still there. Level 29 "Hit the Brakes!!" It's extremely rare to have to slow down on force floors, so I made a level about it. Of course, you can't stay in place while holding backwards on a force floor in Lynx on a straightaway, so I put a bend at the end of every path. Unfortunately that may have made the timing trickier to visually gauge. This level is short both because it's a pseudo "action level" and there were only so many ways I could think of at the time to use the concept. The title comes from a scene in Star Fox 64 where you switch a train onto the wrong track, careening into a factory and causing a glorious explosion: Level 30 "One-Push Sokobans" This is a concept I decided to try to build on a whim as a nod to "One Block Sokoban" from CCLP2. The concept is just as it sounds--each puzzle is solved by pushing a single block a single time. It's definitely not a difficult level (with a concept like this, it hardly could be), but I tried to make the rooms distinct and unusual enough to make for an interesting experience, and I think it turned out pretty well! I deliberately set up the northwest ice checkerboard so that you can look around and see which way to push the block before making a decision. The concept in the southeast room might remind you of "Excuse Me", but I actually made this level before "Excuse Me"! (This was one of my first 33, while Excuse Me was created somewhere in the 34th-63rd range.) So that's it for the 20s! In my opinion this decade has a couple nice concepts but is a bit of a lull in the set, with the decades before and after being more interesting.
  7. JoshL7

    More of my experiences playing through the set. Note: There may be spoilers to the solutions of these levels in my comments, so don't look if you haven't solved yet! (Covers levels 11-17)
  8. Maybe that was referring to CCLP2 where buried walls act like recessed walls that aren't visible as recessed walls until you step on them?
  9. Level 11 "Bodyguards" (CCLP4 Level 22?!?!) The idea was to make a level where thieves are helpful sometimes and harmful other times. That's about it. I guess some of the monsters are kind of interesting to dodge, like maybe the bugs near the top-left, since this somehow got into CCLP4. And it's not like we were reaching deep down to fill a slot--this was just a few places outside of the Top 149 in voting! It's an OK level, but it's messy and all over the place and I didn't really do much planning while designing this and I think I had much better levels that could've gotten in instead. Level 12 "Halving" I had a few ideas for a maze whose walls change scale as you travel through it, and this is one I ended up building. The first part is a little bit inspired by a custom level called "Two by Two" which is like Chip's Challenge meets World 4 (Giant Land) from Super Mario Bros. 3. It's most evident with the squares of 4 chips. Level 13 "Journey to the Center of the Earth" One level I made way back in Levelset 1.ccl was called "Perish Twice" (name taken from a book I saw in my parents' room, which had a poem by Robert Frost on the back about fire and ice). The level had...fire and ice. Specifically, you had to avoid sliding into the fire, but you could see it ahead of time. Then, eventually, you'd get fire boots and not have to worry about it. Anyway, I made an ice maze with a similar concept here, but used water instead of fire. It's fairly simple to avoid dying; on a floor tile, you can always see the ends of all of its paths that lead to water, and any paths whose ends you can't see lead to safe ground. There's only one exception to that rule, which is the floor at (23, 17) having an up path that leads to water at (28, 18), but there the level layout ensures you will see the deadly path before you get to the floor tile it originates from. (Hence the wording of the hint.) I'm pretty pleased with how the ice maze portion turned out. The rest (some thicker water to represent ocean, dirt to represent crust, fire to represent the mantle/outer core, and gravel/chips to represent the inner core of the Earth) was added at the last minute to take up the remaining space and give it a more unique aesthetic. All that led to a title that makes the level sound much more epic than it really is. Level 14 "Cross Back" (CCLP4 Level 15!) I came up with third room first--a block puzzle that must be solved in two directions and requires you to set up the second trip during your first. (I remember that the idea came to me when I was waiting for my college piano class to start, for some reason--no idea why.) Then I built the rest of the level around that concept of crossing back through rooms. I'm happy with how the first room turned out; there are two distinct solutions, one of which leaves a recessed wall unused. The middle room turned out a little simpler than I'd hoped...it's inspired by a section of Jeffrey's level "Guiding Light" where you have to clone lines of tanks (that cannot be reversed) to direct a fireball. The title is a small callback to Cross Over from Po100T. Level 15 "Elemental Park" (CCLP1 Level 128!) There have been plenty of elemental-themed mazes, but not a lot of 4-part overlapping mazes, so I built one. I definitely like how I was able to make the path of each element mostly contiguous, which sets it apart from something like Triple Maze, while still creating an interesting maze. Fun fact: The original version of this level, which I released in my 13-level preview set for CCLP1 consideration, had some chips on the edges of the level, so J.B. edited the level for CCLP1 to move the chips inward and prevent the player from touching the border. The change was so smooth that I didn't notice until he pointed it out later...so I decided to include the CCLP1 version in the final version of To100T. Level 16 "Parallel Problems" A very simple level that I originally built in Levelset 1.ccl, long long ago. The concept is the exact same; only some minor details like the frequency of the fireball cloning and the number of columns changed, and those only because I lost the original level. Level 17 "Excuse Me" (CCLP4 Level 64!) This level was inspired by two things: 1) the section in Think Tank where you have to use blocks to force intermittently-flipping tanks down onto brown buttons; and 2) the section in Choose Your Own Adventure from Po100T where you have to use a block to force an intermittently-flipping tank into a bomb. I thought, what if I made a whole level about that, and made the tank flipping constant to make the theme stand out more? It turned out pretty well, as it got into CCLP4. I'm not sure how fair the lower-right section is with the block-pushing based on what you can see, but at least I gave you an extra block. There is a room you can access once you get all the chips that consists of a small maze of flipping tanks, but there's nothing essential to get there. I just included it as an alternate way from the trap room to the exit room. Level 18 "The Road Not Taken" The level title and concept are based on a poem by Robert Frost. In 5th grade, we had to read and write about poetry, including some by Frost, and his name and some of his poems have always stuck in my head. (My most vivid memory of that class is the teacher praising me for what I'd written about "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" when it was pretty much just repeating her comments about the poem.) In any case, the poem is about a speaker deciding between taking a well-worn path through the woods or a more grassy, overgrown path that fewer people have taken. Regardless of the poem's metaphorical meaning, the level treats it pretty literally--at each fork you can choose between a monster-dodging challenge with no fake blue walls (the well-worn, popular path) or a blue wall maze (the overgrown, unpopular path). The hint also references the poem (using the phrase "the road less traveled by" and the word "divergence" for "fork"). The dodge required to get past the gliders (where you have to sidestep just as the glider makes a turn below you) is unusual...but not any more strict than dodging a single glider in a 2x2 space. Level 19 "GULP" Another extremely simple level from my Levelset 1.ccl days, basically Hunt condensed. (The old version was also named "GULP"--at that point I randomly capitalized some titles but not others; for example, the Levelset 1 version of Culprit was "CULPRIT".) At least in this version I made the chip path a coherent shape (a spiral) whereas in the original version, the path zigged and zagged all over the place. Not a spectacular level by any means, but I'm happy I had some easy and short ones to spread throughout the set. Level 20 "Salmon" This is the reverse Rat Race, which I'd been looking forward to building ever since I made Rat Race way back in Levelset 1. I just made it much more puzzle-y, since "hide in niches and go against the flow" isn't all that exciting for too long as a pure dodging concept, but there are lots of different ways to create said niches. It would have been Level 23 to match Rat Race, but since I put a secret hint, it had to be a multiple of 10, and 20 was the closest it could be (and also a good place in terms of difficulty). In retrospect, I like the normal ending with the tank puzzle enough that maybe I shouldn't have let you skip it when you find the secret hint...but on the other hand, aren't you glad you don't have to go all the way up the stream again after reading it?
  10. Oh, no! That's what I get for blindly following the Walls of CCLP4 template set without verifying it for myself first...guess I'll have to edit the block checkerboard before I put it in one of my sets. Miika, it seems you liked the monster disruption more than the lower half, which surprised me because I thought the monster disruption was the weakest part...also, the reason some of the puzzles seemed disconnected is because I was intentionally going for a themeless variety level (since I rarely make those). Ah, well...3rd is pretty good and actually a bit better than I expected. Congrats to Jeffrey and everyone else who participated! Definitely going to take some time to check out the other entries....
  11. JoshL7

    I was going to start a blind LP of this set but JB beat me to the punch, and I don't want to overload people's video-watching time...so I'll post my comments here as I play levels and read the developer commentary on pieguy's site. Level 1 (Lock Picker): I'm not sure I've ever seen a Level 1 that can be cooked on the first move (though it's possible to die in Molecule on the first move). Nice little warmup level that forces you to be on your guard early but becomes more lenient later (I finished with 2 spare keys). Level 2 (Inspection): Pretty simple. Just don't step on the wrong recessed walls. I like how the toggle walls toggle quickly enough for you to go through them all in a row without waiting. Level 3 (School of Thought): I did see the hint that says you styled this after Madhav, but I wouldn't have been able to tell. I know, Josh, that you and I have both said that our design styles are quite different, and one way is I think you use many more irregular wall patterns in your levels, whereas mine tend to be rectangular. (Part of it is because I tend to lay down the walls for a section before filling it in, which has the drawback of limiting my options and sometimes making my levels feel kind of samey...then again, sometimes I find that the section won't quite fit my original wall plan and it turns out irregular anyways.) The way you used the irregular walls here, they make the solutions not stick out, which is nice. I felt a little clever solving the second section without the flippers...then I ran into the appearing wall when I tried to pick them up "just in case". Well played. You say that Madhav's set featured "small levels that had one core theme"...that sounds a little like my design style except my levels tend to be large with one core theme. Level 4 (Fade): I'm not as big a fan of blue walls as Josh is, but this level is scaled down to a moderate size, which is nice. I definitely got what you mean by subverting expectations...my experience was like "3 fake blue walls in a row! " in one place followed by "3 blue walls in a row...so they're all fake, right? Fake, *oof*, real " in another. I did like the loops and the time limit wasn't low enough to be dangerous. And...I think you've given me a blue wall level idea! Level 5 (Dead Freight): Neat idea! I finished with a mere 9 seconds left...due to spending a while looking for the nonexistent "second usable block" in the maze before directing the first one to the bomb. I see you relaxed your normal avoidance of North and West thin walls; there are some concepts, like this one, that really don't work without them. *coughblockflickingcough* The title fit so well I didn't realize it was a reference. -----NEWEST BATCH (3/6/2018)----- Level 6 (Whatchamacallit): Interesting use of nails, and some normally "unfair" elements that aren't really that bad (thieves under blocks, for instance). So far the levels have forced me to be careful, but none have been notably challenging, which is fine as we're still early in the set. Level 7 (All That Glitters): The name insinuated to me that I needed to avoid the yellow keys, which I did...until I saw that the exit was RIGHT THERE and I didn't need to be worried at all. I still avoided them just cause...and then I saw that I couldn't get into the southwest without picking some up. Ah, well. Definitely a more interesting maze to play casually if you go without, but would be interesting to optimize if you do use the keys. Level 8 (Trick or Trap): Excellent, hit the first real challenge of the set for me! The bottom half of this level was a well-built, devious puzzle with a strict order of moving the blocks around. It was much harder than it looked at first and kept me occupied for quite some time. The top half, by contrast, had a ludicrously simple solution. Took me a little while to find it, though. Level 9 (Discotheque): A nice cooldown after the challenge of Level 8. The extra chip drew my attention to the exit; I might not have found it right away otherwise. Level 10 (Dip Your Hand in Felony): What a strange title...after Level 5, I expected it to be another Breaking Bad reference, but apparently not. I cooked the level early on because I didn't realize soon enough that you can't get a block inside the passage that leads to the teleports while a block is on the lower trap button...you have to start a block into that passage, then hold down the button...that's a bit hard to foresee. Also, I managed to conserve a recessed wall in the bottom-right section. The trapped balls in the recessed wall/block section were a neat aesthetic even if they don't signify anything. All in all, it's a decent variety level. (That's one of the other big differences in design styles between Josh and me--he frequently makes variety levels with no gameplay theme whereas I find it quite difficult to build a level without first choosing a theme to guide my decisions.)
  12. Stupid cooks.

    Well...never seen this one before! The tank was coming back after me...I needed to get out of its way. Unfortunately I picked this dead-end area with no blue buttons to do so....
  13. Andrew Menzies' scores

    #52 (It Suits the Purpose): 103 (bc)
  14. Andrew Menzies' scores

    #38 (Detonation Station): 208 (bc) Whew! That was a fun one to route.
  15. Andrew Menzies' scores

    #23 (Western Standards of Living): 349 (b) #29 (Flipper Departments): 312 (+1, b-1)