Platformer Template

About Platformer Template

Platformer Template is a puzzle about making puzzles. A meta-game that teaches players how to design a puzzle-platformer step by step.

Platformer Template

How to play

Controls - keyboard

Move with left up right down or W A S D, which are used to interact with blocks of different shapes.

Your perception of the goal and game rules should evolve as the game progresses.

Press Z to undo a move. Press R to restart the level.

Controls - touchscreen

Tap to simulate pressing X and swipe to simulate an arrow keypress.

E-mail Pedro PSI real-time feedback

Press E anytime to e-mail real-time feedback to Pedro PSI! Much appreciated!

Hints

Request a hint by pressing H, but use them sparingly to preserve your standing, shall you enter Platformer Template's Hall of Fame!

Level navigation

Press L or click Level X/Y or Select level in the game bar to navigate freely between all levels..

Type the level number directly with 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9, press Tab/Shift+Tab or Left/Right to cycle through levels, Enter or Click to confirm, Esc or L to cancel.

Fullscreen

Toggle Fullscreen by pressing F.

Community

Hall of fame

Once you beat Platformer Template, you'll be invited to enter Platformer Template's Hall of Fame! As soon as you pass the final credits screen after winning, you'll be able to type your name in a new window. Make sure you are connected to the internet, then press Submit to be remembered forever or close the window to forsake your glory.

Guestbook

Enjoyed Platformer Template? Add your message below to the Creative Archive's Guestbook!

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Credits

Platformer Template by Pedro PSI, 2019.

Music

Background music by Sappheiros.

Music tracks in Platformer Template
TrackYearGenreLicense
Aurora2016ChillstepCC-BY 3.0
A Tale of Unexplored Worlds2016ChillstepCC-BY 3.0
Fading2017Drum & BassCC-BY 3.0
Dawn2017ChillstepCC-BY 3.0

Game Engine

Made with Puzzlescript and Pedro PSI's game bar!

Inspect the source freely, but consider the option to support the Creative Archive!

Special thanks

Hunkydory and Zachary Abel (Zabel) for spotting two rare yet important bugs.

minotalen for suggesting the addition of hints and for several hint suggestions and improvements.

F.A.Q.

Is Platformer Template a real game or a game template?

Both! Because there is no better way to teach that to put the principles in practice, immediately. Questions like: Why was this level not introduced before? or What is new in this level? or Could any element be removed while preserving the desired effect? should guide your attention while playing.

Is Platformer Template Pedro PSI's last game?

Pedro PSI intended to close 2018's cycle of puzzlescript games (11-game-making journey) by teaching others - Platformer Template emerged naturally from this intention.

How is beating Platformer Template's an achievement?

It takes on average 4 enjoyable hours to solve all levels in Platformer Template, but only 4% of all players so far qualified for the Platformer Template's Hall of Fame.

Does the high difficulty prevent Platformer Template's teaching goals?

Since all levels are accessible via the level selector, all players regardless of ability can follow every lesson.

Changelog

09/2019

Hints added to most levels!

06/2019

Level tweaks:

  • level 31: displaced a dash to remove one unintended solution; reduced level size by rearranging elements; simplified lesson;
  • level 32: switched places with former level 31.

05/2019

Major data-driven changes to selected levels, based on average time required to win a level, plus several minor tweaks:

  • level 10: displacement of a single block to try to guide players towards the elusive solution;
  • level 26: major redesign to make it easier;
  • level 43: major redesign and simplification while retaining the core ideas;
  • level 44: reduction of level size;
  • level 46: reduction of level size and decluttering;
  • level 48: major redesign to declutter and ramp up the challenge;
  • level 50: remotion of one single dash causing one unintended solution.

Press

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Screenshots & Logo

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Other inquiries

Check also the Press kit or contact Pedro PSI for all unusual requests!