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    Zephyr Valley 2 by mrsupercomputer
    You saved Zephyr Valley's Windmill and defeated the villainess sky pirates... or so you thought! The pirates have returned and this time they want revenge! Make your way through the caves and protect the village before it's too late!


    Well, it's finished. And it only took… actually let's not talk about how long it took. Zephyr Valley 2 is finally here and that's all the matters. I've put a lot of work into it and with the help of some great creators (who I'll get to in a second), I think I've managed to pull off a worthy sequel to Zephyr Valley. So, please give it a play and let me know what you think. I hope you like it.

    I'd also like to thank a few people. First, thanks to all my testers, CCubbage, comphermc, ConfusedCartman, GrantosUK, javi haguse, Keldur, and rtm223. Not only did many of them play test the original (that I completely scrapped), but their feedback was essential in this new and, in my opinion, much improved version of ZV2. I'd especially like to thank Keldur for being the testing and feedback machine that he is. If you want someone to break your level, call that guy. I guarantee, he'll make you scratch your head and wonder "How the heck did he do that?"

    In addition to the testing, I had a lot of help from some of these guys with actually building the level. Javi, Compher, and Rtm spent a lot of time floating around in create mode with me, giving me ideas, testing those ideas, and reassuring me that the level was pretty fun. I'm not sure I would have finished it without their motivation. So, while playing, think of Javi when you see the cool vines and elevator puzzle, Rtm when you see the "wall jumpers", and Compher when you see anything else that uses logic (he streamlined a lot of my bulky logic). Thanks for the help guys, it was very much appreciated!




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    Awesome!!! Can't wait to give it a few hundred plays!
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    *passes out from sheer excitement* Horray!


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    Wow... it's out! I'll give it a play when I get home.... As a playtester, I can also reassure you that this level is FUN! Every bit as good as the original, and also introduces a number of great new ideas. It has, IMHO, one of the best chase scenes I've seen - one that really got my adrenaline pumping. This also solved the issue of the original ZV2, in that I didn't feel I spent too long in caves - some of the coolest parts of this one are the burning town.

    I LOVED the elevator puzzle - it may be a bit hard for a child to figure out, but to me thats a good thing. The solution made total sense.

    Also, the glass water effects are some of the best I've seen - a number of months ago I was trying to make the argument for still using simulated water, and this pretty much makes my point for me - I've not seen a torrent of water flowing through quite like this.

    Great job, 923 stars and 215.4 hearts!
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    It is finally here! As a playtester, I can guarantee that this level is worth every second you spend in it. And if my favorable opinion does not convince you, just go and play the prequel!
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    I was a playtester as well, and all i can say is this is one of the best levels I've played in LBP... EVER!!
    There's so much stuff I love about this level that it makes me sick!! lol
    GO PLAY IT NOW!!

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    Hey, you said you were gonna wait for my classes to finish to publish! We're fighting!

    Ha, kidding. I've played this level probably a hundred times now, but I want to play it some more. It's amazing to see the evolution of the project over the past [removed] months. I couldn't believe he completely (and I mean completely) scrapped the original level. It wasn't bad or anything, but the new one is so much better. The little details are crazy, and I love how everything completely resets if you mess it up somehow (you're welcome!). The water looks great, and the platforming/puzzles are dang solid.

    On a side note, with the exception of maybe Subterranean Setbacks, this has got to be the largest level out there. When backed up, it's a massive 1200 KB approximately. All of the pipes and decorations, and much of the detail was added at the point where he couldn't add anything to the level. Everything was so calculated, it's crazy.

    But, I do have to say that the chase is the second-best I've ever played.
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    Quote Originally Posted by comphermc View Post
    Hey, you said you were gonna wait for my classes to finish to publish!
    I wanted to give you something to look forward to!

    Quote Originally Posted by comphermc View Post
    I couldn't believe he completely (and I mean completely) scrapped the original level.
    Shhh! We're not supposed to talk about that! It makes me look crazy!

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    Wow i must say, this level looks very interesting. I will definatley be playing this when im next on lbp
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsupercomputer View Post
    Shhh! We're not supposed to talk about that! It makes me look crazy!
    Not like having a monitor for a head doesn't already seem to point that out...
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    Oh no! You released it without my feedback.... Well now I'll never tell you all the places it's broken. So there
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    Quote Originally Posted by CompherMC
    But, I do have to say that the chase is the second-best I've ever played
    Well, the problem is.... yours doesn't have a motorcycle. NOW, if you want to stick a motorcycle in your level - THEN we'll talk!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtm223 View Post
    Oh no! You released it without my feedback.... Well now I'll never tell you all the places it's broken. So there
    Sorry, I just couldn't wait! Especially after he whole ps3 debacle that happened yesterday. I was ready to get it published!

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    Well I'll make sure to upload pictures of your dark matter and level floor when I get home in a couple of hours then. Ask comphy if you don't believe I will
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    Quote Originally Posted by rtm223 View Post
    Well I'll make sure to upload pictures of your dark matter and level floor when I get home in a couple of hours then. Ask comphy if you don't believe I will
    oh, he will!! it's the whole "ninja" persona...
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    Just played. The first was brilliant but this is 10 time more epic. Only complaint is that the ending is abrupt but with all the detail going on, that's inevitable. Also, it's cool that you worked in a couple of puzzles to break up the platforming
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    loved it! darker than i expected and the water u made is prob the best ever made, 5stars and a heart x
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    Awesome! I've been keeping an eye out for this ever since I tried out the first one. The wait was worth it, that's for sure. I really liked the simulated water, it looked a heck of a lot better than REAL water! The gameplay was also awesome, and I loved the set piece moments like the rockfall and the sky pirate bombings. I have no idea how you got those things to reset. The race was amazing! At the end where you jump onto the big guy of the motorcycle, if you manage to grab his left leg he won't move. maybe make an or gate there for that situation? The only thing i can complain about is the fact that you set up the bubble combo's so perfectly I didn't have a chance to take in the absolutely breathtaking visuals!


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    hard to get thing right the first time when you dont really know where you going and that you only have so much time for you from down but enjoyed it alot heart and five stars

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