Ludum Dare 35 — April 15th-18th, 2016 — Theme: Shapeshift

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by Qaterknan - Jam Entry

!!!! Unfortunately FIREFOX has a problem with clicking audio. Play in Chrome/Chromium to have an undisturbed experience !!!!

EDIT: A lot of people got stuck on the first level. That is a sign of me being too secretive. I wanted to keep the game as mysterious as possible but I didn't make the first level intuitive enough...
SPOILERS: To pass the level you need to match the rhythm of the sound. In the end it means you have to hold your mouse for a certain amount of time. In the first level knock on the door and then hold the singing slider so that it makes this sound: "_...". That means holding it for approx. half a second. If you fail (and the door shut) you can train holding the button. When you feel ready knock on the door and try again.

headphones recommended!
use mouse to control - click and hold to sing.
progress is saved automatically.

Lyrebird is a musical toy/experience. Your goal is to communicate with procedurally generated creatures. Every creature has a different voice but fortunately you have the ability to shape yours! Use this advantage to make contact with those mysterious beings...

Beating the game unlocks a sandbox mode.

Used tools/technologies:
- javascript, WebAudio, HTML5
- Audacity
- Gimp
- Baudline (for sound analysis)

Downloads and Links




KaiClavier says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:38pm

I really enjoyed the simple graphics, paired with the door animation! It's incredibly challenging, but I like that it gives you time to "rehearse" your performance

ezombort says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:41pm

Wow that was interesting! Very original and strangely addictive. Simple yet complex concept. Well done :)

webadev says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:40pm

Nice concept, simple graphics but they do their job ! ;)

Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:38am

Super neat. Not sure how you pull off the matching, but it's cool. Interface was mysterious and felt like knowing secret codes once I made it to a new control.

Larzan says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:22am

I love the idea, but i couldn' even finish the first one. I thought i had the correct sound (not moving, simply hitting the right note and hold it there) but it never continued :(
Very creative idea though.

Qaterknan says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:16am

@Larzan: Thank you for pointing out what got you stuck! I guess that the matching is a bit baffling - the main goal in starting levels is to match the rhythm of the sound. In the end it means to hold the mouse for a right amount of time... I guess a lot of people thought that you should match the pitch and I cannot blame them for it. I wanted it to be mysterious but this way I lost a lot of players on the first level...

So if you want to try other levels, do this: In the first level, hold the singing slider for approx. half a second so it rhytmically looks like this: " _ ... " (one long and three shorts)

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:23am

I really liked this. My ears are not the sharp so I had to try a few times to get past the levels. I'd never thought of shapeshifting this ways. Well done!

marmpa says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:46am

Really nice game.THe art style was so good with the sounds.Solid entry

snowyowl says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 10:57pm

Such a beautiful experience. Well done.

May 5, 2016 @ 2:26am

I couldn't make the sound play on the first level. I had the note right and I had the circle pulsing at the right speed but it wouldn't make the sound everytime the inner circle pulsed.

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