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

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Beetle Morphosis

by Recursiveanomaly - Jam Entry

Journal Entry - April 18, 1887
In these distant and mysterious lands of the Orient, biological curiosities are everywhere. The most remarkable are the fantastic shape-shifting beetles who fight endlessly for dominance. Those who lose return to cocoons, and reemerge transformed into wholly new species only to begin the struggle anew!


Up Arrow or W or Space bar: Jump Forward
Left Arrow or A: Turn Left
Right Arrow or D: Turn Right
Back Arrow or S: Back Up

Your beetle is invulnerable from the front, yet can easily be hurt from behind!

The game is a online beetle death match.

Beetles with RED names are other people playing online! Beetles with BLACK names are bots.

The base art is in public domain from the Internet Archive. We chopped it up, mixed it up, and animated it! Since we didn't create it from scratch, we have opted out of being judged on Graphics. We ask instead for you to consider the great mood we were able to create with this fantastic art!

Chris Floyd (Design, Art)
David Hein (Design, Programming)
Tom Marnell (Programming, Animation)
Robert Marnell (Music)

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PickledBrain says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:58am

Good theme and audio. I love how they wiggly in the beginning

distemp7 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:50am

I want full version of this game with ranking, more shapeshifting and more atmosphere! Go team bugs!

Le_Sarus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:11am

I really like everything about this game, very impressive work

Anikki says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:46pm

I'd like to have a standalone beetle generator!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:47pm

Great job! Really nice game, pretty art and attractive gameplay.

Trickman says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:43pm

Even if the graphics weren't yours, great animation nonetheless! This would make for a great quick/fun multiplayer game.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:08pm

Very fun! Even if the art is public domain, you used the style really effectively. Very fun and interesting concept.

ermrk says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:47pm

Great art, it looks and move fantastically. I didn't play with any player sadly.

MerriGrape says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:29pm

This is an incredibly fun game, the art style is reminiscent of biology books and encyclopedias which fit really well and looks awesome. The sound design is also very fitting. The fun and gameplay is definetly what makes this one stand out, and the fact that it is online makes it even more so, this definetly has great potential, replayability, and is just overall so well put together. Amazing job!

aemiliu5 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:02pm

awesome art!
very interesting set up

Croze says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:54am

Reminded me of my spore days! Really cool game, nice graphics too

Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:23am

Nice game!! i saw in japan a game similar, two beetles fighting for glory

Oliver_MB says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:32am

I love the graphics :D

JuDelCo says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:10pm

Sure it's online ? I kill about 30 bugs so easily ._.

Good game!

rhastapunk says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 4:15pm

Nice job there, I miss a bit shahpeshift theme, but audio and graphics make this a nice entry.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 8:41pm

real great graphism and animation but the game is a bit repetitive imo :)

TheCain says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 12:55am

Very nice game. a health bar would be nice though.

Marius says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 11:07am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several winners of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

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