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

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The Tale of Lapkovius

by ziege - Compo Entry

Made with Luxe engine
Music by
Sounds by Bfxr

If you have issues with the web version please try the binary.

I really thought I wont make it in time and it shows. But I finished and it was FUN.

Added windows binary.

Some help on what to do:

Find treasure in the dungeon and make your way out. And don't get discovered!

Shapeshift into a monster to conceal your presence. But beware! Creatures of the same kind will recognize impostors. Don't bump into anybody and don't show your magic!

Changed the main screenshot to a slightly different one. (The former is still there)

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mutonizer says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:17am

Very, very cool!
Couldn't get past the Jarka Halls (level 3) due to time issues for now, but I'll come back to play more later on for sure!

No real comments aside from that. The game does exactly what the concept implies it should, it respect the theme perfectly, controls are tight and there a nice tactical/puzzle layer ontop.

All in all, good stuff. One of my favorite entries so far! kudos!


(note: THANK YOU for adding mute keys for sound/music. Simple thing but much appreciated!)

jollyserpent says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:19am

Great! This is the first stealth game I've played this LD, and it's really fun. The only gripe I have is that I wish you wouldn't die when you bump into enemies. It makes sense when they are alerted, but when you look like one of the monsters and bump into an unsuspecting enemy it's a bit frustrating. :(

Saladon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:35am

Very cool concept. The beginning was difficult because it took a little while to know that I had to be the opposite monster in order to pass the other.

But it's very fun to play. Good job!

spr says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:41am

Great work! I really like the style, and the music. Very consistent.

hunttis says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:56am

And difficult :D I died constantly :D

FenyesJ says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:53pm


Per says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:13pm

Very cool game.
A bit hard at the start until I realized it was a stealth game :)
Well done!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:14pm

This is getting bookmarked! I need to clock it!
Only criticism is it took a few minutes to get whats going on, a bit of help there would go a long way to get more attention from voters. Its too bad if they bounce because it is actually quite addictive

ziege says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:52pm

Thank you for your kind words everyone ;-)
I added some help in the description to make the game a bit more understandable. (I hope that's not against the rules)

mountainstorm says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Love the bing when you pickup, very pleasing

hugheth says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:32pm

Haha, fun and simple :)

anissen says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:34pm

Fantastic game! Devilish hard, but a really cool concept once you get the hang of it. Very nice execution and polish :)

MalyTimi says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:41pm

Very cool mechanics! 5 stars for fun :)

APantaloni says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:49pm

Great stealth/puzzle game! Pretty difficult at first, or maybe I'm just too impatient and always get caught :D

tanis says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:33pm

It's very difficult and I'm bad at stealth games, but I like it anyway :)

Graphics and musical score are nice :)

RealityCheck says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:49am

Very nice stealth game here, and good use of the theme. It was challenging as well, and that's a plus. Good music and nice simplistic graphics. Overall a solid effort.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:00am

Hey! I love the game concept and I think it is good start point to a game, but I don´t understand why if I shapeshift into a creature, the same type of monster still atack me. Nice pixelart and sounds.

PixVox says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:11pm

Very cool! :thumbs_up:

knason says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:10pm

I really liked the graphics, I died all the time :-) Nice audio as well. Good job!

MikeTheWayne says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:10pm

Superb game, love the stealth aspect! Got 6960 in the end, absolutely worth playing.

WERT Studio says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:15pm

Neat Game. But there is no system behind the coins right ? I mean i dont get anything from t hem anyway pretty stealthy thing.

ziege says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:27pm

Once again, thanks everyone for playing.

The coins are there to get higher score which indeed doesn't mean anything. It was supposed to, but the deadline said: "No."

Also I wonder how clear it is that when you shift to some monster that the same kind of monster will recognize you since some people seem to be confused about it. Some kind of tutorial would probably help but again, deadline. And honestly, I didn't even think about it ;-)

dj_pale says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 5:13pm

Nice mechanic! Also quite hard ;)

qikcik says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 4:38pm

Nice :D

Foxtacy says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:08pm

Dude, all my fives, seriously, i envy your simple and yet very functional art! I like the mechanic as well!

Retallicka says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:22pm

Nice concept! I only got to level 3, but the gameplay is fun and intuitive.

Phaix says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 8:11am

Nice done!

davalcordub says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 11:47pm

I couldn't play because it give me an error message

czester16 says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 11:57pm

One of the best for me.

frogcheese says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 10:02am

Great puzzle stealth game! I liked the audio and the graphics, they somehow fit well together. Took me a little while to wrap my head around the mechanics, but that felt like a part of the puzzle for me!

neilcorre2k6 says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 11:40am

Nice game! I just played another game with the same mechanic, but this one has a better graphics! :D just sayin'...good job! :)

Rscar says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 1:51pm

I really enjoyed this! The puzzle mechanic was really fun and felt good

damrem says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 11:48am

Difficult but nice!

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