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

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by Pickens Inc. - Jam Entry


EDIT: There is an incredibly rare bug where your double jump doesn't actually work, and I am scared to think it's actually a problem linked to the engine speed itself. Not sure what I can do about that, I'm afraid. Hopefully, unless you're trying to reproduce it, it's very rare to encounter.

When voting for the audio, please disregard the music, since it is a Royalty Free track from TeknoAXE not made by me.

The Heathen trickster Wizard is at it again! Returning from LD31 to cause more mischief, he has trapped you while dungeoneering in one of his little games.

Get back and forth as much as possible, all while he rearranges the level in between, and get as much treasure as possible before you die!

Use the arrow keys to move. Press up again to double jump!

Please leave a comment, I'd love to know what you think! Only had the two days to make this, unfortunately.

F11 toggles full screen.

If you like this, or any of my other submissions, you might want to check me out @PolyrogueGames. Thank you!

Can you beat my top score of 23? Post your top score in the comments!

Downloads and Links




cameronpenner says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:43pm

Nice submission, I love the wizards evil laugh XP

SkullPixel says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:06am

This is great. Really. By far the most fun game I've played of yet. Other than mine of course. ;)

Pickens Inc. says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:22am

@Cameronpenner Thank you haha.
@SkullPixel Wow, thanks a lot. High praise! Now I HAVE to check out yours :)

erdiizgi says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:37pm

You got me into this. @SkullPixel is right, it is a really nice jam game.

Pickens Inc. says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Thank you for the praise. Not sure what you mean by the fist bit, but that's probably me being slow, haha. Thanks for playing.

bigbatardyt says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:50pm

Great game !!!! Easy to pick up simple mechanics, but freaking effective !

Marjie62 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:03pm

Awesome game.

Pickens Inc. says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:24pm

@Bigbatardyt Thank you for playing it live - the whole stream was enjoyable :)

@Marjie62 thanks for the kind praise :)

TinyHugger says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:45pm

Not bad!

jcmonkey says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:58pm

this was a good game. had fun with it. this will be a good game with alot more time invested into it. :D

ciw1973 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:44pm

This really is a great "pure" game, with nice responsive controls, plenty of replay value, and nothing fancy or showy trying to mask a poorly a designed/implemented/tested entry, as often happens.

It feels very well balanced, and although I suck at it, this is due to my failings and no fault with the game in any way.

I like it a lot.

Pickens Inc. says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:03pm

@TinyHugger Thanks, I think!
@jcmonkey Thanks for playing it live, sorry I disappeared after you played it.

@ciw1973 Wow, thank you very much for the more detailed comment. I'm really glad you saw its strengths. I hope eventually to learn how to make it flash too :)

aCoupleGames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:16pm

I loved your game! Is the game I had most fun till now. Good work! I think if you want to continue to work on it, you can make the wizard shot diferent type of stuff, that will interact differently with the platform.

runvs says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:04am

Very nice arcade game! I really like the idea. The implementation is executed very well. There is quite a lot of juice in there (particles, rotating "bullets", double jump) for a LD Game, like that! :)
The Controls are good and precise, which i like, though it feels not hard in any way.
Audio 5Stars for that crazy laughter which is just superb!

VividReality says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:04am

I had fun playing this game. It's addictive :)!

AnaGF says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:08pm

Wow, it is addictive. Really funny, good and original take on the shapeshifting theme.
I reached lvl 6! And wizard's laugh reminds me to Skull Kid, don't know why

PaulJs says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:35pm

Nice idea maybe the gameplay didn't evolve enough.

pirate_shell says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:43pm

This was a really good one! The graphics weren't particularly impressive in a conventional way but it had the programmer style art charm for sure. The sound was simple, but it did its job well. What I found in this game that I don't in a lot of other LD submissions is genuine fun. I really like the game's mechanic and the progression of it kept me hooked. I really enjoyed it, for sure! What I would tweak to make it better is to make sure that early on the platforms that spawn are higher and as the score increases, the platforms get closer to the lava. That aspect just feels random, at is. Other than that, fantastic entry!

MintArcade says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:44pm

Nice Game. Very addictive. <XD

HolyBlackCat says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:49pm

I really like the idea!

But it's a shame that sometimes random levels are impossible to complete.

HolyBlackCat says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:01pm

Oops, sorry, I haven't figured out that I can double-jump. Ignore my previous comment.

After I understood this, it became very fun!

Btw, Wizard laugh is great. :D

Nice job!

monkeybit29 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:32pm

Really fun! i'm determined to beat your score haha, well done!

panicq says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:40pm

Nice concept, I had fun ! But art needs to be re-done I think :p

Xanjos says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:20pm

Best score I got was 12 but this was really fun and addictive to play and I loved the particle effects (Also good thing that the wizard's attacks doesn't actually affect you at all).

Studiosaurus says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:33pm

Lovely game! I plpayed for a good hour trying to beat that other guy's score of 50 but only go to 34. I've rated it for now but I'm going to come back to it later. At the moment I'm not sure if when you get to a certain level it just becomes chance if you will be able to get across at all. It kind of seems like it... If it is just really well tuned and I need to learn the timings then this is by all accounts an amazing entry. Nice one :)

Pickens Inc. says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Thank you very much ALL for playing. I really appreciate all the kind words and suggestions.

Thank you those who came to my stream. Hopefully I'll return to it in a little while, around a half hour or so.

And @Studiosaurus... an HOUR?! Wow, that is the highest praise. The game caps off at a difficulty, so I have yet to see an impossible situation, but it definitely needs tweaking.

Thank you so much for playing.

DSSiege11 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:46pm

Really fun and solid little game! My highest score is 12 but I might try some more later ;)

Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:17am

This wizard got no chill! Great game, my high score was 13, it got too difficult after 10.
Thanks for the entry!

Studiosaurus says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 11:55am

It does seem that perhaps it is sometimes impossible after all. I was going full speed from the start here

Also I think it should be possible to predict which platforms are going to be detroyed by watching his little dots. At the moment they seem to hit a random point on the column. Maybe they should all hit the very top to make it easier to predict? Again I really enjoyed this game and it doesn't hurt my scoring of it too much :)

Pickens Inc. says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:25pm

I really appreciate taking the time to check it out so thoroughly, @Studiosaurus. Yes, actually, the way it was intended was for the Wizard to sweep across the screen, and what you saw there was a bug hitting you in the worst of ways - occasionally the wizard somehow flies past an x-ordinate limit I set on him, then flits back and forth between the edge and that limit. Definitely something I need to fix. Thank you for playing it, and I'm super glad you enjoyed it nonetheless.

Tselmek says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:57pm

Really nice game, the gameplay is addictive, fun and stressfull at times. The generation sometimes feel a bit ruthless but overall it feels really nice.

Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:25pm

Funny, well made game. I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

Aaranos says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 8:49pm

Fun game, the audio adds to it a lot.

Kerdelos says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 12:56pm

The graphics and the audio are a bit too simple to my taste but the gameplay is really fun, at least once I discovered that I could wall jump ;)

BSODDevTeam says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 5:53pm

Cute game, nicely done!

Karl Schmidt says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 5:47am

Fun and tight game loop! Pretty easy to pick up and definitely addictive. Would love it for other platforms too :) Great job!

RyanNielson says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 5:59pm

Great game, I love the simple art and gameplay. It's nice and quick to restart as well.

pixelpotions says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 1:55am

Very fun and addictive game, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Kuupu says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 6:57pm

I is not the best but certainly it is the most fun game I played this LD! Congrats!
Nice touch on the pause moments where the level is changing, nice controls too!

APantaloni says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:45pm

Thanks to the responsive controls the game is very fun to play, congrats!

bazkur98 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:53pm

Not bad, simple but fun and addictive! Shameless plug for my game too ;)

gurkenlabs says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:57pm

Nice idea, this was really challenging!

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