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

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Doodle Book Survival

by CarlsonAndPeeters - Compo Entry

Fight back against boredom as you face down against waves of doodles in your school notebook! Enemies are attacking from up high, down low, and in between; you'll have to transform between three different heroes to keep the evil horde at bay. Battle for a high score as you shapeshift and shoot to hold off the baddies for as long as you can.

A / J ..........Become Giraffe (to attack high enemies)
S / K ..........Become Human (to attack mid enemies)
D / L ..........Become Creature (to attack low enemies)
F / Space ......Fire

If the enemies reach you, you die. Sorry.

Take your shots carefully! If you fire and miss all enemies, you'll get a strike. Three strikes and you're shooting privileges will be revoked.

Successive kills will increase your score multiplier. Miss a shot, and it goes back to 0.

Leave your high score in the comments to see who is the best doodle destroyer of Ludum Dare!


This has been my fourth Ludum Dare, and my third time finishing. I focused a lot more on art this time, so while my gameplay is more simplistic, I'm happy with the amount of animation work I was able to get done in a weekend.

Please leave any and all feedback, and if you run into bugs I will try to track them down. Looking forward to playing everyone else's games!

**Mac and Linux builds are untested; let me know if they don't work


Engine: Unity
Code: C#
Art: Adobe Flash and Photoshop
Background Music: FakeMusicGenerator and Audacity
SFX: bfxr

Downloads and Links




Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:24am

Tried to download for Mac, but no luck. I think you need to upload the build as a zip if you want to host on Drive, Dropbox, etc. I had a similar issue.

Diman says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:41am

My Score is 12145

CodeCast says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:42am

Tried Web version. Shooting (space) stops working after a while.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:58am

@brinkhousegames there is a zip up on the Drive; does it not work?

@codecast couldn't repro your issue; did anything in particular cause it to stop working?

mountainstorm says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:01am

Nice idea; shame Unity take sooooo long to load

timeshapers says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:21am

Really like the animations, very neat.

orukinawa says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:27am

Love the doodle art. I feel like the difficulty ramping is a bit extreme. I went from "this is to ez" to "holy shit so many of them!" xD

Linver says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:26pm

This animations.. is very very cool :3
Resolution of your Web build is .. very huge. How many people have monitor for this?
And lools like after small to big forms transformation shots spawns at a wrong place.

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:29am

Loving that style. animations are great.

mahalis says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:46am

This is great! It is a simple concept, but the execution is really good - the work you put into the transformation animations in particular really shows. Nice job!

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:11am

love the art and animations! the game play it self is really simple, but the art really carries it.

ogre says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:40am

Mac build doesn't work for me, just exits. Played web instead. Love the art, pretty fun concept, but I felt like the difficulty didn't ramp up very well. Went from easy to hard very suddenly.

Husky says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:40am

Well, at least I got an A on my Art lol
I love the tweening between each form, it feels quite smooth.
Good job :D

Fumiko says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:51am

Liked the graphics and the concept of the game

JefePapaya says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:48pm

The art is fantastic. But for some reason I like the level art way better than the menu's.

Congratulations on the game overall. It's pretty much complete with ui, art, graphics, gameplay, sfx and music.

Would you please explain to me how to use Adobe Flash for art?

My score was 2233


PixelRetro says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:33pm

My Highscore is 16791!
The game is fitting to the theme and is challenging (has a nice difficulty curve). And I also like the doodle art, especially the giraffe.
You mentioned a score multiplier mechanic in the description, but a visual indicator in the game would be nice too.

ashdnazg says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 10:17am

The animations and drawings were magnificent, as was the end screen (See Me :D).
Music was nice although there was a balance issue between the sound effects and the music volumes.

SIN Gaiiden2 says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 10:50am

Nice game. I like the Doodle Style and the music

rodobodolfo says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 10:59am

Great animation with the shapeshifting. It's a nice idea but starts a little too easy and then ramps up massively where it gets really fun. A little more balance would definitely improve the experience. Overall it's a nicely made game. Good job!

notime4games says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 11:05am

Hiscore 9966! :)
Great little game! Was great fun. Nice increase in difficulty

csanyk says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 2:13am

I liked the graphics and sound. Fun use of theme.

FaeDine says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 8:33am

Really enjoyed the graphics the most. The game play is quite simple, but showcases the art well. Thanks for sharing this entry!

drentsoft says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 10:51am

Had the same problem as CodeCast in the web player, otherwise a fun game with neat graphics.

zondarg says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 2:32pm

Ha, very nice one. I much liked the doodle book graphics and the smooth animations between characters, but it indeed gets hard rather quickly. Sound and Music are great too :D Web version worked well, btw

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 4:24am

Nice animations! Try to work on your audio for next time -- your music is too soft and sound effects too harsh (specifically in the high frequencies).

panurge says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 8:17am

Great little game. Simple concept but heaps of fun to play (my top score was pushing 2500, by the way). The animations are especially nice - really distinctive and full of character. Good work!

RealityCheck says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 5:36pm

Really like the graphical style you came up with here. I also enjoyed the game, and after a few seriously failed attempts I managed to get 12000+ points. I would have preferred the shapeshifting keys on the number pad as an option, as I kept getting confused with the fire button right next to the shapeshifting buttons (yes, I know - I could've used space, but I did prefer the F-key). Also... no exit game option.

But, overall - this was a solid and fun Ludum Dare entry, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

smbe19 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 4:47pm

Very cool artstyle and simple yet fun gameplay.

lkr says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 12:20am

Pretty fun mechanic - feels a bit like those typing games where you have to type the word in time :)

Love the art style and animations!

As for the gameplay - it started out very easy, then suddenly ramped up in difficulty, but I felt that I never really increased again after that, so I ended up getting slightly bored as it didn't really seem to shake up things.
Ended up with 274876 (and mostly F grades - not sure if related ;) ). Not sure if you're able to reach grading period 2 and higher, but I think I played a good 10 minutes to get the score I did.

Fun entry!

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