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

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by jcsirron - Jam Entry


You are a semi­-autonomous metallic construct, being created in a laboratory. As part of the fabrication process, you need to learn how to create various shapes using your constituent elements. You will start with relatively simple shapes, then move through more complicated shapes and elements, until you are certified as fully self­-modifying.


We start with the basics of a famous Russian block game. You can move left and right with the left and right arrow keys. You can also lower the complex when it is above the location you want, with the down arrow.

If the current complex is not going to work, you must shift its shape. You do this by pressing the up arrow: this will exchange the current complex with another of equal size but different conformation.

Full lines represent metallic structures that have condensed into a solid state: they disappear into your basic infrastructure, and are not helpful in building the specialized structures that are your goal.

From the semi­permanent structure remaining, you must fill out a specific shape. Excess matter is allowed, but remember that a full line will disappear and can’t be used to master this elemental level.


W/UP - Change Shape
A/LEFT - Move Block Left
D/RIGHT - Move Block Right
S/DOWN - Place Current Block

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Griz says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:40pm

An interesting variation of the tetris game.

eeely says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:02pm

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ i love this game but it's so hard

btrotter101 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:48pm

It is hard, especially when you revert to Tetris reflexes. Which even as one of the developers I would usually do four or five levels in... Thanks for taking a look!

Jadernak says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:52am

Clever twist on tetris

RegaCaska says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:55am

Cool take on tetris and shapeshift. It takes a while to get use to the speed of the game, and get used to the shapeshifting mechanic over regular tetris; but it is quite cool. Got used to it on my 3rd game and was able to survive for quite a while!

Kuality Games says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:26am

Interesting mix up of tetris, I like how you changed the goal as well, so it wouldn't be so easy

rjhelms says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:22am

Oh man, this is brutal in the best way possible. I haven't felt this useless at playing a Tetris-like game since I tried bastet - but this is even worse, because bastet just hates you, where as this isn't even really Tetris.

I love it!

ScottP says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:48pm

I like the music and the theme. The game was way too hard for me though. I had a hard time getting used to the fact that the shapes change, not rotate.

marmpa says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:15pm

It seemed realy similar to tetris and was interesting.Good job.

scorched says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:33pm

Google drive asks me to login...

Jungle says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:36pm

I really liked the music used in the game . An interesting variation of tetris . I think if I started slowly and were increasing the speed would be more interesting! Very good.

jcsirron says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:27pm

@scorched - I just verified that it does ask to login on the far right top of the window. You don't have to login, though. There is a button at the top middle of the window that looks like an arrow pointing to a horizontal bar. That's the download button. I'll look into getting a direct download link working as soon as possible.

OnlySlightly says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:45pm

Super great twist on the Tetris formula. I was surprised and smiled once I tried to rotate the shape and just ended up with another one. I also really liked attempting to fit a specific shape rather than just clearing lines. Great job!

KappaIX says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:52pm

Interesting variation on the theme.

Well done!

terryg says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 4:21am

Great game. The pieces come down a bit fast, and so it was difficult to choose the piece I wanted. I wanted to see the ending, but I couldn't tell how many machines I needed to build, so some progress indicator would be good so that you can see your progess. Nice music and well put together.

btrotter101 says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 12:39am

@terryg - We had plans for that, but they fell on the cutting room floor. The checkerboard level is second-to-last, if that helps.

divegato says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:27pm

I like the background music

Yazara says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 7:12pm

Really cool idea!
You should definetely slow down the gameplay though. The speed would be nice for a later level, but it's way too difficult when you first play it.

tomlum says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:42am

Very cool, a very frantic feel not knowing what shape was next.

ANTZtakeover says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 1:44pm

One of the best games I've played during this LD! Awesome Job!! Hard to get the hang of it but it really makes you think!

TheCain says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 1:07am

It crashed on the 'slanted fill' level.
I think you should add a slower option for losers like me.

Tselmek says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 9:43am

Nice spin on the tetris formula, quite challenging game despite what it looks like.

pikmin4000 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 4:08am

It is a hard game to complete, but I do like Tetris! I wish there was more of a storyline to push myself to challenging myself. Or perhaps have level 1 be something I can accomplish.

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