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

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Shifty the Spellthief

by vethan - Jam Entry

Shifty the spell thief is a stealth platformer where you play as Shifty as he uses his shapeshifting ability to sneak past guards and steal artifacts.

Objective is to make your way from the red/blue cell where you start to the green room, take the artifact in the green room, and make your way back out again!

It's a bit buggy at times, suspicious seems to have broken a little bit so the guards spot you even when you've shapeshifted.

Game features Procedurally generated dungeons, and basic AI for the guards, but we didn't manage to finish implementing some of the behaviours. It was intended that suspicion was a representation of how appropriate the item you shape shifted into was for the environment.

The windows download is the original from the deadline. The WebGL build is updated with an optimisation because it ran TERRIBLY in browser if the whole dungeon was always rendering (which it was) but no game-play/content has been updated.

P.S. Follow me @vethan4 and Egon @fiddyfyre on Twitterz

Programmers: Nathan "Vethan" John & Egon Erdelyi
Artists: Patrik Skog & Mathias "Generic intern 5" Karlsson
Animator: Christian "Cheese" Christiansen

Controls (PC):
WASD: Movement
E: Interact
Shift: Shapeshift
Space: Jump / Double Jump
Escape: Pause

Xbox 360Controller:
Left stick: Move
A: Jump / Double Jump
X: Interact
Right Trigger: Jump
Start: Pause

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Max Amaden says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:20am

Really awesome game. Keep up the good work!

Powersource says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:25am

At least on my machine (chrome linux) the fps was bad enough that some of the platforming was almost impossible.

siryakko says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:27am

Nice concept, love the graphics and the ambiance. You should continue working on it

Verz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:30am

Good work!! nice graphics :)

Raphael_ says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:30am

Decent. The gravity is too strong and objective isn't really clear.

pokipsy says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:02pm

So cool to see a stealth game in a ludum dare entry ! Graphics look really good. I would have like to have a player indicator on the mini map, because I got lost esaily.
Please change the jump sound, it quickly gets boring ^^
Overall, very nice entry !

studdert249 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:26pm

Loved the music and the art style nice work!

remiv says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:37pm

fun sneaking game. good work.

RealityCheck says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:50pm

Definitely release worthy graphics here. Beautiful to look at. Gameplay felt nice an polished as well, apart from the map which didn't help me at all. I kept running around in circles and couldn't find the end goal. Also, sometimes the guards could see me even if I had changed shape before their cone of vision caught up with me. I found it smarter to just jump over them... which is cheating and defeats the purpose of the game. However, with some more work - this could be a really fun game.

2kah says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:46pm

Really nice concept! I'd like to see a version with the other features you suggested (and a bit less buggy)

jk5000 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:55pm

The idea, music and graphics is great.

vethan says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:02pm

Thanks for the comments so far guys :D Let me know if there's any other build types you'd wanna see

SIN Gaiiden2 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:58pm

Nice Game. keep up :)

hadesfury says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:16pm

I agree with above, the jump could use some work! But pretty nice graphics, congrats on making 2 rigged character models.

EdoMiyamoto says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:19pm

Hey :) quite good ! I had a hard time jumping to the top of the plaforms, forcing me to lure guard and then jump on them, but the idea is cool :)

hadesfury says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:20pm

I agree with above, the jump could use some work! But pretty nice graphics, congrats on making 2 rigged character models.
Maybe you should say somewhere that there is a double jump, I almost gave up on the first platform !

Insality says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:15am


Alex Rose says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:58pm

Nice idea, graphics were cool, good fit for the theme.

I felt the gravity was a bit heavy. The main thing though was that I feel the shapeshifting should've been a "hold" rather than a "press" thing. If I shapeshift too early before the guard sees me, I unshapeshift right in front of him. If I shapeshift in front of him he still gets me.

I ended up finding it way less hassle to just jump on their head all the time and ended up never shifting. It'd be nice to have other forms too.

Other than that, solid entry. Nice one.

iossif says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:36pm

the graphics and the mood are nice. the controls are very weird for me though. the jump could use a little tweaking.

pirate_shell says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 1:33pm

I quite enjoyed the graphics, and they sure were impressive for a LD entry. The game was also quite solid with a few exceptions here and there. For example, the jump felt way too heavy in my opinion. The map was completely useless(at least for me) and maybe a slightly more fitting choice of music would have been nice, as the current one sounds just a bit like porno. Other than that, solid entry.

ocarson says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 8:15pm

Looks really nice, like a bit of procedural generation too!

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