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Polymorphic Menagerie

by Soron - Compo Entry

What a wonderful menagerie of critters! You can give them legs with the diamond berries, or turn them into platforms with the hourglass berries.

Super berries, which are green instead of red, can grow new bushes.
Combine a super berry that you're holding with a berry you're touching, and you can then plant it to make that type of berry bush.

What kind of critters will you make? See what fun combinations exist!
Just keep them well fed - when they get too hungry, well...

See in-game help text for controls.

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ruchirbapat says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:20pm

good game, it was quite intersting tbh

brainstorm says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:23pm

I love to care critters! Great twist on puppet games!

Tharky says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:27pm

Nice mechanics, but I couldn't figure out what berry does what :P Played till I got so big and then left the map to see if there was anything else. Like a proud father :P Game was good though, well done man.

TLansdale says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:28pm

Fun idea - just wish there were a few more combinations! Great job.

Soron says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:30pm

TLansdale - you and me both! I wanted to get flying and burrowing forms into the game, but ran out of time.

CasualCat says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:31pm

It was interesting at first, but it kinda lost it's point after a while. But good job nonetheless. Maybe add something that can hurt you. Give the player an incentive to continue playing and grow, as that's what seemed to be the objective.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:39pm

Nice game, iteresting mechanics.

Retallicka says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:04pm

Got a bit addicted :)

JHemmings says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:13pm

Interesting idea, I liked how the critters grew after some time.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:42am

That was interesting... it took me a minute to figure out how to pick up berries

Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:50am

Very, very cool concept. Found myself playing this far longer than I expected but just couldn't stop somehow.

Nice one! :)

grayhaze says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:31pm

I found myself playing this for quite a long time. It's really relaxing growing your garden and seeing what weird and wonderful creatures you can breed. I especially liked the idea of turning creatures into platforms which grew higher as they ate. With some soft, tranquil music, and a few more things to keep the player busy, I could see this being a major time sink. Well done! :)

Green Soda says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:23am

this game is interestingly cute and very fun concept

apalade says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:24am

Nice concept!

Soron says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:49am

I think I'll make a full-sized sequel/post-jam version for this. People seem to like the core gameplay, I really liked it myself (and would love to do more with the game), and I've got some good ideas for how to handle a jam -> experiment -> full release path in this case.

I'll try to get some details and/or a post mortem posted over the weekend.

I'm glad you all enjoyed it :). I certainly had a lot of fun with it!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:43am

Interesting idea, it reminded me a bit of Starseed pilgrim for some reason.

I had to read throuh the instructions twice, to be honest. At first I wasn't too sure of what I was doing. Then it clicks and it becomes a very original game. Nice work!

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:20pm

This was fun and relaxing to explore the possibilities, and I really like the wiggly animations. Nice work!

Javabot says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:35pm

please turn this into a full game.

SHLFStudios says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 8:51pm

interesting, but not really sure whats going on. i feel like the critters were dying of quicker then i could assess how to change them

Apr 29, 2016 @ 11:41am

Interesting compo entry with well executed mechanics. It was both really engaging and relaxing to play through. Graphics were simple but the wiggly animations adds a lot to gamefeel. Enjoyed it a lot.

Aaranos says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 10:50pm

The concept is good but it doesn't really have a lot. The controls are a little weird.

gelisam says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 4:32am

Is there a goal to this game? I can plant more things and turn into other shapes, but that gets old pretty quickly if there isn't something which can be accomplished using those new shapes.

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