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

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by Flygamer101 - Compo Entry

L.I.G.H.T. - Made in under 48 hours for Ludum Dare 35

I highly recommend the tutorial. Read through it all maybe?

Patch 0.8 for the Post-Compo is out!


What does light stand for? Well, the theme was Shapeshifter, so why not take a word and make it stand for something. 5 things you can turn into with unique abilities.

L - Log = Gives Massive Health Regen, but you cannot move. Detectable
I - Insect = Gives flight, medium regen on both. Detectable, but hard
G - Grass = Gives complete undetectability, medium regen on both. Undetectable
H - Human = Can Walk, high jump, slightly higher regen on both, Detectable
T - Tiger = Can Attack, meh jump, Extremely high speed, Highly Detectable

Your Objective is to take a Light, obtain it, and return to your portal.

WASD - Move
1 - Shapeshift into Log
2 - Shapeshift into Insect
3 - Shapeshift into Grass
4 - Shapeshift into Human
5 - Shapeshift into Tiger
Control or Left Click - Attack
Space - Jump

To climb walls, press space repeatedly against a wall.

Grass Slider:
While in Tiger or Human mode, hold down D to walk and switch to grass. The grass will now slide. Works for Log.
Speed Boost:
While in Insect mode, switch to tiger then back. Make sure you have Mana.

Be sure to comment any bugs.

Patch 0.1:
Changed file format to .zip

Patch 0.15:
Deleted unnecessary files from Windows Download

Downloads and Links




Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:12am

Source and Web coming soon. Source is uploading right now, web buggy.

Dooskington says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:12am

Game doesn't seem to work at all, for me. I can't move, and the GUI is outside of the screen.

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:14am

Did you read the tutorial? And sorry for the GUI bug, its that the Web version doesn't work for my game, I will remove it.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:29am

mac version wont launch. It believes the untared file is corrected.

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:30am

@Jamie Guillemette
Working on it.

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:33am

@Jamie Guillemette
I tried rebuilding it, does it work?

Brice says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:38am

Great 8 bit music. I also like the terraria like feel.

It's a lot of instructions to absorb all at once. There's a lot of controls and forms etc that all come at you right away. Ideally, if you had had more time, I would have loved to see thing introduced gradually. But I know it's just 48 hours. :-)

I had trouble figuring out what "light" looked like, since there was "light" everywhere: in the campfire, the torches, those flaming fireball things. An image would have been helpful, or maybe call it "Glowing White Orb" or something so it's less confusing.

I also saw a bug on the 2nd floor of the building over to the right, a human was walking through the wall and out to the outside. Looked like he was just on a path that didn't pay attention to collision/gravity.

Great menu screen, always a nice touch!

Nice work!

QuexD says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:38am

Fly 2 Op. Looks great

Vantaug says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:38am

I think I pretty much skipped most of your game by taking some secret passage... which is nice. I like secrets. Sneaky sneaky.

ougrouk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:39am

Game is good. I loved the tiger mode with it's claw attack

ViliX64 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:44am

Somehow working on Linux, but the screen is annoyingly flickering. (this may be an issue of my machine, not your game, though)

Mordokay says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:59am

Had a lot of trouble getting to the light. Always getting caught by the blue fireballs. Eventually I got there and was able to get back on my first try! Have to agree with @QuexD that fly was 2 OP

nickavv says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:01am

This is pretty cool. Was a little lost until I did the tutorial, but then it was all good. The detection mechanic on the eyes is really awesome, with the ring. Great work

CoderCameron says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:04am

Fun, Good take on the theme. And really good graphics!

manabreak says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:19am

I liked it! The graphics are really good, and the music - while a bit repetitive after a while - is quite well done. I didn't get quite far, but I might give this another go after work today. :)

candlesan says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:13am

I like the music!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:09am

Good game, but you need to read the tutorial. I like the Insect and the Idea

Cowa says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:41am

Game doesn't launch on Mac :(

NCBRdev says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:54am

It was actually rather fun the game, and the graphics were very nice :)

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:24pm

Just noticed a bug in my game: If you are within the radius of an Eye and you just click, it dies. Hmm. Actually, Lets keep that. ITS NOT A BUG :3 Also, try and post your time for getting the light down here. Try and beat my best :D

pathus22 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:35pm

nice game concept and good graphics. solid work

hippy dave says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:59pm

Looks good, nice music! Bit hard for me, but fun.

Tharky says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:39pm

I like the game. Pretty cool shapeshifts and a matching name. I experienced a bug where I just flied into the building in the first level and everyone was floating around instead of on the floor. Other than that, music was repetitive but nice. Graphics were really good, especially the animations are cool. Pretty good game man. I like it, good job!

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:04pm

Nice graphics and animation, and neat mechanics with the various shape shifting forms. The music was a bit repetitive though.

VictorDoval says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:33pm

Super fun!! For sure I would play some more levels. Congratulations!

MrMegawatts says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:09pm

beautiful graphics ;D

wheerd says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:16pm

Fantastic game, reallly love the different forms and how you can use them. The enemies seem to be buggy unfortunately and love to walk through walls :D

aegypticus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:40pm

Solid all around. Found the secret way to bypass most of the game.

KunoNoOni says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:45pm

This was fun.*nods* I really liked the different things you could turn into. I did find it difficult to figure out what light I was suppose to get. Perhaps this is something you could put in the tutorial to show the player what he is actually looking for. Other than that I really enjoyed this game.

Matzigon says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:45am

Interesting choice of forms, at least they are not like in all the other games. :) The tutorial is a bit too long, and giving so many abilites and things to look for at once is a serious stopping power on players. I'd recommend to add tutorial step by step, and raise the challenge accordingly. Other than a few physics bug the game is quite solid. Well done!

olkeencole says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:39am

Definitely a lot to grasp in a short amount of time. Love the graphics! Concept is great.

Auroratide says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:12am

Excellent music and graphics. I love how the fly is just 3 pixels!

norseware says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:55am

It took a long time to figure out each forms strengths and weaknesses. Other than that, I liked the graphics/lighting. Great job! :)

Ghust1995 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:15am

REally nice game, I was actually trying to go fast. I liked the tutorial and the overall idea. Congrats!

mutonizer says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:12am

Very cool take on the theme and execution. Used the new Windows version and worked no problem.

It was rough at first to get all the mechanics and how they worked together but once that was done, it become a bit too easy though I haven't yet finished it.

Minor grip: no way to turn music off (and keep the sound effect). Got annoying quickly.

Otherwise, very nice entry!

qu2 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:13pm

I love the music and graphics, they give it a great feel. Maybe try to spend a little more time on the physics next time?

qu2 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:17pm

By the way, you can delete the ".pdb" files from your windows upload. They're not necessary and just increase the download size immensely.

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:31pm

@qu2 Thanks, I never knew that! And yes, the physics were wonky :P

EdoMiyamoto says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:22am

Good game, had to reduce volume after a while, but hey I made worst soundtrack, nice design :)

mrStrings says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:24am

hello! The Mac version appears to have broken the controls, as I couldn't really move the character in any way. I would love to properly play your game, so if you can take a look at it, it would be awesome.

Also, if you are interested in my entry, it is in my team mate's account, and you can play it here:

nextreality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:27am

The graphics for this game were simple but the lighting effects made them really shine! Transforming into the different types of things was tough for me, but proved to be pretty interesting once I got the hang of it. Very nice entry!

Dmitrix says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:22am

I read your blog post, I think it's great you made something you're super proud of.

w1n5t0n says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:28am

Really interesting game.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:03am

Shoot, I really wanted to try this one but I can't move anywhere or do anything! Tried endless and play mode. I never see a tutorial pop up or anything.

DesignerNap says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:46am

A lot of nice ideas here but very confusing to start with. If the player got to start as the human they would understand movement before having to mash buttons to learn the shift. Even a single prompt for "Change into human" would help. Lovely visuals and great audio tho. Nice stuff.

NightShadow0 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:04pm

Man, do the eyes never stop chasing you? Once i found the tunnel it was pretty simple, never felt the need to shapeshift from insect form unless an eye was chasing me. I see potential in the idea with some more intricate level design. Nice work!

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:20pm

@NightShadow0 First thanks for playing my game! The eyes stop once you kill them in Tiger mode or exit their radius.

GFM says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:53pm

You got me with the "advanced controls". I really like when games allows its mechanics to interact with each other, leading to interesting new mechanics. That said, grass slide is too OP (not a bad thing, though).

The game is quite good!

Graphics are simple, but well done and with a consistent style. I also liked the chiptune-ish sounds!

The main mechanic, of switching forms, felt too overwhelming. You are introduced to all forms at once and must memorize what each should be used for...

I ended up using only tiger+grass for horizontal movement and fly whenever I needed vertical movement.

Perhaps if you had made more levels, introducing a new form each level... don't know.

Great job!

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:49pm

What you said is actually really cool, I never thought of it myself. I was going to revamp the tutorial, but know I am going to introduce level by level! Thanks so much!

Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:20pm

Nice graphics, great game! I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

rburema says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 12:26pm

It all feels nicely coherent for a compo-game :-)

Always good to see a working tutorial as well (though I managed to die in it, but that's on me).

From reading the comments (and between the lines in the description): Your approach to bugs also brings a smile to my face: 'Does it give the player any sort of advantage? Then it's not a bug!' :-)

I'm just missing some sound-FX (and/or visual) on being hit, that would help a lot, I think!


Is the tunnel-route supposed to be that easy compared to the above-ground one?

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 1:24pm

THanks for rating/giving a detailed comment xD
Yes, I forgot to put particles/sound logic for when the player is hit, there actually is a sound for it though.

Also, the tunnel was a little interesting, because I put it there to be an alternate route thinking there would by 3, the sky, mainland, and underground.

It is too easy though. Again, thanks!

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