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

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The Black Crystal

by Horsed - Compo Entry

location: planet 4n8c_1

status: ship inoperable, energy level low

mission: locate the black crystal


you can operate in two shapes:

sphere: faster, deal less damage, take more damage

cube: slower, deal more damage, take less damage


a 1-bit action adventure

made with <3 by martin knopf


OSX USERS: I can't test on OSX. Please don't expect a running application.

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nopogo says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:52am

LOVE the shading in this game. really reminds me of obra dyn.
how did you accomplish that?

Bemmu says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:01am

Really pretty shader and nice atmosphere.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:05am

I like the monochrome and the lighting. The game has a very striking style. And it's very atmospheric, so full points for mood, too.

I decided to try crossing an anomaly.

I quite liked this. I hope more people see it :)

Very nice work :)

jollyserpent says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:06am

Looks fantastic, sounds pretty atmospheric too! Is there an end goal? I thought you're supposed to get energy for your ship, but I couldn't find a way to transfer it.

Jasmers says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:06am

Lovely Art!

levsha128 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:07am

Nice visual style

sez says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:24am

Visually the most impressing game so far. It's amazing what you achieved with so little color and shapes. I will definitely come back to this entry for inspiration.
The game itself was a bit hard to understand at times, but I really liked the ingame contextual text to explain some things. Well done, very impressive!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:03am

Looks amazing, fantastic work! I enjoyed exploring the world but felt a lack of clear purpose. It bought back the magic of exploring worlds in computer games as a child. Thanks.

Hempuli says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:40am

Very cool graphics; the console-style text logs add a lot to the atmosphere along with the harsh lighting and sepia tones. I got somewhat lost after seeing the anomalous black holes but had good fun.

mrnannings says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:48am

The gfx is amazing. I don't really now what to do in the game but the mecanics are working great!

seitnerk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:34pm

love the visuell style! :)

crazyrems says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:31pm

I want to make shaders like that.
Game is beautiful, I died in the anomaly but I'll certainly play it again.

PanicTheFirst says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:50pm

Looks and feels great.

Anikki says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:00am

Very nice.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:47pm

Very moody, even despite the bfxr sound effects. The lighting and flashing meteors (?) really convey a sense of being marooned on a lonely, remote, alien planet. The subtle background hum also helps.

hippy dave says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:16pm

Mac build works fine! This is great, love the look. Same as other people I wasn't sure what to do, tried recharging the pod but couldn't, died on the anomoly.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:56am

Visuals are so unique. I would love to spend more time in this gorgeous world.

nicotuason says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:33am

Excellent use of the 1-bit artstyle! My favorite thing about this game is how the enemies break apart when they die. So satisfying!

I just wish the shapeshift ability had more balanced trade-offs. Right now there's no reason not to become a cube when you see an enemy. I think the game would be improved with more enemy variety so that there is some strategy to shapeshifting.

wallmasterr says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:54am

Ye i realy like the dithering and shading. sounds were good too, realy set the mood. Dint like that there were a few invisible walls about the palce but over all greate.

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

The impressive and unique graphics combine with the harsh sound effects to create a really oppressive and desolate atmosphere. Very well done, I love it.

Novodantis says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:46am

I loved this! Not only did it have a great visual style, the gameplay was rather novel and engaging too.

Reiv says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:59pm

I love the graphics so much! and the sounds create a great atmosphere. It lacks of a clear purpose but exploring the place was fun.

celia14 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:35am

Wow, the art is so striking. I loved the entire atmosphere of the game, and it was fun shooting enemies. Great work.

jakass says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:29am

Awesome concepts! :D

Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:02pm

OSX user here. App doesn't run as it is, indeed, but it perfectly does if you “chmod +x” the executable (
Totally love the concept, really pleasant and fun.
Observations: player seems to move faster on diagonal, is this intended?
Instructions are not so clear, it took me three deaths to actually discover how to shoot and harvest.

joemid says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 7:35am

This game is gorgi! Great atmosphere and simply satisfying! Thanks for making it!

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 7:16am

visually impressive !

HuvaaKoodia says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 8:08am

Visually striking and distinct, the audio is also great. On the other hand the gameplay is very basic and thematically you didn't get much out of shapeshifting.

I would have preferred shapes with varied abilities allowing the player to traverse and interact with the environment in different ways. Maybe the entities in the world could even change their behavior based on certain shapes.

Another point is lack of direction. I only figured after looking at the source that you are supposed to enter the field of anomalies and not avoid it as advised. Oh well.

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