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

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Sky Panic

by ladybenko - Compo Entry

Sky Panic, a cute'em up game!

Shape-shift between fighter and bomber form, each one will allow you to defeat best the different enemies.


- ARROW keys: move
- TAB: shift between bomber and fighter mode
- SPACE: shoot

I've been sick the whole weekend, so I couldn't do anything complicated :( But I'm pretty satisfied with some of the sprites!

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Cerno_b says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:15am

Cute little game.

I like the graphics and how polished everything is. The music gets a bit repetitive but it's subtle enough to not overdo it.

Khaldrin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:01pm

Nice one. I really like the graphics - good pixel art :).

zugende says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:02pm

Loving the graphics!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:05pm

I love the graphic style (the combination of styles between gameplay assets and the fonts works very nicely), and how you applied the switching mechanic.

Great job! (and hopefully you'll be feeling better now)

grayhaze says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:06pm

A fun little shooter, only very slightly hampered by the erratic, unpredictable movement of the flying enemies. The graphics were very decent for a competition entry. The sounds do get a little repetitive after a while, but that doesn't make the game any less fun.

I would have liked to see the shape shifting aspect developed a little more, perhaps with other vehicles with different weapons, but what you have is very solid, especially given that you were ill the whole time! Good work. :)

BoltKey says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:11pm

The main concept is not very innovative. The shapeshifting idea is interesting, but I think it is useless as it is - I do better if I am in the small form all the time than if I try and switch my forms. What a shame it is not a bit more flexed out, with more enemy types, so shapeshifting would be actually useful.

Love the music. The graphics are great. The explosions are great.

I also checked out the log and enjoyed it.

PinkIndian says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:05pm

Great game. Nice bright graphics. Needs more enemy types tho.

fanatiko says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:38pm

Love the graphics (and the music, but slightly less than the graphics).

The game is quite hard, maybe the normal ships should die in 1 shoot too (considering they come in quite big waves). As some people have commented, shifting feels a little pointless (as you can shoot the canons as the straight ship), but it feels much better to one shot them as the bomber so I am happy to have the choice.

Wefiends says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:36am

Really love that color palette. Cool idea to play a schmup in two modes, would've liked to see that used in different ways. The song is groovin, though maybe too short of a loop.

Falak says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:18pm

It's good

cudabear says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:27pm

A solid arcade scrolling shooter. Shooting felt great, dropping bombs felt great! Graphics are awesome. Sound is extremely repetitive and bleating, especially the shooting sound. I had to mute my volume! Would be nice if distance was factored into your score. Nice interpretation of the theme and well done!

Populous90 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:32pm

Great graphics but mechanically weak:D!

Munchy2007 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:49pm

Like the graphics style, soundtrack was a bit too repetitive, but the sound effects were good.

Overall quite a fun little game.

Allthebees says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:55pm

This was a great game! The graphics were very neat and the simple mechanics went far to make it incredibly addictive. Awesome work!

teamross says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:55pm

Nice approach to the arcade scrolling shooter style.
More enemies would be very nice!
I like the graphics lot (especially explotions).
But I think that a pixel art style for the user interface could feel more integrated.
Good job overall!

orion_black says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:18pm

Nice visuals, the colors are pretty.

Contrary to what people have said I think the "balloon mode" is way stronger to the point you barely need to use the other form. If you stay on the top, aside from the diagonal enemy formation, you barely have to evade anything. I would suggest to design your (enemy/bullet) patterns defensively so that they don't generate persistent "safe spots" that can be exploited.

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:11pm

Really great art and and the game's very polished. I found though that if you stay on the top in bomber mode, your'e basically able to avoid everything and kill all of the enemies. Overall, great game!

pirate_shell says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:14pm

I liked this one. It wasn't super innovative or anything, but it was simple and it worked. The art was nice and as a classic horizontal shoot-em-up, it did its job. I do think some screen shake would have added a bit. Also maybe remapping TAB to SHIFT for the switching (this may be my own personal preference). Also, at least on the web version, it seemed like the sound effects cut off the music, which was a little offputting. Other than these gripes, this was a solid entry.

markusfisch says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:14pm

This is way more fun than it should be :) Really like the fighter/bomber transformation.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:20pm

Great game. Just loved it.

AlejoAC says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:33pm

It's surprising how well this works for such a straight forward idea.
When I was watching your progress in twitter it looked quite simple with the placeholder shapes. The graphics really give the game a whole new appeal and meaning.
I find funny that people find the shifting pointless since there are arguments to play using only one of the ships, for both of the ships.
I'm taking no side as I was switching quite often.

ladybenko says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:38am

Thanks everyone for trying out the game and give some feedback. I really appreciate it! :)

Arvydas says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:24pm

Fun game to play! I liked the music, but not the sfx. Good work :]

Geckoo1337 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:18pm

Good idea for a fun Shoot Em Up. Aesthetic is pleasant and movements smooth. A pretty experience. Thank you ++

BubsyPoochies says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:22pm

It's a very polished experience overall. Not a lot of content but it's hard to stop playing :) and that's good. Music it's a bit repetitive.

McFunkypants says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:44pm

I really like the bright colours and clean shapes. This entry was so nice and polished. Great work.

end3r says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:43pm

Nice one! The end result is impressive given your problems with the flu in the meantime. I like the pixel art style too. Would love to see more levels and enemies.

vctr_seleucos says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:49am

The graphic style is pretty sweet, but some animations (specially for the transformation) would be lovely. The sfx are great, but the music loop is pretty annoying after a while. The game is also too hard (¿?) maybe a lifebar with 3 points is needed, and (this is an small detail) using de spacebar or enter to replay the game instead of clicking with the mouse (that kind of breaks the pace of the game) would be lovely. Nice work!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:23pm

I love this graphics! Good game.

DevelopTech says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:56pm

Very simple but effective game, mechanics are very easy to understand and that's great.
Audio and graphics are great also, great work here.

Now let me give you 3 easy things I would do for make it better:

1 - All the game is controller by keyboard, and you need the mouseclick for retrying. Make it also possible with keys and it would be less tedious to retry.

2- Give the player a reason for not been always pressing "Fire button". For example: Player velocity decreases if fire button is active.

3 And last but not least, don't allow the player to go to the botton of the screen, and it will be a more powerful reason for shape-shift.

Again, great work!

AnaGF says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:41am

Lovely graphics and audio. Mechanic is funny too, simple but neat. Nice job!

macronoid says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 9:56pm

Simple, but effective game. I like the graphics but I would have tried to make the enemies' paths more appealing and fun.

Good job!

neontropics says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 6:25pm

Fun shmup! Satisfying gameplay and nice shape shifting. It does get a bit samey after a bit - some different enemy times and more chaos would work well! also some sort of mega laser that needs to build up energy to be used is always fun.

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