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

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Side Effects

by JoseArias - Jam Entry

“Do you need 50 extra bucks? Come to test some new amazing drugs!
Warning: They may cause unsafe side effects.”


This is the third time that my brother and I participate in the Ludum and, besides the hard work, we are pride to present to you SIDE EFFECTS.
We have only been able to develop two stages but we hope you enjoy the game!


Your shape shifts every 10 seconds to give you new strengths and weaknesses that you have to dominate to escape alive from the clinic.
Press X to ATTACK.

And remember: Winners don’t use drugs!

——— Known Issues ———

——— Credits ———

- José Arias Fernández: programming, effects, character quotes
- Miguel Arias Fernández (@tuercadevuelta): artwork, animation, beat boxing sounds, character quotes.

——— Change log ———

——— Sound licensing ———
Ouroboros - Full Mix by Kevin MacLeod,
Attribution 3.0 International License.

Downloads and Links




mrStrings says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Man, that's really fun! I loved the tone of the game, the references and humor are top-notch. Pretty neat way to deliver a tutorial, by the way.

I wonder if the buttons on the floor cause something. I think I will play it more to find out :)


If you are interested, you can play WolfBit, our entry for this jam, right here:

It's also pixelated and top-down, but with a darker and rather opposite take on mutations.

fafastudio says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:45pm

Very nice pixel art and ideas ;) great game

Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:46pm

Really slick animations, loved the gameplay too

tentacode says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:47pm

Awesome graphics ! way to go !

JoseArias says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:50pm

@mrStrings If you press the buttons fast enough you open the door to the next level! Thank you!!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:23pm

Really awesome entry! I enjoyed your game; very good way to relieve some stress and test your reflexes.
I'm not too fond of the second form, however. It seems to me that his attacks are way too random and difficult to control. The other two are cool though!
Matei (BananaHammers Team)

bazkur98 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:25pm

Okay, once I figured out what I was doing I was having a pretty good time. Love the art style and concept, fits the theme really well! Sounds were good too. Only criticism I'd give is that there should be some sort of control description on the first screen, I had no idea what I was doing and had to come back to the description here in order to finally figure out that "X" attacked. Also, what do the red buttons do when you press them (the ones on the floor)?

Souperstrawer says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:31pm

That was challenging, took me a few tries to finish. It was fun to play and the quotes were nice. I really liked the way you did the tutorial.

nyaki says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:30pm

Really liked the different play styles with the different characters.
And those pixel-graphics animations are awesome. :)

mactinite says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:11pm

Awesome job! I was able to get through to the second level, but using the second form to hit those posts behind the grate proved too difficult for me. Sound is good, art is great. Solid entry.

erikkire says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:21pm

Graphics and sound are great, would like the gameplay to have some more depth

ryjcio says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:23pm

That was rly fun! Everything seems to be solid. Congratulation guys, great game!

lilKriT says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:26pm

Cool game, nice pixel art graphics and music fits:)

SIN Gaiiden2 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:31pm

nice pixel art, nice game and gameplay. Keep up ;)
one of the best I have tested so far. Nice Work
Try out our game

kuhnerdm says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:16pm

Very much enjoyed this one. The spritework is nice, and the dialogue is hysterical. One thing that's a little annoying for me is that the blade-kinda-guy seems to be a little OP because of how fast he moves. Also, I'm getting some slowdown issues on the web player on Firefox. Not sure if that's intentional, but either way it's a little annoying.

JoseArias says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:21pm

@kuhnerdm thanks for the feedback! When you change the form there is a bullet time (you move faster, it's like a bust because you are almost moving at the same speed but enemies are slower)

JoseArias says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:34pm

Boost* :p

meisterfuu says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:54pm

Very good and fun game!

Yumeito says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:13pm

Great game:)

KBF123 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:02pm

Fun game, faced a bit of slowdown on my browser though.

josemwarrior says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:54pm

Brilliant. Super funny.

Me encantan las mecánicas de juego. Es superdivertido, uno de los mejores de 50 que he probado, he echado en falta mas niveles, pero entiendo que trabajando el lunes no hayáis podido incluir más. Me ha gustado todo, el rollo/feel "película americana", me he meado de risa con las frases, dios que grande ??, las animaciones según el personaje molan mucho, la música es la caña, los efectos de sonido también. Lo único malo, que es corto. 5/5

AnaGF says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:15am

Funny and comic, it made me laugh. Solid and polished entry!

Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:05pm

Genial el juego tíos, hubiera molado MIL si le ponéis lo que le hemos puesto al nuestro de twitter.

avinashd says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:36pm

Fantastic art style! I haven't rated you on the audio, since the music isn't yours.

Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:13pm

Wow, this is so fun! Loved the tutorial, the references (Theme Hospital, such old memories!), the art style and the mechanics. Great entry!

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:44pm

Nice art, funny idea and great theme! The sounds were nice, too but I didn't vote you for audio because the music wasn't made by you.

Naca says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:54pm

Juegazo! Pixel art que te cagas, citas a grandes como el Capitán Threepwood, drogas, bien equilibrado y encima divertido. Lo tiene todo, hay que hacer más niveles!

Y gracias por comentar en el mío compañeros ;)

Venneque says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:02pm

The best game I've seen so far. It's a global 5/5 !
I'm fond of pixel art, but this one disappointed me somehow I dunno why honestly ...
Music totally fits, theme totally fits !
Thank you for escape, I immensely appreciate. T_T
What to say about gameplay ... smashing guards into pieces in wolverine-like form is probably the funniest thing i've played ever. :D

scorched says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:30pm

Good entry, but couldn't figure out the second level with fences

mightymarcus says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:25pm

Wow cool!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:09pm

:-O Juegazo!!! I love this graphics and it's so funny! Overall is a perfect game for me. Thanks for it and congratulations!

Rulrite says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:37pm

Fantastic entry. It was a little difficult to start off with, but I got the hang of it - and I like that the constant transformations keep the gameplay from getting repetitive, even though the game itself is very simple. The art and sound are both very well done, and I have to say that I really enjoyed the dialogue/references. very funny stuff (along with the concept itself)!

neontropics says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 10:07pm

Wow, this was really good! Satisfying gameplay and great graphics. Super good animations, it feels fun to punch the lab people.

Freank says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 5:17pm

Hi, nice game ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

randomhuman says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 7:49pm

Fun and satisfying gameplay, and the premise and dialogue are very funny as well. I didn't really get the "bullet time" thing until I read the comments, and it seems like a lot of people were in the same boat, so maybe that was ill-advised. But, I had a blast anyway!

jonnopon3000 says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:21pm

I loved every moment; everything is up to scratch and well executed. GG

nickavv says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 1:37am

I love the art/music, the concept, and the funny dialog from the player/guards. It's seriously hard though, I can't go very long without getting shot to ribbons. Nice work

OttersDen says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 7:17pm

The gunshot sounds were a bit loud, BUT I loved how the music changed depending on your form. Well done, it was pretty fun!

flummox3d says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:33am

An all around five! Really enjoyed the different forms, and the pixel art is super nice. Awesome work! :)

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