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

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State Of Matter

by keksx - Jam Entry

Our entry for the #LD35 jam. And our very first entry for a game jam ever!

We didn't have much time but really wanted to participate for the first time.
So many things we wish we could've done.
Still had a ton of fun developing it and learned a lot, and thats the key, isn't it?

So here's our entry! We hope it at least gives you a chuckle :)


Two Jinns are fighting each other for fun!
Players can change their "state of matter" into steam, ice or normal water to take advantage of their jinn abilities.
Ammo that hit the wall or enemy players fall down so that it can be picked up again.

There are three different modes:
When in water mode, players can run, shoot and jump
When in vapor mode, players cannot shoot anymore, but jump in the air to fly, they also fly through platforms
When in ice block mode, players can not do anything, fall really fast but won't take any damage on hit. This mode has a cooldown, indicated by the weapon(yellow buttons if ready, grey if on cooldown).

We didn't have time for a proper AI to play against, so we decided to make it 1v1 only for the Jam Entry. It's keyboard(green player) against controller(blue player)!

In Desktop version, all of these are editable so you can play on one keyboard if you wish!
Just open the game and before you click "Play!", click on the "Input" tab.

Green Player Default Layout
Space - Jump
A - Toggle vapor mode
S - Toggle ice mode
D - Shoot
Arrow keys - Move / aim

Blue Player Default Layout
A - Jump
B - Toggle vapor mode
X - Toggle ice mode
Right Bumper - Shoot
Left stick - Move / aim

Graphics are done by Maya Kuscher
Coding was done by Kevin Heese
Everything else was done together!

Since we have no idea about audio, we used assets from the Asset Jesus(Kenney's Donation Pack)!

Downloads and Links




Marc F. says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:42pm

Really fun concept but the opponent (the blue guy) doesn't seem to be doing anything. Is the controller mandatory to play the blue character?

keksx says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:47pm

Unfortunately yes!

We were originally going to add a simple AI to play against, but time was running out. As we couldn't do it properly, we scratched it and made 1v1 only with Keyboard against Controller.

Ogniok says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:10pm

We had exactly the same problem making our game - the AI. Know the feels, gotta enjoy the local multiplayer tho!

applejam says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:42pm

So sad there is no AI. I really like how characters move and how you get air boos when turning into gas and how fast you fall when turning into ice. I'd love to see you finish this game.

runvs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:04pm

Hi there, very well executed. I like the game concept and the core mechanics. The soundtrack is nice and everything works well. Had a nice battle with a friend.

Fabraz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:25pm

Don't worry about the AI, we did a brawler last time as well that needed 2 players. I asked my sister to join and we had fun playing it.

A great little take on an arena brawler using the theme given to you.

ragnta says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:27pm

I am very sad because I haven't controller. :( Why can't we play on keyboard? :(

keksx says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:56pm

Thanks for the awesome feedback guys!

Based on the feedback and other comments, we've put out a web version as well as made clear that this build *should* work with Mac and Linux as well.

We've also adjusted the control scheme; the standard is still Keyboard / Controller, but the second player can now also be put on the Keyboard in the "Input" settings tab on desktop versions.

Cowa says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:18pm

Nice idea! It could be a very interesting combat system :) Good job.

BSODDevTeam says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:02pm

Holy smokes, this game is cool but you need to put some more job in it. Well done!

keksx says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 2:55pm

We are definitely going to put more work into it once time is there! :)

Thanks again. <3

3rdChance says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 5:34pm

still missing some stuff. But I like it already =D

Green Soda says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 6:14am

a very well executed game ... more polishing and this would be more more more awesome :) nice game

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