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

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Ludum Bear

by DifferentName - Compo Entry

Ludum Bear is the Ludum Dare game where you're a Were Bear!

WASD or Arrows to Move.
Spacebar to Attack
Hold Spacebar and a Direction for about a second to transform into a Bear!
Kill Ghouls!
Press T to get rid of the tutorial text. Sorry it keeps popping up when you die. It was added last minute.

---Resources Explained in a Long Paragraph in Case You're Interested---
Pick up glowing orbs to regain Health or Elemental points. The red/pink circle in the top left shows your health, and empties as you take damage. The outer panels (which I now realize look remarkably similar to the old game Simon Says), are your Elemental Points. When you hold Spacebar and a Direction to transform into a bear, the Direction you hold determines the Element and Bear that you'll transform into. You need to have resources for that element to turn into that bear. Your points for that Element will drain away over time, and are lost when you take damage, returning you to human form when it's empty. You can turn into a different bear to kill more ghouls so they drop more glowing orbs.

Created in GameMaker Studio
Art Drawn in Adobe Flash
Music Created in LMMS
Sound effects made on

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qikcik says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:03am

Very good Game (it was great to see how the game was created on

cgriff says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:58pm

Solid entry, might have been nice if the collision detection was a little sharper.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:14pm

This was fun to play, however I wish there had been more granularity when it came to the player interacting with the ghouls. Also I had no clue when my life was decreasing or how the power ups worked. Otherwise this was a good solid game that fit the theme perfectly.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:16pm

Pretty neat idea!

IDidGame says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:17pm

Was kinda turned off at the start but then just kept on playing. The combos are pretty cool.
i killed 673 ghouls

LudumAnthony says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:54pm

The actual game mechanic for shapeshifting was pretty cool, but the game became stale pretty quickly.

Populous90 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:13pm

The game looks REALLY, REALLY well, plays really well, feels well, and sounds well. The whole game is really good except that I got frustrated with the controls because they were challenging, but I think that's what you were going for and it worked. Overall good game.

Haighstrom says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:26pm

Loved the animations and the fact that it's a GIANT SMASHING BEAR. Was cool when I got the giant white bear which was even more full of smashing than the brown bear. Didn't really get the orbs/panel display but enjoyed the game anyway. Overall I liked this game a lot due to the fun of BEARS SMASHING stuff.

DifferentName says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:26pm

@Haighstrom, You can hold attack while holding a different direction (up, down, left, or right) to become one of 4 different bears. Each is associated with it's own resource. Sorry I didn't have time for a tutorial to explain that. The display panel thing was made pretty last minute, too.

Pestel Crew says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:31pm

Nice idea with different directions and colors pickups

Cowa says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:15pm

I really liked the panda's round kick :D
The game is fun!

Cerno_b says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:20pm

Nice one! Is there an end to it? I got swarmed to death. I like the different shapes with their unique attacks. I wasn't able to find a good strategy though.

How do you pronounce your game anyway? Ludum Bah-ray? ;)

Dmitrix says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:49am

I hope you continue to bear down on this game.

DifferentName says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:47am

@Cerno_b There's no end, just a ghouls killed counter. I'm thinking I should have had the enemies come in waves, so you could at least say you got to wave 10 or whatever. I pronounce it Ludum Bear (Bear like the animal), but I understand some people prefer Bah-ray. :)

blackoptics8 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:02pm

great entry ;D it does have one of those gameplay flaws of being able to go around in circles and let enemies pile up in the center and just taking them all out at once but other than that the theme was prevalent and mechanics were unique.

Ironhead says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:05pm

1037 ghouls killed. Pretty fun game. Polar bear was my favorite. Cool variations on combos.

qu2 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:21pm

Nice shapeshifting mechanic, but I wish there was more variety. Well done though.

jakass says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:25pm


Apr 30, 2016 @ 9:06am

Super fun game, it kept me engaged a long time and I managed to kill 589 ghouls at my third try. I also loved the funny title, the pretty unique artstyle and the music. The mechanics are simple but super efficient, which is what I love as a designer and a player, gamefeel is really cool thanks to the VFX and SFX and there is a nice level of polish.

Green Soda says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 6:13am

nice game! :)) it's interesting as well... solid entry

May 9, 2016 @ 11:45pm

The pun! Oh the pun!
Swiping swarms of ghouls is great fun, and the increasing difficulty made sure I got swarmed to death eventually.
The four direction meter is really innovative, and have to love panda mode!

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