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

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Reptile Politik

by aegypticus - Compo Entry

Hey! This is my first Ludum Dare and my first completed game. I only had the daylight of Sunday to really work on this, so therefore the audio and finer details suffered. Nevertheless, I hope that you all enjoy my game!


Reptile Politik is a game in which you play a politician who is holding a press conference. But, you are no politician at all! You are a reptilian overlord who is trying to steer the globe towards a New World Order.

You're new to this, so, you are constantly making mistakes that make the crowd suspicious of your reptilian heritage. See how high of a score you can get before you inevitably reveal your true identity!



Lettered tiles will appear for a few seconds, hit the corresponding key before it moves away, otherwise people will become suspicious of you!


English Alphabet on a qwerty keyboard. (I'm not sure if it works on non-standard english keyboards)


Good Luck and have fun! Please give me feedback! It's all appreciated. Also, congrats to everyone who managed to make an entry.

My high score is 69 as of right now. Please post your high score too!

Downloads and Links




XAND says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:19am

Hey, another Love2D Programmer! I made mine in Love2d. :)

Cute little game. Took me a sec to figure out what was going on, but I mean that literally - just a sec. Good job. :)

Brice says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:24am

Congrats on finishing your first ludum dare! I loved the concept, very funny. Really difficult to hit the keys in time! I thought I was a fast typer. :-)

srakowski says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:43am

Wowsers, that is incredibly difficult! Nice concept, great job :-)

Syldarion says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:53am

The A and the R look pretty close for such a fast-paced game

biscuitdough says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:34am

very hard, found the best strategy was just to mash all the keys on the keyboard haha.

iendsl says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:34am

I had a hard time hitting the keys but I love the sound design, very simple but effective. Not sure if there was a penalty for mashing the wrong keys, it didn't seem like there was. Great art and fun for a quick go.

ougrouk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:34am

Gratz with your first LD, I am on the same boat.
I find your game nicely drawn and the idea good but it's very very hard.

candlesan says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:37am

Great story! :) I like the concept a lot. Wish you had more time than a single day so there'd be more to play! :)

Crimson713 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:28am

Nice game! I'm too slow for it. but I really liked the art and theme!

panurge says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:26pm

I'm too embarrassed to post my high score but let's just say I barely hit double figures. :)

This is a smart, fun little game with a nice take on the theme. I really enjoyed playing!

vini60 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Very hard lol, but I like style. Falls a bit off the theme though. Great job anyway.

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:05pm

Extremely hard, but I like the concept and the art. Great job!

Cowa says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:27pm

That's pretty harder on a non-qwerty keyboard (azerty here!). I like those pixels though :)

aegypticus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:50pm

Cowa, glad to know it works on non-qwerty keyboards!

tomlum says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:06am

Wonderful concept, and the art has great character (Also you pointed out my game not running and it is fixed now, I'd for you to give it a second try!) Also props to being another Max Löve dev like myself : )

tomlum says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:07am


Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:07am

Haha, interesting take on the theme. David Icke approves!

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:15am

Cool concept but it seems like I'm way to slow of a typer to play that game :)

glaze_96 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:39am

So difficult!
Only got a highscore of 6..

Nice game =)

Allthebees says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:26pm

This was really fun as well as funny, and had just the right amount of challenge despite the simple concept. Great work!

sndr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:06pm

I enjoyed this! I loved the mechanic (maybe a little bit too fast at the beginning? It could work if it started slower and got faster), the artstyle and the reptilian politician setting. :)

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:08am

Nice work, and congrats on your first Ludum Dare! I really like the artwork, and it was really funny watching the character slowly turn into a lizard (though I had to focus on the letters).

Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:55pm

Nice idea, but too fast for me! :)

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

I must be getting old, too fast for me...

rjhelms says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:26am

Aww yiss, 112 points! I knew my touch-typing skills would come in handy one day. 10/10 would enslave humanity to serve reptile-kind again.

Best political simulator of 2016!

TheMightyTeam says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:27am

Simple concept. Good idea.

Feng says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:36pm

Very good game, I've got a high-score of 7 and nearly smashed my keyboard. I love the pixel-art and the details of mutating progress :)

tmpxyz says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:43pm

Good pixel art, hope there's more gameplay include.

Freank says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:54am

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

aegypticus says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:54pm

@Freank I'm awaiting confirmation, I'll upload my game today, hopefully. Where will your video be uploaded?

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Fun game, could potentially be very addictive! Good job!
Highscore is 49 right now.

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