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

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by kiesenverseist - Jam Entry

This is the game I made for my first Ludum dare, MetaShift. The game is basically you trying to survive. As you eat food you can build up fat and use that to transform into another creature with different traits.

The controls of the game are very simple, just the arrow keys and the spacebar. The game mostly explains itself but to make it clear:

Spacebar -> Menue selection and action button
Arrow Keys -> Menue navigation and movement buttons

Also, the circles at the top represent various stats as follows:

Red -> Health
Blue -> Food/Hunger
Navy -> Stored Fat

Also behind the coral, you can hide and predators will stop chasing you.

As a final note, on the left edge of the game environment, there is a strange collision bug where you get stuck there, to get out tap the right arrow button and wait for a few seconds then try to get out and repeat till you do get out.

That's all and I hope you enjoy the game.

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Nolocality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:41am

Never have a I taken a jelly fish to faster than sound speeds and eaten 20 fish in the blink of an eye...

After four or so passes I think the crabs started to worship the jelly fish...they would do this dance when I descended to allow them to gaze upon the jellyfish in all it's glory.

Fun lil' game sir, good job.

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:12am

Fun game. Needs some music and progression could be a bit faster but i stuck with it! :)

The M says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:28pm

I like this game, add some sound, a few more possible transformations and bit more progression and you'll have something. :)

Reyn says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:27am

I like the transformation mechanic. I would have made the crabs be in front of the coral so that it feels more like I'm avoiding it. I couldn't catch any of the fish on purpose, it always had to be on accident, if I was more agile I think it would have been more fun. Music would have played a big role in how long people stuck with the game. I liked text, story like, explanations. There just needed to be some higher goal (was there?), maybe the next shape was a land creature which meant you could escape the pond and win. Well done on your first ludum dare :)

Yazara says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:08pm

I love the graphics! :D

local minimum says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 9:26am

I really liked the way the game explained stuff as I needed to know it. It got a bit too much when the crab grabbed me (ran through a bunch of messages that kind of landed on top of each other). Fun concept, but that crab pinched me to death.

terryg says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 11:36am

this was fun. as the green fish i kept getting stuck on the left side for some reason. I was mostly able to unstuck myself. Good game overall and fits well with the theme.

SIN Gaiiden2 says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 11:18am

Nice Concept, keep up ;).
try our game

CaptainPilot says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 7:38pm

Aaaaw, I managed to get stuck against the left hand side of the screen! I was really enjoying it though - a very nice game. No idea quite how I got so excited about what transformation would come next haha

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