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

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Shaze (Shape Maze)

by Alphius - Compo Entry

This was my first LD, yet I'm really proud of myself.

What I love with this game is that the fact that the graphics are ugly and that there is no sound makes totally sense when you reach the end of the game.
You understand why this game is the way it is, and why there should not have amazing graphics/musics.

I have to say that this theme was a really hard one. On the 7 hours I spent to create this game, 3 were used to find an idea. And that's a lot of time!

Hope you'll play, hope you'll have fun. I can't wait to play and rate your games!

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Knowledge says ...
Apr 16, 2016 @ 9:55pm

Nice game, pretty hard puzzles!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 17, 2016 @ 6:50am

lol, yes it's a shifter!!! :) Nice work on the puzzles. The first one was the hardest for me... for some reason! Also if you press the up arrow and the right arrow at the same time then your shapes shift... :) Nice job!

Apr 17, 2016 @ 10:53pm

I got as far as the puzzle with 4 shapes and just could not get more than 3 together at the same time.

This is nice, I like your game a lot. The puzzles are well-crafted, and the progression is good. I'm apparently just a little inept ;)

htspencer88 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:57am

I'm way to burnt out after jamming for 48 hours but this is a game I will definitely come back to when I have the mental capacity to tackle it!

Really like the narrative so far and am looking forward to finding out more. Great job!

htspencer88 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:04am

I lied, I kept playing, really addictive and well made!

bobismijnnaam says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:32am

Nice puzzle game, have never encountered something like this!

zugende says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:32am

Damn hard dude. :D But super fun! Simple, little game. I can imagine a nice, polished mobile app would get you nice download rates!

FloatingGhost says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:36am

I got to the one after you introduce the "press shift" mechanic - it got reaaalllly hard, in a good way :D

sbeif says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:49am

well made puzzle, also quite hard

hugheth says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:46pm

I love how simple this is visually and yet the story brings the inanimate shapes to life

amras0000 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:39pm

First off, congrats on your first Ludum Dare. This isn't a bad entry. Simple enough mechanics that make sense and you've made some decent levels with them. Definitely enjoyed my time.

On the critical side of things:
The writing's a bit too pretentious for my taste. Doesn't add much to the game, doesn't really hold any consistent narrative arc. There's a bit of a buildup to the finale but it feels forced and coarse. The ending twist is unexpected, but not satisfying. I think I would've preferred a "Thanks for Playing!" with a drawing of a thumbs up. But that's just me.

That being said, the narrative does lend the game some cohesion and encourage the player to keep going, so I've got mixed feelings on the matter. I definitely think you should have spent more time on the writing, even at the cost of one or two of the levels, to make the experience more satisfying.

Regarding gameplay: the game's desperately missing an undo button. All mistakes are undoable but it can take a hell of a lot of effort to compensate for a single wrong buttonpress. Telling the player to press 'r' to restart should happen in the second or third level, not halfway through the game. I had to use that key several times before the game told me; stumbled on it by accident.

In terms of presentation, the graphics are fine, really. Not beautiful, but functional. Could benefit from a stronger minimalist ethic (solid colors instead of gradients, a cleaner white background with a very subtle grid overlay, either thicker borders or no borders on the shapes, and more visible end-points), but that's just aesthetic preference. I've seen worse :P
The cut between levels is a bit too abrupt imo. A fade out->fade in, or a 'good job! press any button to continue' would've given the player a second to savor the victory before throwing them back in the fray. Though I guess that doesn't fit the lore as much :P

Mantlair says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:45pm

Core mechanic was a known one but nice additions with gum and `Shift`. Puzzles were challenging. Enjoyed! Keep it up for the next LD's!
(You must put humour to votings. Tell me when you do to get a nice rating.)

CoderDozer says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:28pm

really cool, makes my brain have to work :-D

Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:54pm

I'm a big fan of puzzle games

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:42am

This is a very cool puzzle game, with a nice set of mechanics. I had a lot of fun playing all the way to the end. The gameplay is responsive, and the puzzles are open-ended enough that you can get a sense of really exploring a level. Great work!

DeltaNegative says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:51pm

Really cool brain-teaser! ;)

Alphish says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:54pm

So, is the name Bill Cipher? W.D. Gaster? I couldn't see it, because I accidentally keypressed once too much, and skipped the great reveal. ^^'
(Satan/Devil? Naaah, that would be too easy)

Either way, I probably enjoyed the shapeshifting mechanics more than multiple-shapes-at-once movement; then again, the latter may be caused by you using too many shapes at once (misapplied idea rather than one that's inherently bad). Bubble gum was somewhat interesting, but I don't quite see why it's a *bubble gum*. ^^'

The game makes for a decent puzzle, though nothing too original nor exceptional (I and many others came up with multiple-entities-at-once idea years ago). There is some story, but I didn't really enjoy the writing, and it kinda seemed like its main purpose was to justify the bad audiovisuals. >.<

Still, considering it's your first ever LD and you spent on it 7 hours, it's quite promising. Keep improving. ^^

Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:31pm

Well made puzzles, difficulty scales well and it's really satisfying getting them down. Good Job.

thedashdude says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:12am

I couldn't beat the (I think) last level, but a nice puzzle game.

DcrDro says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 9:22pm

very nice entry, good job man !

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