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

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by CMLSC - Compo Entry

IF YOU WANT TO SKIM READ THIS PAGE... Please read the paragraphs with the "~" before it.

~Rocky is a shapeshifting rock. His brain collection is being stolen by zombies! Kill zombies, buy more morphs and other things, and most importantly... DEFEND YOUR BRAIN COLLECTION!!!

~The Linux versions may not work. It has only been tested on Windows 8, so please don't leave a bad rating if you can't get it to run unless you are on Windows 8. (It should run on other windows versions though.)

Instructions are in the download.

Extra Notes:

If you see a red message flash at the top of the screen, but you don't have time to read it, it is telling you that you have low fps and that you should press "P" to lower the quality. (P only works if the message is showing)

If you are a good person and you managed to read this far, here is a hint: when you start, try to build up as much momentum as possible with the rock by bouncing off walls! Eventually you will be able to instakill zombies! ^_^

In response to many of the comments about the controls, the movement is acceleration based. Some things, such as lava or trees may take a moment to move... I wonder why... (psst, IT'S A TREE! XD)

Another thing in response to the tree comments... The hitbox only does damage when the tree is horizontal, because the tree is falling on the zombies, not swinging.

I changed the messed up money amount earned when killing zombies, which is well within the rules(I only changed 2 numbers): "We allow you to fix crashes, win condition, or tiny bugs after the deadline."

~The download may take a moment to work. Please wait up to 30 seconds for it to start.

Watch the gameplay video to see how I play. (Although I kind of failed that game. XD)

~IMPORTANT NOTES: I forgot to mention in the How To Play thing that you can press number keys to morph. :P (marked on the top of the screen) PLEASE DO NOT RATE THE GAME UNLESS YOU HAVE READ THE INSTRUCTIONS IN THE "How To Play" FILE!

The Rocky Survival Guide: COMING SOON! :3 (wave 27 was my record)

Please check out my website for more of my games! They are higher quality and have downloads less than 10MB.

Downloads and Links




El_WaKa says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:46am

I'm not sure if it's just my pc, but the game feels slow and buggy (you can easily get "inside" a zombie but he won't receive damage, and you never know the exact range of the tree, it feels like is just if it hits) but I like the idea and would love to see the game with some improvements, good luck!

CMLSC says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:20am

El_WaKa You can get inside the zombie with some things. The tree only hits where it falls. It's a rectangular shape.

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

the game was fun. i liked the tree the best, though i couldnt get to buy anything because i wasnt getting any curency. so i just moved around as a tree. i kept getting low FPS warnings pop up too. im running on win10, so i guess thats why, as you said in your howto win 8 is optimal

CMLSC says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:16am

jcmonkey When you get the fps warning, it says to press p to lower the quality which will fix the fps. Also, you get the currency from the coins flying around after you kill zombies.

ViliX64 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:22am

Cure art style, although the game lags a lot (not sure whether its a problem of my computer or not).

Dooskington says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:24am

I was getting frustrated by the speed of the game and the floatyness of the controls.

iendsl says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:24am

I like the concept of kindof smashing into the zombies. The controls could be more responsive tho. I felt quickly overwhelmed! I like the art style

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

I feel like the explosions are the only thing in the game that even looks "pretty" :3

mf1214 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:15am

Well done! Movement feels a little awkward though.

tomdeal says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:02pm

Nice game. I found it a bit hard to hit things correctly, maybe the balancing was a bit off here and there. Cool idea!

CMLSC says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:15pm

My download has less downloads total than votes... By 4... FOUR PEOPLE FAKE VOTED! D:

MikeTheWayne says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:27pm

Fun and innovative, good sounds, but there is still that issue of going "inside" a zombie. Great game though, love the momentum based attacking!

nintendoeats says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:11pm

Ones I got a flow goin this was sort of fun, but the buying interface was a problem for me since it didn't paus, required me to put my hand on the mouse and was difficult to see. Also, it's very easy to get overwhelmed as a rock. I assume the point is to turn into a tree during group fights, but since the tree attack doesn't have great hit detection for things near you that doesn't always work. Bouncing around as a rock was fun when I got a hang of it, but the only real strategy that worked was bouncing back and forth ina straight line. Still, these were all interesting ideas to experiment with and none of those problems couldn't be resolved. Well done!

mrnannings says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:24pm

Nice game. It took me a while before i understand whats happening. Maybe a ingame tutorial would help. So it is a tower defence like game very impressive to make in so short time.

Baknik says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:21am

I found the movement controls a bit clunky. I like how you worked in shape shifting, but it was difficult to get into.

Foxtacy says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:08am

i laughed SO HARD when i turned into a tree x'D


(lack of song makes your game seem "empty" though :C)

Cerno_b says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:07am

It's a good concept, but I feel the execution could have been better. It's a bit tough to find out how to play without reading the manual.

Once I found out that you have to build momentum I was able to see how this may work after all given a bit of additional polish to the controls.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:44pm

This has some potential, nice entry!

Asturk says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:32am

The idea of smashing zombies with random stuff is always fun! Thats was a cool idea, but the controls and how each object works was a little confuse for me yet, even after reading the txt file within the game. But the game has a cool idea, keep upgrading this work, you can really get something really nice with this!

CMLSC says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:07pm

I still don't see how everyone is finding WASD(form movement), 12345(for morphs), and space(for attacking) confusing. (and also c and mouse to manage the shop)

CMLSC says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:09pm

From what I understand, the negative feedback I've had so far will mainly affect my overall score, but my innovation should be high. :D

Odyssey says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:37pm

The speed and the controls were annoying but I could see this being a good game

Green Soda says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 2:02am

nice entry! art style is simple but effective :) cuold have done better tho/... the game is innovative..
hmm, what can i say, maybe some optimization would make this better :D
It was funny when i turned into a tree... HAHA nc concept

rnlf says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 11:03am

Not sure I really understand this game :3

So I bashed into some zombies as a rock, but not sure what the tree really does compared to the stone besides being slow and big.

It was a bit hard to control. The sprites look nice though.

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