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

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by ajhc - Compo Entry

My first LD! And essentially first time creating a game that is mostly playable & original. Lots that I would like to improve but hey! Its playable now so I'll submit it to compo despite desperately needing music and better UI!

A top-down shooter revolving around a Movement-form / Fighting-form shapeshift mechanic and a create-more-badguys-to-get-more-points mechanic.

Currently controller-only! If you aren't on windows AND using an xbox360 pad then you may have to set the controls in the Input tab in the launcher.

I've now uploaded an updated version that shouldn't violate any of the post-jam-update rules. Basically just ease of life stuff, made the obstacles grey, made sure the controls work properly etc.

Move with left stick
Press 'X' to place new spawner (points!)
Press 'B' to shapeshift into combat mode (This has a 10 second cooldown, displayed in bottom right)!
Shoot with right stick
Press 'start' to reset the level

Let me know how you do!

Downloads and Links




StianTheDark says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:43pm

No Linux version, can't judge.

nintendoeats says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:59pm

I like the idea of slowing down to shoot dudes, but I'm not clear on why it doesn't always work. If I could switch reliably this could actually be much fun (if a bit easy).

ajhc says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:19pm

Ahh sorry! There's a cooldown timer in the bottom right but I didn't get around to making it more obvious :( Thanks for the comment :)

arhpositive says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:19pm

Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty easy and entertaining for a while. Move slow, keep an eye on the shapeshifting cooldown, stick around the spawn point, kill bad guys and collect fuel.

It gets repetitive pretty quick and UI elements on the bottom right can't be seen when there's a wall object under them.

Other than these issues, it's a good entry. Nice job!

arhpositive says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:20pm

Oh, OH! Also, Start button didn't work for me. Don't know why.

ajhc says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:39pm

Ack! I just tested the start button and it totally doesn't work! It worked in the editor grrr maybe I uploaded the wrong file. I think I'll try to smooth out some stuff and add a keyboard control option tomorrow, maybe package mac and linux versions also. Thanks for the feedback!

BloodJohn says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:45pm

Had to go into the storeroom for a controller. Unusual control. Great game for the first time!

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