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

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by samlo - Jam Entry

Top down action dashing game where you must shift states to destroy enemies

Get combos by killing multiple enemies in the same chain of blinks. To chain blinks, tap the blink button after the previous blink ends but before the ring goes away!

Score and combo are currently meaningless but make you feel good inside!

Game over when you're out of hearts and get hit


Move - Left stick/WASD
Blink - A button / LMB
Switch States - R1 / RMB

Pro Tips:

-Use a controller
-Blinking is reckless
-You can change states while blinking
-Killing an enemy knocks back enemies of the opposite state
-Combos end if you lose your blink chain or if you take damage
-Use a controller

Programming and animation by Sam Loeschen
Score and illustration by Flite

Downloads and Links




snoodleking says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:01pm

Love the aesthetic and the blink mechanic! That screen effect - so sweet! Combos were a little unclear to me, but maybe I just need to spend some more time with it. Overall great job!

samlo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:12pm

thanks snoodleking! I updated the description to make the combos a little more clear - they're actually pretty easy to do but a bit cryptic without explanation

joemid says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:38pm

Great job! Simple and easy to play. Great game mechanic and never a feeling of being "cheated." A little to fast for a trackpad- but I think that's my problem.

Allthebees says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:39pm

Really addictive and absolutely beautiful graphics! Once the difficulty spiked and it became like a bullet hell it really grabbed me and I was trying over and over again to make mad blink combos. Excellent stuff!

goodbadokay says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:05pm

Awesome entry!
Would love to play this on my phone :)

Togimaro says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:10pm

Really cool! The difficulty is well balanced but the combometer goes down really quickly, I have not made more than 3 ^^'
Good job!

JayProg says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:15pm

Great execution of a simple idea. I'm impressed by the minimalism and polish. Feels great with gamepad.

Madzinah says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:15pm

The sound is quite nice to blink on the tempo, making the control almost useless, nice work on effect and graphics, great job !

JayProg says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:15pm

Great execution of a simple idea. I'm impressed by the minimalism and polish. Feels great with gamepad.

foolmoron says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:54pm

Obsessed with that godly light particle effect... the chroma abberation and screenshake is well done too (not overdone)

ragnarolis says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:45pm

Amazing game! It was extremely fun to play and I loved the artstyle. Great job!

EpiFouloux says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:50pm

Really nice ! Graphics and music are awesome

mukult says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:04pm

Nice feel in the game! Looks really polished! :)

WojtaW says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:30pm

Graphically well executed, really nice mood, fits the theme, bullseye hits my musical sweetspot. Shame the gameplay wasn't a bit more challenging and that you cannot properly hit "multikills".. Good submit nevertheless!

samlo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:36pm

^WojtaW genuinely surprised you didn't find it challenging haha

Riftpoint says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:52pm

Cool game! The aesthetic is amazing, the art is really good. Congratulations

roman9 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:11pm

Awesome game really liked it nice job

blinry says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:42pm

Huh, it gets hard really fast! But in a good way! Love the controls, graphics, sounds! Nothing to complain, everything to love! Thanks for making this!

Biliogadafr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:53pm

Love this fast attacks :) Looks cool. Good job

uvwar says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:02pm

Awesome music and graphics, although I wasn't sure if it was an effect or if I was getting weird screen tearing or something! I also couldn't really figure out how to get or keep a combo

TeamLambda says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:15pm

Wow, very nice. I like the flow !

johnbrynte says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:25pm

Very fitting sounds and visuals to the gameplay, really polished! One thing that made things difficult for me was that the player didn't stay in the middle of the camera when moving, making the aim shift, even thought the effect looked nice :)

Sean says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:29pm

I found the gameplay a bit boring, but the music and aesthetic were great!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:13pm

Well done, that was great! I feel the time to get a combo could last a little longer, especially earlier in the combo, but otherwise a really interesting entry!

Flite says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:33pm

Thanks for all your comments on the music and art! This is actually my first game doing art for, and though I've made music for a very long time, this is also my first game creating music for.

jofra says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:09am

Very cool game!

The feel of the effects and esthetics are very well done! The game feels great. I only wish i could have seen more of the theme in the game.

Ithildin says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:44am

Great game! Visuals feel very polished and clear, and so do the game controls, really responsive on a gamepad. You did an awesome job on the music side as well, it helps a lot with getting in the zone.

Like @snoodleking, I also had trouble figuring out the combos but I hadn't read the instructions, so shame on me in this case.

Awesome job!

cabezotta says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:50am

Super fun game! Very simple, great use of the theme..! Controls are very good too! Nice work!

CasualCat says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:24am

Immediately the game gets me pumped up with the music and polished appearance. Once I start playing I am amazed by the particle effects. The art is great but the particles just make the game amazing, especially the when playing in the white form; the color and triangles. It's just so pretty. And the game plays really well and feels nice. It's fast paced, challenging, but still gives you breathing space. It's well balanced in difficulty, a good combo of tactics and skillful reaction. I really enjoyed the game!

ruthiepee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:08pm

This game turned out to be amazing! I love the snappiness of the character movement and the fast speed of gameplay. The music is awesome too. I'm laughing at all the people that say this is 'minimalistic' because when I make the character blink, I see TONS of juicy particles and flashes and screenshake and chromatic aberration. There is so much below the surface, ha! Awesome game, super polished.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:36pm

Nice game! Very simple basic gameplay, but nice visual style, good sound and good feedback to user (effects and particles).

CasualCat says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:42pm

May I ask how you made the effect that occurs when taking damage?

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

Really cool look and gamefeel, well done!

Larzan says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Great idea, looks beautiful!

JOK says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Great graphics and nice music loop.

vctr_seleucos says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:39pm

My god, great entry!! Good job with screenshake and juice, the game feels pretty polished and it's adictive. The only thing a I miss are sound effects for the blink, points, death, etc... Awesome work!

Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:15pm

I love graphics and the general idea of your game ! Great job !

Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:01pm

Awesome style, simple and very fun. The combo mechanic was really difficult for me though.

pirate_shell says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:27pm

This was a very solid entry. The mechanic was really simple, but polished rather well. The graphics were minimalistic but I enjoyed them a lot. The soundtrack was suitably hyping me up so good job on that front! The gameplay was also fun, although I sucked really bad lol. I would have liked some sort of sound effects for a bit more punch and also the controller buttons you had on the level ground were not accurate for me(used A instead of X, RB instead of RT) Overall though - a great entry!

samlo says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:35pm

@pirate_shell - sorry about the controls! I made them using a ps3 controller so there's probably some discrepancies

Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Great fun with a controller, and very awesome music!

woodenrabbit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:08pm

It looks great and I like the dashing :D

Sir Magic says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:24pm

Amazing idea and loved the visuals, really neat game.

Gametery says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:57pm

Beautiful particles. Simple but fun gameplay. Well done!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:07pm

Very nice game!! Great work!!

ChatPion says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:59pm

Good job ! Visual effects are really cool !

I think that maybe if you stacked blink orders instead of waiting for the current blink to stop, the game would feel smoother, combos could be easier to make, and with your particle effects, you could create pretty chains of blinks.

samlo says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:36am

ChatPion - I thought about that, but I like the timing too much. I think the game needs a stronger indicator than the ring - as long as the ring is out, you can chain blinks and maintain your combo.

Rafos Games says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:40pm

I hope to see this game in smartphones. It's a funny games =)

APantaloni says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Graphically is great, the controls are spot on and the music is nice. I'd have preferred maybe a faster start but it's fun nonetheless. Great entry!

Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:32pm

Great particles and very juicy game! Also great music, but I would have loved sound effects to make the mood perfect... Other wise more gameplay would have been nice, but cool game!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:27pm

Controller support... WHAT!!!! This game rocks man! I'm watching you on stream right now and just had to play it!! Excellent job!

yokcos700 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:08pm

Sound effects would be nice and the music is a bit repetitive but my god that ramps up quickly! By jove I love the colourful trail behind you when you're white and the little dying animations of some enemies! Although I have *no idea* of how to survive when the game goes full bullet hell on me D:

Apr 24, 2016 @ 2:58pm

The graphics were really good and gameplay as well! Nice entry

sepharoth213 says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 3:12pm

wish i had a real mouse to play with...

curtamyth says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 1:56am

Cool game! I really like the music and the pace of the action was great.

Jeasonfire says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:36pm

Nice graphics, especially the particle effects, which are lovely. Music is very intense and fitting, and the controls felt pretty good. Maybe a bit unresponsive when clicking very fast, but that's a pretty minor problem. The difficulty was a bit weird, since the game felt very slow and easy at the beginning, until almost out of nowhere there started to spawn quite a few enemies. Maybe shortening the "easy beginning" time would be better?

Overall, very enjoyable. Good work!

aeveis says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 5:02am

Pretty fun and nice meeting you at Indiecade East! Liked dashing around, it feels pretty good! The chromatic aberration feels a tiny bit much since you dash around a lot, but I got used to it. Again, since I want to keep dashing maybe (as my friend suggested) having two dashes of each and taking out the button switch. Another thing could be to switch colors anytime (and then have possibly more than two colors), but maybe that would get complicated quickly. Could be cool to see more progression with enemies.

Good job!

BSODDevTeam says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 6:03pm

Really cool.

Ellian says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 11:51am

It's barely shape shifting but MAN it's fun and controls awesome. The graphics are splendid, my only complain would be the lack of sounds; the music is good but if you added sounds to the attacks/hits the game would feel even better.
Anyway, amazing work. Fantastic effects/feedbacks and art. Grats!

01010111 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 7:11pm

Really really really REALLY cool game! I've played with key/mouse and gamepad, and both feel really nice (although gamepad is WAY better). I really love the graphics, effects, particles, super awesome job on all of that. The drum and bass is also really on point! modern sleekness and old-school reese (reece? was this ever settled within the dnb community??) bass...I luh it <3

Marius says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 11:13am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several winners 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

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