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

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by aeveis - Compo Entry

A sandbox-y game where you drag an amoeba-like thing to grow plants. It's not too difficult and I didn't get to add everything I wanted, but hope you like it!

There are 7 levels.

Tools used:
IDE: Flash Develop
Library: Haxeflixel
Art: Gimp
Sound/Music: OpenMPT
Levels: Tiled

Use mouse to drag along border of watery.

If you need it: [] for Cheats

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Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:21pm

Pretty cool, it remains me Mushroom 11. A little frustrating because I don't understand the logic behind the movement of the tail when you drag the amoeba.

LeReveur says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:36pm

It's pretty and poetic, but like the previous commentator, I had some difficulties to understand the bahvior of the tail. I didn't manage to go further than the level with three "must-stay-on-to-grow" flowers, one on up-left, one on middle and one on bottom-right, because the tail don't "want" to stay where I needed to...

Gromek999 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:40am

really like the concept

Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:07am

Such a chill game. Enjoyed it!

amras0000 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:50am

The system you've got there definitely has a fair bit of effort behind it, but that may have been misplaced, since it really doesn't feel natural or predictable; pulling on one end of the blob affects places that really don't feel like they should be moving right now.

Because of this, the game feels less like a puzzle game and more like an exercise in frustration.
I think a better design philosophy here would've been to try and make a triangle grid and let the player drag their shape along that. Have a look at Mushroom 11 for a loose example of what I mean. Then you could smooth the edges a fair bit to hide the fact you're working on small triangles. I think that would've been both easier to build and more natural to play.

nextreality says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:34am

The game was very nice, I liked the presentation of it and the mechanic was interesting. Struggled on a few levels, but overall very nice, the water/liquid looked quite pretty actually!

chaosBrick says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:36pm

a pretty nice game. the logic of how you calculate the shape is a little weird which makes it difficult sometimes, but still its a nice game :D

aeveis says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 5:10am

Thanks for the comments so far, there's been some good feedback! I definitely thought of mushroom 11 though the ideas and how you interact with the amoeba-thing is different. The needy flowers probably happened as I started shifting focus from how the amoeba thing moved to procedurally drawing flowers. I would say it's more of an experimentation with interaction, but I did lay it out so it seemed more puzzle-like. I'm not sure if I'll take this further but will probably experiment more with idea of an amoeba like thing in the future (should probably actually look up fluid dynamics). Thanks again!

torcado says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:29am

nice little game! i like the design, and the mechanics were really interesting. it was a bit frustrating at points though.

orukinawa says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:33am

I shall dub it "Fluid Management Game" :p

foolmoron says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 12:54am

This game is so adorable! I actually really wanted a control system like this for my game but I couldn't quite figure it out. I think it's a bit too rigid, though. It still feel like a bunch of individual mesh vertices that you are moving around, instead of a globby mess. So trying to drag a "limb" out to reach a flower is pretty when lots of the dots are overlapping.

foolmoron says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 12:56am

trying to drag a limb out is pretty difficult/random*

knason says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 6:29pm

Awesome! I loved it I have nothing to complain about :-)
Well done!

fin_nolimit says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 7:11pm

That was a super cool game! i have not played anything like it so far! nice take on the theme!

flummox3d says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 8:06pm

Pretty zen game, very soothing music. Great work! :)

Uson Chen says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 7:23am

Really fun and very comfrotable ! Great entry!

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 3:50pm

really built a great experience,unique,smooth and easy to first i just drag the [stripe],but after that i change to use [flat], really easy to immerse and feel relax very well~! nice artwork

lkr says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 4:27pm

Very unique take on the theme, with nice audio and visuals :)
Couldn't really figure out how dragging a certain part affected the rest of the body though, so some of the levels were solved more though trial and error than skills :P
Great entry!

01010111 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 7:18pm

I didn't get it until I realized I could move multiple nodes :) Really cute and relaxing game, I am gonna be digging through the source as well! Good work!!

MSiddeek says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 8:13pm

Very good idea and, even though I didnt get the controls completely, it was nicely executed.

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