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Shifty Ninja

by ConorOD - Compo Entry

Shifty Ninja is a 2D, top down stealth game. You play as the eponymous ninja, and must experiment with your rather mundane shapeshifting abilities in order to defeat the enemies and complete the levels.

Post-submission edit, as it's not entirely clear what the purpose of some of your shapeshifting forms are (don't read on if you'd rather experiment for yourself!):

The crate is super strong - you can take far more damage in this form, and wait until an enemy is reloading before attacking them.

The barrel is less strong, but bullets will bounce off of it and can hit enemies.

The arcade cabinet will attract enemies over if they spot it, for an easy kill.

The mirror reflects laser beams from the robot/tank things in later levels.

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LudumAnthony says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:18am

Pretty fun, but I could only play it for a few minutes because my speakers don't like the bullet sound.

ougrouk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:54am

Funny, some cool ideas baked there.
Good job.

manabreak says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:02am

Solid job, and quite a nice take on the theme! I did however give up on the ninja stuff and rampaged my way through. :p

candlesan says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:00am

Storyline was so funny :)

Penthaquill says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:25am

Shifty ;;)

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:16pm

I loved having the enemies run toward me while I was disguised and then immediately killing them. Great job!

Wirdo91 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:23pm

Sort of fun, though it seemed that only the arcade did anything. Also a bit of a problem that enemies can see you, before they are on screen

Kifuga says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:27pm

Cool idea! The shape shifting would be a lot more useful if the enemies had a limited sight, so you could get in a better position for the surprise attack ;) So I mostly played like a warrior just fighting through :)

sbeif says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:42pm

I had some serious performance issues and the game was super slow and the controls laggy. Apart from that it seems well made, except maybe for the fact that at least in the first level I've never had to shapeshift to kill everyone

Rakowu says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:21pm

I like the enemy AI being confused or walking over me when they see me. Nice work. Maybe make the player move faster :D Good job in that short time

doombrowski says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:39pm

I pretty much only used the card table. Was fun for a bit though. Having the "F" key switch to and from fullscreen was pretty annoying though. I kept hitting it when trying to hit "C".

ConorOD says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:27pm

Thanks to everybody that's rated the game or left a comment so far!

Kifuga - they do have limited sight, but unfortunately it's slightly greater than half the screen width, so you wouldn't know! Design flaw on my part!

sbeif - Sorry to hear that - I've no idea what's causing it as it's not a CPU/memory intensive game at all.

doombrowski - each 'form' does serve a purpose - I've added a bit more of an explanation to the game description above.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:49pm

I loved the graphics and the main menu. However, the game runs pretty slow and levels are too big.

Husky says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:11pm

it's pretty challenging to me, and this is good lol.

I like the smoothly controlling of how the protagonist running and killing enemies.

Good job :D

allstar602 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:04pm

Awesome job. I liked the character's back story.

JALgames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:07pm

Neat game. I just wish that either the levels were a bit more compact or the camera a bit more zoomed-out, because it was a bit hard to get a good overview of the enmies in a room.

jhell says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:29pm

Nice atmosphere, cool flavor. Was a bit hard to test on my Azerty keyboard though.

apalade says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:21pm

Reminded me of Miami Hotline but funnier. Nice controls and funky overall. Great work.

TheCain says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:33am

it's ok

NuberuGames says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 2:24pm

It was funny to play. Interesting approach

SmilingCat says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 8:04pm

lol, pretty funny shapeshift forms for a ninja. Very interesting. Great job!

terryg says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:30pm

A nice stealth game. Fits the theme well.

nihilaleph says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 3:15pm

Nice concept and graphics! I found a bit hard to control though, since there are so many buttons to press ^^;
Sometimes I couldn't reflect the laser back to the sentry, don't know why, only some angles had that effect... Also I think the only transformations I used were Arcade and mirror, besides that I would just run around swinging my sword xp Oh and the light cone of the cameras didn't seem to represent their cone of view, sometimes I would get killed still outside the cone...

Anyways great work!

ryjcio says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:57pm

Hey man, that was fun! But I think controls would be more... responsive. It was very hard for me to play it on laptop :) Still great job!

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