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

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by Hyden - Compo Entry

Name: Light Shifter
Genre: First Person Puzzle-Platformer
Imagine being thrown into a random world filled with puzzles, floating objects, and weird coloured lights. In Light Shifter, you explore this world.
The goal is to change the shape of the lights and their directions to solve the puzzles at hand.

There are 6 puzzles in total, ranging from super easy, to good luck, you'll need it.
The refractors (objects used to move the pieces) can be placed through walls. This can either ruin your game, or speed up your play time depending on how gamey you are.

Wall mounted objects cannot be moved.
Sun must hit sun output.
Moon must hit moon output.
Purple must match up with purple output.
Orange must match with orange output.

I didn't really distinguish between what object is an inputter and what is an outputter, so that makes it a little more confusing but also more challenging.
WASD - Move
Left click OR right click - Pickup/place refractors.
SPACE - Jump

The download link will only be available during the jam review period. After this the game will be available here:

Downloads and Links




xzippyzachx says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:34am

Ow ya, I love this game

Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:56am

Stream was amazing. The game is awesome, good idea. Thanks. :)

LeEclipse says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:59am

Amazing game, Too bad i only joined the stream the last hour or so. Would love if you still further develop the game.

darksshades says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:50am

Nice puzzle but the build got kinda laggy on my computer(win8).

lanestp says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:55am

Very cool style, nice execution. The puzzles are pretty wacky!

F4KETHIS says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:59am

Couldn't run the OSX version

jacklehamster says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:11am

Very cool, reminds me of portal

mukult says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:12am

Nice level design!!
Great entry! :)

adamprack says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:13am

Very neat! I liked the thought involved in some of these puzzles, though it was a bit obtuse at times. The visuals were neat, though the lack of any shading or texturing made depth a struggle in a few instances. Really neat effort!

simon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:25am

very good idea - easy to understand, intuitive gameplay, nice color combination - has addictive potential!

DifferentName says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:59pm

Impressive amount of hand designed 3d puzzles for a Compo game. They're pretty easy though. I wasn't sure it fit the theme, but I guess the shape shifting is that you're moving shapes around?

Hyden says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:14pm

@DifferentName - you have to change the light and direction of a beam of light. Literally altering it's shape xD

Jukepoks1 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:22pm

Hi Hyden! :D Really nice game, looks like you put much effort in making this one! Really interesting puzzles. It got kinds stuck in that level after the city. Seems pretty complicated puzzles! Simple visuals fit it nicely, making it not too crowded. I wish I had some music playing on background! Great implementation of the theme in original way, with challenging puzzles!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:42am

Great overall design, got stuck on the puzzle just after the maze. The lack of shading/light/gradients made navigation more difficult than necessary.

FelixNemis says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:27am

Looks pretty cool, any plans for a linux version?

batmanasb says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:24am

Awesome mechanics but the puzzles get a little too confusing in the later levels

tgrehawi says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:28pm

I fell thorugh the floor exiting the max ;~;

wg_phancock says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:38am

Great idea and mechanics, and a nice visual style.

The puzzle designs could get a bit frustrating later on, though - you'd figure out the puzzle and make one little mistake jumping and have to start the level all over after falling in a pit, waiting for a platform to move very slowly, etc.

Arvydas says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:20am

Really great game to play! I actually watched part of this on Twitch. The utilization of the shapes to progress fits this LD theme well! Loved the mechanics, too. Good work! Could use some sounds and music. x)

plaguespark says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:22am

A very solid idea!

Freank says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:02pm

Hi, nice game ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? It's like itch or gjolt.
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:07pm

Well done, very creative idea. I loved this game!

Folztarg says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:07pm

woah! i really love the graphics and the design choice

Jungle says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:42pm

Nice game! A Portal-style puzzle with great design! Great entry!

Dmitrix says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:21am

Really fun puzzles! I'm not really sure why, but there is something about this game that makes depth perception difficult. It might just be due to the lack of textures and shading. Regardless, great job! I would love to see a post-compo version of this with sound.

xzippyzachx says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:20pm

Ya he is working on it

xzippyzachx says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:21pm

Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:59pm

Really nice game! I liked the puzzles and graphics. Too bad there no music playing in the background. But still, great entry!

Freank says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:49pm

i'm still waiting it !!

Rialgar says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 9:47pm

lovely graphics, splendid mechanics, but please provide an option to turn off the headbob, I got severe motion sickness

May 3, 2016 @ 7:51pm

Very nice graphics! I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

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