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

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The Frog Prince and the Iron Heart

by celia14 - Jam Entry

You're the frog prince's servant, and once upon a time, you loved him.


Reshape a classic fairy tale in an interactive fiction game that offers a new perspective on the Grimm Brothers' original story, Der Froschkönig oder der eiserne Heinrich.

It'll likely take about 10 minutes to play.

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Rose says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:44pm

Great writing! It was fun to see how the fairy tale evolved. And the end was so cute!

paradxil says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:25pm

I really enjoyed this story. Good job!!

TinyHugger says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:29pm

If I could describe this game in one word, it would be BEAUTIFUL.

Jadernak says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:22am

The timeframe jumping was executed very well and the story itself was good enough. You were also on the right track with believability of the characters. I would really enjoy if you would be able to bend the story though choices not just add information to it.

Lancelot Gao says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:11am

Good ideaļ¼

Wisedawn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:13am

An excellent take on the theme!

GrooveMan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:26pm


For real tho, I really enjoyed that. I love twists and retellings of fairy tales, and the way the story is slowly rewritten is wonderful. I also really like the heavy blurring between the physical heart and the metaphorical one.

Super great job!

Dreschler says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:25am

Wow, different, and amazing. It's like Depression Quest, but better haha

teamross says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:40am

Good story!

blob says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:56am

That was so good. Oh the feels...

Sean says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:03am

A nice little story, and a good use of the theme!
I particularly liked the use of repetition, and was especially grateful for the highlighted text showing what had changed.

zzapp says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:07am

Cool idea, it was unique take on the theme and had some great writing. I replayed it a few times to get the different endings, but it would of been nice if there was some more choices during the game instead at the end.
Overall really nice work.

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:21am

i have to admit... i definitely have a soft spot for twine games :)
this was really really well done, a joy to read, and an extremely interesting take on the theme, both with the literal shapeshifting in the classic fairytale, and the way the actual story itself shifts and change as you reveal more and more backstory. great job!!

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:51pm

You wanna know? I LOVED IT.
Really loved the story, the progression, everything. Congrats for the criativity.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:12am

Very well-written, really liked how the 'shape' of the tale changed as you progressed. Great take on the theme. Would have liked to have a checkpoint or 'undo' somewhere so you didn't have to restart all the way to explore different endings, but a very enjoyable entry. Still played all the endings :)

glaze_96 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:56am

Very innovative idea for a game! Also very captivating story.

The only problem I had with it was when the sudden switch to "you-form" happened. I got confused as I didn't know what character i suddenly was. This might be because I'm not a native English speaker though =)

I love how the story is about shapeshifting, while you also shapeshift the actual story! Awesome take on the theme!

The mood is already great but it would have been so cool to get a soundtrack into the game! Some people might not like that, they could just mute!

Overall - Great!

Big Cow says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:06pm

Good writing, I enjoyed the subtle changes and extra depth added to the narrative.

AnaGF says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:22pm

It is a beautiful story! A little more interaction would have been great, but it is moving. Nice one

leo_p_mahon says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:00am

Right in the feels. Really enjoyed your writing, especially the bit where *SPOILERS* The witches iron balls move towards your heart.

SeaDads says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:28pm

Wow, love it! Best take on the theme I've seen so far :)

Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:35am

Woww, this was a different and, at same time, impressive way to handle the Theme. Thanks to share with us this experience, I loved to read this fairy tale in the light of a new perspective.

You're a great writer Celia, congratulations! :D

aCoupleGames says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:37am

niiice job guys! really good play a game about tales, always good. Thanks for this and keep working!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:13pm

The key element here is the way the story is actually shaped (a clever second layer dealing with the theme) as you keep reading. I really liked this.

The game was interesting, but the choices were very reduced, but that's understandable given the time constraints and the fact that you punt a considerable amount of writing.

Good job!!

General says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Great shapeshifting idea and implementation. I'd love to see more plot junctions :)

May 9, 2016 @ 10:30am

Clever little story within a story, really great work.

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

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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