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

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Mass Squire

by BattleReadyGames - Jam Entry

Mass Squire is a 2D Adventure Platformer, loosely inspired by Dig-Dug. This year's Ludum Dare theme was shapeshifting, so we incorporated that in two major ways. First, the player is a squire, aspiring to become a knight. On his adventures he accumulates items a knight would wear, shifting himself from being a squanderly squire to a full-time knight. Second, rather than just an aesthetic shift, the player is also able to shift the mass of his surroundings by firing a heavy pixel that sticks to enemies and movable objects. Instead of traditionally killing enemies using weapons, the Squire incapacitates his dark enemies by firing them full of heavy pixels, weighing them down until they tip over and their soul leaks out from the laden corpse. Hope you all enjoy the game, our team had a ton of fun making it!

(To be refined and released on mobile platforms in the near future!)
(We would love to hear your feedback!) Thanks!

Tools Used:
-Unity Game Engine
-Visual Studio
-Pyxel Edit
-My Saxophone

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EighthNote says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:51am

Loved the pixel art! The weighing down enemies mechanic is an interesting idea, but the execution seemed a little inconsistent - sometimes enemies would fall over but keep moving.

ruchirbapat says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:57am

good art and music but sometimes the enemies do fall over and keep moving yeah (like the above comment), but its a good game overall
play and rate my game here:

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

It was a bit slow for my taste, and the graphics were pretty boring. Nice work though.

Hankenstien says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:45am

I love that you can tip the enemies over and they still chase you on their backs.

wg_phancock says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:57am

The pixel art reminded me of old Atari style, which was cool.

I felt like it needed more feedback when you were shooting the enemies, like having them flash or get pushed back or something. The pixel just sticking to them was not very clear that I was "hurting" them at first. Same for enemies hurting the player - it wasn't clear if I was even getting hurt or when.

Geti says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:40am

It was ok. The hud seemed to vanish on the 2nd level. Didn't like the sound effects. Level design was mostly good though, i got "tricked" by the water before the end in the first one :) the camera made it look like it was infinitely deep, but it was just 1 tile and didn't hurt at all. the link to the theme is uh, very tenuous indeed.

BrainSlugs83 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:43am

Cool art. I was excited when I saw an option to use a joystick but when I tried it, it doesn't seem to work. -- Is it a bug? -- Also, usually clicking to shoot only makes sense if you can actually aim with the mouse. -- Finally, you should give users more "padding" room for jumps -- but then throw stuff at them (like bad guys flying at them or shooting at them, etc.) -- then they have to use that wiggle room to avoid the obstacles. -- but forcing the user to make maximum distance jumps for no reason never feels that fun in a game. -- Good luck on the Windows Store!

Funske says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:48am

The art was cool, and really well down. I loved the physics they were really fun to play around with. Player moved a little slow, but it wasn't that big of an issue. Shooting was satisfying as well. Overall good looking game!

PulsorHD says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:49am

I loved the graphics and the sound effects, but it was slow paced and there was no music, so it got boring, on level 2, I think, the GUI was gone and I was immortal, I noticed that the shots sometimes went over the heads of enemies.When I tried to quit I was unable to, so I had to Alt-Tab out. Didin't really see the shapeshifting.

guin36 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:09pm

I like the concept, but in the end it doesn't really affect the gameplay, it still is just a shoot at things until they die kind of game. Still, everything worked smoothly and even as just a shoot at things until they die kind of game it was still enjoyable.

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