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Ludum Dare 27 — August 23rd-26th, 2013
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by [-BipolarDesign+] - 48 Hour Compo Entry

[ Edit: The game is now Fraps compatible, as per Jupiter_Hadley's comment :) SwapArcade1.2.exe is the newest version. ]

-- When you click Download from the site, just click on "No thanks, just take me to the downloads" to DL it without paying :) --

This game swaps between 4 different classic arcade inspired games every ten seconds, but keeps the same objects in play from each previous game, and changes their behaviors. You'll see what I mean!

Controls are the Arrow Keys and Space bar. The controls change depending on the game currently in play, shouldn't be too difficult to figure out :)

This Ludum Dare is probably more of a glorious trainwreck. I got tired of making it half way through, but I still think it was an interesting concept at least... Enjoy!

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Drakonid says ...
Aug 25, 2013 @ 2:36pm

That was something new.
played it a second time but muted the game, it's just not the same...

Anton_D says ...
Aug 25, 2013 @ 6:46pm

Nice game! Those messages about the sound were pretty funny :)

Pebsie says ...
Aug 25, 2013 @ 8:44pm

Wow really nice idea.
Real original, well implemented, etc.
I like :)

noom says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 10:52pm

Neat little concept, the music wasn't THAT bad really hahahaha.

Xotraz says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:06pm

It's really original !!

Nice work.

Ninja says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:07pm

Nice, that's a pretty cool idea for the theme!

Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:12pm

I really like this game loads! If only Fraps would let me record it to be in the compilation video :/

lulzfish_4 says ...
Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:13pm

I'm glad it wasn't frantic. For some reason in the inflating game, when I had killed most of the enemies, the remaining ones moved very quickly. Is it supposed to do that?

Aug 26, 2013 @ 11:34pm

Thanks for all the nice comments!! I wasn't expecting people to enjoy the idea so much :D

@Jupiter_Hadley Oh! I updated it to be Fraps compatible, download the 1.2 version from my original download link :)

@lulzfish_4 Yeah, but it wasn't supposed to be as drastic a change in speed as it turned out to be.

jay griffin says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:17am

Woah, wasn't expecting that to be as good as it was. Really liked the concept and you executed it well, even enjoyed the silly asides about the music. Nice!

Feysoura says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:18am

Liked it. It's best played without knowing what will happen. I laughed when it said "oh look, the game changed!", and for that, I award you a 4/5 on humor.

psychomonster says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:20am

Nice changes... that is a really good Idea!

Phobos001 says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 12:26am


Aug 27, 2013 @ 1:55am

Simple and fun, also very interesting because its like playing the same thing 4 different ways :D cool bro!

Vile Smile says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 1:58am

Very cool! It was fun playing and I liked the transitions. One of a kind!

Tork says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:31am

M should unmute too, I clicked it after I saw 3 lines of that.
From the game, it's a nice idea but since you made so many games you didn't polish any

lekochen says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:34am

Very good concept!

Liz England says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:35am

Clever! Considering your screenshot, there's definitely more than meets the eye here. Serves me right for never reading descriptions.

Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:36am

*has power trip* XD!!!!
This must have been the funniest game I played today!
(I'm rating your audio 5/5 btw)

whiteravens says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 2:41am

I like the switching of mechanics :). Think of a great way to repackage the game, and it will be huge.

bushmango says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 3:10am

I like your humor, sir.

Joxno says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 5:25pm

Really nice concept, completely caught me off-guard when it switched up the game-play, awesome

Dew says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 7:22pm

Very original! If you feel tired caffeine is the best solution :P

Almax27 says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 7:41pm

at first I was like "well that's just space invader..." then I was like "What?!", awesome idea.(Yeah sorry I didn't read the description I just wanted to play :p)

Lokarunith says ...
Aug 27, 2013 @ 7:45pm

When the screen moved by itself, it creeped my out. Nice concept, it's good to see somemthing different.

PIXEL^3 says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 3:53am

I enjoyed this game thoroughly. Switching between arcade games was a little unexpected (despite the title) but a joy. Might suggest though that you add a score system and make it endless. Feels more like an arcade that way IMO.


Ritzblues783 says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 4:04am

I very much enjoyed the transitions (and implementing the theme too) from mode to mode. I remember wanting to make a game exactly like this last year for the evolution theme, but wanting to transition keep up -> arkanoid -> scrolling shooter (shmup). I am glad to see another creator thinking along the same lines.

The art was the weakest aspect of this game, but the smooth and unique game play more than make up for it.

Aug 28, 2013 @ 1:19pm

Thanks everyone! I promise to rate every game of anyone who comments :-) If I haven't gotten to you yet, I will in the next day or two!

nddrylliog says ...
Aug 28, 2013 @ 8:42pm

Joke's on ya, I didn't mute :D

hbocao says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 3:31am

THE MUSIC SUCKS! Hahaha I was enjoying it. Until the game plead me to mute it. Cool use of the theme and it was very funny!

bassarisse says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 5:16am

My score was 223! Haha, nice game!

ratalaika says ...
Aug 29, 2013 @ 4:45pm

good job

Venturelli says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 12:40am

Hahah this made my day, thank you! My score = 79

zaratustra says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 9:46pm

best audio of the competition

oajfh says ...
Aug 30, 2013 @ 11:45pm

Heh, nice concept and it's very funny seeing all those comments. Did you purposefully add music you thought was bad so as to add those comments or did you add them when you noticed it wasn't to your liking ?

d__adee says ...
Aug 31, 2013 @ 3:45pm

So where's my $1,000,000?

Pretty neat, short, and I like the variety!

I wonder if there's an end of you whining on that game. Must play again!


Aug 31, 2013 @ 10:43pm

@oajfh: I actually made the music in ten minutes just messing around with Terry Cavanagh's new music maker Bosca Ceoil, not intending to put it in the game. A few hours later, I figured why the heck not, I'll stick it in the game. I put the "press M to mute" message in, and that's when random stupid inspiration struck! XD

gamepopper says ...
Sep 4, 2013 @ 10:04pm

Good game. Something new and clever. Especially made funnier when the text was self aware about the music.

hissssssssss says ...
Sep 8, 2013 @ 10:16am

My score: 264!

The base game was pretty cool. The extra bits you made...well, I'm glad to see somebody playing around with meta elements a bit!

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