Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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by Cherno - Compo Entry

You have to go. Now. It’s been activated. I tried talking to them, they didn’t believe me. They think I did it. That’s besides the point. All I have is this shield. Not a very conventional weapon now, is it? It does however, hide some secrets...

Shift is a 2D platformer in which the player attempts to escape the detonation of a Weapon of Mass Destruction. You can use the 'A' and 'D' keys to move, and the 'W' key to jump. Whilst in the air, you can press Spacebar to jump again. You have a defensive shield which you must turn into an aggressive weapon. Good luck!

Music (as usual) was written and produced by me during the competition. You can listen to / download it here:

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Jaloko says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:18am

I liked the unconventional weapon also the glow on the screen when you died was a nice effect. The audio was great as always, watched you make a bit of it on stream. I found sometimes when the platforms would spawn I could get stuck in them. The only way to get out of this was to jump. Overall nice job on this.

marccspro says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:01am

Pretty ... bizarre

Zeriver says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:19am

It's a fun game, decent graphics, really good music and fine from mechanic standpoint (beside getting stuck sometimes).
Shield as a weapon? Well it goes with the theme.

BTW: i get this texture error
I watched bits of your stream so i know how it should look.

Alistesios says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 10:22am

Really strange.
Audio is perfect ! Graphics are simple ... The theme is respected. You innovated. You made a story, that was good too ! Overall nice work.

Linus123xbb says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 5:54pm

The music was top notch, and I really liked the "parachute" game mechanic ! Great work.

guigrillo13 says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 6:38pm

Well done man!!!

CodeNMore says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 7:54pm

I really like the mechanic of this, however some blocks did not allow me to move, and at one point the level stopped spawning, causing me to lose :( the music is good!

Joris says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 8:55pm

Music is amazing. The mechanic is quite interesting. I disliked how the game was extremely dark and I got stuck a few times.

Sim00n says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 12:15am

The menu screen looks cool and it seems like you could do some nice graphics but the game itself lacks. In all your submissions it feels like you have a ton of potential and then you get stuck on some technical nuance leaving you little time to perfect the game. Music is as good as always in your games.

Mikhail says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 1:26am

Pretty Fun game Cherno I watched you make most of it and make the sparky engine.

w1n5t0n says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 4:35am

The game has some of the best music that I've heard from anyone in the ludum dare, awesome work!

Nilq says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:01am

Nice. Well done! :3

Dejvo says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:10am

well the controlls are weird... this is not how physics work... the music is nice though. if you put more effort in the game and not the music, it could have been better. but then again, this was compo so good work

Jeasonfire says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 2:46pm

The graphics are simple, the gameplay is fun and the music is amazing.

OCTAPlatinum says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 5:24pm

nice game

Ershany says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:22pm

Pretty solid :)

Apr 21, 2015 @ 7:29pm

Great game Cherno! I nearly watched the entire stream, however tiredness got the best of me. But... I tried. ;)

ericshussan says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 1:52am

Amazing music

2R says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 3:31am

Great! I like it!

petercraft says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 10:00am


bace1000 says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 2:10pm

I kept getting stuck because I couldn't jump high enough :(

Apr 25, 2015 @ 3:30pm

The audio and graphics are good, but the gameplay is not as solid. To jump with W and then with space felt plain weird and the fact that no real difficulty curve other than more enemies was not interesting. Overall good, but needs improvements in gameplay.

Flygamer101 says ...
Apr 29, 2015 @ 1:29pm

Cool little game, and I loved the music!

Zcience says ...
May 1, 2015 @ 4:16am

Really liked it and kept playing for quite some time. Enjoyed the "background story", those few sentences and the death screen kinda made you imagine your own story. Even though you were just playing a red dot on the screen :D
I think the incredible music was playing a great role in encouraging that feeling.
Graphics - simple, but worked out.
I don't think a shield and reflecting shots are great news, but the idea of surfing on the shield was fun, it improved the jump n run feeling by giving it variety.
Gameplay: Reflection and surfing worked perfectly fine, maybe the shield is a little bit too big.
Around Stage 5 the fights get a little ridiculous, once the wave hits you just stand there and wait until they die by themselves.
The placement and variety of the platforms started being fun at around Stage 4, because then you had to work out the surfing in combination with double jumps.
One Problem: (I've played the web version) - sometimes the next part of the stage doesn't get spawned, so you have to perform a "leap of faith" and hope a platform spawns beneath you. Very interesting while leaping from a low platform :D

Great work! Keep up making your videos!

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