Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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Shadow Nightmare

by Kaltic - Compo Entry

Shadow Nightmare, or a nightmare of shadows.

You play as a shadow lurking behind unsuspecting souls waiting for the right time to turn them mad. If you can avoid their flashlights and make them truly insane then you may just be able to win.

Look out for chain reactions. Raving lunatics can make even the most sane people mad.

Move along walls and jump between them to get closer to your prey!

Move - Arrow keys
Spacebar - Jump between close walls
E - Attack a targeted person (must be within range)
ALT and Enter - Toggle fullscreen

Tools Used:
Engine - GamerMaker Studio
Audio - BFXR
Art - GIMP 2.8

Developer: Andrew Severs
Twitter - @AndSevers

Special thanks to my brother Ben (@bsevers18) for helping with art questions and tips. Ben also entered the compo with his entry "Where is my Hat".

Downloads and Links




Bsevers18 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:32am

Fun game! lost once, but got it the second time :D It's so satisfying when you get a good chain reaction!

TimWright says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:50am

Once I figured out that I was stuck to the wall it was way more fun. Not sure how you could make it more obvious.

ENDESGA says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 2:51am

Lost a couple times, but super awesome :)

gilborn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:01am

Cool sound and nice idea!

Somfin says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:28am

I think a highlight on the wall that you are currently attached to could have made the central mechanic more obvious.

haloguy397 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:08am

Good Game! Way better than mine haha. Did you use the free version of GameMaker? If so ill use it next time.

Kaltic says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:16am

@Somfin - Definitely. I focused on other stuff and it was a bit too late before I attempted to fix that issue. I tried modifying where the player was and that just didn't work (or broke too much).

@haloguy397 - Yep, free version.

Jimbly says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:17am

Neat! Controls feel a bit wonky - if instead I kept moving along the the same wall around a corner as long as continued holding a button, it might feel really smooth.

inurashii says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:18am

Really innovative idea, and pretty well balanced! I feel as though the game moved a little slow -- speeding player and enemies up might not be a bad idea, and the game started to drag near the end (especially as it's a bit too easy right now). Soundtrack really got on my nerves, but the sound effects were good.

guoboism says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:49am

Intresting. Harsh images and style, but also have a lot details made like the fail sound, all the little animations.
The game could be better is have some focus, like a powerful pickup somewhere or a critical enemy.

dalbinblue says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:51am

I like the mechanic of the chain reaction, it wasn't necessary to use, but was a nice addition. I would love to see some level designs were you had to think through the level layout and use the chain reactions specifically to hit all the humans (for example, placing a human far enough out of range that the only way to attack is through a chain). Other than that, the controls and gameplay were smooth, though if you play cautiously it's a fairly easy game. I will admit though, balancing a game with this small an amount of time is super hard.

markoburzan27 says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:56am

fun, i lost tho

peterkirk says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:42am

It took me a bit to get used to it but it felt satisfying when I finally got them all. Good work.

kidando says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:38pm

I was confused at first. But once I understood the objective, i found very interesting. Metal gear meets stuff of nightmares. Nice. Congrats on submitting your entry!

Reyn says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 8:00pm

Nice. I concur what dalbinblue says about level design. Could be a great action puzzler. Thanks!

Bocodillo says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:02pm

I really loved the mechanics for movement, hugging the walls is a really cool way to move around. A slight increase in player speed and the ability to continue moving around a corner while holding a button would just give that little oomph to controls. All in all a really cool idea & game.

WubAlliance says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:12pm

Very fun game! Unique mechanic, and very well executed! Jumping is a little tricky at times, and takes some trial and error to get to the correct wall. Overall I enjoyed this entry, 5/5 for fun.

Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:19am

It also took me a while to notice that I am on one side of the wall xD
Keep up the good work!

quadtree says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 6:13am

Nice! I liked the chain reaction mechanic.

Arcadonauts says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 6:06am

I'm not really sure I understand what's going on, but it sure is mechanically interesting.

rnlf says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 5:06pm

Pretty cool idea! Really makes you feel like you're playing a shadow :)

A bit easy maybe, but besides that I really liked it!

Biruts says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:11am

Very nice project guys, i really love it, please check our game too and if you liked it give us a vote. Look for Road to hell and enjoy.

crucknuk says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 1:06pm

Nice entry! Jumping from wall to wall is an interesting mechanism

Druid says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 9:58pm

Wow! Concept is strong with this one! :D I feel like playig combination of some king of "spreading disease" game and jumpscare simulator. Neat. I spend almost whole hour with this one! (i tried to make best "combos")

Omiya Games says ...
Sep 4, 2015 @ 3:57am

I liked being forced to move along the walls. It made me carefully strategize on how to approach the enemies. I think the game was a bit on the easy side. Maybe the e-attack range was a bit generous. Either way, had fun!

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