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

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Gene Thief

by Galan - Compo Entry

You can steal the powers of you enemies. Well, not so much 'steal' or even 'can'. More like 'receive' and 'do'. You do receive the powers of your enemies.

Gene Thief is a twin-stick arena shooter where you are forced to become the enemy that hurts you.

Move — WASD/Left Analog
Attack — ↑←↓→/Right Analog
Exit — Escape

Fixes since submission:
Added close key
Fixed melee attacks not working on diagonals
Minor tweak to fix last-minute unbalancing of AoE enemies (you couldn't beat them using their own power)

Known Issues:
Analog sticks not working properly on Linux

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Pontifex says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:05pm

Minimalistic, but pretty fun.
Although close button would be really useful ;) As simple to implement as:

Galan says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:43pm

Yeah, I forgot about the close button until the last minute. I may update a build with it later.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Fun game! I had a blast :) I like how they give you their shape and you kind of have to deal with the new play-style unless you want to "pay" one life to get the one you were playing back, by getting hit again that is.

An interesting take on the theme, good job!

Funske says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:10pm

Nice game, it was fun and creative. Everything felt tight and satisfying.

Marc F. says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:13pm

Quite fun to play. The actual shifting of shapes may have come a bit short, but overall very solid entry!

samlo says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:14pm

So fun man! Made it to round 12 so far

kalth.streil says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:11pm

Fun game but the theme-related part comes more as a punishment than a feature and it's really confusing! Also I find it weird that ranged enemies basically suicide into you while melees are slower hehe I was kicked out of the screen though :(

Mordokay says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:30pm

Good simple game and extremely fun to play. Congrats

methylenblub says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 1:28pm

really nice game!
At the beginning I thought I could change the shape and was killed, I had a fun time after that with the waves

VapeurTeam says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:34pm

interesting take even though it took me a while to get the hang of keyboard controls (but i'm not used to the arrow keys) It's quite fun to play all in all :)

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