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

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The Formless

by ianh - Jam Entry

Control an invading alien race with the power to change shape. "The Formless" is a real-time strategy game where your units act as resources, shape-shifting into buildings and other units.

The basic controls are: click and drag to select units, right-click to issue a move command, and move your mouse past the edge of the game to scroll the screen.

You can play some music by hitting the speaker-looking thing in the top right.

(here's the word "html5" for keyword searchers)

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ianh says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:40am

BTW, there seem to be some issues in Firefox. I'll look into it more when I'm less tired.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:27pm

Neat game, you don't see many RTS titles floating around for Ludums. Refreshing ^_^

Lewwwer says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:46pm

Super awesome game!!! Nice simple graphics and animations.

Llucile says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:33pm

The game looks nice, the music is good and the gameplay innovative. I had trouble understanding the controls, had my first unit die :( , but it definitely looked promising ! I will try this game again later :)

Dmitrix says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:11am

I really like this interpretation of shapeshifting

BrianSChung says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:08am

Pretty cool!

wtfrara says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:44am

Cool to see an RTS, but in Firefox on Ubuntu, the game had some kind of graphical issue when I tried to place my first structure. I was definitely intrigued otherwise.

TeamScripta says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:50am

This is such well executed RTS HTML5 game! I really like how you made the units move, very natural looking.

RafaSKB says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:43am

Fantastic use of the theme, super fun to play, great audio! It can be a bit hard to understand how to play though

ianh says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:38am

OK, things should be working better in Firefox now, thanks for the bug reports!

If you're confused about what to do (the game really doesn't do a great job explaining it…), here are two tips to get you started:

1. Your first goal is to place a gateway under a white transportation beam. It will make more units for you.

2. Next, build a few pillars to increase the unit limit (shown at the top of the screen). Once you've built some, the gateway should start producing stuff.

After that it's up to you!

Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:22am

Very unique from most of the entries. Great bgm and I like the simple gameplay even though it's a strategy game. Great work! :)

BubsyPoochies says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:02pm

A very unique and interesting entry, it's not usual at all to find an RTS game in a Ludum Dare, much less such a webb executed one. I'm absolutely in love with the simple yet gorgeous, effective and consistent art style. The soundtrack works perfectly with the aesthetics too. Congratulations on this!

RoboRob says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:15pm

Pretty solid RTS game. The unit usage was really well done, being able to pick multiple units and assign a job for them worked excellently.

Gromek999 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:38pm

I love it, the style and the concept is great :D

Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:36pm

Seems like an interesting concept, but I can't seem to even place the gateway. In fact, i don't even see the transportation beam!

lightsoda says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:09am

Had to read your comment to figure out what was going on. Pretty solid little RTS.

tomlum says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:43am

Beautiful game, a little hard, or maybe I'm just bad.

josefnpat says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:36am

Fun little game, there doesn't seem to a game over screen when you die though. I really lke the different options of shapeshifting from units to structures. Graphics and music go well together. - @bytedesigning / Ashley

endel says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:09am

Solid mechanics. Really liked how the theme is implemented here. Some audio would be great to feel the mood. Congratulations. Could take less time to create and merge the units. :P

endel says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:13am

Just noticed it actually has sound, it was only disabled. Sorry. I also enjoyed the graphics. Keep it up!

Reiv says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:53pm

I love RTS and this one is really well made. Smooth animations and solid mechanics! Great work!

Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Very enjoyable game and the simple graphics were perfect for the gameplay.

CoderJoe says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:29pm

Very cool! Played it to the end.

sepharoth213 says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:50am

Great game dude! Really impressive for 72 hours, especially if done by yourself. I like the concept of macro being combining units into other units: there being different combinations and skill trees coming from that is a satisfying progression system.

sepharoth213 says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:54am

Great game! Really impressive for 72 hours, especially if you did it alone. Lots of potential with combination gates/structures for skill trees etc.

OysterKLAN says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:17am

Super awesome game, looks very polished, perfect use of theme as an RTS game.

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 10:26am

first RTS I've rated this LD :) Really loved your entry, good work!

ExSpecter says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 9:54am

Nice complex game! I like it

marmpa says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:14am

REally nice game. I was addicted to it for quite some time .Really nice use of theme

APantaloni says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 10:26pm

Really nice! I'd love to see this developed further.

isgulkov says ...
Nov 26, 2016 @ 5:41pm

The game is awesome! If only there was more content

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