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

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Shapeshifter Biker

by Reuno - Jam Entry

- turn with left/right
- accelerate with up
- shapeshift with space
- see your collection with escape
Collect all the blue boxes to win. Avoid enemies and obstacles, except if you shapeshift into something that can protect you.

You're a shapeshifter biker, all alone in a desolated world, chased by angry ducks in black trucks. To escape, you need to collect all the Animal Powers scattered across the land, in mysterious blue boxes.

Once you collect an Animal Power, you can shapeshift into that Animal for 10 seconds maximum. Some animals destroy enemies, some are invulnerable, some are scary, some can ride through lava, other can fly, some are invisible, and other are, well, surprising. Once you've acquired at least one power, you can't remain shaped as a biker for long and will be randomly assigned a new shape every 15 seconds.

There are 20 different animals to collect, will you catch them all ?

Note : Due to a bug in Unity (apparently), the gamepad controls may be messed up in the Web version. I'd suggest downloading either the PC or Mac build as the game really runs poorly on the web in comparison, but in any case, if you decide to play on the web, play with your keyboard, not your gamepad.

Music by my band, Uniform Motion.
Special thanks to Andy for the songs that kept me motivated during these 3 days, to Karine for the ideas, to Julien for his help tracking a few pesky bugs, and to the cool people at Motion Twin for letting me join them for the weekend.

Downloads and Links




EthanBierlein says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:15am

This is quite the neat idea, and I had quite a decent amount of fun playing it. I did enjoy the nice peaceful music *quite* a bit, and I felt like it fit the game.

PaulHubert says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:17am

Awesome game ! I really like the graphics, and the music... Oh the music is perfect for this :D Good job man
Also it's actually really hard to maneuver, I keep missing the pickups...

Ted Brown says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:03am

Beautiful! That is the best damn smoke trail I've ever seen in a jam game. Felt glorious to drive the bike, and the music was great. Thumbs uuuuuup!

Lancelot Gao says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:20am

Really love the art style´╝üwonderful game and worth to play.

stormouse says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:06am

really really cool game. I enjoy the smoke and music and desert feeling sooooooo much!

stormouse says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:25am

btw the "Windows" download link doesn't seem to exist. Hope fix soon!

Khaoz_Fang says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:55am

This is almost perfect for a jam!

Headmade says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:05am

Beautiful game, very nice choice of colors great effects, models and animations.

I wish the music would not reset upon death, since I die often I never get to hear the full song.

Reuno says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:26am

Thanks a lot for your comments! I just fixed the PC build download link, for those interested. Thanks @stormouse for reporting this.

redwizard says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:53pm

What a music!!!
Nice game. Good job

luvShape says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:58pm

low poli realness! awesome work

mitya1234 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:58pm

The art style is very nice. Good Game/

Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:59pm

This is exactly the type of game that is super fun because of the satisfaction in the graphics. Well done!

SkullPixel says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:03pm

Nice entry! The graphics and postprocessing effects were impressive.

fafastudio says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:04pm

Awesome game, it's even hard to believe that you did it in a so short laps of time because of the quality, i really appreciate this, congrats !

mutonizer says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:08pm

Interesting and odd take on the theme but quite enjoyed the bike mechanic though the controls are a bit annoying at times, especially when half a feet near a pickup and you can only go around it.
Graphics are nicely done too but please next time put some mute key for the music. Nothing personal but since it's voiced, it gets VERY repetitive...
Another note, the text for the pickups goes by really fast, can't even read them past the title.

Nice entry otherwise for the jam, kudos.

Citsua says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:08pm

Awesome job, clean design and great music! Just thought it was a shame that opening the collection didn't pause the game, it made it hard to read what each transformation did.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:08pm

One of the best jam games I played so far, great graphics, music and love the smoke effect from the bikes, plus the abilities of the different animals. One thing though I can't imagine getting all 19 power ups to beat this game.

meganukebmp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:18pm

Probably the best game I've played. Music, graphics and gameplay are spot on perfect!

APantaloni says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:18pm

First of all: the music is beyond awesome, congrats! It also looks very good and the controls are responsive and feel right. Very enjoyable!

Arvydas says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:22pm

The mood is wonderful and the songs are really nice!

LeoM says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:27pm

Great game.
The graphisms are nice but often you dont really understand if it's a wall, an hole or a tree.

Also the shapeshifting is nice but you dont really know what kind of advantage the shape give you. It could als be nice to have a quick shape select and assign our own shape (if i want to shift as dragon, I have to swith hamster first, and it's not nice)

Great job anyway. And the music is nice and nice part of the "mood"

sndr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:28pm

I love how the theme was used here. The art is soooo neat and the music sets a really good mood. This is a really nice jam entry!

EpiFouloux says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:29pm

reaaaaally cool but God I suck at it ! can't get used to the controls :P

SojaBird says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:35pm

A very well executed game.
I love the art style and simple yet effective gameplay.
To bad the music doesn't keep playing when I die, because it's pretty cool :D

EvoGenGames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:36pm

Really cool game. like the graphics and music A lot!

Le_Sarus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:08pm

I really like this little game, the controls feel very polished.

ekkiiiii says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:35pm

Awesome effort. The game feels very polished, everything fits well together.

Anikki says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:39pm

Amazing. The music puts it in a whole different level. Was kinda missing a story that goes with the mood of the music. Could use a bit more on-screen direction (goals).

Mossi says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:42pm

Beautiful game, extordinary audio, good job!

cabezotta says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:52pm

Great aesthetic!
The song is awesome, but i hate that everytime i restart the game, the song restart too :|

Awesome game anyway!

Matzigon says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:09pm

Awesome game! The only thing I did not like is that the music starts over every time I die. Good job!

JOK says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:59pm

The art style is spot on. Amazing graphics!

matt beckett says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:11pm

It's refreshing to hear music like this used in a game. Great tune!

ermrk says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:51pm

The visual style is fantastic. But it is really hard, one hit and you are done.

Yetikatt says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:39pm

Really gorgeous graphics and the music was fantastic. Good job!

apalade says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:13pm

Guys, this is really cool. The music is awesome (congrats!), the art style has real personality and the bike physics are spot on. It's really fun to just drift around and I like how you've added a little bit of randomness to the drifting.

The only thing that bugged me was the tune starting out every time you restart. I also felt that the theme was tacked on but then I thought... hey, Shapeshifting biker, that's pretty cool.

Anyway congratulations. Really great work.

Palys Plays says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:30pm

Wow! That was amazing! Awesome graphics, catchy music and fun gameplay fit perfectly with each other, and build up a masterpiece. Congratulations!

Drusilla says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:29am

When I tried turning into a chicken I became invisible (windows 10, 64-bit). The controls were awesome! This was really enjoyable, and it'd be cool to see where this could go. Jousting?

usonchen says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:15am

I like the all the sensation of this game, it makes a great mood! Event there are enemies chasing behind~
I really love the feel that riding in an open desert!

anshulsinghxd says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:20am

the soundtrack is just amazing :D

Nesferjo says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:08pm

Perfect mood. The music, the graphics, the biker idea... One of the best games I've seen so far around here. And beautiful. You really made something unique with all the ingredients you used to create your game, and that is not easy at all.
Congratulations :)

Insality says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:04am

Great game at all! You done the all of aspects well
I like it, but hint to how shapeshift can be a little long. i cant read so fast :D
Why no link to OST? Shaaaapeeeshiiift biiiikeeer

Populous90 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:11pm

IS GRAPHICS EVERYTHING?! think about it....?
IS GRAPHICS EVERYTHING?! think about it....?
IS GRAPHICS EVERYTHING?! think about it....?

JoseArias says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:30pm

Amazing graphics. I really enjoyed the different forms (Eagle is my preferred).

After some time the biker disappeared. At the beginning it looked like a camera problem but I think that it was related to the position of the biker, but really awesome entry.

arzi says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:45pm

Really good work! Nice, interesting visuals and style, although I did notice some z-fighting polygons but nothing really major. Great atmosphere and music, love the motorcycle's momentum when steering!

muraisama says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:25pm

Really nice Idea and Graphics. The controls were great and felt nice while driving! Music did fit really good and I couldn't stop playing it.

Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:58am

Really really fantastic. Great music, great style (I'm also pretty partial to your title font). I wish there had been a bit of a longer led on your opening track without voice, as someone who was exceptionally bad at bike controls I got to hear the first line oer and over and over again. But definitely a standout, and a great use of theme.

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:20pm

That music, though! What an intense experience!

Zyow says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:27pm

Nice art with awesome music! Well done!

WERT Studio says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 1:03pm

Mad max with a neat artstyle! Awesome work. I dont get the shapeshifting part

medidog says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 5:21am

Really addictive gameplay and cute characters! I love how you Would love to play this with a more zoomed camera :) Amazing work!

May 1, 2016 @ 8:07am

The art style in this was fantastic and that music was amazing. Looks like I've found a new band to follow which is always a good thing. The simple gameplay also worked well and was quite addictive in wanting to come back and last longer to hear more of the song. A nice touch. Definitely one of my favourite entries so far.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 9:11pm

one of the best, everything is 5/5 !!!

Ellian says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 12:25pm

God, the game is so well made. The graphics are insanely good, the soundtrack is dope, and ugh it's so well made
Amazing work you guys, all the kudos to you!

oparisy says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 9:12pm

OK, that thing is fantastically animated. I love your particles too, especially the black fumes. the music was quite fitting!

avinashd says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 9:23pm

The music is fantastic and everything about the game was fun! My only niggle is that the theme could be better exploited in the mechanics. You could have a little GUI element in the corner explain what the animal is capable of so that the player isn't just shapeshifting for no reason.

Overall 4.5/5 without hesitation!

curtamyth says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:33pm

Looks good and I like the music, but I couldn't play too long because hearing the same song restart every time I died got old quick

Aaranos says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:50pm

Wow. I gotta say the audio really makes this a great experience. The gameplay is solid and the controls handle well.

Marius says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 11:03am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several winners of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

Molpe says ...
May 11, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Great game! Congratulations on the results! Awesome audio!

I've made a short let's play, if you want to check it out:

Lokarunith says ...
May 18, 2016 @ 8:45pm

Amazing game and awesome music! I'll take a good listening to Uniform Motion's work :)

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