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

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Shift 'n Drift

by LandoSystems - Jam Entry

Shift 'n Drift
** Controls: Mouse, click the buttons **
** Other Controls: 1-6 number hotkeys **

Skillfully shapeshift your balloon as it floats through the dangers of fans and spikes and other assorted obstacles to reach the goal!

If you get stuck on a wall, use the anvil or rocket to get unstuck.
Keyboard may not work in the embedded version. Please play the html link if you want to use keyboard shortcuts.


We made this!

Code Bits:
Doug Graham @dsgraham
Brian Ploeckelman @PalpatinesSmile
Colin Kennedy
Ian McNamara
Brian Rossman

Art Pixels:
Troy Sullivan
Luke Bain
Colin Kennedy

Audio Waves:
Luke Bain

Music Notes:
'The Elevator Bossa Nova' by Ben Sound @Bensound

Made proudly using LibGDX:

Downloads and Links




VideoDog says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:24am

The balloon shapes are all well used. Great Job!

jdmazz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:05am

Fairly huge team, but the game is fun. The puzzles are reasonably hard. Actually, the game design is probably my favorite aspect, because it is actually fun. One of the best interpretations of theme in LD out of about 40 I've played so far. In this game, the game mechanics literally depend on your shape itself. Since that is the case, you really killed it on theme. Honestly, in doing so I believe you deserve 5-star for innovation, as well. Overall, the qualities of the game that matter to me are all well-delivered.

huminaboz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:11am

Fun, matches the theme, and innovates!

ayewyn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:21am

Fun and Challenging. Good use of theme.

Bobsleigh says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:31am

Really like the music. The theme was very original.

jelch says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:35am

Weirdly nostalgic.

Gametery says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:16am

Challenging and fun! Level 11 was quite tough.

Imperial Unit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:30am

Solid Game with a great shapeshifting theme. The teaching mechanic for the new balloons is implemented perfectly. Being able to demonstrate its specific use visually without bogging down the user in paragraphs of text is a great touch.

stefvanschie says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:14am

That was awesome, I really liked playing it.

psychomonster says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:34am

Hi. I like puzzle games with a hard difficulty level.. good one +1 for that. I like the gameplay as well, because it feels very good. +1 for theme interpretation and yap I played it quite a bit longer as many other entries :)

Ryusui says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:22am

This is AMAZING. At first I was like, "oh, okay, all these levels are gonna be pretty straightforward, just use the abilities in the right order"...WRONG, HA HA. Momentum and timing come into play heavily, and frankly I stopped at level 11, but only due to my own ineptitude and NOT any issue with the game design. This game rocks!

hregrin says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:13am

Great use of the theme, lots of fun. Nice entry overall.

Wan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:59am

Solid entry, I finished the game and really enjoyed it :)

The main criticism I have, and it's the very first time I'm saying that for an LD entry, is I found the game has too much hand holding: for maybe half the levels you don't have to think at all but just follow the instructions. I'm pretty sure the game would have been playable with only the two to three levels having hints by default: except for the ring maybe, most shapes are pretty self-explanatory.

Otherwise it was very fun to play, the mechanics were original and absolutely fitting for the theme. The physics worked well, I liked how things were balanced for a slow, relaxed progression through the levels.

Good job!

(PS: The music was pretty cool but it seems like it wasn't made during the jam, so I didn't rate it)

BoltKey says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:58am

I love the transform animation. The level design is pretty good, the difficulty scale is on the spot.

Husky says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:46pm

I like it!

The puzzles are full of challenging, and you pick the music pretty well, it fit the game, it made me feel easy and comfortable all the time.

Somehow the graphics or levels reminds me of Incredible Machine, but this game is playing in a whole different gameplay, it's really interesting.

Good job! :D

David Cookie says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:55pm

A pretty good interpretation of the theme! The physics and design are top notch, the game is not too hard, it's even relaxing with this little theme :) Overall it's very solid, there are really no downs in your game! Congrats

Headmade says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:31pm

Very polished and fleshed out entry, exceptional for a LD game. Good puzzles, interesting mechanics and a good amount of content.
It's nice to see another LibGdx game and a good one too. I will have a look at the code later.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:16am

Wow! great puzzle game. Any plans for an android build :P? I feel like it would work great on mobile

knason says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:16pm

Great puzzle game! Loved it! Good use of the theme, fun and challenging. Well done!

Matzigon says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:42pm

Nice use of theme, decent aesthetics, well done! :)

01101101 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:02pm

Cool game, I like that there is sometime a timing element to take care of. Could be a bit faster for a more dynamic feel, but otherwise it plays well. Also you mention music but I didn't have any (nor any sounds) on the web version.

01101101 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:08pm

(i'm an idiot - the music works ^^)

pixel_maniacs says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:29pm

That's totally awesome! It reminds me a little bit of crazy machines. You should go on with this! :)

arzi says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:30pm

Pretty fun puzzle game. I like the relaxed mood, even though it required quite precise timing.

Erkberg says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:05pm

Really nice game. I enjoyed the overall gameplay, though I wished it was do I put this..action-like? The movement felt a little slow, which is probably necessary to overcome the obstacles, but I believe it would've felt better and more satisfying if it all was more immediate and less draggy. That's just my ten cents though, it's a really nice, relaxing puzzle-like experience how it is. Good job overall!

Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:08am

Yay, a libGDX game :) And awesome work, to boot! The graphics remind me of The Incredible Machine; I'm guessing this may have been on purpose. The zooming transition between levels is a great touch. Great sfx and music top it off.

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 12:02am

Nice puzzle game. Love the art and audio.

AAGH Games says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 1:25am

I love the music, the visuals fit the experience (the wind gusts from the fans and the small background details in particular), making this one of my favorite games so far. It seems simple but the puzzles show care in their balance and the design exhibits good attention to detail.

AinoraZ says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 10:15pm

Honestly, I simply love it! Good job!

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