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

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by EdoMiyamoto - Jam Entry

Cherokid is a first person adventure game made in 72hrs by Edo Miyamoto (@EdoMiyamoto) and Eko McCloud (@EkoMcCloud).
You play as Cherokid himself in a first person adventure.
Mysteries, powers, and fights, await you.

WASD: move
Mouse: look around
Space: jump
Left click: punch
Left shift: run
Tab: pause/unpause
-when you unlock it:-
Left click: ??
Right click: ??
Left shift: ??
Space: ??

[How we make it]
Engine: Unity 5 Pro
Code: Playmaker (Edo) + C# (Eko)
2D/3D textures: Photoshop
3D: 3D Builder + Basic unity shapes/models
Animation: Playmaker + Unity animation
Particles: Photoshop/Unity
Music: A bunch of samples mixed, so we opt-out of audio
Sounds: heavily modified samples with Goldwave/Audacity

[Edit] Unity builds for Mac and now Linux are available

Downloads and Links




sndr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:36am

The artstyle and music create an awesome mood. I love the world that you created. I enjoyed being greeted by a bunch of creepy horse-heads, haha.

After getting both the bear and the wolf powers, and killing the few enemies I found on my way, couldn't find what else I was supposed to do and I think that I got to explore the whole map. I guess it could be nice to have a little bit more guidance on what should the player be trying to do next. :)

EdoMiyamoto says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:48am

Hey sndr glad you liked it :) the map isn't so big, also we add little and big details to help players, I'm sure you'll find your next power soon !

Ogniok says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:19am

I have to admit, that the idea of shapeshifting is different than other games here. Also I love the graphics style :)

11Schotter says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:34am

a really great athmosphere and mood. cool theme, funny intro. with 3rd person camera and visible shapeshift, it would match the theme perfectly. The level is a bit too big and empty...

urfbound says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:36am

Great game! You set the mood really well and use the theme to great effect. Feels like it could really be fleshed out into a multi-hour game. The art is stellar for such a short period of development. Great use of effects like DoF and particles for the leaves hanging in the air - also great job using the graphics to delineate the different areas. If I could make one recommendation that I didn't see below it would be to add maybe one more weapon, and add more enemies into the map, each of which might be vulnerable to some attacks over others. And maybe a defensive item would be cool too. I really loved the flight mechanic. That was a great touch to be sure, I loved the visual effect of the fog. Really great game, I'm impressed how polished it is for only 3 days in dev. Had a lot of fun playing, I hope you had fun creating it! Thanks for your entry :D

marod says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:13pm

The graphics are beautiful! Nice game!

fullmontis says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:32pm

I really like the mood and ambient of this game, the dreamy ambients and enemies. Itis interesting the way you interpreted the theme, and I think the way you implemented it was great. I found the control to be a little clunky to be honest.

glaze_96 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Not everyday an LD game makes my graphics card whir!

This is a great game! So ambitious and you guys finished it! Really nice!
And that ending.. Man!

Contrary to sndr I knew exactly where to go. Real good job on the leveldesign!

I wonder why you have so few comments. Hope you get more!

Arnage says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:54pm

Since it's a Jam game I'm curious if you made all the art during the 72 hours or is you reused some existing assets. Because it would be really impressive if you made all this content in just three days!

batmagus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:25pm

Amazing, really unique and beautiful graphical style. I think there's an interesting idea there with the gameplay, but it didn't quite come together. Obtaining new powers feels a little anticlimactic, and overall the world feels kinda empty after the first area, although it is pretty enough to enjoy just walking around.

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

Really great game! The graphics are great and the whole thing is creepy and fun!


crucknuk says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:31pm

Nice entry! Graphics are great! You should add some enemies to make the game more nervous. Good job ;)

SpareWizard says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:44pm

I enjoyed the gaining animal powers aspect. I think the objectives were a bit too far apart, or perhaps there were not enough things to do between them.

Jacksendary says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:26pm

I have seen other games where you can inherit other abilities.
But overall this was awesome. Loved the artstyle and music (the bull music was awesome). Although it took a long time to get to each point.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:11pm

Impressive scale, graphic & gameplay content for a game jam, but too ambitious in my opinion :) The power ups were nice (fly + charge = really cool to use) but not enough level design situations to enjoy them.

EdoMiyamoto says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:43pm

Hey folks sorry I took time playing a bunch of game I couldn't answers to everyone in time ! Thanks a lot for all of your comments so far, I've taken note that the forest part is a bit empty, it lacks of puzzle mechanics with abilities to use on.
On a side note I spend 2 hours designing and coding the final boss' summon and nobody talks about it !

EkoMcCloud says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:47pm

Hi guys,

First of all thank you all for the comments, this was my first participation in a game jam and you seem to be a bunch of wonderful people :)

I agree with pretty much all of you. We had a lot of ambition and some things could have been more dynamics and polished (I'm looking at you, combat ô_o) but overall I'm very happy with the final result. I really like the core concept and this mood was really something we were looking for. And we still have tons of ideas that didn't make it to the 72th hour of the contest!

For those who ask if we made all the art, unfortunatly we didn't have a 3D modeler so we used 3D assets from our database and tried to give them a unique look with textures, shading and light effects. Otherwise we would have loved making a 3rd person game with visible transformations!

Anyway thanks again for the kind words! Hope you had a good time traveling in our twisted minds ;)

Oh, and of course, thank you EdoMiyamoto for such a great experiment o/

zaywolfe says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:28pm

The funnest part was getting the flying ability and breaking the game lol. I think I spent more time then I should have climbing every peak and running around the outside of the levels.

ragnta says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:48pm

Nice graphics, and music, Good job :)

Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:42pm

Wow, a great 3D game done in such a short time :) quite a large map and plenty details. And funny enemies, the zombie otter rocks. A map would be good to get faster around. Good luck, with a little work on gameplay you can go forward! Stefan (omlette.du.fromage)

MementoGames says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:42am

Awesome graphics!
The music was also a pretty good choice.
I thought the map was a little bit big for the whole game, but this is also impressive feature. Great work, guys!

PS. Hey Edo, I summoned the boss and beat the game :)

Titangea says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:30am

Good job, I like the art direction, the mood, the controller is easy to use with the keyboard + mouse, I have some problems at the first time because my gamepad was connected in the PC, the camera was turning crazy, but after I play again with out the gamepad and it works good, I played for a long time ^_^

2Bit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:16am

Great game, loved the atmosphere and feel of the game. The canyon part might have been a tad long but I still had a heap of fun with the game. Everything worked really well together.

Louspirit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:42pm

Congrats to you guys! Really thought use of the theme. Except the shadow clipping that a little hurts the eye, the graphics and sounds are work of a pro. Did you make all the 3d models and animations ?

EdoMiyamoto says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:48pm

@zaywolfe yeah I was building walls around the world before submitting, then I thought of one of my first LD when people told me the best part was running around, so I stopped. :D

@Louspirit like EkoMcCloud said, we used a few 3D models (like the house you see in the beginning) and mod them by making our own textures, shaders, particules and lightning on and around them. Animations took us a long time, that's why after spending 2 hours on the scene with the bear, we simplified everything. Only near the end I took the few hours left to make the boss hovering, along with the lynx behaviour.

For the shadow clipping there wasn't much time left to fix it unfortunately, as unity failed to bake lightmaps, and it was too late to split our 3 terrains into scenes :(

@MementoGames thanks and congrats :)

derr says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:20am

Very impressive submission. The level design is really good. I was really startled at one point when the hawk's shadow passed over me. :)

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

Fantastic game and world! Really digging the tribal atmosphere and the mystic powers. *spoilers* I had a blast flying around from wall to wall. Love the Borderlands-esque esthetic, awesome work!

Squid says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:22am

This game looked amazing and had a lot of great atmosphere. The combat was kind of a weak point for the game but i still did not want to stop playing. Great game!

Fabraz says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:10pm

I've seen this one around the twittersphere! I absolutely love the ambition in this title, it tries to be so much more than just a game made in 3 days. Very cool world!

Joozey says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:17pm

Good demo! I like the style you took. Also nice job mixing Native American theme with Shapeshift theme!

jk5000 says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 10:08am

Great mood and great game. Well done.

Shizor says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 7:31am

Awesome entry, I dig the tribal theme.

Ken Ichi says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 12:24pm

Awesome game! Nice work on 3D models and art direction :)

Manou says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 2:28pm

Nice job for 3 days. Please opt-out graphics if you didn't make the models :)

Rock Eaters says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Beautifull game ! very nice music and graph !

Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:25pm

Creepy, mysterious game! I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

Weeping Rupee says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Great mood-- I was really wondering what the bird was gonna do the whole time.

Satyre says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 11:06am

Love the art style and the music.

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