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

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Genius Loci

by glbs - Jam Entry

Genius Loci.

A short game about passing time and architectural memories.


-Turn on audio
-WASD to move
-Mouse to look around


-fixed missing collider-s (Thx @Marcellus).
-lowered some audio sources volume to avoid clicks.
-removed a tiny mesh to make an architectural element more visible to the players. (Some of you might have blocked at it)
-added Mac and Linux ports (not tested --> tell me if anything goes wrong)

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bigmangames says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:28am

Great game, but the static grain effect is really hard on the eyes. Either make it animated or take it out IMO.

Marcellus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:19am I felt !

icefallgames says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:21pm

I'm not sure what to do. I reach the statue, but can't leave that room. The other world only appears when I'm next to the statue.

glbs says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:22am

@bigmangames thx, sorry for the static but I need it that way.

@Marcellus did you feel good?

@icefallgames I don't want to spoil but there's a point of view of the statue at which you'll only see the new time slice. From that point you can move on.

siryakko says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:18pm

Wow arty and great puzzle, i'm amaze of the result you get.

taviandir says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:24pm

I must agree about the static grains - there must be some other effect to get the mood you are striving for.

Overall, artistic game, the concept is cool. Not many games like this in the competition - original.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:53pm

My impression of this game was: "oooooooo" and "oeeeeee". I only wish I would know if i reached the end.

Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:10pm

Wow most interesting game I've seen until now, beautyfull atmosphere. Not sure if I got it though.

Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:11pm

Great quest game about shifting the environment with interesting graphic style and atmosphere.

WERT Studio says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:16pm

really arty. Neat idea but i dont see the real plan behind this all

Atridas says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:18pm

The game is great, but it is quite difficult to assess if you are doing well or not in it.

I liked the sthetic but other people are right saying that the static noise is a bit harsh.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:57pm

You did an artistic work on this project - something strange and hypnotical. I like it. It could be more interesting with a real gameplay and some features. Well done ++

glbs says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:01pm

Thank you all for your feedback.

The game's got an ending, you have to find your way through the time slices and architectural memories to progress towards it.

The path really is forward, you'll come back to places you've already seen, but at different points of view.
Don't try to go backwards and instead look for points of interest. Those could be links between the memories.

I see this game as an exploration of places fixed in time, like three dimensional photographs or memories, overlapping each other as an architectural palimpsest.

Titangea says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:01pm

Nice, really inmersive, keep doing this good work, the navigation between a scene and another is awesome, the art is simple (Not easy to do, is really solid) but efective, the game didn't tell you but it invites you to play a second time to understand and not only to walk through scenes, I like it, Good luck.

avinashd says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:36pm

Oh. My. God. This is absolutely beautiful. Didn't really feel like shapeshifting, but that's just a small thing. This is one of those ludum dare gems. Well done :)

Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:55pm

beautiful game, cool idea, this could be a great full game if you had a narrator behind it and a compelling story. Great

suurin says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:46pm

A beautiful experience with a cool artstyle, I like it.

APantaloni says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:33pm

Very nice atmosphere!

jakass says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:31am


Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:21am

Wow this is so beautiful! Love the black and white graphics and mysterious atmosphere , it's nice to see the environment change as we explore all these abandoned places. I think this is my favourite entry so far :)) I'd love to see more of this!

Naca says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:21pm

It's for games like this one that I keep playing LD entries. A real pleasure to navigate through this environment. Very good work. I feel like I'm missing many architectural references, as I don't have a background in that field. But anyway, I've enjoyed it a lot. Also, it's impressive that you've done all this modelling work in a weekend.

ijona says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:05am

Great!!! Very atmospheric and pleasant to interact with. It's one of the best games I've seen.

Freank says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 4:54pm

Hi, nice game ! We're realizing a video with several games 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

ponk says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 2:28pm

Magnifique final scene!

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