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

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Jeffrey with a Sword

by SHLFStudios - Jam Entry

Ludum Dare - 35 - Shapeshift

Jeffrey with a Sword

by: ShuddaHaddaLottaFun

Alex Schuster - Game Design, Title Art/Graphics, Music, SFX
Brian Greenwood - Game Design, Programming
Mikhail Delinois - Art/Animation

Jeffrey's life is flashing before his eyes. Collect the anti-aging pills before he grows too old. Good thing he's brought along his family sword to help him out.


Left/Right Arrows - Move

Up Arrow - Jump

X - Attack

Let's start by saying we know the controls and animations are really janky. A combination of learning new things and nice weather left us with pushing out a game we aren't super satisfied with, but totally glad we made and got something completed. Our concept for Shapeshift was that as the player got older, their body would transform, changing how fast they move, jump, and how they attacked. Too old and it's harder to move, and then you eventually die of old age. The idea was to carefully collect the anti-aging powerups to float your age in the middle, where you would be the most skilled, and can last the longest to get a higher score (score combo of kills and time). This is not super evident in execution however. I myself (Alex) spent waaaaaaay too much time working on how the title looked... which in retrospect... #NoRegrets, because it's rad looking. But, might have taking time away from the game a bit.

Also, pretty happy with the music. Sound effects, not so much. they should be seperate categories, just sayin.

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Le_Sarus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:39pm

The sword attacks don't seem to happen half the time, which is a shame since the opening makes this seem badass.

Aaranos says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:24pm

The sword animation doesn't end until you move. I had to just let the sword sit where they fall to collect kills or risk dying from the attack not working.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:05pm

Nice intro hahaha, pretty difficult to control, but good job finish it!

ryjcio says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:08pm

Yeah, very cool art I see here! But the game is very unbalanced. The animation attach seems to be triggered with delay. It makes exteremly hard task to kill someone with so overweight sword :)

Very nice approach on theme!

arzi says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:46pm


mooncalf says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:03pm

Not a lot of criticism I could level you don't cover in your own comments. Its playable and a great effort. Congrats!

joemid says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:09am

Great effort! I jumped right in and was trying to figure it out- the sword was slow- then i realized i could jump and kill mario-style, then i almost got old- then I read your write-up! P.S. - Those titles are rad!

djfariel says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:04am

I also experienced the attack bug.
I found that the sword has a permanently activated hit box, so if you simply let the enemies run into your resting sword, you win, haha.

Riftpoint says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:03pm

It seems a little confusing, I didn't understand what's going on in the game. I believe that the attack have a bug. The sound and art are really cool, a beautiful pixel art.

gnerkus says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:50am

Is Jeff's surname Strifer? Just saying.

I thoroughly enjoyed the music. A few retro sound effects would have made the game more awesome.

The attack controls were a little too slow. I had to move after each attack to perform the next.

tayl1r says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:20pm

Nice idea, but I cannot attack consistently at all...

marmpa says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:14pm

I liked the game. You could improve the jumping system(I could jump beneath the floors for ever :P).REally nice entry though

goibon says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 3:30pm

Someone clearly likes Super Crate Box :P

domrein says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 3:39pm

I really like the idea of this game, but the controls are sooooooooo bad. A for effort! Of, and the title screen and music are amazing.

DSSiege11 says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 4:52pm

The concept in the description sounds quite cool, too bad the execution isn't that great. You should definitely continue working on it to polish it more :)

LeReveur says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:26pm

It would be better if the sword behavior linked to age was more obvious (and if it's not, so there is a big bug XD).

Odyssey says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:30pm

The combat got annoying but at least the title looked good

LinealGames says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:25pm

I found this to be too difficult because of the delay on the sword swing and not being able to swing multiple times

tomlum says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:39pm

Cool concept, and also, fantastic title haha

okoto says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 3:19am

man, the main mechanic is very buggy ...

toastedgames says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 3:28pm

Having issues attacking, the sword doesn't seem to work half the time. Also, getting hit once by an enemy and dying seems to be a bit harsh.

AnaGF says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:49pm

Graphics and sound are cool! I like the idea too. However, controls are buggy, so it is a bit hard to play.

Rock Eaters says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 11:30pm

problems with the attack i think or there is something i dont understand

Alphish says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 2:13pm

Creative concept, but kinda killed by poor mechanics. Just for the record, I've found the most efficient strategy to stand around and do nothing, with a sword lagging behind; enemies would then walk onto the sword themselves and I'd be virtually invincible, if not for the aging.

Graphics are alright, but not stunning. Music works fine, though I haven't heard sound effects.

Next time, you might want to focus on the mechanics rather than title (or at least in-game art player will see 99% of time, rather than a title that player will see only for a bit). ^^'

MintArcade says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 8:54am

Very innovative approach to the theme! Great fun.

trulyvile says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 6:07pm

Haha you're right, the title screen IS awesome. I do really like the idea of aging as a shapeshift mechanic. Control difficulties aside, the biggest issue I had was that the sword dealt damage without moving so by positioning yourself right you don't even NEED to use controls, just let the bad guys fall onto your sword from both directions!

TheCams says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 12:21pm

Also had this attack bug that made the game a bit unresponsive :(
Nice graphics and nice sounds design though :)

11Schotter says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 8:46am

growing older for shapeshift is an awesome idea!

davidB says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 7:28pm

controls react slowly or strangly.

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