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

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by rupazero - Compo Entry

Try to convince the Metaphysician to prescribe you the elixir so that you can ascend to your true form. Discover what your true form is while you experiment with performativity. Crush medical equipment with your bare hands. Smash the system.

An experiment in interactive fiction centering on a constructed language. I also wanted to practice qualities-based storytelling to at least some degree, though the primary narrative structure is regular old string-of-pearls.

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pixlark says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:37am

Love it! I'm having flashbacks to Morrowind - which is not a bad thing, I love Morrowind, and I love this!

CoderCameron says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:20am

Good game!

iceburg7 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:57am

Really wonderful text adventure! I loved the sense of not knowing what you or anyone else is saying, or what effect everything has, and watching everything play out. Great work, great mood!

mazhem says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:51am

As a trans person this game really speaks to me. It feels a bit odd to be hot and cold at the same time, it looks a bit unclear whether this is a design choice of the effects of the Infernal realm, or whether they're supposed to replace each other.

Definitely enjoyed, either way!

CJKinni says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:17am

Really enjoyed this one. This had an excellent atmosphere. Thanks for writing it!

Marcellus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:52pm

Awesome mood.
Your comment about my game made me come here and I'm not disappointed. I knew I was trying the game of a clever person. great entry.

KodingNights says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:39pm

Well that was fun.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:28pm

This was put together well, nice job!

eott says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:05pm

I really like the mood of the game/story. The infernal language is an interesting feature too.

BarkingCat says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:08pm

Loved the use of Latin (?), and the need for "translations" in real time. It's an idea with great potential, and the writing sets the mood perfectly.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:52pm

The way the sentences reshape is a constant reminder of how you want to ascend to your true form, combined with a constructed language and great writing makes this interactive story very enjoyable. Great entry!

celia14 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:20am

Wow, IF and conlangs, two of my favorite things! :D This is really cool. The conlang is such an interesting challenge - familiar enough to give you some hints, but opaque enough that you have to make guesses and take chances. It immerses you in the mood of the story right away.

Eshford says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:25pm


personalurban says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:18pm

The reshaping sentences perfectly match the theme, as well as the subject matter of the adventure. Clever.

Glimmerville says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:04am

This is my favorite Twine game, to date. Also I made an account just so I could give you a compliment on this game. (But now I am going to check the place out!)

Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:25pm

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

madk says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 5:29pm

Seriously fantastic. I didn't know interactive fiction could be so engrossing.

LeReveur says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 1:44pm

I just had a metaphysical journey, and it was good. Now, I know I'm a werewolf. Or a daemon. Or something like that. Who cares, I had the elixir, and that's the most important thing. Or the least. Who cares, I'm riding a dragon !

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