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

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by TiRSO! - Compo Entry

EDIT: WOW :O Over 80 ratings and a lot of comments! I'm so happy, thank you very much for your support and feedback :D

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Post your highscore in the comments!

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qikcik says ...
Apr 17, 2016 @ 8:08pm

Nice :D

akirassasin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:20pm

79... it's relaxing and fun at the same time. Really sucked me in :)

Logun says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:22pm

Simple and fun ! nice job !

guckstift says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:23pm

Good idea. Simple, fun and... hyptnotic :D
Thumbs up!

Kiwiboi says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:24pm

A much more interesting version of my take :D
Love that you are making the music, had that thought myself but didn't get to it, more of that! Maybe with some percussion or background instruments being added along the way.

ladybenko says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:28pm

Very atmospheric and zen! I think this would be very cool to play in mobile

dunin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:51pm

zen then stressfull game!
really cool mood!
Hard at the begin, be we learn really fast.
my best: 149

Zodalia says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:34pm

An enjoyable, polished, little game.

The only criticism I can come up with is that the shapes sometimes overlap and spike up the difficulty, as it becomes hard to see which one is coming first.

CasualCat says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:54pm

49 was my high score. The game was relaxing but very engaging at the same time. There's so many things I enjoyed about this game. One, the aesthetic was very pretty and simple. Minimalism well pulled off, I love how the shapes morphed smoothly into each other. The notes played when you got a key right was very satisfying and really drew me into the game. It was almost therapeutic. Great fun, great visuals, sounded great. And one thing that really got to me was how you informed the player what each key did. Minimal interface - nothing but arrows. They disappeared as I pressed them and taught me what shape each arrow makes. I loved that part haha. Really good game!

qikcik says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:59pm

Wow , great job (graphics , audio ... ), (your idea is some similar to my :D )

cornand34 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:24pm


Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:27pm

Great work! the visual style is simple and great, the melodies you create by playing work very well and the animations between shapes are also smooth! Very polished!

Gamescalation says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:36pm


A really nice little game once you get used to the controls and steeply increasing difficulty (very nice work with the "tutorial" in the beginning, it really helps getting along ;D)

Graphics are quite nice and the idea of making the music is good, but would be even better if there'd be some sort of percussions or subtle instrument tracks joining along with the game's progress.

FerraWare says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:19pm

One of the best I've seen so far!

It was a little too easy though, I stopped playing without losing :P

Would like to see it with some sort of predefined music.

mountainstorm says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Simple but perfectly executed; the best of this style of game I've played so far. The controls are simple, the transitions beautiful and the sounds relaxing. Awesome work.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:24pm

Nice and relaxing. The transitions between shapes was pleasant and I enjoyed how you handled audio, well done!

ezombort says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:26pm

I love the simplicity and the comforting sounds :)

rupazero says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:27pm

This is good fun and the graphics are nicely minimalist

pythong says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:27pm

very nice game. 82

Crimson713 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:31pm

Nice game. Simple, relaxing, and fun as well!

wtfrara says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:34pm

Very clever and hypnotic!

chriiis88 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:36pm

Best game I've played so far! Simple, but very fun gameplay. Fitting sounds (although it would be cool if the player actually played a song instead of random sounds), great aesthetics and quite addictive.

The only negative aspect in my opinion is the rather steep learning curve. A tutorial that introduced every key separately would've been a more user friendly introduction.

gnerkus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:37pm

I had to stop playing it because I was afraid I'd get addicted. It's so good!

jk5000 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:37pm

Simple and great. Well done.

Odyssey says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:50pm

Simple and fun but you can just spam the keys super fast and just win

Studiosaurus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:53pm

GREAT GAME! Of course I have to say that because I went with a similar idea for my game, but a bit less intuitive. But yeah I think you did this really well. What's your personal high score? :)

BoltKey says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:56pm

It was very atmospheric, the sounds were nice. I was getting dizzy at times. It took a while to get used to which key is which shape, but once I got it into muscle memory, the game got quite easy. Got 145, then there were like 3 super fast shapes that killed me instantly. Is this intended?

I loved the way it changed shapes. Great execution of simple graphics.

Also, you should share your source code since you are in compo. I am really interested in how you made the shapeshifting look so smooth.

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:00pm

This is fantastically executed. It's a simple idea but it feels great, and plays fantastically. Well done!

Klaas says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:00pm

I love how all you need is the cursor key prompt to teach you how to play. Simple and elegant.

pjimmy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:02pm

Awesome, very fun and challenging

TiRSO! says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:15pm

Thanks everyone for your replies, it's great to hear that everyone is enjoying the game :D:D:D

@BoltKey the link to the code was in the description but I added it to the links section too to make it easier to spot.

The shapeshifting is really simple: I modelled all four shapes in 3D using the same amount of vertices. Then I just interpolate using the Mesh API in Unity.

jollyserpent says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:20pm

Very cool minimalist game, the design (audio and visual) reminds me of Mini Metro :)

AlejoAC says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:00pm

So elegant.
In the end it kind of sound like it's music when the shapes are coming quicker.
Sometimes I get small sequences that repeat creating some patterns in waves. Did you do that or it's just coincidence?

Highscore 82

AlexLamarche says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:39pm

I keep saying this for games, but these could be great on mobile!

RafaSKB says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:32am


lonewookie says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:25am

Simple and challenging. Minimal, but that really works for a game like this. Fantastic job!

Crowbeak says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:05pm

I really enjoyed this. The minimal graphics and sound work really well -- it's a simple reaction kinda game, but feels more chillax than most of its ilk.

Big Cow says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:27pm

Really liked this one... fun and simple gameplay coupled with lovely aesthetics.

kariamoss says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:13pm

A must in this ludum dare. Well done!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:29pm

Dude this is probably the best game I've played here so far!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:43pm

Pretty nice work!

candlesan says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:29am

Very well done - relaxing super hexagon indeed

adsilcott says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:54am

Really well made, and fun. I enjoyed playing it!

Divitos says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:16am

I like the game.
It was a little hard to remember the controls at first, but that's because my mind was trying to relate it to xbox controller colors (which it was close to with just the red and yellow being switched). After I got used to it though, I played it for quite a bit.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:25am

Those sounds produces a rhythm, it's soothing.
Great work!

solkar says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:24am

Nice and smooth. I like how you introduce controls, elegant and effective like the rest.

nicotuason says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:47am

Beautiful! Very rewarding once you memorize each shape. The smooth way the shape morphs into other shapes combined with the gentle sound effects make this game feel lovely to play.

Danoli3 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:50am

Loved it man! Well done

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

Love the minimalist visuals, but you could have left the controls on the screen as a reference, because I found myself just pressing keys until I hit the shape I wanted. Otherwise, a really fun simple game :)

BubsyPoochies says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:57pm

Super nice. I like the colors, sound idea, the coherence and how the game starts. Well done. Great job.

AnaGF says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:12am

Really great minimalistic game. When you get used to the controls it is funny and relaxing.
My highscore is 97 :D

sararyCow says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:13am

Fun and addictive game. I like the smooth transition between shape shifting.

davidkanc says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:11am

Simple, easy to play and understand, addictive... yes, perfect example of a game for this jam and oppositive of my game xD. Congratulations!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:31pm

I already have seen other games with this mechanic but I like it! It's simple and funny.

JoseArias says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:01pm

Muy buen juego. Simple pero muy entretenido. En mi segundo intento me he quedado en 136. Muy buen trabajo!

suurin says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:07pm

Cool game, and it's pretty addicting.

PaulJs says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:32pm

90 on my second try ! Audio is nice but could have been better with a music for example ! Very Minimalist but works !

mitya1234 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:42pm

Super Hexagon type of game. Very minimalistic but really quite good!

Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:53pm

Very nice!

APantaloni says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:54pm

Relaxing. The morphing between the shapes is nice. Very simple but pleasant. 92 points is my high score

Gamepopper says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:00pm

Best tutorial I've seen in an entry so far, direct to the point and very clear. The shape shifting works really well and I got the hang of it very quickly. Great job!

celia14 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:19pm

Wow, lovely. Very zen - it was cool that the shapes overlapped in a kaleidoscope-y way, and it also made it more challenging. I liked that there was no key and you have to rely on your own knowledge of the shapes.

I think it would be fun to just play forever, but the ninja death shapes that come in around 150 are just too fast. It might be nice if there was a more gradual increase in difficulty.

Lullaby says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:23pm

Relaxing entry :) Easy and complex at the same time. I had launched a second run even before knowing it ^^

Nice entry, I scored 79 at my best!

apalade says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:24pm

Nice and mellow flow. Simple idea but really well executed. Good job!

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:48pm

Supel chill! Super Addicting! Loved the sounds!

GaryS says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:09am

Really well done!
When I was desperately trying to decide what game I was going to make, one of the things I had in mind was exactly this mechanic - however I have to say you really nailed it far better than I would have! I wouldn't have thought to make it so hypnotic and atmospheric. I really enjoyed playing.

Ithildin says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:29am

Great idea. I liked the simple mechanics and the minimalistic visuals. I got the feeling that pacing took some time to build up, though.

After a first game with a miserable 2 or 3 points, I scored 139 on the second :)

bigpan says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:42am

Great use of the theme and very fun game, very hard too! I can't past 15 points because i get so confused! Nice job!

Dmitrix says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:57am

71 was my best.

kaovhmf says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:31am

Simple, adicting and quite solid! Congrats!

peter_szegedi says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:36am

Cool little game guys. Enjoyed playing.

Idorrac says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:36pm

Very relaxing game! It happened to me to be killed by a shape so fast I didn't even have the time to see, so in that regard some tweaking might be useful. Got to 145 points, so I can't complain too much I guess! :D

DevelopTech says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:46pm

Wow! Very simple but effective gameplay. I really love it!

Also very good colors and sounds, they bot make such a zen experience

Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:47am

Simple y divertido, gran tutorial, en pantalla completa te deja ciego total XD

puppetmaster says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:50pm

Great theme implementation! I thought it would be very difficulty to memorize what button does which shape.
Keep up the good work!

PixelRetro says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 6:34pm

It's great to see such a simple (and rather straightforward) idea so polished.
Could be extended with a focus on music.

Alphish says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 6:06pm

146. As in, one hundred fourty six.

For some reason it looked like, as I was prepared to accept a circle, a diamond suddenly rushed at insane speed and ended the game. O.o'

I quite enjoyed it. It's essentially a variation on the shape-gate endless runner, but it's one of the few games that does it right, not making player do some micromovements to fit into the slot or whatever; just changing the shape accordingly. Different sounds for crossing different shapes was a nice touch, too. Nice game to play for a little bit.

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 2:21am

Great concept! Can definitely be pushed more :)

quadtree says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 7:51am

Man, it is really hypnotic! My high score was 145.

sliphtrex says ...
May 21, 2016 @ 1:23am

This is so elegant.
I love it.
I'm hooked.

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