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

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Monkey Bird Escape

by Daws - Compo Entry

Climb trees and catch drafts of air to escape the lava!

You play as a monkey who can shapeshift into a bird.
The monkey can move side to side on branches and jump from them.
The bird can moves side to side in the air and is only propelled upwards with drafts of air (white arrows)
Lighter colored branches will break and fall when the monkey touches them, so be careful!

A and D: move left and right
W: jump from branch (monkey only)
SPACEBAR: swap between monkey and bird

I didn't quite have time to perfect the art, and I didn't have a chance to do music, but I hope you enjoy!

Post Compo Edit: I added controller support, but I don't know if it works outside of chrome. I used a PS3 controller to test it. Plug in your controller and go to to see if your controller can be used.

Joystick Controls:
left/right movement: axis 0 (left analog joystick)
jump: button 1 (Square on a PS3 controller)
swap between players: button 0 (X on a PS3 controller)
start game: button 9 (Start on a PS3 controller)

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vini60 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:08am

Fun little game. Couldn't tell at first what the bird did, now I know. Nice submit. Lacks audio though.

SmallPhil says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:08am

Concept is cool, but the lava goes too fast!

Infraviolet says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:09am

Though the art was not the best, the gameplay worked and was fun as well as challenging

CMLSC says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:10am

The space key kept messing up for some reason.

urfbound says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:00am

Cool game! I like the shapeshifting mechanic, the branch and animal graphics are good. Good game fro keeping you on the edge of your seat! Thanks for your submission (also your review)!

fatsopanda says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:09am

It's a nice small game. A bit too difficult from the beginning.

makiki99 says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 8:05am

Pretty difficult game, and it is unpolished, but it has potential.

domrein says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 12:56am

sooooo hard.

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 1:26am

humor enough and have good rhythm!~ just some distance is too long between two platforms.
bytheway,if there are some music,it could be more fun and interesting.

fin_nolimit says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 1:48am

Very hard game but it kept my interest and I KEPT ON PLAYING!!! WHICH IS AWESOME! Nice work!!!

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