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

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Operation SHIFT

by SiM2SiM - Compo Entry

When humanity has been transformed into chickens,
one man (chicken) has to uncover the one responsible
and bring him to justice.
This is the chickens story...
This is...

Operation SHIFT.

Fight your way through a top down connected world and a punishing boss in the action packed Operation SHIFT. Secret upgrades are hidden along the way to aid explorers of the world. Master the blaster and missiles and you are sure to uncover the mystery shrouding the transformation of the human race...


W,A,S,D to move

LEFT MOUSE CLICK to fire weapon
RIGHT MOUSE CLICK to fire missiles

press ENTER to skip cutscenes

press ESCAPE to end the game at any time

See GameHelp.png for help understanding the heads up display

Thank you for playing!

Downloads and Links




Ethan Allwood says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:18am

Really fun game! I love the graphics although the screen did shake a bit too much. Also I did get a bit lost, wandering aimlessly. Maybe add some clues on where to go. Other than that I loved it. Great Job!

XAND says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:36am

Very well done!

JohnGalt says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:38am

The feel of shooting is so great.

Phantom Lab says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:51am

This game's name should rather be "Gamefeel.exe". This is one of the best polished games I've ever played.

Vantaug says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:09am

Really well done, everything just worked great. The game is fun and juicy.

Dooskington says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:37am

Great work. It felt really nice to play.

ORECROS says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:37am

This... is really awesome. alot of indie game designers could learn alot from this 48 hour project.

I think you went a little overboard on the screen shaking, a little too much and it happens on too many different events. if it shook only when you fired your gun that would be like golden. the little sparkle the health packs do to the 20XX and cool planet on startup... this is REALLY AWESOME im freaking out man.

rosden shadow says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:38am

Great game! good work!

nicotuason says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:45am

Most fun I've had yet! I loved the screenshake, and amazing attention to detail like how the flowers sway in the wind and bushes explode into leaves. This game is awesome.

I played till I beat the final boss. I think I enjoyed playing this more than Hyper Light Drifter.

jcmonkey says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:47am

This is a really good game. i like these types of shooters.

Saladon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:15am

Very cool game. Gameplay feels satisfying.

CryoGenesis says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:06am

Really pulled off the game-feel. Great game!

qikcik says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:06am

Very Good Game :D

B0pt1K says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:14am

Wow, do I enjoy playing this. Who knew being a chicken would be so much fun? This is very very enjoyable.. would love to see it be developed further.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:28am

It's a shame because I was really loving it but sometimes it stopped letting me be able to fire, I don't know why so I havn't marked it down, high marks for a great little game!


chocobyte says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:30am

Excellent game. Love the details like destroyable bushes. At first, I did not where to go, especially since enemies are respawning and you don't know exactly, whether you already had been in a room. But ammo respawns, too, which I liked ;)

SiM2SiM says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:58am

@Danny Gallagher The blaster stops shooting when you're running out of weapon energy, gotta let it recharge. My bad though, should have made it much more clearer to the player

guslarsen says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:23pm

Good job! I liked!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:28pm

Really really fun to play! graphics and sound were good, feels like a complete and polished game. Only critique I'd say it didn't use theme a lot.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:30pm

I like a lot this game. Really fun! Shooting feels so good and the cooldown mechanics adds a lot. It only needs a catchy tune! The theme isn't nowhere, but it's fine.

meganukebmp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:32pm

Very well designed and polished game. Couldn't get enough of it.

windastella says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:39pm

I can really feel the impact of shooting.

goffmog says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:04pm

So glad I played this, this is one of the most classic game mechanics done absolutely brilliantly. I had to play this all the way through and I was not disappointed by the finale. Love the graphics and the sounds and most of all the gameplay and level design. The only flaw I could find was that it was possible to exploit the health powerup respawn in a couple of places. I got lost once or twice but it was a good kind of lost, the kind of lost you want to be in an oldschool sprawling top-down shooter. This is pretty much the perfect Ludum Dare entry.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:37pm

Good game, tried to roll with right click like enter the gundeon.

Raptorij says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:08am

good job!

Dread_Lord369 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:16am

I loved it! Not only is it aesthetically pleasing, the mechanics are polished as well. I love nothing more than a solid game.

Great job!

Ghust1995 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:18am

Pretty great game, very polished. The shooting sound got a bit repetitive by the end of the game, and the screenshake was a bit too much, but it was very fun. I actually found myself shooting at the destructible bushes while walking between maps, and if you designed that on purpose, kudos!

One question, though. Why is the final boss a computer?

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:19am

Very polished, makes great use of animations for firing and stuff that reminds me of nuclear throne. Enemy types are varied and interesting.

Anyone else have a constant strafing problem? I thought it was bc of my gamepad controller at first but after unplugging I still strafed right always. Even with this problem I enjoyed playing which speaks to how fun the game feels

My one criticism is that this seems kinda shoe-horned in to fit the theme of shape shifting.

Still, this is a very well executed game. Bravo.

DuckTieTeam says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:52am

Best game I've played so far, shooting mechanics are awesome. I LOVED EEVERYTHING. Sounds, the way screen shaked when you shoot, enemies, the dynamics of the game, and BOSS FIGHT(beat on first try =) ). Also, THERE IS A PLOT! But theme was introduced very sligthly.

PinkIndian says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:56pm

Really well executed game. the shooting felt as good as in Nuclear Throne and gave a nice feeling of power. Maybe should have added something more from the theme. The first text '20XX' made me smile from ear to ear.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Just an awesome game overall. I wish there was some sort of map, and the boss was absolutely brutal, but everything was otherwise great. Graphics were really nice, and the story made me laugh. I hope you'll expand this into a full game :)

Fabraz says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:14pm


Freank says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:22pm

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

josemorval says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 4:35pm

Really good game! Nice entry guy :)

cynicalmonkey says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:29pm

really well polished game but i had to stop playing after about 5 minutes, the screen shake was just to much and i was literally starting to feel dizzy and a bit nausiated

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:12pm

Great game, I love the look and feel. The screen shake is a little excessive, but it's not that bad. Great work for only having 48 hours. I like that you can't just hold down the shoot button, it feels great.

Reis Mahnic says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 6:27am

WOW! This was the full package; fun, responsive, addictive gameplay, level design that encouraged taking risks, checkpoints that kept my interest, a funny premise with a fun story setup, and BEAUTIFUL visuals... GREAT job!

Adipson says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 8:51am

run chiken run ! funny game ! bravo !

Aaranos says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 1:30am

Good game. The out of nowhere loud sound effects on the menu screen killed my ears.

HuvaaKoodia says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 11:07am

Exceptionally polished presentation, but mechanically underwhelming. I got a strong case of "Been there, done that".

The biggest issue here is the lack of thematic exploration. You could have gone with shape-shifting abilities, weapons, enemies, environments; there are so many options. Yet here the theme is only seen in the backstory blurb, which is to say not in the game proper. Disappointing.

Then again, maybe you just wanted to create a simple game that feels good to play. Who am I to judge.

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