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

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The Shapes of the Druid

by BluShine - Compo Entry

The Shapes of the Druid is a puzzle game about a shapeshifting druid who can turn into animals. One day, the druid loses his ability to shift shapes. He must enter the forest and seek the shapes of balance to restore his original form.

Move: WASD or arrow keys.
Shift shapes: shift or spacebar.
Reset level: R or X.

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Autovelop says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:33am

Thoroughly enjoyed the puzzles. The graphics is simple and I like the level end animations. Loved how things got interesting at Level 6. I have one issues with the controls where they cause me to sometimes overshoot my movement. Was slightly frustrating but the interesting puzzles kept me going.

Madball says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:49am

As simple as this game is, it was fun to play. I liked the graphics, too: even though there aren't a lot of drawings, there are cool looking effects of blocks shaking and shuffling.

The game was short, but it's a common thing for puzzle games in LD. I think later, bigger shapes wouldn't be useful, I completed most of the game as mouse. Also, looks like the wolf shape didn't make it into the final product, did it?

I found a bug in level 5: The top-left corner tile is actually(?) a solid block.

Garris says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:26pm

I really hate puzzles, but this game was super fun! It was challenging, but in a good way, and the music was really nice. The graphics were also really great! Cool game!

ZeroFaction says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 3:05am

Very interesting game.

deathray says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 2:24am

Ack! I got stuck on level 3. I don't really understand why I transform next to certain blocks or what I need to do to get to the next level. It's sad because I really enjoy the aesthetics and peacefulness of the game.

LeReveur says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 7:06pm

I really like the approach of this puzzle game. I would like to see levels after 7th, but I can't pass this one, it seems missing something - or I'm just really bad. ^^

BluShine says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 1:47am

Level 7 is quite tough, but it's definitely beatable. Don't worry, you aren't missing too much, there's only one more level after it :)

TheCain says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 4:16am

Very original. I like the puzzles.
I do think you should add a 'go back one turn' button, 'cause it's frustrating to have to restart the whole thing just for one move.
I did beat it though.

Phaix says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 4:28am

Great Game. Nicely done the theme with a different approach.

medidog says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 7:10am

Hard to learn the game at first levels but then really got used to it and loved to play it! Really nice use of the theme, well done!

dunin says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 10:52am

interesting concept and art
controls are a little strange (and hard because we don't have a "one step back" button, and often do too steps)...

jeroenwimmers says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 6:13pm

This was surprisingly fun, I'm surprised you didn't get more votes/comments. The graphics were the first thing I noticed and it's pretty unique. it also works nicely with the shifting of animals, which a lot of LD games did, but it feels artificial for most of them.

it doesn't look as good as a whole though. some colors seem off and gameplay-wise it's hard distinct interactive from non-interactive.

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