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

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King Of The Claw

by bob5602 - Compo Entry

King Of The Claw is a little space arcade game I came up with for the ShapeShift theme. Simple WASD movement and aiming with the mouse. You can grab disabled enemies or their guns with your Claw (right click) and shapeshift. Some types of enemies have more health, so you can shapeshift into them to get the increased health. Or shift your gun into theirs. Simple scoring mechanic with a little summary when you die or when you win. My first attempt, but not bad for 48 hours (minus the time I wasted on my first idea).

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Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:04pm

Good learning curve! Maybe too much simplistic, some sort of shield, or more uses for the clank would have been great.

bob5602 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:46pm

One thing that I wanted to add but couldn't due to time was a 3rd component, like a shield or a turret or something, that you could grab with the claw and upgrade. I do want more uses for the Claw, but none of my ideas really fit with the ShapeShift theme. I think maybe using it to grab asteroids to smack enemies or stealing components off of multiple component shipts, etc.

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

Nice entry. Really good use of shape shift and the space theme is really cool

Henry00 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:37pm

This really reminds me of those old Windows 95/98 games. Nice!

bob5602 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:38pm

Hey - If you could along with your comment post your top score, that would be awesome! Just curious to see how people do :)

mf1214 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:06pm

Fun game! I really liked the variety of weapons!

Pixelaborate says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:11pm

I had a lot of fun playing, the claw was the best part. A little barebones but a great entry!

qu2 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:52pm

Nicely done. Congratulations on getting your first one in.

Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:08am

Great compo entry!

davalcordub says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:34am

It is an interesting game but if you can't shoot while you are moving then it is really hard to achieve all the objectives, besides that, with a shot of the enemy you are removed, you should try to add a shield or more life or a defense to the ship.

bob5602 says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:48pm

Davalcordub - It should be possible to move and shoot at the same time. Can you please elaborate on the problem you're seeing? Also, shifting into other ship types can help increase your health, making it a bit easier to survive. Cheers!

Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:11pm

I liked the take on the theme

srakowski says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:48pm

Really enjoyed the claw action. Getting hit is pretty brutal though! Well done :-)

JefePapaya says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:08am

Great game!

Sorry I only read you'd like to know the score after I left the game. I can tell you I was able to finish by my second attempt.

Solid controls and gameplay, everything works as expected.
Nice sfx.

I wasn't able to download the source. When I click the link, I get a dropbox login page.


Nexus64 says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 7:29pm

Good mechanism, but the game feel very empty. Maybe some landmarks (like nebulae or planets) will help

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