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Shapematch Beat Jam

by KodingNights - Compo Entry

How to start the game:

Java 1.7 must be installed and *on the path*. (Sorry...)

You can then click run.bat (on Windows) or type 'java -jar shapematch.jar' in a command shell within the unzipped directory (Windows / Mac / Linux).

Shapematch Beat Jam is my take on the Shape Shift theme.
Harder than Dark Souls, but practice makes perfect.

Please let the menu screen run for a while before you start playing!
I worked very hard on it :-)

Object of the game:

It is a combination of a rhytm game and a match game.
You control the center shape. Move the shape to the matching shapes along the edges. If you manage to hit the shape on the beat you increase the score multiplier.

Sound is highly recommended!


Choose shape with buttons 1-2-3-4-5 (1=dot 2=line 3=triangle 4=square 5=star)
Choose color with buttons q-w-e-r-t or cycle with tab
Move shape with arrow keys <- ^ v ->

If you fail to match both shape or color you die.
Match shape or color for small score, shape AND color for larger score, and shape, color AND on the correct beat for megascore and increased multiplier.

Can you beat your own highscore?

Graphics: Inkscape + Gimp
Sounds: Sfxr + Audacity
Music: Music Maker Jam + Audacity
Programming: Java and LibGDX

Known bugs:

If a controller is connected you may experience bugs, please disconnect all controllers if you experience this. Sorry again!

Game instructions:

- If you manage to match shape and color at the correct beat, you will rack up points quickly!
- If you have no multiplier to lose, it is sometimes better to just match either color or shape quickly to get the time bonus.

Game created in 48 hours using the **Koding Nights 2D Game Engine** based on the amazing LibGDX Java framework

Twitter: @kodingnights Web: Youtube/Plus: +KodingNightsIndie

Tools used: InkScape, Audacity, IntelliJ IDEA, Music Maker Jam, sfxr

Copyright (C) Koding Nights 2016

Windows / Mac / Linux - Requires Java 1.7 to run
IOS and Android version if game is well received.

Downloads and Links




Ratmena says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:52pm

don't kill the kitten

goffmog says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:52pm

I came here so that no more kittens would have to suffer... And I stayed for the thumping soundtrack, the sweet CRT effect, and the strangely compulsive gameplay!

KodingNights says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:54pm

Okay, the kitten is safe... for now.

Thanks for your kind comments. :-)

Eshford says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:58pm

Pretty awesome game! I like it!

ALobker says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:58pm

I also came here to save the kitten. Always save the kitten.
Your game is nice too.

CoderDozer says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:12pm

That was cool, liked the audio, really added to the atmosphere.

ViliX64 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:06pm

Nice entry!

FloatingGhost says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:32pm

Poor kitty </3

That's a really nice soundtrack, and a nice concept, albeit a hard to control one - too many shape/colour combinations for me, but it works!

manabreak says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:33pm

Nice game! The bottom shape was a tad difficult to spot at times since the shapes in the UI were overlapping it. Other than that, really solid entry. :)

hijomo says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:39pm

This was really good. I liked the music and the pattern matching was fun.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:59pm

Really interesting gameplay with a great background. Well done. I like aesthetic ++

KodingNights says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:09pm

Thank you all for your comments! I will download and rate your games now.

ekx says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:13pm

Liked the music. Unfortunately the instruction text in the beginning overlapped itself and was impossible to read on my machine.

jk5000 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:21pm

Love the games music and visual style. I am much too slow for this game, but I like the idea behind it. Well done.

Dooskington says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:23pm

Cool little game. It was a bit "overwhelming" with the particles, however.

Batzorig says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:46pm

The throbbing of the light gave me a bit of a headache, but good otherwise.

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

Amazing music and challenging game, with having so many different keys to need to press

Reallysketchy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:57pm

Great music! I opted for the "lesser points" version because I'm horrible with rhythm games.

Husky says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:32pm

It's quite hard and exciting, I like it!

I'm not sure if the 1-5 and Q-R keys are too many, but it do bring the challenge up, also the music is neat!

Good job :D

KodingNights says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:08pm

Thanks for the feedback, I'm considering making a post-compo 'easy' version with just 2 colors and 4 shapes. That would put more emphasis on the 'rhytm' part which I think would be good.

LukeZaz says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 2:41am

Very enjoyable game, though I ended up only matching shapes and not colors so as to win. The darkness that creeped in with the beat could've been toned down a bit, and occasionally it completely darkened the screen, but fortunately this never caused too much of a problem.

Also, the menu work shows! I stuck on the screen for a bit to see it and it was certainly worth watching. In the menu and out, the audio and effects really worked well!

KodingNights says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:54am

@LukeZaz Thank you, I watched your stream, it was very nice seeing someone play the game and get their reactions.

sndr says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 1:04pm

Very nice entry!! I really enjoyed the overall feel, and the core game mechanic was really neat! :)

leo_p_mahon says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 5:23pm

Crashes on launch on Ubuntu 14 with OpenJDK-JRE 7 (Java 1.7) Stack Trace: Fresh install on a virtual machine.

KodingNights says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 4:40pm

@leo_p_mahon thanks for your report, unable to reproduce unfortunately...

Theseus101 says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 11:52pm

Fun, fast paced game that was very fun. The only real downside to it was the odd controls, but regardless of that it was pretty fun. Rate my game here:

pixelpotions says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 9:25pm

Solid entry! I like it a lot! :)

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