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

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by tomdeal - Compo Entry

Rescuebot, the fastest rescue machine in the whole world!

Shapeshift in not one, not two, but three different excellent rescue machines!
You can be a paramedic!
You can be an ambulance car!
And you can be an awesome rescue helicopter!

Try to rescue as many people as you can, and don't anything! Especially if you've got a patient in the back of your ambulance :-)


I've added WebGL as a build, so it is easier to play. However, the indicator arrows are broken in WebGL. This bug does not occur in the normal version.

=== Post Mortem and LD Review available here ====


If you can, use a gamepad. It is easier to control and thats pretty important for a rescuebot.
The keyboard controls work too, but I did not fine tune them. Sorry, I know this is an issue and I will try to make it better for the next LD project.

Controller: (XBOX)
- LEFT Analog Stick: Steer Left/Right
- Button A: Accelerate
- Button B: Brake
- Left Bumber: Change Shape to „Man“
- Right Bumber: Change Shape to „Car“
- Button Y: Change Shape to „Helicopter“

- LEFT/Right Arrow: Steer Left/Right
- Left SHift: Accelerate
- Left CTRL: Brake

- A: Change Shape to „Man“
- S: Change Shape to „Car“
- D: Change Shape to „Helicopter"

How to Play

I hope the game and the intro screen show you what's important. If not, here is a small manual:

You are a rescuebot. Rescue as many patients as possible and bring them savely(!) to the hospital (indicated by the red arrow if not on screen). The green arrow indicates the patient to be rescued. Now go, drive or fly to the patient.
To pick up a patient, you need to be in the "Man" Shape. That's the guy with the stretcher. If you try to pick up a patient while being the car, you will hurt him!
To drop a patient at the hospital, drive onto the striped area and be in the "car" shape (that's the ambulance).
The helicopter can only be used for a limited time (there is an indicator in the top of the screen). If you used your helicopter time, you will revert to the "car" shape. The helicopter time regenerates over time.
Colliding with anything is bad! Well, if you are the man or the helicopter, you're fine. But if you are the car, colliding with an obstacle will damage your vehicle, and hurt your patient if you are carrying one.
To repair your rescuebot, drive on the striped area at the repair station, indicated with the wrench arrow.
If you are too slow or too careless, patients will die. Once the third patient dies, the game is over. You also loose a life if your rescuebot gets destroyed.

About this LD, Post Mortem
I've written a blog post about this topic, read it here:

Questions, Bugs, everything? Write a comment, or write me a mail at

Thanks for playing! I will play your games now!
Thomas Diehl

Downloads and Links




iSasFTW says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:24pm

This is a super-fun game with fun mechanics. Issues i found: Quit button doesn't work on the web version. Overall a fun game, the music is cool, and so are the graphics!

hugheth says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:25pm

Amazingly detailed game to fit into such a short amount of time. Top effort!

Marcellus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:28pm

A lot of work behind this entry, but unfortunately, the controls are mean with the player.

Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:46pm

I wasn't particularly expecting to be taken with this interpretation of the theme, but I think you did really well here. Shapeshifting to represent different roles working together is an interesting take, and there does actually seem to be a high degree of shapshifting required to get the hard missions. Switching to a person to make tight turn, and a helicopter to jump obstacles seems like a weird approach, but works well mechanically.

WizByte_Games says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:48pm

I don't know why but this reminds me of GTA2, but instead of a criminal you are a Rescue worker. Game could have some added things like a mini map, quests, score, or collectables. I think that you could turn this into something great.

Marsouin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:06pm

Not bad !

zacerhy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:14pm

Really in depth game and cool idea, just think controls needs a little work, good job!

thomz12 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:15pm

Great game! had me busy for a while.

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

Really cool game with some awesome game mechanics. Was in trance for 10 minutes trying to rescue patients :D

EvoGenGames says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:32pm

Very nice entry, the shapeshifting controls itself might be made easier somehow.
but it was a cool innovative idea!

LudumAnthony says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:39pm

The layering for the graphics is buggy (the person dead on the ground appears above the cars driving by).

The game was fun and was a good use of the shapeshifting theme.

Pellanor says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:18pm

Very fun. I love drifting through the hospital drop off :)

Controls are a bit awkward though :(

RealityCheck says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:45pm

Apart from the controls, which I found to be a little clunky, the game was fun to play. I like the graphics - simple but pleasing to the eye. Good game.

adsilcott says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:45pm

Cool idea, good controls, lots of fun to drive around. Nice!

knason says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:14pm

This is a really fun game! Good work, especially with such a short amount of time! Good job!

whilefun says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:20pm

What a fun entry. Nice GTA kind of vibe, but as a "good guy". The helicopter controls felt smooth, and glidey. I got 441 pts. Good music :)

iossif says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:22pm

the keyboard controls made me cry, the music kept me in the game.

siryakko says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:28pm

Please continue on the concept. It's so fun and the realization so clean for the time you had.

JJJANEE says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:59pm

This is super polished and a fun game! I love the graphics, the audio, and the game play itself. The controls were super smooth and the physics was just right! I love the collision system! It's super detailed.
Great work!

jakass says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:53pm

Great! I spent a lot of time playing this!

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