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

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by Tharky - Compo Entry

With Chexshift, I tried to make a chaotic chess game. With random phases throughout the game, it's kind of a luck based chess game. With absolutely no special effects or such. Because I am a total newbie!

With each phase, one type of piece on the whole board, morphs. Evolves into something else, something more powerful. Like a Giant or an Alien!

I have included a little info box in-game so that you don't have to figure out that Rook...I mean Giants now explode after the phase change :) How good of a developer I am! Also, Devil's Pawn is a pun. You see it's like devil spaw... Okay moving on!

Keep in mind that this is a compo game and I have done everything by myself. Except for the font, that's made by codeman38... And the helped with the phase icons because... I suck. And sounds are made by bfxr... Anyway, back to the game!

This is my second ludum dare and I feel like I am getting better at being sleepy and not doing anything that's worth the time :)

Thanks for playing!

PS: If the gif doesn't animate:
PPS: I'm going to get some sleep and regret what I wrote here after few hours later.
PPPS: There could be tons of bugs, since the essential hours that I spent my time on this was the logic and I am too tired to spend more time on it so, I'm sorry guys :) I tried my best this time though!

Edit: Yes, there is no check in this game since it is kind of a different and chaotic version of chess. If you can kill the king, you will win. No check or mate. (OFC it was intentional you shut up :P)

Edit #2: I forgot to mention a lot of things about the game because I was VERY sleepy. The game is basically a 2 player chess-like board game, since I wasn't able to code an AI. You can still hot seat with your friends though or play against yourself to test the game. I will try to implement an AI in the future after LD is over.

About the morphed pieces: There is an in-game info box, but I'll still explain here a little so you won't get surprised.
Pawn: Can move like it's the pawn's first turn (2 space forward or take diagonal)
Rook: Will explode a 3x3 area AFTER the phase is over. I needed to make some phases bad, you know.
Bishop: Will teleport to and take a unit anywhere on the board. I know it is overpowered but a bit of overpowered pieces are necessary to make this game faster. Also your opponent can use that too.
Knight: Can move or take anywhere or anything within a 3x3 area.
Queen: Can move anywhere on the board, but cannot take any pieces.
King: Cannot move but cannot be destroyed. Will destroy any piece that tries to take him until the phase is over.

Have fun!

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FloatingGhost says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:28pm

Incredibly interesting - the alternative moves are totally game changing, and were fun to explore.

Just one thing, check isn't obvious, once you put the king in check, you don't have to move out of it.

This with an AI could really be something worth trying!

FenyesJ says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:39pm


Tharky says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 12:41pm

Oh yeah, forgot to mention that. There is no check, since this is very chaotic already :) If you were able to kill the king, you win the game. It's not quite chess because of that but it's a different kind of board game that uses chess pieces :)

tomdeal says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:17pm

Really cool idea :-) As a chess player, it reminds me a bit of fischer chess, with its randomness. Some abilities like the bishop kills anything are a bit overpowered, but I would really like to play this more and against others :-)

Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:47pm

Absolutely brilliant. One of the best ones I have already seen on LD35 :)

Marsouin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:19pm

Not bad !

qu2 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:51pm

Cool idea, well done.

Max Amaden says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Very interesting game. Keep up the good work!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:30pm

This was an interesting concept and has potential, well done!

SelfTitled says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 8:02pm

Nice idea

EpiFouloux says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:34am

Cool game ! The phase system is really interesting

dunin says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:29am

Nice concept,
need some work, some rules of the real chess are missing (castling...) and the possibility to see the opponent's move (by over his pieces) would be cool (specially for the special pieces)

Tharky says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:45pm

@dunin yeah castling is not there and so as the other things you have mentioned. I simply didn't have the time to do them man, I'm a complete beginner at programming and it was actually a success for me to code even this much :)

Odyssey says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:51am

Great game but it's not quite like Chess (not really a bad thing)

Cowa says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:05pm

It makes chess funnier! Well done.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 9:41pm

cool, reminding me a board game with extra rules for chess

Yumeito says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 8:54pm

Cool game :)

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