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

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Particle Shift

by pi_pi3 - Compo Entry

It's a minimalistic puzzle platformer. Your goal is to get to the blue thing. That's it. However, the levels shift as you move around. Use A and D to navigate and SPACE to jump. Press R to reset the level.

If you're having trouble with a level, press the right arrow to skip it.

This game requires OpenGL 3.3 support and the newest version of Java 8.

Guide to tiles (yes, they're tiles):

- Brown - Static Tiles, guaranteed to never shift

- Green/Cyan - Dynamic Tiles, can shift their position

- Red - Death Tiles. As the name suggests, they kill you.


- Red/White - The Player. It moves. It jumps. It can activate new level states.

- White - Box, affected by gravity, you can move it. It can also activate other entities. They collide with you, other boxes and all tiles.

- Iron Man-colored - Activator. Can activate level states otherwise unaccessible.

- Blue - Level End. Loads the next level.

- Pink - Teleporter. Teleports you or the Box.


- Dynamic Tiles will only collide with you when they're not moving. If they're moving only on the x-axis, they'll collide with you on the y-axis (i.e. when you're falling or jumping) and vice versa.

- The Red Tiles can kill you when they're moving. So if you don't now what killed, it's probably them. Try to repeat your steps slowly and watch as the red tiles move.

- The Box CAN load the next level and it WILL collide the same way the player collides.

- Dynamic Tiles interpolated position isn't based on time, but on your position. For example, in the first level if you're standing x = 5.5, they'll be halfway between their state-0 and state-1 positions. But the Activators will move the Dynamic Tiles over time (about a second).

Updated to work with app

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ccglp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:19am

Our games have the same name xDDD

Feels a little bit confusing, but with a more work explaining it on game, maybe the game can be better!

Good work though

brainybeard says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:11pm

Wow well you definitely went and made the coolest game I have played so far. Such a novel and interesting mechanic, combined with the style just makes a fantastic game. Great work man.

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

Nice game. the green tile moving is an interesting idea.

Jin47 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:26pm

Great game those particle effects are looking great. I have been stuck between platform several time but the game is fun . good job!!

luckyy says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:30pm

It's super confusing at first when the level is moving as you are moving, but once you get the idea of how it works it's quite fun to play!
The levels are still really hard though

Muciojad says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:59pm

Hello! Red particles just killed me 2784723857298 time, so I come here to vote! :D You invented really good mechanic, sometimes it's annoying but overall it's good thing, because you know, in your game always something is happening. Good one!

dvdking says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:50pm

Really cool mechanic, it was funny to die in unexpected ways

JNI says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:25pm

The game idea is really cool. The first level was a bit confusing, but the game itself is really nice! good work!

Xanjos says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Pretty cool and interesting concept. I liked the particle effects and those green tiles were definitely annoying.

Freank says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:54am

Hi, nice game ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

plko says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Special art style, looks amazing

Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:18pm

Super interesting, neat game! I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

NPException says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:25pm

What a brilliant piece! 10/10 would play again. Most of the levels I was just butt-clenching like "Please don't move now ... OH YOU FUCKER!" :D
Excellent work!

marod says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:16pm

Nice game!

bentglasstube says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 4:18pm

An interesting concept but it sort of amounts to just jumping and hoping for the best.

jakass says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 4:21pm

Good project!!

medidog says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 10:45pm

Really innovative idea, but some levels are hard to solve..

MayankUnreal says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 4:48pm

The game mechanics is quiet good. Nice graphics and concept

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