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

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shape shift tycoon

by numero15 - Jam Entry

Most shapes are unhappy with their appearance. Shape shift tycoon is a game that allows you to help these shapes to look more like their inner self.

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EDIT ::
adjust difficulty equation to make it more progressive across levels (not perfectly balanced but still better)

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Ratings

#77Theme(Jam)4.04
#133Mood(Jam)3.74
#156Overall(Jam)3.70
#204Innovation(Jam)3.56
#265Fun(Jam)3.44
#341Graphics(Jam)3.70
#432Audio(Jam)3.08
#2304Coolness0%

Comments

tmpxyz says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:51pm

Quite a management game.

AlexLamarche says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:56pm

Nice. First level just got wicked hard at the end. That might have just been dumb ol' me. Anyway very good game; nice and complete (Except for audio... could have used to background music). :)

graebor says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:02pm

I found this quite fun! The difficulty ramp on the first level was a little bit intense but I did end up beating it :)

EstrelSteel says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:17pm

This game though.......... Amazing!!!

legavroche says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:49am

I liked the concept but the end of the first level became really jumbled. I couldn't see what shapes were coming in and out.

Nomys_Tempar says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:27am

Neat game, didn't understand the upgrade button, but otherwise it's a cool tower game.

tayl1r says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:28am

Ahh! Really nice. I was kind of lost at first but that's probably my fault for being an idiot. Once it clicked it was super fun.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:28am

Good concept but I was confused at first what to do. I only realized 2 minutes later that those shapes want to mate with the other shapes in their minds :D Nice and simple graphics!

Inateno says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:00am

funny management game, i just lost my first try cause i was trying to put the shape on the form x)
+1 to put a background a music, o/

Reyn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:01am

I like the idea, but I don't think there is enough complexity. I believe you equally randomize between the available shapes, meaning my build strategy should simply be to add equal amount of shape boxes. Loved the graphics though!

Glaydur says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:41am

Nice graphics but could add more to the game

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

I found it very entertaining! I really enjoy this kind of games. And the new difficulty equation plays nicely, I had a nice time. :)

HuvaaKoodia says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:36am

Neat idea and pleasant presentation, but the strategy and management aspects are lacking.

All you need to do is to spend money building new "machines" based on which type you have the least. Even then there is no optimal strategy as you might just get unlucky with the randomizer throwing 5 squares at you in a row.

Here's what I'd change, if I were you:

- Rather than walking away immediately when there is no vacant machine, the shapes could stick around and wait. Problem is, after a short grace period, they get annoyed and your reputation starts slowly going down based on how long you let the shape wait.

- You can choose to dismiss a waiting shape, but the reputation cost of that is huge and scales with how long they have waited already.

Bonus ideas:

- Multiple like minded shapes increase the reputation cost of waiting (you are clearly discriminating by not having enough machines of certain type!)

- Some shapes are VIPs (VIS'?) which further augments their reputation cost (both negative and positive) and payment amount. As such dismissing a non-VIP shape already undergoing treatment might just make sense (that also has a reputation penalty, but the media doesn't care about nobodies that much really)

- The media. After every level there's a news report about your business practices. Unethical treatment decreases your starting reputation in the next level, but you also keep your (ill gained) money to balance it out.

- Enough negative reputation will attract hooligans and bombers to your "clinic". You can hire guards to deal with them.

- Competitor clinics will take your customers especially if your company is mired in controversy. This can be offset with aggressive advertisement campaigns and slander.

- You can hire lobbyists and utilize blackmail to influence the political landscape which might yield benefits and tax cuts.

- If all else fails cut quality, globalize and evade the law through loopholes of vague legality.

I'll stop here, this is getting out of hand...

Allthebees says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:55pm

An interesting management game, really like the aesthetic and ui/artstyle. Some music would've been nice too :)

LeReveur says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:15pm

Simple but yet fun and challenging. I like the satisfaction/disappointment sounds, and the idea of a shapeshift shop, well done ! :)

hadesfury says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:30am

Great game :)

Freank says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:51pm

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

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