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

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by juxipolo - Compo Entry

>scan2.exe /scannow
virus scan commencing…
suspicious network activity detected!
Warning code x24: Intruder may have self-modified

You play as a hacker, launching a new self-modifying virus on the corporate network. Control the virus through different servers. Destroy the anti-malware programs that come after you and absorb their code to create new attack vectors.

Mouse - scan surroundings and target applications
WASD - move virus
Left mouse button - fire
Right mouse, Q, E - change application schema, configured at hyperlink terminals
Escape - set breakpoint
Partial controller support (360 compatible)

Changing schema allows your code to bypass or more effectively target certain anti-malware executables. Changes will be quickly detected and will reset automatically. The change is represented visually in your terminal.
Visual schema:
Triangle - normal
Circle - provides redundant code as a decoy to absorb possible counter measures
Arrow - high performance, zero detection rate, but runs to completion quickly
Square - imprecise, but wide code coverage
Curve - limited read-ahead, but attacks with many different vectors
Funnel - precision heap corruption

Some anti-virus software is more advanced, and contains large threat dictionaries. Core vulnerabilities of these programs will be highlighted yellow or purple.

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retrograze says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:15am

I love the retro Asteroids vibe you have going, and the gameplay with the upgrade system is solid. Good work!

zaywolfe says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:48am

I like the 3d line artwork. Really trippy. Very fun game too.

JJJANEE says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:49am

Great game! Awesome controls and the concept was very innovative. It was a bit challenging, but really fun to play. The whole coding situation was on point lol I really feel it.

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:49am

I love how you really stuck to the theme here-- everything reinforces that command prompt/asteroids feel. Sorta like mega man meets asteroids. Maybe worth exploring more. Just wish it was a little harder when the large bodies of shapes (who I'm assuming are supposed to be like bosses) show up. In fact, the individual baddies are harder. Also really dig the almost bon-fire like system you have for shifting into other shapes. However, I wish controller support was better because even though I had the ability to equip new shapes it was difficult to switch between them using anything other than right click.

Still, solid entry-- maybe worth exploring further.

2Bit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:34am

I thought everything worked really well together and I loved the variation. Cool game!

Aumni says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:52am

Awesome gameplay and unique way to implement the shapeshifting mechanic. I realllllly like the art style :O Definitely my type of game that I would play for a long time

Xinelu says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:07am

4/5 :) good one

Ithildin says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:12am

Awesome graphic style!
The concept was fitting the theme nicely, controls were tight (but switching with the keys was problematic on areas crowded with bullets) and the upgrades system was very interesting.

Freank says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:12pm

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

ijona says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:21pm

nice mechanics!

Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:01am

Great graphics, controls and nice difficult.

Excellent work! :)

tmpxyz says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:15am

Look simplistic, but a lot of fun to play.

samlo says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:04pm

Impressive entry! Really love the vector art and parallax shifting on wall edges. Recompiling mechanic is awesome! Good job!

Freank says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:18pm

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

Freank says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:19pm

sorry. double post >.<

Cerno_b says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:07pm

Really lovely game. I liked the awesome retro graphics and the procedurally generated bosses. Congratulations on a very polished game.

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 4:24am

really nice game - love the simple shapes and the mood was awesome - great idea hacking - good game

Phaix says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 6:08am

Nice one! Really like the line gfx.

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