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

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Shifty Witch

by jordgubben - Compo Entry

It has been told through the ages that some witches and wizzards, though they walk among the common mortal, where blessed by the elder gods the power to take other forms than that of man and woman.

When the mere mortals learned of this, they became engulfed in so such envious anger and that their hearts and bodies turned to stone.

2nd LD.
Libs used: Pixi, Gobble, Ractive
Tools used: Pixelmator, Subblime 2

Known to work on: Firefox 45, Chrome 49, Safari 9
Known _not_ to work on: Internet Explorer 11

Thanks for a great LD everyone! Already looking forward to the next one!

== POST Ludum Dare PATCHES ==
## 2016-04-19:
- Fixed keyboard support on Safari and Chrome
- Fixed scrolling glitch on some aspect ratios

Downloads and Links




Ildfuglen says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:33am

Really cool! I love the handdrawn "child-like" art :P The shapeshift mechanic was really thin, and there were some issues with scrollbars messing up gameplay. (Firefox) Not much replayability, but really cool entry!

The game did not work on Google Chrome (No response to input)

jordgubben says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:08pm


Both the scrollbar issue and the chrome keyboard input should be fixed now.

nextreality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:35pm

The game was pretty fun, a little more could have been done to maybe add some life to it in terms of particle effects, but I do like that you can spam the space bar, so killing monsters wasn't a chore, very nice!

Cerno_b says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:40pm

I love the graphics and style. It would have been cool to have music. The shifting mechanic didn't really make a difference to me. Are the cloud's shots weaker than the witch's

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:02pm

Cool game, this is the first shmup I've seen on this Jam, and you did well.

tomdeal says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:30pm

Really great graphics! Simple but motivating gameplay.

medidog says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:40pm

Nice hand-drawn art style. Not sure what we are shape-shifting into and why. Are we also stone as well? A back story and some music would definitely help a lot! :)

BestNickname says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:45pm

Really enjoyed the art style. Controls also felt nice and responsive. Good work :) (on a side note, I originally thought the title was shitty witch..., made much more sense when I saw the controls :P)

APantaloni says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 5:58pm

The hand-drawn art has its charms. I'm not sure why I'd want to shapeshift into the cloud as the witch form seems so much more powerful. The movement of the main character is a little slow. Could be a good starting point if improved upon.

Muciojad says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:03pm

Hello! Amazing art-style! I think there is only two missing things for me: no music and no option to flip witch from right to left side, so then you could shoot from right to left and destroy enemies behind you. But except that your game is really cool, you did good job! ;]

DSSiege11 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:37pm

Simple but fun game :) I especially liked the background, it's very pretty! Some music and sound would've made it even better. Good job anyway ;)

Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:21am

The hand drawn style and colours works really well, especially liked the tree and hills.

sndr says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:51am

Nice shapeshifting mechanic! I like how the player has to keep switching between the two forms in order to increase the success chances.
As a side note, I think that you could balance the game so that it is not only better to switch, but necessary in order to succeed. I think that it is possible to beat the game with only the witch form (although it is more difficult).

Andy Gainey says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 10:43pm

Got through the whole game without even discovering that there was a shape shifting ability. Saw people comment on it, then button mashed until I found it. (Shift key for anyone reading this wondering the same.)

I was gonna say that movement was quite slow (but not so much that I couldn't win), but I guess the shape shifting kind of nullifies that comment. Though in retrospect I wish the shape shifting had better enabled me to deal with the last dudes coming from behind the player.

As others said, the art style was quite pleasant.

ZeroFaction says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:06pm

Tried it on Edge25 HTML13 (Current Version) and the only problem was that the arrow keys did not respond. I could shift and fire but not move.

phi says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:34pm

I like your graphics and the whole style of your game a lot!

Just like @Andy Gainey I've won the game without the knowledge of the shape shifting ability. So it's a bit too easy I think.

Thanks for a few amusing minutes :)

denycetm says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 6:39pm

Needed some music but loved the aesthetic.

SantiHisteria says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 6:05pm

I like the "running" concept... it is a funnygame, but I don't understand very well the "shapeshift" concept here.

Spotline says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 9:08am

Simple and efficient, i like it ! Would have loved some music to set the mood.

fsqrt says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 9:09am

Nice hand-drawn art style! I thought if there is more tradeoff between shapes (such as adding another enemy that moves faster or enemies ignore the bird), shapeshift becomes more effective. Anyway I like the graphics and the game :)

abcdef65g says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 11:01pm

I really liked the graphics, they really have that child-like charm. It was interesting how the shapeshifting ability lets you move faster than your incredibly slow witch form, but I agree with some others that making the shapeshifting necessary against a specific type of enemy would better balance the two forms.

I noticed the frame rate was below 20fps for me (I'm using Firefox), and got taken by surprise how I suddenly died out of nowhere with only 10 enemies remaining (maybe an enemy spawned exactly where I was?). Still, great job with the game, since compo submissions are definitely not easy (I always participate in jam because I can't art). Hope to see a full-fledged shmup from you someday!

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