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

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The Materialistic Shift

by MicroMacro - Compo Entry

Note: some levels are meant to trap you. Press R if you get stuck.

The Materialistic Shift is a game made for Ludum Dare 35, based on the theme "ShapeShift". It was based on an idea my friend threw at me. The point of the game is to complete a maze by going through different coloured and shaped gates. The colour and shape of your character dictate which parts of the map are open to you, and pads are scattered around the map to change your shape and/or colour.

If you do not like the screen shaking when you change your shape, go into the settings and disable screen shake.

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TechXSoftware says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:23am

quite fun

aegypticus says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:29am

This was awesome! I "love" seeing love2d pushed to the max to create such an awesome and professional looking game. This is one of the few games here that has me engrossed! Great Job! Also, the puzzler mechanic is sweet!

Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:33am

Fun, I kept overlooking the simplest things, but that was just my fault. Love the graphical style of it.

Yrasin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:14am

Fun and challenging already from the start. Very nice graphics and fitting audio.

Cerno_b says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:21am

It's good. Although I'm not really a fan of the genre I can see that some thought has gone into planning this. Maybe the levels may be a bit smaller in the beginning to allow for a bit more motivation. Sadly, background music is missing and I found that the object sometimes hangs at corners. Other than that, a good game.

ViliX64 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:35am

Could you please provide a Linux build?

Reisen says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:49am

Good work on the puzzle design, really enjoyed it.

CoderCameron says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:01am

Nice art and a very polished game. The movement is a little glitchy though!

ohi12 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:35pm

Great game. One of the few puzzles I liked so far. Really cool, and clever too.

ignacioq says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:56pm

Really Smart! You combine very well the colors and the shapeshifting! congrats!

Ithildin says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:57pm

Brilliant entry! The take on the theme is clever, gameplay is clear and challenging, and it feels very polished, I can very easily become a full game :)


meganukebmp says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:46pm

Great game :)

Hempuli says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:07pm

Very nice! The puzzles were fairly straightforward but the relaxing pace and sleek look held the game together really nicely. I could see a more complicated version being made out of this.

jcmonkey says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:49am

This was frustrating at first, but give it a go, this is an amazing game to play.

dvdfu says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:55am

Love the simplistic art style. Puzzles had me stumped!

huminaboz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:58am

This is a fun, innovative game and matches the theme well, great job!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:57pm

Great game, it is unbelievably polished for a Compo game; more so than a lot of Jam games even. Very cool concept and well designed and levels.

The menu is also the nicest one I have come across so far.

bigbatardyt says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:12pm

Most amazing game i've played !!!! For god sake there's amap editor !!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:20pm

Nice amount of things to shift your shape, really well made puzzler! I included it in my video compilation series of Ludum Dare games, if you’d like to check them out :)

Patomkin says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Very good and polished game! Really like your take on the theme, the idea and the art style :)

Omiya Games says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:42pm

Had some fun solving these gated puzzles. Would have liked an option to see the entire map. Also, some levels seemed to have dead-ends that, at least from my perspective, served no purpose. Would have liked to see those things removed.

Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:57pm

Overall a decent puzzle game. Would have loved some background music though.

MintArcade says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:03am

Very cool game. Interesting take on a theme. Level progression quite steep, but still awesome.

BoltKey says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 9:56pm

I really like the concept, but I don't feel there is too much analysis and planning needed. You know, there were like two points where I had to stop and think for a while, otherwise my moves were pretty much given.

I would like to see perhaps smaller levels which you can see all at once, but with much more possibilities, where you have like 5 different shapes that all look correct at the first sight, but only one of them can get to the finish eventually. Then you would have to actually think about what are you doing, and perhaps even backtrack from the finish to find out the whole solution.

I like the sounds.

Oh shit, there is a map editor. I already managed to discover basic controls (wasd to move, tab to change layer, and mouse wheel to change block type (a bit counter intuitive)). I however have no idea if or how can I play the level. I would love to create some custom levels.

Green Soda says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 1:51am

nice game :) minimalist artstyle is really good and appealing :D
simple but great! i love the map editor

jk5000 says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:23am

Very well done.

Xanjos says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 3:31pm

Managed to finish all the levels but this was a fun and interesting entry and the puzzles were well thought out.

crazyrems says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 9:50pm

Great entry.
Movements are a bit too rigid and little jumps when you switch shape/color are the only little annoying things.
I envy to have my game being only 2MB ;)

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