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

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That Blue Square

by argowen - Compo Entry

Welcome to my second Ludum Dare Jam entry "That Blue Square", It's a very simple 13 level (12 with end zone level) game inspired by "Thomas Was Alone". The shapeshifting element comes in with the fact that the player switched the shape that is used at will either a square or a rectangle. Square can move and jump and fall, Rectangle can move but can't jump and due to his width glides down slower when he falls.

#35 has been a struggle this time due to not really being enthusiastic about the theme however, I still came up with an idea (albeit I wasn't keen on the idea) but, followed through with the development of the game until I had something to submit. My main goal was to have an idea and get it submitted unfortunately due to my own distractions etc etc this one isn't a good as my previous however, I will learn a lesson from it and eagerly await #36.

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danbolt says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:24am

Good game! Apart from one or two things, I felt like the difficulty was the right level, and I enjoyed solving the puzzles. The "floating" mechanic made me feel smart, which is always a good way to entertain your player.

I found that some of the pits required me to make "leaps of faith" into spikes, which kind of went against the spirit of the game. That was a bit frustrating. Some sort of "level complete" effect would be cool tool.

Otherwise, a nice submission! Good work!

tomlum says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:10pm

Swapping ability was very satisfying to master, at first I found myself transforming instead of jumping, but after a while it was fun to speed run levels as fast as I could. Graphics were simple but stylistically coherent which was good.

mountainstorm says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 9:32am

Brilliant. Such a simple mechanic and so well executed. Even the simple graphic style plays into the whole aesthetic. Most of all though the motion is what makes it work; it has just the right feel as you move the shapes.

Jin47 says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:15am

Great game the planning effect is great but the jumping force may be improved (especially in the last part with the tilted floor). Good job!!

orukinawa says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:22am

Very well executed. I enjoyed doing those mid air shifts

in3orn says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:26am

I'm glad I didn't read your comment before playing. I think it's a very good entry. I liked the mechanics, levels and graphics. Don's see any weak point. Great job!

I've also added summary about it on my blog as I think it deserves sharing:

Arvydas says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 11:13am

Fine game, maybe too simple, with increasing mechanics and variation this could be intresting

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

Nice game. It is enjoyable to be able to play quick you know, controls are fluid. Would have liked an ambient music.

argowen says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 3:34pm

Thanks for the kind words guys, its wierd because even after this time has passed since LD35 I've actually become to like the idea of the game I made and I'm already dabbling in some major changes to how the blocks work and extra "mutations" that the blocks can have for example a triangle that jumps higher than square but moves slower. I'm also looking at either rewriting in unity or unreal as I', liking the idea of the crisper sharper vectors than rasters. As for the music I tried to have a dabble for ambience etc but I couldn't sit with a specific style maybe I'll have to dabble a bit more and just play stuff while I test the game and see what fits the best. SFX for sprites etc will be in that version my microphones were playing up so couldn't get clear recordings. Those that saw my LD34 entry may remember that I voiced the spacecraft guns and engines myself and I was looking to do the same with this one.

TheCain says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 10:57pm

Nice and simple.
I think Shapeshift should have been one button though.

phoenix1987 says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 11:04pm

Nice simple game. And I understand having a hard time trying to think of something. Good job with the mechanic

ragnta says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 11:10pm

Nice game, simple levels, but I missed the graphics and sounds :(

dcRfj15 says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 12:25am

I liked it, it is simple, yet packs a lot of variation into the mechanics. I liked the level design also.
I don't know whether this is just me, but the "shapeshift into square" key, which advertised itself as being 'X', was actually the 'Z' key, so I was a little confused at first, but I figured it out eventually. Also, I think that the game could have benefited with a little contrast between the black background and some of the level entities (spikes and flag).
Nice work!

snowyowl says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 6:24pm

I love the graphics! Very Thomas Was Alone. The liquids especially, do more of those.

The puzzles were a bit repetitive - a lot of levels had challenges that I'd already seen and didn't add anything new to shake them up. Becoming a square to jump over a pit and becoming a rectangle to slide into a narrow gap became boring after a while.

in3orn says ...
Jun 8, 2016 @ 6:44pm

I know it's month after the event, but maybe you'll be happy to hear that you're in my top 10 LD35 summary list :)

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