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

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DBCEC210 Survey

by subpixel - Jam Entry

"Sign up with the Survey Department and discover new planets!
Thousands of opportunities for the brave and the willing!

Note: no red shirts, we equip you right. Swing by the armory to get geared up on your way out."

Press X to fire, and use the arrow keys to move. You will have to click once in the window after the game starts to give it the keyboard.

Thanks for playing my game! This game was made in my new free all-in-one retro 16 bit game jamming tool: the Super Jamicom. Come try it out at

About the theme: I really wanted to see if I could squeeze out a little "show, don't tell" narrative in a few hours from scratch. I hope you've enjoyed my little play and can spare me a vote!

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Per says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 10:52pm

Cool game with a surprise twist!
Detected some minor issues with projectile collision detection.
Also, a very cool initiative with that engine/jam tool.
Nice work!

Munchy2007 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 11:57pm

As Per says, very nice twist! Great sound too.

Very nice.

megalukes says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:23am

Great sound, mate. I was not expecting this twist. The atmosphere of the game was really well done.

pzeronow says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:24am

How do I open gates? Tried F, E, Enter but no luck. Graphics and sound FX look amazing.

ginger9 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:39am

Too short but amazing.

subpixel says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:41am

Thanks everyone!
Per, yeah, I cheaped out and didn't write any collision filtering so there are a number of dumb things going on. Mea culpa!

Megalukes, thanks so much. I'm still working on the sound module for the imaginary console the game is running on, so I really appreciate any indication of progress there. I've never given audio engineering proper time; if I'd known that building sounds from oscillators was so much fun before, I'd have done this years ago!

pzeronow, you just shoot em :) A lot.

matt beckett says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:43am

Well done!

subpixel says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:43am

Thanks ginger9. I totally agree, I had a whole set of levels planned, but this weekend just wasn't meant to be. Life, right?

So anyway, I shoved the ending and the beginning into the same screen and called it a jam. I'm glad you enjoyed it anyway ^__^

GAFBlizzard says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:15am

I can't figure out what to do after switching. :( I herded everything to the ship, and herded everything to the energy, but neither does anything, nor does pressing X.

subpixel says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:08pm

Thanks for playing GAFBlizzard, I'm afraid I ran out of time and that's all there is. I wish I had time to at least add a fade to black and reset after a while.

bigbatardyt says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:57pm

What a twist !

James Coote says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:09pm

Really enjoyed the game, though not sure whether I missed something at the end, or whether the twist was just it. Would love to play more post-twist game in any case.

The general audio levels were just a bit too high / grating, or was that intentional? Also I'm another one who took a minute to work out how to get through the doors.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:22pm

I like the graphics, but shooting in the right direction was hard while fleeing from an alien. The sounds are nice too, if you don't die...nice twist :)

Karai17 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:56am

Great game, very interesting!

SeaDads says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:15pm

Pew pew pew! Yay! ...awww :'( Like the overall style, the engine's cool!

joemid says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 4:40am


Apr 30, 2016 @ 4:12pm

Really liked this one, graphics and sound are fantastic. Interesting twist at the end, a great entry.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 9:35pm

Nice game, its a goood twist at the end , but is there antway to come back to normal ?

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