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

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jelliskul

by cakeknuckles - Jam Entry

hello, and welcome to jelliskul!
this is our first finished game together, as well as our first ludum dare. we are pleased to bring you this silly little slime-raising game!
sadly, we didn't have time to implement everything we wanted (namely... that blue button), but we're still pretty proud with our effort.

game is controlled entirely with the mouse, and has 4 different endings.
it was made with game maker: studio and aseprite.
please let us know if you encounter any bugs!

thank you, and enjoy :>

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Ratings

Coolness98%
#142Humor(Jam)3.44
#169Mood(Jam)3.65
#184Graphics(Jam)4.00
#213Audio(Jam)3.51
#460Overall(Jam)3.32
#544Fun(Jam)3.12
#555Theme(Jam)3.34
#599Innovation(Jam)2.98

Comments

Smithiee says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:13am

this game was so cute!! good job :D

meganukebmp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:58am

squishy and funny little character.

HeliosStudio says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:00am

I really liked the cute graphics and the simple interactions work well enough and convey a lot.
I'm not really sure what changes the ending, and I was never able to click the blue button >.< but I still really liked it!

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:02am

thanks! and yeah... the blue button was another little section that we didn't have time to finish, sadly :<

serp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:05am

Very cute art style!

dcolgan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:16am

Interesting twist on the animal rearing genre, but I am sure you know that. Some fun unexpected features I liked. I was a bit disappointed because it said there were four different endings but I always got the same one. Maybe I was missing something obvious though.

Remdiky says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:21am

Nice ghost, but i dont understand gameplay.

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:22am

@dcolgan i was a little worried that that sort of thing would happen with the way we have it set up!
other endings are achieved by forgoing one of the 3 available activities, favoring one in particular. i think in further iterations that will probably change.

Just Tom says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:22am

The art is so cute and the music so serene!
It's such a good nutshell of an experience, nailed it.
And the ending is amazing!

Ghust1995 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:32am

Cute game! Shame it was a bit short. But the aesthetic was great and had some cool features.

Just a heads up, you should probably disable the buttons during the watering stage because when you click the buttons and leave the stage, you keep the ability to hose in other areas of the game. If you do it a few times, suddenly the foods cannot be clicked and the game has to be force exited.

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:37am

@Ghust1995 oops, thanks!

LordKawaii says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:57am

Really silly and cute. I loved it!

huminaboz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:57am

This game is cute as a button. I wore the rainbow beanie. Then it made me wet my pants.

Aaranos says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:19am

Well, that was a shocker. I think I got the bad ending haha.

Hankenstien says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:19am

That was fun. Started out not really understanding it, but once I did it was a cool concept. Great Job on the art!

Drusilla says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:24am

I guess it didn't like the pineapple. Super adorable, you guys did great!

celia14 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:27am

I love this kind of game - simple, charming, and surprising. I love the pixel art and it was really fun to play around and see what would happen. (My favorite ending is the cloud! So cute!)

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:48am

Great game, simple and charming with some nice art. You should release a .exe that isn't an installer though. It'd lower the barrier to entry as people are much more likely to run a .exe than have to run an installer.

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:46am

@RyanNielson ah, good call! i feel a bit silly now that i didn't know i could export it from game maker studio as a standalone exe... but now i know, and i just switched it out. same game, less work to play it. thanks for getting me to check on that.

wg_phancock says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:58am

I liked the tamagotchi feel.

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:12am

I found the art and mood so charming, even when things got a little scary! Nice work!

jollyserpent says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:02am

Got all of the endings. They are phenomenal! :D Lovely pixel art, the color scheme reminds me of Dropsy, great relaxing music. Great entry, loved it. But what was the blue button supposed to do originally? I'm curious!

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:27pm

@jollyserpent it was originally going to be a "play" option! i thought i would have time to do like a simple pong-like minigame, but the deadline crept up on us ><

tweedle says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:48pm

whoa, that took an unexpected turn! -t

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:07am

haha that's a lot of hats. He wouldn't stop ripping my heart out though :(

torcado says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:29am

i love the art! neat concept too, would like to see this worked on further

Rose says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:40am

This game is so cute (and sometimes scary!) The music fits well too.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:50am

Whoa, ok, that was some scary ending, totally unexpected. I loved it! :D Very well done guys, I hope this is your first of many other future games.

glaze_96 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:28am

So cuuute! :3

Lol, and scary! Got this tall freak with a beating hard in his hand. I actually jumped at that!

Great take on the theme and I love the different endings! Also, I really like the pixelart!

uvwar says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:03pm

Really nice color palette and graphics, I really love the grass! Not sure how to get multiple endings though, I kept getting the skeletonjelli one :(

pixel_maniacs says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:16pm

Oh no, I raised a skeleton killer! :( I love the art, really great work! You could obviously improve the gameplay, but I like the "tamagotchi style". Incredible work considering that this is your very first game, though. Hope you had fun, would love to see what you come up with for the next Ludum Dare!

If you have some time, it would be awesome if you could check out our game as well :)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:01am

The graphics were absolutely amazing!!! Super cute little game! It took me a little while to figure out what to do but we got the hang of it and had a lot of fun!!

josefnpat says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:25am

I don't really understand the endings >< Cute graphics and sound - @bytedesigning / Ashley

ragnta says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:56am

The game is cute, but I don't know What is the recipe of the different endings :(

LukeZaz says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 4:27am

Loved this game. Very relaxing and simple while still having enough gameplay and replayability to be more than entertaining. Got caught off guard by the first ending, but I also caught the rest and enjoyed finding all of them.

Strike says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:10am

Very cute !

Apr 26, 2016 @ 8:51am

I'm not sure if I really understood what was going on in this one, but I liked the little song and the sounds that went with the endings at least. The food looked kinda weird, but the endings all looked good. That simple, expressive art-style was perfect for the surprise endings.

The interface was clunky though; in particular, it was easy to accidentally pick food up right when you open the fridge door. I also think you could've done something else with the screen transitions to make them smoother, like having the transition go up from the bottom of the screen, then go back down when you're done with it. The endings would still be able to shock you but it wouldn't feel so slow.

I guess the seal-with-a-scarf ending is the "good" ending? I was only able to get three. The other two I saw were kinda scary, especially the one with the heart, but maybe if your goal is to collect hearts then that's the good one.

In summary: nice art, sounds, and music! I guess showing those things off is the real point of a game like this, so, good job with all that.

Omiya Games says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 4:23am

I thought the game was quite adorable and approachable, but the number of times I had to restart the game after hitting a bug was numerous. It's a bit of a fun-killer if the experience ended up being so buggy.

Kind of liked the dark sense of humor behind the worse endings. I dunno, they worked for me.

medidog says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 5:28am

The first shape shift I got was the bloody one, and was not expecting it.. :) gave me quite a scare :D Very cute graphics!

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