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

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Cloud Sculptor

by Naca - Jam Entry

Clouds, shapeshifters by excellence, and you, the wind that sculpts them in a never-ending improvisation.

Controls:

WASD to move, mouse to control wind direction, left-click to blow.

Bugs:

- It may take 5 - 10 seconds to load, so please be patient.
- If you see some weird black squares on screen, reload the page, it's just
a strange bug.
- Some clouds may pop up suddenly, didn't know why.

About:

All art and coding made by me (Carlos Pérez). Song performed by Manuel Pérez.

- Engine: Phaser.
- Graphics: Gimp and Piskel.
- Audio: FL Studio.

Tested with Mozilla Firefox. Source code will be released.

Thanks for playing :]

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness81%
#260Mood(Jam)3.48
#313Audio(Jam)3.31
#329Innovation(Jam)3.30
#559Graphics(Jam)3.29
#793Humor(Jam)1.55
#976Theme(Jam)2.61
#1101Overall(Jam)2.54
#1122Fun(Jam)2.11

Comments

Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:49pm

Pretty fun game but it certainly didn't use the theme well though.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:49pm

The atmosphere is great- it's pretty fun to make clouds change and disappear, and it's a unique take on the shape-shifting idea.
However, I encountered a bug a bit after playing- my cloud-changing thingy somehow disappeared.
Still, scattering clouds around is pretty fun and calming.

Mikaza says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:53pm

Very pretty but i'm not sure to understand how to play !

Wan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:13pm

It's a very small toy, but why not: the idea is interesting, and could yield something really nice and abstract like Proteus was.

Except right know it feels a bit incomplete. If only the blue background was replaced with a moving/looping texture, it could have felt like a painting... But sadly, here it feels just like a solid color with a couple sprites on it. The cropping effect on the clouds is interesting though!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:42pm

What a nice little toy. I decided to clear the sky, and though it took a little while, I did it ;)

ixtiandr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:45pm

I've made bubbles by clouds xD

JHemmings says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:54pm

I like the ethos of the game, it's kind of like those feng shui sand gardens that people rake, there's no real goal it's just to relax you in some way. I think the only thing this entry was missing was some light music :D

Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:02pm

I think this is a true shapeshifting game with a good backstory too! I like the clean graphics and the humor.

I got swarmed by egg plants at one point, then things got scary. :D

Good work!

Naca says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:03pm

Thank you all for your useful comments!

@GrowthRateOmega Yeah, I just intended to create a calming atmosphere to stay a few minutes :]

@Mikaza There is not any goal actually :D

@Wan Very wise observation, I originally planned to add a looping texture to the background, but time ran out. I will do it in the near future for sure. Regarding the cropping effect... I think it's a bit weird, but there was no easy way to "erase" the sprites more softly.

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

it's very pretty and the music is calming, could definitely see some shapes in the clouds from blowing them around :)

Naca says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:41pm

@JHemmings I see you catch the point. But what do you mean with your comment about the music? Can't you hear it or is it that you don't like it? The game has music actually.

dunin says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:02pm

No goal destabilizing me.
But it was a zen and cool experience. Nice mood.

Millefey says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:50pm

At first I bugged myself out before I got to try sculpting anything but the second round went much better. I still didn't feel like I had much control but I think if you continue polishing this concept it could become a great zen game! Btw, I really liked the colour pallette you used, the clouds are very pretty.

Naca says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:59pm

@Millefey Thank you :) And yes, it needs some polish in general.

Larzan says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:10pm

Just one word: beautiful!
Not much of a game, a piece of art :)

Sheepolution says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:12am

That was really calming. It's a nice break from all the action games. Though it could use a bit more of a challenge. For example by having the player try to make a certain shape. In any case, great job!

merzlot says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:33am

It is not a game, but good relaxing toy. Good work.

JoseArias says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:09pm

Muy bonito y relajante. Puede ser el pie de algo muy interesante mezclándolo con más elementos :)

Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:16pm

Quite the interesting concept, and the mood was nice.

AnaGF says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:49pm

High innovation on this one. It is a cute little toy.

LoneStranger says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:10am

Interesting concept. I enjoyed the colors, shapes and textures of the clouds you made.

jk5000 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:48pm

Nice relaxing experience. Well done.

PentaHelix says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:52pm

To be honest, I don't really see the point to this as a game, might work as a strass reduction tool or similar.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:19am

I like seeing what unusual interpretations people come up with for the theme, this is a very original take on the idea. I have a major thing for clouds too :) It's strangely relaxing! I think one suggestion is that when you blow the clouds, the circular edge is pretty hard-edged. A blurrier edge might match the feel of the clouds better. :)

PS, thanks for your kind comments! Will ask the organizer about the audio entry :)

tomlum says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:52pm

Wonderful. Really atmospheric (no pun intended)

Naca says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:07pm

@kestrelgames Thanks for your feedback! I'm happy to find another cloud-lover :D The "sculpting" effect is not very good, I know. I didn't have time to improve it during the jam, so that may be future work.

SHLFStudios says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 2:00am

not too much to it. i think it could be a good concept if the cloud were more morphable. also, I'm on safari and couldn't hear sound, fyi

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 10:09pm

Naca: yeah I love ideas that are unconventional, esp when there are so many 'straightforward' takes on 'shapeshifting'. It's great to see something original :) (also we're prototyping a raincloud game, so yeah we really do like clouds haha (very different in approach!))


You could expand this idea into sculpting clouds on your phone by blowing into the microphone, perhaps?

BTW, added the audio category after discussing with Mike. Thanks for the encouragement on the issue :)

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 3:58am

Thanks sooo much! :) Please keep making more! The best part of LD for me is all the crazy imaginative stuff that comes out of it:) Should be taking part in the next one too, as I think our little team really grew a lot from doing this (first-time games jam too). PS, you should connect on twitter if you have it :) Cheers!

flummox3d says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:42am

It's like a mini zen garden, but with clouds :D Great work! :)

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 12:03am

What a delicate game! There would be a visual indicative of the wind, though. Overall, very nice!

Brice says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 6:36pm

Nice music! Piano and clouds always go together. :-)

TeamPoops says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 6:06am

So pretty and cool! Would love to see where this idea goes! Thumbs up!

miwuc says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 6:35am

I like the idea a lot, and the atmosphere is well done. I just wish the clouds would shift more, rather than just move and be masked by a shrinking circle :) But I can imagine it would be a lot harder to do (especially in 2-3 days).

blinry says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 8:29am

It's a nice little game, and it's a very original take on the theme! Well done! :) The music got bit repetetive after a while.

pirate_shell says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 11:45am

As a little mood piece that you were supposed to kill a few minutes with, this worked rather well. I have some reservations critiquing it, because it doesn't aim for the things that most other LD games do, but I will try to give my thoughts within the context of what it was trying to achieve. I enjoyed the graphics, although some kind of texture to fit with the painting aesthetic for the sky would have been nice. The concept was pretty simple, but I enojyed blowing the clouds around for a little while. Maybe some type of game mode where you have a goal would be nice for a future version. The music was nice and calming and I think it fit rather well. I'm not 100% sure how this counts as shapeshifting, as to me it felt more like positionshifting of the clouds. It was pretty cool for what it was though, so I congratulate you on that!

Allthebees says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 2:40pm

Really beautiful, but also I feel like there is a lot that could've been expanded on. I would love to see some sort of story to go with the mechanic (maybe even a bit Pixar shorts stylee).

May 3, 2016 @ 8:35pm

Real nice cloud buddy! x

Sabina Lis says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 1:50am

This is a beautiful idea, since it's about mixing shapes it would have been nicer if there was a wider variety of clouds, and maybe more room to put them togheter and spread, just my feel on the game, nice experience!

pavel_insight says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 6:57am

Nice poetic idea.

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