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

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Aftertile

by LOSTALLOY - Jam Entry

///////////CONTROLS///////////
Once inside a wall, you'll BECOME A TILE and you must find a place to rest. Wait some seconds and a space bar will flash at the bottom!

- WSAD or arrows to move
- Space bar to rest
- Green orbs fully heal!


///////////CONTEXT///////////
Aftertile for LD#35 #LDJAM

The ghost needs to find a place to rest, by turning into a tile while inside walls and becoming one with the environment.
There's a special place to find rest, though, different from the others. That would be the best place for this ghosty ghost. You just need to get there.

Features: Multiple endings, squashing boop sounds, cute ghost!


Special thanks:
LittleSadNerd (http://opengameart.org/users/littlesadnerd)
Led (@ledgamedev)
Jo (@sorcerystory) and Jen (@estirdalin)
Marcelo Fernandez (http://www.marcelofernandezmusic.com/)

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness79%
#203Graphics(Jam)3.98
#253Mood(Jam)3.50
#338Innovation(Jam)3.29
#415Overall(Jam)3.37
#455Humor(Jam)2.61
#592Theme(Jam)3.29
#730Fun(Jam)2.88

Comments

Klaas says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:41pm

The ghost is so cute! I love the death animation too! Very cool effect!

pjimmy says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:42pm

Visually stunning, very cool sprites and animations

Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:47pm

Nice and moody. The animations are beautiful! But.. do the orbs do anything?

APantaloni says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:54pm

Good game! I especially love how it looks and the main character animations. The music is also nice.

Wefiends says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:21am

I wasn't quite sure what to do, but the animations were cute. I'm not sure how a ghost dies, but it looks scary.

FelixNemis says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:31am

This is cute, and it's nice and fun too, good entry.

Pietdagamer says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:25am

Very fitting background music.

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:02pm

Hi everyone! I've updated the game's description with more info on the game and controls. :D

davisan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:03pm

Very cute game!

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:37pm

Hi guys! Thanks to everyone for playing and for giving feedback! We've just deployed a new build in which we fixed a bug that prevented the healing orb to come back.

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

The game looks very interesting but I honestly can't figure out what to do! Space bar to rest? It doesn't seem to do anything for me. And when I move into a wall and become a tile... what does that mean? Nice graphics, music, and the idea of transforming into a tile is interesting, but could be a little less confusing.

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:53pm

Hi there! Thanks for you feedback!
I've add a bit more explanation to the description of the game, as follows:

Once inside a wall, you'll BECOME A TILE and you must find a place to rest. Wait some seconds and a space bar will flash at the bottom!

The ghost needs to find a place to rest, by turning into a tile while inside walls and becoming one with the environment.
There's a special place to find rest, though, different from the others. That would be the best place for this ghosty ghost. You just need to get there.

local minimum says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:19pm

Very nice experience, floating around in and out of the walls. I found some special green things and collected a few but I think I was doomed to haunt the world and walls for all of time as I seemed not to find the resting-place.
Really nice animations on the ghost and I liked the zoom-in effects of the camera too. Great work.

cowboycolor says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:31pm

Very cute! Love the health being displayed as opacity and the ghostly sound effects and smushing against walls <3

RafaSKB says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:40am

Awesome game and amazing art! It feels like cheating when you go into walls, which is pretty cool haha

Roland M says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:43am

Great, just the music a little bit annoying

hellojed says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:47am

Wonderful art!

ccollider says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:57am

Great job on the sounds and ghost art! I picked up a bunch of green things, but never ended up finding a resting place. Oh well.

TeamScripta says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:27am

one word: C-U-T-E

retrograze says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:30am

5 stars all around. Beautiful game, great concept, great tie in to the theme, and addictive gameplay. Well done.

TeamScripta says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:34am

one word: C-U-T-E

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:39am

A fun game, love the graphics!

GFM says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:42am

The ghost is really cute! I specially liked the "getting into the wall" animation.

Until reading your comment, I thought the only two endings were getting to the special place or dying. Nice little touch.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:50am

super cute visuals. I couldn't find the resting place, haha. I thought the player was supposed to hover over the spot that matched the pattern on the tile and then press space?

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:57am

this was super cute! the graphics and animation were very nice and i also really enjoyed the audio.

medidog says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:00am

very nice graphics and animations! I figured out how to rest and find peace but it actually killed me :D

Foxtacy says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:03am

Hahahahah very well polished!

Even though i might be very dunce because i didn't beat level 1 XD

Drusilla says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:05am

Yay, I got halo points for her. I want to make an amigurumi of the ghost (is there a name?).

Jungle says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:07am

O like so much the animation and art of ghost!. So Cute!!! *___*

Casey Jordan says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:41am

Found the resting place. :D

As others have said, the sprites are on-point.

nextreality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:07am

I really liked the graphics and animation for this game, and I liked the ability to go through walls (gotta avoid those spikes!). Overall a nice game!

Nolocality says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:20am

Awww...even in the afterlife we all gotta take a load off now and then.

Came for the cute ghost...stayed for the quotes. Nice fitting music to.

Nice entry you two.

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:35am

Pro: Everyone's said it: cute. Great use of color scheme and negative space. I was genuinely surprised when i squeezed thru a wall for the first time.

Con: Easy-- I spent 90% of my time in the walls. This seems to be the obvious choice for safely navigating this space and it got a little boring.

BitDare says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:56am

Simple but had amazing graphics and fun music. Had a great feel.

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:54am

Very cool take on the theme. Art and animation are nicely done.

mrStrings says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:09am

Now I want to hug a ghost!
That's some pretty neat animation over there. The controls feel good, even though I found some collisions with spikes frustrating.

Good entry overall, congratz!


And hey! If you are interested, our entry is in my teammate's account: you can play WolfBit here:
http://ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-35/?action=preview&uid=87729

Guess it has some level of pun in the name just like yours haha'
It's darker though.

Raptorij says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:35am

sad

mitya1234 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:33am

Very cool graphics. Reminds me cave story author works.

derr says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:46am

"Cute Ghost!" - True, it's adorable! I agree with Weeping Rupee, after realizing the tunnels were really tight, I spend most of my time in the walls.

Kazetsukai says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:55am

Cute :) Really liked the mood.

yoel1234 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:57am

the animation and art are good the ghost is very cute.
it has potential i realy liked the gameplay idea.
but you abused the spikes mechanic, i couldnt finish the game and got frustrated.becuse i thoght it was cool but couldnt finish it.
for a competition i think you shod make a game trhat would be easy to finish even for the most chalenged player.
overall i gave you a good score because i can see you worked hard on it.

yoel1234 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:59am

ok didnt know i can go trough walls until i read the comments so cool, i might be able to finish it!

rodobodolfo says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:21am

I didn't really know what I was supposed to be doing but it played well and looked awesome! It reminded me of a Gameboy Colour game. The music was pretty pleasant as well.

blockdroppers says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:49am

Very nice looking game. Was a bit hard

pirate_shell says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:18am

A solid entry. I enjoyed the cute art and that and the nice music set a very good mood. I couldn't quite figure out the point of the game, but that might have been just me being dumb xD Overall, good job on your entry guys!

Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:56am

Very good game, graphics, sounds and mood. :)

bryGPO says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:27am

The ghost is *very* cute!!! The animation for squishing into a wall is beyond adorable. The music also adds to the charm of this game.

Unfortunately I couldn't understand what to do exactly despite the description. I tried finding places where the tile would seem to fit into the level art, but nothing happened. I'm probably missing something.

Great entry!

Gromek999 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:38am

Very neat

fatsopanda says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:42am

I found the shapeshifting mechanic by accident and I wasn't sure what to do with it at first. Finished the game on my 4th try. Cute artwork and an interesting mood. The game can be a bit confusing for the first timers.

fullmontis says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:08am

I love the detail of the death animation! The gameplay is original and interesting and the graphics and the music are charming, I think the only think that could be improved is the level design which is quite linear.

Mekuri says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:52am

I managed to find two endings- One of them simply by "dying".
I found the game a bit confusing at first, but I think I kinda got the hang of it. The graphics and animations for the ghost was good, and the death animation was.. interesting as well :-)

I managed to skip a part of the level by simply staying all the way at the top end moving right,- This was not possible all the way through though, so maybe it was intended?

Heiky says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:10pm

Loved the animations, really well done :)

lanestp says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:03pm

Great entry! Very fun with nice controls and good concept. Great job!

draq22 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:11pm

Cute and professional look game!

ThommazK says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Super cute visuals and a fine take on the theme! I really like this one.

RockNRedPanda says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:24pm

Really cool game, cute AF ghost, nice melancholic music.

Had fun playing it! Great job.

torcado says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:38pm

nice mechanic! i like the ghost's art and animation

Multiplexor says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:54pm

Great game! Very nice graphics and perfect ambience!! Some more directions on where to go would be great! :)

Keep up the good work! :D

nopogo says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:54pm

Very nice art. great sound. interesting concept but didnt fully grasp the idea

Sabina Lis says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 10:53pm

Loved it! The music, the art, the fact that you can go through walls :)

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:28pm

I enjoyed the music!

TiByte says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:15pm

Very nice game, but it's quite hard too, or I'm just too dumb!

JohnnySix says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:18pm

Like the way he squashes up into the walls before poking through. Great stuff. :D

leo_p_mahon says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:18pm

Great art style and an interesting mood. Gameplay fits the theme well. I feel a lot for that little ghost.

Odyssey says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:15am

Cool game, nice graphics, but it was kind of confusing

tsedate says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:50am

I couldn't figure out how to find the special place to rest, but that's okay. This game is beautiful, though, and I like how big the ghost is compared to its surroundings. The big, cute ghost coupled with the music made me feel like I was very fragile, which was good!

solkar says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:31pm

The style is quite good. But I don't understand where I have to go to get any of those endings.

MiniBobbo says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:43pm

This was fun. I didn't realize that I could go into the walls for the first couple playthroughs, but after I figured that out I was able to travel around pretty easily.

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Hi everyone! Thanks a lot for you feedback and kind words. Currently we're working on improving a few bugs that happen here and there.

I really appreciate all your comments! There's a possibility that we will continue with this project from here, and we will take all your comments into account to make this game more fun :D

Thanks again!

luvShape says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:11pm

great job!

muraisama says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:26pm

Aww such a cute game, loved tha animations and sounds :)!
I really like the idea of squashing the character to fit in some places heh
Was a bit difficult, but it's the right amount :)!

Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:47am

Very cute graphics and nice concept! I just couldn't find the right place to rest? haha

siryakko says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:12am

That concept with those cute graphics can go really far. Thanks for that entry

Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:13am

Ghost guy looks cute and the animations are a nice touch. Loved the death one, thought it worked really well in the context of the game. Did have issues with the resting in the walls as a tile like others but overall thought it was a nice entry with the music and art working great together.

Chaoslab says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:21am

Enjoyed it! Thanks. :-)

markusfisch says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:43am

Fresh idea! Liked it very much! And it looks, sounds and plays very good too!

DSSiege11 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:18pm

Super pretty graphics! Quite an interesting idea, I really enjoyed playing this.

bytegrove says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:41pm

Nice idea, but it felt like its execution could've been better. I kept trying to get the tile I turned into to match the tiles beneath me but nothing happened. Then, at one place I saw an empty spot where there should've been a tile and I tried placing the ghost there and that worked. But the tile that I had turned into didn't match the one that was missing, so that left me a little confused. Really interesting idea though and the graphics and music are really good. Worth developing further, for sure! :)

Avant-Marde says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Very nice! Played a few times since the description mentioned multiple endings.

I don't know if there was some bug, because I was a bit confused as to when and why the resting icon would appear, because the first time I played I obviously didn't know where the resting places were or what they would look like at all, so I tried randomly pressing it sometimes.

Apparently it worked inside a wall, and the quote that appeared had something to do with death, so I actually wondered if it were some sort of game over.

The second time the icon appeared once inside a wall and I moved a little and it disappeared and I was never able to get it to appear again. Then I finally found, for the first time, what I suppose to have been the only intended resting place: graphics that actually looked like a door and where the icon would consistently appear.

Did I stumble across bugs the first time, or did I misunderstand something?

Anyway: moving on!

The graphics were very nice, as were the animations. Nice touch with the camera zoom near the green orbs, too. Music and sounds were neat too, so how come you've turned off ratings for the audio category?

I guess a ghost might be considered a weird choice, since I would've expected those to be able to move through walls anyway without transforming, and also it's a bit strange to be able to die again by taking damage considering ghosts are generally dead already, but that's a minor nitpick. :p

The level of floatiness to the controls might've been considered bad in a different game, but I think it worked here, especially since the game was pretty simple and it would've been too easy to avoid the spikes and die otherwise. The level of risk it added made it feel really good once I finally reached an orb, because I'd usually taken some damage before getting there.

Simple but compact and polished. Liked it! c:

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:18am

@bytegrove We wanted to add a mechanic that would give points to the player based on where they chose to rest, but we didn't have time D: Because we wanted to keep the tile assigned random, but still work it out by giving an implicit challenge of finding a more "fitting" place to rest. Thanks for the feedback!

@Avant-Marde The icon disappearing and never appearing again might be a bug. We will investigate! It is supposed to appear a few seconds after you've stopped moving as a tile.
We turned off the audio category because the music is not ours. We bought an 8bit music pack some time ago, and found this music fitting to Aftertile.

The idea that the spikes can hurt the ghost is that all the spikes are former ghosts who died there without having found a proper place to rest: that's why they can hurt the main character.
Thanks a lot for you feedback! We really appreciate!

jordgubben says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:10am

The ghost is adorable :D

Freank says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 1:58pm

Hi, nice game ! We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on indiexpo.net ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

SHLFStudios says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:37pm

great looking game!

StrayCat says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:14pm

Nice Game, it was fun. I could not rest in peace

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:33pm

@Freank Sure! Go Ahead!

Riftpoint says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:47pm

Good entry. Loved the art style

mooncalf says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:03pm

Great sprites. Mood was great. A very nice entry.

AnaGF says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:06am

At first it is a bit hard to figure out what to do, but it is a cool game.
Graphics and audio are extra cute.

Fabraz says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 3:00am

WOW! Talk about a lot of comments! Deservedly so, as this is an adorable character design with a fun idea for... Platforming? Floatforming? Shiftforming? Um... Either way, great job indeed!

devanswilks says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 5:53pm

Really nice game!
Plus some of that art isn't too bad ;)

RttStudio says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 7:26pm

Very nice graphics. Simple yet fun game :)

freeloader says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 6:01pm

Beautiful entry, great sound and graphics.... it lacks a bit on objective gameplay... but it was a very relaxing experience...

kaovhmf says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 4:19am

Cute looking game with nice art and animations! The wall entering mechanic kinda looks like a bug to me.. May having different kinds of walls would help a bit.

Apr 28, 2016 @ 1:17pm

hi! i loved the art in this game, it was adorable.
i didn't quite know how to get more than one of the endings, but this game was pretty enjoyable.

i also uploaded a video of your game on youtube!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiM2d7KlNpQ

Rock Eaters says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 12:04am

this game should have existed when i was a kid with cga monitor ! Really nice pixel art and ambiance !

Joshsimard says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 7:50am

Awesome concept!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 7:08pm

I like the graphics and I like the ghost that you control! :) May the mechanic is a bit confused... I think a improved would be write some info in the screen sometimes. Good work.

Apr 29, 2016 @ 8:40pm

Sorry, I don't get it. Cute ghost though.

Brice says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 6:40pm

I like the music a lot, it reminds me of Wizorb.

Spiria says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 3:31am

Great animations and sound in this relaxing game. Love the squishy feel of the ghost. Made it to the resting place on my second try.

geekguy100 says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 10:49pm

Awesome graphics and animations.

May 4, 2016 @ 4:09am

Really cute ghost, nice graphics at all.

But... once in the random tile form I could travel long distance trough the black sprites. I am not sure if it's intended, but I totally avoided the spikes traveling this way :p

syst3m_ERROR says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 6:27pm

Really cute graphics, and awesome art style and animation!

tomlum says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 11:55pm

Delightful. I love the idea of the multiple endings, with hitting the spikes enough time even counting technically as an ending. Also beautifully animated.

RyanNielson says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 12:10am

Great graphics and pretty good music. It wasn't the most fun game I've played, but it was a great overall package.

Acuity says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 12:47am

Music was nice, and I liked the ghost sprite.

flummox3d says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 7:13am

Very cute style and interesting idea. An all around 5. Awesome job! :)

Yword says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 7:40am

Really interesting idea and cute! Well done!

NightShadow0 says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 4:03pm

Cute artstyle, if a little inconsistent. It was not apparent to me at all that you could go into the walls for the longest time, the level design did not reflect that, there should probably be an impassable passage earlier on. Once i accidentally figured that out i found no reason to ever leave the walls for long, so the difficulty disappeared.

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