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

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shape, LeSS

by medidog - Jam Entry

A game about a kid named LESS, who can shapeshift for a little amount of time to collect all the other atoms around to be able to survive and help his family.

CONTROLS:
ARROW KEYS - navigate
SHIFT / Z - shapeshift
SPACE - skip dialogue

*IMPORTANT NOTE: The download links for the POST-JAM are on itch.io website, shown down below, if you would like to see any further progress from now on.

**Anyone who is interested in the process of making this game, I will share some tips soon, so please follow me on Twitter: @medidog, or my Tumblr Blog: http://medi.dog

**UPDATE v0.01d**
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Fixed movement of Less, now a lot faster.
Fixed all being stuck at any dialogues.
Fixed atoms not being saved when you dispersed.

Added one more safe spot (checkpoint).
Added a moving platform next to Grandpa, which suits the narrative better.
Added mobile controls for Android version.
Added a second input, "Z" key, for shapeshifting.(Apparently "SHIFT" key on WebGL has a bug)

**UPDATE v0.01c**
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Fixed shapeshifting animation can cause a loop or stuck in the death animation.
Fixed dialogues to be auto-triggered which causes shapeshifting stuck sometimes.
Fixed particle problem on WebGL.

**UPDATE v0.01b**
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Fixed slow walking.
Fixed UI, better fit to the LD35 website.
Fixed the little rectangle, replaced it with current shapeless characters.
Fixed slow shapeshifting and UI bar. Fills faster, no more waiting and boredom

Added music.
Added a little bit of story.
Added input SPACE to skip introduction dialog.

Credits:
@medidog - Nabi Hamdi Mortan.

All artwork and animations and the level created within the 72 hours. Used photoshop for the entire artwork, used single brush (Kyle T. Webster's Claude brush.) Animations are made with Animator and Mechanim in Unity5.

For mechanics, Corgi Engine for Unity5 is edited to implement the 2D platform mechanics.Used a lot of google search, unity forums and stackflow to change and implement the code.

Music is "Jellyfish in Space" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under CC 3.0.

I hope you enjoy and thank you for your comments and feedback!~

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#154Graphics(Jam)4.07
#354Mood(Jam)3.34
#479Theme(Jam)3.43
#492Humor(Jam)2.54
#661Audio(Jam)2.33
#737Overall(Jam)3.03
#878Innovation(Jam)2.62
#904Fun(Jam)2.65

Comments

zookatron says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:31am

Nice straightforward little platformer! :) A little low on the innovation, but well done. The graphics were quite nice.

There were some issues, like that I seemed to be able to get stuck in the walls in a few places, and I got pretty confused on where I was supposed to be going sometimes, but nothing too bad.

I have to say though that the mechanic of needing to wait for your shape-shift bar to refill wasn't very fun. There's nothing particularly exciting about sitting there and waiting for a bar to fill up for 5 seconds. Maybe it would be cool if there were enemies or something to keep you occupied while you waited?

BrianSChung says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:38am

I appreciate the art style.

pogo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:47am

I really love the painterly art. I wish the movement was a little faster

medidog says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:09am

@zookatron @BrianSChung @pogo Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedbacks! I would definitely work on it and make the suitable changes for the post-jam link I will share later! I really appreciate everyone's input!:)

Red_Fan games says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:44pm

Good platformer,sometimes I would get stuck though.

SojaBird says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:31pm

I think I am missing something, I can't get past the first bit.

Pretty fun concept where you change into a baloon (?)
Nice art style with the glasses changing position looks fun :)

No audio though :(

tayl1r says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:42pm

Not quite sure why I'm dying :(((

Cool idea tho! Nice art.

Syldarion says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:46pm

It was pretty easy to get stuck in this game. And it wasn't obvious how long I could stay shifted.

Hyoga-3D says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:49pm

Nice idea, I just think that the my energy needed to replenish faster, nice entry thought.

Lady Beardo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:50pm

Love the impressionistic quality of the art!

medidog says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:02am

@Lady Beardo @Hyoga @Syldarion @tayl1r @SojaBird @Red_Fan games Thanks for your comments! I will fix the issues with the colliders, hopefully it will be much smoother. There was no time for me to find an audio, but I will be also adding it soon. I will also make vaporizing energy that is showed on the top bar a little faster so that it won't be that annoying! :)

nickavv says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:10am

The graphics are lovely, movement is a little too slow, and I couldn't see the bar at the top when playing in the embedded player, so I was poofing a lot and not understanding why. Good job overall though

state550 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:14am

It's a fun little concept. My main issue was the wait time between refills on the shapeshifting meter, but other than that I enjoyed it! (Although at one part I fell through the floor)

guoboism says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:11am

Beautiful graphics. The floating state is funny!

urfbound says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:15am

Nice art! Scales well when going to fullscreen. Fun and polished entry! Nice use of the theme as well. Great job!

ohmaigawd says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:10pm

I really love the graphics here :) I just wish that the movement speed was a bit faster and that I wouldn't have to wait for my shapeshift to recharge all the time. Maybe the shapeshift could refill to full when you land?

Overall it was a nice game. Good job!

Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Lovely art style, very beautiful! Oh, don't forget you can opt-out of Audio if there's none.

kestrelgames says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:48am

love the painted style! I kept getting stuck on the bit after the start (when you have to rise up). I think if the waiting and the movement were sped up it would help the gameplay a lot. Great art, lovely presentation.

Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:23am

This game has some cool concepts. i like the art style. feels balanced as well

medidog says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:47pm

**UPDATE** At last! Thanks to everybody that played the game, I was able to fix a lot of the issues that were mentioned in the comments (UI, speed, music etc.) and I noted down everything up there including controls. I also was able to add a little bit of a story in the game! :) btw @nickavv @state550 @guoboism @urfbound @ohmaigawd @lightspeedlucas kestrelgames davidcmcdonald thanks again for your comments & feedback, I really appreciate it!

medidog says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:56pm

Also in the last version, there are two missing particle animations that are showed as black particles, will right get to it for the next update that I will publish tonight! Thanks for your patience! :)

Llucile says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:16pm

Beautiful graphics !
I wish I could rate this game but something seems to be wrong : my character is always dying the first time I shift shape since I can't shift it back to its human one. :s

medidog says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 6:55pm

Hi @Llucile SHIFT kinda works as you push it keeps its form and when release, it has to go back to its form. So if you are stuck, where were you stuck at? Was it when one of the dialogs triggered? If so, you can skip the dialog by SPACE BAR and then shift to go back to your form. If you can let me know, I can fix this! :)

iossif says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:10pm

i kept the browser tab open for a long time so i could listen to the nice music some more :)

medidog says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 12:00am

Thank you @iossif, really appreciate it :)

medidog says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:10am

@Llucile Fixed the issues,updated the links you should be able to play it now :)

jakass says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:34pm

Very good art! :D

KappaIX says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:32pm

Good art and a nice mood.

Well done!

muraisama says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:38pm

Overall a solid game, a little slow paced but it did fit the theme.
Also the artstyle and controls are nice :)!

mitya1234 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:38pm

very cute platformer, but i think that i've got some bugs while less holds his atom form and can't get back his body. Is it a bug or not?

FistBumpGames says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:52pm

Loved the art. There is a lack of difficulty and not having music is also really influencing my experience. The mechanics worked as expected, but were a little slow, espacially flying upwards and walking. The painted look is really nice, but maybe a bit more work into gameplay and music would boost the mood!

Greetings, bruz

medidog says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 10:19pm

@mitya1234 The jam version does not have that bug. I will get to it once I can figure out what is the problem. @FistBumpGames The post-jam version has audio and faster walking and flying if you want to check out :) @muraisama @KappaIX @jakass thanks guys!

apalade says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:45pm

Very nice artwork! The movement is a bit slow but overall the mood is nice and relaxed.

Good job!

Freank says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:17am

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

Sabina Lis says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:29pm

I liked the art a lot

Alphish says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:03am

I quite liked the art style, as for audio, Kevin MacLeod did a good job, too. *whistling* Story is somewhat interesting and adds to the game.

The gameplay idea is alright, but mechanics often fall short. People mentioned getting stuck, which happened to me once, too. A more serious issue would be slow movement (played the embedded version, don't know if it should have it fixed or not), but most importantly, I can't quite grasp the rules and objective of the game. It seems whenever I lose all "health" I go back to some checkpoint, but I can't quite see where the checkpoint is, and were constantly going back to the spot right when leaving outside, with 150 atom points. So, even though I'd like to record my progress after getting some difficult atoms (especially the one to the top-right of grandma, aaarrgh), I don't know how and keep going back where I started. Even then, it seems like not all atoms recover where they should. I have no idea what to do with atoms to complete the game, either...

So, it's a game I'd like to like, but I can't quite figure it out to do so. ^^'

Apr 24, 2016 @ 5:08pm

Fun art style!

puppetmaster says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 9:49pm

Great mood. Love the introduction. Beautiful background music. Keep up the good work!

Llucile says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:16am

I was able to play it a little bit more, but still not up to the end.
The first time I played, the first time I used the shapeshift power the character wouldn't go back to its human form even if I released shift or pressed the space bar.
This time it worked just fine uptil the dialog just after the character tells about his brother, I experienced the same issue : I would release the button but the character wouldn't shape shift.
I'll try again the desktop version. But apart this issue, it already looks like a pretty solid entry ! Music, puzzles, graphics, gameplay are really good and there is even a narrative ! :D

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:19am

A bit slow movement wise, but I love the art and background audio.

Freank says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 8:00am

p.s. i'm still waiting it :D

medidog says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:57pm

@apalade @Sabina Lis @Alphish @waveformmodulations @puppetmaster @Llucile @KairosXIII thank you so much everyone, you guys rock on feedback :) I will consider the comments and feedback and tweak more to finilize the version for 0.1d. Will move on to 0.2 to add more complex levels, puzzles and longer narrative and an achivement system for picking up atoms. Will only upload the game on itch.io from now on, and this version will be fixed here for anyone to try! ( will also add an Android version for people who would like to try on mobile )
@Freank So sorry! I will upload it today after fixing some final bugs and slow movement :) Thank you so much for letting me know!

medidog says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:25am

New update, comes with itch.io and gamejolt pages, along with the final bug fixes. Also Android build arrived for anyone to try on their mobile devices.

One thing I want to mention: I had to add "Z" key for shapeshifting along with the "SHIFT" key since there was a bug in WebGL that prevents "SHIFT" to be released automatically. So make sure to use "Z" instead of "SHIFT" in WebGL if you do not want to stuck around! :)

medidog says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 5:28pm

@Freank I opened up an account & replace the download page as this page, I hope that is OK :)

ryjcio says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:50pm

Pretty interesting! Your art is flawless, man!

I was so upset there is no ending, which means there is no goal at all :(

whilefun says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 1:19am

This game has some of the best graphics I've seen for this ludum dare. I wasn't totally clear if there was an end game or not, but had some fun trying to min/max my shape shifting distance and collect the atoms. :)

Thomas Olsson says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:03am

great mood, great graphics !
to bad to not have more levels and an actual real goal

Lumicgames says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 6:53am

Nice artstyle and a cool concept.

gelisam says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 12:36pm

The lag on the WebGL version was unbearable, I gave up after pushing my first block.

In the jam version, which button corresponds to "A"? I couldn't figure out how to interact with the small monolith.

Gord10 says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 5:07pm

I liked the idea and the musics. It could have sound effects, though.

JayProg says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 2:30am

Really great art and music in this one, great job!

medidog says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:52am

@gelisam, unfortunately was unable to add the "A" functionality in the jam version, while I switched the "A" with "Space" in the post-jam version. I really recommend playing the post-jam version, if you want to explore more.

@ryjcio @whilefun @Thomas Olsson @Lumicgames @gelisam @Gord10 @JayProg Thank you so much for your lovely comments and feedback! I didn't have a time to add a goal other than exploring all the environments and talk to every shape in the game to understand more about it, but I will have a full narrative and a goal for game's full release!

flummox3d says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:54pm

Really nice atmosphere and flying around is fun. Nice work! :)

pixelpotions says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 8:30pm

Very beautiful game.
I really dig this kind of artwork, and the gameplay can get a bit confusing when talking about the direction you may follow, but this freedom isn't a problem after all!
I loved the endry, good job.

AnaGF says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 10:05am

It is a cool game, in my opinion it would be better if you could see more of the scenario (right now it is hard to know where you are going) and maybe make the shifting form a bit faster.
Good job overall, art and story are lovely, by the way!

Satyre says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 12:10pm

Music and graphics add to the atmosphere of the game and are the main motivating factors to keep playing. I would like to have more control of the gas shape instead of letting it fly up. This would make the game feel a lot better. Great work :)

MementoGames says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 1:38am

Beautiful art!
I found it a little slow paced with the timer to shapeshift, but overall it's a really nice entry!

medidog says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 7:01am

Thank you for your comments @flummox3d @pixelpotions @AnaGF @Satyre @MementoGames,it was my first ludum dare and I really appreciate everyone's feedback on this :)

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 7:41am

sooo lovely! or this more need to say that it full contains some heal feeling and let me think/feel what i have been felt when ijust was a child...(a little bit hard to describe,it seems that not only words just like "great art"or" good ambient" could describe....) i think this effect may becasue the story(although short) music and artstyle all mix in a great balance! *(this ambient music choose great!)

Watercolor is also a nice choose,i had seen serval times people use this type style in LD,but you are the best until now... otheraspect, i once also built a similary character with the same tech(unity animation,i use 4.6) so when i see "less" ,there are also some kind feeling in my heart. i also found that your built the hero's leg animation very smooth and natural,this very nice!(also so curious to know how you built it)
otherwise,you really give a good consideration for the fall animtaion..in the jam version, i most like part in this scene is just the moment when i falling to the Bottom and the text-ui pop up one by one!(with the rising wind) the feeling really beauty and just like i am flying! i think this may worth to expand or explore in the future version...of course, these subtleties animaiton of the hero and these cute bottom-block's disappear both let me feel pleasant surprise ^ ^
then the post-version also played,realized the level have so many new change~ also have more new subtleties effect/detail, unexpectedly a little bit hard than before haha~ i think ,the camera's offset may a little bit too quick, because,for me, i like to left right right lift(suddenly left; suddenly right)when i am flying(shifting),so, the camera will so shake and blast!ToT another point about UI-item(i also saw it has new built in post-version) ,Did you see there are some dark-red in the energy-bar's bottom? I found that it always let me feel my bar is just near to empty(maybe because the "real water" in the bar was more weak contrast than the red in the bottom of it)

Maybe that's all~:P finally i really want to say that so happy could found your game in this LD, it gives me a period of relax time~ Cheers!

medidog says ...
May 7, 2016 @ 2:02pm

You really touched my heart by your kind words @Tanton-H2X, I really felt the same kind of feeling when I was building those auto pop up activated one by one.. I am so happy to hear that from you too ~ I would be happy to share how I did the animations. Unfortunately I was so unexperince on this LD and did not think about recording my process. Will try to do it in the future, cause I think it could be helpful to anybody. But I think I can still share the source for the animations so anybody can examine them in unity Animator window. I always failed on walking animations in the past, so I observe more and more how people walk and how it affects the first impression of their personality. And I still think they are really hard to achieve in animation. And you had given me an amazing detailed feedback about UI and gameplay, which I agree on all the points you made. These would be very useful for me for its full release. Please also feel free to add me on Twitter: @medidog and send me a DM if you like! Again you made my day, so happy to see your comment ^ ^

I also want to thank everybody who gave me any feedback on this game, every one of them was so helpful to get me to gave a post-jam link and a decision to make it a full release. Please feel free to connect me via my Twitter account @medidog about updates in the future.

Rock Eaters says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 1:34pm

very nice graphi, very relaxing it works well with the music and gameplay :) It ould be a bit longer but its a really good begin ^^ i love fall up and down great sensation

Tanton-H2X says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 1:32am

wow~ thanks so much could get your reply ! have just found this! (fighting with bugs hole day at yesterday tot nearly not online QoQ)
your reply and the selfless sharing spirit very kind and let me delighted alot + feel highly honoured! 。◕‿◕。 Huge Love it!

i will contact you with twitter( also very honor and thanks alot for your first visit in twitter!happy)
trust i would study so much and get new enlighten from your animation file~ also i think i could be a new opportunity to use new version unity~!

cheers and best wish~

TheCain says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 4:22am

Simple enough. You probably shouldn't put a death trap where you put the credits. I didn't read them in time.

DesignerNap says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 9:06pm

Solid entry and looks great. well done

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