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

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Shape Shooter

by jbasinger - Compo Entry

Invaders are attacking, but only certain weapons are effective!

Shapeshift your ship to kill incoming aliens.

WADS or Arrow keys to move
Mouse Wheel or 1,2,3,4 to shapeshift
P to pause

Leave a comment of your best score!

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w1n5t0n says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:23am

I had a lot of fun playing your game.

srakowski says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:32am

Neat mechanic shapeshifting ships to fire on certain types of enemies, well done!

Crown Games says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:34am

This is by-far one of the coolest 2D Ludum Dares I've seen

candlesan says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:27am

Many things to like. Good audio. Good explosions. Good use of theme. Cool patterns formed by the enemy ships as they fly around.

qikcik says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 7:19am

Good Game :D

Baknik says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:37am

I like the idea, but it feels rough trying to switch to the correct shape when there's multiple types of ships on the screen. At that point, there's no motivation to switch to either shape when killing either will net the same reward. Hopefully that makes sense?

LudumAnthony says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:41am

Good game, the enemies don't really look like the ship so it's a good thing you colored the projectile so I knew which one to use ;)
It's definitely much easier using 1234 because you can skip over certain projectiles you would have to scroll through with the mouse. I suggest using j k l and ; as the buttons though, so they aren't above WASD.

BigBrother says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:32am

Wow! This is actually really fun, I love how you incorporated the theme! I really liked the animations, too. 8/10 -me

Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:35am

This is the best game i have played so far. the only thought i have is sometimes its hard to figure out what "shape" you are. but thats me nit picking. all in all, very awesome game

pkenney says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:44am

Wow, is that stereo panning I hear?! And those explosions are great, I love the effect from blowing up the ships.

This was fun, I didn't get quite to the point where I was effectively hot-swapping weapons when I faced mixed waves, but I was doing pretty good with the basic swaps. I liked that it was a little more than I could handle with the tougher stuff.

Nice entry!

Khaoz_Fang says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:10am

GG,very cool 2D art

chrras says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:02am

Your game is fun, but maybe a bit same-y. Some variation would be good, but your game is still quite good :)

Dreschler says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:21am

A classic type! :D

bigpan says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:01am

Man, you game is really fun, i could play it for hours, simple, but effective, very good sound effects. Well done!

schizoid2k says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:01am

Looks nice, it has potential. For me, it was a little hard to tell which shape I need my ship to be in order to kill the aliens, but the concept is cool.

ChummyWinds says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:46pm

Nice twist on the generic shooter scroller! It was hard to remember which shapes were which buttons at first but actually it was very rewarding once i got the hang of it!

Green Soda says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 2:15am

i like that retro feel!
I suggest some variation would make this awesome-r :D

megalukes says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 5:35pm

That was a joy to play. Great game.

Fantasieleben says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 7:26pm

A fun game!

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