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

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by Pecolyte - Compo Entry

My first Ludum Dare. And sorry for my pool English.

The game is bacially a platformer. Round to move and square to stop, switch between them to make progess, stop in the light to complete the level.
Staying on different ground will change your 'material' between wood, ice and earth(yeah, earth, not stone), which will vary the controlling.
I tried to make some BGM but end up making only three sound effects.
Some levels are pretty hard, even after I adjusted the platforms...anyway, enjoy!

If you get stuck and want to see other features, you can watch playthrough instead

Added the drag of the sqare mode as @HoldMeImScared, which will make it much easier, I think..
Download here

P.S. Special thanks to SoM(fall_ark), without whose videos I wont be acknowledged of Ludum Dare.

Downloads and Links




Apr 17, 2016 @ 10:16pm

I got as far as the 2nd level where you can transform into rock. I died somewhere among the long sequence of grass jumps.

I like your concept, and the powers (though I did not get to experience ice). I also liked the floating instructions in relevant places when introducing new mechanics :)

The controls are a little tough, though. It's not easy to predict how far you'll move, which makes planning jumps and stops difficult, which can be an issue in a platformer.

It almost seems like it's based upon platform length, as I'd slide for days on long platforms, but could sometimes manage not to fall off a small one. I spent a lot of time on the first earth transformation level just trying to get down the 1 tile gap, even on later attempts.

I'd suggest toning down the amount of sliding, at least for grass and earth platforms, and see what can be done to make movement more consistent and predictable to the player

That said, congrats on your first LD! It's my first, too. Yours is a cute little game, with a good concept, and it feels very nice to finish something, doesn't it?

pkenney says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:07am

Excellent first compo entry. Cool concept and great look.

The controls could be smoother, I had a lot of frustrating deaths where I meant to do one thing, but another thing happened.

However, the positives of game made up for that!

I did hit a difficulty bump in the second level another commenter said, but I pushed past that and got to the last level. I nearly beat it, but I couldn't quite get there.

Well done!

Linver says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:33pm

Nice idea and art!
But controls is VERY hard. Every level have *I cann't stop into this light problem* xD
But really good feel of adding new features.

hijomo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:23pm

nice concept. I think the core idea is really cool,

Inateno says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:34pm

Hey, nice job. This is very innovative and I really enjoyed it.
But I've got some problems with controls, it's hard to jump when the ball is rolling sometimes it does sometimes nop.
Got stucked on level 3.
Anyway Well done, and very good for a first compo entry

Fabraz says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:22pm

A perfect example of a simple, but intriguing concept that with time could be pushed much further! (Y)

ougrouk says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:15pm

Nice game overall, but controls are really hard.

adam says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:52pm

Really clever use of the theme. I thought there was the potential for some interesting puzzles but I guess you didn't have time to explore it as much as you would like. Ice/water seemed to have too much flexibility compared to the others which made the final level feel too much like a regular platformer (although it was a relief after trying to accurately judge all the grass circle jumps!)

nlbi21 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:08pm

Nice game bro i like graphics, sounds, game mechanics. It is simple but challenging, very good job really has potential.

Henry00 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:16pm

The only thing that is a little sad is that it's really finicky to get into the beam, sometimes took me nearly 2 minutes to finally stay in the light.

chriiis88 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:54am

Interesting concept and I especially like the idea of using fire to get a water blob.

It's also quite funny that this

> pool English

is about the only mistake in your description :) Don't write something like that. Your English is fine.

mightymarcus says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:59am

It's a simple but nice game mechanic. And it plays really well. It's one of the best entries I've seen so far, this is really playable and makes fun.

RealityCheck says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:07am

I thought this was a great game. Using simple mechanics and clear rules, it made for some very interesting puzzles. Only real problem I found was that sometimes when being an icecube and wanting to touch fire to become water you just became insta-killed instead of turning to water. Was especially frustrating in the last level.

Graphics did the job. Pretty minimalist in the sound department... could've used a little background music. But, overall - I enjoyed this game enough to make me NEED to finish it. Good job.

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