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

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by Klaas - Compo Entry

So the story ... you are a shapeshifter, crash-landed on a planet consumed by the eternal war between Cats, Mice and ... Cucumbers! You, understandably, don't want to stick around on a planet with cucumbers walking (?) around. So you need to collect shards of your technology to escape! But you're injured - a little bit woozy - so your shapeshifting is a bit all over the place! In fact, it's completely random!

The mechanics! So there is a central triangle ... Cat seeks Mouse, Mouse seeks Cucumber, Cucumber seeks Cat. With the added complication that whilst you're in your alien form ... everything seeks you! Also, Cucumber flees from Mouse, Mouse flees from Cat ... and yes ... Cats flee from Cucumbers!

If you are in Cat form, you better watch out for those Cucumbers ... but Mice and other Cats won't hassle you! But ... don't be too bold ... because you could change at any moment .. into any thing!

Click or tap on the screen to have the shapeshifter follow your pointer!

Please, enjoy!


Build using HTML5 ! So it should be playable on OSX | Windows | Linux AND Android | iOS ... however I haven't optimised the same to use the whole screen, so it's a little awkward!

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laFunk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 1:31am

LOL so silly! It took me a while to understand the mechanics. Made me laugh :) Cheers!

Jod says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:14pm

Very solid graphics and animation, well done! The sound really adds a lot to the game, and the humour in the descriptions made me laugh.

I couldn't really figure out how I could shapeshift. Maybe add that to the description above?

Gamepopper says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 9:35pm

Definitely a bizarre entry, but fun as well. The graphics look pretty good and the challenge of going through the area with the rock-paper-scissors mechanic is quite entertaining. Great job!

maartene says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:53pm

Interesting game, but I found it quite hard. It's very crowded and unpredictable. Perhaps with more direct (WASD) controls it would be easier?

spiffl says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 8:58pm

Fun!! It's a nice idea, and the slight momentum/weight in the player icon following the mouse feels good. If I had a criticism it would be that sometimes (or a lot of the time) the enemies are very close to the player right at the start of the game, so my first few plays I died nearly instantly before I understood what was happening. It would probably be better if the game started with an empty screen, but enemies entered the screen shortly after. Aside from that little issue I enjoyed the game a lot, good job :)

Jun & Pate says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:00am

I've never been so embarrassed by a cucumber lol. It's very difficult, but I enjoyed the concept.

TeamScripta says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:30am

Haha! That was fun. The mouse follow felt very good and natural like @spiffl said. I only have one critique which was that when my mouse left the canvas, I couldn't regain control when I moused back over the canvas. I got used to it though. Great job!

sadenly says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:55am

Very interesting and fun game! But it is very difficult. My average game lasts 10 sec :)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:39pm

Cute little game!!! The graphics rocked and the sfx were cool too! Nice Job... (I did die as soon as I shapeshifted... before I even had a chance to move. Maybe make it where you have two seconds after shifting to escape. just a thought! Nice game!

cacciatc says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:27pm

This was fun!

Klaas says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:53pm

@spiffl, enemies appearing slowly after the game starts is a great idea! I had implemented a radius around the player to prevent enemies spawning too close, but it seems like it wasn't big enough! @TeamScripta I was planning to have the game fullscreen to try to prevent the mouse focus issue, but I ran out of time. Thanks everyone for your kind words and critiques!

LOSTALLOY says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 7:47am

I like this a lot; it made me very happy that there was an end to the game. Well done!

Stechas says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:29pm

I didn't survive long maybe around 20 seconds, but that dramatic sound when I ve got killed by cucumber is priceless :D

sepharoth213 says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:39am

It was pretty fun trying to unearth the mechanics.

marmpa says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 12:58pm

Nice game.REally liked the three kind of forms you could take

LeReveur says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 8:00pm

Ha ha, I like WTF games, and this one is simple, and works well. Good job ! :)

GodsBoss says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 6:15pm

Great game! So simple, still so good.

May 1, 2016 @ 11:12am

Great, it works on Linux! Sometimes the player refused to go to the shard. Interesting idea, not sure the mechanic works, as the enemies are quite random and the best strategy seems to just avoid everything.

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