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

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Shape-Shifto: The Reckoning

by MeritLeave - Jam Entry

Experience the explosive new art game that critics are calling "AN EMOTIONAL TOUR DE FORCE".

In this collective spiritual successor to Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction and the legendary Chrono Trigger, will you shapeshift to defeat the single enemy in a perfectly square room... or die trying?

Yeah I ran out of time on this one, sadly. First time ever sitting down to make a game, so it went about as hilariously as you could imagine. Submitting what I got done for posterity!

Dude can absorb purple shots; bird can absorb orange shots. Absorb 10 shots to regain 1 HP. Bird can only shoot in mid-air, and with less range, but can jump a lot higher and quicker!

I plan to continue working on this entry, in the hopes of eventually turning it into an actual game based around the idea of a single lengthy boss that shapeshifts into various forms as it takes damage, getting increasingly grotesque. That was the idea I originally had for this. Then it just kind of turned into Shoot an Evil Box.

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MissVioletVi says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:15am

Excellent, I love your positive attitude. ^-^
I came up with a similar idea, a big shape shifting boss.
I'd like to see the finished version if you ever complete it. :)

Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:23am

Small scope is hardly a bad thing for LD ;) I see no problem with it just being one boss in a room. I think it's worth expanding on as you plan to.

I had a huge grin when I saw the boss. It just made me so happy. What it did when I died made me happy. Everything about it made me happy. Placeholder/programmer art can be pretty charming ;)

Your titlescreen is a masterpiece.

Thank you for sharing this, and I hope you have fun continuing work on it :)

Somnium says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:53am

I loved the graphics and sound. The basic elements are in place, I can't wait to see what you'll do with them :)

qikcik says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:14am

Good Game :D I had a great time :D

themadknights says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:43pm

This Ikaruga feeling is awesome!And the boss battle is nice :D, maybe more patterns should be good :P but wow, good job.

nlbi21 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 1:26am

Nice game bro, lol i love the pixel art, this character looks like i did xD.

geekguy100 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:03am

Cool! I like the animations for the character. The fight definitely felt like a boss fight.

Apr 24, 2016 @ 2:09pm

Nice idea. Would be good if the character colours were more distinct (I'm assuming I couldn't figure out which I could absorb due to some colour-blindness... until I let myself get hit by some). Really like the idea of colour shifting to absorb shots. You could do some bullet hell type patterns which would be fun. Nice job.

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