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Monster Shift

by swamppenguins - Compo Entry

Monster Shift
Run away from or blend in with the monsters, and reach your spaceship!
Blend in by shapeshifting into one of the monsters.

Press Z to transform into an Owlbear,
Press X to transform into a Displacer Beast, and
Press C to transform into a Quickling.
Press arrow keys to move around

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mikekreein says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:35pm

NEEDS MORE OWLBEARS! I like the art style.

Danman9914 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:36pm

Nice choice of monsters and great pixel art for them!

Saymon says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:36pm

Nice sprites, but the game is a little too short and easy.

Max Amaden says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:37pm

This game is absolutely brilliant! My animations seemed to glitch out a couple of times, but keep up the good work!

redwizard says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:38pm

I was a little lost at start. But nice job with the game

cmayhem says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:38pm

Really awesome! Very nice graphics and music and fun concept!

KodingNights says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:41pm

I bested the monsters. :-) A fun little game.

JNI says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:43pm

Nice sprite style, but the game is to easy and short. But you have time to add levels:D

Apr 18, 2016 @ 4:58pm

Pretty fun. Changing once you change into a quickling you suddenly can't change anymore which was a little annoying but the game is completely beatable without morphing. The baddies should be faster IMO.

ezombort says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:08pm

Nice gfx, nice music! I wanted to play more so a bit dissapointed when the game was over so quick :)

Rakowu says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:11pm

Probably the best part of that game are the cats spitting out the wool hank

SuperIzzo says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 5:21pm

It's a fun little game. I played it a couple of times and find shapeshifting unnecessary as a mechanic, it's supposed to add a stealth element, but the game can be easily beat (in roughly 30 seconds) by simply running around and avoiding enemies while searching for the ship, without having to transform at all.

To make it more relevant as a quick patch on the idea I could recommend greatly reducing the health to make players care a bit more and making the three races attack each other and not just the player, thus allowing you to explore safely in the protection of your allies while in the correct form, but punishing you a lot more while in the wrong one (especially if you make the speed of the player character less than the mobs'). If you want you could also take this further and add rock-paper-scissors e.g. something like Quickling beats Owlbear beats Displacer Beast beats Quickling so that you not only pick the larger group to join, but also consider which is the stronger group overall.

Good luck and keep it up :)

freeloader says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:19pm

The monsters look awesome! Nice music btw

Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:29pm

Great soundtrack and cute animals. It stopped letting me transform after a bit so I had to make a mad dash for the spaceship

yoel1234 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:56pm

its dnd!
i loved it played it a few times simple but awesome escape game. short and sweet.
the art was great and the soundtrack too.
great job its so awesome.

Wisedawn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:35am

Fun and funny!

undefinist says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:41am

Love the sweet art, music is pretty good too. However it's too easy, just running around.

Khaoz_Fang says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:42am

The art style looks really cool!

Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:42am

Welp, that was easy.

The music and art were both pretty good! I wish there were more to it than just, "You're immune to monsters when you take their form, and also you get attacked by the other two kinds if they're handy. Wander around a bit."

For example, different monsters could attack each other instead of just you. Also, the different monsters could move in different ways, which would give them a chance to actually catch you unless you can figure their patterns out.

I really like the ideas that are coming out of this one, and I'm finding myself going, "This game is something that should be fleshed out more," to a lot of them. This is another case of that. I'd go for it if I were you.

Cerno_b says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:27am

Great pixel art and music. I have to agree that shifting is not really necessary to beat the game. Nice idea though.

SeaDads says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:32pm

I just wanna live out the rest of my days as an owlbear!

danbolt says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:00am

The art is sweet. I really liked the variety in the monster types too.

This reminded me a little of the old free BSD game 'robots' you used to play in UNIX mainframe terminals. I'd love to see a unique spin with this concept and that game.

Chaoslab says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:57am

Nice little game! :-)

APantaloni says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 3:23pm

Simple but fun and the music is very nice.

josefnpat says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:21pm

Nice and some, fun game! I love the graphics as well!

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:19am

great artwork - the game could use some more something - great job

Rock Eaters says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 9:41pm

cool but i always become someone dinner after the first level

SpringCabal says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 5:48pm

I was laughing the whole time, soo much fun. Seriously funny stuff! The animations were great and very fun along with the music. I laughed soo hard when the displacer beast coughed up a hairball!

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