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

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by matiasbontempo - Compo Entry

Create your path through a world of shapes and colors. But be careful, you can only walk on tiles that share at least one of those two properties with you.

This is my first Compo! So I'd love to hear some feedback.
Thanks for playing!

PS. My highscore so far is 223! Can you beat the creator?
PS2. I finally had the chance to fix those game breaking bugs! :D

Downloads and Links




qikcik says ...
Apr 17, 2016 @ 8:08pm

Nice :D

CarlosPidox says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 2:51am

Beautiful graphics

ougrouk says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:11am

I really like your game. It got potential for a lot of fun features!

XAND says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:12am

Very nice, however my game ended up crashing due to an unset value error or something like that, the error message was not helpful. Very nice.

BloodJohn says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:18am

beatiful mechanics. swipe is good for mobile game.

nickavv says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:40am

Simple and fun. Basic gameplay, but still tough to get a high score. As XAND noted below, I managed to crash the Windows version several times by pressing keys on the title screen. Clicking the shape to start the game seemed to work more reliably.

JohnGalt says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:46am

I love this neat and fresh idea. One thing to make it better is giving out an extra chance rather than a sudden death.

Casey Jordan says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 3:47am

Nice to see someone else in game maker! :D

This is fantastic.

Noticed a bug, though. It didn't detect a lose case when I was against the level edge.

Jukepoks1 says ...
Apr 18, 2016 @ 6:05am

I played it few times. Nice idea! great implementation of theme. I wish there was some music and sound effects though to make it more fun. Nice visuals love it! after the few times I played though, i got this error: :( it's either my computer fault to sandboxing it or it's in the game, dunno. I hope this helps!

dwhiffing says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:21am

Great concept, great graphics! Felt very polished, like a premium mobile app minus the audio. I think you could make an awesome finished product out of this, go for it!

srakowski says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 12:23am

Fun little game, well done :)

FerraWare says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:04am

Really cool game, pretty polished and clean for a compo entry. You should upload it to Google Play!

Best score: 45 :P

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:00am

Very cool Game. Unfortunately my game crashed sometimes:

action number 1
of Step Event0
for object Move:

Variable <unknown_object>.<unknown variable>(100008, -2147483648) not set before reading it.
at gml_Script_CheckGameOver
stack frame is
gml_Script_CheckGameOver (line 0)

Monklet80 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:23am

Very nice! Looks good, smooth action, and good gameplay.

Jin47 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:59pm

Awesome graphic! Very polished and the overall appearance is really pretty. The gameplay is great but maybe a little too easy to avoid being stucked (maybe it get really harder after a few time

Blobo says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:42pm

This was a lot of fun! Thanks for the game!

Dmitrix says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:51pm

Looks cool!

Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:07am

Hey everyone! Thanks for your comments! They are really inspiring. I am aware about those bugs and I'll try to fix them as soon as possible. You could download the game to your phone and the update should be there soon! Also, I'm planning on adding more modes or having some variants.

schizoid2k says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:19am

Very nice! I love the simple, but nice graphics, and the game play makes you think your moves. I scored 42! This game makes you want to keep playing.

Ayawaska says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:27am

It's like playing UNO ! Nice visual and gameplay. :)

Apr 20, 2016 @ 3:18am

Any chance of a web build? Looks really fun!

Ryusui says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 5:34am

Very nice. I do feel it's a little too reliant on random chance, but I love the concept and the amount of effort put into the graphics.

ShadowTemplar says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:57pm

A lot of fun! I enjoyed the game very much, I would love to see some sort of level completion in there as well as some more levels. I think the idea is original and I did play it for at least 15 min, so I liked it. Good Job! :)

bobismijnnaam says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:40pm

Fun game! I'm going to keep this around for when I get bored :D The mechanic is fun and addictive, but random enough not to hate it when you lose. It also looks really polished and plays nice. Good job!

JJJANEE says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:44pm

This is a great, beautiful little game. It interpreted the theme perfectly! The play was just fun and interesting. I love the easiness of the control and the flow was so smooth! The graphics was beautiful. This would be a successful mobile game! great job!

SgtBursk says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:45pm

Nice use of fading. Pleasing puzzle experience.

Louspirit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:50pm

The game is nice looking. Good! Would have liked a little music.

MegaBrutal says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 8:30pm

I never had a smartphone until recently, but the point is that now I have one – and believe it or not, this is the VERY FIRST game I EVER installed on it. :D

Nice to see an Android game, though I still miss a Linux port (yeah, Android is Linux too, but I meant Linux for desktop PC, like Ubuntu).

It nicely fits the theme, and I like the gameplay idea. Thanks for giving me a game that I can play on trains! ;)

Wefiends says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 11:42pm

Really cool concept. Felt good to plan ahead and try to make the longest chain possible.

Maysickdev says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:17am

Extremely surprised at how fun this is. Great work!

Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:48am

beautiful pixel artsy style and cool gameplay

gogo199432 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:26am

It looks so nice and clean! Oh and the gameplay is okay too :D

Adipson says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:34pm

cool game ! thks

Rulrite says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:57pm

Such a wonderful concept for a tablet/phone game! I'm really impressed; I could easily see this as a fully developed app (though of course, it looks very polished already).

Great work! You should be very pleased with yourself.

TheCain says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:11pm

This is a great puzzle game.
It would be even better if it had some sort of goal.

MiniBobbo says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:26am

This was fun and looks great. My highest score was 45.

Marjie62 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:21am


Simple. Fun. Surprisingly deep. I kept thinking I'd figured out what I needed to be optimizing for and threw myself a curveball (trapped myself in corners of increasing complexity) over and over. I'd love to write an AI for this game :)

The game's really nicely polished, I particularly love the way that things fade into view when you start a new game.

Having a big-but-not-infinite world felt kind of weird. I found myself wondering how the game would play as more of a pure puzzler, with just a few tiles in the level, and you need to get all of them.

Final random thought - I love how much room there is for elaboration on top of this base. There could be some statefulness to your shape (e.g. some tile that changes your color but not your shape when you enter it, or vice versa) to throw a wrench in any strategy that's based on simply finding the longest path in a partially visible graph.

Awesome! Wonderful!

Green Soda says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 5:53am

SHAPESSSSSSSS... appealing graphics, man! I like the simplicity (i know it really is not simple) ... and it allures me how it makes me wanna try again... VERY NICE PRESENTATION ... fantastic..

encountered a bug somewhere (Code Error, it says) but it's no biggie... i dont know how to reproduce it anyways...

this is one of my faves so far :)) simple graphics really is my thing

namrog84 says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:17am

great concept. beautiful game!

merzlot says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:25am

Nice! Clever mechanics and neat visuals. Good game!

Fabraz says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:11pm

Fun mind-bender to work with colors and shapes to mix-match them.

Naca says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:11pm

Really fun and addicting game! Congratulations for you first compo, it's an excellent result. I liked the clean graphics and I'm trying to beat your highscore :D It's my favourite one on the geometric-shaped approach.

Naca says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:47pm

I'm surprised by how much I like this game :D You forgot to add "current score" info when the game finishes. I can only see my highscore, but not how close I get to it! Keep working on it, it's a good one! Btw, my highscore is 100, not bad but I don't think I'll reach 223 :D

Togimaro says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:55pm

Cool idea and efficient gameplay!
The game has crashed several times like said before in the comments.
Despite this it's really cool! Good job :)
PS : currently my best score was 73 but I'll try to improve him ^^

Dreschler says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:47pm

Very interesting game, cool idea and mechanics. Keep working on it, congrats!

MementoGames says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:17pm

Very simple and pretty graphics.
It's very fun to play!
I think the grid should be infinite (or a different game mode). I got stuck at the borders many times. hehe
Some multipliers for matching the shape and the color would be nice too.
Awesome entry!

Llucile says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:56am

Really nice smartphone game ! Everything is working flawlessly and the gameplay is fun.
The rules are not really clear though.

cynicalmonkey says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:44pm

nice idea, but really needed some music or sound effects. while the mechanics are easy to work out for yourself the size of the level and the lose condition aren't so some explaining would be nice. its got a lot of potential for a mobile game but personally would of liked some way pf predicting what the next shape might be, it just felt random so it was hard to make informed choices when presented with multiple directions to go

sharrackor says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:49pm

Really good idea and good graphics!

humble_ray says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 4:34am

Beautiful game!

Apr 27, 2016 @ 12:30am

This is a really fun game, very innovative. I wanted to keep playing it.

AnaGF says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 11:47am

Nice mechanic, and very polished game. It is addictive.

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 9:54pm

Fantastic game. It's very polished and is a great idea. It's quite simple, but it does what it's designed to do very well. Some audio would have added greatly to the feeling of the game. Nice work!

guoboism says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 11:50am

Simple but fun!

Apr 30, 2016 @ 3:55pm

Good one!

puppetmaster says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 9:50pm

Very clever game! It seams so easy :-)! Keep up the good work!

Alphish says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 10:05pm

Pretty neat entry, though it could use more audio. An indication about the current score in the game wouldn't hurt, either. Also, you might consider making different distinction between various colours, so that colour-blind people can enjoy your game, too. ^^'

Aaranos says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 10:16pm

Site appears to be down, can't download.

Xanjos says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 9:15pm

Pretty simple concept but absolutely fun and addictive to play. Definitely one of those games that would translate very well to mobile.

May 2, 2016 @ 2:58am

Lovely and simple. Lots of potential there, and I love a good mobile game.

OnlySlightly says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 3:00am

Super cool concept and very well polished game.It really felt like a complete game. this was a very addicting game. This is something I could definitely see myself playing quite a bit on my phone. Really great aesthetic too. I especially liked the simple shadows.

3T3A says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 4:33pm

I can't acces the game from pc for some reason. I'll play the android version in some hours

SantiHisteria says ...
May 3, 2016 @ 6:15pm

Simple and fine mechanic! I liked it. Good work!

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