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

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by Polyknight_+_dragonGlitch - Jam Entry

You are a bouncing baby caterpillar, soon to make their transition into adulthood! Yet, not everything is as it seems...?

Talk to your dad, inspect things, and eat stuff to progress the story.

Move - WASD or arrows
Interact - Mouse, left-click/space

One guy from PolyKnight Games and a gal from dragonGlitch Games.
@GodJammit - Code & Audio
@GamesOfSummer - Art, Script, & Some Code

Hope you enjoy, critique welcome!

NOTE: After a nap, I un-commented some experimental code and swapped out a font. It didn't crash so I uploaded it. You can find the original submission via the link too.

NOTE 2: Got a comment about the Mac build not Rendering. Uploaded a Universal Mac build, which might help those on older Mac systems. If you're still having problems it's likely because you're on an older system that is either not 64-bit or has really old OpenGL versions.

Downloads and Links




MandolinQuinn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:50am

This was amazing.... thank you so much for making this

Remdiky says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:51am

hahah) very nice character)))

ChummyWinds says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:55am

Wow that was intense. The art, music and movement of the characters totally set the mood in such a spectacular way. Just wow. nicely done.

Drkr says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:57am

Fantastic job on the mood and graphics, really visually appealing and intriguing.

Kitty553 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:02am

Jesus Christ, that was absolutely amazing! The first 5/5 game I've played so far. Holy Crap!

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


This was a very sweet and dark story. The dad locking me out crushed my heart and the bad dreams stopping was really eerie. The skinny malnourished moth and the dad's cruelty was sad, yet when it showed how sweet and kind his moth dad was it cheered me back up, just to be bummed again. This game made me feel. Why can't he tell his mom though?

Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:31pm



Scope. But we also use phrases like "everyone is gone." We had planned to write the mother and father to have similar outcomes.

I'm really glad people are enjoying it, I've never done a story focused game and it's heart-warming that it's even slightly effective! ^_^
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Ken Ichi says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:28pm

Awesome art-style!!!!

fprawn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:35pm

I really wanted to play this, but couldn't get it to work on my mac. Both versions did the same thing: Displayed a credits page, then played music over a mauve checked background.

The music was good, and I appreciate having the opportunity to use the word mauve, so thank you for that, but I'll have to check back later to see if there's a fix so I can score it.

teamross says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:39pm

love the art!

ThommazK says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:41pm

What an amazing entry! Always good to see some good narrative stuff. :)

Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:05am

This is really beautiful. I love the art style, the music fits really well, and the mood is fantastic. Just really, really awesome.

Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:12am

Beautiful narrative game. Definitely succeeded in pulling those heartstrings. One of my favorite entries!

AnaGF says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:18am

5/5 game. Great moving story, it made me feel sad (and sort of relieved when I saw Moth Dad...)

celia14 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:22am

Gorgeous! What a great example of a small number of simple but well-executed pieces coming together to form an even greater whole. The game, art, and audio all came together to support the story - I loved how you can feel the difference between the bouncy, carefree caterpillar and the hesitant moth. I definitely see it as an intriguing, bittersweet coming-of-age story.

EdoMiyamoto says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:35am

Very nice mood and design, story was excellent

Sean says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 1:37am

This is one of the most adorable games I've ever seen! Even just moving around was fun, and the contrast made the narrative even better.

Loved every aspect of it!

01010111 says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 4:15am

Wow holy crap! The art and audio are probably the best I've heard this LD! :D Great work!!!

Wefiends says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:18am

Beautiful colors & a very interesting concept! Cool way to interpret the theme, it felt like I was shifting my shape as well as shifting my perspective of the two dads.

pirate_shell says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:49am

This was a fantastic entry! I really enjoyed the art style and music which I felt set a mood that was similar to a fairy tale. I also really enjoyed the story of it which was a great take on the theme. It was happy and touching at the same time. I also adored the little touches you had, such as how frantic the movement was when you were a baby lol. My only gripes are very minor ones such as the fact that the checkerdboard pattern wasn't amazing background filler, in my opinion. The game did also get a bit repetative in the middle. Other than those very small things you did a superb job!

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:59am

i really enjoyed this! the graphics and audio were really stylish and atmospheric, and i felt pretty invested in the story. the mood that you set was intriguing, i went from being relaxed to more and more on-edge as the game went on, eager to see how the story panned out...

nihilaleph says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:05am

Nice story! Art and music are great! Though the checker board background almost gave me a headache...
Also I felt the movement too slow after you hatch... I mean, I understand that you don't just run around like when young, but still, just to walk to talk to Dad seemed to take some time...

Anyway great entry!

Inateno says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:56am

Wow this was intense. "Bravo" for this game and the story even if I missed something at the end.
The art syle is uncommon and I love it.

Chikoness says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:10pm

Very chilling towards the near end, what happened?! Which one is real?!

Great atmosphere and mood, great storytelling, really enjoyed it overall. Amazing job you guys!

iceburg7 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 7:48pm

This was really wonderful. It was interesting to think through both scenarios of what was happening. Also, in many ways, it was a good portrayal of being a kid. Great work.

medidog says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 2:19am

The story was captivating and you guys set the mood very well. Good entry!

Marius says ...
May 10, 2016 @ 11:07am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! We're realizing a video with several winners of the Ludum Dare #35.
Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description

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