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

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Dr. Lepus - The Last Rabbit On Earth

by gurkenlabs - Jam Entry

This game was our first LD Entry. We decided to implement it with our self written plain JAVA engine.

You play as DR. LEPUS, struggling for survival in a world full of brain-hungry zombies.
DR. LEPUS constructed a sophisticated machine -THE LEPOTRANSFORMATOR-
to turn himself into a rabbit and live happily ever after. Unfortunately, the machine broke and wasn't able to turn him into a rabbit permanently. Now he can only shapeshift when consuming carrots.

By eating painkillers and drinking beer, DR. LEPUS is able to endure the strains of zombie apocalypse just a little longer.

Help DR. LEPUS salvage electric devices in order to repair the LEPOTRANSFORMATOR.
And remember....
AIM FOR THEIR HEADS! (That's no joke. you actually do more damage!)

MOUSE: aim
W,A,S,D: move
1, 2, 3: use items
ESC: ingame menu
PRINT: save screenshot

[1] Carrot -> Collect 5 to shapeshift
[2] Painkiller -> heal
[3] Beer -> Increase damage and range

You need to have JRE 8 installed in order to run the game.

- rewrote part of the help text ingame to provide clearer instructions
- fixed an issue with the mouse position on MacOS
- fixed an issue that caused the sound to switch from left ear to right ear and vice versa
- fixed an issue where the cursor wouldn't be drawn when the game screen was paused
- improved the rendering performance

fix sound lags

Downloads and Links




Khaoz_Fang says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:37am

I clicked in when I see the screenshot :)

error031 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:39am

Nice game, I really liked pixelart! :)

namrog84 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:40am

pow pow! i liked it! solid feel!

forgiv3nplays says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:42am

Very fun!

aegypticus says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:44am

Unfortunately, the mouse is really buggy in the Mac version. Not sure if this is my computer, or the OS X build. I'll be willing to play it if you can fix it (if it isn't my computer that is).

Apr 19, 2016 @ 1:45am

LOTS of enemies! I really liked graphics and sfx!

Wisedawn says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:08am

Really cool! Solid gameplay mechanics.

Dooskington says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:34am

Cool game. I liked the art. Super challenging.

lanestp says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:35am

Really fun! I had a little trouble with the controls on Mac but nothing I couldn't deal with. I love shooters like this, so, maximum props!

zaywolfe says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:43am

I get "Exception in thread "main" java.lang.UnsupportedClassVersionError: de/gurkenlabs/lepus/Program : Unsupported major.minor version 52.0"

on linux

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:46am

The game needs java 8 to run. What JRE do you have installed?

PeachTreeOath says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:48am

Amazingly clean engine, style reminded me of something like an 8bit Shadowrun.

Peter1992t says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:48am

Really nice minimal pixel art.

Hankenstien says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:48am

Nice graphics felt a bit over whelmed right at the very beginning, but it was still fun

Trickman says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 2:49am

Sound bugs after a minute or so. Also, it had almost nothing to do with the jam theme. Shooting was solid, though.

I think you need to insert some kind of invincibility for the player after taking a hit.

RafaSKB says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:09am

I survived for 4 minutes =D
Really fun, awesome art

zaywolfe says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:13am

@gurkenlabs Okay I got it to start by installing java 8. But now only audio plays and no window shows. Clicking on app running in taskbar does nothing.

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:52am

@zaywolfe Thank you for keeping on trying. If there is any error there should be a game.log next to the .jar file.
The content of that would be very helpful. What OS exactly do you use?

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 11:09pm

@Trickman why does shapeshifting into a rabbit have nothing to do with the theme "shapeshifting" ?

EstrelSteel says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 12:00am

Mac version was quite framey. I got stuck in a wall at one point.

F4KETHIS says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:19am

Pretty fun! And I really like the one liners that the zombies spout. The sound kept cutting out on me though, like there would just be no zombie sounds or gun shots.

2Bit says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:38am

Great game! Loved pretty much everything about it.

FatKarate says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 2:47am

Awesome voice over!

OrangePop says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 6:21am

Fun little game. I like the idea of the line shot, and the way it shakes the screen. That made it feel like my weapon was doing something. The music fit in well, I think! The only issue I had was that the voice-over would switch from left to right ear, and it would be nice to see more weapons. But I completed the game and had a lot of fun! Good work!

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 9:59am

@OrangePop thank's for the feedback. We just fixed the "sound ear switching issue"

TheCain says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:15pm

Very hard, but fun. I couldn't tell if the zombies kept spawning, or if there was just that many.
Were you supposed to transform when you ate the carrots, or did you need them for the machine? I haven't beaten it yet.

gurkenlabs says ...
Apr 20, 2016 @ 7:26pm

If you eat (5) carrots, you can shapeshift temporarily. In the plot, DR. LEPUS needs the device parts to allow a permanent transformation with the LEPOTRANSFORMATOR (not part of the jam version though).

josefnpat says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:27am

Sorry, I only had java 7 installed :(

Itay2805 says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:13am

Really nice game! Very fun!

ShadowTemplar says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:31pm

UI is very polished and the game is very fun and humorous with the use of fun voice acting

Arvydas says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:36pm

The work on polishing and ui is top notch, also really fun gameplay, outstanding audio but volumes needs some tweaking, great entry and nice job!

Hempuli says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:28pm

I liked the little quips from the doctor. It was sometimes hard to see how many enemies there were because of all the rubble on the floor, but the gameplay was solid and the various items very helpful. I want to beat this at some point!

Karai17 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:57am

Great game! A lot of fun. Fog of war was a bit too restricting, though.

pixel_maniacs says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 11:09am

Nice pixelart. A good entry.
Please have a look on my entry, too.

Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:13pm

A grandpa eating carrots and turning into a rabbit. Very good entry all round! Loved the musical themes :)

drazil100 says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 8:56pm

I enjoyed the artwork and the humor.

merzlot says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:52am

Great job! Love the sounds and blood splats after each kill.

Fabraz says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 3:29am

Smooth, crazy, fun. Little chaotic with all the visible healthbars though.

Rock Eaters says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 6:32pm

Very Funny game !! Really cool art ! Nice work !! :)

Imperial Unit says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 5:19am

Fun game. The screen shake each time you fired your weapon made it feel very impactful and rewarding. The pixel art graphics looked great as well.

QuexD says ...
May 6, 2016 @ 1:20pm

Great game! Very complete package with this one had a lot of fun with it and ended up playing 20+ min! 5/5

Pickens Inc. says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 11:18pm

This would still be a solid game if I were told you spent months making it! It was, I think, a little too easy to become surrounded, but it's a solid game with an interesting take on the theme. Nice!

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