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

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Dustin Finamore

by fin_nolimit - Jam Entry

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You are a shape-shifting (errr... more like stretching) Swedish Fish just trying to get some pizza! The goal of the level is to collect 12 pizzas! You have to try and avoid Eye Twitching Eddy and few different spikes! Use the arrow keys to change directions. Some blocks allow you to STOP stretching while others don't. Once you pass a checkpoint, you can press that number on your keyboard to go back there at anytime.

My daughter Jasmine Finamore (10 years old) drew all the graphics while I did the coding. This was my first Ludum Dare!!!!!! What a ride it has been. Thank you so much for checking out our game!

***POST JAM Fixes... fixed glitch with music and added a tutorial

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olkeencole says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:40am

I enjoyed the art and simple mechanics. The sound gets a bit annoying after awhile tho. Quite fun!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:40am

The web version has a slight glitch/lag when you hit the checkpoints. If you're okay with that then the Web version is your choice... otherwise, download the Windows version for the best game play!!! :)

PeachTreeOath says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:42am

Haha this is pretty trippy. That's a shapeshift alright.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:42am

@olkeencole Thanks!! Yeah, I ran out of time and could not decide what what music to put with it. I was trying to clip the song but I could't do it in time :( Thanks again for the feedback!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 3:43am

Thanks PeachTreeOath! My ten year old did all the art work!! I'm a crazy proud pops over here!! :)

AngerFork says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:11am

Fun game, well done! Love that you got your daughter involved as well, super cool!

norseware says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:18am

Simple, I liked it! Nice pixel art for a 10 year old too - It's nice that you included your daughter. The sound effects felt out of place at first, but they grew on me. Nice job :)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:37am

Thanks AngerFork! Yeah we had some really good moments. She said she was really anxious when she went to school today because she was not sure I would finish it. I had to rush on the sound... should not have waited until the last minute on sound!!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:37am

Thanks norseware! I WISH I could redo the music! I had to rush on the sound because i was running out of time. I appreciate your kind words though

Tater_hater says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:36am

That sounds like a lot of fun making a game with your kid! It turned out pretty good!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 5:44am

Thanks Tater_hater! It was a blast! I'm exhausted now though. lol

stefvanschie says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:42am

This is quite challenging, I like that.

Apr 19, 2016 @ 6:42am

O got a little addicted on it! But i think it should be easier to dodge some obstacles! The song is a little loud and i couldn't notice the sound FX. a nice game! It reminds me neon cat! =O

KhaoTom says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:24am

Surprisingly difficult. A lot of charming artwork. The audio is trippy. I like it.

Munchy2007 says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:08pm

Fun game, and good job with the graphics.

tentacode says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 4:54pm

Dat acid trip XD

Fun moment anyway! A bit laggy on some particle effect but good job !

gglyptodon says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 7:35pm

wow...that was an experience...

Larzan says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 9:35pm

I love the idea and the gfx and mood, reminded me of the 'Monty Python Flying circus' game (which i loved).
Really lovely implemented, top!
Some problems with the particles (almost froze the screen) and checkpoint arrival.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:50pm

Thanks Larzan for your kind words. The windows version has no glitches like that and I'm reading up on HTML5 so I can fix the sound checkpoint problem. Thanks again for checking out my game. You rock

GaryS says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:00am

This was pretty fun... loved the crazy graphics and it's a pretty unique mechanic - hitting the blocks to stop stretching before an enemy gets you. Cool.
I couldn't figure out how to get past the teleport blocks on section 3 though. :(

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 12:33am

Lol yeah the portals were fun to make!!! ****HINT**** THERE ARE TWO PORTALS on the bottom that take you somewhere. One good and one bad... :) thanks for playing our game and for your kind words. I'm going to check your game out right now

Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:22am

Love the colorful landscape and vocals. Great job.

fenwick says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:38am

This is so cute and it's so awesome that you worked on this with your daughter. Her artwork was great. Fun too.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:11am

Thank you so much Persimonn and Fenwick! Yeah, working with my daughter on such a massive project was really amazing. It was funny too because she had so many bizarre ideas in the beginning (we planned it all out on paper the first 3 1/2 hours) and I kept throwing those out... and then said this one and I was hooked!! So we went with it!!!

Broxxar says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:47am

Thanks for sharing on stream! A lot of fun! But damn those Shurikens.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 4:05am

hahah.. You guys are super cool!! I was nervous watching someone else play a game that my daughter and I spent three days and almost no sleep making!! lol but it was cool that you guys did that

Apr 21, 2016 @ 8:58am

The artwork is adorable, props to your daughter :)

I struggled to get past the moving enemies as they'd hit my tail and kill me, but it's okay because every instance of "Sugar Explosion" made me giggle.

Congrats on your first LD, and definitely keep doing this together :)

seitnerk says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 10:56am

Your daughter did a good job! Nice little game! ;)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 1:05pm

Thanks Seitnerk!!! I just checked out your dog&cat game and I was blown away!!! Fantastic job!!

psychomonster says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 2:04pm

You and your daughter made a good job. Nice idea to involve the family to such a project. The pixels are very cute und colorful . Nice ... hope she will participate the next ld again! It is very challenging too... I enjoyed to play this!

Aurel Bílý says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:14pm

It's an okay entry, but it's really too buggy (at least the web build is). Phasing through walls, not teleporting, etc. Also it feels pretty unfair and tedious to reset all the pizza slices every time you die. But it's good you've enjoyed the jam!

Arvydas says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:30pm

The game mechanics are really clever and innovative,but they could have been implemented better, overall a nice game, good job!

Oliver_MB says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:42pm

Amazing! Awesome graphics and crazy audio. Good job! :)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:55pm

Thanks Oliver!!! I'm headed out to your game right now!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 3:56pm

I appreciate the feedback Arvy and Aurel. This was my fist entry and there are so many things I need to change but all in all it was an incredible experience

Weeping Rupee says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:01pm

This game is a mad man's dream.

I have two kids myself and I wonder what crazy sprites they'd come up with...

Nice work!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 7:09pm

Yeah that was the hardest part... letting her design the game on a white board!!! Lol its funny what kids can come up with!!! Thanks for playing!!!! I'll head out to your game check it out too

Hempuli says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:28pm

Amazing! I loved the "YUMM-M" sound effect and after some initial confusion the game mechanic itself was really solid and interesting. I'd love to see a larger game made with this mechanic!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 9:55pm

Thanks Hempuli!!! I'm going to head over to your game and check it out. My daughter and I have talked about possibly making this into a "real" game but I guess that just depends on the interest over the next two weeks. We are currently working on a huge project (have been for months now) so this has been a fun break from that!!! :)

Klaas says ...
Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:08pm

Yum! I love this game! It really makes me smile! Initially I wasn't sure how I was meant to get past the spinning dudes, so I died a few times, but I managed to figure it out! You and your daughter did a great job!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 2:39am

Thanks Klaas!!!! yeah, I really think I need to have like a quick five second tutorial at the beginning that goes away after your first turn. Thanks for your very kind words!!

Chaserbrown says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 4:59am

Good job! It was a bit confusing at first, but I enjoyed it once I understood! :)

StaNov says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 6:25am

I liked it :) Little challenging, but not too hard. Nice graphics!

The controls are a bit confusing though... Sometimes the arrow key don't change the direction. And some initial hint about what blocks cause grow-stop would be appreciated.

Thanks for making this :)

pyokoanarogue says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 9:30pm

very sweet !

AnaGF says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:03pm

Sound maybe repetitive, but good game overall. Mechanics are original! And graphics are good too. Congratz to the little developer :)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:05pm

Thanks AnaGF!!! I'm headed over to your game right now! :)

sararyCow says ...
Apr 22, 2016 @ 11:55pm

Challenging game, it's a shame it only has one level. I love Jasmine art, she is quite talented :).

Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:00am

really nice graphics, Jasmine rocks! the tune is trippy, as well as levels design; the controls are smooth, but sometimes I wasn't able to shrink by hitting the floor... anyway a nice game, would like to see more levels.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:04am

Lol yeah only the texture blocks will let you shrink (by design to add the challenge) but man I almost ran out of time!! Haha I wanted more levels for sure but just ran out of time. Thank you both for playing our game and for your kind words!! I'll head out to play your game right now

cakeknuckles says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:51am

that was a pretty cute, kinda psychedelic little game! also the voice clips caught me pretty off guard, but it was very unique in that way. tell your daughter i think you guys did a great job!! :)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 12:55am

Thanks Cakeknuckles!!!! She is sitting next to me reading your comment right now! We are headed over to your game! Thanks again for your kind words!

dcRfj15 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 1:56am

"Sugar Explosion" - I like that, it is definitely a unique lose phrase :P. The game mechanics were interesting. I liked the fish growing ability, it reminded me of snake a little. It was hard to get past the enemies but I managed to do it after a couple tries. I liked that your game had checkpoints.
The music is pretty good, however, it feels a little out of place compared to the rest of the game's elements. Also, at the beginning, the second group of background text is hard to read unless the player stops moving. Maybe it would be nice if you showed that text in the first area, so that the player can read it before they start moving.
Well done! Glad to see that you made this a family activity!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 2:04am

@dcRfj15 Thank you so much for the AWESOME feedback!! Yeah, I think I'm going to do a post-jam game where it has a 60 second tutorial showing what the blocks do and how to move. Thanks again for playing, voting, and commenting! I'm headed over to your game right now!

uvwar says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:46am

Amazing art and sound effects! The color switching block mechanic threw me for a second, but I eventually figured out what I was doing. Cool game!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:06am

Thanks for your kind words Uvwar!!!! I'll head over to your game right now! :)

PowerSpark says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:10am

Neat mechanics.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:32am

Thanks PowerSpark!!!! I'm headed your way right now! :)

Ironhead says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:01am

Well done! A bit different from the norm. Music set a good mood and the great artwork tied it together.

tmpxyz says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:27am

Lovely graphics!

KairosXIII says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:18am

Nice take on the theme. Love the art, your kid is pro. Try using this link to embed to the Ludumdare site:

DSSiege11 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 10:04am

Very fun little game :D Really cool you made this together with your daughter! The sound effects were also really funny ;) Good job, both of you!

datadazer says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 3:10pm

This game was SO much fun! I loved every minute of it! The "Sugar rush" and "Yum" sfx were fun. The art and theme were very unique, fun, and instantly brought me joy.

The mechanics and level design were awesome and was a good challenge to keep me engaged!

The only improvement I would work on next time is the music only because it gets a little repetitive.

Overall excellent and fun game! :)
You should be proud of that daughter of yours!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:11pm

Thanks Datadazer!!! I really appreciate your kind words!! I read your comment to Jasmine... I'm digging all this encouragement! I see you also made your game in Game Maker!! I headed over there now to make a comment!

Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:31pm

SUGAR EXPLOSION! random piece of game, nice mechanics, like it (Y)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 4:31pm

haha!!! Thanks Andreas!!! I'll head over to your game now!

JuDelCo says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 5:46pm

Good graphics for your daughter ! And original idea :P

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:12pm

Thanks JuDelCo!!! I'm headed your way right now!!

Aaranos says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 6:57pm

Decent game. I wasn't sure if the pizza collection was optional at first so I had to backtrack.

Riftpoint says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 8:55pm

Very cool game! The gameplay mechanic is innovative and creative. Really enjoyed playing it!

iceburg7 says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:13pm

Amazing! The audio is perfect!

SonnyBone says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:17pm

SO COOL!!! It must be awesome getting your kid involved. Welcome to Ludum Dare! Please participate again!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:18pm

Thank you so much SonnyBone!!! I'm already looking forward to August!!! I'm headed over to your game right now

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 9:19pm

At SonnyBone!!! It says you don't have a game :( let me know if you worked on a team and it is on a different name!

Rafos Games says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:31pm

good work both =) I hope you continue to make funny games with your daughter =D

TheMeorch says ...
Apr 23, 2016 @ 11:44pm

Congrats on your and your daughter's first Ludum Dare! My favorite aspect of the game is avoiding moving enemies while your fish keeps stretching out. The bright artwork is great! I hope both of you will continue to make game together!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:18am

@RafosGames and @TheMeorch Thank you both for your kind words!!! We are excited to continue on this game development adventure!! I'll head over to both your games!!

Fabraz says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 12:44am

What a crazy... Narrative. xD

Hyden says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 5:26pm

Great little game you've got here :D

Alphish says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:14pm

Pfffthaha, that was fun in a weirdly charming way! It took me a while to understand how exactly the Swedish Fish works (at first I thought it's more like snake, then it turned out not quite so, and it can cross over its trail, too), but then it was kinda fun experience. I wasn't too fond of the portals, though, especially since they had that weird mechanics when they sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. ^^'

Also, gotta love "Sugar explosion" sound effects; especially since I looked up Swedish Fish. Audio in general was fine; I didn't find the music too annoying, either. Graphics aren't really top-notch, but they have some variety and for a 10-years old they look promising.

(oh, and a technical note: the text box in tutorial seems to be above the Swedish Fish, i.e. when Fish enters its area, it becomes invisible; since you're using GameMaker, perhaps you could have set Fish's depth to lower value in the object settings?)

It might not be the most polished game out there, but it's adorable in its own way. Keep improving. ;)

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 6:20pm

@Fabraz & @Hyden Thank you for playing my game and commenting!!!

@Alphish, Thank you so much for the feedback. I had the depth changed on the tutorial but once the fish went in front of it then you could not see the words anymore... it was a tough choice!! :) Thanks again for your feedback and for playing my game!!

knason says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 7:08pm

I enjoyed playing this game. I loved the graphics! Congrats to you and your daughter! Well done!

psychonull says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 8:17pm

haha awesome game!

Kuupu says ...
Apr 24, 2016 @ 10:59pm

Thanks for the comment!

I'm really glad it makes you happy! :)

Didn't had the time to play the LD game yet, but yours is on the list now! :D

Apr 24, 2016 @ 11:26pm

It's awesome that you and your daughter teamed up to make this! I really like the concept, it's pretty fun and reminds me of the classic "Snake". I like the graphics, and the sounds made me laugh.

Odyssey says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 12:37am

Loved it! A lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Tell your daughter she did great on the art

SHLFStudios says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:18am

This was a fun game! good concept.

LukeZaz says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:19am

Interesting game. Some mechanics were a little confusing at first - I initially thought I was moving on a grid and that like Snake I'd die if I touched a part I'd already covered, but eventually found out that was false. In particular I really appreciated being able to go back to any checkpoint at any time, as I ended up missing one pizza and being able to snap back to the area it was in was very convenient and helpful.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 1:22am

Thanks LukeZaz for the stream, review, and comment!!!

Adipson says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:26am

colored and fun ! nice joob !

talgautb says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 7:56am

cool, i like it

avocadojoe says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 2:53pm

nice game.

pixelpotions says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 4:31pm

Cool game! Reminded me a lot of Silly Sausage!
Specially loved the idea and the rad audio! Congrats!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 4:36pm

Thanks Pixelpotions!! There was so much more that I wanted to do but just ran out of time!!! I appreciate your feedback!!

SantiHisteria says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 5:55pm

The snake's evolution!! :D I like the mechanic and the music, but it's very similar to the original snake game. Good work.

DevelopTech says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 6:24pm

Great work both!

domrein says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 8:10pm

Playing this game for more than 10 minutes will make your brain explode. I think I beat the game? The screen just stopped scrolling. I really like how mind bending everything is.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 8:18pm

lol Yeah, the embed version does not fit the screen so it looks like it stopped scrolling but there is a wall there. You win when you get all 12 pizzas. Then you go to the next room!!! :) Thank you so much for playing!!!

Xanjos says ...
Apr 25, 2016 @ 8:32pm

I loved how you got your 10 year old to do the graphics and the game overall was pretty fun and interesting to play (I enjoyed the Snake-like mechanics).

Apr 26, 2016 @ 9:45pm

Nice and funny game. at the begining I didn´t get the concept but in less than a minute I was enjoying the game. I repeat : very nice, congrats.

CMLSC says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:19pm

Very innovative, but I feel like it could have used more sound effects.

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 26, 2016 @ 10:22pm

Thank you guys for the feedback!! I agree 100% on the sound effects! I have my white board on the wall with all the things I wanted to do with the game while I was coding it... right now the only boxes not checked are all the SFX boxes!!! I just ran out of time! Thanks again for playing!!!!

Omiya Games says ...
Apr 27, 2016 @ 3:59am

I feel the game mechanic itself is solid, and workable. I do admit, however, that the implementation needs a bit of work. Personally, I had a lot of situations where certain arrow keys would not function. This created a lot of scenarios where I was frustrated for the controls not working while running right into a hazard.

Also, personally, I think the graphics is rather flashy and distracting. I would like to focus more on the stage, hazards, and the Swedish fish, and less so on the background candy canes, purple vapors, and foreground lollipops. It doesn't help that the fish covers the text, either.

RyanNielson says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:06pm

Nice work overall, congratulations to you and your daughter. The music was a bit repetitive, but the idea was pretty decent and could be expanded upon.

Rock Eaters says ...
Apr 28, 2016 @ 10:40pm

didn't manage to finish the 4th checkpoint zone. Nice ideas

TheMightyTeam says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 8:58am

I like this reinvented snake. Congrats!

plko says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 1:44pm

\Sugar Explosion/ \Sugar Explosion/ \Sugar Explosion/
I love this SE!!!!

fin_nolimit says ...
Apr 29, 2016 @ 3:08pm

Lol Plko!!! Thanks for reviewing my game and commenting

thebrainfuse says ...
Apr 30, 2016 @ 5:49am

Really enjoyed playing the levels... and great idea getting your daughter involved!

May 1, 2016 @ 9:53am

Very cute, very random :) Love the SUGAR EXPLOSION.

nihilaleph says ...
May 1, 2016 @ 2:52pm

This game was a SUGAR EXPLOSION! Kkkk Nice work Jasmine! Lovely graphics! Audio was great too xp Simple but fun! Though a bit confusing without the tutorial xp Anyway great work!

fin_nolimit says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 2:15am

Thanks thebrainfuse!!! Also, thanks for making a cardboard game! I've never used Unity before but now that I have a Google Cardboard, I might have to give it a shot

May 2, 2016 @ 2:39am

Super adorable! Love the art and the sound effects.

OnlySlightly says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 2:40am

Super cute! I loved the aesthetic. It was sweet and cute. I enjoyed the fun 'yum' and 'sugar explosion' noises. And also Swedish Fish is my favorite candy so you already got points for that. Some clever puzzles in there too. Great job!

fin_nolimit says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 2:43am

Thanks so much for the kind words!!!! I really enjoyed watching you guys play the game on stream!!!

terryg says ...
May 2, 2016 @ 4:14am

Nice take on the theme. The artwork is adorable. Fun snake game. I haven't seen anything like it. That's part of why I like the ludum dare is that you can experiment with different mechanics. Great job.

TheCain says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 12:26am

I liked it. It reminded me of the Nitrome game "Silly Sausage"

dcolgan says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 10:59pm

This works. Using textured blocks is a surprisingly tricky technique that I just was not getting the hang of. I like the use of it though and makes for deceptively difficult puzzles. It should have been easy, but thanks to years of moving right on a screen and not looking back I kept messing up.

fin_nolimit says ...
May 4, 2016 @ 11:38pm

Lol thanks for the feedback dcolgan!!! I've watched over a dozen people play my game on stream and most of them had trouble initially getting the textured block puzzle. I'm glad you got it at the end and enjoyed the game. Thanks for the feedback

ployer says ...
May 5, 2016 @ 3:02pm

interesting take on the snake genre

May 6, 2016 @ 9:35pm

Haha reminded me of pizza worm

Kuupu says ...
May 8, 2016 @ 7:23pm

Cool game!

I think you can work with less colors on screen at the same time, it really hurts the eyes! hehehe

Nice entry!

sftrabbit says ...
May 9, 2016 @ 9:58am

Nice game, I enjoyed it, but I've definitely played it before (Silly Sausage!). Really great art (especially for a 10 year old)! Well done.

efonsecab says ...
Oct 28, 2016 @ 8:57pm

I was exploring around the previous versions of Ludum Dare and I found this game. I like it, it's fun and challenging.

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