Factsheet

Developer:
Klonk
Based in Munich, Germany

Release date:
22. February 2017

Platforms:
PC, Steam
Xbox One
Playstation 4

Website:
shifthappensgame.com

Regular Price:

14.99$

Description

Shift Happens is a puzzle platformer focusing on cooperation and with great couch compatibility. At its core the game revolves around the "Shift" and the two protagonists "Bismo" and "Plom". Bound together by accident, they can shift their masses between each other. If one of them shifts, they both change their sizes: the big gets small and the small one gets big! This core mechanic allows for challenging puzzles and funny interaction between the players. Cooperation and communication is the key to succeed. As an example of possible interactions, the characters can push and pull different sized crates or throw each other around.

Shift Happens does have lots of puzzles to solve with plenty of platforming bits inbetween. Its controls are very tight and reactive and there's a lot of challenging levels that take fast reactions and concentration. Players always need to work and think together to finish the levels. And sometimes you may throw your partner "accidently" in a large tar pit to get the coins, the characters lose on death. With this side mechanic, Shift Happens also provides a small competition.

The game consists of four stages: the laboratory, the forest, the canyon and the grotto. Each with a unique art-style and gameplay. Besides the multiplayer Shift Happens also comes with a singleplayer mode that has a whole different set of level content.

History

It is the first game Klonk ever published. We started working on it during our time at university. At the beginning the game was solely a prototype for a class, but we soon decided to make it into a full scale game. The experience from finishing it to the last bit and then releasing was important to us.

We took Mercury Shift from there and gathered all the feedback we got at events, trade fairs and local testing groups. With this feedback gathered, we approached the successor Mercury Shift 3D.

Shift Happens is supported by the Bavarian fund for media and film, the FFF Bayern.

Features

  • Build around two humans having fun
  • Local couch co op gameplay
  • Two different sets of levels for great co op AND singleplayer experience
  • Fun and demanding jump'n'run levels
  • Find secrets and cash in
  • Beat challenges and unlock special levels

Videos

Download the teaser for hosting on your own website here:
Download [Full HD, 60 FPS 1080p ] .mp4
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Download the teaser for hosting on your own website here:
Download [Full HD, 60 FPS 1080p ] .mp4
or on
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Download the trailer for hosting on your own website here:
Download [Full HD, 60 FPS 1080p ] .mp4
or on
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E3 Trailer YouTube


Images

download all screenshots & photos as .zip (107MB)
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Awards & Recognition

  • "Shift Happens as Winner "Best Game" at the FilmFest München, "White Elephant", Child-Media-Awards" - " Munich, 26. June, 2016
  • "Shift Happens as Nominee "Best German Game" German Video Game Awards" Munich, 7. April, 2016
  • "Shift Happens as Winner "Best Gamedesign" German Video Game Awards" Munich, 7. April, 2016
  • "Shift Happens as Winner "Best Kids Game" German Video Game Awards" Munich, 7. April, 2016
  • "Mercury Shift as Nominee for best Newcomer German Video Game Awards" Berlin, 21. April, 2013


Selected Articles

  • " "Shift Happens" could very well be the next big plattformer. "
    - Kevin Dunsmore , Hardcoregamer
  • " Shift Happens is a very good game, and that’s a statement I can make with confidence. Character animations are great, the gameplay mechanics work like a charm, and the puzzles are well-suited for a game of this nature. "
    - Alexandru Chirila , Softpedia
  • " Shift Happens focuses its co-op efforts on local couch play designed to capture that core essence of cooperative puzzle solving. You know, the old "help your buddy out so he can help you later but maybe you'll splat him against an electric barrier from time because, you know, friendship". "
    - John Bardinelli , Co-Optimus
  • " Shift Happens offers a really creative puzzle mechanic, that is often fully utilized within each level, rather than being a solo gimmick [...] (It) belongs to a breed of co-op that I'm completely in favor of; the type of co-op that asks contemplation of their players, and not just to rush into a situation headstrong and gung-ho. "
    - Jeff Wong , The Australia Times
  • " This, shit is fun! ... It's like an arcade version of Portal! "
    - Cart00nz and H20Delirious , H2O Delirious Youtube Channel
  • " Klonk Games have one goal with Shift Happens and as the release gets nearer, it’s clear they’ve executed their plan brilliantly. "
    - Ford James , videogamesuncovered.com

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Support by the FFF Bayern
The FilmFernsehFonds Bayern supported the development of Shift Happens with a prototype funding and a production funding. Thank you for your support and for believing in us. .


About Klonk

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Klonk is a self-proclaimed independent game developer from Munich, Germany. Currently employing 10 full-time developers, Klonk is working on their first full-price title Shift Happens as well as contract work. The team has met during university and has been working together ever since.

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Shift Happens Credits

Oliver Machek
Producing, Gamedesign, Klonk

Robin Kocaurek
BizDev, Klonk

Elena Reinertz
Lead Artist, Klonk

Simon Kratz
Artist, Klonk

Niko Götz
Artist, Klonk

Nora Hannemann
Animator and Character Design, Klonk

Michael Schilbach
Code Lead, Klonk

Carina Bastian
Code, Klonk

Mathias Neukam
Gamedesign, Leveldesign, Klonk

Stefan Fischer
Gamedesign, Leveldesign, Klonk

Filippo Beck-Peccoz
Music and SFX, best composer EU


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