Shift Happens is a cooperative platformer for two. You and a friend shift your mass, throw each other and puzzle your way through four stages of stylized imaginary worlds. Including the occasional backstabbing and taunting. Play with a friend on a couch, online or even special singleplayer levels.
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Release Date: Sep 9, 2015

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Why Early Access?

“Shift Happens is our first full-scale PC game. The funding is secured, the game is almost feature complete and we are adding content as you are reading this. As a newcomer to the game-biz, we are in need of feedback and sanity checks for the product: Is it fun? How can we make it even more enjoyable?

We decided not to go through a publisher, as this project is our baby and we wanted to keep making our own decisions. Although the game is not an open-world sandbox game, we think Early Access is a good fit to help us make a better game than with just us making decisions. We are a small studio and listening to player-feedback directly instead of market analysis by an anonymous publisher makes much more sense to us.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We are aiming to launch the game in early 2016, depending on the feedback and resulting changes this could be extended by a few months. So hopefully Early Access will not take more than six months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version will have increasing content from patch to patch. The content will be added as we develop the game, with EA players being able to play some of the “forgotten” and “rejected” levels during development. Those levels may make it into the final version, but Early Access players in any case will get access during development.
The final version will include one additional stage consisting of the final story levels, which won’t be part of Early Access so you guys have a little surprise at the end. Also the final release will be performance optimized and hopefully bug-free.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“At this point (July 2015), the Early Access includes the first complete “stage” and some extra levels of different stages. The online multiplayer mode is also included in an early version, as this is one of the most test-intensive feature we are working on. At the current time, online multiplayer is not stable and you should expect asynchronicity from time to time.
The game will be available for Windows at first, other platforms to follow.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Early Access is priced below our full-price, to reward you for your trust, investment and feedback.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are very much relying on the feedback of experienced players, as this is our first full-blown PC title. Although the core game mechanics are complete, we still need input when it comes to details and the feel of the game. We have been working on the game for almost two years and are looking forward to having a few pairs of external extra eyes reviewing Shift Happens.
The steam forums will be our main feedback focal point, but we will be live-streaming some development and are looking forward to feedback on these channels as well.”
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May 27

Build 160527 - Hotfixes & Improvements #5, Controller Support



Hi everyone,
A small update with a few improvements. We also included better support for third party gamepads.
Our coder Rika wrote a small guide, check it out here:
Gamepad Setup Tutorial

Netcode:

  • Fixed lifted client unable to trigger timeruns
  • Fixed client controls in modus selection after hosts disconnects from session
  • Fixed client visually receiving twice the coins per level
  • Improved sync of cannons and players on moving platforms

Menu:
  • Worldmap: Client can close worldmap with B on joysticks now
  • Worldmap: Fixed problems with not unlocking bonus levels

General:
  • Pausing when tabbing out
  • Improved controls on low fps
  • Improved interaction with objects on low fps
  • Better support for third party gamepads
  • Updated input system for support of additional controllers
  • Improved jumping on lower fps
  • Fixed elevators being able to clip through crates

As always best regards,

Team of Klonk

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May 20

Shift will hit the fan this summer, July 2016! Teaser inside!

Hello everyone!
We are REALLY happy to finally nail down a release for Shift Happens! We have been working day and night to make it happen and are very excited for our full release!



The game will be released this summer in July 2016. Before this time, there will probably be some minor patches but no content update.
The full release will feature the current game including:
  • the 4th and last stage of the game, The Grotto! (10+1 Bonuslevel in multiplayer and 7+1 bonuslevel in singleplayer)
  • And the story cutscenes, explaining Bismo and Plom's connection
  • LOTS more improvements :D

In the meantime, you can checkout our neat little teaser trailer on youtube:

Teaser Trailer for Shift Happens

Last but not least I want to thank ALL of you, in the name of Klonk Games, that participated in the development of Shift Happens. Although there wasn't very much room for you guys to really get into deciding mechanics and stuff, every bug report, request, feedback and review made the game better and improved it!
Especially those that always had something positive to say, thank you. It means a lot, even though it might just be a few little words. We came a long way and it makes us proud to finally be able to release that shift!

All the best,

Team of Klonk

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About This Game

Shift Happens is a game about two charming jello creatures called Bismo and Plom that were bound together by accident and thus can exchange their size and abilities at will. The world and its challenges revolve around this "shifting" mechanic, forcing two players to work together (and occasionally stab each other in the back).

As a team of two, you explore the four different themed stages:
  • The laboratory, where Bismo and Plom were created,
  • the overgrown and green forest
  • the windy and dry canyon,
  • and the icy, cold Grotto!

Together you solve puzzles and fight over precious coins. Coordination and communication are key to a successful journey. Shift Happens is best enjoyed on a couch with a good friend and a pizza. We recommend using gamepads for maximum enjoyability™.

The game also features singleplayer mode with different level content. Although the game is primarily meant to be played by two people, you can play the completely different singleplayer levels without another person.

The game features all the good things you should expect from a co-op platformer:
  • over 40 levels of handcrafted fun
  • local and online co-op gameplay
  • extra challenges/rewards in the levels for completionists and explorers
  • more than 30 different levels designed for the singleplayer mode
  • 8 unlockable bonuslevels (4 single- & 4 multiplayer)
  • achievements
  • and timechallenges for each level

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista
    • Processor: AMD Phenom II X4 N930 2GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Mobility Radeon HD 5650
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i5-4460 3.2GHz / AMD FX-6350 3.9GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: GeForce GTX 750 / Radeon R7 260X
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 8 GB available space
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Overall:
Positive (48 reviews)
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zezoo
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 23
من الالعاب القليله اللي تقدملك الغاز خفيفه وممتعه ..اللي يحب العاب مثل بورتال وغيرها راح يستمتع في اللعبه هاذي

ونسيت لا اقول ..ما تنلعب الا كوأب ..لحالك ما ينفع لأنها مصممه لشخصين ..وبالتوفي للجميع
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kaka50 (qasem)
( 6.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 19
لعبة جدا ممتعة !!!!!!!
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NightTrain3
( 16.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 3
Really good local co op game. Played it with the Mrs and had a lot of fun. I look forward to seeing the game finished and playing more.
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Rusty
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 24
Pretty upset I spent $30 for two copies of the game and the thrid level bugs out no matter what my girlfriend and I do. I dealted local content re installed and then vairfied my chace found one problem it fixed it then I re started and it still didnt work. The bug always happens on the conveyor beld of level three and wont let us past due to it being invisible. hopfully it gets patched soon.
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stubar
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: February 14
Thoroughly enjoyed playing this in local co-op mode with a friend. It's in early-access currently and some areas like the menu's do show this.

Fantastic that the developer has made the decision to make this online co-op, some of the puzzle solving will probably require some form of communication between players to be most efficient, e.g messaging at the minimum, VOIP as a preference. Obviously for couch play you can shout at your mate when he doesn't do the right thing at the right time!!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=623253197

The game itself and the mechanics involved really are great fun and it's teamwork all the way! The game involves you and your partner switching between characters (a large one and a small one) to progress the level via obstacle style puzzles. After the first couple of levels changing forms can result in the death of your team-mate which can lead to some hilarity, if you swtich forms whilst your large team-mate is standing in deep water making him take the small form and thus being submerged and drowning!!

The optional challenges also involve completing the level in set times and the Gold times are set at a level where both players are going to have to operate as a very smoothly oiled machine. Any mistakes and you probably won't make it, but really satisfying when you do!! Also there are stars to collect with one bunch of them hidden somewhere secret in each level.

Highly recommend this if you are looking for a puzzle-platformer with co-op mode.
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P.Yo
( 0.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 7
Really fun co-op experience, especially liked throwing my friend face first into walls.

Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for something quick and easy to pick up. Only con I have is the grab mechanic is a little clunky and hard to time, but that's minor.
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ImEhCanadian
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 6
This game is way too early, and the dev's arn't putting out any updates anytime fast. It's extremely broken and unplayable if you want to play multiplayer. Both my friend and I have solid 50Mb down connections and yet the game constantly glitches to an extent that makes it unplayable. This game would only be good if you play it solo with no friends.
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Myth
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: January 3
Good Co-op game, sometimes lose track of whether objective is to complete level or screw over mate.
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Squashimodo
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 30, 2015
Really fun, great level design, awesome interaction for co-op and cute characters with colourful environments. Recommended even in incomplete early access state - looking forward to seeing the final product!
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rocketsprout1212
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: December 26, 2015
please help me it wont work i run it and the screen is faded grey and their is a litttle pad on the bottom please respond
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 10, 2015
Quirky, innovative co-op game that offers hours of fun with brain teasing puzzles & well constructed levels. It just goes to show that whether you're large & fat or small & skinny you can still work in unison to overcome every obstacle you're faced with... uh...unless you're married.
Pro tip: Do not play this game in co-op with your spouse because you'll always be fighting as to who's better at puzzle solving. jk!

*Although I played the beta version of this game offered for review, I definitely recommend this game to everyone!
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 9, 2015
Shift Happens is a cooperative puzzle platformer where you play as one of two creatures that end up sharing the same mass. Since they share the same mass, when one creature is large the other has to be small and vice versa. The two creatures can change shape at any time. Many of the puzzles in the game are designed around this premise. This mechanic is interesting and the developers have created some puzzles that do a good job utilizing it.

While the single player levels are better than I expected, the multiplayer is the best part of the game. I played the multiplayer local co-op so I can't comment on how well the online co-op works. I thought the game did a good job of keeping both players active in the puzzle solving making it that no one player can take control over everything.

At this early stage of early access there are a couple issues that will be hopefully resolved through further development. In around 2 hours I completed all but the most recently added levels. I also found the puzzles to be kind of easy. I play a lot of puzzle platformers though so that could be a contributing factor. As the developers add more levels I think both issues could be resolved.

Note: I received a free review copy of Shift Happens. Other than receiving a free review copy I received no other compensation for this review and it had no impact of the content of this review.

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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
12.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 9, 2015
Just played through the first set of single-player levels and really enjoyed it. The progression with new ways to use the characters and objects was great. With the amount of different ways to use them I can see levels being very tough in the future. I also enjoy the fact that, like any good platformer, you can get through the level just as is or try to get all the extra stuff as well. Makes it a bit more intresting to have secondary objectives. Cant wait to try the multiplayer when someone gets home. This game has a ton of potential with speedruns and a level editor. Exctited to follow through the EA development process.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 23, 2015
This is the best game I've ever played co-op. From the first stage to the 4th i believe took my friend and i about an hour because i couldnt breathe i was laughing so hard. trolling, teamwork, coordination, sabotage. This game is the best. I now have bought it for 4 friends and will continue to support this designer. Thanks Klonk.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 9, 2015
Great game, lots of fun! I recommend playing the Co-Op Multiplayer with friends. You'll have "shiftloads" of fun :D (thanks to RiftRipper)
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 14
Thoroughly enjoyed playing this in local co-op mode with a friend. It's in early-access currently and some areas like the menu's do show this.

Fantastic that the developer has made the decision to make this online co-op, some of the puzzle solving will probably require some form of communication between players to be most efficient, e.g messaging at the minimum, VOIP as a preference. Obviously for couch play you can shout at your mate when he doesn't do the right thing at the right time!!

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=623253197

The game itself and the mechanics involved really are great fun and it's teamwork all the way! The game involves you and your partner switching between characters (a large one and a small one) to progress the level via obstacle style puzzles. After the first couple of levels changing forms can result in the death of your team-mate which can lead to some hilarity, if you swtich forms whilst your large team-mate is standing in deep water making him take the small form and thus being submerged and drowning!!

The optional challenges also involve completing the level in set times and the Gold times are set at a level where both players are going to have to operate as a very smoothly oiled machine. Any mistakes and you probably won't make it, but really satisfying when you do!! Also there are stars to collect with one bunch of them hidden somewhere secret in each level.

Highly recommend this if you are looking for a puzzle-platformer with co-op mode.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: October 29, 2015
Yes, this is a coop-game made how it should be made. The learning is curve is very friendly, but little extras in each level give you an extra challenge, so it's still fun for experienced players. New mechanics are introduced in a very good way and the level design is values this. And wow it's so much fun trolling your coop partner and be stupid! Very good experience!
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 11, 2015
Played it with my girlfriend. 15 Minutes after the first levels we invited our friends and neighbours. Now...some hours later everytime when somebody gets killed he has to drink his beer. This games creates huge fun. This game makes four friends to real enemies! Beware!

Cool graphics. No Bugs. No other problems. The controlability is easy and smooth.

Only missing a level editor for creating own levels!

A diamond compared to all the other Early Access games.->->-> Very polished!!!! Its definetely worth the money.



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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 10, 2015
This could easily be the next big thing in terms of jump & run games.
Shift happens doesn't feel at all like any other early access games: It runs smoothly, bugfree and without any problems.
The game offers just the right level of difficulty, so you never get stuck or bored. We had a blast solving the first few levels and I can't wait to play the rest.

Best coop jump & run game EVER! 10/10
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: September 11, 2015
I followed the development of this game for more than one year and I am happy to announce that this exceeded my expectations. I like to play a lot of indie games, but this one is one of a kind.
As you play along, you are forced to talk to the other co-op player to have the right timing to solve the problems ahead. The game mechanic is well structured and well developed. The sound is also pretty good and I can't tell you a single negative point so far.
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