Shift Happens

Shift Happens, formerly known as Mercury Shift 3D, is a local co-op platformer for two players. It brings back couch game sessions for two people, unarguably the best way to enjoy games.  It is our heartfelt project which basically was the reason to transform from a student-team to a company.

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About the Game

The two jello jelly creatures Bismo and Plom got connected in a tragic yet funny accident and thus can exchange their size and abilities at will. Welcome to the world of Shift Happens – the only game out there which doesn’t take a closer look at the body mass index and where players are actually forced to work togehter (and occasionally stab each other in the back).

Experience thrilling adventures in four totally different worlds:

  • Explore a freaked out laboratory where Bismo and Plom had their accident!
  • Uncover the secrets of the overgrown green forests…
  • … and survive the dry canyons where a deadly wind awaits you…
  • … just to prepare you for the bitingly cold caves!

The twist: Shift Happens is pure fun for solo players, yet its full potential can only be experienced together. Play it with your best friend while hanging around on a couch enjoying a pizza. Together you can solve puzzles and fight over precious coins. Coordination and communication are key to a successful journey. We recommend using gamepads for maximum enjoyability™.

The game also features a 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

Selected reviews and 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

Awards & Recognition

“With Shift Happens as Winner “Best Game”, at the FilmFest München, “White Elephant”, Child-Media-Awards” – Munich, 26. June, 2016

“With Shift Happens as Nominee “Best German Game” German Video Game Awards” – Munich, 7. April, 2016

“With Shift Happens as Winner “Best Gamedesign” German Video Game Awards” – Munich, 7. April, 2016

“With Shift Happens as Winner “Best Kids Game” German Video Game Awards” – Munich, 7. April, 2016



Shift Happens is financially supported by FilmFernsehFonds Bayern during the prototype and production phase.

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