I wasn’t originally going to participate in this Mini Ludum Dare, but I wound up making two simple toys that are a little fun to play around with. I didn’t really want to commit to actually making a game, and since the theme is ‘sandbox,’ both programs are entirely pointless. Both require Python and PyGame — which are easy enough for anyone to obtain.
It looks better in motion (along with perhaps a higher squiggle value.) Basically, you draw and it makes the lines all squiggly looking. As you can see, Left Mouse Button draws, Scroll Wheel increases/decreases squiggliness, and Space bar clears the screen.
This program lets you play around with particles. You can place down ‘attractors’ which draw particles towards it or ‘repulsors’ which push them away. Left Mouse Button puts down attractor, Right Mouse Button puts down repulsor, Scroll Wheel add/removes particles, and Space Bar clears attractors and repulsors.