MiniLD #72: elympics

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3 days ago | February 17th, 2017 5:13 am

MiniLD #72: elympics

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Ludum Dare 38 is getting closer every day. But first, let’s do another MiniLD!

Do you remember arcade games in dodgy cafes, dedicated amusement arcades or, as in my case, the local ferry? Games that were brutally hard and designed to eat your quarters, but they all had one thing in common: a high score leaderboard! Of course, getting your name on that leaderboard would be a sign of awesomeness.

What’s the theme?
For this MiniLD, I wanted to do something with high scores, so I’ve decided to call the theme “elympics” (sorry, but I can’t resist a bad pun). The aim is simply to make a game where you end up with a score that can be submitted to a leaderboard. What kind of score is up to you – the game could be a speedrun, a time-limited trial or simply a “collect the most points” type of challenge.

I have designed a simple API that your game may use to submit scores, and the idea is to show all the high scores of participating games on a single page. Of course, you can skip that part and just have a leaderboard internally in your game, but it would be fun if people would join in and submit scores to the API.

The theme is not meant to be restricting games to Olympic events, but if you want to use that as inspiration, go ahead! Remember that the Olympic games are ancient and that many events have disappeared since the ancient games started around 776 BC. Some examples are tug-of-war, firefighting and running while wearing armour.

When is the deadline?
This is February’s MiniLD, so you have until the end of the month. This post was published Friday 17th, so that’s around 11 days in total. For completeness, the deadline is Tuesday February 28th, 24:00 AoE (UTC-12).

Are there prizes?
Nope – except fame and improving your gamedev skills!

What do I do?
Make a game, any game! If you want to submit high scores and have your leaderboard on the official page, go to to register your game and to find details about the API where you can submit scores.

After the deadline, all the leaderboards will be displayed at the same page.

Good luck and have fun!

Ludum Documentary

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37 days ago | January 13th, 2017 12:57 pm | 37 love | 31 Comments »

New game jammer

Posted by
9 hours ago | February 19th, 2017 11:06 pm

I’m in. I am trying my hand at game development.

Mostly am interested in public or open-source engines and developing across multiple platforms. Hope to submit an entry for the mini LD on the elympics /scoring theme.

Creating art and music is fairly new to me so I hope to learn a lot by completing a dare! Like many I am also a solo developer, and I appreciate this site for its great utility in highlighting and exposing the challenges that new and upcoming developers face, and for creating a very fun and challenging environment to inspire us to release our creations.

[MiniLD72] Let’s try to do something new

Posted by
19 hours ago | February 19th, 2017 1:10 pm

This is my first MiniLD I’ll be doing alone (even though I participated in a LD in team before).

Given that there’s a much more time than a standard LD I’ll try to create something a bit more complex than what I would do for a standard LD, that is, an economic management game. Unfortunately I have never seen many of them in LudumDare competitions….

The objective is to send the biggest amount of resources to Athens before the start of the Olympiads and it should work in a similar way to Settlers 3 economy. There will be various resources and a basic economical chain that will need to be balanced and optimized to obtain enough resources in time.

It will be difficult to create anything good it in this relatively short time, especially because I won’t be able to work on it during weekdays…I am anyway taking this challenge mostly because I want to increase my experience up Unity and, most importantly, have fun, so any outcome it will surely be a success for me :)

See you soon and best of luck to all other participants!

Have fun!

I’m in

Posted by
20 hours ago | February 19th, 2017 12:12 pm

Hiya! Like many of the other ‘I’m in’ posters, this is definitely my first attempt at a game jam. Please let me know if I’ve misunderstood any of the conventions.

I’ve started work on a basic arcade game for this event, where all the basic mechanics are on the way of being solidified. Hopefully in a little bit I’ll get a post up with actual game descriptions, footage (animated GIFs would be really fun to try and figure out), and maybe a release of one of the early builds.

Thanks for reading the post, hopefully I can offer you something more interesting to read in the next post!

Prez updates

Posted by (twitter: @GaTechGrad)
2 days ago | February 18th, 2017 6:04 am

Prez is the NES (8-bit Nintendo) game that I created for the MiniLD #71.  I made a few new updates and posted a new version, which you can download at NESDev.


Gravity change – i created 7 levels!

Posted by
2 days ago | February 18th, 2017 4:28 am

I have created 7 levels for Gravity change, my game i’m working on for unijam.

Gravity change – working on my game for unijam

Posted by
2 days ago | February 17th, 2017 10:11 am

I’m working on my game, Gravity change for unijam.
gravity changeThe game has custom gameplay mechanics, such as gravity changing.
The main quest is reach the enemy’s computer and bypass the security.

Just pick a number – data analysis!

Posted by
3 days ago | February 17th, 2017 5:09 am

Hi! Some of you may remember my game Just pick a number. I placed #23 overall, and #6 in innovation. I finally made some data analysis and a blogpost examining the findings. Enjoy! Below is a time time-lapse of the graphs.


I’m in!

Posted by (twitter: @Lucas_Assis)
4 days ago | February 16th, 2017 2:44 am

I’m in! Hopefully I won’t make crap that’ll make your eyes bleed, since I’m new to game development :)

I’m in?

Posted by
6 days ago | February 14th, 2017 1:18 am

I’m in?

Theoton is DONE!

Posted by (twitter: @@Tinysized)
7 days ago | February 12th, 2017 4:05 pm

here it is for the impatient:


For the people that want information:

Theoton is a game made for ludum dare 36 and i spend some time adding things to it.

Now it is complete and you can download it!

progress Ice, Fire, Сodfish and Sheep

Posted by (twitter: @BjohnExt)
8 days ago | February 12th, 2017 3:53 am

I want to share my progress on a android game about Iceland.

In the game there were fans who inspire me to push the cart of development on and on. When the phone receives new review from the store – it makes my day.

The game has a lot of math, but after I started to highlight the wrong answer – it went smoothly. I started to play my game in the train after work. When the head is not already running, tap on the picture with the sheep was a pleasant.

sea animation

sea animation

Probably need to do a more relaxing game.

Google play: Ice, Fire, Сodfish and Sheep

I’m In

Posted by
8 days ago | February 11th, 2017 5:31 pm

Only seen one of these among the posts so I hope I’m doing this right…


Ludum Dare #38 start time?

Posted by
9 days ago | February 10th, 2017 12:49 pm

What time does this next Ludum Dare start, and in what time zone?

This will be my first one, and I am really excited. I know it says April 21st – 24th are the dates. I also read the rules and FAQ, but I couldn’t seem to find what time zone is used and what time it starts.



Ludum Dare to Believe! S:8 EPISODE 10

Posted by (twitter: @ButtonMasherBro)
9 days ago | February 10th, 2017 11:30 am

Hey everyone! We are the Button Masher Bros!

It’s Ludum Dare to Believe! It’s S:8 Ep. 10!

(May contain strong language)

With so many submissions, there was absolutely no way we could play them all.

Special thanks to our friends at Reddit, twitter, and youtube who all stepped up to give us suggestions – you guys are the BEST!

If you like the games you see, be sure to check them out on and let the developers know what you think!

Today we will be highlighting:


Title: Ludum Dare: The Game
Category: Compo Entry
Creator: DDRKirby(ISQ)


Title: Punchies
Category: Compo Entry
Creator: Sos

Title: Handle With Care
Category: Jam Entry
Creator: Nick Zangus


Finally, we’d love to hear what you think!
You can comment on the episode linked above, comment in this thread, or tweet us at:

@ButtonMasherBro – Show account

@MathBlasterRitz – Chris

@SuddenlyZach – Zach

or @jwowBMB – Josh

Thanks Everyone and HAPPY LUDUM DARE!


Posted by (twitter: @Ulydev)
10 days ago | February 9th, 2017 4:12 pm

Hey there, game developers!

While you’re warming up for next Ludum Dare, here’s a new challenge for you!


Unijam is the game jam set up by our Game Development Discord server.
It’s just like a regular jam, but the final theme is a mix of two community-submitted themes.
Say the two most upvoted themes are “Huge” and “Demon”… The final theme will be “Huge Demon”!

It will run from 13 to 19 February. You have the whole week to make your game. Or, who knows, it might be an opportunity to finish that old game prototype you’ve given up on?


  • Your game can be made with any framework / engine
  • It doesn’t need to be 100% made during the jam – you can start with existing code or assets
  • It needs to take the final theme into account in some way
  • You can make your game alone or with your team

The final theme will be announced on this thread, on and on the Discord server at the beginning of the jam.

Join us on Discord to talk with other jammers and vote for your favourite themes!

Also check out Unijam on for more information!

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