About zatyka

IT manager with a secret identity...

6 days a year... I'm a game designer, developer, and artist.


Ludum Dare 33
Ludum Dare 32
Ludum Dare 31
Ludum Dare 30
Ludum Dare 29
MiniLD 50
Ludum Dare 28
Ludum Dare 27
Ludum Dare 26
Ludum Dare 26 Warmup
Ludum Dare 25
Ludum Dare 24

zatyka's Trophies

Jupi's Jam Favorites
Awarded by Jupiter_Hadley
on December 1, 2015
You were there *Award* #LD30
Awarded by alvivar
on September 3, 2014

zatyka's Archive

Earth Was a Bad Choice High Scores and Timelapse

Posted by
Monday, September 14th, 2015 6:56 pm

This was the first Ludum Dare that I programmed in event tracking.  It wasn’t anything fancy, mostly just info about the device playing the game.  I also tracked whenever someone beat the game, and recorded the players highest combo and airtime.   I was hoping to add a high score system, but ran out of time.  Now that we’re near the end of LD33, I thought I’d post the high score here:


Highest Combo* – 32


Most Airtime* – 22.8s


Can you beat these scores?  Click Here to play Earth Was a Bad Choice.


I hadn’t posted the timelapse of me creating the game. Check it out:


*Aside from my own scores

MiniLD 62

Posted by
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 9:27 am

Hello Ludum Dare.  I know you’re anxiously waiting to see the results of Ludum Dare 33. I am too, but as we wait, I’d like you to start thinking about Mini Ludum Dare 62.

  • Event takes place 9/19 – 9/27
  • Use any tools/resources you want as long as you have the rights to use them

(full screen is recommended)


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Good luck everyone!

Edit: A few people have posted comments asking for a submission deadline. MiniLD deadlines aren’t usually as strict as main events, but as far as I’m concerned, games should be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT (UTC−04:00) on 9/27.

Earth Was a Bad Choice

Posted by
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 6:45 pm

I’d like to introduce my 10th LD game.


Play/Rate Earth Was a Bad Choice


Play as an alien who hoped to vacation on Earth, but quickly found out the inhabitants are hostile. Race back to your ship through 10 levels of pixelated explosions.  Can you make it?


I was fortunate to have enough time to add a proper ending to the game.  I hope you get to see it! For you competitive types, can you beat these high scores*:

  • Biggest Combo – 30
  • Longest Airtime – 21.9s

Edit: Within about 15 minutes of me posting this, someone already beat the originally posted scores.  The above scores have been updated.

*Not counting my own scores

I’m In for Number 10

Posted by
Saturday, August 8th, 2015 11:16 am

4 years ago, I discovered Ludum Dare.

3 years ago I participated for the first time.

9 events in, and I’m amazed at how far I’ve come.

I’m proud to participate for the 10th time.


I’ve really enjoyed developing with the Pico-8 recently, so I may use that this time around.  However, my go-to Ludum Dare tool is Construct 2.   If I use C2, I’ll likely use this boilerplate file.

Other possible tools: Piskel, Gimp, AutoTileGenBosca Ceoil, cgMusic, Spriter, bfxr

Ring Retorter Timelapse

Posted by
Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 6:39 pm

~24 hours worth of non-stop hardcore Ludum Dare action compressed into 150 seconds.

Play/Rate Ring Retorter

The never ending battle of pronunciation!

Posted by
Friday, April 24th, 2015 10:01 pm

Ring Retorter

Posted by
Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 10:35 pm

After seeing the theme, I couldn’t help but pay homage to one of my favorite games growing up.

Interested into a battle of gloves… and wits?

Play/Rate Ring Retorter


I’m going to Ludum Dare so hard

Posted by
Friday, April 17th, 2015 1:05 pm

9th time on this ride.  No crazy “I’m In” video this time… maybe in August for my 10th.

I’ll likely use Construct 2.  If so, I’ll be using this starter file.  Other tools are TBD, but I’m hoping to compose something in bosca ceoil.

I can’t not Ludum Dare

Posted by
Friday, December 5th, 2014 5:00 pm

I’be been counting down the days until I get to put my Ludum Dare hat* on for the 8th time.  There’s tons of tools I might use, but here’s what’s most likely:

  • Engine – Construct 2 with the same boilerplate file from the last LD
  • Graphics – Paint.net
  • Sound – bfxr
  • Audio – Bosca Ceoil or cgMusic if I run low on time (probably)

Let’s make some games!




*not an actual hat


Warp Paint Walkthrough

Posted by
Monday, September 8th, 2014 6:35 pm

A few players commented that they couldn’t figure out the last few levels of my game, which is a shame because those last few levels are the most interesting, and best convey the theme.  I recorded a walk through of the game so users can either get help with a level they’re stuck on, or can view all the game’s levels.



Play/Rate the game here.

Warp Paint

Posted by
Friday, August 29th, 2014 2:26 pm

Another notch in my Ludum Dare belt.  I’m relatively happy with my game this time around.  I’ve been having a ball playing and reviewing many of your games.  I hope you enjoy mine as well:

Warp Paint



Post mortem (probably a video) will be forthcoming.

First Progress Shot

Posted by
Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 9:09 am

I’m hoping this idea works out. Those portals will ultimately connect to other worlds (levels) 

I’m In For Number 7

Posted by
Wednesday, August 20th, 2014 7:26 pm

This will be 7 in a row.  I’ll most likely use Construct 2.  If so, I’ll use this boilerplate file.  Good luck to everyone!

I’m in … and Excited as Ever!

Posted by
Thursday, April 24th, 2014 8:44 pm

After 5 main events, I’m still hooked on LD.  My goal, as always, is to improve upon last time… which is getting increasingly harder. 😀

Engine: Most likely Construct 2 with a small chance of HaxeFlixel.

Graphics: Pickle, Gimp, or Inkscape

Music: FL Studio, BescaCeoil, or cgMusic depending on how much time I have.

Sound: Labchirp, bfxr, or I’ll make my own if I have time.


Assuming I use C2, I’ll use my own “boilerplate” file .  It contains:

  • Default Project Settings
  • A few non-gameplay functions I use in almost all my projects
  • An menu engine for creating a simple UI for changing game settings in-game
  • 2 bitmap fonts
  • Splash Screen

I can’t wait to play some LD games. Best of luck to everyone!




Super Jump Man – My MiniLD 50 Entry

Posted by
Monday, March 24th, 2014 7:09 pm

I couldn’t resist entering MiniLD 50 once I found out about the theme.  I ended up with Super Jump Man, a demake of Super Mario 64.  It contains a single, relatively large world, with 7 stars to collect.  It was fun recreating Mario 64 controls/movements in a 2D environment.  The game definitely has its flaws, but I’m quite happy with how it turned out.  Keyboard and Xbox controller are supported.  The Xbox controller is a far better experiences in my opinion.  If you know the move set for Mario 64 (triple/high/long jumps), you’ll pick the controls up easily.  I hope you enjoy!

Play the Game

JumpMan0 Jumpman2

I’m most definitely in!

Posted by
Sunday, December 8th, 2013 9:36 pm

This will be my 5th LD event, and I’m as excited as ever.   As always, my goal is to improve upon my previous overall score.  However, it’s going to be a lot tougher since I did pretty well in the last event.  I’m ready to get down to business:


  • Engine: Most likely Construct 2, but there’s a small chance I’ll use GameMaker: Studio.
  • Graphics: Gimp
  • Music: Garage Band or Wolfram Tones (if I’m short on time).
  • Sound: Hopefully Audacity and a Mic, but if I’m short on time, bfxr.
  • Other tools I may use:  Inkscape, Tiled, Spriter, Hexel, Pickle, NodeBeat, inudge


Assuming I use C2, I’ll use my own starter file.  It contains:

  • Default Project Settings.
  • A couple simple functions I use in almost all my projects.
  • 2 bitmap fonts I created.
  • Splash Screen


Best of luck to everyone!  I assume once LD28 is complete, I’ll receive my 5 timers club jacket in the mail.

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