Competition information for Ludum Dare 15, held August 28th-30th weekend in 2009.

The theme for Ludum Dare 15 was Caverns. Ludum Dare 15 had 144 entries.

For the announcement post (with keynote by Mike Hommel), click here. To see the results of theme voting see Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3. To see results of the user survey, click here.

Historically speaking, this was our first competition with the brand new submission system, a rudimentary compo website redesign (with logo), as well as a keynote.

Stay tuned for Ludum Dare 16, coming December 2009.

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Cave Dangerous

by fydo - Competition Entry

*** I have fixed the bug that caused the game to crash on start-up. *shakes fist at MSVS*

CAVE DANGEROUS!

You need to find the prized jewel of the blue!
It's in the caverns. Watch out for bats. They are known to kill humans... like you!
There is a nearby supply store that will provision you with whatever you need. They only accept gold though.

Controls:

Arrows Left and Right --> move!
Button Z --> jump!
Button X --> use currently selected item
Button C --> scroll inventory

Downloads and Links


Ratings

Coolness100%
#15Graphics3.93
#29Theme3.62
#59Overall3.10
#63Community3.00
#68Fun2.88
#73Humor2.30
#83Audio2.10
#92Innovation2.57

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Comments (archive)

Comtemno says ...

Great graphics (I really, really liked the UI design), hideous sound effect, really short game. This sums it up nicely.

Radix says ...

Aw, what a cocktease. Starts out brilliant, I wish you'd had more time to add some length.

doohan says ...

Grahpics are great, it's just a bit too short though :(

HybridMind says ...

I like the contrast between the level art style and the main characters style. Seems like a great start, obviously it is just very short. When it starts to become intriguing it is over. :) Great look and feel work (game and UI.)

Almost says ...

Yeah, started good, but was short and lacked an explosion effect.

Noyb says ...

I was hoping this would be longer! Very promising start. Going back to the surface every time you needed a new bomb would get old fast, though.

tnelsond says ...

The game wouldn't run for me.

ExciteMike says ...

The font is so tiny! I really like the art style of the cave, though.

Chris Zamanillo says ...

Nooooo I was having fun til it ended out of nowhere. Nice job regardless.

sgstair says ...

Very short - I was amused by the sound though, and the bat, and you have some interesting collision problems when jumping into the mountain :)
I was disappointed there wasn't a bomb sound effect though.

zacaj says ...

Fun, short. I like the jumping sound. Just curious, but what was wrong with that bug?

sol_hsa says ...

Really promising start =)

Problem Machine says ...

Oh, this game is so short. I kind of like it, but it's so short, and there's basically no choices involved. I hope you'll build on this, it could be a fun exploration platformer.

Endurion says ...

Awww, looks nice and promising.

And then, bam! end! There seem to be some collision bugs. With more level and items this could be quite good.

GBGames says ...

Aw, I won already? It was pretty short, but it looked promising. I tried to see what happens if you lose all of your health, but I never found enough bats. Nice graphics! The little miner looks pretty cool.

jolle says ...

http://kittay.ca/fydo-LD15.zip not working atm, will probably try again later.

Entar says ...

Too short. Good graphics, but it could use some music, and gfx+sound for explosions.

SpaceManiac says ...

Very fun but I was unable to die.

noonat says ...

Cave miner sprite is hilarious. Wish you had had time to finish the game, the concept was quite cool and I was really enjoying it. Lack of bomb explosion + sound was a bit of a let down. Jumping was a bit extreme.

philomory says ...

Cute, but, uh, lacking in length. I'm guessing it was intended to be longer, but you didn't have time to do the level design necessary? Honestly, this is a pretty good starting point for a basic metroidvania-style game.

badlydrawnrod says ...

Short and sweet.

greencow says ...

too short, needs more explosions.

Sparky says ...

This is small, but pretty complete feeling. Hand drawn environments was a neat decision. Did you do a tile map over that for collision, or is it using the drawing?

Jpfed says ...

I loved the graphical style, and think this could be a good start for a great game.

sirGustav says ...

I missed the explosion sound...

AtkinsSJ says ...

Wow, that was over fast - though if the level is as hand-drawn as it looks, I guess it's not that surprising. Still, it's very promising, and could be awesome if you ever expand it. :D

erik says ...

Cute. Too bad you didn't have more content. I would have liked to keep playing.

Morre says ...

Lovely graphics. The gameplay would have been pretty decent if there had the game been more challenging. Some more action wouldn't hurt as well.

Well done! :)

ondrew says ...

The background graphics is super pretty.


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