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

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Spaceship in a Cave

by jovoc - Competition Entry

Incomplete. But nifty level editor. :(

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Endurion says ...

Looks very nice, it's a shame you couldn't complete the gameplay.
Interesting parallax effect on the background.

noonat says ...

Doh, I see what you mean by incomplete. :) That said, the movement felt good. Dying instantly sucks for a game with persistent velocities like this, though. Voted on what categories I thought were relevant, left n/a on the rest.

CodeJustin says ...

Pretty fun, just WAY too short haha. Nice art work.

jarnik says ...

The editor is very spiffy indeed and in just 48 hours - great job!

Some thoughts for potential improvements
- delete elements in editor (eraser tool?)
- water currents - drag the ship (via segments?)
- maybe a little bit less bouncing and sliding (the challenge of managing controls could outmatch the challenge of exploration and kill the fun)

LoneStranger says ...

Looks pretty neat for what it is. Graphics are great, and it does look like you spend a lot of time on the editor, but alas, it's just a cool looking demo.

Chris Zamanillo says ...

Nice graphics and level editor, would've loved to see a complete game. Let us know if you decide to finish it!

ondrew says ...

Nice graphics, but as you noted needs some level to play.

Tried the postmortem level as well, but still seems lacking some kind of gameplay on top of not hitting the walls.

Almost says ...

Plants shouldn't hurt you, they're soft and bend out of the way, that they're dangerous is weird. Beautiful graphics. Bubbles or some particle trail on the ship would've looked cool.

jolle says ...

Background is really cool. Overall good looking. (Not rating the other things for obvious reasons).

philomory says ...

OK, so, not really any game here. But, the controls are pretty smooth, and the graphics are beyond awesome. While I guess technically this entry is a 'failure' insofar as you didn't finish the game, it's a pretty damn solid basis to build something on top of. Very, very pretty.

badlydrawnrod says ...

Rather a slick editor there. If this had been a 72 hour contest I think we'd have seen your game up there with the best.

doohan says ...

The parallaxing efefct in this is really very cool. Shame you couldn't get a bit more gameplay in, the physics work well too.

Entar says ...

Nice art and graphics. I could definitely see this becoming some underwater exploration game, with treasure and upgrades and enemies and such.

Sparky says ...

This looks like a pretty solid piece of programming for 48 hours. And you made an editor! Pretty impressive work. (Who cares if it's not finished, what's here is good and it seems like you had fun making it :) )

HybridMind says ...

I like the art style. Of course flying around one tiny screen isn't fun for very long. I did manage to try to hit every plant though. :) Wish you had more time for actually levels as it looks like a very promising platform.

EDIT: Tried your level expansion.. fun to see a larger area to explore! I like the 'dirt' texture that says so. Also... that blurry (parallax?) background is subtle and nice. I couldn't tell for certain that there was depth planes there but it certainly appeared so.

Morre says ...

High marks for graphics and theme, it's a really lovely space cavern! :)

It's a shame that there's nothing to do in the game, though. :/

lexaloffle says ...

Nice level editor (:

mklee says ...

Seems like a great start to a game! Would love to see you work on it a little more...

SpaceManiac says ...

Not especially interesting, but keep working on it and it will be!

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