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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Candle

by Kobel - Competition Entry

EDIT-NOTE: M FOR MUTE, R TO GENERATE A NEW LEVEL. ALL LEVELS ARE RANDOM, A FEW ARE IMPOSSIBLE.

Okay, game is done. Is not bad game, but you know, 48 hours, is not much time. Is fine. I am okay.

So, for those who did not look at updates (is okay, I am not mad, you are busy people), here is game; is game about boy who find fallen piece of sun in the snow. It get inside him and make him burn, and he melt right through the snow and fall into cave. In cave, he must find sunstones to keep himself lit. He is more powerful, the ice around him melts faster, which is useful but also dangerous.

Game is simple right now. Level is randomly generated, jump around until find sunstone or die, repeat. Arrows or A/D for movement, up or W or space to jump. If you don't like level or level is impossible, press r or Enter to make new level. If you don't like sound or music (I SPIT ON YOU) then press m for mute.

I hope you will enjoy this game I have made. I spend many hours on it. Oh, yes, if you play the web version, I am telling you that it is 2 megs and takes time to load. Some people like preloaders. Some people like to have sex with animals, and that is all I will say about that, yes?

edit: I am told that animations do not display in local play of download version. Is very bad, but easy fix. I am changing file system settings to local for this build, and now it is working. If you have downloaded candle.rar, please to download new version.

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Ratings

Coolness61%
#5Audio3.88
#6Innovation4.02
#10Graphics4.07
#21Overall3.61
#24Theme3.67
#39Humor2.82
#42Community3.45
#43Fun3.22

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Comments (archive)

Almost says ...

Pretty cool, although rather open ended objective-wise.. Yes, I can get the sunspot, but cannot find exit to cave other than maybe by going down down and out other side of planet. This I will do.

Comtemno says ...

Good; but not enough content to keep it fun. Liked the cave generation.

Wiering says ...

The first level was very difficult, seemed almost impossible, but later levels were often too easy. Other than that, not bad!

Kimau says ...

Really nice, I enjoyed it. Sometimes it throws up an almost impossible level however.
Please give the option to turn off audio.

doohan says ...

Lovely graphics Kobel, and I like the way the heat melts the ice. Very nice. Every so often you do get an impossible level though.

Green Point says ...

As Comtemno, I think the gameplay very repetitive. But the theme is ok.

ippa says ...

lol @ "sex with animals" :)

pb says ...

I love the concept. The music and overall atmosphere is great!

brandonman says ...

Nice! It got repetitive after a few levels, but was very interesting. The melting ice was a very nice concept! Also like the song, albeit, somewhat repetitive.

nilsf says ...

Cool game mechanic, very nice graphics and audio, but the gameplay is missing.

Noyb says ...

I found this oddly calming for a game about a guy who is on fire. The gradual dimming effect is well done. I'd like to see this expanded on with some level design or a more forgiving level generating algorithm.

Hempuli says ...

Apart from the platform engine, I love it.

AtkinsSJ says ...

Wow, really addictive. A little repetitive I guess, but the mechanic could work well in a more complete platformer too.

hroon says ...

Awesome idea. I would like to see it expanded into a longer game maybe including different obstacles (wind that threatens to blow you out or dripping water maybe?). Love the audio too.

Draknek says ...

This looks and sounds lovely.

The gameplay could use some work, but the core mechanic is strong.

badlydrawnrod says ...

On the whole pretty good. Could do with some difficulty progression though as it started to get a bit samey after a few levels. A solid entry and I liked the melting effect.

ExciteMike says ...

Wow! Very pretty! And an extremely cool concept! Not very challenging, but quite enjoyable just the same! Never saw any impossible ones, and I played for quite a while.

afterthought says ...

Really awesome melting effect.
Pretty!
Cool song.
I think almost no levels are impossible, just very hard. I had one that was nearly impossible, but managed to figure out a way to beat it, was almost out of light by the end.

Jacob says ...

- By far my favorite entry I've played so far!
- Beautiful concept. Just melting the wax is peaceful and meditative. Almost doesn't need a game objective. It's just a fun enough toy.
- Cute pixel art character. He even has a bit of a pot belly! :)
- Could use more variety in music / art / gameplay. But this is understandable for the given time. But a bit more depth in one of these areas would have been great.
- I just want more things to melt! And perhaps things to avoid. :)

jazmeister says ...

This was great: exactly what I expect from 48 hours of excellent development.

Sophie Houlden says ...

yeah, I just plain loved this, collisions seem wierd but I can understand that I think, a lovely thing this <3

zacaj says ...

I like melting

gadlor says ...

This game is not great. Is good, is okay. Is like relaxing music played in background while you flirt with so-so woman. Okay music, okay woman. Not good woman. Not woman you would take to mother, would make love to behind stable.

TFernando says ...

Love the gradual dimming effect and the melting mechanic!

adam_smasher says ...

This game gives me existential problems. The boy eternally consumes sunstones to prolong his painful, on-fiery existence, and for what? To collect more sunstones, to suffer more. There only happy ending for him is if the player stops playing.

Beautiful.

Endurion says ...

The melt-effect is great, but the game itself is rather bland.

You keep getting sunstone after sunstone but that's it. A bit of story elements or different caves would make this a lot more interesting.

mjau says ...

Didn't get any impossible levels, but I guess I was just lucky. It did get close though, there was one where I had to carve steps upwards in a wall to get to the sun piece far above me. Was a little surprised afterwards that it was possible, twas neat though.

dessgeega says ...

i like how many people seem to have chosen the more interesting theme of "light" over the fairly inert theme of caverns. and i like this game. the melting of the wax ground beneath the protagonist's feet is both a challenge to the player's ability to keep her footing and an avenue to creating new paths through the level.

this game would really benefit from having designed levels, though the short, fast, randomized scenes - particularly because of the music - give the game a kind of pleasing meditative quality.

jovoc says ...

This was really cool and I love what you did with the theme. Looks and sounds great, too. Needs a bit more variety but great game.

havchr says ...

loved the mood, graphics and audio. the game becomes a bit repetitive after a while, but nice anyways! :)

erik says ...

Really nice. I'd love to see a more complete version of this that adds more gameplay elements and designed levels. Or perhaps you could turn it into a more relaxing zen experience.

Loved the music. Also gave you humor points for your journal.

noonat says ...

Beautiful, beautiful game. Love the main character and his animations. By far the best art I've seen out of LD15 so far. Great job. Unfortunately, although the gameplay is fun, it begins feeling pointless after a while due to the lack of an overall goal.

Morre says ...

I really like this game. The gameplay is a bit too simple perhaps, and could use some more variation, but the mechanics are solid and the idea is great. The graphics are lovely as well, and the music is excellent. I love the atmosphere!

Well done! :)

Sparky says ...

This is a neat idea for a mechanic. It was also fun to see your entry because we did so many of the same things technically. Platformer movement in this sort of irregular environment is an unusual challenge, and I'd be interested to hear how you approached it (I think we used different techniques in that area).

This has more audio content than most of the entries I've seen so far, and I think that really helps it.

HybridMind says ...

Great atmosphere and concept. I enjoyed the music too. Visually the game is very nice and I like the glowing effect around the main character. It is fun to burn through the snow to reach the sunstones. I would like to play an expanded version with more gameplay and goals but this is a great prototype of the concept. Nice work!

Entar says ...

Cool (pun totally intended). Seems like the sun piece should glow in the dark though. Love the melting mechanic, very well done.

ondrew says ...

Really nice graphics and music. Reaching the goal is not very rewarding, there should be something at stake.

localcoder says ...

Wow, I played this for a long time! Once I worked out how to play well I quickly got into a flow, which only occasionally got broken when I had a piece of sun trapped in a big block of ice so that i had to wait to melt to it.

Lots of fun. Some obvious areas for improvement are making it easier to jump on the melting ice, as sometimes the jump key didn't work, and give some way to tell how far you've gone - although the game feels kind of zen-like without a score.

mklee says ...

The blog posts alone deserve their own reward.


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