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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1.

Windows

GAMEPLAY NOTE:

The in-game map is saved every time you play. So the next time you play you continue with the same map you drew last tim ...
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2.

Web | Windows | Source

My first entry into LD48.

Take control of a Dwarf and smash up some rocks!

There are little tips at the start of each round. Don't ig ...
- Fun
#28 - Humor
#33 - Overall
#44 - Innovation
#50 - Audio
3.

Web

The Killbots of Cavern Station is a real time semi-tactical game. Use cover to kill the evil killbots.

Check out the timelapse at: http:/ ...
- Fun
#7 - Innovation
#12 - Community
#16 - Overall
4.

Windows

TOOLS USED:

- Game Maker 7
- Pro Motion 6
- Paint.NET
- SFXR
- Audacity

COMPATIBILITY:

- This game uses some video render ...
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#4 - Fun
#31 - Humor
#46 - Community
5.
TIE

Windows and Source | Post Compo Version

By Comtemno
For Ludum Dare 15

Edit 2: I updated the post-compo version, which fixes many bugs (again) and adds new content; however, the ...
- Coolness
#5 - Fun
#10 - Theme
#11 - Humor
#25 - Overall
#36 - Audio
#39 - Community
5.
TIE

Windows

An exploration platformer with lots of secret passages. Of course, I knew exactly where all of them were in testing, so I'm not really sure ...
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#5 - Fun
#8 - Audio
#10 - Humor
#11 - Theme
#46 - Graphics
7.

Windows

Here it is! 8mins to go! Have fun! Source, OS X build is coming...

Windows build is 666kb! :O

I am tired.

There is ingame help! Doe ...
#7 - Fun
#24 - Overall
#34 - Theme
8.
TIE

Web | Source

Cursors to move, Z for jump/jetboots.
Collect 5 artifacts and then fly into space.
Due to scheduling issues, I could only work on this gam ...
#8 - Fun
#29 - Humor
#29 - Graphics
#43 - Overall
8.
TIE

Web | Post-Compo Web | Source

The world has been overrun by alien invaders, and humans have taken to the depths of the earth to escape the scourge. When the aliens find y ...
- Coolness
#8 - Fun
#12 - Overall
#17 - Graphics
#30 - Innovation
#39 - Community
#45 - Audio
10.

Windows | Linux (in Wine)

How to play: Follow the instructions in game.

Best played on a 1280x1024 screen.

In case you don't follow the mission texts very well, ...
- Coolness
#8 - Overall
#10 - Fun
#12 - Theme
#13 - Innovation
#31 - Humor
#36 - Community
#37 - Graphics
11.

Windows | Source

Win32 only, required DX9 and a Shader 2.0 card

See LavaCavernsOfDoom.txt in the .zip for more info ...
- Graphics
#4 - Overall
#11 - Fun
#30 - Community
#40 - Audio
12.
TIE

Windows | Web

aggh aggh aggh 2 minutes left ...
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#12 - Fun
#30 - Overall
#31 - Theme
#37 - Graphics
12.
TIE

Web (Flash)

Controls are arrow keys; space to zoom out.

Collect all of the gold, but beware... the gold in these caverns is not quite as it seems.
...
- Innovation
- Coolness
#12 - Fun
#22 - Overall
#48 - Theme
14.

Windows | OS/X | Linux | Web | Source

So there it goes, the DiggR. Where do all gravel go? Down his pants, no? This is a gold-diggeresque adventure for the weak nerds. Flooding y ...
#12 - Innovation
#14 - Overall
#14 - Fun
#20 - Theme
15.

v1.1 Post Compo (Windows) | v1(Windows) | Source

Guide a bouncing ball through caves in this platformer, with a twist!

Due to the twisting nature of caves, you can go AROUND some obstacl ...
- Coolness
#10 - Innovation
#15 - Fun
#18 - Overall
16.

Windows | OS/X | Web | Source(Unity Project)

I cant test the osx build so if its duff let me know plz ^_^

instructions are in the game, thanks for checking/voting :) ...
#4 - Community
#5 - Overall
#6 - Graphics
#16 - Fun
#19 - Theme
#48 - Innovation
17.

Windows

I'll probably call it a day. I've been quite down with the flu this weekend, I slept almost two days and only programmed during the little t ...
- Coolness
#17 - Fun
#40 - Overall
18.
TIE

Windows

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#4 - Theme
#6 - Overall
#18 - Fun
#20 - Innovation
#40 - Humor
18.
TIE

OS/X | Source | Windows

You control Mr Monocle riding on his Penny-Farthing inside a large and dangerous cavern. For more info check the intro "movie" after you sta ...
- Humor
#18 - Fun
#26 - Audio
#27 - Overall
#27 - Community
20.
TIE

Windows | OS/X | Web

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- Theme
#4 - Humor
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#8 - Graphics
#20 - Fun
20.
TIE

Windows | OS/X | Linux | Web | Source

Fly through a cave, collecting the white crystals and avoiding or shooting the red ones.
Tip: always keep the nose of your ship pointed int ...
#5 - Theme
#9 - Overall
#12 - Audio
#13 - Graphics
#20 - Fun
#39 - Innovation
22.

Windows (original entry) | OS/X (original entry) | Windows v0.3 | OS/X v0.3 | Source

You are a cave shaft jumper. Seeking the thrills of treasure and excitement you enter the shaft hoping to acquire treasure and reach the bot ...
- Coolness
#22 - Fun
#23 - Theme
#38 - Overall
#39 - Innovation
23.

Play on Web | SWF (Right-click Save-as)

ANGRY CAVERNS - by HybridMind - August 28th-30th, 2009
Created from scratch for Ludum Dare 15's 48hr game competition

Concept:
You are ...
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#12 - Overall
#17 - Audio
#19 - Humor
#22 - Innovation
#23 - Fun
#48 - Graphics
24.

Linux + Source | Windows

Escape from a cavern full of spiders.

It's puzzle-type game, it has 10 rooms to explore (can you find the way into the 10th? ;). The room ...
#24 - Innovation
#24 - Fun
#47 - Overall
25.

Windows | Web | Source

I had a completely different game in my mind when beginning this, but this is what I ended up with. Fun for 30 seconds I'd say. :)

So you ...
- Coolness
#8 - Innovation
#25 - Fun
#27 - Overall
26.
TIE

Windows | OS/X | Linux | Web | Source

And... I'm done! Cavernous Shooter! is a top-down shooter set in a cave environment. Try to fight your way through the entire cave system.
...
- Coolness
#22 - Graphics
#26 - Fun
#34 - Overall
#44 - Audio
26.
TIE

Java, Original Upload | Java 6.0 | Java 5.0 | Source

Inspired by the Kroz series of games. Move the hero through the monster hoards to the exit. Numpad moves the guy around, but the arrow key ...
- Community
#26 - Fun
28.
TIE

Windows | Web | Source

A game about a ninja running through underground caverns. Controlled with just mouse movement. You Run! Fast! And Dodge! and Attack!

...
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#28 - Fun
#34 - Graphics
#40 - Overall
#44 - Humor
28.
TIE

Windows EXE/Source

Linux users: Run the EXE in Wine!

Unfortunately, I was not able to complete my Ludumdare entry for LD15. I did, however, find time to go ...
#4 - Audio
#7 - Humor
#7 - Community
#28 - Fun
#33 - Graphics
#42 - Overall
30.

Windows

I wasn't satisfied with my earlier entry, so I did another.

Excavatorrr is about a mono-colour adventurer who seeks for riches in undergr ...
- Coolness
#7 - Community
#30 - Fun
#34 - Theme
#34 - Overall
#35 - Humor
31.

Web | Source

Into the Pit is a game heavily-inspired by level 2 of the original Battletoads for the NES. You play a cave explorer (who happens to look a ...
- Coolness
#24 - Graphics
#25 - Theme
#31 - Overall
#31 - Fun
32.
TIE

Windows | Web | Source

More of a 10 hour effort than a 48 hour one. Too bad Saturday was a total write off.

I hope you enjoy the game. There is something like ...
- Coolness
#32 - Fun
#39 - Theme
#50 - Innovation
32.
TIE

v1.1 (POST COMPO) | Web v1.0 | Source

UPDATE: Making serious plans for a bigger, better, and MORE! version of this game. Started on the art already, and started uncommenting a l ...
- Coolness
- Humor
#20 - Audio
#30 - Innovation
#32 - Fun
#36 - Overall
#46 - Graphics
34.
TIE

Linux | Windows

X to jump, arrow keys to move. The rest seems pretty self explanatory :). ...
#34 - Fun
#46 - Humor
34.
TIE

Windows | Windows Mirror

A jumper clone... jumper was made by Matt Thorson (mattmakesgames.com)

Almost got the engine glitch free(?) and it has an awesome ending. ...
#31 - Audio
#34 - Fun
#43 - Humor
36.

Windows

Greetings.

This is a Metroidvania style game made in Game Maker. Explore the inner cavities of a constantly rotating planet until you rea ...
#5 - Innovation
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#28 - Graphics
#36 - Fun
#38 - Humor
#39 - Theme
37.
TIE

Download Akin Revenge Mirror 1 | Download Akin Revenge Mirror2

Akin's Revenge by Ariel Yust 2009
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this game was made for the ludum dare 48h competition
which is hos ...
#4 - Graphics
#16 - Community
#19 - Overall
#30 - Humor
#37 - Fun
37.
TIE

All Web Browsers

Rules:

Use your deadly Kung Fu abilities to explore deep, dark caverns and beat up the bears that live there!

Magic idols give you th ...
#33 - Humor
#37 - Fun
37.
TIE

Windows | Web | Flash | Source

Tools:
- FlashDevelop (+Flex3), coded in ActionScript 3
- sfxr
- musagi
- Inkscape
- Gimp
- OpenCanvas + Wacom tablet

Librar ...
#11 - Community
#15 - Audio
#18 - Humor
#19 - Graphics
#22 - Overall
#37 - Fun
#42 - Innovation
40.
TIE

Windows | Source

Loot the gold! Beware lava.

Move ship with cursor keys.
Ship automatically digs when moving slowly.

Windows+DX9 ...
#9 - Graphics
#13 - Community
#17 - Innovation
#19 - Overall
#34 - Theme
#40 - Audio
#40 - Fun
40.
TIE

Windows | Source

Finally got it done. First time doing LD, it was great fun. Used Game Maker 6.1(I hate unregistered) and put in roughly 18 hours. Wish I cou ...
#40 - Fun
#40 - Audio
#50 - Overall
40.
TIE

Windows | Linux | Source

Yet Another Cave Flyer is a cave flyer for 1-8 players on one computer. The game was created in approximately 12 hours, because my time was ...
#40 - Fun
#40 - Audio
43.
TIE

Windows | Web | Source

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 y ...
- Coolness
#5 - Audio
#6 - Innovation
#10 - Graphics
#21 - Overall
#24 - Theme
#39 - Humor
#42 - Community
#43 - Fun
43.
TIE

Windows

A 2-human game.

Player 1 crawls the dungeon... I mean, caverns.
His experience is all up to Player 2 (he who wields the mouse), who des ...
- Innovation
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#31 - Overall
#32 - Community
#35 - Graphics
#43 - Fun
45.

Windows | Linux (Source)

Journey deep into a cavern in search of fame and fortune!

Edit: Don't worry guys, it's not crashing or anything. The end is the end. In r ...
- Coolness
#7 - Theme
#11 - Overall
#17 - Humor
#42 - Graphics
#45 - Audio
#45 - Fun
#47 - Innovation
46.
TIE

Windows | Source

You're a person with a torch in a dark place looking for a way out. And you're not alone.

------

TO RUN:
Worked out the problem I wa ...
- Coolness
#9 - Theme
#24 - Audio
#28 - Innovation
#32 - Graphics
#38 - Overall
#46 - Fun
46.
TIE

Web | Source

Lead your team of stranded marines through the hostile caverns on an unknown planet. Left/Right arrow for movement, up makes you jump. Use m ...
- Coolness
#18 - Graphics
#33 - Theme
#37 - Innovation
#46 - Fun
#48 - Overall
48.

Windows

I'm sort of happy with this. It's definitely got some great potential. I wish I'd had more time to work on the level design and test for bug ...
- Coolness
#20 - Innovation
#48 - Fun
#49 - Humor
#49 - Theme
49.
TIE

Web

My host is really slow, but if you wait a few minutes (more than the gameplay :P) the .swf usually loads. ...
#49 - Fun
49.
TIE

Source (python + pygame) | Windows

When asses need to be kicked, Lex is the man for the job.
Keys:
arrows to move around, up to jump
space bar to shoot
m to mute the ho ...
- Coolness
#16 - Humor
#30 - Community
#45 - Theme
#49 - Fun
49.
TIE

Windows

A short game that takes any file that you drop on it (any file under 10MB, at least) and creates a cavern from it. You then guide a bat thr ...
#9 - Innovation
#15 - Overall
#22 - Audio
#29 - Theme
#49 - Fun

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