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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Top Entries - Innovation

1.

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
- Coolness
#31 - Overall
#32 - Community
#35 - Graphics
#43 - Fun
2.

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.
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- Innovation
- Coolness
#12 - Fun
#22 - Overall
#48 - Theme
3.

Windows

TOOLS USED:

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

COMPATIBILITY:

- This game uses some video render ...
- Theme
- Overall
- Graphics
- Audio
- Innovation
#4 - Fun
#31 - Humor
#46 - Community
4.

Windows | OS/X | Linux | Web

IMPORTANT:

Freezed v0.6 compo version: http://www.tbam.com.ar/play--caverns-ld48.php

Latest version (WITH HINTS SYSTEM): http://www.tb ...
#4 - Innovation
#9 - Overall
#22 - Audio
#22 - Theme
#24 - Graphics
5.

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
#27 - Overall
#28 - Graphics
#36 - Fun
#38 - Humor
#39 - Theme
6.

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

Windows | Windows (Mirror) | OS/X

Enter the world of the future dentist!

This is a game about miniature, laser-shooting dentists who operate within the cavern of your mout ...
#11 - Innovation
#11 - Humor
#49 - Graphics
12.

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
13.
TIE

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
13.
TIE

Windows | Source

EDIT: Some have said that there is no sound. There is sound and music, if you don't have any let me know. Also some people are having proble ...
- Coolness
#13 - Innovation
#37 - Graphics
15.

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 ...
- Fun
- Overall
- Coolness
- Audio
#5 - Theme
#14 - Humor
#15 - Innovation
#19 - Graphics
#33 - Community
16.

Flash Version History | Direct Embed Link | Source Code

The preloader will hang for a couple of seconds between 95-99%. I ddin't have time to fix that.

The town was built over a cavern. Place y ...
- Coolness
#13 - Community
#16 - Innovation
17.
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
17.
TIE

Windows | OS/X | Source

It is the year 20<near future>, and nuclear war is imminent. A shelter is constructed, deep in an underground cavern -- but you are not perm ...
- Coolness
#11 - Audio
#17 - Overall
#17 - Innovation
#22 - Community
#43 - Graphics
#45 - Theme
19.

Windows | OS/X | Linux | Source

**Update: Now on OSX too!**

Bugs fixed since v1.00: jumping bug; performance on 16bit displays; reflectors can no longer be placed on top ...
- Coolness
#16 - Audio
#18 - Theme
#19 - Innovation
#23 - Community
#26 - Overall
#35 - Graphics
20.
TIE

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
20.
TIE

Windows

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#4 - Theme
#6 - Overall
#18 - Fun
#20 - Innovation
#40 - Humor
22.
TIE

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 ...
- Community
- Theme
- Coolness
#12 - Overall
#17 - Audio
#19 - Humor
#22 - Innovation
#23 - Fun
#48 - Graphics
22.
TIE

Windows

Deep within the cave system monsters are hungry. Can you help guide the colored pellets to feed them? ...
- Coolness
#7 - Audio
#15 - Graphics
#20 - Community
#22 - Innovation
#24 - Humor
#36 - Overall
#42 - Theme
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 | OS/X | Source

== INSTALL
* WIN32: the_eternally_grey.exe
* MAC: ld15-ippa-mac.zip
* Linux/Other: Ruby source available!

== PLAY
The Eternally Grey, ...
#8 - Theme
#25 - Innovation
#34 - Audio
#42 - Humor
#46 - Overall
26.

Windows | Source

Make sure you read the READ ME FIRST readme before you get started. It also needs to be extracted before running.
Made with Construct (for ...
#9 - Humor
#14 - Audio
#24 - Community
#26 - Innovation
#39 - Theme
27.

Web | Source

This is a web based game that runs off of PHP and MYSQL. Everything is included in the source to run your own version. You just need to modi ...
#27 - Innovation
28.

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
29.

Windows

Game is simple - Swim around and munch things. The thingies will scream when they see you or sense you are close, and run away - persue them ...
#12 - Graphics
#29 - Innovation
#30 - Audio
#33 - Humor
#43 - Theme
#44 - Overall
30.
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
30.
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
32.
TIE

Windows | Linux

Mineral Miner

Controls:
- arrow keys to move
- space to jump into and out of the front of the tank

Object: Collect all minerals on l ...
#5 - Community
#31 - Theme
#32 - Innovation
32.
TIE

Windows | Windows mirror | Source

*EDIT* IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO TAKE THE 20 SECONDS TO READ THE README.TXT (OR THIS POST, WHICH IS THE SAME THING), THEN KNOW THIS: IF IT DOES ...
#22 - Humor
#32 - Innovation
34.
TIE

Windows | Web

Explore the caverns which are not made of cheese. Brave dangerous hazards, break through walls, and blast hideous rectangular creatures into ...
#20 - Humor
#34 - Innovation
34.
TIE

Windows | OS/X | Source

FLYING TIPS:
It seems the controls have received a lot of criticism. They are pretty tricky to get a handle on. Sorry for that! Improving t ...
#8 - Humor
#18 - Community
#34 - Innovation
#41 - Graphics
#45 - Theme
34.
TIE

Windows and Source

This is my first Ludum Dare entry. It was written in python and pygame with geany as an IDE. For the graphics I used gimp and inkscape.

...
#23 - Humor
#34 - Innovation
#49 - Audio
37.

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
38.

Windows | Source

first ludum dare I've ever done. apologies for the simplicity, but none for the subject matter. I decided to take a less literal interpretat ...
- Audio
- Humor
#26 - Theme
#38 - Innovation
39.
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
39.
TIE

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
41.

Web | Source

Spaceman Jimmy has been stranded inside an asteroid! He is quickly discovering how inconvenient zero gravity is.

Shoot the aliens before ...
#41 - Innovation
42.
TIE

Windows | OS/X | Linux | Web | Source

My goal was to make a game using a language I had never tried, Processing, using no art or sound that wasn't procedurally created. Well, tha ...
#37 - Community
#42 - Innovation
42.
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
44.
TIE

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
44.
TIE

Windows and Source

EDIT: Thanks for the comments everyone! Yeah, I know the game gets dull - I'd originally planned to have actual levels, then just bunged in ...
- Coolness
#18 - Community
#43 - Theme
#44 - Innovation
#45 - Humor
46.

Windows | Source

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- Coolness
#40 - Humor
#46 - Innovation
47.

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
48.

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
49.

Web | Source

Use the arrow or WASD keys to move.
Press Up/W to jump.


This is an adventure type game where you control a person trying to do stuff. ...
- Coolness
#47 - Humor
#49 - Innovation
50.

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

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