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 - Theme

1.

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
2.

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
3.

Windows | OS/X | Web

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- Theme
#4 - Humor
#6 - Overall
#6 - Community
#8 - Graphics
#20 - Fun
4.

Windows

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#4 - Theme
#6 - Overall
#18 - Fun
#20 - Innovation
#40 - Humor
5.
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
5.
TIE

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
7.

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
8.

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
9.

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
10.

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
11.

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 ...
- Overall
#5 - Fun
#8 - Audio
#10 - Humor
#11 - Theme
#46 - Graphics
12.
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
12.
TIE

Windows

Okay this was meant to be a Wizardy style dungeon crawl into the depths of a dinosaur kingdom....

Kinda a fail on my part but I got somet ...
#12 - Theme
14.

Windows | Debug (Updated)

Ride your mine cart through a random generated cave, standing up to get points and collect gems and ducking to avoid stalactites.

Made wi ...
- Coolness
#14 - Theme
#25 - Audio
#45 - Graphics
15.

Windows | Source

(38kb .exe single file) UPDATED due to major bug,. caused a crash, unforutunatly it worked fine here,. anyway, is fixed? now.., (slight grap ...
#15 - Theme
#21 - Audio
#42 - Community
16.
TIE

Windows | Source

Arrow keys to move, z to mine. Explore the cave to gain points. A mining a wall gets 1 point, a stalagmite 10 points, and finding a mushro ...
#16 - Theme
#28 - Community
16.
TIE

Windows | Source

UPDATE: For those experiencing bug(s) that make the game unplayable, the .zip's have been updated with (and only with) fixes for those game- ...
- Coolness
#16 - Theme
#21 - Graphics
#26 - Community
#35 - Audio
#48 - Overall
18.

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
19.

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
20.
TIE

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
20.
TIE

Windows | Web

...
- Graphics
#20 - Theme
#27 - Humor
#44 - Overall
22.

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
23.

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
24.

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
25.

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
26.
TIE

Windows | Source

This is my entry to LD15 - "Cavern Ghost"
It's not much of a game, but I hope you find it entertaining,
The goal is to escape the cave, bu ...
#24 - Community
#26 - Theme
#35 - Humor
#48 - Audio
#49 - Graphics
26.
TIE

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
28.

Windows | Windows Fixed

Very short game about being stuck in an underwater cave.

Features:
- falling rocks
- skeletons
- explosions
- giant fish

UPDATE: ...
- Coolness
#9 - Community
#28 - Theme
#37 - Humor
29.
TIE

win32 | source | linux

*** 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 ...
- Coolness
#15 - Graphics
#29 - Theme
29.
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
31.
TIE

Windows | Web

aggh aggh aggh 2 minutes left ...
- Coolness
#12 - Fun
#30 - Overall
#31 - Theme
#37 - Graphics
31.
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
33.

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
34.
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
34.
TIE

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
34.
TIE

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
34.
TIE

Windows | Source

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- Coolness
#33 - Community
#34 - Theme
#49 - Graphics
38.

Web | Source

Here is my entry, not finished, but partly playable. Use the arrow keys to walk/climb, Space to jump. Enjoy!
...
- Coolness
#11 - Graphics
#13 - Community
#38 - Theme
39.
TIE

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
39.
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
39.
TIE

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
42.

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
43.
TIE

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
43.
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
45.
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
45.
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
45.
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
48.

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
49.

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
50.

Windows | Linux

Here it is! I hope you like dark places and daring knights...

There's an updated version at my website if you'd rather play with better ...
- Coolness
#50 - Theme

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