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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by skelethulu - Competition Entry

UPDATE: Making serious plans for a bigger, better, and MORE! version of this game. Started on the art already, and started uncommenting a lot of stuff that got removed at the last second so I could be "done." Check my journal for updated builds!

Also! Here's the help text from in-game! Don't even need to click that button anymore! Clicking help buttons is for chumps!

The park is infested with BIKINI BABES!
The mayor has given you a top secret mission to get rid of them!
To make things interesting, he will give you money for each babe you exterminate!
Bonus moneys awarded for interesting kills deep below the earth's surface,
away from the police and the cold eyes of the sun!

X or Down = LIFT and THROW
C or UP = JUMP

You are literally crying you are so happy!

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Comments (archive)

jplur says ...

Fun stuff, took me a couple plays but i got the hang of it.

ChevyRay says ...

I love it!

doohan says ...

Good fun, like the little tune :)

Green Point says ...

This game make me remember the days of the nes non-sense, but fun, games.

nilsf says ...

Odd game.
Are you supposed to get money for killing cops? The instructions seem to suggest otherwise.

hroon says ...

Excellent! Can't wait for the after LD version!

Matt Thorson says ...

Good fun but the levels take so long to end! Could use an "end day now" button.

badlydrawnrod says ...

Completely daft, but in a good way. Plays like one of those Spectrum/C64 games from what my daughter calls "the olden days". Cute little theme tune too.

Mag Roader says ...


Chris Zamanillo says ...

YES very fun, love the music and the style. Only thing I would tweak would be the weapons to reward you for placement (i.e. fire igniting multiple babes).

Sophie Houlden says ...

not sure I 'got' the game, but I definately had fun, and the music is awesome :D

nitram_cero says ...

Hey, pretty fun game! xD
Kill cops and babes well below to avoid being spotted ...What a message to our children!

Got only $358 but hey, it was fun!

Problem Machine says ...

I was a little confused about what the benefits of each trap were. It seemed like each one was just killing one, but spikes are way cheaper than fire.

Doches says ...

Good stuff. Couldn't quite get the hang of it -- I run out of traps, have to advance the day to buy more, and it's over after 3-4 days. Reading the comments I gather that there's just something I'm not getting -- but it's a neat little game nonetheless. Hilarity ensued.

afterthought says ...

lol! My first play I spent all the starting money on fire, and used it on a babe at the very top, netting me $4... so I restarted and then ended up getting something around 700. Like the blobber. Yay for music!

noonat says ...

The sounds were messed up for me on the Flash version somehow. :( Loved the art though.

erik says ...

This is fun. It seems wrong for me to be saying this, but I wish that there were more effective ways to kill the babes.

Each trap would kill a couple of babes, and then I would be frustrated, because I would run out of traps.

The traps and animations were very satisfying when they were in use.

I think it would have been more interesting if the game were about setting up traps in one or two key spots, and then herding everyone into those traps.

dock says ...

Ah, it's pretty interesting. Very polished! Nice job! :)

fydo says ...

Haha, this is really fun. Nice work. :D

sylvie says ...

Fun game. I wish there were more levels because the last one was by far the most fun to play, and the first two were rather boring due to not having many traps to place.

Entar says ...

That was... truly bizarre. Could use some splash damage traps, or something that lasts longer - I seemed to run out of traps long before the end of the level, with lots of people running around.

DrPetter says ...

Fun and cute, even though the premise is a little bit disturbing. I wish it would end the level when you run out of traps, since there's really nothing else to do at that point. Either that, or have some way of killing without using traps (like dropping them off high ledges)

Jach says ...

Strange, but fun.

Gilvado says ...

Just want to comment that you probably shouldn't put the link to version 1.1 in with your other links -- some people might think that it's ok to play and then judge that version. Most people put it in a separate post, which a person can easily find by looking at your journal. If you do want to put it in this post, then you should probably put it in the body of the post with a note above that says, "Post Compo Version: Not for Judging".
Oh, and I loved the game :). Both the normal and post-compo versions. Think that with some tweaking it could be really fantastic.

Endurion says ...

Most important, go down the cave and put the traps there. Don't even try to kill them on top.
They keep pouring down and you get oodles of money.

Nice! With a bit of tweaking and more trap variety this could be quite fun.

dessgeega says ...

i like the chaos of of parades of cops and bikini babes meandering through ant hill-like caverns, and i like being able to pick up any of them and toss them into traps. the traps don't seem very interesting, though, and it looks like they're differentiated from one another only by the number of times they can be fired.

philomory says ...

This is a very solid entry. Very funny, pretty interesting gameplay. I like it!

HybridMind says ...

Was totally lost game/money wise until I read these comments and gathered that you should set the traps further down into the caverns. Once you do that you see net-positive returns on your trap investment... ;)

Bizarre and disturbing premise but original nonetheless. Of course it has definite balance issues which is often to be expected from a 48hr compo. I like the simple graphics and the music. I'm looking forward to playing your newer version to see what you did with the concept given more time.

ondrew says ...

Pretty fun, but who would kill bikini babes!!! :)

mklee says ...

My only complaint is how that laying traps could be a little more precise, but otherwise how can I complain about a game where you kill babes in bikini (that sounds all wrong).

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