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.

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Into the Pit: The Endless Caverns

by mklee - Competition Entry

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 lot like a certain character from a certain game with caves, but let's ignore my terrible art skills for now) who's going down an endless pit for some unknown reason. Adventure, treasure, hot chicks, whatever you care to imagine.

Avoid traps and kill bats by dashing into them. Bats can be killed by dashing into them and juggled for high points and to regain health. Score points by hitting multiple bats in a single dash.

Controls:
Arrow keys - move
Double-tap left or right - dash in that direction

Made using Adam's Flixel engine! Sounds done with sfxr.

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Ratings

Coolness29%
#24Graphics3.69
#25Theme3.65
#31Fun3.37
#31Overall3.48
#61Humor2.46
#62Audio2.57
#76Innovation2.81
#117Community1.88

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Comments (archive)

gadlor says ...

ahhh, i love inevitable death by bats. good game! it'd be cool to have some sort of high scoring thing.

Radix says ...

Juggling is fun. Whoah, I can go way off the top of the screen!

doohan says ...

Getting bat combos is awesome :) Good stuff!

dstrysnd says ...

I actually was able to survive for longest not trying to dash and instead just dodging the bats. The screen shaking is distracting.

zacaj says ...

Fun, but it seems there should be something to do to the bats?

Sparky says ...

This is pretty dang polished for a Ludum Dare entry! The beginning seems a tad uninteresting, but that's just a question of tuning. Nice job.

sylvie says ...

I love the game mechanics, but I wish there was a button for dashing because double tapping isn't as instantly responsive as I'd like it to be. Still, herding the bats into a big group and hitting them all for massive amounts of points is addictive.

nitram_cero says ...

I liked how the bats went after me FAST when I died (for eating me I suppose xD)

Nice graphics and easy control. It would really benefit from some music, a catchy melody instead of constant noise.

Good luck!

Problem Machine says ...

Fun game, but I think some music would have really added a lot. It's a little tricky sometimes to figure out the recovery on the dash and when you can start a new one, but I got the hang of it after a little bit.

jplur says ...

Played it twice! All these flixel games are nice, I should check that out.

nilsf says ...

Rather simple gameplay but quite polished entry.
A leaderboard would make it really addictive I think.

noonat says ...

Haha, I didn't realize on my first play through that I could kill the bats. I had SOO MANY of them chasing me. I beat the crap out of them the second time through, though. Juggling is way too much fun. :)

sgstair says ...

Really entertaining game :) As others have said, juggling the bats is awesome.

Endurion says ...

Weee, bat dodging ;)

Well done, seems quite polished, but the screen shaking is annoying (is that a Flixl problem? had that with another entry as well)

Entar says ...

Great idea, very creative. I would love to see this with some lighting effects or something. Also, maybe tweak the frequency and behavior of the bats, not sure. Good job.

mjau says ...

This is fun. The controls can be a little unresponsive though, sometimes when I doubletap it doesn't dash.

Also had the same experience as destroysound: not dashing and amassing a bat collection instead got me the farthest, but of course that doesn't give you any points ..

bburbank says ...

Man I loves me some Battletoads. I'd have liked to see dashing on a button press instead of a double tap. Also would have been nice to allow the player to dash in the opposite direction while still dashing (or near the end of the dash). Overall a lot of fun!

Almost says ...

Hey, pretty cool. I like the simple graphics and controls, although I would've liked to be able to move faster (personal opinion).
I didn't realize that I can dash at first, but after that realization it became a lot cooler (and I died about just as quickly)

jolle says ...

Cute graphics. And bat juggling is a sure plus.

fydo says ...

I totally see the Battletoads influence. Had a lot of fun with this, and the graphics look great.

gimblll says ...

Nice pixel graphics. Double tapping didn't seem to respond always which cost me some health a few times.

Jonny D says ...

Where's my bird-beak sword?

havchr says ...

awesome

ondrew says ...

It's fun that you can dash into bats but not touch them. Double pressing a key for dashing means slower response time.

philomory says ...

This game seems like a good idea, but the controls ruined it for me. I don't know if it was just my computer or what, I found that about a third of the times I double-tapped left or right, it wasn't detected as such and I didn't actually dash. Since the most interesting mechanic in the game is the bats and the ways you interact with them, and this issue made interacting with the bats effectively impossible, it was a bit of a downer.

Otherwise pretty neat, huh?

Doches says ...

Great stuff, though I didn't realize you could dash into the bats until I read it here...

Audio is just static for me, which, while atmospheric, is maybe less than ideal. Cute overall, though.

phren says ...

Nice game! Would've liked more types of enemies. Juggling the bats was a nice element. Very polished compared to many of the other games. :)

erik says ...

Scrolling was a bit jerky, not sure if that was intentional. The first time I tried it I didn't realize the dash would kill the bats. It's a lot more fun now that I understand it.

Good game. Simple but fun. A health pickup would have been nice.

SpaceManiac says ...

The bat juggling was especially enjoyable.

HybridMind says ...

1700 points, 332 meters..

Never figured out how to juggle bats.. but I could kill them and get hurt by them.

Really like the visual treatment on this game and it is simple and fun to play. Feels like the excitement doesn't really ramp up at all after a minute or two it starts to get a little boring. This would be fun to see a post-compo version where there is a bit more going on as this is a great basis for a simple little arcadey game.


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