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by MrBlade - 48 Hour Compo Entry

Hundreds of years ago, the Narcissistic Secret Authority who some call "NSA" scattered five pieces of a priceless relic throughout the country side. Not to be discovered until 314 years later by a bomb squad worker named Edgar, who was scanning the field for explosives. Sadly, because of a work related accident, Edgar does not have arms. Luckily though, through his extensive job experience, the man has learned how to create mines from thin air as well as be protected from all explosions. Will you have what it takes to blow the five relics out of the ground?

W = Jump
A/D = Move left or right
Left Shift = Place mine.
Space = Blow up mine(s).
R: Reset player position to the top of the world.
C: Restart the world, regenerate the relics, reset player position.

*Tools That I Used:*
Notepad ++ - Text Editor (Website:
C++ (Base) - Programming Language
SDL - Library (Website:
OpenGL / SDL (SDL_opengl.h) - Library (See SDL link^)
SOIL - Library used for loading graphics. (Website:
SFXR - Sounds. (Website:
MinGW - Compiler For C++ (Website:
Photoshop CS2 - Graphics. (Website no longer available.)
Audacity - Audio. (

I have had an issue where the game will go non-responsive on startup, make sure you have extracted the folder WITH the DLLs to a location before running it, if it still goes non responsive, restarting the application worked for me almost always.

While there are still some MAJOR kinks to work out if I wanted to do something with it outside of a jam, or something, I am quite pleased with it for a game I made in only 48 hours. While some things like collision don't work 100%, it's much much better than my last LD game, and that's all that really counts to me. Sadly, I feel like I had to rush to finish this game, and it's not as polished as I would like.

Play it and let me know what you think!

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Idkfawin32 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:09am

More playable than my game.

Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:29am

A good effort, though I can guess from the execution that you might be a beginner. I would suggest that, especially at this stage, rather than slogging through C++ and SDL, use a tool that simplifies game creation as much as possible. I highly recommend Clickteam Fusion though Game Maker is an excellent choice as well. I'm a professional programmer and know C++ inside and out but I still used Fusion for my entry, it just makes sense for gamejams unless your game has very special tech needs.

Suese says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:49am

Did you draw the relic yourself? It seems completely out of place art-wise.

MrBlade says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:39pm

@UltimateWalrus Thanks for the feedback! I used Unity and other programs like it for a couple of years before deciding I wanted to move on. While I can see the benefits of using something like Game Maker, Twine, Unity, etc, for Ludum Dare, I want to use C++ as is a better fit for me, and I think it will help me more in the long run.

@Suese I cut away a portion of this image,!Chachapoyan_Fertility_Idol.jpg, then used filters and edited it to make it how I wanted. Re-reading the rules for clarification, "2. All game code and content must be created within the 48 hours." I think I may have broken the rules by not drawing it / not 100% creating it. Re-reading the further clarified rules (on the front page, "2. All images, models, textures, music, and sound must be created during the 48 hours. You cannot use any pre-existing art of any kind, whether you created it or found it online." Wow, I feel bad now. Hm. Does this really mean we can't use images based of stuff online and then edit them to make them fit our game? The only time I did something similar to this was in my first Ludum Dare and I entered it in the Jam, perhaps that is why nobody had a problem with it. In any case, I won't do it again, sorry. Thanks for pointing that out.

Dominator_101 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:12pm

I think the collision detection can be a little wonky. I jumped towards a wall, got embedded in it, then ended up under the level I think...

hexabeast says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:13pm

This game is fun but relics look strange x)

otato says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 11:06pm

Decent try, keep honing those skills!

Myyyvothrr says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:49am

Nice start, collision detection wasn't working, I could "fly" up on the walls so no need to restart the level.

May 1, 2014 @ 3:04am

I am sorry that you did not complete your game, but its a great start! I included it in part 5 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)

Salamander3 says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:10pm


I mean, uh, nice game. Graphics obviously need work, but otherwise a solid concept, if a little bit 'trodden ground' in terms of the digging mechanic. Still, any game where I can blow up stuff as a method of archaeology is a good game in my books. Good effort!

CiderPunk says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:11pm

shows promise but not keen on the all-left-handed control scheme!

byExclusive says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 5:31am


May 4, 2014 @ 11:55pm

wowww a c++ game... good job!

koe415 says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 1:04am

Good attempt at a digging game. Wonky collision made it so that I could easily end up within a block just by holding down jump.

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