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Blockham's Sandpit

by Eskoala - 48 Hour Compo Entry

The aim of the game is to dig to find lost treasures. Move with the arrow keys and dig with spacebar.

You may hear a beep - this indicates that you are close to a treasure. Depth is a factor in this. It doesn't turn off when you find it! Sorry. You can play without sound, it'll take you longer to find things but you can always make pretty pictures in the sand as you go. Or, just wildly mash the buttons until something turns up.

WINDOWS: Packaged. Download linked zip, extract zip somewhere, run BlockhamsSandpit.exe.

OTHER PLATFORMS: no package yet, but you can d/l the source, for which you need Python 3.3 and pygame 1.9.2. is the file to run.

Sounds are not my own, all are creative commons and the filenames tell you who created them, they're from All "artwork" is my own.

I have used a basic template and a sprite_sheet from - they're very basic additions to save me doing the maths for sprite grabbing and to give me some structure at the start.

Consider everything CC0 creative commons.

Downloads and Links




mcburrobit says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:00pm

Really fun tiny game. My only problem was that it was, well.. tiny on my monitor, had to resort to the magnifier ease-of-use tool :)

Marcellus says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:00pm

I had fun drawing a penis in the sand but that's about it.
It looks a bit like a pocketstation version of "smash the space key 5000 times"

Newt_ says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:03pm

Hooray, I found a horcrux!
This game was pretty similar to mine, in the aspect that the game was about digging up tiles for treasure. I have two suggestions, though:
1)Unique item textures, from what I've seen every treasure is just a star
2)The beeps seemed kind of random. Maybe that was intentional, but I had multiple beeps on places where there was no treasure

elpaulo says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:23pm

Yaaaa ha haaaa ! I win :)

Figglewatts says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:53pm

The game just boiled down to pressing the spacebar. I feel if it had more game mechanics it would be more engaging.

MonsieurS says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:06pm

Liked it. The beep is on / off, isn't it? I would have loved to have it varying volume or something to make it easier to find things. :)

Almost says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:42pm

The player teleports a bit if you give a move command before the previous one finishes. Your post has the controls at the end of the line that starts with "The aim of the game..." so I initially missed it and had no idea how to interact with the game.

I only found one treasure, I guess I was supposed to go deeper although I dug every tile at least twice. Going for additional laps didn't seem too worthwhile.

byExclusive says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 7:59am

Great idea!!!

May 15, 2014 @ 5:28pm

You're not allowed to use Freesound effects for the compo, only self-produced sounds made during the jam. No one really cares, but just a heads up for next time

Nice idea, it just needed some fun challenge. I think it took too long for the beep to appear.

hnjslater says ...
May 17, 2014 @ 10:50am

Great idea, it just needed more of a game! Funny though

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