Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend — Theme: Beneath the Surface

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Dig or Die

by Joror - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A quick LD entry, made in just 14 hours!


We finally pushed it too far.

The rest of the world is making sure their destruction is mutual. We try to survive - out here in the bare tundra, far away from all.

But the clouds are coming. If we dig, we might survive.



*Dig* into the soil beneath your first camp, and further onwards. Digging costs no resources.
*Mine* the ground for resources to survive.
*Build* new camps on, or underneath the surface. It costs 100 resources & 100 'worker' power to build a camp.
*Transfer* your people from the surface to camps below - they will bring resources, but don't forget to give the new camps orders too, or they might starve quickly.

* Each camp can perform one action per month!
* Each 10 workers eat 1 resource per month
* Radioactivity will rise & kill on the surface, and even beneath the surface, to lesser effect. Until your seal your entrance.
* Refugees/fugitives bring enough food with them to survive for 2 months

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Apr 28, 2014 @ 4:29am

I wasn't quite sure how to not arrive at extinction, but I did find the experience interesting. I figured you had to dig and eventually choose to seal-off before radiation struck, but never found how to make myself survive. Still, I liked the concept and even though sort of spent a few rounds simply jumbling around with it, had a nice time.

Joror says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:53am

@AestheticGamer Thanks! Explaining the mechanics a bit more is probably something I should add to the game page.

Jod says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:01pm

Died. A lot.

minibutmany says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:27pm

This is a good starting concept, with extra development a similar game could be super cool. It would have been nice if you could keep digging off to the left or right too.

MonsieurS says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:43pm

Liked the concept very much. The music was simplistic but set the mood. The camp selection was a bit awkward, especially if you were transferring people between camps. I honestly still don't know if I actually transferred people. :) But overall, this was a great concept.

CodeNMore says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:46pm

That's a great idea - some polishing and that could be a great game, it even is right now! Good job!

grayhaze says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:48pm

An interesting concept, but even with the instructions I found it difficult to know what to do. I'd like to see this developed further, perhaps with a tutorial at the start.

atombrot says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:48pm

Cool idea but I had trouble getting the game right. It is a bit confusing how to execute certain things. I could not get them to move down (once I did it but then they started going up again).

VDOgamez says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:58pm

That's a pretty neat mechanic, though I had a bit of trouble figuring out exactly how it works. The behavior feels like it's not exactly predictable if you don't know the exact rules. For example, if I just selected my main base and set it to transfer to the one a few tiles down, the population down there would stay at zero and just drain the surface population, unless the surface base was selected.

phi says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 7:59pm

Seems like it could be a game I would like to play... But try as I might, I could not figure out how to use all the features. Sometimes it wouldn't let me build or mine somewhere and I don't understand why (maybe you should explain in-game if the player wants to do something impossible). I kind of knew what I was doing, but I didn't know if it was what I was supposed to do. The interface is quite intuitive though, and the idea seems like a good one, I'm probably just too stupid for this. :D

jellymann says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:06pm

Cool idea :) The music was a bit harsh, though.

Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:44pm

Nice game, but it would really be better if it was more explanative.

ccglp says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 8:53pm

Audio and gameplay are cool, I died a lot

miwuc says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:09pm

Very interesting concept and awesome use of the theme. The music fits the mood perfectly.
Lots of my workers died and I only scored 280 :/
Took me a while to figure out the controls though, and even then, I was often not sure what I was doing.

Joror says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 8:20am

@miwuc 280 is still a good score! :) Escaping encroaching death is the main theme. Controls & interface still the main thing to improve.

MrBlade says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 10:56pm

After starting that game, I can't seem to do anything? The is responsive and fine, but none of my actions seem to be doing anything. Because I don't feel like I know how to play, I am not rating this game, sorry.

SyBen says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 12:00am

Seems like a deep game but how to play it is really hard to sort out. Maybe more explanations on commands, goal and ressources would help.

elefantopia says ...
May 18, 2014 @ 4:17am

Interesting game with a lot of potential. A bit confusing at first, perhaps more explanation is needed.

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