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

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by Softwave - Jam Entry

Basic idea: A game where you explore the Saturnian moon of Enceladus.

This was my first attempt at an LD and I didn't quite finish, which is disappointing. I feel I learned a lot though. I will keep adding to the game and actually try and finish it post-LD.

What went wrong:
I made the probably unwise decision to use the Phaser framework and JavaScript/HTML5 instead of Flash/Flixel, my usual toolset. I just wasn't familiar enough with Phaser and its quirks to finish my game in time. Adding to that, it proved difficult to turn a basic concept into a workable idea. Ideas, at least when it comes to games and gameplay, are not my strength.

What went right: I learned a lot. I feel that I have a much better chance at making something good in the next LD and I'm looking forward to it. :)

Downloads and Links




elefantopia says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 7:52pm

Too bad there is no indication of ice thickness, I'd have loved to drill that ice!

pancakecity says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:09pm

I found the thin ice and pressed space to drill, but nothing happened! Well, it's hard to pick up a new framework for a jam, you have something to show for it at least!

PartyBoat says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:15pm

I had a surprising amount of fun just trying to land that thing. It's too bad you didn't have time to finish, but it was still enjoyable!

Softwave says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 8:16pm

@pancakecity, that should be fixed now.

And thank you all for the comments. :)

I'm going to try and properly finish it.

Katamori says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:00pm

A pretty accurate landing simulation. Still worth a 3 in Overall, since it brings me back into some Kerbal Space Program events. :D

andreaswitzen says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:38am

Enceladusbroz 4 lyfe!

timtipgames says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:14pm

I liked the feeling of the controls during the landing part! I didn't know what to do in the submarine :)

byExclusive says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 5:30am


May 3, 2014 @ 11:28am

This is pretty fun :)
Well done for your first Ludum Dare!
Might I suggest you take a look at HaxeFlixel?
It publishes to both Flash and HTML5 as well as all native platforms and has nearly the exact same API as Flixel (since it's a Flixel port) :)

May 3, 2014 @ 3:05pm

I didn't struggle to drill through the ice. But I'm not sure how to pass what came after that. As you said it's unfinished I'm guessing I got to the end.

I'm a fan of games that tell narratives through multiple different gameplay sequences (like landing and then swimming and then something else). So I hope you do flesh this out some more.

In any case, well done on your first Ludum Dare! Hope you compete again!

jujule says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 9:07pm

A good start and a good job for a first entry. More specifically : good controls and this is usually the hardest part to get right. Keep participating.

end3r says ...
May 18, 2014 @ 1:12pm

The game have a potential, so keep up and work on it, good luck!

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