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

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by snapman_GT - 48 Hour Compo Entry

NOT THE ELEPHANT 1.0 by @Snapman_I_Am for Ludum Dare 29 (2014)

Michelangelo was once asked how he would sculpt an elephant.
He replied "I would take a large piece of stone and take away everything that was not the elephant."

Elephants modeled with ShapeShop (
Frente H1 font from [Share Alike 3.0 Unported]
Skybox made with Spacescape (

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jtpup0 says ...
Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:42pm

I love this.

bushmango says ...
Apr 27, 2014 @ 11:55pm

for some reason the web version won't start for me, i tried clicking, hitting enter, mashing keys... im on windows in chrome

Jhelle says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:07pm

Lovely polished elephant carving simulator. Good job :)

Dramentiaras says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:11pm

This is great! I really enjoyed it. The web version didn't work for me either, I'm on Windows with Chrome. The Windows version worked great though!

Doubstract says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 3:31pm

Very interesting game. I feel like a sculptor :)

Ludonaut says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:50pm

This is great.

Geckoo1337 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:04pm

LOL I win an my elephant travels in space.
Nice concept with cool physics ++

Halbernacht says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:23am

Was caught off guard by the ending. Good job.

jcvsmc says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:10pm

I love that quote, it's never even occurred to me it could be the set up for a game, awesome idea!
The ending is also completely bananas, good job xD

Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:14pm

One of my fave Ludum Dare games so far (and I've played over 50). Really enjoyed the game mechanics, and the unexpected dialogue. Great fun. Could have been a bit longer though, but that's LD for you :D

Neonlare says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:22am

This is great. This is simply great. Amazing concept and hilarious when you screw up.

MunkeeBacon says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:23am

Very nice entry! Enjoyed it a lot, awesome concept, super original.

Great game!

cr2crstudios says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:23am

Really really good! One of my favs!

Mase says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:25am

Very amusing... nice progression and ending.

Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:26am

AHhaha amazing :P The ending is so funny haha great work !

Pitzik4 says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:40am

This is a very fun little thing! It could have used a bit more challenge, though.

ElStevo says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:27am

Good variation on the theme. I love this.

rylgh says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 9:22am

thoroughly enjoyed it. good choice on the sound effect.

runvs says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 11:39am

This is great. I got surprised by the ending. :)

Beavl says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:07pm

Wow, amazing take on the entry. Love the Smash hit-like destruction (if just making a sculpture were like dropping balls!) and the game progression. Clever stuff. Cheers and congrats on this!

blahoink says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:36am

very funny and fun but simplistic

jsspiegel says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 1:25am

Fantastic game, and super funny!

May 2, 2014 @ 6:07am

I think this might be my favorite I've tried so far. Very satisfying and "your mom said she thought you did a good job" made me laugh out loud. Good ramp up of challenge and the game feels complete.

Fox_in_sox says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 7:50am

That's a really fun game you have there. Pretty polished too. I hope there will be more levels in the future, as it is really addicting to destroy stuff.:)
I am also very fond of the gui style.

eastes says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 9:42am

From one unity 3d brother to another from another mother, I rated this.

Oh, by the way. My uncle Charlie is an amazing whistler. You whistle better than him.

MintArcade says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 9:55am

Very deep and innovating use of theme. Enjoyed every moment of it.

May 2, 2014 @ 12:23pm

HAhaha... brilliant use of the theme!

zeal says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 1:13pm

It's fantastic. The idea, the execution and I also liked the whistling sound. Does anything happen after the "lift off"? I wasn't sure if I should wait or not. Great entry!

May 2, 2014 @ 1:38pm

Very fun to play but maybe a bit easy. I like it when you make the elephant wothout head as if you could decide and the unexpected end!

Nizar89 says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 1:57pm

A bit too easy, but this was great!
I was a bit disappointed by the ending.

Mnemusyne says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 4:26pm

Really funny game. Interesting interpretation.

May 2, 2014 @ 4:29pm

This is easily the most realistic elephant sculpting simulators around. This game made me laugh. Fantastic work!

May 2, 2014 @ 9:13pm

Super nice entry! Love the idea and execution. Not much to complain about really, this is easily one of my favorite entries.

May 2, 2014 @ 11:36pm

THAT ending.
GOTY 2014

Chris Mondok says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 1:22pm

What a neat idea! And the game has such charm.

Zerkruemler says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 9:20am

This is really cool. Such a great idea and very cool implementation. The sound effect are fitting very good. Also challenging, but doable with some patience.

ThingoStudios says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 7:44pm

Unique interpretation of the theme. Sort of bizarre (to say the least)

May 5, 2014 @ 12:54am

Hahahahahah the ending
Awesome game!! I feel like I could play it forever
make it bigger!

mrexcessive says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 6:59pm

Hi. Great toy! Love the Space finish.

GFM says ...
May 5, 2014 @ 11:12pm

Erm.... What? '-' What happened by the end? @_@

This was awesome! =D
It's really fun. :)

mcapraro says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 5:33am

great job on a funny take on the theme! it was challenging and fun at the same time and i loved the snarky attitude

mortus says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 7:50am

Very nice and humorous game! I would like to see more levels. Also liked the interpretation of the theme.

goerp says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 10:41am

This is so good, it makes me jealous!
Funny, good looking, sounds good and best take on the theme I've seen (and I don't think I'll see a better take).

Maybe I'll take a peek at your code too.

May 9, 2014 @ 12:52pm

Got here from your post-mortem, I loved how quickly you got this brilliant idea :D Best use of the theme I've seen in this jam.

Also, a fantastic ending.

The menu music was awesome!

Tuism says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 2:39pm

Awesome! Super original, great use of the theme, idea, fun, brough a smile to my face. So good! :D

snooze82 says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 3:35pm

great game! neat idea! :)

SK16Games says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 3:45pm

Very original game :) I like the menu music, and the elephant sculptures :D Dat ending doe! xP

zkenshin says ...
May 11, 2014 @ 2:07am

Quite an interesting idea. Well done. :)

st33d says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 10:43am

Well worth the ending.

Simon says ...
May 13, 2014 @ 3:28pm

Ahah I had so much fun! :)

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