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

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by shadow64 - Jam Entry

This is my first time in Ludum Dare and I had a blast!

Originally this was created for the 48 hour competition, but I didn't make the deadline, so here it is - in all it's 3-4 minute glory: NOPE - It's not what you think...

Beneath the Surface: To some, the theme may not make sense initially, but the whole point of NOPE is that the game is not what it appears. Much of the fun is in its surprise, so while I don't want to spoil NOPE, I HAVE created some helpful tips/hints. They are purposefully cryptic, but will all make sense when they need to.

TIP: You will have to use the keyboard eventually.

HINT 1: Get past 3 points for the REAL fun to begin. If you don't make it past that, please don't vote. You haven't truly experienced the game.

HINT 2: No conversation saves a bad marriage.

HINT 3: Press "F" if you're stuck and this hint makes sense to you.

HINT 4: Keep pressing "S" if the game doesn't move on (this will be fixed post-LD).

HINT 5: Crashy crashy. It's not over until you see "TO BE CONTINUED..."

Thank you for playing! If you enjoy it, please leave a comment! I do my best to rate every game from those who do!

Update 05/06: After seeing someone's playthrough today, I discovered that I had made a mistake and some of my fonts were not embedded correctly. They were always embedded, but there is a property that must be changed from false to true that I missed. The reason is because on my machine they were still pulling the local version of the font - my embedding seemed to work. I've corrected the issue as I believe this falls under the "typo" category mentioned in the rules: changing a false to true. Otherwise the builds are identical - nothing else has been changed or added.

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yetanother says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 11:05pm

Haha, That was fun! really strange... But fun!

Simon@LD says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:26am

Really nice effort for a first timer! One minor remark: it would be better if the music didn't restart every time the level restarts. Nice pun on flappy bird!

rorycooke says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:27am

well that was a surprise, FUCK YOUR POTS hahahahhahahahaha

Lars Faust says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 8:29am


I almost stopped playing after that Flappy Bird part, but i forced myself through it. I am kinda glad i did, i have to say.

shadow64 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:32am

Thank you! Please help spread the word. I know that the flappy bird part may turn people away, but that's where "Beneath The Surface" comes in! :D

@yetanother, thank you!

@Simon@LD, I hope you finished the game. The flappy bird part is only the beginning!

@rorycooke, so glad you enjoyed it!

@Lars Faust, Thank you for playing! So glad you enjoyed it!

littleball says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:23pm

Very strange, but work getting past the first bit! Well done

Nizar89 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:25pm

The Flappy Bird part is maybe too hard, I had to read the other comments to understand that there is more and force myself to see it.

But the rest of the game... Haha, that was fun! Great job!

GamerTaters says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:26pm

Quite the twist. I enjoyed it. :)

Detocroix says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:27pm

That was really surprising turn of events! :)

SFBTom says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:28pm

Heh, lots packed in there for just one weekend. I can imagine a whole game playing out this way!

shadow64 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:29pm

@littleball, Thank you!!!

@Nizar89, I'm realizing now that it wasn't easy enough. I tried to make it simple, but people seem to be having trouble. :\ I hope more people like you read the comments and get to the end!

@GamerTaters Awesome! Thanks! Haha.

shadow64 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:30pm

@SFBTom Sweet! If it does well in the competition, I would love to actually "Continue" from the to be continued. I already know what would be next, actually. Please help spread the word! And thank you - it was a lot of work, but a ton of fun!

shadow64 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:30pm

@Detocroix Thanks! I'm glad you made it to the end! Haha!

jcvsmc says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:31pm

Love the way it keeps changing!
I was sad when it finished, hope you make more! :)

shadow64 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:34pm

@jcvsmc Yaaaay! Thanks for finding out what was "beneath the surface" of this game! I hope I get a chance to!

neekobus says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:04pm

Ah ah ! Fun.
What happens next ? I want to know.

Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:32pm

Alright, here's what I think...

This game. I loved it! Seriously, make a full version, keep it similar to how it is, with the quick mini games and humour. I'd buy that, just for the lols.

shadow64 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:39pm

@neekobus, thank you! Please keep spreading the word about the game. I will definitely keep working on it, if enough people want to play, and then you'll find out! The general answer is: plenty. The specific answer is: the next step is "alierms."

@aaronjbaptiste, Awesome! So nice of you to say. I hope enough people agree. This was a lot of fun to make - I had a blast, so I'd love to continue if people really want it! I also wish I had been able to finish it for the compo but I'm glad it was done in time for the jam. And that's exactly what I'd do - keep with the pace and the humor. Thanks!!!

BuKaneerz says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 10:01pm

Ahah really cool game !
good job (:

NicoM says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:39am

OMFG ITS BRILLIANT, SO MANY SURPRIZES! actually probably the funniest game I've played (ever), great job:)

May 1, 2014 @ 1:39am

That first section is addictive and challenging. You should package that as a stand-alone mobile game.

EpiphanyG says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 12:37pm

Great game! Very funny!

I loved the variety. It's great when devs pack so many scenes into their game in such a short time. Yours is especially good as you have different mechanics for each part.

I would love to see a continuation to this. Lots more scenes please! It reminds me a little of McPixel.

Great job! :)

Zccc says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 2:27pm

Ahaha that was pretty fun.

rvmook says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 3:40am

So random, really funny. Too bad you weren't able to round it up within 48 hours, but I'm glad you took the time to finish it. The shooting part was a bit hard for me, but maybe I just suck at it

shadow64 says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 7:21am

Wow a few more comments!

@BuKaneerz, Thanks!

@NicoM, That's such an insanely nice compliment! :D

@Andrew, But where would I find the time machine to release flappy bird? :)

@EpiphanyG, Thank you! It was a blast making this. I was pretty excited the whole time. And I'm hoping enough people want the full game. I'd be willing to work on it if I thought there was real interest! There would be a LOT more scenes. I hadn't played McPixel until today after reading your comment. I totally see the comparison! :D

@Zccc, Thank you!

@rvmook, It's a shame. A few things came up that prevented me and also since the game is actually more than meets the eye, it just took a bunch of time. The part you mention should probably be slowed down and there are a few minor tweaks I'd want to make to everything. It's definitely not perfect. :D Thanks for the compliment!

Dreii says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 8:49am

FUCK YOUR POTS lol! that was a really funny game.

shadow64 says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 8:56am

@Dreii, Thanks! :D I appreciate you taking the time to check it out. And again, I think AHH LAVA! is a great idea. I'm glad you didn't bow out and kept going to achieve your goal! Also that Valentine's Day game you made (the video you have up) looks SO good!

v_n_j says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 8:57am

Absolutely the best in humor for me :)

rujo says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 5:22pm

haha.. very funny :D

InfectionTeam says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:10am

I can't stop laughing Hahahhaha WHATEVER MO REEEN

sP0CkEr2 says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 4:32am

that was hilarious - not for kids - but dang fun - great job

BasselGaming says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:19am

That was really funny! really cool gameplay too!

shadow64 says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:27am

Thank you v_n_j, rujo, InfectionTeam, and sPOCkEr2! I'll try to get to your games in a bit. I appreciate the kind words and I hope more people get a chance to enjoy/rate before the voting is over! :D

@sPOCkEr2, Definitely not for kids! Hahaha.

shadow64 says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:42am

Thank you @BasselGaming! I'm glad you had a good time playing it! Please help spread the good word!

hbocao says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:46am

That was funny! And completely random. Nice job! Welcome!

TobiasW says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 2:17pm

I think this video describes the game pretty well:

Gosh, that was funny. And while everybody keeps saying how "random" it is, the transitions are extremely well made and that's something you seldom see for this kind of game.

Great job! If I make one of my "best of" lists this time (and I plan to), this'll definitely get a place there :D

2HitAdam says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:07pm

If only I could give more stars for innovation haha, this is the wackiest game I've played all LD(and that's saying something!) It was heaps of fun though, the FUCK YOUR POTS stage was hilarious. Games with lots of character like this are my favourites and I think you've got a knack for it, so keep it up!

Thorig says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 8:03pm

Laughing so hard! Great entry.

May 7, 2014 @ 11:33am

Great idea! Glad that I kept playing after the initial impression. One of the most original games I've played in the jam. Hope to see the continuation one day. I'm curious to see how many game genres you can fit in there. :)

stqn says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 12:24am

Can’t get past score 2. I’ve read there’s something after that… too bad :(.

shadow64 says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 1:03am

@stqn, please keep trying. In the future I will eliminate the death ceiling, but if you can't make it past 3, I'd appreciate you not rating the game. The first part is really not what the game is about, though I understand if you found it too hard that it might affect my score. :\

Here is a video where you can see what happens:

Though I really believe you'll enjoy the game more if you do it yourself.

jacklehamster says ...
May 8, 2014 @ 11:05pm

Interesting little trip. Glad it wasn't just a flappy bird game!

PapyGaragos says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 7:33pm

Hey congrats on your first LD!
Funny game, which was enjoyable from start to end (except maybe for the shooting part: I ended up spamming hoping some shots would connect), with a few "wtf" moments, and a good sense of completness in the existing scenes (even if there was to few for my taste).
I am not sure if this is a good take on the theme though. Without the description I wouldn't understand, and with the explaination I'm just... not sure.

May 9, 2014 @ 8:32pm

It looked a lot like a flappy bird remake to me, but I dont think I found the hidden things. I included it in part 17 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you want to check it out :)

shadow64 says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 8:47pm

@Jacklehamster - Thanks! I'm glad you made it to the fun!

@PapyGaragos - Thanks. I think it fits the theme pretty well and creatively. I considered doing a cave game or underwater game but that's pretty basic to me - everyone did that. The next level of thought made me think about liars - lots of people did this too. So then I thought, what if the whole game wasn't what it seemed and you needed to get beneath the surface to enjoy it - and what if that were to continue throughout the game. You may disagree, but my game is also in the jam not in the comp, so I'm allowed plenty of leeway on theme. To me, I would've never made this game without the theme, but you may feel differently.

@Jupiter_Hadley - As I mentioned to you on Twitter (and in the description for the game) I really don't think people should judge the game if they didn't get past what amounts to the first 30 seconds. You just have to make it over or under the bird. Flappy is actually WAY harder than this. I'm sorry you didn't get the full experience, though.

Michael Grand says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 8:49pm

Flappy Bird never made me angry. This made me angry XD I'm not docking points for that though! It was obviously the design intent.

I don't want to spoil anything, but there was a point at which I felt REALLY uncomfortable pressing the keys I needed to press >.>

This was an interesting game.

Dreii says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 9:00pm

Hey shadow just read your comment about AHH LAVA! and that valentines game, thanks so much man! I diddnt think anyone would take the time to see that :) Followed you on twitter as well.

shadow64 says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 9:16pm

@Michael Grand - I'm really sorry to hear that. In future versions I plan to rework it because I don't want to keep people out of the experience, but I still don't think it's as bad as people make it out to be. If you click once and then three times in succession it tends to work for me. I also think there needs to be SOMEthing that's a bit of a challenge because the rest of the game isn't.

Hahaha, sorry about the keypressing. :)

shadow64 says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 9:21pm

@Dreii - Oh, no problem! I really liked the look of it and I always read the full description of games I rate. It means I rate fewer games, but I'd rather be an "informed voter" than just trying to game my cool score to get more ratings, you know? To me this is the opportunity to learn and develop a community.

FrameMatt says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 9:28pm

Hahahaha its so good!
I enjoyed it a lot. :D

shadow64 says ...
May 9, 2014 @ 9:50pm

@FrameMatt - Thank you so much! :D

Wertle says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 5:13am

Very clever and surprising :) I wanted more! Mooooooooooooore! I'm sure you're planning it already ;)

shadow64 says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 7:25am

@Wertle Thank you so much! Currently, with all of the generous responses, I think I'm convinced that a full game would be supported. I'll be making an announcement soon enough - it'll be with the post mortem. :) Thank you for playing and commenting!

ThingoStudios says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 5:42pm

Totally baffling. I can't tell if you deserve the highest or lowest possible ranking, which means you probably deserve the highest.

shadow64 says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 7:58pm

@ThingoStudios - Thanks! (I think.) Hahaha. Seems like you enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to playing Dr. Pepsi Marriage Consultant! :D

Crowbeak says ...
May 11, 2014 @ 12:22pm

I love the ending.

shadow64 says ...
May 12, 2014 @ 3:33am

@Crowbeak - Thanks! I had a fun time playing Read Between the Tropes! :)

monsterkillu says ...
May 12, 2014 @ 12:36pm

Surprisingly cool game. Really loved what you've done beneath :)...

DarkUser says ...
May 12, 2014 @ 1:10pm

After the conversation, the game seemed to break. Tried twice, no buttons we're doing anything, pressing S does nothing, the 2 are standing there and there is an F on the screen, music is playing

shadow64 says ...
May 12, 2014 @ 5:27pm

@monsterkillu, Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I'll be playing your game later today!

@DarkUser, I've messaged you on Twitter and I've updated the hints. You needed to press "F" when you saw that. I'm sorry that was unclear. :\ Looking forward to playing your entry!

DarkUser says ...
May 12, 2014 @ 7:52pm

Oh derp lol, just looked like it froze mid-text to me. Feel like starting your letter flicker before you press would sort that out but I might just be daft. Clever game anyway, enjoyed it

klianc09 says ...
May 17, 2014 @ 2:25pm

Really great game, this is the type of games I always look forward to in LD.
Humor is it's strength oviously, one of the few LD games that actually made me laugh.
The first part should be easier, so that the later content isn't locked away from people not being good at flappy bird.
But who am I to complain about difficulty in LD entries. :D

Good job!

May 17, 2014 @ 2:40pm

The game changing between genres reminded me of my LD27 entry. But this was way funnier. I was almost crying laughing on the fuck your pots part.

shadow64 says ...
May 18, 2014 @ 1:11am

@klianc09 - Thanks! :D I'm really glad that you enjoyed it and it was able to make you laugh! I've tried to tweak the opening gateway to make it slightly easier, but I've also decided I'm sort of okay with people being challenged out. My mom, who is NOT a gamer, beat it. If they can't do it - I don't know what to say to them. As you know, the game literally has no other gateway after that, so it's a balance that gives back I think. ;)

@pinkmonkeyhead - Awesome! I'll have to check out your LD27 entry. I wanted to change genres but also change POVs. There will be more of that in the extended version I'm planning. :) So glad you found it so funny. It makes me really happy anytime someone says that. Thank you!

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