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

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Alien Buddy: Beneath the Surface of a New Mexico Landfill

by SecularBaron - Jam Entry

Collect the five buried Alien Buddy cartridges while avoiding the authorities.
Controls: Space - Interact(when icons at top of screen are present), Arrowkeys - Move
Art - Jane H.
Programming - @SecularBaron
Made with : GameMaker, GraphicsGale, MilkyTracker

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Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:43am

Felt like I was playing a 2600 game, from the controls, the sounds, the big blocky characters. Very nice design.

mechabit says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:00am

Hah, very topical, well done

pvwradtke says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:09am

I had a good laugh. Initially it plays as bad as the original Atari 2600 E.T. game, but adding the digging sequence makes up a lot. Could find some cartridges. Very fun!

gene-z says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:29am

Great idea for a strange game

Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:31am

A fair rehash of the Atari 2600 game E.T in which you dig the graves of your foes whilst being pursued by child predators in a hellish, abstract dreamscape. Educational!

kirbytails7 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:50am

Delightfully clunky and conveniently topical. Great job!

ChuiGum says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 4:56am

Nice graphics and nice game

LandoSystems says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 5:22am

Oh the nostalgia, it burns! Funny topic

sP0CkEr2 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 5:40am

I was hoping someone would do this. and you did not disappoint. epic movement sounds. did someone see elliot?

coquinounet says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:52pm

Like it :D Very fun

ezolotko says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:53pm

Fun, I like two different viewpoints.

vogon101 says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 3:56pm

A very fun game. I didn't quite get the point but great nonetheless

RARoadkill says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:04am

well that brings back memories, not great memories, but still well done on the game

Jyrkface says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:07am

Hilarious and very true to the original game :)

epiplon says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:08am

Oh no, why the alien doesn't merge with the Kid? ;-;
So sad...

Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:08am

Well that was unexpectedly relevant to recent events. Kudos to you two!

Switchbreak says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:11am

This is really hilarious. I've never played E.T. but I've seen it being played a few times so I was laughing pretty hard at how accurate this is. Sometimes it's a bit too accurate though, a little less confusion and some less ear-grating sounds would have helped.

Jason Lay says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:13am


Moosefly says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:14am

I started my gaming career with NES, so I didn't have first hand experience on E.T. for Atari 2600, but after hearing A LOT about it on the net, I just knew I had to try this one out.

I had no idea what was happening. I thought the music would break my headphones. I still don't know what some of those graphics resemble. I loved it!


Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:33am

I had fun! I really liked the 2600 style art and I loved how topical this was to this weekends dig. Great job.

yo_milo says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:18am

Very funny and Ad hoc game...

Also, the atmosphere and the graphics are great, perfect mock up!

5 stars on theme, graphics and Audio... for sure.

SecularBaron says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:24am

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. Keeps me motivated to work on my larger projects.

hanoth says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 12:50am

Hilarious! I love the 2600 style.

Thorig says ...
May 3, 2014 @ 12:55pm

Fun game, I was wondering if people made an ET game for this LD. This is one fun ET game.

May 8, 2014 @ 3:35am

Nice version of ET I included it in part 14 of my Ludum Dare compilation video series, if you'd like to check it out :)

csanyk says ...
May 10, 2014 @ 5:26pm

Yay, I'm glad someone else had the same idea that I did. I liked your take on this!

May 17, 2014 @ 6:45pm

Very true to the original. Wasn't expecting that twist ending.

Delca says ...
May 17, 2014 @ 7:32pm

The digging part was good, however the noise just destroyed my ears. I ended up muting the game...

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