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

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Beneath the Core

by Pickle - Jam Entry

A, D, left, and right arrow keys move the drill left and right respectively. S and down arrow moves the drill downwards. Space bar fires a laser beam.

The white marble and semi-molten rock can only be destroyed using the laser.

Don't let your drill overheat or you'll explode!

Some time in the near future…

Humanities endless pollution of the planet has become so bad The core has become unstable and is causing Earth's magnetosphere to fail, allowing deadly radiation to bombard Earth's inhabitants. A team of drillers and geologists have been selected to drill to the core to use a device designed to stabilize the core before the magnetosphere fails.

PS. push "P" to jump to the bottom for a fast ending.

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orangepascal says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:18am

we saved the world!! okay, I cheated and pressed P to skip to the ending :) Found it a bit tedious to play, not a lot happens except the engine overheating if you aren't careful. Feels like a great start of a game.

FatJoe says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 9:44pm

Was a bit too long with very few variations in gameplay, so I ended up cheating as well, hehe :)
Good job judging by the time frame!

uRLgR3y says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:48pm

We saved the world!

Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:49pm

It needs more of a point than just digging down.

Gins says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:50pm

Maybe I missed something but if you just press down the drill goes down and you win eventually :o
It has potential though, I can see the heating mechanic explored for more fun :)

legendpaul says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:52pm

Really liked the sounds and music, graphics are nice, just needs more fun/ playability

Tuism says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 10:53pm

I'm sorry, I don't get the point of the game :/ the graphics and the premise showed promise, but there was no variance on the way down, there's no point to drill anywhere but down, then I couldn't even get through the granite/white rocks bit at all.

The P button didn't "skip", it just showed you something you can't get to otherwise :/

Pickle says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:19am

"The white marble and semi-molten rock can only be destroyed using the laser." And "P" teleports you next to the goal.
And yeah, I understood that the game lacks variety, but I didn't really know how to generate random maps. But I do plan to explore how to that, so I'll know how for the next LD.

Jacksendary says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:54am

Would benefit a lot from some randomizing of the ores/material

StencylTuo says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:57am

FYI, it seems like Chrome can only play the game once. I used P to fast-forward to the end and couldn't try again. From what I did play, it was an alright game. My biggest compliment is I did find the ending rather funny, so I can actually give humor a rating for once.

cr2crstudios says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 2:58am

That little drill is really cute! :D "Cool" game!

justinmchase says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:03am

Decent, I couldn't figure out how to not blow up, even by going very slowly though.

TheGameFather says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:17am

Solid drilling :)
However, more variety could be added to make it more challenging I guess :)

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

Yep shows a great potentials, graphics are cool :)

Christophe says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 5:23pm

Would be better with more variations and some upgrades for the driller. Nice work.

mimiga says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 12:01am

its an alright start, could be cool if there was more time to work on it but its just nothing right now. also ive seen the exact same game on some flash game sites and probably in this LD

Exergy says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 12:01am

Good work.

Raiyumi says ...
May 4, 2014 @ 5:02am

Haha, the ending. (I cheated) It seems like an ok game, although it was pretty repetitive.

May 4, 2014 @ 4:38pm

It could work as a straight down digger, like a Canabalt where you manage your heat instead. The tiles should be randomly chosen, but weighted by depth. That would force you to pay attention to your heat management more.

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