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

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by zed0 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

My first LD entry, a pretty simple game, mostly focusing on polish.

Big thanks to for their music generator:

Now with a windows port!

Arrow keys are used to accelerate, decelerate and turn.
If you land badly (not head first) then you will decelerate a lot, turn to face your direction of travel to accelerate again.

Requires SFML 2.1 to compile. Hopefully all the requirements are now packaged in the prebuilt versions.
If you're having problems with the precompiled Linux version then make sure you're running ./ (which imports some libraries) rather than ./BeneathTheSurface

If you go too far to either side then the sea texture will eventually disappear.

mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..

Set up Code::Blocks to use MinGW
Set up SFML as per (I had problems with this and had to compile SFML myself)
Add the .cpp and .hpp files to your project
Build the project.
Copy the assets directory, libsndfile-1.dll, and OpenAL32.dll to the binary directory.
Run the binary.

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Hamsternator says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:36am

Very nice mood in this project. Would have been nice to be able to do more than front- and backflips.

Gamepopper says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:37am

Beautiful looking game, would definitely be worth paying for if it had a more adventure element like the Ecco series, but as is, it's rather fun and great to watch.

czery says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 12:42am

Impressive graphics.
Kudos for great mood. :)

Crumpet says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 1:02am

The combined graphics and simple, calm music makes this one of those nice, relaxing games to play, and the short length actually just adds to that (calming games do sometimes outstay their welcome).

The gameplay is simplistic, and should you feel like extending this in the future, that should be something worth keeping. This game thrives because of it's simple nature and soothing aethethic, and complicating the gameplay would only subtract from that.
As was said before, adding exploration would add, as the game does conjure up a certain level of curiosity within the player.

The graphics for the surface of the water could stand to be a little better, they feel very flat at the moment, and the rays of sunlight could maybe go down a bit deeper. I think there's room for making those surface rays of sunlight look nicer as well, they don't quite live up to the glorious sunset.

Overall, it is a game that sets out to do something simple, and accomplishes it nicely with a fair amount of polish. Congratulations!

otato says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 2:59am

Pretty blatant ripoff of the flash game Dolphin Olympics. Decent job otherwise.

Maek says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 5:28pm

Graphic is really good. But the game is a little bit boring. Holding the left arrow key and you do perfect jumps.

Brodenino says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 5:41pm

Sweet graphics! It definitly sets a good mood, especially with that transition from water to sunset/sunrise :). It also reminds me both of Ecco the Dolphin, and FlOw.

Cirrial says ...
Apr 29, 2014 @ 6:50pm

Very nice graphics and sound. Gameplay seems highly derivative of Dolphin Olympics. I somehow managed to go off the bounds of the water background but the physics still worked. Nice game overall.

zed0 says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 3:29am

Thanks for all the feedback guys!

@otato @Cirrial Unfortunately I haven't played Dolphin Olympics or I might have made an effort to stand out from it. Someone did tell me that it was pretty similar once I had made most of the game, but at that point I was just polishing it and didn't really have time to change it.

I'm aware of the bug where you can swim out of the side of the sea, but I didn't think it was game breaking enough to warrant fixing for this.

Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:52pm

Got 19050 points!

Not an original concept, and could use more possibilities than flips, but wow, it's beautiful! First time I shot out of the water, I audibly gasped. I did not expect that sunset :D

vexille says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 4:56pm

I got 13k! I love the atmosphere, very pretty indeed.

When you go too far to the right the ocean just ends, though. Also if you start swimming to the left, front flips become backflips and vice versa.

soulrot says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 5:05pm

Relaxing little game, of course more tricks would have been nice as said before.

I did have some trouble with the falling speed suddenly being a lot faster when close to the water, and the animation seemed to indicate I was diving in face-down while it was actually belly-down when releasing the keys.

VictoryGarden says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 11:23pm

This game has a nice, contemplative mood! I was able to finish mid-flip, framed perfectly over the sun, hehe. Really polished and light to play, and the undersea bubbles helped figure out acceleration.

This is great for a 48-hour entry, but if you decide to expand on it, I think that some gentle sea movement would probably be the most helpful thing to set the mood. As-is, the utterly and persistently placid sky and sea had a static behavior that broke my association with the game a little.

Thanks for this! I enjoyed relaxing with it.

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