Ludum Dare 31 — December 5th-8th, 2014 — Theme: Entire Game on One Screen

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Wizards Are Bad

by Lovelock - Jam Entry

Survive as long as you can.

An evil wizard will try to destroy your castle with his evil fireballs.

Keep your dwarves alive as long as you can. Chop down trees. Build a fortress. Don't get hit by fireballs.


Thanks for all the awesome feedback. As with many jam games, there were plenty of features that didn't make it to the final build due to life, time constraints etc. I had planned on allowing stone wall upgrades for extra defense, better dwarf control / AI, and more variance with our wizard friend. Thanks for playing and trying to help our little dwarves survive.

Also, the music was originally going to be more playful, but the sad piano seemed to fit with how futile their little lives are. Dastardly wizard.


Left click and Drag from the ground or a wall to build.
Right click to remove construction lines.

Downloads and Links




Dec 9, 2014 @ 10:23am


JoshuaBurr says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 12:39am

I really enjoyed this. I think it is a very nice concept. The first few times I played all of my guys were wiped out nearly instantly. I couldn't seem to directly control the guys so I couldn't get them to take shelter in the fort. Also when I chopped a tree down everyone stopped building to go and get wood and wouldn't start building again until all of the wood had been collected.

SnoutUp says ...
Dec 10, 2014 @ 3:54pm

I hate that wizard... I hate him very much. Despite him and his behavior - nice game!

Red Sigma says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:40am

I liked this a lot, but I can't help but notice a lot of stuff missing, like proper instructions, and a working end screen. It was also unclear as to whether you could advance, or even if there was an end goal either than surviving as long as you can.

Good job overall.

karlipoppins says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 5:53am

Gosh I almost loved this game, if it wasn't for the aweful destruction that came randomly from the wizard... It seemed like any strategy that I put forth was either amazing or sucked depending purely upon luck: where do the fireballs hit... Great audio, lovely graphics. Tough controls, I wish we could control the dwarves a bit more so that they never pack and get destroyed in one shot.

Dec 11, 2014 @ 11:32am

Really liked the audio and graphics. Didn't feel I had much control over the game though.

Pulsartronic says ...
Dec 11, 2014 @ 6:22pm

Little anti-nature :D ... funny, really liked the graphics ... good luck

SinistraGames says ...
Dec 13, 2014 @ 12:57am

Now I'm sad. The dwarves died and the piano kept sobbing with me... Good job with this :)

paperweight says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 4:01pm

Quite cool and funny. But rather buggy and feels slow and futile after a little bit.

Snail_Man says ...
Dec 14, 2014 @ 5:22pm

Nice game I had some fun.
The concept was simple, yet effective. It was quite fun, although I would suggest you make the workers default to building above gathering logs, unless there are no more logs. The music was quite good, but oddly somber for the frenetic nature of the game. Still, I had a lot of fun!

Shivur says ...
Dec 15, 2014 @ 6:00pm

Very good game. Just need some balancing and difficulty curve for the dwarfs to not randomly die right at the start. The wizard should not shoot 1 million fireballs right in the beginning.

Dec 16, 2014 @ 8:49am

Nice game. Excellent music. Deserves to devote more time to make it a great game.

voxel says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 9:02am

Man that wizard is a serious jerk. I almost finished building a giant middle finger to let him know how I felt, but you can probably guess what happened next. I liked this a lot, but didn't really feel the music was a good match. Far too much sad and not enough angry.

puppetmaster says ...
Dec 16, 2014 @ 9:42pm

Sad game with beautiful art!
Well made!

Mechamew says ...
Dec 28, 2014 @ 12:59am

Very nice concept. Loved the music!

maxmetallica says ...
Dec 29, 2014 @ 10:11pm

nice game

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