Ludum Dare 32 — April 17th-20th, 2015 — Theme: An Unconventional Weapon

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What Lurks in the Dark

by MoogleSensei - Compo Entry

Ludum Dare 32:
What Lurks in the Dark

You are a middle-aged man who has decided that he wants some yams from the basement. The trouble is, it's pretty dark down here and you never had lights installed. Good thing you brought your trusty flashlight!

But wait, there are strange noises... I think something weird is going on in the basement, you had better be careful. Anything could be lurking out there in the darkness.


Use WASD to move yourself and the mouse to change where you point your flashlight. The F key is used to advance out of message boxes/menus, and the space key will pause the game. You can also press the escape key at any time to exit the game. That's all there is to it!


The code was all written in lua, and LOVE2d was used for the graphics.
The sprites, tilesets, and images were created using MS Paint.
The levels were assembled from aforementioned tilesets using Tiled.
The music was generated with Bosca Ceoil and
The sound effects were recording of me and were edited using Audacity.
The font was created with bitfontmaker2.


Programming, graphics, music, and sounds were all created by Sean Miller within the allotted time for the Ludum Dare Compo.

The Code

The code is available at with the MIT license. To run the code on Windows, you can simply unzip and run the executable. To run the code on Linux, you need to have version 0.9.2 or greater. Provided that Love2d is in your path you can simply run love /path/to/folder to will start the game.

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chanko08 says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 2:43am

Very amusing game. I especially liked the monster noises

Chadivision says ...
Apr 20, 2015 @ 11:22pm

I like the whole flashlight mechanic. The flashlight looks cool, but I think it would be even better if it had more of a falloff to the light, instead of just on/off for each square. So fully bright for squares near you and in the center, slightly lit for ones far away or off to the sides.

The audio was a little hard to hear, so maybe the level could be brought up some.

Nice job though. I enjoyed playing it.

smokecastles says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:16pm

Very nice flashlight mechanic and smooth gameplay! I tested it on Arch and found a minor bug: while the main menu is showing, if the window loses focus and you go back to it,it prompts you to press F and then shows an error.

Nice work!

Anas Azmi says ...
Apr 21, 2015 @ 11:59pm

Great game, if you're into horror. Also, it wasn't very clear as to what exactly I should do. And there doesn't seem to be a way to fight against the monsters, so I don't know if you can call the flashlight a weapon.

terpin says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:34am

I'm loving both your mechanics and those little monster noises! I blare my audio so I didn't have any trouble hearing 'em, I wish there was more dithering with the flashlight, a la minesweeper, might keep the suspense up a little bit!

novadream says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 12:53am

Didn't know you could kill enemies at first, lol, should've read the README from the getgo. :P

pkenney says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 1:38am

Wow this game was awesome! I won with a deathcount of 52.

The theme mechanic was fun to use, and the monsters created a lot of moments of panic. It was really well balanced. The game combined the puzzle of figuring out how to approach the level with the tactics of dodge-fighting the monsters really smoothly.

Controls were problem-free, critical for a game like this.

HellBlazer says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 7:41am

Interesting mechanic, though it gets quite hard in a rather frustrating way. A lot of times you just die in a fraction of a second without being able to react. Maybe that was the idea. Anyway, I did make it to the end so I enjoyed it overall. Nice work.

@Anas Azmi, the flashlight IS a weapon. The monsters die if they remain in the light for too long.

Druid says ...
Apr 22, 2015 @ 9:44am

Interesting game! I really like that light mechanics :)

Funske says ...
Apr 23, 2015 @ 9:34pm

Cool gameplay it took me a while to figure out what to do, but when I did it was fun.

josefnpat says ...
Apr 24, 2015 @ 4:47am

Nice job! The second to last level was rather hard with the lights turning back off, but altogether very cleanly done!

Andrea says ...
Apr 25, 2015 @ 7:30pm

Very cool! The monster go a little too fast for me, but it still very enjoyable. The idea is pretty great too!

Tom Rijnbeek says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 7:06pm

Cool game. The graphics style fit great and the concept is amazing. At the third level I had to give up though, I just couldn't find a way around the monsters, so that got a bit frustrating. Lovely game otherwise :)

GameQuester says ...
May 3, 2015 @ 10:19pm

I liked the music and sound effects. The mechanics were well done. The monsters killed me fairly often :). Good work!

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