Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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underworld siege

by Benjamin - Compo Entry

Protect the underworld's master from heroes raid.
Collect the 3x power orb to banish those pesky humans from your dungeon forever !

z : open shop
x : swap monster

random tips :
- only goblins can grab money and orbs
- orc dig faster than goblins
- protect the dungeon items or the heroes will use them
- door will auto-repair itself on each turn
- traps can be re-activated by monsters
- ghost can walk through walls

Downloads and Links




boardtobits says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 3:24am

I like the specialized purpose of the different minions. Clever, and really polished. Well done!

scambier says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 5:45pm

I really liked this game. The graphics are nice, and it's challenging. You made me interested into pico8

Azlen says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:36pm

Awesome game! It took a while but I managed to get all three orbs, totally worth my time.

Gammel says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 6:46pm

Great game!! The only thing i didn't like is it being turn based.

Dungeon keeper meets roguelike?

lulublululu says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 9:19pm

So much love for this! I said more words on your BBS page.

GFM says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:44pm

So polished!

Amazing entry!

zatyka says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:11am

Wow. It's truly remarkable what you were able to accomplish in 48 hours. So much fun. I'll be playing this one again.

There's something so charming about the pico-8.

mitkus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:22pm

Wow. Very cool game! And in pico-8 nonetheless. Really enjoyed playing.

01101101 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:51pm

Fantastic game! I went back to it today and managed to gather the 3 orbs and beat the game.
Nice balance of strategy, randomness and challenge. It's so satisfying when everything goes as planned :)
Great work as usual!

Headmade says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:34pm

Wow, this one is really good! I want to play some more which is very rare with Ludum dare games.
It's rather hard though and I only played on easy.

mortus says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:03pm

Brilliant and original idea, as always. Though the best tactic for me seems to be creating only 1 entry and stacking lots of defenders there, but I have to beat the game yet. Will surely get back to it to explore more tactics.

TijmenTio says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:04pm

Pretty solid game, especially for pico8, but the gameplay was a bit too straight forward to me. Although that might be my own incompetence..

danialias says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:58am

One of my favourites! Hard, even in the Easy mode, but rewarding and very fun. And addictive! Lots of possible strategies to try and resources to manage. Great one!

walaber says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:25am

super job! very hard at first, but slowly you realize all the different strategies you can employ. makes me want to play a few (hundred) more times and really get good at it. really great job!

NikB says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:20am

Simply outstanding. Clever design, stylish minimalistic art and so much fun to play!

collaboration says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:53pm

Wow, this is really cool, there is not so much graphics, but really really cool gameplay - and that's really important. Good job!

Togimaro says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:07pm

Excellent, addictive and very with very cool graphism, I love this game!
Sadly an error (line 1331) block the game at a moment

Sparrow says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:31pm

This is done exceptionally well! Great job!

cbstegeman says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 8:01pm

So good, so fun, so cute.

jhrrsn says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:37pm

Super fun, reminds me of playing Dungeon Keeper (with a dash of roguelike!). Have you posted the source anywhere? I'd love to see how you implemented this in Pico-8!

Benjamin says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:47pm

@jhrrsn on pico8 all game sources are available : You can dl the game png ( ) and load it in pico8

Stending says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 9:50pm

Pretty amazing concept and interesting mechanics!
Really nice, congrats!

dunin says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 6:51am

really fun!
(after you read the rules)
well balanced and good graphics!

bombjack says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 4:45pm

very nice and original gameplay. The game felt a little hard to me.

GaTechGrad says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 5:22am

It was a little difficult figuring out the gameplay at first. I didn't know that I was supposed to use the green guys to pick up the gold and return it to the boss. I was never able to figure out how to pickup or use the key.

Drauthius says ...
Sep 3, 2015 @ 5:32pm

Very nice game with a lot of options. Starting with zero gold is a bit harsh, as well as heroes spawning everywhere, but it has a lot of depth and potential.

Mach60KAS says ...
Sep 7, 2015 @ 8:36pm

Extremely polished and detailed game - especially for pico8! You've put so much thought and detail into each of the units' function and mechanics, and the UI is extremely well done. My main issue was that "X" is more traditionally cancel than action. Since "Z" and "X" map to "A" and "B" normally, I ended up buying things by accident while trying to cancel out of the shop occasionally. Apart from that all I think this game really needs is some music - the graphics work throughout is amazing (such as the title screen effect) and the game is very well balanced overall. Amazing work!

PurpleApes says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 9:29am

Nice Turn based Dungeon Keeper!!!

crucknuk says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 2:21pm

I absolutely loved the game, one of the best game i used to play on LD33 but the bug....of "line 1331" really....made me cringe more than usual. I couldn't finish your game because of that error :(

I really hope you fix it and that we will be able to actually finish your great game.

Please....fix it because it ruins the gameplay.

Thank you

uheartbeast says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 2:33pm

Loved it!

chuckeles says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 2:39pm

Great game, really well polished. +1

Patacorow says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 3:07pm

One of the most fun games this LD!
Minimalist graphics yet beautiful and polished!
Great mechanics and gameplay!
I would love to see a post compo with more information about what does what
more unique units
sound track

Matzigon says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 5:11pm

Nice one! It is a bit strange that the more creature you control is the less you do. But the game is fun. :)

deepnight says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 10:12pm

It took me a very long time to beat the game, but it worth it :) Excellent gameplay as always. Once you understand that mobs positioning is really important, everything becomes much simpler!

Good job :)

dancingmad says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 10:16pm

Game mechanics are awesome !
I played it for more than 30 minutes and I wand more !
Great game !

Ivan Volkov says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 11:52am

Interesting gameplay and mechanics!
Started on medium, and that was pretty fun to understand mechanics of the game throughout the process
Here's your 5!

personalurban says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 12:44pm

The first game I've come back to and played again, not the most original but very very well done

Teesquared says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 3:18am

Cool tech. You achieved a lot of depth especially considering the constraints of the system. Took a few tries to get going. It's a very addictive game once you get a hang of it.

xvw says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 4:44am

Hard but not so much, i'm fall in love about your graphics !

walsh9 says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 6:16am

Really impressive especially for a Pico-8 game. Played through to the end, got all three orbs, and loved it.

Slothmachine says ...
Sep 14, 2015 @ 8:06pm

Wonderful! Even though the gameplay was different this brought back memories from the old Dungeon Keeper. Polished and readable visuals. Really nice entry!

koto says ...
Nov 16, 2016 @ 11:05pm

Very very underrated.

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