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

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You are the Nightmare

by petmonkey - Compo Entry

You find yourself in the same nightmare as so many times before. But this time, you decide to fight back. But beware - your nightmares are part of you, and what you do is in some way reflected in them...


WASD or Arrow Keys to move
Space to fire
Kill all nightmares on each level
Beat all 8 levels to win!


I went for a pretty literal interpretation of the theme. You control the hero and at the same time all the monsters. Although their movement is mapped differently than the hero's.

At first I was thinking of explaining it with a faulty mind-control device. But with the monsters from a game mechanics point of view already sort of being distorted versions of the player, it seemed to fit better to have them be inner demons and nightmares instead.

Other features:

-Randomly generated levels.

-Randomly generated movement and attack patterns for monsters. Becoming more difficult the futher one makes it.

Downloads and Links




rogual says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 11:35am

Amazing graphics. I love the warped perspective effect. Fog, trees & fences are also all awsesome. Too bad there aren't any animations!

The levels did all feel very similar; there wasn't much to distinguish one from the last.

TiByte says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:32pm

Music would make the mood of the game sooo much better, but all in all it's a very nice and hard game.

Hyoga-3D says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 12:52pm

cool game and great mood, also congrats for the trick on the trees, a love this tricks, it reminded me of okami, that uses something very similiar. Good game.

g_o says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 4:49pm

Great graphics on this one!
The movement was linked to my movement I reckoned but what's going on with the firing mechanism?

afisicos says ...
Aug 24, 2015 @ 7:27pm

Excelent game. Nice graphics and an interesting idea.

2011petia says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:12am

Nice game,you have a nice job

Kaltic says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:10am

Absolutely love the warped camera and visuals. The idea is great and a bit SuperHot, but it was a little difficult to line yourself up while also not getting hit by auto-firing enemies.

Shina69 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:05am

Loved the movement mechanism, adding a puzzle component to an apparent shooting game that would be boring without it. A morbid soundtrack would make it even better.

collaboration says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:35am

Love this artstyle so much, need to improve gameplay and add music, it will be much more cooler!

mboaj says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 11:19am

I have some difficulty at aiming to the nightmares. But the mood is really Tim Burtonish :)

Pampattitude says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 9:12pm

It's a really cool work! Gorgeous and no bugs observed. Some music would have make it more awesome but it's already a huge work.

lightsoda says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 8:17pm

Looks pretty nice. A tip: next time check horizontal and vertical movement independent of each other.

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