Ludum Dare 36 — August 26th-29th, 2016 — Theme: Ancient Technology

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National Egyptian Slave Racing League

by Spaghetti and Meatball - Jam Entry

Welcome to the 36th annual Slave Racing World Cup! We’ve got a fantastic lineup for you folks today, it’s sure to be a race for the ages! While the racers are making their way up to the starting line, let’s have a look at who’s competing, shall we?

A brand new face to the slave racing scene, you're taking the reins as "The Rookie", a young slave racer ready to make history in the big leagues!

Whip your slaves to achieve maximum speed, swerve and drift your way around the track, and knock your opponents out of the way to cross the finish line first!

Left click to whip your (and your opponent's) slaves
M to toggle the Map on and off
TAB to toggle the Third Person Camera on and off
CAPSLOCK to switch to Cinematic Mode (good luck playing in this) :P

Space to slow your slaves down
R to reset your position if you get stuck

ESC will lock/unlock the cursor

Made in 72 hours by
Alexi Bay (Programming, UI, Unity Stuff)
Noah Gracey (3D Art, Texturing)
Timon Incze (Sound Effects, Voices)

Downloads and Links


steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:57am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! Simple mechanics that still offered a decent amount of challenge.We're realizing a video with several games of the Ludum Dare #36. We made the same thing at the previous jam.

Can you add your game on ? (it's free)
So we can include also your game in the video ;)
p.s. write #LDJAM in the game's description.

TpRayK says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:15am

that of the weirdest games i have played...
it is quite nice, very well done mate.
its very challenging, and it can make as a good mobile game. (though, it can be hardcore if you keep them as humans lol,)
i honestly, was too bad at it that i couldnt catch up to any of the other racers :(
(guess i did something wrong :D )
a side note, something i'd like to be different is, for every enemy in line to give different extra movement force, and turning degree, that would give the player more control. at the moment it seems no matter where you hit at the line, they all give the same thing

which means, the difference is either too small, or something up with ray cast or this is how it was made :)
but nonetheless good job, keep up the good work i'd love to see more of you.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:41am

@steph88 Sure thing, here's a link:

Aun says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 12:39pm

Haha, it is very funny. It is a good idea to use the whip to control the car. However, I was a bit sick at the end to do right left right left... I do not know how but I managed to finish finish although I started in the wrong direction.

conrad123 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:26pm

This was very good! It made me laugh. A lot. The controls take some time to master, and with my sticky trackpad it's kind of hard. But the artwork is great!

PanicTheFirst says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:34pm

Nice, that was one hell of a ride. The mechanics are really funny. Easy to learn but hard to master.
Graphics were fitting and funny. :D

Suaave says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:36pm

Hilarious game, I love the game mechanic and whipping opponents is great. I could imagine this being a super fun multiplayer game and something that would work well with VR. Hope to see more of it soon!

mvasko2 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 1:53pm

Poor slaves!
Great game, I really like the mechanic - really simple and challenging, it made me click like a mad man.

I also like that there's a great big-eventy kind of atmosphere - the crowd is cheering (I assume, what else could that noise be?), the stadium is huge, the race is broadcast on a giant ancient TV screen, and there are confetti and cinematic mode in the end.

Excellent job!

holgk says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:06pm

Weird game. Crazy idea. While playing I thought it would be nice to have a bit more control over your "car" thing.

Fisher007 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:40pm

This is a lot more fun than I initially thought. Driving the cart is challenging enough to keep me interested. I don't know how you made the cinematic camera, but that's a really cool feature. I loved watching my character while whipping those slaves :D
Skipping the tutorial would be appreciated though.
Great work!

AODQ says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 7:59pm

this game is just hilarious, wow. You can actually whip the AI's slaves and veer them off the course which is even more hilarious. A lot of content as well even if there were 3 people on the team. The models are really nice as well. I was actually surprised when the sound effects changed when under a tunnel, a nice subtle touch. It doesn't quite make sense why when i whip the left side, the right side starts to move, but I think you caught that by allowing inverted controls which is good. The screens throughout the arena showing off different angles of the game is really nice since most of the game you'll be looking forward.

One problem is if you hit R while trying to get to the start line you can't start the game. Also you can fly off the map before the race starts but that's not really an issue. Those are the only problems I could find with the game, great work. :)

Aug 31, 2016 @ 2:42am

very hard to control. fun concept though

Aug 31, 2016 @ 3:29am

Great game, thankyou so much for having the option for an inverted whip direction, I find slave racing games completely unplayable unless they let me invert the whip.

But seriously I would love to play a finished version of this on Steam, and show off to people that I have the badge, the trading cards, and 100% achievements for "National Egyptian Slave Racing League"!!

Darenn says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 9:37am

What a fun idea ! I had a very good time on your game. It was so funny and unusual to have to whip slaves to do a race. :') It's not so easy to play, because two whip on the left and your slaves go really really hard to the left ! You have worked to do to get it really playable (like the menu :p) but the race in itself is already good. Maybe add an action to speed up the slaves ? Because I had an "accident" with the second racer, and after that it was impossible to get the first.
Congratulations to your team, keep creating games !

darthbox1 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 10:27pm

I really enjoyed took me a minute to figure out, but what a hilarious idea for a racing game! i must show this to a friend of mine that loves racing games. one thing though, because i failed to line up properly with the other racers, and ended up doing a practice lap, i got back to the start and immediately won the race...a bit unfair for the AI XD but super fun/ny idea and well executed.

Danae123 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 9:23pm

Once you get over the fact that you must whip your slaves, it's a fun :) I found the controls difficult, but that could be a sign of my high noob level :D

nardelli says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 10:14pm

Well done! Congratulations.
I liked this different input! And the 3D graphics too. BTW, it's very difficult to play hehe, but I think that with a little practice we can make it hehe.


urielgamedev says ...
Sep 14, 2016 @ 12:02pm

Hey, thank you for your comment!
Your game is really fun! The fact that we can whip the opponent's slaves is fantastic! The game is hard, I only overtake two opponents. Graphics are cool and the menu is complete, moreover I appreciate the second camera!
Good job guys :D

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