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

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The Sleeper

by dollarone - Jam Entry

Captain's log, stardate 218636.2

I'm on my way to the planet Zebes, but here's something that might be interesting:
The computer is telling me there is a power source hidden in a meteor nearby.
I've got a hunch there's some treasure or perhaps some technology to loot here!
Will make a quick stop to take a look.
Looks like the source is located deep inside the meteor.
It's kind of like a cave but it's way too cylindrical to be natural.

I have landed and will go have a look.
There's even a local atmosphere inside this cave, I won't be needing my space suit.
I will bring my laser pistol, though.
Be back in a sec (famous last words, eh?)

Signing off,
Captain Lance Harding.

All stuff by me during LD.

Tools used:, Sublime, Aseprite, Audacity &

Edit: I've added the ability to crouch to the Post LD version.

Downloads and Links


steph88 says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 6:00am

Hi, nice game and congratulations ! 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.

Aug 30, 2016 @ 2:26pm

Short and sweet! I like how the Captain goes exploring an unknown cave in just a singlet and camo pants. Wondering if there's an alternative ending...

WERT Studio says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 3:55pm

hello captian you made a neat game

8Keys Studios says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:31pm

Good job! That weird knife-hand-and-foot dude scared the crap out of me.

8Keys Studios says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:35pm

Good job! Got some bullet and other effects that remained on the screen occasionally. That weird knife-hand-and-foot dude scared the crap out of me.

gonutz says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 10:44pm

This is a really cool game, you did a great job!
I love the wacky character animations and that Edward Scissor Hands guy really scared me when he started jumping around like crazy. Also the sound fits the setting perfectly. For a game jam entry this is 10/10!

dollarone says ...
Aug 30, 2016 @ 11:39pm

Thanks for the comments folks! Glad to hear that the game managed to scare!

nervous.composers: there is indeed an alternative ending...

Danae123 says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 8:20am

I couldn't decide between giggles and worried looks: The animation of the Captain was perfectly wacky and the sounds just creeped me out :D Loved the humour as well. great job!

Tijn says ...
Aug 31, 2016 @ 1:44pm

The audio is pretty cool, dude! The graphics are alright, but the platformer feel could use some work imho. Especially the jumping / falling is a bit floaty, but I suppose you are on an alien planet, so maybe it makes sense.

I found the first ending pretty quickly, but needed some help finding the true ending.

The best thing is when a monster jumps up. Scary as hell, hahaha.

monkeybit29 says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 3:04am

Really liked the scissorhand creature that appeared, kinda wish i was able to have better aim control

euske says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 1:26pm

I hate the flying kitties.

n42k says ...
Sep 1, 2016 @ 4:00pm

Loved the game!

The mix of large blocks of texts and gameplay was very interesting. It was rather hard to figure out a way to get ahead in the game (which is a good thing!), and the graphics were very fitting!

Sadly, a small bug made the game crash for me as I was starting to win. Will play again soon!

Pickens Inc. says ...
Sep 2, 2016 @ 3:57pm

Thanks for hanging out in the stream! Really nice metroid-esque game that you saw I sucked at. The art and animations were nice, aas was the ambient music.

I would improve the control you have over the aim, and perhaps don't let enemies aggro you when they're not in the room!

But otherwise, really solid entry. Great job!

Sep 2, 2016 @ 6:47pm

Interesting game! I included it in my compilation video series of Ludum Dare 36, if you’d like to take a look :)

Sep 7, 2016 @ 2:10am

I liked this game. The monster made of blades and nightmares was fun and scary. The game music was excellent and thematic. The controls were a little difficult, but they didn't prevent me from enjoying the game.

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