Ludum Dare 37 — December 9th-11th, 2016 — Theme: One Room

Well, Mike ran in to problems getting working properly with about 12 hours left in the Compo, so this is the backup plan.

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by Attrition - Compo Entry


=== What is this? ===

Inspired loosely by a previous LD entry (and now excellent Android/iOS app) 'hoplite', but mostly just roguelikes and chess.

It hasn't been a good day for player-knight, who's been trapped in a room with monsters.

=== Instructions ===

Each monster has a special attack pattern, you must try and close the distance while avoiding their attacks and kill them one by one.

- Hover over an enemy to see where you should avoid
- You can move to any of the blue coloured tiles
- Enemies you can attack will be in red coloured tiles
- Attacking an enemy moves you into its tile

Good luck player-knight!

=== Custom map maker! ===

Not enough levels? Try the custom map maker, challenge yourself and your friends!

Here's an example custom level to get you started (copy and paste):,2&m=om,10,2,om,2,2,ds,8,0,ds,4,4

Downloads and Links




eerongal says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:21am

this is a really fun and challenging puzzle game! nice work!

mdzimmer says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:34am

Very solid puzzle game. From the first level I was engaged by the enemy diversity.

slimabob says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:39am

Awesome game! Played it all the way through, and the map maker was a very good addition!

CandyCreep says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:40am

I really had to use my brain on this one. Well done! And I love the simple graphics. Works perfectly with this game.

I had a hard time figuring out how the enemies worked. Would be nice with a little "helper" that described how the enemies behaved. Or maybe it's just me being too stupid to figure it out on my own x)

tomer_cool says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:45am

I like it, good idea and nice game play!

TrashLord says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:46am

Thank you very much for this game! You should make a mobile version. This game is challenging (for dumb me) and make brain work! Saved source code, will try it until every level will be completed!

CMLSC says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:47am

I got stuck on level 7. X3
Here is an idea, maybe you could change the player's patterns for different levels. :D

zeoxo says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:48am

Really fun and challenging, really made me have to thing at times!

KadaDev says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:55am

Wow this is awesome, chess players will love this game!!

The level editor puts this over the top

Tauka says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:35am

Absolutely loved the game, feels like playing a chess, but entertaining one with cool animations

crazya says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:51am

Level 7 broke me

justinooncx says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:52am

A really fun puzzle game! I wish I could say more about it, but I can't really see any glaring flaws at all. Well done!

SpaceRelated says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:09am

Wow. Really cool concept. Makes my head hurt. Got to level 8, but couldn't beat it. I like games of perfect information like this.

vinipc says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 8:04pm

Really nice game. It does indeed remind of of Hoplite.
I just think there is too much "running after enemies until they hit a wall".

Wevel says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Very nice game, some difficult puzzles, great work

Zarkonnen says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 6:07pm

I really like Hoplite, and I really liked this too. :D

breno says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 12:49pm

The link is down: "Cannot GET /ld37/"

Attrition says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 1:03am

Apologies, I was doing some maintenance on my site.

rojo says ...
Dec 29, 2016 @ 1:18am

Great little game! Some background music would have been a nice touch.

mar3k says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:22pm

Really fun game! I enjoyed playing it a lot! GJ

Haveachin says ...
Dec 30, 2016 @ 6:35pm

Very nice game! Keep it up!

ring says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 12:32pm

The best game I've played so far! Puzzles are challenging but not frustrating. Nice graphics and retro sound. Glad you add map maker!

Kevin_B says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:17pm

I love the map maker, the simple but efficient gameplay and the retro graphics.
Good work!
I really enjoyed this.

thomz12 says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 1:22pm

Tricky game! Had fun playing it! Well done! :)

Dec 31, 2016 @ 2:02pm

Fun that you were able to make so much content and variation with so little game mechanics! I thought that level 7 was a lot harder than level 8.

Nino9612 says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 5:05pm

Awsome game buddy xD. I like the fact that you developed a map maker keep it up

kato9 says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 5:12pm

Very cool, I've played Hoplite and I think you've translated the mechanics pretty well here. Of course some power ups or different abilities would spice things up, but for 48 hours this is very solid. Nice retro sound effects too!

Xanjos says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 10:16pm

Managed to get up to level 2 but that was a pretty fun roguelike/puzzle game.

automatonvx says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 10:35pm

Fun, stripped down puzzle strategy, never played or heard of hoplite so I don't know how original this is, but its certainly fun and well put together either way.

ciaodavinci says ...
Dec 31, 2016 @ 11:11pm

Thanks for this game! Really enjoyed playing through it - the aesthetic felt consistent and it matched up well with the music.
Took me a couple tries, but I beat level 8.

I hope you keep working on this, there's a lot of potential here!

Jan 1, 2017 @ 6:42am

This is a very cool puzzle game. The graphics and audio style are very consistent, and make this is a very solid entry.

cjke.7777 says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 7:27am

Great, this is a really addictive game

eruiz00 says ...
Jan 1, 2017 @ 4:56pm

Nice idea and like these pixelate sprites. Well done!

Jan 1, 2017 @ 11:23pm

One of the simplest yet most satisfying to play entries in this Ludum Dare. Everything worked smoothly, and level design was nice. The only thing that felt a bit out of place was the audio, but that might just be personal taste :P
Great job! ^-^

BlackBulletIV says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 12:16am

Very nice puzzler concept with decent graphics too. Well done.

ijzm says ...
Jan 2, 2017 @ 12:17am

I'm reminded a lot of Nitrome's Rust Bucket, but the stakes seem to be higher - for instance, an attack can span over multiple squares in a single turn. This is interesting and makes simpler levels a lot more challenging.

The sound effects are a tad too squeaky for me, and the art is good. I don't really see the theme in here, but I can get behind your justification a bit, seeing as you never really move out of the view of the screen. Nice level comments btw. :P


rainssong says ...
Jan 10, 2017 @ 6:33pm

the weakest hero...

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