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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The Pit

by Soundless_dev - Compo Entry

Hey guys, I did it! I finally finished a game in time for the compo! I normally just end up doing the jam, but this time I was able to limit myself down to a reasonable scope.
even though out of all the times I've tried before, this is the time where I've had the least amount of free time by far. I worked for 8 hours yesterday and I go back to work today at 2. I guess it was just a matter of missing 16 hours of the weekend to force you to work harder.

Okay so here's what I used:
Coding: Sublime Text (javascript with html5)
Art: All hard coded vector graphics
Sounds: BFXR
Debug: Chrome

So I know it should work fine on Chrome, I don't think it'll work on IE at all, but it should be fine for safari and firefox.


When the game first starts, you have a near-empty room with a gold doubloon at the top, this is put in place purposefully to act as a way for you to experiment and get used to the controls. The game doesn't really start until you grab the gold doubloon at the top of the room.

The goal of "The Pit" as I have decided to call it for no apparent reason, is to collect as many gold doubloons as you can before you get caught by the evil red circles. Ahhh! so red, so round, so evil! Don't let them touch you or they'll consume your soul!


Arrow Keys: Movement / Aim your attack
z: Jump: hold for higher jumps
x: Lay Bricks: use in conjunction with arrow keys
c: Attack: breaks bricks, allowing you to COLLECT THEM FOR LATER use, also KNOCKS BACK ENEMIES, and if you do it in mid-air while aiming downward at an enemy, it can be used to boost you upward, effectively gaining ANOTHER JUMP.


Building works in 2 different ways, horizontally and vertically. In the top-left of the screen, it shows how many bricks you have available to use, when you have none left, you can not build. The only good the 'x' key will do then is snap your character to the tile grid.
Horizontal Building: You must be on the ground to initiate horizontal building. If you hold down 'x' while walking, bricks will form beneath your feet where there aren't any, effectively letting you walk on air.
Vertical Building: You must be on the ground to initiate vertical building. You can only build up vertically, not down. Hold 'x' while you are on the ground and press the 'up' arrow key. Your character will float into the air laying bricks beneath them.

Downloads and Links




Dec 11, 2016 @ 8:43pm

This controls really good, and cool mechanics, I sucked at it though :D

It was nice to get to now the controls at the beginning, but it was a little tedious do it a second time. Maybe only have it once! Either way great job!

harark says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 3:47pm

Clean design. I liked playing the game. A bit hard to build things, though. I accidentally used up all my blocks several times.

onyon says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:52pm

For some reason the game didn't show up for me on the page from the link. I use chrome btw.

Kazik_210 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 4:55pm

Nice game but this stupid red dot still killing me :<

DiscoFish says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:04pm

Really cool mechanics!

Quaternius says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 5:27pm

I really like the mechanic! really original, loved trapping the enemys.

sanojian says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 6:14pm

Really innovative. Hard though.

Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:06pm

It tok me a while to figure out how to play it. The mechanics are interesting and the presence of enemies makes the game much harder (the second level was a challenge for me). Could be nice if there was a way to restart the level other than pressing F5 :)

Soundless_dev says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:21pm

@fragileannihilator: Pressing space after you died wasn't working for you?

Artsicle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:33pm

Eyy another person who uses sublime text(with javascript and html5!)

Artsicle says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:35pm


conrad123 says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:37pm

"Press the spacebar to lose again." :P

schizoid2k says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 7:39pm

Interesting and challenging. Good job.

Yvanor says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:04pm

Really a fun and cool game ! The gameplay is intuitive and smooth, it's challenging but not impossible. The graphics are simple it's enough and the particles are good-looking. Well done ! :)

ccglp says ...
Dec 12, 2016 @ 9:06pm

Good idea, but the control scheme is a bit odd for me, I don't get it ._:

avalkyrie says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 12:11am

Pretty cool, surprisingly hard once that red dot shows up.

cushycode says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 5:21am

Neat game mechanics and overall concept. I like this little game and hope you'll continue working on it.

Fiote/Phanx says ...
Dec 13, 2016 @ 2:16pm

Challenging! Liked it! Good to know more people jamming with javascript (we did it too ^^)

Dec 13, 2016 @ 7:43pm

This looks like a lot of fun once your used to the controls, (I would find it easier with the up or space key as jump) but I'll be sure to come play it again later and try master it because I love the concept and the splash animations are quite satisfying :)

Decentsauce says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:35am

Really like the idea! Game is a bit on the hard side though. I think having building and breaking bricks on the same buttons and determine what happens by the pressed direction would make the controls easier. Currently it's a bit difficult to block an opponent that is chasing you. Still, very good entry!

Jonathan50 says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 12:53am

I love this game. Especially the enemies and method of building.

Soundless_dev says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 3:09am

@Decentsauce: That's a really good Idea! I think I'll add that in the polished version

HawkSandwich says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:53am

It's pretty neat, the controls are a bit hard to get behind, but it's not a huge problem. The game's responsive and simple fun. Good entry :)

cynicalmonkey says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:54am

really cool idea and fun use of the theme

Fuad says ...
Dec 14, 2016 @ 11:58am

Interesting platformer. A little bit unresponsive controls and I think you need to give more interactions with bricks.

And it's pretty hard :)

jotson says ...
Dec 15, 2016 @ 6:25am

Really interesting game. I like the building mechanic. Reminds me of lode runner for some reason... except in reverse I guess?

psychonull says ...
Dec 17, 2016 @ 4:49am

oh man I love the idea and the mechanics .. it's a fun game, I would increase hard upon getting golds, it's just too hard at once, but I had a good time :)

rplnt says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 5:28pm

It doesn't load for me, this is the error I get:

game.js:143 Uncaught DOMException: Failed to read the 'localStorage' property from 'Window': Access is denied for this document.

Soundless_dev says ...
Dec 18, 2016 @ 9:01pm

@rplnt: Ah, that's a problem with your browser I think, not allowing access to local storage for keeping a high score. You must have some strict security settings or something. Are you using chrome?

RoboRob says ...
Dec 20, 2016 @ 10:29am

The controls were pretty good, and the game was nice.

doublesquare says ...
Dec 24, 2016 @ 1:36pm

Interesting, but hard

mirta000 says ...
Dec 27, 2016 @ 4:24am

fairly alright, quite hard to play when the red dot starts chasing you though. Kept on dying to it >_<

Dec 31, 2016 @ 4:29pm

Cool game! The mechanics are really original :D Well done :)

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