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A Cruel World

by 0bl1v1on - Mini LD 53 Entry

This was my first ever Ludum Dare. I'll get a post mortem up later today.

A Cruel World is a very short exploration game about an silent, outcast child in a harsh environment (because as far as I can see, the future is getting darker and darker!). It touches on religion, deforestation, corruption, self-image problems, and animal cruelty.

There is some anthropomorphic art, an eerie atmosphere, poetry, and slightly dark imagery. The game would have been longer and darker, but I ran out of time and made do with what I had accomplished. I'm quite happy with the result though!

All the artwork/animation was made myself (hence the large file size - sorry), and for the audio I used the license-free audio provided by SoundEffectsFactory on YouTube (with some editing myself). Oh and it's built ontop of libGDX for anyone who is wondering.

I packaged it as an executable JAR file - so it should work on any platform.

Let me know what you guys think! :)


Walk - Left / right arrow keys
Jump - Up arrow key
Activate - Space bar (when X appears in the top right corner)
Music - M (Pause music if it gets annoying!)
Zoom - Mouse wheel
And the list of items on the bottom left is what you currently have in your inventory.

EDIT: It may be useful to know the following:

- On the second level: When you pass the boxes for the first time they cannot be climbed. Speak to the lady, and then return to the boxes to collect the key. You can then proceed. (It can be tricky to get up the box stack though - sorry!)

- There are bugs with the interaction with characters in some places. Some will require you to 'Activate' near the character to view their speech, others will simply appear.

Hope this helps!

Downloads and Links


yodamaster says ...
Jul 21, 2014 @ 3:32pm

"Web" means running in the browser. Executable download is not web. Can you make this run in the browser?

leffe108 says ...
Jul 22, 2014 @ 7:37pm

The available time to read the texts is too short. The font fits the theme well, but slows down reading. It might be better to not hide text based on time but when the player moves moves forward.

I couldn't get up on the boxes to collect the key. I don't know if that is supposed to be working or not.

But very nice combination of art, music, fonts etc. to convey a feeling.

Jul 23, 2014 @ 12:34am

I really liked his art? she combined with the music, but the game has some problems / bugs and unfortunately was unable to reach the end. Still had fun with your game. still had fun with your game. ^ ^

Available0xFF says ...
Jul 23, 2014 @ 10:20am

In my opinion the art is really really good.
I hope you'll patch some bugs, but the idea of the game is original and mature.

MafiaPuff says ...
Jul 25, 2014 @ 1:47am

Wow. Creepy-Lookin'.

Really outstanding Art.

Jul 25, 2014 @ 2:56pm

Wasnt sure what to do, but love the graphics! I included it in part 3 of my MiniLD 53 compilation video series, if you’d like to check it out :)

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