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Ludum Dare API Stats!

Posted by (twitter: @psychonull)
Friday, September 18th, 2015 10:58 am

Hey there!, we wanted to see our performance over our participation on ludums to get an idea of what we need to improve at game creation (like mood, graphics, etc) and as I started to create an Excel to see that data, it came up the idea of making directly an api for everyone who wants the same.

Here is the API Site and the API Docs

Here is an example of our user:


So, how it works?
It scrapes the author page looking for LudumDare entries, then scrapes every entry page found on it. To not stress the site, it will scrape ONLY once and cache the results for later fetchs. It also has a setting at the server to set the last ludum number, so every ludum I will go there and change it to make able for new scrapes.

Hope you guys enjoy it!, the source is open at Github under BSD license, so you can check it out , make use of it or whatever you want :) … also any pull request or issue is really appreciated!

I have added more suff like percents for standings, moved calculations into the API so now can use them from your site fast and easy, medals on the grids and total entries are taken from the type of entry (compo or jam).
Thanks for the good vibes, suggestions and bug reports!

We made it! Sly Slime the game at LD33

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Sunday, August 30th, 2015 7:20 pm



Hi all, this is the first time of all of us to be in Ludum Dare. We’re happy and proud to present our game: Sly Slime.

As you can see, this is a fast-paced stealth-topdown-shooter. You are Sly Slime , the red guy at center of the screen. As the most common monster in RPG, your species were slaughtered like thousands of times by players. So now it’s the time for REVENGE!!

We never expected that we can reach this far of our game. I still can’t believe we did this. But look at it, we made it at last!

Please visit our page to download & try it! Feel free to tell us what you think of our game! Don’t hesitate to RATE IT, and THANKS FOR PLAYING!



Sly Slime – Revenge On All Players

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Saturday, August 29th, 2015 11:00 pm


The slime is the most common monster in JRPG. Millions of them were killed by players during the whole video game history. So it’s the time for REVENGE!!

After 72 hours of hard work, we made this game – Sly Slime. It’s visually beautiful, fine-tuned, also brutally hard and unforgiven. You are weak just like your kins, so try your best to survive this bullet hell, sneak and send these players to hell! Give them everything you got!

Please visit our game page here, and don’t hesitate to rate and comment!

Good Game, Good Luck, Have Fun!

Monster of the Matrix: post jam progress

Posted by (twitter: @@jespertingvall)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 5:13 pm

Still having a cold decided to continued working a bit on my Ludum Dare 33 game Monster of the Matrix. In the game you play as a skeleton trapped inside a dungeon crawler. But something is wrong… You realize that you are trapped inside a world that is shutting down. You must escape…! And something is hunting you….!

New version

  • The original Ludum Dare game had one random generated level of fixed size, with one exit. After the jam I split it up into 7 different sized, still randomly generated, levels. It also added a new gameplay element, doors. They made the game much scarier since they limited your sight. And behind every door an agent could lurk…
  • A stamina mechanic was added. You need to rest and can not run the entire time. The agents more a little bit faster than you, so you can not loose them unless you are running from them.
  • More and scarier sounds where added, among them footsteps to the other skeletons and really spooky music from Connor O.R.T. Linning.
  • I also integrated Gamejolts API into the game, giving the player achievements.

Old version of game



Hello Ludum-Darees!

This is my first post-mortem butchery and I am very excited to share my experience doing the music and sound design for our entry:



Given the fact that we started slightly off schedule and that we changed the mechanic and aim of the game in the course of only 2 days we were

slightly limited regarding fine tuning the game but we made due with the resources we had…

For this game we (tried) implementing Fmod into making the audio behave a lot more dynamically and react to inputs rather than just looping seamlessly from beginning to end.



This is only the 2nd time I have used Fmod inside a Unity game and I was relatively happy with what we achieved but I there are several hurdles that I would like to get over for future jams:



-Making instruments come in after each other

-Changing the snare-sound when switching between left arrow key and right arrow key

-Creating a “muffled” effect when entering the giant peaches

-Transitioning from the main beat to the transition and into the new section

Making things sound cool and glued together

-Switching between sound effect stings


Fmod for an audio person is fairly simple to use as it acts just like any other “DAW” (Digital Audio Workstation ie. Ableton/Fruity Loops/Pro Tools/Reason)

Its main purpose is to make the programmers life a bit easier by creating parameters that the programmer can tie to an event/instance in the gameplay, hopefully making

the programmers life a lot easier (in theory at least  :D)

It also serves to create a bit more interesting audio flow which is really essential because hearing a loop over and over is annoying.


The music track is ssplit into 7 separate audio layers:

Layer 1: Basic Groove with Snare 1

Layer 2: Basic Groove with Snare 2

Layer 3: Synth Pad

Layer 4: Rhythmic Synth 2

Layer 5: Melodic Synth 1

Layer 6: Melodic Synth 2

Layer 7: Drop


These layers are “Events” in fmod and I have several parameters that affect these layers on the fly:

Parameter 1: Switch between Layer 1 + Layer 2

I wanted to have a different snare sound for when you go left with the catapillah then when you go right. This feature was purely experimental and maybe a bit unecessary but definitely added to the dynamic of the audio.

When you change the parameter, the audio layers should crossfade “smoothly” from one into the other.


Parameter 2: Bring in layer 3-6

The different synths that you hear when you fly through the golden pips (located on the inside of the fruit) were initially meant to be 3D objects that you have to find but we ran into time constraints and just made them add to the track.


Parameter 3: Trigger “Drop sound”

Because the game was centered a lot around the music everything had to be synchronised to the tempo of the track; the transition time from the basic groove to the drop layer and back could be set in musical increments which was just what we needed. I set it to be 1 bar, which might be a bit too long but was the most musically pleasing variant.


What I learned :

-Transitioning between layers/events and having the transition happen rhythmically while maintaining a fairly immediate response is a very delicate task

-Too many dynamic changes in the audio can be positively tributing to the gameplay but shouldn’t be overused. Repetition is very important too.

-Learn your programs beforehand; knowing the ropes of Fmod/Wwise or even just Unity’s native audio mixer can help save time when you are crunching to get general gameplay polished before the deadline.


We had a lot of fun making “Cataphilla” and there are so many more opportunities on the audio side that I would like to explore – maybe a post-jam version is soon to follow :)

If you are interested what I’m talking about check it out:


Thanks for reading/scanning through!

-Mexicanopiumdog, Pomb, Brendon

Out West Post-Mortem

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Friday, August 28th, 2015 2:12 am

Well, it’s that time! This has been my first Ludum Dare, and it has been great so far. Thank you for all the support! Right, now onto the important stuff.

Out West Promo Photo

Play “Out West” here!


The Concept:

My goal with this first Ludum Dare was to make something small that could be developed, finished, and played without any major bugs. I had been experimenting with text adventures and pixel art, so I chose Twine as my tool, since it’s very easy to use, can be expanded upon, can incorporate art, and is contained completely in one HTML file that can be hosted anywhere and played by anyone.

Once this choice was made, I decided my secondary goal was to try and create a very tense and atmospheric mood with only text, art, and time, disproving the common notion that text adventures are perceived as boring slogs which appeal to a certain niche audience (myself among them). Granted, I cheated a little by including art, but as a picture is worth a thousand words, I felt it would enhance the gameplay immeasurably.


The Bad:

  • The game is very short. I needed to keep myself in check; my games are prone to feature creep (which is one reason I participated in this jam) and tend to balloon into iii development nightmares which can’t realistically be handled by one person. Even so, I nearly didn’t make the deadline. There are three possible choices early on, and then another three later: These immediately necessitate nine different endings, plus different factors which dictate other variables that require separate endings, plus these all tie into the main ending, which must take into account everything that’s happened in the journey. Due to the exponential complexity being created, I had to cut off many ideas I wanted to incorporate and focus on making satisfying endings for what I had. That isn’t a bad thing in and of itself, but it forced the game to become minuscule, which is a bit more of a problem with text adventures, there being a finite amount of content with a definite end, as opposed to Pacman.
  • There was no time to add in any complex game mechanics. I know: Game mechanics, in a text adventure? Surely you jest! In all seriousness though, I wanted to add in even more interactivity through JavaScript enhancements. Unfortunately, there was no time to properly code anything myself or learn someone’s mod. I worked with what I had, and from the feedback it appears that effort’s been appreciated; But I would have liked to do something like roaming AI characters in the town, with random conversations as possibilities.
  • Almost no animation in the art. Again, this was time related. I didn’t want huge cutscenes, just little touches of animation that would enhance the world, like having the landscape bob up and down as if you were galloping on a horse, or animating flames, weapons, movement, villagers, that sort of thing. Repeating gifs, mostly.
  • The game is very linear. This is partially due to writing and the nature of Twine; the story requires a certain progression, and the creation of atmosphere and mood also require a certain amount of control. That being said, there perhaps could be a free-roam period before the start of this particular sequence which allows you to explore the world a little, or some other stuff which could expand the illusion of choice and open world gameplay.
  • The art. Some have commented how they enjoyed the pixel art, and I’m very happy they do – I’m almost a complete novice at it. In general, I’m quite happy with what I was able to achieve with a fire under my butt and limited art skills. I would like to get a bit better at pixel art and go back and polish up some of the imagery to facilitate better immersion in the world.


The Good:

  • The art. Again, I’m a pixel art beginner, and I’m frankly amazed that I was able to finish up all of it in time, and that it’s all decent. Nothing looks horribly out of place, and I’m actually a little proud of the final image that’s revealed at the very end. Gives me hope of improvement in the future.
  • The writing. This wasn’t my opinion all the way through; as I was writing the adventure I was horribly aware that, since it’s a text adventure, everything relies on the writing, and if I messed it up or it simply wasn’t good, the whole thing would collapse with almost nothing to salvage. That said, the feedback that I’ve received about the writing has been positive, with several mentions of it being very well written. I breath a sign of relief. Moving on.
  • I finished it. As with many game development beginners, I fall into the trap of being overly ambitious, even with text adventures. I am glad I put down my foot and had a very strict goal in mind. Though I had to work until the deadline because the art took more time that I anticipated, I still managed to incorporate all the stuff I had planned for this tiny little thing.
  • People seem to enjoy it! I’ll be honest, this was a nerve-wracking experience for me (especially ticking the little “Anonymous Feedback” box). I have never done a game jam before, and had no idea what would be said about something I made. I wasn’t expecting anything, but just the fact that someone enjoyed the experience the way I attempted to craft it is a wonderful feeling. Thank you all again for your feedback. It’s appreciated. And thanks to everyone who’s games I’ve played: They’re all wonderful, fascinating and strange! Well done!



I think I’ll work on this some more, give it a bit more of an edge. I’ll have to be careful: I don’t want to bloat the experience or dilute the atmosphere. We’ll see where it goes. Five minutes of story is vastly different from a three act structure. Either way, this has been an eye opening experience. If you play Out West, I hope you enjoy it. Good luck to everyone!

Monsters Vs. Cookies – Gameplay Video

Posted by (twitter: @kidando)
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 4:29 pm

Some that have played, consider this game the monster. Why?
Play to find out :)
Don’t forget to also rate

Monsters Vs. Cookies

uhhh, go try my game if you’ve had a bad day and need to vent some rage lol:

LD33 - Bulletproof Outlaws - Foul Monsters

This is my 2nd Ludum Dare and I learned a bunch. I’ll be doing a post-mortem soon, follow me at @BPOutlaws or check my devBlog or just keep on eye on here in a few days!

– Jeff

Monster of the Matrix finished

Posted by (twitter: @@jespertingvall)
Monday, August 24th, 2015 5:36 pm

It started as my trying out some shaders, then found out that Ludum Dare 33 was running. This is the result, finished during a nasty cold.

You are a skeleton in a dungeon. But something is wrong…. Why is the walls breaking down around you? Who are these green skeletons that hunt you?

Play it here.

Well, that’s a bust = v =)\”

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Monday, August 24th, 2015 7:49 am

I wound up being too busy to really get anything done XD

And now I have to work today, souuu…. XD


Oh well. I can always make my game outside of the Dare o w o)

And hey, now that I know this exists, maybe I can make sure to have my schedule free next time! XD



Another great Ludum Dare, Submitted!

Posted by (twitter: @PandaDima)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 10:04 pm

So my game is called Plothole.
It should’ve been an adventure/mystery game about a detective who investigates some of the recent murders that might be a a job of one serial killer. SPOILER: in the end the detective would uncover that his 2nd (schizophrenic) self is in fact that serial killer.

In reality Plothole is an unfinished game with only core functionality and not much content at all. (Art is really hard and slow for me)



After thoughts:

Amazing Ludum Dare! Even though I once again haven’t finished a game, I totally loved (almost, that missing boolean not bug costed me 2 hours of work) each second of it! I learned a lot about Unity’s new UI system, discovered new game genre I might like and wanted to do and finish! I had great time overall, nice to get distracted from some unpleasantness that happens around. I hope everybody had amazing time too, here’s to another great Ludum Dare, and for many more!

I always shared my LD brainstorming results after LD, so here goes: Although I usually did it in Google Drive, I try to move away from Cloud Storage, coz I am paranoid.


  • To Mr. Mike Kasprzak, for Ludum Dare itself and still maintaining it, and even making a new version!
  • To Unity Engine Team, for amazing Game Engine.
  • To… Microsoft, for Visual Studio and C#
  • To All the Open Source developers, for everything! Much love <3
  • To Ludum Dare’ers, for amazing community! 😀
  • To Zhoot, AtomicVikings, yuraSniper, Leo, Skай, Zet and Thok, Jorge and my family, for being there.
  • To Caffeine, for keeping me alive. XOXO

Cookie Monster Got Nothing On Me. Finally Finished!

Posted by (twitter: @kidando)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 9:03 pm

Runner 2015-08-24 04-34-51-525 Runner 2015-08-24 04-35-02-225 Runner 2015-08-24 04-35-07-904 Runner 2015-08-24 04-35-17-971 Runner 2015-08-24 04-36-19-514

Barely made it. 1 minute more and I would died from anxiety :D.

The game is finally here.

Give it try and please rate.

My first entry to ludum dare; Monster Twins!

Posted by (twitter: @@Crazu1)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 4:26 pm


This is a puzzle platformer with it own kinky twist. One of the twins defies physics and hangs around ceiling like it’s nobody’s problem. :) It was fun to make. I wish I had started making it earlier so it would be much longer. But anyway you take what you get. 😉

Monster Twins

Monsters of the Matrix

Posted by (twitter: @@jespertingvall)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 3:14 pm

Enlighten the maze monsters about their existence.

Skeleton from the Matix.

Make them break the Matrix.

Shader programming for unknown game.

Graphic done borrowed. Now it needs gameplay.



My Love(ly)craftian Monster

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 11:17 am
For Ludum Dare 33

For Ludum Dare 33

This will be my monster which the crewmates in my game will turn into. I wanted to go for a lovecraftian feel.

To JAM or not to JAM?

Posted by (twitter: @PandaDima)
Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 9:55 am

So here’s the deal, I will most likely not be able to complete my game for compo. I bit too much once again. Now I always did compos, never jam. I always like the idea to do everything myself, even though I am not good at art and terrible at music, but I like the practice.

Now back the question, should I take 1 more day and try to finish the game and submit it in jam? I am afraid my game will look poor on the background of all the amazing team based games in Jam. Any opinions?

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