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William the Wopol – Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @chipcaramel)
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 5:35 pm

A let’s play video of William the Wopol

This is version 1.1 – Post Dare (some bugs fixed, enemies added)

Our first jam

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Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 10:48 am

Well this was unexpected


This is my first completed Ludum Dare jam and this time I did the incredible choice of teaming up with some friends.

Me and Samuel (Blixt Gordon here on Ludum Dare)worked tirelessly on the game for the first two days on the game Surf Ace. I have heard that finishing a Ludum Dare

game was something really hard and that we should keep the ideas streamlined and simple. F**k that we thought lets to a game where

you can not only surf and flip (which to be honest, would have been awesome!) but also catch fish on a spear and then ride it.

“Oh brains you are fantastic creatures” – Me

I had my hesitations about the completion of this game up until the last day when one of our friends came to record the hilarious sound effects and another friend

helped out on the fiddle to create the track for the game. This all took place in the last 5 hours so you can understand my concern.

The last hours was by far the best part of the development when we had the game ready and just played around with the details.

That is, right until we figured out there is no tutorial to our game and the controls are unique to our game so it was a must.


As you probably have figured out by now it went splendid, we got a good game out of it and most important. We had an awesome time making it!

If you have read until now, here is a potato for the long post (had a lot to say I guess).


Sincerly mrhill






Keep The Gem!

Posted by (twitter: @HHLuPin)
Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 5:00 am

A few people seemed to enjoy it and so I thought I’d give it a shot and post my game here too.

It’s called “Keep The Gem!” 

It’s my first Ludum Dare Game, and the first game I made completely alone.

Keep The Gem Gameplay

A Gameplay Gif. You should really try be quick, then you won’t get buried!

For the game, instructions and tips please follow the Link:

Play the Game!

Can you beat my Highscore of 52 seconds? Write your Highscore in the comment section :)

I’m quite happy with the result. Sure there are problems with the physics: Some glitches will happen and if you play for too long it will get very laggy. I added the possibility to drop bombs, so that it’s possible to destroy some bodies if you/and/or the diamond get stuck, and I think it’s fairly playable like that. Putting more work in the physics engine would have cost too much time, and I really wanted to give the game a arcade-like gamefeel, so I put a lot of effort into optical feedback and sounds.

Except for the two Gunsounds I made every sound and music on my Gameboy using LSDJ.

Most of the game was made on my Surface Pro 2 while sitting in the train and I was really surprised how well it went.



William the Wopol – After the Dare

Posted by (twitter: @chipcaramel)
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 5:47 am

Play Here

…just after the stroke of 10:30pm, on a chilly spring Monday (local), we closed up the game files, packaged a few files, and linked to them on Ludum Dare’s website. Sitting back in my chair, I’m thinking… I’ve learned that willpower and motivation are everything when it comes to Game Competitions. There’s not really much to say on the subject other than that…  I’m tired! This game was drawn and programmed by Jimun Batty, drawn by Luthrid and myself, with a music track feature by Gero.

William the Wopol

Our game is about a mammalian water dweller called a wopol. As he wakes up, he’s greeted by a page over a speaker, calling him. After doing some experimental tests, he’s sent back to his room, but piecing together that he’s not supposed to be here. He remembers being a human! Wanting to break out, he has to put the skills he learned in the lab to use and escape, but there are obstacles in the way, obstructing his path.

Take on the journey, encounter enemies, figure out navigation puzzles. Get home where you belong…

Modes of Transportation

Modes of Transportation

Initial Lab Layout

Initial Lab Layout

Breaking into Grate Sketch

Breaking into Grate Sketch

Breaking Grating

Breaking Grating

Getting Lost Sketch

Getting Lost Sketch

Getting Lost in Game

Getting Lost in Game

One-Way Pipe Sketch

One-Way Pipe Sketch

Dodging Harpoons Sketch

Dodging Harpoons Sketch

The Bedroom Layout

The Bedroom Layout

Encountering Mobs

Encountering Mobs

Wide Ocean Sketch

Wide Ocean Sketch

The Illusion of Freedom

The Illusion of Freedom

Initial Lab Sketch

Initial Lab Sketch

Initial Lab Design

Initial Lab Design

The Sorrow

Sadly, our only regret is timing. There were a few things that we couldn’t get done in time but may release postmortem so the game feels more cohesive and complete. Enemy variety is a big thing. Between drawing enemies and coding them, there was simply not enough hours to do them all, so we stuck with three. The facility had guards that would capture you for trying to escape (and return you to your room). As well as other sea-life that would slow your journey down, drawing and coding got bumped down the pipe.

As well, as a tool of exposition, there were plans to have other Wopols in game who would talk to you and hint you along as to what the story’s about and where you need to go to finish the game. Again, timing.

Custom music was a big thing during LD-28 (You Only Get One). This time around we managed to do one (Thanks, Gero!), but used Incompetech for the rest. Sound engineering felt tight overall and there wasn’t much to improve on!

Edge case collision errors were a thorn in our proverbial side, but for the most part, if stuck, you can wiggle out of it. Something that may be fixed postmortem.

The Joy

This is sort of our biggest, most polished adventure game to date. Thanks to an engine developed completely by Jimun Batty, our head programmer, making the environments, the animations and marrying them together was exceptionally breezy!

Developing a game around a story that started only as an opening line until the midway point of the dare is rewarding in its own way. You see how the game plays before you know where the character is going to end up. This gives you an idea of where to go with things from there.

The Future?

From here, I’m confident that game development will be more rewarding. This was a really fun dare; it was a heck of a weekend for me personally. Between the hard work, the fun times, the sleep deprivation and the camaraderie, something fulfilling and special really hit home. That makes me all the more proud to be part of this team, and has me looking to the future with a positive outlook.

…baggy eyes, sure, but positive outlook!

Play Here

In Vivo hits the market!

Posted by (twitter: @empyrealhell)
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 7:39 pm

After slaving away for months on the post-competition version of my Ludum Dare #27 entry, it’s finally here. A fair bit has changed since that 48-hour demonstration, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out. The core of the gameplay is the same. You still run around an alien UFO trying to figure out how to escape, alternating between a memory exploration and a frantic dash to achieve your goals in a very limited time window. The time limit changed for the sake of playability, 10 seconds just wasn’t enough time to get any meaningful play out of. There are a couple of new upgrades, and the aliens are all over the ship just waiting to gun you down if they catch sight of you.

Head to my website to download the demo or buy the full version


The long road I spent a lot of time working on this game to take it from a concept to a game I would be happy to release. When I compare the difference between the two versions it’s kind of amazing. The depth of gameplay that I wanted to present in the initial entry was far too much for 48 hours, and fortunately I realized that pretty fast. The version that I released last week has every feature that I originally planned to put into the competition entry, and between that and the improved graphics, it looks like I missed the mark on my time estimate by about 500 hours, give or take. Without further ado, here’s a rundown of what you can expect in the full version.

  • Less punishingly difficult. The time limit was increased from 10 seconds to 30, puzzles were made much more flexible so you can solve them in any way that makes sense, and the collision system now has rounded corners so you don’t get stuck on the terrain.
  • Drastically improved graphics. The resolution on all graphics was increased by a factor of four, there’s a lot more diversity in the environment and the aliens, and some shaders were implemented to add pretty effects like the clouds in memory mode.
  • Better music and sound. No more computer-generated sound effects that grate the ear, a full score of actual music in the background, and more sound effects for things that happen in game. It’s an even better improvement than the graphics.
  • A bigger, better map. The map is roughly four times the size of the one used in the competition entry, it features more dynamic objects to interact with, and has better segmentation to help you understand and navigate the space.
  • More upgrades! While the first upgrade was taken away and given to you as a default ability, the remaining four upgrades are still there, along with seven other upgrades ranging from teleportation to the ability to use drugs for status effects.

If you want the full details on everything that has happened since then, you can check out the development blog at my website. Thank you all for making my first ludum dare experience a great one, and giving me the kick I needed to finally take get past the prototype stage and release a game.

The Spike now for Android

Posted by (twitter: @juancgromero)
Saturday, March 29th, 2014 9:18 am

After MiniLD # 49 I declare that The Spike has been released for android in Google Play.

The Spike

Tired of the heroes overcome the Dark Lord ? Are you sick of always losing to them?

Well, that is going to end because the time to stand up to the heroes and curb their way through the castle of the Dark Lord has come .

But you are neither the hero nor the Dark Lord , not a powerful guardian , you’re not even a Minion . You are …A Spike !

No one spike any… THE SPIKE ! Yes , you are the typical spike is in any castle of a platform game either , faithfully guarding the abode of the Dark Lord of the arrival of the heroes.

The Spike 2

Your task as spike is to protect the passage of the heroes to the throne of the Dark Lord and keep the good guys win .

In “The Spike” to the typical spike control of a castle of a platform game , your duty is to prevent the passage of heroes , rising from different places and with variable speed. Do not let the hero win !

Welcome to The Spike, a highly addictive casual game for free and without in-app purchases .

Touch anywhere on the screen to make the pick attack hero is happening underneath it . You have to wait a while to charge your attack. Beware the Dark Lord’s life reaches zeroIf the heroes have won and you lost!

Google Play

Extreme Fishing now for Android!

Posted by (twitter: @legacycrono)
Sunday, March 9th, 2014 9:00 am

Get it on Google Play

Extreme Fishing is now released for Android on Google Play! This is my first game since I decided to go full indie in January. Extreme Fishing was originally created for Mini Ludum Dare #24 by me and João Zanini. This new version for Android has new content, better gameplay, improved controls for mobile and Google Play integration. Challenge your friends on the leaderboards and conquer the achievements! It’s also free, so download it right now for your Android smartphones!

The updated version for Android

The original MiniLD#24 version

Knoxville Devs and LD featured in Local Paper

Posted by (twitter: @GaTechGrad)
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 9:45 pm

Our Knoxville Game Design group is featured in the cover story of our local Knoxville entertainment paper, Metro Pulse.  The seven page article gives our thoughts on the current Indie Game community, and describes our participation in the recent Ludum Dare 28 competition.  The article features interviews with Knoxville Ludum Dare participants ViNull, DylanWolf, Insane66, and myself (GaTechGrad) along with Chaosoft Games.


This paper is available for free at numerous newsstands in East Tennessee.

PDF version (identical to the print version)

Online version (formatted for the web) – Please Like/Tweet the article so they will consider doing more game development articles in the future!


Posted by (twitter: @heyiolo)
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 2:03 am

“Ermahgerd! 188th for Humor in #LD28.”

Thank you to everyone who took the time to try my game. I am humbled and glad to have taken part in LD #28.

Only scored low on innovation; which let’s be honest, is no surprise. My main goals were to complete a game and learn from the stats and feedback given, which you have given and I have done and will continue to do. Thank you, truly.

Again, thank you; thank you thank you thank you. :)

0RBITALIS – Post Mortem

Posted by (twitter: @AlanZucconi)
Monday, December 30th, 2013 1:08 pm

Here it is my post mortem about 0RBITALIS. For this game I got inspiration looking at other themes in the final round. It’s hard to make a game that is as vague as “You Only Get One”, but when you couple it with “Gravity” and “Chaos” it’s much clearer what you can actually do. I have always been interested in games which explore how simple rules (such as Netwon’s laws) can generate beautifully complex behaviours.


Most of the “features” of the game are actually consequences of the strong time constraints Ludum Dare imposed me. For instance, mi initial idea was to have a moving camera that could zoom in and out, but I didn’t have time to code it properly. And this automatically lead to a “stay in the system” mechanic. The vector fields that you can see in the background was a debug tool I used to test and calibrate planets’ masses, but when I realised that it was fitting nicely with the style, I decided to leave it there. 

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Since the very beginning of the voting period, 0RBITALIS got a lot of attention: so far, it’s both the most voted and commented entry in the 48 hours competition. I think part of its success is due to its aesthetic: it’s simple, yet effective. I spent lot of time polishing the game rather then designing more levels. This can really do the difference, especially when games are picked almost exclusively by how appealing their screenshots look like. 0RBITALIS has doing unexpectedly well. For this reason I am already working on a full-game version that will include both more levels and new mechanics. There will be probing missions, for instance, which require to scan a celestial body for a certain time. I am already working on landing missions as well, but I’d rather keep them mysterious for now!

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Since I *hate* menus, 0RBITALIS won’t have one. I am working on a different system, however, that looks like a star chart. Player will be able to select levels and to change settings just touching and connecting stars. I also collected lot of statistics about levels but… I’ll keep them for another post!

If you liked the game, you’re more then welcomed to vote it or leave a comment on its LD48 entry page. If you want to follow 0RBITALIS news and further development, you can find me on Twitter as @AlanZucconi.

I posted my LD game on Google Play for Free

Thursday, December 26th, 2013 12:26 pm

My LD28 game Pizza Delivery Hero is now available on Google Play for Free!

I spent all last week converting and improving my LD entry so that it would work on Android. I really like using Libgdx since they make it so easy to make a game both for desktop and mobile.

For this LD I wanted to focus on keeping my scope small, with the intention of making my game work on phones. I tried to design everything with this in mind. The controls had to be workable for both keyboard and taping/swiping.

After the LD I had to go back and change a lot of the base mechanics for the game. The LD version was way to hard, and not balanced very well. It couldn’t handle multiple screen sizes or touch controls. The very second I loaded the game onto my Android it crashed.

My LD version didn’t have enough levels. I spent a couple days going through and adding more levels.

I also felt like there wasn’t enough motivation to collect the coins or get high scores in the LD version. I went back and added a coin counter to the game to show how many of the coins you had got, and then added something to store the high scores so you could go back and look at them.


Here are a couple images I made for the Google Play store:

Fans of runner games will love the reflexive game play. Try to do as many tricks as possible to maximize your score while staying alive!

Check it out here and let me know what you think! Here is a link to the LD entry as well.

Perfect Match game post-mortem

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Sunday, December 15th, 2013 6:19 pm

Final game looks like this:

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It is an asymmetrical 2 player (one with a mouse and keyboard, the other with an Xbox 360 gamepad) 3D fire sim toy thing. You only get one match’s life (if you’re player 1). Water and fire interact in the usual way. Strike the match on the rough rock to start. Points are awarded for tree/ house voxels burnt to the ground. There’s no sound.

This was my second ever game jam and I learned lots from this project – obviously fire simulation, but also the particulars of Unity’s particle systems and I’m sure lots of other things I can’t remember now.

Obvious bugs include the match floating up at certain times, due to unity’s physics collider. The match probably shouldn’t float on the water either…

I started lots of things that didn’t go into the final game – independent voxel fire grids that could interact, procedural generation of terrain. I guess the maths was a bit too difficult after nearly 28 hours of programming for my brain! I really shouldn’t have eaten so much sugar. Maybe next game jam I’ll remember!

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