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    Post Ludum Dare 30 Release – Back and Forth

    Posted by
    Thursday, September 25th, 2014 4:56 pm

    My team and I were really happy about how well our LD30 Jam submission Back and 4th turned out and we saw a lot of potential in it.  We decided to continue working on it and release it as a full game on Android (and hopefully ios in the future).  This was our first time releasing a game for something other than a game jam and our first time working with Android, but things went incredibly smoothly the past month of development.  We managed to add over twice the amount of gameplay, put in polished menus and UI instead of placeholder ones, and add a full fledged level editor.  Thanks to everyone who played, rated, or commented on our game jam submission as that is what encouraged us to make something more of our game.

    Check it out!



    Space Rails timelapse!

    Posted by
    Friday, September 12th, 2014 5:27 am

    Here is the timelapse of how we made Space Rails:


    We really enjoyed making it, but as with our other games (Macro Marines, Mighty-chondria and ❏♥❀) we spent a lot of time working on a complex system and not so much time working on the gameplay.

    This time the complex system was the ability to draw rails freehand in space, and have the trains follow and branch different ways.  Also the supply/demand economy of the different planets has a lot going on behind the scenes.




    Will we ever learn?

    Crystal Planet – post mortem

    Posted by (twitter: @https://twitter.com/wdebowicz)
    Saturday, August 30th, 2014 5:46 am

    Crystal Planet

    Entry: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=29762


    You have to send special signal to make connection to another planet.
    Signal is a result of adding multiple lasers with different colors (RGB).
    Lasers beam are created from generators(flying balls).
    You can apply specific color to generator using crystals and your laser.

    Your task is to prepare your SIGNAL similar to TARGET signal.

    To change target, press [space].


    I started with idea of making 3d “laser and mirrors” type of game. Where you would have mirrors with different colours, and your beam react different on each one. I even succeed but find it very difficult to control beam direction. After fighting 1 day to make it enjoyable I dropped it. Finally I ended up with concept of split colour to R G B code and make objective to generate given colour (RGB code) to connect to another planet.


    After last LD where I fight a lot with creating graphic by my own, I decided that next (this) LD I will start in jam. Possibility to use already created assets so I could spend few hours on creating effects, or level design and then focus on gameplay was good decision.


    First time I used electric guitar for sounds effect and I’m very happy of it. I planned to spend more time on recording audio, but because of loosing time on first idea that I dropped I could use only audio that I recorded for tests. Anyway final result is ok, and I’m sure I will make something better next time!


    I’m thinking about possibility to run over planet, explore new crystals and then prepare special signals. Then each signal could create something, or make special attack for different targets.

    Do not hesitate to try!


    Elyseus Postmortem

    Posted by (twitter: @doc_pollo)
    Thursday, August 28th, 2014 5:01 am

    This was my second LD, so I took it with a more relaxed mindset than the previous one. I aimed for the 48h challenge but if I didn’t have something playable I could always enter the jam. Eventually I’d submit Elyseus for the 48h compo :D


    Tools used:
    This was my first Ludum Dare using Unity.
    For the graphics I used Photoshop as always.
    For the music I used Music Creator 6 and my trusty midi keyboard.
    Sfxr and Audacity for the sound effects, with some recordings of my own.


    What went right:
    Music and sound are hard to get right in so little time. In my last Ludum dare I didn’t even had time to make music. So for this one I gave it more priority.
    The first morning I dedicated it to make some music to set the general mood for the game. I originally intended to make another variation for the underworld music, but left it as an optional goal which sadly I didn’t met. But overall I think the music fitted just well enough.
    I also wanted to make some satisfying combat sounds. The sounds for the main enemies’ bones exploding deaths were made from a combination of Sfxr explosion sounds and a recording of some dirty cheap dice rolling :P
    The “clink” sound for the shield mechanic, which at first wasn’t even planned to exist but I had to implement it because the combat was so frustrating, was made by hitting my coffee maker with a pen!
    Also, the world change effect worked surprisingly good, although it’s a bit incomplete. I wanted to fade the enemies from both worlds to be able to see what was coming, but only got it halfway and the appearing enemies just pop around when you are already in that world, so sometimes it’s a bit unfair.

    What went wrong:
    The main idea behind Elyseus was a lot bigger in my head, and big is always bad for a jam. For instance I originally planned to have a more simple combat to be able to make it quickly so I could make more features. Features which initially included online play invading other people’s games Dark Souls style… But that was way too much. So I focused on making sure what I did was at least fun to play.
    The base objective of the game eventually ended as a cyclical infinite battle with the only possible ending being death. I wanted to make a more positive ending, but didn’t have enough time or any good and clear idea for it.
    The other critical point was that to make the cyclical aspect, you could fight against another hero and without online implemented, I had to make an A.I. and A.I. is difficult to make. I spent the majority of the last day trying to make that work, even as shitty an A.I. it ended up being…

    It’s always a learning experience. At the end of it I had a playable game. In my opinion not enough fine tuned as I wanted but playable nontheless. I hope you have fun playing it! I want to know what you think!

    Here’s the link to it: http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?action=preview&uid=36237

    When Worlds Collide

    Posted by
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 4:46 pm

    Hi everyone :) the game I created for this LD is ‘When Worlds Collide

    You can play, rate & brutally criticize it here!

    Direct unity web player link here!

    gameplay screenshot

    No this is not real space, it’s honestly a gameplay screenshot. Believe it son.

    Mechanics :

    – Randomly generated solar systems, planets, moons etc.

    – Hover your mouse over planets to see planet name, planet population, and planet wealth

    – Grapple multiple planets to haul them around the solar system

    – Solar system radar displaying location of planets and the sun

    – Player health

    – Destructible planets and moons

    – Dogfight with enemy fighters (pretty tough; got it in last minute)


    Keys :

    ‘Spacebar‘ = Grapple planets

    ‘F’ = Fullscreen

    ‘Enter/Return’ = shoot

    ‘R’ = Create new solar system

    ‘WASD’ = Move up, left, down, right

    ‘Left Click’  = Hide controls

    ‘Mouse Hover’ = View planet information


    gameplay screenshot

    This one is actually a picture of real space.


    Extra : 

    The game is a little rough, but I feel pretty confident with how much content I got into it. There isn’t a definitive goal but it’s still an interesting free roam concept :)

    It’d be awesome if you guys & gals would check it out and tell me what you think and give it a rate. And again, criticism is encouraged. Have a good one! :)

    - Follow Me : @OfficialDingbat

    Spacecat Marines!

    Posted by (twitter: @IcarusTyler)
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 4:49 am

    It is done! Go check it out :)

    In Spacecat Marines you go from world to world in your ship, the Bigglesworth. You have a crew of spacecats with their own unique appearances and equipement, which accompany you on missions. During those you have to defend power-cores in fps/td-hybrid. They also get more experience and level up in rank.



    • Your unique team of Spacecat Marines
    • Neat Soundtrack
    • Spacecat Marines. With guns.
    • Non-linear progression – chose which mission to do next
    • 12 missions with different challenges
    • A ship to connect you between worlds


    I also made a timelapse, showing me working furiously:


    Soul sucking gun?! Slimes?! Yea, it’s Demi Necro

    Posted by (twitter: @GraveyardPolice)
    Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 1:16 am



    Gfycat link


    Go get you some twin-stick arcade style shmup action!!!

    Play as a rogue wanderer, with a mystical gun capable of absorbing lost souls for ammunition.

    Stop the creatures from another realm from capturing enough souls to grow to their true forms!

    Must to be Invasion Post-Mortem LD30 (Jam) – Solo

    Posted by (twitter: @progex)
    Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 1:13 pm

    Hi guys, this is a post-mortem of : Must to be Invasion

    For those who have not played I recommend you play, to better understand what I mean. I will cite references in the game to practical examples.

    What I used:
    – Unity 4.6 (2D project)
    – Photoshop
    – Audition
    – Google


    Day 22/08 – Start: 23h – Total work: 5 hours
    – 3 hours of brainstorm
    – 1 hour enhancement concept
    – 1 hour prototype
    – Sleep (4am day 23)

    Day 23/08 – Start: 13h – Total labor: 16 hours
    – 2 hours drive to implement player
    – 3 hours collecting the web assets
    – 2 pm Lunch / Dinner / Rest / Play / Chat
    – Implement person 30 minutes
    – 1 hours Implementing player commands (shoot, abduct)
    – 30 minutes Implement cars
    – 1 hours Implementing fake-physics
    – 1 hours tidying bugs
    – 1 hours rewriting code to be more readable
    – 2 hours placing and arranging scenery animations, camera
    – 2 hours writing fake-AI for helicopters
    – 30 minutes implementing the helicopters
    – “Breakfast” 30 minutes
    – 1 hours testing and correcting bugs
    – Sleep (15h day 24)

    Day 24/08 – Start: 15h – Total labor: 7 hours
    – 4 hours Rest / Eat / Play
    – 1 hours tidying bugs
    – 30 minutes implementing life cycle (person dies -> turns ghost -> abducts -> turns zombie)
    – 1 hours Fixing problems in resolving
    – 1 hours recreating scenario
    – 1 hours and adding difficulty leaving the way I think it has to be the level
    – 30 minutes implementing sound
    – 2 hours doing input screen and other screens
    – end


    This was my first ludumdare, but not first GameJam. So there are some things I had in mind when I decided to enter:
    – Make a game that I already have in mind how to start (like platform, running, football, etc), ie, not risk on land that I have no idea where to start
    – Use an engine and language (programming) I understand and used before
    – The clear concept is the key
    – Eat well
    – Sleep well
    – Know what your potential. Ex: not necessarily choose the first idea that comes to mind after seeing the theme
    – Know the difference between technique and what can be done in 48h / 72h. I often fall into the trap of thinking you could do a game in so long only because I had already had done and know-how, but unfortunately time is needed, not only to produce but to fix things that do not work, improving among other aspects. Ex: Make a spaceship game
    – Do a post-mortem of the game and numbering (if possible) what were the failures and what happened as planned. This also applies to personal growth

    What I learned and / or should have done
    – I need to learn more about other areas (art, sound). Ex: Scenario
    – I need to stop spending so much time on things that will not change the player experience, or enrich the game. Ex: animation of the input screen
    – Structured better the game, from beginning to end before starting. Ex: no end, and in the middle of the project I thought of putting an end, put two players
    – Having planned my time better. Ex: I overslept and spent time playing and doing other things

    What will never be satisfied and always will think that I have to improve (for game jams)
    – Learn more about the tool
    – Structure the game before you start
    – Polishing, polishing and polishing. I know it’s not possible, but I feel well and is not too bad.
    – Mechanics and Design Level


    Do not know if this will help someone, I found it necessary to share with you what I went through.
    There is a saying: what good is an education if you do not pass along?

    For the last, I encourage you to write and share your post-mortem, I would love to read.

    I hope I have been as thorough. I swear I blacked out many other details to spare you from them.

    Comments, criticisms are welcome.

    Thanks for reading this far.


    Images – More images here

    “The Other Sky” now avaliable

    Posted by (twitter: @Jishenaz)
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 7:07 pm


    If you want to wander in a surreal world, try my entry “The Other Sky”. The Ludum Dare version only has 3 levels, but hopefully I could make a better version in the future.

    I really enjoyed making this game, but I wished the I could make the levels more intricate. The theme unfortunately induced me to try to make something very ambitious. But other all I had fun.

    Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 7.59.58 PM

    Ludum Dare 30 Entry “Rescue Shump”

    Posted by
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 3:09 pm

    Rescue Shump – musicm122 – Jam Entry



    Rescue Shump : The shump where you don’t shoot anybody.

    My First LD48 Entry submitted EVAR!

    You: A member of a technologically advanced society, whose sworn mission is to save refuges of other time and space incidents before their world is destroyed.

    Safely maneuver an unstable planet and save as many survivors as you can before their world explodes.


    #1- Slow Down Time
    #2- Dodge Immediate threat
    Space – Emergency Brake and pick up survivors
    Left and right keys – Accelerate & decelerate
    Up and Down keys- Move ship up and down



    So I drew a lot of the inspiration from a portion of the pop fiction novel When Worlds Collide. Specifically when they fly a rocket around  the world to collect animals and people to survive the explosion of the two colliding planets.


    I wanted to focus more on the narrative of the individuals piloting the ship and as the survivors. If I were to build on this I’d add a mode in the game that would allow the player to walk around in the ship and in the world (thinking FF6 in the airship) and delve into the whos, whys and whats of the Org that is indiscriminately saving everyone they possibly can as well as the origin of the ship and its pilot.

    Development Issues\Challenges\Wishful thoughts

    • I hate that I had to spend so much time on UI stuff. I should build in more ui stuff for any future jams. (Which is pretty much my least favorite thing to do in Game Development)
    • I did start to put together enemy planes and the like but didn’t feel I had enough time for a decent AI and I wasn’t so sure I could make sense for something like that in the narrative. At the end of the world who in their right mind would be trying to kill  humanities’ last hope?
    • I wanted audio but my sound card was being a pain for the duration.
    • I totally ignored setting up any sort of parallax
    • I wanted a timer and for the falling debris to gradually get worse the longer you played.
    • Generally I would have liked to have a valid way to articulate a narrative with dialog.

    The Future:

    If anything I think it might make an okay mobile game…. Not really sure I wanna do anything atm though. It was a welcomed diversion and I had a lot of fun. At this point I’ m just happy I have something submitted that is relatively playable.


    • No death animation for mountain collision death. The game just ends.
    • No end of level
    • You can rescue survivors an unlimited amount of times
    • When dead and selecting restart game stays paused.

    Repost here

    Lorries In SPAAAAACE! is done! :D

    Posted by (twitter: @AtkinsSJ)
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 11:40 am

    Click to go to the game page!

    It’s done! Since the last update, I’ve added a goal (buy all the planets), rebalanced everything to be more interesting, and added a bunch of quality-of-life improvements. (Windows stay on screen, you can rename lorries, etc.) It feels like an actual game now, and I’m really happy with it. :)

    It’s the sort of thing I might expand in the future, but currently I’ve got waaaay too many projects that need finishing first. Follow my site, or my Twitter account for more info! ;)

    LD30 Compo – Post Mortem

    Posted by
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 10:25 am

    I appear to be afraid of making games.

    My LD26 submission was an immersive world with graphics and audio, interactions and special effects, challenge and progress.  It was clunky, confusing, cheesy, and short, but it was a game.


    When LD27 rolled around, I looked through my feedback  and made a plan.  Graphics and interface were the biggest complaints I received, so I focused on a clean interface and smooth graphics.  In that, I succeeded… but at the loss of a complex goal, and immersive interaction.  The comments indicated such, but I didn’t get the hint.


    LD28 added back some of that interaction, and gave the player a means to manipulate the ways they interacted with the game.  It added back a challenge and goal, but lost the graphical and auditory polish, and it required content to really shine.  Most of my time was spent on the upgrade interface, which was lauded, but the game suffered for it.


    I didn’t feel too bad about my LD30 submission.  I mean, it was missing 90% of my desired features, the graphics got skipped again, and I didn’t have enough time to playtest it well, so it’s statistically unlikely you’ll complete even a single objective…  but that’s Ludum Dare right?  600 lines of code later, the inventory system works, the random goal and automatic goal-checking works, the random resource generation and base-color modification works, and the entire backend ties together in a bug-free manner.  There are simple particle effects, some moody ambient audio, and a few hurried attempts at humor…  It’s still a moderately successful submission.


    The comment that really kicked me in the gut was, “Nice GUI Demo”.  I know they didn’t mean it maliciously, but really?  The worst part is, I can’t argue with it.  I watched my timelapse, and I spent almost the entirety of the Compo mucking with the GUI.  You don’t interact with the planets (yes, those were supposed to be planets), you push buttons. Everything is a button.  You don’t live in this world at all.  It worked for Adventure Games, but I guess we grew out of those in the late 90’s.



    Immersion is hard.  And evidently important.

    Amidst the complaints Elder Scrolls Online receives (yes, random neuron firing here), one is how they focused on a nearly GUI-free experience.  I’m beginning to understand their decision.

    My goal for Ludum Dare 30 was to make a game that didn’t disappoint me.  Instead, I think I discovered one of the issues holding me back.  Just as good, I’d say.

    Fart sounds were by my mouth, not my bottom

    Posted by (twitter: @eastes)
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 1:58 am


    Tap to Flap


    • I only had 24 hours so I went sleepless. Too excited to sleep.
    • The physics of the bird was the hardest to tweak. It still needs a lot of work
    • Procedurally generated world.
    • Fart poo noises was done by my mouth, not my bottom.
    • Music was done with garage band

    Playable here http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/ludum-dare-30/?uid=34676

    Nafasi Conquest – Post Mortem

    Posted by (twitter: @nakou)
    Monday, August 25th, 2014 1:19 am

    Hello guys, need to write this story.

    My theme

    Okay, so the theme. I was hoping for this one so hard, when it comes out, I was so happy. All the vote week, it was the one i was thinking to be the better prepared for. Just because “Connected Worlds” speaks to me like “Do something with space in it”, and I freaking love space stuff.

    So here I am, Saturday 3:00 am (I’m in France, UTC -1), stream on twitch ready to go. With a great idea : make a lite-Civilization, with planets instead of cases.

    Limit the ambition… kinda

    Of course I knew I couldn’t make a Civilization-like in 48 h. So I start to focus only on the combat system, with a simple system of Attack/Defense gathering. I don’t wanted to make a static map, because Universe is random, you know. I love recursive system so I try to plan a graph/tree oriented system, to generate a map, and verify connection between planets. Also, I prepare the fact than, the player is not alone, and need an enemy in this random universe.  So I planed something terrible : An AI. Yeah.

    Running out of time

    Last time i’ve done the Ludum Dare was for the 28. It was pretty lame because, I remember during the vote week, I was like “if <You Only Get One> goes out, i’m so dead i’ve no idea”. So you can understand why it was so “special”. Anyway, last time, I was so stressed, I’ve work all the weekend, with just 6-10h of sleep divided on 3h naps. So this weekend, I was like “take it easy bro”. I just worked until Sat 5am, goin to sleep almost 10h, woke up at 3pm,  take my time to eat, doing the dishes, do some shopping, make my dinner, all that stuff, work like 8-10h on the LD for all the saturday. And I woke up at 2pm on Sunday and I was like “there is so much work to do, that will be impossible…”.

    Plus, It was very different on Unity than the stuff I usualy do on it. Like, I’ve never do some generation, graph system or RTS view in Unity3D. And It was a very long time since i’ve worked seriously on it (like 8 month).

    So on Sunday, at 11pm,  the AI wasn’t finished, and the graphics was just some white textures with “SUN” and “GAZ” in block capitals on it.

    But I made it. At 3am, I’ve posted the “final version” of my game. Not a sh** game this time. A bugged game but still a game!

    My AI wasn’t debugged, so I just let it capture planets, not fight. My biggest regret.


    – My AI does one third of what it had do at start (Capture instead of Capture/Defend/Attack).
    – I’ve never find some time to create some cool GUI interface with images and stuff.
    – The commands are hard, rigid, not naturals.
    – There is still some bugs I’ve never figurate why there here.

    But I’m proud of myself. Because, that was a big project, and if I hadn’t took my time on Saturday, maybe I would finish it on time, and make a big surprise for anyone who tests it. And it’s much much [...] much better than the last game i’ve made for the LD28 x). And it’s good looking. I love the effect on the planets I’ve made.

    Yeah, big experience.  Thank’s to the “Ludum Dare” team once again, i’m now completely burn at work in this monday morning x). But I can’t wait until the LD31 now :D.

    So, see you next time guys, take care!


    [link to game]

    PS : My game is dedicated to Sid Meier btw, that’s why the name is in Swahili language, like Baba Yetu, the song from Civ IV main menu :).

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