Ludum Dare 33 — August 21st-24th, 2015 — Theme: You are the Monster

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Goomba Simulator 2015

by LandoSystems - Jam Entry

Goomba Simulator 2015
** Controls: Arrow keys or WASD, Space/W/Up jump **

p.s. (controls are limited at start of game)

Have you ever wanted to experience the exciting and dramatic life of a goomba? Well then, today is your lucky day! Welcome to Goomba Simulator 2015.

Play as Billy the goomba, and uncover the dark and disturbing secrets of the Mushroom Kingdom. Will he ever be able to walk to the right? What is goomba family life like? What the hell does Mario do after he stomps you? For answers to these and other provocative questions, play now!

** Note: game can be completed in about 5 - 10 minutes **


Who is responsible for this monstrosity?

Jam Team:
Brian Ploeckelman
Doug Graham
Colin Kennedy
Ian McNamara

Made proudly using LibGDX:

Many sprites created by artists at Nintendo (permission pending... indefinitely)

ps. Sorry we can't embed on the LD entry page, the game doesn't catch key events when embedded that way. Please try the Web link to play online.

Downloads and Links




Shaw says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:30am

Fantastic. In every way. This is a superb game that hit's the nail on the head in every way. Perfect take on both the theme and the 'behind the scenes' of Mario. A fantastic entry into the jam and an all round perfect execution. Excellent work.

airfrog says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:51am

Ha, exactly what I wanted to see out of this theme. Very entertaining.

Ybalrid says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:51am

Well, I 5star you. This is great! And I like the fact taht it's a narative game!

Move127 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:55am

This was a very enjoyable experience.

OldPeculier says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 1:55am

Ridiculously, ridiculously clever. Funny. Fun. Awesome job. And hopefully Nintendo will get the joke and won't bring a lot suit against you.

Saphyre says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:05am

Awesome ! Brilliant ! I could talk about it all night, but I'll just say : fits the theme perfectly ! Congratulations, guys !

Niebule says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:07am

Loved it!

pkenney says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 2:08am

Damn, well done fellas, you nailed it. I really enjoyed the way the whole thing played out, and there were a lot of nice small touches along the way.

walaber says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 3:02am

really creative, fun storytelling through simple platforming :)

Divitos says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 4:41am

This game is absolutely amazing!

orukinawa says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:18am

Amazing twist on a staple story!

JakeL168 says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:37am

I love how you zoom in on Goomba ( with cloak ), I can't stop laughing at that. LOLOLOL

Anyhow, great work, I really enjoy it.

Techblogogy says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 12:35pm

After years of waiting, I can finally play as goomba

DragonXVI says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 5:52pm

One man's struggle with depression, drugs and psychosis, presented through the medium of Super Mario Bros.

The jump was a bit speedy for comfort though :p

Headmade says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 7:15pm

It's always nice to see a fellow Libgdx dev :)

I really like the story and humor. Never thought about where marios come from.

onilink_ says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 8:07pm

Ahah the end... x)

ArchBang says ...
Aug 25, 2015 @ 10:14pm

Absolutely excellent. Taking such a classical reversal and then sticking to it so devoutly has paid off handsomely. So many delicious nods and references. Also loved the music! Good job!

Aug 26, 2015 @ 12:43am

"This is Ludum Dare so we won't make you start over." Thank you. Well done.

walsh9 says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 6:39am

Great title.

randomhuman says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 8:27am

Great story, and I love the little nods to the jam :)

glerikud says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 10:22am

I really liked the ending part, when he got to the castle.

bloomingbuds says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 11:04am

Great narrative. Chapters 1 and 3 where really good. Nice job!

LogGiant says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 2:58pm

That was fantastic. Thanks for not making me restart the million times I fell off the edge.
My initial though when I saw mario was "Oh I need to jump on his head!"
Then I remembered I'm the goomba.

dancingmad says ...
Aug 26, 2015 @ 4:31pm

Ahah, excellent.
We had about the same idear in our game but the result is different.

I like your idear about reverse levels and reversed musics too.

orion_black says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:14am

nice hehe XD

Sparrow says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 10:57am

Well done, amazing story. Music meshed well with the mood of the story.

kerotan24 says ...
Aug 27, 2015 @ 2:54pm

Really funny.

psychonull says ...
Aug 28, 2015 @ 1:09am

Excelent idea and implementation. Great game!!

rnlf says ...
Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:32am

Oh, such a cool idea! With everything running in reverse, even the world counter!

I'm really impressed!

Aug 29, 2015 @ 8:19pm

I did not expect that. World F-B is utterly horrifying in the best way possible.

The level counter going backwards is great too. Although I have to wonder, what is Luigi doing there?

dickpoelen says ...
Aug 30, 2015 @ 7:48pm

Wel... that got weird :) (love all the little details)

freaknarf says ...
Aug 31, 2015 @ 10:39am

Hahaha that was a fun game :)
A bit easy, you can feel mario weak and has a stupid attack :)
That was real fun, and visuals really feel like NES stuff...
I loved the storytelling and weird ending ! Great humor.

OnlySlightly says ...
Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:10am

Loved how well you put the narrative together and separated them by chapter. The audio was amazing and it was fascinating hearing bits and pieces of Mario corrupted by something more sinister. Loved the story and it got actually pretty creepy. Great game!

Sep 1, 2015 @ 4:10am

Really think you did great work on the audio and mood especially.

Eldan_Knight says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 5:41pm

Really fun! I felt very sad for Goomba at the beginning but... what a dark secret at the end of the game! Our entry, The Curse of Koomba, has a veiled homage to Goomba! The main character is a monstrous mushroom. And his name is not a coincidence xD

bombjack says ...
Sep 2, 2015 @ 7:32pm

very original concept

danialias says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 8:25am

Love how the story escalated :D. Superb experience, great storytelling (a bit slow at the beginning, though) and neat execution. One of the best of the jam, without a doubt. Good job!

nassi says ...
Sep 8, 2015 @ 4:34pm

The jump felt pretty hyper like someone already mentioned. Other than that it was a really nice experience all around.

Pusty says ...
Sep 9, 2015 @ 9:40pm

Kinda shocked about the ending! 5/5

zatyka says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 4:41am

That was an excellent experience. One of my favorite entries for sure.

OadT says ...
Sep 10, 2015 @ 11:17am

I love this story (especially the end), the different musics and the "Its Ludum Dare, we wont let you start from the beginning again" message. Great entry, with a lot of clever ideas!

namrog84 says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 3:40am

I joined the ranks of the other monsters! excellent!

Sep 11, 2015 @ 5:46am

This is a dark one...

Sep 11, 2015 @ 6:08am

Really awesome. The scene at the end with the zoomed in goomba lord changed my life. All around great!

Sep 11, 2015 @ 6:19am

Loved a bit of retro, that raised some pretty dark questions. Genuinely amazing job guys.

crucknuk says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 11:06am

i was imerged in the ambiance, i know the truth now! i can never be the same again! :D
well done fellow ludum dare friend...........

Krunoslav says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 12:01pm

Wooowwww!!!! Amazing, incredible experience!

eddynardo says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 2:49pm

noooooooo, mariooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!
nice entry :)

Mantlair says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 7:38pm

Well done! Just great!

thristhart says ...
Sep 11, 2015 @ 7:58pm

This is super polished in a really impressive way. This could have been done lazily and still gotten the point across but you put the effort into it and it shows. Well done!

Aevek says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 9:51pm

The first idea I had and dismissed... Turns out it had the potential to be one of the best games of the jam. Fantastic work.

personalurban says ...
Sep 12, 2015 @ 10:25pm

Brilliant, utterly briliiant! Looks absolutely authentic, smooth to play, great idea, well executed. Hats off!

DDRKirby(ISQ) says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 12:08am

Yesssss, yes yes yes yes yes.

Also, I appreciated the subtly reversed arrangements of the music, spot on!

ZNCatlaw says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 4:13am

I'm so glad I played this! Such an awesome and creepy vibe. I especially liked how, almost every step along the way it could have ended and still been a complete work. Like, if it had ended at the end of Chapter 1, I would have been satisfied with the experience. If it had ended after killing Mario once, I would have been happy. Even with just level F-F and a different ending I would have been happy. You all took it to the next level, turned it up to 11, as they say.

Did you ever play Super Plumber Bros? It was ZNCatLaw's entry in a previous dare, and I think you might enjoy it as it is also a radical deconstruction of Super Mario Bros. Basically, I consider our teams to be blood brothers now. Link:

wooltech says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 9:55am

Brilliant. Plays well, and has a great, twisted little storyline.

(I didn't give a score for graphics as most of it seemed to be original SMB artwork.)

KeyboardCat says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 11:22am

Great story and great idea.

Good work !

Romaing says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 1:38pm

Really good game and good idea ! I knew there was something strange with this "1-up" system but the truth is here...

thatwhichis says ...
Sep 13, 2015 @ 10:48pm


Sep 14, 2015 @ 10:51am

A gripping rendition of the tyranny and social stigma endured globally by the marginalised Goombas. I pray for all the Goombas of this world to emancipate themselves from the chains of oppression.

Would reccommend.

dollarone says ...
Sep 15, 2015 @ 12:45am

Excellent throughout. Really enjoyed that. Cool ending! ps. got stuck in the html version but java works well.

Oct 20, 2015 @ 2:24pm

Really neat story! I included it in my Ludum Dare 33 Compilation video series, if you would like to take a look :)

andyman404 says ...
Oct 20, 2015 @ 6:10pm

LOL! Awesome game - really well done. I loved how you finished making a complete story about the "behind the scenes" world of the Goomba.

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