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    Mini LD 50: Xeldas Saga

    Posted by
    Saturday, March 29th, 2014 10:19 am

    This is my entry for Mini LD 50: Demakes inspired by The Legend of Zelda.

    Xeldas Saga – Play now!
    Xeldas Saga

    Play as Rink and save Xelda by finding a magical artifact in forgotten ruins. Jump, Shield and Attack. It is a web game – a real web game: You can play it right now in your browser without any plugins!

    Rink attacks an octoroc

    What went right

    • The graphics and the music were very easy to create :) I use GIMP and beepbox.co.
      Actually the sprite of Rink was done quite some time ago and i finally wanted to make a game with it.
    • Thanks to Tiled i did not have to write my own Map-Editor, instead i googled for a way to load Tiled maps to JS and display them on a canvas and found a tutorial at: http://hashrocket.com/blog/posts/using-tiled-and-canvas-to-render-game-screens
    • I used circles as a collision detection which is very easy to code and still very accurate. You can see the collision system at work by pressing [ENTER] ingame.

    What went wrong

    • I dont know if this qualifies as wrong, but it took me a little longer than 2 days, because i worked on the game during normal week days and not the weekend. I hope 3 week days equal 2 weekend days. Also working on the game reduced my preferred sleeping time by some hours, but that was already out of order and so i just slept as much as i did before the MiniLD.
    • The interaction mechanics are not introduced ingame, so you have to know from other Zelda games, that the electrically charged slimes should/can not be attacked, and you have to find out yourself, how to use the shield (Press down ;) ).
    • I did not have enough time to create a challenging boss ai :(
    • The Game is short.
    • Google Drive seems to have a hidden download limit, so i had to delete and reupload the audio files multiple times. Maybe that was because i reloaded the page too often during debugging. Is Dropbox better? – AHRG! It happend again. And again…

    Oh, look, someone wrote something about me :) I feel important
    Mini LD50: Xeldas Saga demakes Nintendo’s famous action adventure series

    A Catastrophic Date

    Posted by (twitter: @http://www.twitter.com/azuritereaction)
    Tuesday, January 14th, 2014 4:10 pm

    Hey, just wanted to make a post talking about the game I made (azuritereaction) with a friend (sweetielise); it’s called A Catastrophic Date. (Hey, we only had a few hours to come up with a name!)












    It’s a cute little visual-novel-esque game (no nudity/sex/romance in it though) that we thought up, and it was the first time I’d completed a game project since… probably 16 or so years ago, when I was making games with Klik & Play and Multimedia Fusion 1 back when I was about 12 years old or so.

    The game itself is really short, there’s about 10 or so possible endings with 7 of them being unique, including a secret ending, too :)

    Sweetielise did the art in probably 8 hours, and the coding took me about the same amount of time, but we got continually distracted by Awesome Games Done Quick during most of Saturday, haha.

    That said… I will probably NEVER program a visual novel game like this in Multimedia Fusion 2 again. Easily one of the most frustrating programming experiences I’ve ever had, for sure. Still had a lot of fun making it though, and I hope a lot of you have fun playing it!

    Additionally, feel free to check out our main work on YouTube, Twitch, and a webcomic that I write with the links below! Looking forward to the Jam sessions coming up, we’ll likely do another game for that (and any future MiniLD’s too) :)



    Era of Errors (webcomic)
    First Page of the webcomic

    MiniLD: Meddling Little Wizards Progress

    Posted by
    Saturday, January 11th, 2014 7:38 am


    Meddling Little Wizards – a game where you play a dark wizard lord trying to keep his conspiracies private from a school of little annoying wizard students – is coming along. Although not a quickly as I thought.

    This is the first time I’m doing a timelapse video as well and the first benefit of that is I know exactly how much time I spent programming. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to program continuously so I started on Thursday (I hope this is OK even if I stretched the rules a bit there).

    So far I’ve put in 12 hours, which is quite a lot more than I would have guessed. Time flies when you’re having fun :)

    Also, I’m using GitHub this time: https://github.com/Udo/MiniLD48

    Save One For the Kids – a post ‘em mortem ‘em

    Posted by (twitter: @Phantom_Green)
    Monday, January 6th, 2014 1:41 am

    Ah, the ol’ post-mortem… where you retrace your steps and try to figure out what went wrong and what went right. But what if nothing went ‘wrong’? What if I’m totally satisfied with what I ended up with? Well, that’s the case… and not because my game is amazing or ground-breaking or technically flawless… but because I finally ‘beat’ Ludum Dare. Let me explain.

    This was my 10th LD, and since I first started, I’ve learned so much about myself, my limitations, my weaknesses, my strengths, how to work under pressure, etc, etc etc. What I also learned during all of those compos is that Ludum Dare is not about what you didn’t accomplish in the time limit. So often we are bombarded with comments about where our games could be improved and we write post-mortems about what didn’t go as planned, but I just simply want to see more celebration about what is actually being accomplished. To me, Ludum Dare is about what you WANTED to do versus what you were ABLE to do. And in the case of LD28, I did 100 percent of what I wanted to do. Sure, I can point out flaws in my game and there are infinite ways in which I can expand on my idea, refine it, and make it better. It was the first time that I made a list of what I wanted to accomplish and was able to check every one of them off before hitting the ‘submit’ button. Yes, Ludum Dare is about learning… it’s about pushing yourself… it’s about improving… but when I say that I finally ‘beat’ Ludum Dare… I mean that I finally reached a point where I can grab the theme, stay on target, and limit myself to the core essentials. This was always my biggest weakness, and with LD28, I was triumphant. Just like my first Ludum Dare when I didn’t save time for audio. I was unsure of my ability to make quality audio in the time limit, so I pushed it further and further back until it was too late. I was very disappointed in myself, so I made a strong effort to practice audio and I made it a larger focus. I then went on to capture two gold medals in the audio category, something I never would’ve imagined after my first LD. So now with LD28, I feel like I turned another corner in actually being able to stop myself from attempting such a hugely impossible list of features in such a short amount of time. Instead of being stressed about finishing, I was able to relax and do experiments. I was able to try new methods, use new tools, and learn new things without having to deal too much with the clock ticking away. And that brings it all back to the original purpose of Ludum Dare: to learn and grow by challenging yourself.

    So what was the end result of my LD28?
    A pattern and timing-based score attack game where you have one bullet to shoot zombie kids in the face.

    Save One For The Kids by SonnyBone

    The Idea
    The concept is nothing special. There is no story or no explanation for what’s happening. There doesn’t need to be. I wanted to make a game that could be ‘perfected’ with enough practice and memorization. There is literally a max score that can be earned if you play every stage perfectly. But good luck doing that… it’s not easy, and you can’t immediately replay stages to find the perfect solution. It’s kind of like Kirby’s Dream Course in that regard… one of my favorite games. You can get a hole in one on the first 3 holes, but then if hole 4 throws you for a loop, you have to replay the first 3 holes to try number 4 again. What you end up with is a situation where things that were once difficult become very simple, but if you get too frustrated, things that were once simple start becoming difficult. It’s one of the most common phenomenas in gaming. My friends and I once created the term “gamer’s hand” while playing Tony Hawk 2. It’s when your mind shuts off and your eyes go still but your hands move on their own as you attempt the perfect run and keep hitting ‘restart’ in the pause menu. That pattern of memorization, reflexes, and reactions mixed with your brain’s stupid desire to see bigger numbers at the end of the run. That’s what I wanted to create… a very simple puzzle game that a very specific type of gamer would want to play over and over in order to get the best score.

    The Art
    I wanted to try something new with art. I wanted to go for a hand-drawn look while testing out some new animation methods.


    The main player has no animation. I messed around with the idea of clothes blowing in the wind, recoil from the gun, or starting the stage with the player actually going from standing to crouched and then aiming the gun. I immediately realized that it would simply take too long, and that the focus should be on the moving enemies, not the player. I also decided early on that player aiming or player movement would make the number of shot possibilities go up exponentially, making the game infinitely more difficult and unpredictable. That would’ve gone against my idea of a ‘perfect’ solution that’s not too impossible to figure out (both for myself, and for the player… because I had to design the stages to be beatable and be able to calculate the lowest and highest possible scores).

    The main enemy is where all the animation went.


    I was watching Home Improvement while waiting for the theme announcement, so I think my enemy ended up being Mark Taylor by accident.

    I’m not sure why I decided to make a game about killing zombie kids, but I think I remember having an idea about them being crazy Minecraft fans that desperately wanted more Minecraft clones and were going around killing anyone not currently developing one.


    The enemy consists of several different parts that were tweened and occasionally swapped out with other sprites:

    If I had another 2 hours to work on the game, I probably would’ve spent the time redrawing the feet and making some palette swaps for variety.

    The Gameplay


    That’s pretty much it right there. You hit spacebar at the right time, everything freezes, and your bullet rips through a line of enemies. Your goal is to kill everything on the screen with one shot, but it’s best to get the same kind of shot in a row to get extra points. Killing everything on the screen gives you a MURDERTALITY BONUS that dramatically increases your score based on how many enemies you killed. You get 250 pts for leg shots, 500 for torso shots, and 1000 for headshots. If you land three headshots in a row, for example, the first is worth 1000, the second is 2000, and the third is 3000. If you killed everything on the screen, then that total gets multiplied by an amount that I can’t remember… lol.

    At the end of the stage, you are presented with a medal for your performance. Yes, it is possible to clear every enemy in the game and get a gold medal on every stage. I have only done it once, but I kind of cheated to do it. The closest I’ve been able to get without cheating is 8 perfect stages and 2 silver stages.

    The Audio

    I went with a very subdued soundtrack. The Wintry setting, the jumping kiddies, the holiday cheer… I kind of wanted something that would be relaxing to help you focus. I spent more time on the ‘slo mo’ bullet sound effect, the head splatters, and the dumb-ass voice samples for earning medals. I created some really goofy little voice that is almost out of place but somehow… works. I love it… especially when I get a “silllvah” medal. And then the voice at the end telling you how much you suck. There are 3 possible ‘endings’ with your overall rank/score.

    I had a crapload of fun. I made what I wanted to make. I learned a lot. I’m happy. SUCCESS!
    And this will be my last LD for a while as I keep working on my first commercial game. I haven’t officially announced it yet, but I will someday. I think 10 LDs is enough for now. I’ll come back after my first ‘real’ game is a huge flop. If you wanna stay in the loop, my site is HERE and my Twitter.



    ALSO, I did a Rad Game Roundup of my favorite 20 LD28 games. Check it out HERE
    And check out my LD soundtracks HERE

    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.


    Posted by
    Friday, December 20th, 2013 7:19 pm



    I uploaded Linux and OS/X versions of my game,
    so you can now test Web or Windows or Linux or Mac OS versions of
    superfrozenkittengetsonlyonesecretbottleforyou game:)

    It’s ->  here!
    (it’s 1:1 game jam version)


    Timelapse for One Rogue

    Posted by
    Wednesday, December 18th, 2013 10:28 am

    Hi! I finally had some time to made some pretty video from screenshots of me creating the One Rogue. Because I didn’t have time to show anything during the compo here is “multi-screenshot” from the game:

    One Rogue

    One Rogue

    It’s almost traditional roguelike rpg.. almost.. You wouldn’t find any items in the level! But what’s the point then? You have to kill at least N enemies to open the gate, where N is equal “how many times you went through the gate” + 1. Then you will receive three random items but you can pick only one. You enter the gate.. And again!

    I’m planning to made post-compo version with more balanced game-play, better controls and few more locations and items during the upcoming weekend. I will also try to make version for Android.. :-)


    Enjoy the time-lapse!

    Color Range has been submitted

    Posted by (twitter: @allinlabs)
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 9:54 pm

    You Only Get (to see) One color (at a time).

    Color Range is a platformer where every level has several different colored elements,
    but you can only have one colored set of elements visible at a time.

    Color Range Gameplay

    Switch between colored sets of elements


    youGOO! Gameplay

    Posted by
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 1:44 pm

    ‘sup guys!

    Here’s a gameplay GIF from my jam entry…


    Obviously, i’m terrible at my own game :-)

    See how much you can score at


    Kmembert – A puzzle/Infiltration/Action game – Post mortem

    Posted by (twitter: @benoitfreslon)
    Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 3:20 am




    Game description

    Kmembert (Camembert: A delicious french cheese) is a puzzle/infiltration/action game :) . The gameplay is quite simple: You are a cheese and you have to kill all nazi mice in one shoot. Get the cannon bullet and trick the mice in order to kill them all in a single shoot. 9 levels are playable. HAVE FUN ^^!

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    Post mortem

    It was my first Ludum Dare compo. I just be informed of the event 4 days ago. My weekend was busy but I was motivated to create a simple game saturday morning with the theme “You only get one”. I already participed to the “Global Game Jam” twice, but the Ludum Dare is a different challenge.
    I cumulate 17 hours of work for this game.

    I found the idea in the first minutes: Get the only one bullet, trick the enemies to manage to kill them all in a single shoot.
    The controls are simple and the top view allows to create less graphic assets and less code. I’m a big fan of “Metal gear solid” and I recently played “Hotline Miami”. So I unconsciously designed game mechanics with this game in my mind. I always wanted to design a game like Metal Gear Solid :). Therefore mice can run after you if they see you and you can play with the doors.

    Level Design
    I modified the mouse behaviours 2 hours before the deadline. So I redesigned the levels accoring the modifications.
    I tried to design 9 levels with interesting challenge. I think the levels are fun and you also can understand all puzzles quickly. But I had no time to playtest the levels to another players. That’s why the game needs different mice with different behaviours and more balance.

    I didn’t want to use human characters, zombies, aliens or monsters. So I decided to imagine a coherent situation with uncomon characters according to the game mechanics. A humanoid cheese against nazi mice ? Why not  :). I’m not a 2d artist but I tried to design simple characters and animations quickly. A pen tablet is a good tool :).

    Unfortunatly I didn’t have the time to play on my guitar some cool riffs for the background music. The sound fx are just simple homemade sounds of my mouth :).

    I’m a Flash game developer since 2004 so I create all assets, animations and code with Flash. I used the World Construction Kit library. It’s the Box2D physic engine with a WYSIWYG layout, very usefull to design levels. I also used simple libs : TweenMax, Flint. I used “Flash Develop” and I created some assets with Photoshop and Audition.


    It was a great experience! Sometimes I watched streams of few developers around the world. I also earn some skills in code with box2d and in graphic design. I found my game interesting but it needs improvements :).

    Now I’m gonna play some LD games :).

    See you!

    Follow me on my blog: http://www.benoitfreslon.com

    Dropout time! (&a guide for plot-heavy designers)

    Posted by
    Monday, December 16th, 2013 4:57 pm

    Yay! That was so much fun, though. Unlike LD25 with the team, I felt so little stress I thought I was dreaming!

    NOT MY ENTRY. NOT MY ENTRY. NOT MY ENTRY. Lifted from http://www.ludumdare.com/compo/2011/08/22/post-ld-still-dreaming/ because it was (1) relevant and (2) Ludum Dare related. ^_^


    I don’t currently intend to become the best game jam dev evar, hehe, I just had fun making something, even if I didn’t get all the way with it in the time limit, I will always have the ability to return to it and flesh it out. I love LD because of what people end up doing with the always loved-and-hated theme both during and after! :)

    Postmortem and top-down, plot/world-focused game design heuristic (for those of us who ain’t so good at starting bottom-up from a gameplay mechanic) after the jump:



    Posted by (twitter: @patrickgh3)
    Sunday, December 15th, 2013 10:14 pm

    I think this is the most tired my brain has ever been. I’m exhausted. Yesterday was busy, and today was super busy and stressful, but it’s finally over. Last LD I worked really hard at the beginning and had little work to do at the end, while this time I didn’t get much done at the start and got busier and busier as time went on. But, somehow, I made it! And so did all of you. I’m looking forward to playing everyone’s games once I get some rest!

    Here’s a link to Spirit Cave:


    Perfect Match game post-mortem

    Posted by
    Sunday, December 15th, 2013 6:19 pm

    Final game looks like this:

    day2_03 day2_04 day2_05

    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!


    Posted by (twitter: @TsumeiMeyren)
    Sunday, December 15th, 2013 4:44 pm

    Only one!

    Papaya is finished! Click the above link to Play!

    The game on Ludumdare.com

    This was my first entry into a Ludum Dare, And I had a lot of fun with it.
    I felt at the start that “You only get one.” Was a bit of a limiting factor, but decided to hop into tile-creation and general artwork for the game. A few hours in I still had no idea what I was making, or rather what the main plot or mechanics would be.

    I ended up deciding on my main character however; Batty, the Bat. But this was not enough, I needed motivation – And what better motivation is there than “Papaya!”. I swear the word carries no meaning for me anymore, I have uttered it so many times whilst creating my pixels and organizing my levels.

    Beware the Beaver

    The game was created in Construct2 and Photoshop to run natively in most new browsers. Since this was my first game I decided that working with a framework would be beneficial. Adding to that I mostly have experience in tileset design, so if I was going to get anything working in before 48 hours, I needed to rely on my strenghts and leave the coding to a framework.

    I hope you will play it, and I hope that you find it to be a mildly enjoying experience. It is a short game, it is a simple game. But I like to think it has atleast one decent joke in it.

    Thank you for your time! And to those of you still crunching towards the time limit; Go go go!

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