Posts Tagged ‘Ludum Dare’

Roulette Knight is RPG meets Russian roulette

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The gushing spring of free games known as Ludum Dare has once again spittled forth a small treasure. Pick it up, rub the muck off, it’s Roulette Knight, an RPG about playing round after round of Russian roulette. There’s no journey from one end of the kingdom to another, no evil lord to vanquish – that stuff’s for SQUIRES. Here, you just sit in a room, slip bullets into a revolver, and pull the trigger for cash rewards and XP. It’s short, silly and fills you up with giddy stress. Read the rest of this entry »

Soccer Battle Royale is obviously the future of the genre

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Right, battle royale games have peaked. Devs: you can stop updating Fortnite and Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. Cancel your Mavericks and your rumoured Call of Duty modes. There’s no real point now, because the browser-based Soccer Battle Royale has stolen the genre’s crown for good.

It’s a free, simple take on the formula where you’ve got to defend your goal against 99 AI opponents and an ungodly number of footballs.

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Out-rock the apocalypse in Double Kick Heroes

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In Mad Max: Fury Road, one character was clearly having more fun than the rest: Coma, the Doof Warrior. You know, the guy with the flaming guitar and massive wall of speakers providing growling musical accompaniment to the carnage unfolding around him. Double Kick Heroes takes that concept and runs with it; what if the power of metal itself was the one thing keeping you alive on the irradiated roads of the apocalypse?

Originally debuting in the 34th Ludum Dare dev-jam, that particular one limiting designs to the concepts of ‘Two Button controls’ and ‘Growing’, the rhythm shooter Double Kick Heroes hits Early Access this April, now free of its old restrictions.

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Build a low-fi turnip farm for two in Reap Together

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Got a friend? Got at least one spare gamepad? Do you think this friend will still be your friend after diving deep into the world of real-time survival turnip farming? Well, Reap Together might just be free game to help you while away a lazy weekend afternoon.

Failing that, at least there’s the option to sneak around and steal all your friend’s turnips when they’re not looking.

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Mix up some trouble (to order) in Goblins 2 Go

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Based on the Ludum Dare concept of “the more you have, the worse it is” Goblins 2 Go (on Itch.io) is a clever little browser-game from SFB Games the creators of recent Switch success Snipperclips. It’s free and absolutely worth ten minutes of your time, putting you in the shoes of a hard-working witch producing made-to-order goblins through some carefully eyeballed potion-blending.

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Spend 10 minutes bringing books to life in Librood

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Here’s something to brighten/darken your Thursday. Librood is a free, ten minute game where you play as a little girl with a strange illness that makes everything she reads manifest in the real world… if you can be sure that’s where you are. It’s like a darker, short-form take on the Inkheart books – or the mediocre Inkheart movie, if you insist. It’s a game about surprises, so maybe you should just go and play it before you read on.

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Play as an eight-legged freak in Plants vs Zombies designer’s next game

The designer behind the massively popular Plants vs. Zombies, George Fan, has opened a new studio and left his old toys behind. With the gang at All Yes Good, he’s working on a full version of Octogeddon, a game he started during a game jam. It’s a common concept: you play as a giant mutant octopus, growing weird new fightlimbs. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lion’s Song Episode One Free On Steam

The Lion’s Song [official site] is a wonderful point-and-click adventure that began life as a Ludum Dare 30 entry almost two years ago. It tells the splendid tale of Wilma, a talented but struggling musician, who retreats to a friend’s cabin nestled in the Austrian Alps in a bid to kickstart her creative side which, besides her scant possessions, offers little in the way of furnishings besides one of the first ever telephones. One day, an inventor calls to test this new fangled contraption and so unfolds a charming narrative between you, Wilma, and the man on the other end of the line.

The Lion’s Song is now being expanded into a four part episodical series, it seems, the first of which is out now on Steam. For free! Here’s the episode one ‘Silence’ launch trailer that landed this week:

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Ludum Dare 35 Has Ended: Play Windowframe

The Ludum Dare jams are always home to some fantastic games. I haven’t had a chance to pick through the entries from the 35th event yet, which finished yesterday, but I did notice some buzz around one entry. It’s called windowframe and it’s an extremely clever game, an experimental puzzler about vampire slaying, that uses the boundaries of the window in which it’s played to create some tricky quandaries. Simply put, you can manipulate the frame of the game by firing stakes into the borders and dragging them toward your character. You can, and should, play it right now.

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A Calming Swim With From The Sea, Freedom

Here’s a lovely under-the-sea exploration toy I found in the Ludum Dare 34 Pile O’ Things. It’s called From The Sea, Freedom [official site] and it made me crack a smile even though I was in the mood to chuck my PC in the bin on account of wrestling with a free camera thing in Dota all morning and then failing anyway.

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Deliver Calamari To Your Gran In Space: Zunus

Zunus [official site] is the latest short game from Jonathan Whiting, he of BLOODWORM and Traal and Mussel and Sportsfriends and lots of other things. It was made for Ludum Dare and is about delivering calamari to your gran in space while dodging asteroids in a simple, 2D thrust-’em-up.

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Grave Is A Tactical 2D Slasher That Doesn’t Quit

In the wake of Ludum Dare #33’s ‘you are the monster’ theme, 2D tactical slasher Grave sees you dropped into a cemetery after nightfall and into the role of a skeletal knight. Pit against a horde of foot soldier cavaliers and the odd monstrous paladin, you must then rack up a kill tally and level up along the way. The longer you go, the harder it is to stay alive. Praise the longest run.

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Catty Contract Killers Go Wild in Badass Inc.

Meow, I say. Meow.

I have to say, guys. Badass Inc. [official site] is the cat’s meow. And not just because the protagonist for this free point-and-click adventure is “a sleek, stylish, feline predator that trades in scalps and briefcases full of cash.” A Ludum Dare entry crafted by the inimitable Sébastien ‘deepnight’ Bénard, Badass Inc will have you taking on an assignment for Ludum-Tek. (hehe). Your goal? To murder a target in an inventive way.

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A Cocktail Of Classics: PACAPONG

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Pac-Man, a Pong paddle and a Space Invader walk into enter a bar. The barman asks “why the long faces?” and the Pong paddle says, “these aren’t faces, they are sentient creatures and they are my friends.” He adds that he wouldn’t categorise either ‘face’ as long.

PACAPONG is the game that happens when the three of them have a few drinks and then go home and put their bits inside one another. It’s extremely good.

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Charlotte Gore’s Screened Made Me Scream

Screened is a fiendish little free platformer in the vein of Super Meat Boy with a scratchy, itchy post-punk soundtrack that’s a perfect match: both are like fingernails run down a blackboard, yet both unavoidably draw you in.

The game was built for the Ludum Dare 31 game jam, the theme of which was “the entire game on one screen”. Screened spins its single screen out into multiple levels by moving around obstacles and barriers every time you reach the exit, with each new spin on the screen throwing new challenges into your face whilst laughing at your incompetence and displeasure.

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The Entire Screen Of One Game Will Hurt Your Brain

Ludum Dare 31 entries have 19 days of judging left, and there’s already some gold to be found within. The theme this time is “Entire Game On One Screen”, and amongst the 2637 entries is The Entire Screen Of One Game by Tom 7. A platform game where the platform game is the character jumping about in the level of the platform game which is also the character, and that character is in fact the level of the platform game, which is the character in the game…

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Walking Simulator With A Gun: Ultimate Pâté

How tranquil!

Ultimate Pâté is a free walking simulator with a gun. It’s a big gun too, a double-barrelled shotgun. You can use it to kill exotic and whimsical animals like flamingos and unicorns. To process into cheap pâté. And yet… I do think it’s a walking simulator rather than a hunting game. We wander around low-fi woods, follow skittish animals, and listen to soft music in sterotypical walking simulator ways, so I feel a giddy transgressive thrill whipping out a shotgun to blow away a magical horse.

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Freeware Garden: Orion

Ludum Dare 31 has just begun and its theme is all about fitting entire games in a single screen. Developer feiss has made the most of the space by effectively fitting a sizable part of our solar system in one button-filled screen. Orion is a space shuttle sim, it evokes of old MS-DOS space sim Shuttle.

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Freeware Garden: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

After countless portals accidentally leading to hell and scientific experiments gone armageddon, the characters of What Could Possibly Go Wrong? make a sensible decision: they make sure a marine with a big gun and plenty of cover is always present at each and every portal activation. That’s safety regulations for you, that is.

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