Ludum Dare is a game development competition, where developers from around the world are challenged to spend a weekend creating games based on a theme. Despite Ludum Dare 41’s challenging theme—to combine two incompatible genres—over 3,000 creations were submitted by the community.
From real-time arcade games, to visual novel games and point-and-click games, to rhythm-based platformer games, there’s something for everyone. Here are a few entries that caught our attention.
Rythm is Lava mixes not two, but four genres: RPG, puzzle, platformer, and rhythm. Control two characters as you solve puzzles in this great little PICO-8 game from @egordorichev.
Controls: X – restart the level · C / Z – toggle speed run info · ↑ ← → – move
Dungeon Scrawl from @lakrsv is a rogue-like typing-tutor game where you explore a dungeon while battling enemies and searching for treasure!
Outrun the law in 3D and build your city in @01010111’s OUTLAW MAYOR PANIC!
Controls: ? or ↑ ↓ ← → – move · X – place building.
Crescendo from @Nate954 is a rhythm-based platforming game about infiltrating a building and collecting mysterious orbs. Your goal? To avoid drawing attention to yourself by timing your movement to the music.
Controls: W A S D, or ↑ ↓ ← → – move
Crux Swarm by @markopolojorgensen is a Metroidvania-inspired tower defense game. Activate and defend cores to gain abilities and the chance to escape.
Controls: W A S D or ↑ ↓ ← → – move · mouse – aim · mouse left click – fire
Lost Without You is a turn-based action puzzler from @jackrugile (you may remember seeing some of his incredible games built in less than 13kB). Navigate through a mysterious dark labyrinth and help two friends find one another before they run out of light.
Controls: W A S D or ↑ ↓ ← → – move
Build defenses, dodge enemies, and more in Plasimajita by @quantumrain.
Drive around the race track in Wreckless Rally in this Bejewelled-inspired entry from @DaanVanYperen, @Flaterectomy, @meatmachine1001, @MisterOizo and @troop.
Controls: W A S D – move · E – drop cars · C – drift
YOU LEFT ME. is dark and surreal visual novel/point-and-click game about loneliness and loss from @zephyo.
Jeff From Accounting by @Almax27 is an unpunctuated game about typing what you shoot and shooting what you type. Buckle up; things are about to get wordy!
Controls: W A S D or ↑ ↓ ← → – move · SHIFT – sprint · LEFT CLICK – fire · RIGHT CLICK – reload
Think Before Escape is a realtime-turn-based platformer created by @acoto87.
Controls:← → – move · SPACE – jump.
C://TEXTRIS.EXE is a text-based puzzle adventure by @kinggryan. Despite the name, it also works on macOS.
Controls: A S D or ↓ ← → – move · > – rotate left · / – rotate right
Controls: Type in Assembly Language. No biggy.
Survive wave after wave of enemy spaceships in @SMILEY4’s Neon Space turn-based shooter.
Controls: W A S D or ↑ ↓ ← → – move · F – fire gun · G – drop / detonate bomb · H – fire laser.
STEREOtype from @thquinn is a rhythm-based typing game. It’s not easy!
Take control of your life in @z2367570158’s Life Jumper–a text adventure 3D platform game.
Controls: ? or W A S D – move · SPACE – jump
RPG Shop from @lawrence-laz is a shop simulator and adventure game.
Controls: Mouse – aim or interact · SPACE – proceed · X – cancel or say no.
As the name suggests, @hypp’s Sheet Music Editor Shoot’Em Up is a shoot ’em up game played on sheet music. If you don’t C-sharp when the aliens attack you’ll B-flat.
Controls: ↑ – jump ↓ – release · ← – move left · → – move right · X – change note length · O – fire
Karaoke Ninja by @gastricsparrow may be one of the only stealth games where you have to make noise to win. Talk, sing, scream, make whatever noise you can to make platforms appear that the ninja can use to progress.
Controls: W A D or ↑ ← → – move · ? – create platforms.
Invitris is like Space Invaders meets Tetris. Incredible job for your first Ludum Dare, @mavlac!
Controls: ← → – move left and right · ↑ ↓ – rotate armed brick · SPACE – fire brick cannon
If you’re looking for an opportunity to build your first game and join an amazing community, sign up for the upcoming Ludum Dare 42 on August 10th-13th. Don’t just take our word for it though! Watch a documentary about Ludum Dare on YouTube.