The theme for Ludum Dare 48 was “deeper and deeper,” which inspired over ten thousand people to create almost four thousand games together over a weekend. As you can imagine, there were quite a lot of entries around digging or falling, but there was also a huge number of very creative (and fun) interpretations. Read on to
see play a few of our favorites!
Ludum Dare is a game jam, or “hackathon for building games,” that challenges participants to build a game in 72 hours or less based on a theme. At the end of the competition, all participants vote and give feedback on the entries.
We Have to Go Deeper puts you in a tight space with an overbearing professor as you pilot your submarine to the deepest, darkest depths of the ocean. You’re a lowly, unpaid lab assistant who must try to contain your rage! The whole experience is very much like grad school, but a whole lot cheaper.
Fun fact: the levels were created with LDtk, a 2D level editor that’s also free and open source (you might be detecting a theme here) from the creator of Dead Cells. Maybe you could create a ninth level? Take a look at the levels.ldtk file.
In Chess Hellevator, pawns are granted unholy power and can do whatever they want. Choose from one of three random moves each turn, and descend deeper into …hell (obviously). This game is quite addictive.
Hook some fish in Fishing Trouble, and then practice your right hook to get them to drop money. It’s as easy as punching fish in a barrel. This is definitely one of the most ridiculous fishing games I’ve played in some time.
Dig, mine, stop, climb, break, and drink your way to victory! 🔨
Waaaaiiiitt. Surface isn’t just another Asteroids clone. Here you’re orbiting a planet where the atmosphere is mostly argon, so your oxygen-filled ship is not dense enough to descend deeper yet. You’ll need to make your ship heavier by firing on those meteorites and loading them into your cargo hold.
How many meteorites will you need to destroy? I’m glad you asked. Taking into account the composition and molecular weight of oxygen and argon, and the dimensions and mass of our spacecraft, and the gravitational pull, and the frames per second, and …
Figure ƒ: @leereilly trying to do Math in his head again – Editor
You’ll need to destroy quite a few.
Bunny Bunny Dig Dig is an action RPG, and as the name may suggest, you control an energetic bunny digging for treasure. Watch out for the bats and bombs!
Not sure if the player here is a rabbit too, but it certainly looks like a very pixelated rabbit. Ziggurat is a nice little platformer with great pixel art and music. Astute readers might point out that ziggurats typically go up, not “deeper and deeper,” but in this game, you’re journeying into the depths of your own mind. Pretty deep.
Jump deeper and deeper Into the Castle to dismiss the OP evil wizard king. Watch out for the bats and the… glasses though(?)!
A recursive maze written in Rust? Yes, please! Micronaut might be short and sweet, but the mechanic is marvelous.
On the subject of boxes, Inside the Box challenges you to go deeper and deeper inside each box to find the keys and escape.
Unlike Sally’s nightmares, some dreams you don’t want to wake up from. Dig deeper and deeper into a cookie mine with Sleepie Cookie Eatie. Be sure to snack along the way. The more cookies you eat, the better you dig.
Drillmin is a monochromatic and flat-out fun game where you drill your way downward while avoiding the lava.
Keep the generator full of gas, repair the various machines on the drill, and throw objects at your enemies. Blue Cheese Lunar Descent has you looking for cheese on the moon. Ya dig?
Sunk Cost throws you in a submarine and has you dive into the deepest, darkest depths to discover why the fish are becoming so aggressive. Keep your eye on your hull integrity and pressure though, or… DEAR COD!
Submarine Bean is a cute game where you explore the ocean in your submarine.
Did you know: This was @IcosoDev’s first time participating in Ludum Dare. Here’s a little bit more on how they made it:
Ludum Dare is beginner-friendly! You should try it yourself next time. The next game jam starts October 1.
That’s just twenty out of 3,866 total games submitted. Be sure to view the complete list, and consider leaving some feedback if you enjoyed the games. Until next time!
You might be game to browse more open source games written in all sorts of languages: