Ludum Dare 46 staff picks
The 46th Ludum Dare competition just finished with a record-breaking 13 thousand people creating almost 5 thousand games in 72 hours. If you’re not familiar with the competition, this Ludum Dare documentary (partially filmed in GitHub HQ for the Ludum Dare GDC Party in 2017) is a great overview of the history and ethos of the event.
The theme for this LD46 is “keep it alive”, which participants had to incorporate in their entries. Here are some games that captured my attention, and kept me entertained over the last few weeks. They’re great fun to play, and the source is available to check out and experiment with.
Tower Defence of the Heart is a challenging, and satisfying tower defense game from @TerryCavanah. Protect your beating heart from 20 waves of skeletons, slimes, rats, and…pink elephants in dungarees(?).
You’ll have some angry birds on your hands if you let this ever-growing flock get captured by the monster in @anttihaavikko’s Flock for Feast.
Source (Unity, C#) · ► Play now (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux)
Flippy Fish is a delightful game with great art, sound, and gameplay. You play as a fish, and you need to
dodge, duck, dip, and dive jump and roll your way to victory while evading a persistent sushi master.
Very well done, Axel Signargout, Dorian Signargout, Marion Oudin, Stéphane Kaufmann!
Goutye’s Princess Ribbon is a puzzle game where you’re placed in a number of tricky situations, and you must rescue the princess. Better move fast—she won’t hang around for long!
Source (Godot, GDScript) · ► Play now (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux)
King’s Table by @PetTurtle combines a tower defense game with chess and dungeons. An interesting combination, but a very addictive and challenging game! Careful, you might be playing this all “knight”.♞ Source (Godot, GDScript) · ► Play now (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux)
Grove Guardian by @natelargo is another innovative tower defence-type game, but a little more complicated than the others in this list. It’s definitely worth reading the instructions. Source (C++) · ► Play now (Windows)
Congratulations to everyone who participated, and kudos to @mikekasprzak on another great event.
We can’t wait to see what you make!