Running since 2002, Ludum Dare’s 28th edition was held this past weekend. The theme of this edition was ‘You Only Get One’. I took one for the team and went through all 2065 games to find what I believe are the best games of the weekend, check them out after the break! (They are all free to play and many have web builds!)
A Trip to the Moon
A simple and beautiful fantasy game about a kid’s journey to the moon. The experience is very short, but extremely relaxing and soothing.
A top down stealth game where you can only see your enemies’ footsteps, and how far the sound of your own reaches. Playing in complete darkness with only sound guiding your actions is an incredibly unique experience. One of the most innovative experiences this Ludum Dare.
This action platformer is clever, action-packed and an excellently crafted satire of Super Mario Bros.. If you love the look of Vlambeer’s upcoming Nuclear Throne orare in the mood for some Mario-themed quips, you should definitely give this one a go.
Each element of this game is fast: the levels, the movement, how long it takes you to respawn – everything is constructed to keep the action flowing. When you do eventually stop playing you’re so pumped up with adrenaline that you’re shaking. It’s basically FPS Hotline Miami without the psychedelic graphics.
This cunning little puzzle platformer forces you to completely break the habits you’ve constructed over three decades’ worth of platformers. Indecision is punishing in this real-time puzzle solving game, so pick a direction and keep moving.
Imagine if you only had one attack in a fighting game and you had the power to decide what it was? TekkuNikku is the weird love child of Surgeon Simulator and Dive Kick that is surprisingly fun to play. Grab a friend and give this fighting game a go (although single player is supported). Requires an Xbox 360 controller to play for now, but a keyboard compatible build is coming soon!
Probably one of the most complete and polished products of the weekend, this game pits you against waves of enemies in a time attack fashion. What’s different? You only have one arrow, and have to collect it after each shot. This sounds banal, but rather results in you strategically placing your shots to hit multiple enemies. Also, how ridiculously pretty is this game?
This adorable Robot love story has you controlling two robots simultaneously, and using them to solve increasingly difficult puzzles (it hardly starts off easy). This game is obscenely hard, but you find yourself pushing through it to see the completion of the endearing and well weaved narrative.
This brain-wracking sci-fi puzzle game is definitely one for fans of Cluedo. Try discover which member of the crew killed the captain of the spaceship; in what room; and with what weapon! Whatever you do, don’t choose wrong…