Ludum Dare 29 — April 25th-28th Weekend — Theme: Beneath the Surface


by smbe19 - 48 Hour Compo Entry

A little game created in about 10 hours. As I'm not very gifted in creating artwork the graphic style is very minimalistic. And yeah, I'm also not very creative in finding a name ;)

How to play:
Navigate the little square through the maze (a cellar beneath the surface). To navigate, use on of the following:
- Left mouse button (drag to move, direction is relative to where you clicked)
- Right mouse button (drag to move, direction is relative to square)
- Arrow keys

If you get stuck there will be a little line indicating the direction of the destination after a while.

There are 17 randomly generated levels. Be sure to check out the ending.

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SlamBlasta says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:34am

It has potential. I was confused at first by what colors were walls and what was not (black is usually used as a background color, not foreground). Are the levels generated randomly?

ZQMony says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:35am

A very clever way to move.

smbe19 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:44am

Yes, the levels are generated randomly.
During developement I didn't have any problems with the colors, but now as I play it again it's sometimes really confusing...

porousnapkin says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:49am

Cool idea. Would be neat with lock and key mechanics. There's an article describing how you might program something like that with randomly generated levels here:

smbe19 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:51am

Anyone knows why my project won't compile with GWT? It's done with libgdx, so it should work...

smbe19 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 2:59am

@porousnapkin: thank you for the link, sounds interesting. If I'll work sometimes on this project again I'll consider it.

rincewind_cz says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:21am

Pretty simple and minimal but I actually liked it. Good job

madmaw says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 10:21am

Android build always appreciated

Sanguine says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 12:44pm

Pretty cool there's an android build! It's a pretty minimalistic game, but there's definitely tons of stuff that can still be added.

LewisW says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:14pm

Its a decent start of something... I dunno, maybe it just needed more to it. Finding the exit isn't really engaging enough to me.

Randomly generated levels is nice though.

mess110 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:27pm

that is a good foundation for a good game. the colors were a bit confusing. I was expecting the wall to be black

Caridorc says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:28pm

This is quite minimalistic but I enjoyed going through the first 8 levels (the 9th is way too big!). (And as SlamBlasta said it's weird to walk on the black)

ryebread761 says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 1:32pm

Good game, could use some sfx.

ccglp says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:34pm

Minimalistic like my game, and the Android controls are quite good, congratulations!

d_0o_d says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 5:44pm

This was me until I figured out there is a compass. Took me about 14 minutes, because the last level was really really hard for me. I like it though.

GagaPete says ...
Apr 28, 2014 @ 9:09pm

Played the game for ten minutes. Had to abort at level 13, the game gets boring very fast. Some deeper gameplay, like the key and door thing and less dumb searching would be great.
But I like the color choice, though I try to walk on the walls at the beginning of every stage.

Boodog says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:38am

Nice job! When I first started I thought that the black were the walls, but I guess not. Good job :)

Crazi456 says ...
Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:44am

Very nice simple game! Good job!

Jezzamon says ...
May 1, 2014 @ 1:34am

As people have said, I was a little confused by which color was a wall or not. I think if the goal and start squares were darker, it would've been more obvious that you could walk on dark squares.

Good job on the random level generation though, because it near the end it seemed to always generate level where I could almost get the end, and then I got stuck.

I think if you player could move faster the game would be a little nicer.

The controls worked pretty well on my touchscreen PC!

KevinWorkman says ...
May 2, 2014 @ 12:08am

Like others said, this game has potential but it currently lacks the depth required to keep people engaged for longer than a few minutes. Nice work for 10 hours though!

SimianLogic says ...
May 11, 2014 @ 4:10am

Good start to maze generation, but currently very simple. Would also like keyboad controls unless you were planning it for mobile. Needs something else going on....

csanyk says ...
May 15, 2014 @ 1:36am

Simply amazing.

kivifreak says ...
May 18, 2014 @ 9:28am

Cool slick and small game, the way we like it in ludum dare ^^