The results of the voting for Ludum Dare‘s 25th 48 hour game jam are in, which means if you’re a developer that participated you should be celebrating any success that you can get. One thing that’s brilliant about Ludum Dare (apart from the masses of free games) is the feedback that you get, something that you struggle for elsewhere. There’s also the brilliance that some developers ended up squeezing into their creation when under the pressure of so much competition and so little time. As voted by all of the other participants, LD25′s best game was Atomic Creep Spawner, which also won in the Fun and Graphics categories too. The developer is deepnight, who has consistently placed near the top for the last few Ludum Dares going, with their other entries that are available to check out here.
You can play Atomic Creep Spawner in your browser, but what are you getting yourself into? The theme for LD25 was, quite memorably, “You are the Villain,” so expect some evil activities coming your way. But are they really? Well, you play as an evil overlord, apparently, who has evil orbs that the hero attempts to get through your dungeon to destroy. Retro gamers will recognize the set-up if they’ve played Dungeon Lord before. Thing is, the hero is the pesky one in this scenario – it’s always them who invade your dungeon and steal your gold. The bastards!
“A hero wants to steal your money, destroy your doors, and probably, VANDALIZE EVERYTHING in your brand new dungeon. Yes, he does that, so you hate him, he hates you, YOU WANT HIM DEAD.”
So what are you going to do about it? Being an overlord, it’s not your business to be getting in there on the frontlines attempting to hack down the heroes face-to-face. Nah, instead you’ll be spawning your minions so as to obstruct the hero in their quest to take you down. It’s perfect! A game of clicks and placement, Atomic Creep Spawner gives you Zombies, Ghosts, Golems and Chests with which to place in the dungeon and kill them (the chest is for distracting). You’ll be wanting to spawn as many as possible to knock their health down slowly, but do you let out loads of weak spawners or be patient and wait so you can unleash your tougher minions? The first level is very introductory and quite lax on you, but the second level certainly knocks it up and then you’ll really have to make some quick decisions in an attempt to prevent much more powerful heroes from taking your your orbs from thereon in.
What About The Other Winners?
Yes, what about them indeed? Well, we’re not going to leave them out so do gaze upon them below and head off to play them by clicking away at the links provided! You can also see the Top 50 for the competition if you want a more full list to check out.
Rainbow by ix – Innovation
End Boss by ditto – Theme
Close My Side by DiscoFish – Audio
Tiny Sorceress by L – Humor
Harold Is An Executioner by PaulSB – Mood
And The Casual Jam Winners?
Aren’t you a demanding one? Blimey! Well, if you insist, the winners for the jam, which allows teams and gives those entering 72 hours to create their games. You can see the Top 50 for the casual jam as well if you’re looking for something a little meatier.