Last weekend I took part in the 48 hour game development competition Ludum Dare, alongside 598 other people! The idea of the competition is to create a game within the time-frame, from scratch, coding, creating all resources etc. within the 48 hours, based on a theme elected by the participants. This time, the theme was Escape.
Me and my friend Stephen (thecatamites) both took part, and though it was kind of frantic, it was also pretty cool to discuss and send ideas and updates to each other, along with hectic and desperate descriptions of things happening in our respective games.
I decided to recycle an old idea I’d had and base it around the theme. It came from a large discussion for TAP about various glitches and game errors and the interesting effects that came from them, how a player responds to them and how the perception of the game changes after you find out these glitches are possible to perform.
The game I made is called Dungeon Exit, and it’s more of a single narrative than a game I guess. The player, as an adventurer of some typical fantasy setting, has reached the end of a grueling and arduous dungeon, and all that separates the player from freedom is a small spike pit to jump over. However, instead of jumping over, a game error occurs and the player glitches through the floor, unable to move. The game encourages you to try again, and the player will glitch further into the floor. This continues until an unspecified boundary is reached, and the game errors.
I tried to make it a simple yet fun experience, playing heavily on perception and task I guess, but if I had had more time, I wanted to allow the player a little interactivity before the “narrative” took place, like going back into “previously explored” rooms (the game starts right at the exit) and sort of giving the feel of a game (what defines a game…. who can say….). I like that aspect of a sense of freedom or encouragement to explore and experience a world, no matter how small it is and I think my game would have really benefited from that.
Anyway, the game takes about two minutes to play through, and results on how well the game does within the competition are revealed in a few weeks. I don’t really care, I’m just happy I managed to pull this off.
You can play thecatamite’s game CRIME ZONE and you should! It’s a very cool little game.