Top 10 of Ludum Dare #31 – The most beautiful, weird and innovative games

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Hello there! The last week of Ludum Dare #31 voting almost over. We will know the winners soon, but for know I want to share with you some cool stuff. Like previous time it’s going to be my personal best of LD31. There are a lot of nice, polished games and you definitely should check them. But this time I picked games that really can stand out of the crowd. Some of them have beautiful atmosphere (like “Orion”), other have unexpected plot twists (like “Fill the bar” & “Pony island”), some have truly innovative game-mechanics (“OMNI”)… Ok, ok, enough spoilers! Here is my personal Top 10 of Ludum Dare #31! Theme – Entire game on one screen.

 Cell #327

by Aru Nyan

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
You have been a prisoner for as long as you can remember … Can you escape now?
A point ‘n click adventure game inspired by many old school classics.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Ahh… I miss point & click era. Sweet memories.


 OMNI

by Noah Ratcliff

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
Play as an action platformer character who suddenly finds himself omniscient after ingesting a strange power-up. With your monitor as your vessel, explore the world outside yours.
Protip: WASD/Arrow Keys to move, spacebar to jump. Click to shoot. Shoot the monitor.
Stick around for the end… There’s a wonderful surprise that we worked very hard on for you.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Most innovative game-mechanic IMO.


 20 Days At Sea

by bitserum

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
It’s just Margaret (you), John and the open sea, enjoying life, living the dream… but watch out for storms as those could change everything.
20 Days at Sea is a survival game, you have to gather resources to help you on your journey; or fall victim to hunger, thirst or sickness.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Very smooth and calm atmosphere at the beginning. Serious survival challenge at the middle. Unexpected ending and the end (if you’ll survive).


 Fill the bar

by Yaroslav Kravtsov

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
Game about one screen, one button and simple rules. Just do what you asked and try to reach maximum level. Obey and have fun.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
It looks really boring at the beginning… but be patient and you will realise why this game in this list ;)


 Tyrannicide

by koujaku

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villian.” – Harvey Dent
Even a well meaning dictator can become a tyrant, and in this case, Nemo, the once noble time traveler succumbed to the power of the very items he swore to protect the world from. Nivea, queen of the Wraiths, never had any love for the man, but had always hoped his honest roots would keep him in check. Now though, Nemo’s behavior has become erratic and hostile, an unpredictable wild-card more likely to harm than to help.
You play as Umbra the Shadow Wraith, part of Queen Nivea’s elite guard, and you have been sent to end Nemo’s reign. Use your ability to teleport through space to gain an advantage over your foes, storm the castle, and deal with the rogue tyrant Nemo.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Innovative, but still simple and challenging combat mechanics.


 Pony Island

by Danman9914

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
Frolick along the rolling green hills of Pony Island! Continuously jump over gates in this immersive and challenging experience! If you happen to hit a gate, just insert your soul and you can keep playing!:D
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
You need some time to figure out how to start playing, but then you will be surprised. Ponies not so cute as they seem…


 Orion

by feiss

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
Use mouse and keys down/up (when required)
Follow all the steps and get to the space! I tried to do a full trip to mars, but.. timeout! :)
Chrome and Headphones recommended.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
One of the most polished games on this jam with very immersive atmosphere of spaceship. Unfortunately, pretty linear and short… but still really cool.


Wide Opened Eyes

by nzgiije

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
Movement: WASD
Lantern direction: Arrows
They afraid of the light.
So your only weapon is a lantern.
Monsters don’t move while you looking at them.
Find way out.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Great spooky horror platformer with simple mechanics.


 Break the Limits!

by Volute

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
You are trapped in a room and the only thing you can do is think. But what will you think about?
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Psychedelic trip to the depth of your mind.


 Tower Trasher

by graebor

Top 10 of Ludum Dare 31 - Nuclear Napalm

DESCRIPTION:
Defend the blue tower, trash the red ones! Controls are simple and instructions are on the game page.
Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Clever mix of Tower Defense, RTS and survival gameplay.


P.S.

If after all these awesome games you still up to play some roguelike survival point & click, check my entry

 Last Ark

by NuclearNapalm

Last Ark - Ludum Dare 31 compo entry

DESCRIPTION:
Roguelike survival about artificial life in deep space after the end of the Earth.

This is a point & click game.
You manage oxygen consumption, energy, health and resources. Your goal is to find a planet suitable for living. When you have landed at the planet – the game is over. So choose wisely. Check planets info to figure out if it’s good or not. The far you travel, the higher chance to find an appropriate planet.

Short explanation for planet info:
R – chance to find resources
O – chance to find oxygen
S – chance to survive on this planet

The game has 5 different endings.

Competition page
Web version
OPINION:
Nope. Now it’s your turn to share your opinion ;)


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