Prelude of the Chambered
48 hours may seem like just a little while, but if you're Markus Persson of Minecraft fame it's apparently more than enough time to craft one big dungeon-crawling adventure. In Prelude of the Chambered, a first-person game of exploration and puzzles made for the August 2011 Ludum Dare, you find yourself in a cell. And because you are, presumably, not some sort of boring cell-lover, you want to escape, and if you keep your eyes peeled you might just find a whole lot of secrets and treasure along the way. Use the [WASD] or [arrow] keys to move around, the  to  number keys to cycle through your inventory, and the [spacebar] to interact. In the beginning you can't do much except for break down weakened walls, but as you explore you'll soon discover all sorts of useful items hidden around, and before you know it, you'll be punching floating greenish eyeball thingers in the face with the best of them. Just keep your wits about you; your health is counted next to the heart at the bottom of the screen, and if that runs out, it's game over, and green health restoring potions are few and far between.
For a game made in such a relatively small window of time, Prelude of the Chambered is both simple in execution and surprisingly big. There's no story, no goal other than the typical hard-wired instincts that drive all players (find bling, get out, punch stuff), and as far as aesthetics go you might say the game... has a, uh, great personality, since it can be hard at times to tell what you're looking at or where you're going. Combine that with a lack of a map and an unforgiving death system that means starting all over from the beginning, and some players may find it a somewhat difficult bite to swallow. Still, considering the development time Prelude of the Chambered is actually pretty remarkable; there's something vaguely Zelda-ish to uncovering new items to aid you in your quest (although sadly without the doo-doo-doo-doo-doo! new item sound effect), and figuring out the various puzzles presented to you in each new area is oddly satisfyingly. Despite its shortcomings, Prelude of the Chambered is a great way to pass a coffee break or two, and is probably right up your alley if you've ever wanted to run up and start wildly swinging punches at a misshapen green monster spitting balls of corrosive green goo in your face.
Thanks to Haikiba and Ixidorsbane for sending this one in!