It's Ludum Dare time again! Another competition, another healthy round of entertainment and creativity. Over 200 games were submitted this time around, each involving the theme of "islands". Below you'll find a few of our choices out of the lot. Be sure to check out all the games and, if you're cool, vote on them, too!
Paradise Fort (Windows, <1MB, free) - Created by Arvi Teikari (a.k.a. hempuli, creator of Floating Islands Game, among others), this unique little game is all about building a fort! Dig in the sand, build ladders, walls and cannons, smack dangerous birds, go fishing and more in this cute 2D sandbox game. The controls are a little awkward at first, but once you get the hang of it, you'll have a great time playing around on your own private island.
Brave Island Diver (Windows, 2.36MB, free) - A platformer by jwaap that makes creative use of physics to collect stars scattered about the landscape. The little protagonist can barely jump higher than a bedbug's knee, but if you leap off a cliff, you'll get some extra momentum that can slingshot you to greater heights. Use this ability to work your way deeper below the water as well as up above the ground to find all of the stars. Some graphical flicker issues can be a problem, but otherwise it's quite an enjoyable experience.
Jump Pirate (Windows, 2.5MB, free) - An exploration-centric platform game by snowyowl, Jump Pirate will probably remind you of Knytt in more ways than one. The dark island world is filled with traps and tall ledges, perfect for a pirate with your double-jumping ability. Use floating flowers to replenish your jumps in mid-air and work your way across dangerous areas to greater and greater heights. Challenging, but the rewards of exploration are great!
Needles (Windows, 1.54MB, free) - A short game by bento that's too cute to ignore. You play a little guy whose only goal in life is to hop from island to island. Don't fall in the water, and keep moving so the scrolling screen doesn't destroy you. That's pretty much it, but what else do you need? Charming visual set-up? Check. Non-existent price tag? Check!
Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows Vista and are virus-free. Mac users should try Boot Camp, Parallels, or CrossOver Games to play Windows titles, Linux users can use Wine. If you know of a great game we should feature, use the Submit link above to send it in!