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Weekend Download

JohnBAnother Ludum Dare competition is about to end, and the resulting slew of games are, as usual, numerous, creative, and wacky. The three day event encourages solo game creators to dream up and craft a game in just 48 hours. The only other constraint is that entries must adhere to the chosen theme, which was pretty unusual this time around: It's Dangerous to go Alone! Take this! See the full release list of all 352 Ludum Dare 20 games, then vote on your picks on the Ludum Dare website. And then, check out some of our favorites below!

singlehandedly.gifSINGLEHANDEDLY (Windows, 3.3MB, free) - One part Mega Man, one part Contra, one part OH MY STARS THIS GAME MAKES MY FACE HURT. You're armed with a laser gun that can get rid of enemies or be used to get a small boost while in mid-air. You can also perform small rocketjump-type hovering maneuvers in mid-air, allowing you to cross large gaps that are usually filled with lava. Your ammo and health are limited but can be replenished over time or by nabbing pick-ups by defeating enemies. And speaking of enemies, these guys are aggressive. You won't have an easy time navigating these highly-pixellated corridors, but the difficulty is just one of the game's many charms.

myrktorch.gifMyrktorch (Windows, 3.44MB, free) - A great-looking, simple, and short platform game by Gustav Kilman that uses torch lights as a central mechanic in the game. Your only real moves are walking left and right and jumping, but the enemies seem to have a different plan for you. Grab a torch from the old man near the beginning and watch your foes sizzle in the light. Each ghost you kill cuts the light's power a bit, but you can refill it by finding burning torches throughout the game. The controls are somewhat tight and unresponsive, and the gameplay itself is missing some of the bells and whistles some players may be accustomed to, but this artistic platform game is still a good one to run through.

benefitsoflifeinsurance.gifHave You Considered the Benefits of Life Insurance (Windows, 1.2MB, free) - Well, have you? Because if you haven't, maybe you should. This simple-looking game is high on strategy and puts you in the shoes of a life insurance salesman purchasing gifts for your trophy wife. Earn money at regular intervals by clicking on the hapless little humans. The more you "sign up", the more cash you get, meaning the more things you can buy from the bottom of the screen. Holes open at random in the ground, however, and if one of these people falls down, you lose a huge chunk of change. You can close the holes for a fee, but otherwise it's a game of managing your own impatience and greed. And it's crazy amounts of fun for doing so!

Note: All games have been confirmed to run under Windows 7 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!


Taleweaver May 21, 2011 1:43 PM

"The benefits of life insurance" instantly struck home with me, even though it seems to have a political/cultural agenda:
[spoiler]If you want to make it as an insurance agency, the best way to earn loads of money is to insure everybody and then spend most of the profits you make on making the lives of your clients safer. That is, make sure that each and every risk that could befall them is dealt with by investing your money in making these risks disappear. While doing so, you can live a life of luxury, until the risks become too numerous too handle (I guess it's your clients growing old and dying of more possible diseases than you could possibly find a cure against). Then, you go bankrupt.[/spoiler]
At least that's how I played the game and bought all the gifts without too much effort. I guess the game is winnable too by having a single client live long enough to pay the 100 bucks his death will cost you, and then you can just sit with your money and watch the rest of the world die. Another possible interpretation...

SkylerF May 21, 2011 6:49 PM

You forgot to mention that Myrktorch requires an additional downloaded program in order to run.
"DirectX End-user Runtime update"

SkylerF May 21, 2011 7:03 PM

A "save" function in Myrktorch (or even a checkpoint) would be GREAT!
I'm tired of having to restart the ENTIRE thing simply because of the slippery controls.


Myrktorch is so interesting and captivating that I feel bad for not having the willpower to overcome the painfully unresponsive controls and having to respawn from the beginning every time.


Just wanted to note that the controls for Myrktorch are flawless and make sure you download the FINAL version and not the competition entry unless you are planning on being a Ludum Dare judge. It is also an amazingly beautiful game given how minimalistic it is. Enjoy!

SkylerF May 22, 2011 10:49 AM

Zebruh, I made sure to get that version, too.

But the controls are WAY too fluid. They respond TOO well. That's the problem, not unresponsive controls.

And lack of checkpoints.


No, I'm using the final version, and there's a small lag on all input. It's a bit frustrating to fall just because the game didn't process jumping in time.

Fanjita May 23, 2011 5:32 PM

Sorry but singlehandedly is ridiculous.

When finding the first hidden clip

the gun won't shoot when I'm moving left and aiming down so I cannot jump high enough to make it back to safety.


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