Whenever Ludum Dare comes around, you can expect piles of new games, and this one's theme was "Entire Game on One Screen". Here's a standout for you: Tightrope Theatre by Adventure Islands, a gleefully retro offering with challenge and charm to spare. You're a pixely little unicyclist tasked with performing death defying stunts before your enraptured crowd. Use the [arrow] or [WASD] keys to roll and jump from tightrope to tightrope, avoiding spikes, falling barrels, and fire along the way. Yeah, this particular circus doesn't mess around. And remember, you're on a unicycle and not your feet, so everything's just a little bit slippery up there. Patience, timing, and skill are essential if you want to make your bow at the end.
The best Ludum Dare games are easily accessible but with a strong difficulty curve that ramps up as you go. Tightrope Theatre starts slow but gets downright devious towards the end. The controls are extremely responsive. Your little acrobat rolls and jumps with extreme precision, essential for the later levels where the platforms start moving and they start shooting cannonballs at you... seriously, you are one dedicated little cyclist! It's not at the same level as other precision platformers like N but it's a fine time-occupier for fans of death defying leaps and hops. Moreover, there's something downright hypnotic about the music. Do we detect a Tetris vibe in there somewhere? Whatever the case, minutes pass quickly when you're playing this game. This is a fine example of a browser-based platform game, especially for one designed in only 48 hours. So check out Tightrope Theatre and enjoy the show.