This week, we’re covering games made for last weekend’s Ludum Dare, an online game development competition wherein contestants have exactly 48 hours to make a video game from scratch. Ludum Dare 17′s theme was “Islands”.
BRAVE ISLAND DIVER was a last minute addition to this weekend’s Ludum Dare competition; the creator, jwaap, didn’t decide to contribute a game until Sunday morning, the last day of the competition. About three hours of work later, though, the game was complete, and actually turned out to be one of the most interesting LD submissions I’ve played yet.
Like many Ludum Dare subs, it’s quite short and perhaps better as a proof of concept than a full-fledged game, but that doesn’t stop BRAVE ISLAND DIVER from being excellent. The polarity-reversing platforming mechanic is a genuinely clever and unique hook, and the visual style ain’t half-bad either (scanlines for DAYS, ya’ll).
Yeah, the music is awful, but what do you want from a three hour production?! Turn down your speakers and boot up BRAVE ISLAND DIVER for some of the most fun 10-or-so minutes you might have today.
What did you think of BRAVE ISLAND DIVER? Let us know in the comments!