Ludum Dare, one of the oldest, funniest and friendliest games, has just celebrated its 20th anniversary with its 50th competition. The huge 8,490 ambitious (and professional) game developers from around the world introduced 2,894 games – all built in just a few days or weeks in some cases.

The topic of Ludum Dare 50 was a “postponement of the inevitable” and this led to some wonderful, strange and crazy games with unique interpretations of the theme.

Here are some of our favorites – all with a source available if you want to play with the code as well as the games. Enjoy!

Claustropody


► Game (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux) · Source (Unity, C #) from @anttihaavikko

Are you tired of Wordle? This interesting approach to crossword puzzles and overall winner in Ludum Dare 50 should catch your eye.

Fun fact: @anttihaavikko also won ours the latest GitHub game is off with their entry called make; MIN (0)– Check this out too!

Flameline

► Game (Web, Windows, Linux) · Source (C ++) from @HolyBlackCat

Use your special abilities, such as timing and double jumping, in this metro-style game and postpone the inevitable – death by lava.

Dino Destiny

Screenshot of Dino Fate
► Game (Network) · Source (Unity, C #) from @Zettelkasten, @Decosenseand @Kimyokage

Guide the Earth through space, avoiding asteroids and destroying them with dinosaurs. Obviously.

Eleventh hour

Screenshot of the Eleventh Hour.

► Game (Windows) · Source (Pygame, Python) from @jeremycryan

Fun and fine cat game in which you can turn back time.

Moon shot

Screenshot of Moonshot.

► Game (Network) · Source (Unity, C #) from @ diego-escalante

A story game about a falling moon and the people who try to cope with it.

Fun fact: the theme for 2020 Match excluded it was a “moon shot.” You can see how thousands of people interpret this and hundreds of games that inspired on itch.io – everything with available source code.

Good night, Nosferatu

Screenshot of Nighty Night, Nosferatu

► Game (Network) · Source (Phaser, JavaScript) from @sartak

Hide in the shadows and do not allow the sun’s rays to touch your pale skin.

Fun fact: @sartak streams development Shaking save 350 830 keystrokes and create 1500 lines of JavaScript. If you’re a data maniac like me, you’ll do it! They spent a total of 4.5 hours on coding, 9.5 hours on design, 4.5 hours on art, 1 hour on sound, 30 minutes on music and 18 hours on rest.

Not yet

Screenshot of not yet.

► Game (Web, Windows) · Source (Unity, C #) from @Vandermaesenpi

Easy, Grandpa! You are not the young man you were.You will need your ingenuity (and cane) for you as you fight some evil spirits before your time inevitably runs out.

Hypercube Wars

Hypercube Wars

► Game (Web, Windows, macOS, Linux) · Source (LÖVE, Lua) from @ DPS2004, @ pipes5210@bunner and @deadlysprinklez

Go further into the maze in this non-Euclidean maze, shoot at them.

Different strokes

Screenshot of various strokes.

► Game (Web, Windows) · Source (Unity, C #) from @ markv12, @midblue, @Cless-Aurionand @rincs.

A truly unique exploration of an online art gallery where exhibits are created, remixed and appreciated by other players.

Extremely extreme sports

Screenshot of Extremely Extreme Sports

► Game(Network) · Source (Gang, Rust) from @kuviman

A modern look at SkiFree, but like an MMO with explosions!

Worms

Red screen.

► Game (Web, Windows, Linux) · Source (Godot, GDScript) from @PetTurtle

Slide to the top layer of soil and get out of trouble.

Sleep Keeper

Screenshot of Slap Keeper.

► Game (Network) · Source (Unity, C #) from @ Cluster7ck, @robin-schmitzand @doridie

Swallow flies in this unique clicker / defense game.

In the light

Screenshot of Into the Light

► Game · Source (Unity, C #) from @AntoineCollot

Keep your fellow bugs away from the light and maintain a healthy glow.

Greedy pirates

Screenshot of the Greedy Pirates

► Game (web) · Source (Unity, C #)

Manage your colorful crew with clever keystrokes and survive the 1,500-mile journey home.

The Great Flood

Screenshot of the Great Flood

► Game (Network) · Source (JavaScript) from @cassowarii

Help the puzzled frog hero escape before he can froggy too late and they are swallowed up by the rapidly approaching water.

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► Game (Network) · Source (Unity, C #) from @DanielMullinsGames

This is … hard to describe. And it’s hard to give up.

Fun fact: You may be familiar with one of @DanielMullinsGames‘Ludum Dare’s other games from Ludum Dare 43 called Sacrifices must be made. No? Well, after some further development, it was released on Steam as Inscryption and soon won the IGF Grand Prize and the GDC Game of the Year Awards, among other honors.

Dungeon Dummies

Screenshot of Dungeon Dummies

► Game · Source (language)

A pixel puzzle game with all sorts of buttons, levers, bells and whistles.

Hapman The Inevitable

Hapman The Inevitable

► Game (Web, Windows, Linux) · Source (C ++) from @hilkojj

Postpone your death and flying away from the monster!

Screenshot of the Eleventh Hour.

► Game (Windows) · Source (Pygame, Python) from @jeremycryan

Fun and fine cat game in which you can turn back time.

Sleep guard

Screenshot of Nap Guardian

► Game (Web, Windows, macOS) · Source (Godot, GDScript) from @vakkiri


Well, that’s all for now. Don’t forget to check all entries on the Ludum Dare website.

20 of our favorite games + source code from Ludum Dare 50

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