Ludum Dare 52, the weekend-long game jam that’s been running for almost 20 years, just wrapped up. This year’s theme was “harvest” and the number of game submissions grew to a whopping 1632!
Ludum Dare is an online competition challenging participants to create a game from scratch in just a few days. The only catch is that entries must adhere to a theme that’s announced at the start of the competition. So, if the theme was “harvest,” you can expect to see lots of games featuring combine harvesters, fields of oats, the grim reaper harvesting souls(!), fruit collection—that sort of thing. Read more about it’s rich history on Wikipedia.
Here are ten of the best entries from Ludum Dare 52 that you can play now, fork, clone, and hack to your heart’s content. Enjoy!
Did you know: @DanielMullinsGames’ Ludum Dare 43 entry (November 2018)—Sacrifices Must Be Made—was released 3 years later as a full game. It later went on to win Game of the Year at both the GDC Awards and the IGF awards in 2022, the first game to ever win to win both awards 🤯
Collect Ether Crystals and avoid deadly space pirates.
Grow and sell crops in this bite-sized farming deck-builder.
Harvest Season is a short horror experience inspired by B-Movie Horror films about a combine harvester that has been possessed by an evil spirit.
It’s just a simple game of billiards, right? Wrong!
A relaxing sort-of-mostly-deductive grid-filling-in-type puzzle game with a fun organic twist.
Plant crops, water them, sell them, kill your neighbor, and then buy seeds for new crops in this exciting game about growing stuff.
Harvest resources, trade them and develop your settlement!
Destroy evil robots and harvest resources to create weapons to fight on!
Factorio meets fruit meets math.
Point your browser to https://ldjam.com/events/ludum-dare/52/games and play through even more cute and creative games. Congratulations to everyone who participated!
Ludum Dare 53 kicks off on April 28! Noobs and seasoned/salty pros welcome!