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Ludum Dare 52 staff picks 🕹

We’ve got ten top games from the latest Ludum Dare game jam plus source code for you to check out. Pun intended.

Ludum Dare 52 staff picks 🕹
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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!

Boba

@DanielMullinsGames’ Boba won first place overall with a short, creative, incremental-style game.

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 🤯

Ether Warp

Collect Ether Crystals and avoid deadly space pirates.

Fallowtide

Screenshot of Fallow Tide gameplay.

Python PyGame

Grow and sell crops in this bite-sized farming deck-builder.

Harvest Season

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.

Billiard Hero

It’s just a simple game of billiards, right? Wrong!

Squirrelativity

A relaxing sort-of-mostly-deductive grid-filling-in-type puzzle game with a fun organic twist.

Neighborly Love

Screenshot of Neighborly Love.

TypeScript Phaser

Plant crops, water them, sell them, kill your neighbor, and then buy seeds for new crops in this exciting game about growing stuff.

Settlement

Harvest resources, trade them and develop your settlement!

Iris’s Scrappy Rumble

Destroy evil robots and harvest resources to create weapons to fight on!

Orchard Alchemy


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!