Depths (LD 44)

Depths is a game about survival.

You awake in the middle of the ocean, clinging to a piece of driftwood. You have no memory of how you got here, however you know you need to survive. Unsure of your surroundings, you set off to explore.

You find yourself feeling weak, and can barely tread water. Yet somehow, you survive.

As you travel on, the seas become more treacherous. Can you make it through to the end?

Important: This game makes some references to suicide. If this is a concern, you may wish to pass this game up.

Controls

A Button (Z): Talk/Interact

Directional Pad (Arrow Keys): Move

Start (Enter): Pause

About the game

This game was created in 48 hours for Ludum Dare – a 48 hour game coding competition. All graphics, music, sound effects, and gameplay elements were added within this timeframe.

I took a break from my usual carefree game style for this Ludum Dare. I wanted to make something that has an impact on the player for once. I really am not sure how I feel about how this game came out, but I feel I had to make it. It probably isn’t for everyone, but I guess it was for me.

It was inspired partially by an article by Anna Borges.

This game was developed for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. A ROM download is available below

It was built using NES Starter Kit – a C-based game library for the NES.

Does it really work on the NES?

As usual, yep!

It’s being slow/glitchy!

If the game isn’t working well in your browser, you can download the rom, and an emulator such as Mesen and play it with that. It should be much smoother (and have support for controllers too!)

Game Download

Rom Download

Ludum Dare Page

Source Code