Dare to Dig! by Mirroar

made by Mirroar for LD28 (COMPO)
You have discovered an unknown cave, and rumor has it some ancient artifact lies buried deep under it. You only had time to bring one pickaxe, but if you can use it to dig up your target before they get here, your archeology "friends" will never be able to doubt your abilities again!

How high a score can you get? While developing, the best run I've managed to end was with just under 40000. Have fun beating it!

May the duck tape gods smile favorably on you! Strike the earth!

Linux Users: you'll have to get Love version 0.8.0 for your system and then run the .love file - find it at https://bitbucket.org/rude/love/downloads

The source is in the .love file which is essentially just a renamed .zip-File. Open in the archiver of your choice and there you have it.

Edit: Added a 32-bit Windows version. If the game doesn't run for somebody using any of the executables, you could always try downloading love 0.8.0 from the link mentioned above and run the .love file itself.


Coolness 45% 1141
Overall 3.85 41
Audio 2.92 285
Fun 4.15 4
Graphics 3.85 113
Humor 3.14 173
Innovation 3.07 378
Mood 3.46 118
Theme 3.38 228


16. Dec 2013 · 04:16 CET
This game is quite entertaining and addictive, yet also difficult. I've played it time and time again to try to get that artifact, and I'll likely keep trying. The dialogue is witty. I never did understand what those bright flashes were, though...
16. Dec 2013 · 08:35 CET
Really cool game, I thought it pretty difficult to go to the deeper floors though.
16. Dec 2013 · 11:08 CET
Thanks, I'm glad you like it! Yes, the later levels can be difficult to reach. As a rule of thumb, look out for rings, they will help you crack the tougher stone of the lower levels. And you probably want to get at least one of each of the other upgrade items.
16. Dec 2013 · 23:02 CET
Small comment the "P" key doesn't register in the select name on macosx
16. Dec 2013 · 23:03 CET
Mining FTW! Nice pixel art, and really fun to play =)
16. Dec 2013 · 23:05 CET
Cool idea! Reminds me a bit of Boulder Dash.
David Colson
16. Dec 2013 · 23:06 CET
Unfortunately the game was unplayable on my MacBook Pro running windows, I have not rated it so you can see whats up, but my computer, and the game just froze when I played it
16. Dec 2013 · 23:09 CET
Very cute art style and a quite addicting game.
16. Dec 2013 · 23:10 CET
Great game and you did well for this Ludum Dare.
16. Dec 2013 · 23:11 CET
Not sure if I need something else to make this work, but I got "The version of this file is not compatible with the version of Windows you're running." I've got Win7, 32-bit. Just FYI. Looks neat, sorry it's not working.
Ted Brown
16. Dec 2013 · 23:13 CET
Loved it!
16. Dec 2013 · 23:14 CET
@David Colson, @derdragon weird, I've tested the game on a Windows and a Max machine. But from what you're saying, I think I've only bundled the 64-bit executable. I'll add a 32-bit version, and that will hopefully run fine on everybody's machine!
16. Dec 2013 · 23:15 CET
Graphics and sfx go together really well! Like the game, it was easy to understand and the texts were funny. Got to 8000 and I'm pretty proud of that. :P
16. Dec 2013 · 23:16 CET
Very fun game. Really enjoyed the dialogue and gameplay. Very addicting!
16. Dec 2013 · 23:52 CET
Well done my friend. It's really addictive as the others say!
My highscore is 18314, I went till the sixth layer.
The little texts to each objects really help to setup the mood. I like it a lot.
16. Dec 2013 · 23:53 CET
@Zephyr89 Oops... In my alphabet, there is no P! Find a better name then, because you will not use P as a letter in your name when playing my game! (Yeah, a typo, I somehow missed that letter when telling the game what input is allowed. Might fix it later, but it's pretty minor, after all. And kind of funny ;) )
17. Dec 2013 · 03:10 CET
I haven't rated it yet but it's one of my favorite game so far in this LD, it's very addictive and I played multiple times since yesterday.
Yet I can't find this damn fountain of youth. How deep do I have to dig to found the it ? (My best score so far is 17084)
I will beat the shit out this game and then I'll come back here to rate it !
17. Dec 2013 · 03:26 CET
My roommate just stormed intro my room to tell me his new high score at Dare to Dig. I think this is getting out of hand... One of the most addictive LD games I've ever played.
17. Dec 2013 · 03:42 CET
Ok, I've got my answer. Finished the game 8D http://i.imgur.com/YkYkJD3.png
And new personal best score : 48185. I was something like 10 or 12 levels deep, maybe ?
It was so much fun, great game !
17. Dec 2013 · 04:34 CET
nice little game with nice graphics too!
17. Dec 2013 · 06:31 CET
This is a very addictive game! I love the exploratory nature of the game.

I will admit, it takes up an awful lot of ram.
17. Dec 2013 · 08:38 CET
@allinlabs congrats! Currently your objective can always be found on level 10.

@ZYXer Oh wow, glad you and your roommate are having so much fun! :D
17. Dec 2013 · 22:22 CET
Hey there Mirroar I have added special version of my game - as you asked - with all levels unlocked :)
Brian Mayberry
18. Dec 2013 · 02:28 CET
One of the most pleasingly "complete" games I've played so far! I absolutely adore this game, fantastic job!
18. Dec 2013 · 11:39 CET
Can't find the Mask of Zuul. Damn! I have to play it once more and more and more :)
19. Dec 2013 · 01:40 CET
cool roguelike game. Durability is a cool enemy in a field full of underground rocks. Like this very much.
Anshul Goyal
20. Dec 2013 · 02:59 CET
this game is amazing!! I was impressed to see the list of stuff I found. My score: 6870. I will definitely try it again later.

Is the fountain of youth real or is it a lie like blood diamond ... lol
20. Dec 2013 · 13:34 CET
Fun and addictive!
20. Dec 2013 · 21:25 CET
Ah, digging games can be so satisfying! I'm glad I had a chance to play this one-- it conforms nicely to the theme and it has a great atmosphere to it. Great job!
04. Jan 2014 · 22:34 CET
Very fun to play, I think you got the balance just about right! Would have liked more duck-tape tho. Haven't found the mask yet. Only thing that's missing is music and perhaps a better explanation of the powerups as you pick them up, as in the 'stuff I found' section.
06. Jan 2014 · 13:53 CET
Nice and enjoyable, a like the graphics and overall mood of this. Good job :-)
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