Nothing To The Moon
Nothing To The Moon is a game made by badoomtch (Jay Parry) in 48 hours for the Ludum Dare Game competition.
God creation-like game
Nothing as literal text
Puzzle type game made from nothing
You chose to keep your nothing, or look for something more
You get attached to the word nothing
No upgrades from beginning
Start with nothing in the game and slowly add “game-like” elements”
The jam started at 11pm UK time which was nice because before the Ludum Dare 45, the previous jams started at 1am UK time. I worked until around 3am and then slept on the idea ready to wake up early and take on the game the next day.
I wasn’t sure what I was creating for a long time. I didn’t really have a plan until it just fell into a little story I created. I didn’t want it to just be a “walking-simulator”, so there are a few gameplay elements which I thought were enjoyable.
One of the most important things I tried to remember is people won’t play something that is intimidating or convoluted, so I started simple. The game can be completed in around 5 minutes, which turned out to be a good amount of time because a number of people completed the game.
After the first 24 hours I was almost sure I wouldn’t upload anything, I watched a few people livestream their progress on the game jam and felt a bit disheartened when I felt their games were a lot better than mine. I continued to create my game despite this because I just wanted to finish something, and I actually started to enjoy myself after writing a todo list of the story and elements that I wanted to add.