September 12, 2013 9:36 AM | Paul Hack
As the title of Lustdante's first Ludum Dare game plainly puts it, you have 10 Seconds Before the End of the World. However, you are Dr. Chrono Tachystein and you, with the help of your trusty assistant, have just perfected a time-suit that allows you to stop time indefinitely. Can you save the world, or even yourself?
You can only move when time is stopped, and you can't move when time is progressing. The game feels a little like a sidescrolling version of iPhone game The Incident. Wreckage and debris falls from the sky, and you have to jump and clamber over it to get to the next screen. Of course, it's only safe to do this when you've stopped time and the objects are not in motion. It's also safe to be on top of a falling object, but don't let yourself wind up underneath one. Falling things will crush you, and explosions will kill you even if they're frozen in time.
The controls are simple: use the arrow keys to run and jump, and press space to stop and start time. Space also advances dialogue. There are a couple of different pathways to take and 3 possible endings, so replay value is high.
This game is an incredibly strong entry in the competition. You can play 10 Seconds Before the End of the World in your browser, or download standalones for Mac and Linux (though it was made in Unity, so I'm not sure why there isn't a Windows build).
Bonus Pick: Check out lustdante's fun little Ludum Dare warmup game, Zelda Tennis, made in 16 hours. The controls are arrow keys and space. Have fun!