September 9, 2013 5:42 PM | Paul Hack
Every entry in the JS13K competition is impressive just for being a playable game with a file size of 13 kilobytes or less. One of the entries I've enjoyed the most is Nigo's Cave by Felipe Alfonso, a fast-paced game of spelunking. As the unfortunate Nigo, you are trapped in a cave with no way to go but down. At the very bottom lies a door to freedom, but between you and it are leagues of dirt and rock, as well as some unfriendly red square beings.
Use WASD or the arrow keys to run and jump, progressing ever downward. You are equipped with bombs and a drill which will get you through walls and floors that block your descent, and will also take out those nasty red squares. The bombs will damage you, as well, if you don't take cover.
Use the mouse to take aim, the left mouse button to toss a bomb, and the right button to activate your drill. You have limited bombs but can find more in the rubble of explosions. The use of your drill is limited by a slowly recharging stamina bar. Your life is measured by a red health bar. Falls won't damage you, but bombs and red squares (including their exploded bits) will.
The chunky sprites look good, and the particle effects when something explodes are impressive. The game even packs motion-blur and screen-shaking effects into its tiny size. Most importantly, I'd enjoy playing it regardless of its technical feats. You can play Nigo's Cave in your browser.