September 11, 2013 9:54 AM | Paul Hack
Disk of Doom is the first-ever Ludum Dare entry from hampa, creator of the indie super-success Toribash. Disk of Doom is perhaps both the simplest and the most difficult game I've played among the competition entries. The graphics consist of a single diminishing, pulsing circle. All you have to do is count out ten seconds in your head and click when you think you're there. But the pounding music and the circle itself are not going to make it easy.
The circle will play tricks on you, by pulsing in the wrong places and even by completely stopping. That's pretty much all there is to it, but I'm astonished at how difficult it is to avoid distraction. To play this game fairly, you really need to be watching the screen and have the volume turned up. The music is pretty awesome, which makes it even tougher to ignore its fast beat.
After you click, the game will let you know if you were too fast or too slow and by how much, and will often bestow you with a descriptive animal title. I've played through a whole lot of games this Ludum Dare, but this is one I haven't been able to beat. And I keep coming back to try. Give it a shot yourself and play Disk of Doom in your browser.