January 2, 2014 5:45 PM | Lena LeRay
The rating period for Ludum Dare will end in a few days, which makes now the perfect time to comb through the games and try to find ones that haven't gotten the attention they deserve. Here's a short list of some you may have missed.
Prime Mover by Andrei Marks (also pictured at the top of the article) is a simple action game. I'd tell you about playing it, but in light of the creator's own words, "No instructions, believe in yourself," and the fact that the game does a fine job of teaching you what to do, I'll instead just recommend that you try it for yourself. The simple graphics and bright colors that reward successful completion of a level make the game a joy to play, but watch out for the sharp rise in difficulty. This is a game built with Unity, and the developer did export for Linux. Deaf players can play without difficulty, but colorblind players will have a harder time.
Cory Martin's You Are Disabled has a serious tone to it. To quote the author, "We only get one life, and some of us are born into unfortunate circumstances. You Are Disabled is a platformer where you play as a person stricken with a disability. When you play, a disability is randomly selected form [sic] a small list." The list of disabilities is crippled, nearly blind, spastic, and illiterate. The game can get frustrating... but that's the point. It's more fun than The Day the Laughter Stopped, but the two games have in common the good use of mechanics to illustrate a difficult topic. This one was made in Flash and is suitable for both deaf and colorblind players.
One Shot is a visual novel by Jod. It's made in Ren'Py but has a custom interface that makes it feel more like a point-and-click adventure game. You are a spy infiltrating an enemy building to make an assassination attempt, and in every scene you must choose an element to focus on and a tactic/item to use to deal with it to try and move forward. The game is both deaf- and colorblind-friendly.
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