Ludum Dare game dev competition attracts record entries

The 22nd edition of the game development competition attracts record game submissions, with contributions from Markus "Notch" Persson, QWOP maker Bennett Foddy and Traal maker Jonathan Whiting.

Based on the theme of "Alone", the competition took place between December 16 and 19, attracting 891 entries in total, up from 599 in August's competition and 352 in April. 717 entries were in the 48-hour main competition, and the 72-hour Jam took 174.

Highlights included Craequ from Jonathan Whiting, a clever puzzle cum adventure that boasts a central idea that you can see a future Zelda borrowing – here's a couple of his other games. Notch's Minicraft, a 2D Minecraft-alike in which you must find the only other sentient character in the game and kill him so you can be truly alone. Bennett Foddy, the developer of QWOP (and senior research fellow in philosophy at Oxford University), created Down A Well, in which you must climb a rope to presumably escape being alone.

VVVVVV's Terry Cavanagh also made an attempt on a submission, but the time limit beat him. "Might finish it up in the next few days if I have the time," he said at closing time.

Judging will take 20 days, though the winners won't be awarded prizes other than the honour of winning. Play all the entries from the links here, and for more highlights, check this our Friday Game feature later this week.