The Diggers Refrain

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A "music" game made in 3 days for the Ludum Dare 29 based on the theme "Beneath The Surface." It's a tribute to the hardships of workers everywhere, and to workers that have died in pursuit of a better life.

Here's a link to the lyrics.

And the LD submission page:


Not much of a gameplay, but the ending was worth it.

I get the concept, and it's a smart one... but it truly feels like you're doing it ironically or tongue-in-cheek when the music IS SO TERRIBLE. Are you making fun of people who potentially risk their lives working every day or was this meant sincerely? It feels very mean-spirited, like you're meant to laugh at it because it's so bad... :(

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Sushin00 responds:

This game was made for a game jam and far too late in development we had the voice actors all sing the song, only to realize that the tracks didn't sync. It was too late to ask them to redo it so the choices were to either not finish the game or publish it with the out-of-sync tracks.

The 'message' seemed painfully forced, it honestly comes out of the left field. Additionally, the audio was SO bad that I couldn't try more than twice. I kind of understand you might have been trying to go for 'realism' but if you've ever heard a group of workers sing, they get in near perfect sync, so it actually makes no sense for them to be so far apart.

But seriously, I couldn't even attempt to understand the song because it was like five separate audio clips just weakly slapped around each other, and when it's a MUSIC game, the music is a major factor.

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nice got to the ending. what is that in the coffin? is that just a piece of gold?

I actually liked this, it was challenging but never to the point that it became annoying, the graphics were pretty good, I think having the miners being represented by rats was an interesting touch (I took it to be a representation of how they were perceived by society, but I may have been looking into it too much). I see a lot of people complaining about the music not sounding too good, but I think that's realistic, after all, I doubt that a group of miners would sing perfectly while on a straining dig, they would indeed overlap with one another and be very off-note. The ending was a funny twist, I saw it coming but it was funny nonetheless. I can see why others don't like this, but I personally enjoyed it very much.

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3.52 / 5.00

Apr 28, 2014
10:10 PM EDT
Skill - Typing