Normally, when slimes and quests intersect, it's usually so that novice heroes have something harmless and cute to beat the snot out of (ahem) while they're still gaining their adventuring legs. But Letmethink's humble slime was not satisfied with this lot in life, and so, in celebration of Ludum Dare, he's set off on his own puzzle platformer adventure, appropriately enough entitled Slimey's Quest. His journey won't take him very far, as the theme of this Ludum Dare is "the entire game on one screen." But that doesn't mean he won't have plenty to see or do... Slimey's Quest, you see, is to push buttons, and every time he presses one down, his entire landscape changes! Using the [arrow] keys, hit every bright red button, squash a few baddies along the way, and navigate the ever-shifting landscape to prove you are the bravest slime to ever ooze your way along the trail! The screen might not move, but Slimey's ever-shifting world will keep you on your toes and him on his... droplets.
The single-screen theme and emphasis on button-pressing make the game reminiscent of John Cooney classics such as the Achievement Unlocked series and its sibling, This is the Only Level, and that's nothing but a good thing. Though Slimey's Quest is condensed, it makes good use of its space by constantly putting new spins on its one room. Every button you press changes up the stage, effectively putting you in a new "level," but certain features do remain consistent throughout. This gives the game a truly fluid feel, and watching the scenery evolve and slowly morph into something completely different is immensely satisfying. However, being a newly-minted Ludum Dare entry, the game is still rough-edged. The levels don't contain much in the way of gimmicks, and the momentum of jumping is sometimes hard to work with. Later level permutations include springs you'll need to hop on to make your jumps, and getting the right amount of distance out of them is a surprisingly precise affair. It's also over quite quickly, but for a game made in just 48 hours, that's not unexpected! As a self-contained game, Slimey's Quest is a tidy little morsel of puzzley platforming that uses its theme to great effect. But as a Ludum Dare entry, it's just begging to be expanded upon and polished up into something even more awesome.