Ludum Dare, the 48-hour game jam series that's resulted in games like Gods Will Be Watching and McPixel, has begun its 30th iteration, and already there are more than a dozen entries being worked on. The theme this year: connected worlds.

It's hard to get a sense for what any of these may ever turn into, but so far there's quite a variety on display. One game positions players as an octopus who discovers life outside the water, while another calls itself a "radial platformer." Yet another game challenges players to manage a worldwide social network, connecting virtual populations to each other. The screenshot you see above is from an in-development civilization-building game from Benjamin Soule.

Ludum Dare 30 concludes August 25.
[Image: Ludum Dare/Benjamin Soule]

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