Remember when I said there were too many great games to fit in one roundup? Here’s part two! If you missed my first picks of Ludum Dare’s 48 hour jam, you can find them here.

This week’s top pick is Titan Souls. In this, you have just one arrow and four bosses to kill. The trick is that after you’ve fired it, you can pick it up and fire it again – making this a game about precision timing and quick fire dodges.

Oh, and the other thing you’ve only got one of? One hit point.

It’s not an easy game.

That said, it’s great fun to play though – reminding me of a pixelated Shadow of the Colossus with a higher difficulty curve and less forgiving save points. Luckily, whilst being so challenging, it’s short, so it’s great to test yourself without getting frustrated. All in all, I’m just amazed this was finished in 48 hours.

gravity assistKeeping with challenging mechanics, we’ve got Gravity Assist – a game about bouncing a object through varying gravity fields towards an endzone. Even my college course in Physics couldn’t help me here, as even the slightest movement can be the difference between going completely wild and plummeting into a planet core. A great concept for a puzzle game, and incredibly well implemented.

For something completely different, try Peaceful Greeting. You’re the son of a man who dedicated his life to understanding alien speech, meaning you’re the only one with the knowledge of how to translate certain symbols that have been appearing. Depending on how accurately you translate them, and what you choose to reply, the aliens can act in a number of ways so do give this one a couple of playthroughs! A really original idea, and one I’d love to see more done with.

Fancy playing a game of catch with a nuke? Try Space Highway Clearance Simulator. You have one nuke, and no way to outrun it if it goes off. The goal? To clear out all the asteroids by smashing the nuke into them, then catching it before the timer runs out. There’s a great sense of humour behind this, making it well worth a go.

Finally, we’ve got Lost in Transmission. You control a cute little robot, fixing up the ship you’re presumably on. The catch? You can only use each control once. It’s a classic concept, one that is used to great effect here. Every step is clearly explained, and the space-style music is adorable. Definitely check it out!

So that’s my top picks of LD48! For more, check out their website and the twitter hashtag, #LD48.

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Jenni is studying philosophy and religion, but likes to pretend her two true loves (gaming and science fiction) are totally relevant to that. When she isn't playing games, you can find her making exciting things in museums or hidden in a pile of books. You can find her on twitter @geekessays.

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