Beneath the City
April 28, 2014
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Your sister, Lice, is held inside the Hammer Watch prisons. You must sneak inside and find her.

Beneath the City is a turn based stealth game where each move counts. My initial goal was to create a stealth roguelike using a 3D isometric view. I finally switched to back to top-down view because of the timing and the controls (3D iso is no good with keyboard controls). Beneath the city lacks proper ending, and different enemies, but all the basics are here.

Links: Official LD page | Source code | Post-mortem | Timelapse

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  1. poodoo:

    need to make a full version

    December 9, 2019 at 21:55
  2. Sublustris:

    @ElViejoZunY, I'm working on similar game based on "Witcher" universe. check my Twitter, if interested.

    September 7, 2018 at 23:16
  3. ElViejoZunY:

    Almost 3 years since I played this game and I still think in this end from time to time, you had something good here, It is such a shame that you let it die. Lililight = BEST GAME ON THIS PAGE EVER

    February 12, 2018 at 04:50
  4. Unkls:

    I'm sad because it's to short thx men ALL your games are amazing and beautiful

    October 6, 2017 at 16:18
  5. -_Kiwi Boy_-:

    How do you publish a game here? Also, I noticed (I think) Everything here is pixel!

    June 8, 2017 at 18:26
  6. -_Kiwi Boy_-:


    June 8, 2017 at 18:22
  7. ElViejoZunY:

    Almost two years since I played this game and I am still thinking about this ending

    Also, Lililight = BEST GAME ON THIS PAGE EVER

    January 17, 2017 at 07:48
  8. Thief Fan:

    It's 2017 dude, and I'm just going to bump up the demand for this game! So good for 48h… I can't imagine what you'd be capable of given more time. If you ever Kickstart, I will fund you. Great job.

    January 7, 2017 at 17:41
  9. ElViejoZunY:

    It has been more than one year since I played this game and I still think about this ending (and the Appy 1000MG ends). Did you even think about making a second game or and extended game?

    June 2, 2016 at 04:10
  10. unkls:

    i'ts maybe the best game i play in this years. thx i'm just mad because it's not a full version but in 48h GG.

    May 21, 2016 at 12:18
  11. indra:

    deberia de darle uma mejor resolucion como los videos juegos de
    egytan tale

    April 21, 2016 at 17:04
  12. Virtuoso1:

    AWESOME game.. I would pay for a full version with a more flushed out story.

    November 15, 2015 at 16:49
  13. Antgamer:

    this is probably the hardest game you have made

    October 3, 2015 at 14:43
  14. DC:

    This is a great mini-game. Requires a bit of route planning and observation, and stays simple. If there were more levels, I'd play em! I'd even pay up to $5 for something like this

    September 14, 2015 at 21:13
  15. anonymous:

    boring as hell, music really dont help

    August 28, 2015 at 15:10
  16. TechPriest321:

    Very fun, yet really short. Why don't you try crowd funding this to make a full game.I would definataly donate! :)

    August 22, 2015 at 09:13
  17. Chmielewski:

    It's so good! It's even better that 2014 "Thief"!
    Shame it's so short. Is there a hope for longer version?

    August 13, 2015 at 22:20
  18. Dood:

    Loved it, even with the silly ending. Very tight, amazingly well focused game design with great pacing.

    July 31, 2015 at 05:48
  19. David:

    Great stealth game! Absolutely brilliant.

    July 7, 2015 at 01:32
  20. Akias:

    It don't work on Firefox*

    June 29, 2015 at 20:44
  21. Akias:

    It's doesnt work :'(
    The control don't work

    June 29, 2015 at 19:23
  22. Tom:

    All right. Played through whole game. I love it. Turn based Thief – brilliant idea! The music loop you made is also very non-intrusive, and fits the game perfectly. For a game(even that short), created in 48 hours, it is much more enjoyable than some indie titles I have in my Steam library(and am ashamed of that). Also, got an interest in this Haxe language :P

    Well, sitting here for 5 minutes listening to that music. Great game. Thank you!

    June 21, 2015 at 20:10
  23. mbs:

    felt bad for everyone in the game :-)

    June 12, 2015 at 07:50
  24. ElViejoZunY:

    Could you write what was the real ending? This story could be soo deep.

    May 15, 2015 at 03:14
    • Sébastien Bénard:

      Nope :) If I do extend this game, I'd like to keep the story a surprise ;)

      May 18, 2015 at 09:31
  25. Anonymous:

    you should make a sequel with the real ending

    March 7, 2015 at 03:39
  26. yumuxu:


    January 5, 2015 at 05:49
  27. Murray:

    Great job, I really enjoyed this! Love that it's set in the Thief world, but with it's own story. ACE!

    December 3, 2014 at 01:20
  28. Karlosmorale:

    Hey – really enjoyed this little game. Atmospheric and solid. Thanks.

    October 31, 2014 at 22:15
  29. LUnafraid:

    I really enjoyed this game. The mixture of stealth and puzzling was perfect.

    September 12, 2014 at 22:49
  30. Hugh:

    Awesome game! Has me wanting more :)

    September 3, 2014 at 02:16
  31. gabriel:

    Great game.
    So great that I decided to study it before the next ludum dare. But some files are missing. I know you wrote in the readme that it is not meant to be compilable. But still I'd like to know how everything works. Is there a place where can I find the missing libraries ?

    August 21, 2014 at 16:59
  32. Oliver:

    Great game, very creative!

    August 9, 2014 at 12:19
  33. Jeff:

    Very cool, I would love to see more!

    July 31, 2014 at 04:58
  34. Kai:

    Is it just me or does the thief in this look a lot like a miniature version of Matthew the thief from fire emblem?

    July 6, 2014 at 15:32
  35. Andrew:

    What a fun game. You did a great job and we'd love to see more!

    Reanimating the sister as a boss bad guy would be a sweet twist.

    July 3, 2014 at 07:55
  36. Mine:

    Interesting an fresh. I like it!

    June 20, 2014 at 14:05
  37. Blue:

    Nicely done…really enjoy the Thief universe so it's a great little addition to the series :)

    June 14, 2014 at 05:18
  38. Mucky:

    Incredible. Simple but fun, and had built up the right atmosphere despite its small scope.

    Definitely looking forward to more.

    June 7, 2014 at 03:30
  39. Major Dantalion:

    I really enjoyed this little game, would love more content
    Good job sir ;)

    June 3, 2014 at 20:05
  40. A guy better than someguy:

    All fo love

    May 30, 2014 at 19:04
  41. Dam Harris:

    Really excellent, but more than anything else makes me crave a Thief-roguelike.

    May 28, 2014 at 20:10
  42. pysiu:

    heh, the ending was… suprizing :)

    Cool little game, i would love to see more.

    May 16, 2014 at 22:24
  43. someguy:

    I like it

    May 13, 2014 at 14:30
  44. A guy:


    May 9, 2014 at 02:14
  45. Homer:

    Loved it, I feel it was just challenging enough. The music was a great pace, and I hope you extend greatly on this particular game.

    May 5, 2014 at 01:26
  46. Sam:

    A very charming game; I would rather like to see this become a full game :). Very good job!

    May 4, 2014 at 12:23
  47. Buccura:

    This is fantastic! Any chance you'll make additional levels for this, or maybe even a level editor? I do love me stealth games after all, especially Thief.

    May 3, 2014 at 22:14
  48. That guy:

    Mechanics, art, and music are all very well done, and in 48 hours at that. Very impressive.

    May 3, 2014 at 17:49
  49. Geno:

    Incredible I really enjoyed what you have made here!

    May 3, 2014 at 11:23
  50. strongmints:

    holy shit i just checked out a few of your other games and every one i clicked on was brilliant too! big ups!

    May 1, 2014 at 21:30
  51. strongmints:

    Hey this was awesome, it's like that game Ending but the stealth mechanics add a lot more than just pattern repetition, good job man, would definitely like to see this fleshed out more.

    May 1, 2014 at 21:21
  52. FuzzyMcFluffens:

    This soundtrack is surprisingly relaxing.
    Even getting some ASMR vibes from it!

    May 1, 2014 at 02:34
  53. StickNik:

    I want a full game like this, only a few extra features would really warrant it a purchase me thinks. :) Thanks for the sneaky sneaks

    May 1, 2014 at 00:47
  54. Walking Toothbrush:

    With an expanded plot and more levels/maps, this could easily make a full game. An increase in item and enemy types would be nice, but what is there gives it more of a challenging, puzzle-game feel that is already enjoyable.

    April 30, 2014 at 22:36
  55. arsisnake:

    great game! there will be new episodes? Beneath the City 2? :D

    April 30, 2014 at 16:27
  56. Dave Rodriguez:

    Great game, as always, but I'd really like to see a post-compo with more types of enemies and maybe more powerups and, of course, a proper ending.
    Can't wait to read the post-mortem!

    April 30, 2014 at 16:03
  57. Ruber Eaglenest:

    Yeah! It's great. I miss a little trinkets to steal, and special treasure in hidden locations, and such.

    About the story, it is great for me to rescue a little sister, at least, is not the common damsel in distress where romance is hinted.

    Good work!

    April 30, 2014 at 11:11
  58. Quintin:

    That was great. Left me wanting more.

    April 30, 2014 at 04:26
  59. colcol:

    Great game! Would love to see the idea developed

    April 30, 2014 at 01:09
  60. AluminumHaste:

    Awesome, better story than Thief 4 lol. And better gameplay.

    April 30, 2014 at 00:56
  61. Bilal Abdul-Nabi:

    I came back to play this game again! The graphics, game play, story, and music all are just highly polished. I think this game is really awesome. Great job!

    April 29, 2014 at 20:47
  62. Rythian:

    Hello! I quite enjoyed this, and I could easily see this becoming a full game, with expanded mechanics and a cool plot. Well done!

    April 29, 2014 at 20:17
  63. Bugbeard:

    This is terrific, I enjoyed the game a lot! Especially super solid design, visuals and atmosphere for something made in 48 hours! :D

    April 29, 2014 at 18:07
  64. Damian:

    Wonderful!! Just wow!! :-) One criticsm though: It would be cool if you could avoid the two tropes regarding representation of woman in this game: The sister in your game is both used as a damsel in distress and a disposable damsel (see the Damsel in Distress Part 2 Tropes vs. Woman video from Anita Sarkeesian). I can understand that especially in this small amount of time you had, the first plots that come up are totally cliche ones. It's just the way the human brain works. But if you take your time to expand and finish your game, which I sincerely hope because of your wonderful thief-mechanics (!!), I would really appreciate it if you could avoid the stereotypes, cliches and tropes, which permeate way too much games in these times already.

    April 29, 2014 at 17:56
    • Sébastien Bénard:

      Hi, thanks for your feedback, I can't agree more!
      Actually, I would really like to make a full game of Beneath the City, and the plot probably won't be to save a damsel. I actually had to write something during the last few hours, so the result is this: stereotyped and not really interesting nor surprising. I will think of that on next version :)

      April 29, 2014 at 18:35
  65. Taxouck:

    It's sad you did not had the time to make a proper ending :(
    Anyway, the game concept was really great, and I would have liked more levels.

    April 29, 2014 at 01:53
  66. Noaksey:

    Very Cool game, I would like to see what you would do with more time.

    April 28, 2014 at 17:41
  67. Sublustris:

    Great game. "Mini Thief" :)

    April 28, 2014 at 11:34
  68. Peekmo:

    Amazing game :) Congratz

    April 28, 2014 at 06:51