[Looks like the latest version of dA broke this one. You could only see the full vew by clicking "Download". So I replaced the preview with the full view and it works again, but the preview is now resized and looks like crud. Oh well.]
Actually started and finished this a few weeks back, but it just happens to fit this contest like a glove.
So, here it is, my take on a platformer in the style of Castlevania or perhaps Ghouls & Ghosts.
320x200, 24 colours
Thanks for all the comments thus far. I've taken some of your suggestions into account and updated the image: changed the score text back to my old font (the one I designed for the lives counter), added kill and loot counters beneath this, and reworked the player's mugshot. (the old version was pretty poor
Now with added moon and water to spruce the background up a bit.
Last update ever (hopefully):
Just can't seem to stop modifying this one, hehe. Made two bat sprites, and updated the background with zoggles' suggestion, plus more minor tweaks