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Zapling Bygone is a 2d metroidvania where you play as Zapling, a dancing tentacle alien.

Fast and responsive controls focused on minimising the gap between your brain and your controller. Everything responds instantly with absolutely zero horizontal inertia, and I NEVER take control away from the player. You should feel fully in control from the moment you launch the game to the moment you see the end credits. (You can even control the dancing!)

All bosses have predictable movesets that evolve throughout the battle, creating a real sense of achievement once you slay them. Once you kill a boss Zapling collects the skull and can equip it to unlock new powers as well as the ability to tweak your current abilities by pimping it out with unique charms.

This planet is as unknown to Zapling as it is to you. Explore the somewhat-habitable planet and fight through its various threats. Uncover the dark history that left the land to be a shadow of what it once was.
Explore a vast interconnected world littered with secrets in every room. Find game-changing charms, unique collectable statues, lore, and of course- new dance moves.

Zapling may be one of last of his kind, an asylum seeker fleeing from his home planet that has been ravaged by war. His task is to find a new home for his species to grow again, and perhaps thrive. Could this planet be the one?

Hi, I'm Stevie!

I'm a solo dev working hard on my passion project and enjoying every minute of it!. All I really want is people enjoy it as much as I do. I LOVE chatting with the community in Discord and making this game the best it can be.

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Controller is recommended but not essential.
This game is in development, and current runtime is 30min to 1hr.


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ZaplingBygone_DEMO_0.0.11.zip 153 MB

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Looks cute! Can be fun playing on TV with controller. :)

As requested, I added the ability to donate.
All donations go directly into funding further development.

That being said, this is currently a relatively short experience.

I don't recommend donating before playing it first, so you know what you are getting. :)

Current runtime is anywhere between 30mins and 2hr.Depending on your skill level, as well as how much exploring you want to do.

Thanks all!

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Some people are getting crashes on the latest build, I'm looking into it.

Sorry about that.


This should be fixed now.

Tried to make a video on it but for some reason it kept locking up after about 30 seconds of playing, hard crash and had to restart the computer the first time, second time had to kill it in task manager. I updated the game and tried again to the same result.
Windows 10

GPU: 5700XT

CPU: Ryzen 7 3700X

Playing off a solid state

Hi there, I think the most recent update should fix this. :)

Gave it shot, and still happens :/ no error message either. Just stops responding. I am playing in 1440p but I cant imagine that causes problems... Do you have a discord server? we may be able to schedule a time I can screen share and show you. Other wise I have one you can join for the same purpose

Hi, that would be super helpful:

Great platformer! It is in my Top 5 of this week!

Check my video!


Whoo thankyou!


I don't know if it's just me but i'm on the itch.io launcher and I can't download the game

For anyone wondering, this is fixed now. :)

thanks! :)

After some contemplating I decided to add the map image to the screenshots section. I'd rather have it under a spoiler tag but I don't think it's possible.

There is no map in the demo, but there will be soon when I implement it.

sadly i only get to play the demo i cant wait for a full release amazing game 10 out of 10

also how many people downloaded this game


I don't think it's against terms to post stats, if it is then pls no ban.

I'm super happy with this. Although I would LOVE to get featured on the itch front page. That's my goal honestly.

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Everybody does :D

Hint, go back there directly after killing the first boss for a suprise.

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im just more sad now

This game was awesome! Though I did not finish it on recording due to making multiple games in 1 vid I will certainly be finishing it on my own time! Keep up the amazing work! Left a follow and cannot wait for a completed product!!!! Your game is first in the video.


Awesome I'm really happy you liked it! :)

Hi I'm the dev.
I'm exited and scared to hit that publish button, but here I am. Let me know if you have any feedback or issues. I'm happy to help!