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Well, that certainly is a headline isn't it. I'll admit that the idea and style of Zapling Bygone pulled me in right away, along with the description of what you'll be doing. This pixel-art platformer is a skull-swapping alien adventure where you go onto murder bosses and wear their skulls.

Created by 9FingerGames, it's another metroidvania platformer that's bringing in something highly unique. Thanks to the design of the creature you control with the many legs, you get a lot of control. The developer says that everything "responds instantly with absolutely zero horizontal inertia, and control is nevertaken away from the player. You are in full control from the moment you launch the game to the moment you see the end credits.". Check it out:

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Through the game you will gain access to lots of new abilities including wall crawling, ceiling crawling, tentacle swinging, dashing, skull tossing and lots more that sounds delightfully silly and it looks pretty hilarious in action.


  • A pixelart metroidvania
  • Tight but fair precision platforming
  • Rewards exploration, with hidden secrets around  every corner
  • Fast and responsive combat
  • Piece together the history of an alien planet, while fighting off a foe from home.

It's planned to release for Linux and be mainly supported on Ubuntu, with the developer mentioning they will do their best to ensure it works well.

You can follow it on the Kickstarter campaign, where the solo developer is hoping to raise at least £9,250 by May 20. You can also follow the Steam page.

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no_information_here Apr 26, 2021
Quoteyou go onto murder bosses and wear their skulls
How did they know exactly what I was looking for right now...?


Looks fun. I hope it turns out great when they are finished.
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