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Little Bug is a different kind of platformer.

It's a story about a little girl lost in a surreal world between life and death, but at its core, it's a visually striking, innovative demo with a rich full game in the works. Using intuitive twin stick controls, you play as both the girl and her powerful firefly at the same time, harnessing their telekinetic connection to jump, swing and destroy obstacles. The dark world of Little Bug features atmospheric low poly scenes splashed with 2D hand drawn creatures, accompanied by a gorgeously eerie original soundtrack. This is a demo and first chapter of an ongoing story.

Little Bug is best played with the left and right joysticks of an xbox controller on a machine running windows, but if you are using a keyboard, use A+D and arrows in place of sticks. Want to mix it up? Grab a friend and try playing co-op!



"fun gameplay and breath-taking visuals, it's little Bug with a very big heart." -Alpha Beta Gamer

"I really appreciate this game. Really creative and awesome." -2 Girls 1 Quick Look


Best Overall - IDF2016

Best Platformer of the Year - Intel Level Up 2016

a game by Bela Messex @belamessex

and by Jamie Parreno @lasswithapen

music by Sepand Mashiahof @scabiesscabies

concept by Iman Sylvain @imansylvain

writing by Bayana Davis @yana_hallows

This is a polished proof of concept made by Buddy System, a small bedroom-studio team from LA. Follow @buddysystemla on twitter for updates and dev log - there's a lot more to come!

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Published172 days ago
PlatformsWindows, Mac OS X
Tags3D Platformer, artgame, Atmospheric, Dark, Hand-drawn, low-poly, Puzzle-Platformer, supernatural
Player countSingleplayer


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

Little Bug Mix Tape (OST) 4 MB
Little Bug Demo (1.0.2) Windows.zip 89 MB
Little Bug Demo(1.0.2) Mac.app.zip 61 MB


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GREAT GAME i really enjoyed the two characters thing that is indeed a very unique idea ! The visuals where outstanding ! I Really cannot wait to play the Full-game ! i cannot wait ! when is the release btw ?? but for everyone i highly recommend this game if you enjoy platformers ! and even not platform gamers ! here is my LP if it if you still not convinced

Hey there, thanks for the compliments!

It is well deserved :D when is there new content ?:D

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Congrats on the game

here's my let's play https://youtu.be/SrdI_eaS7ec


Hey! :) This game was a very unique experience! In terms of controlling multiple "objects" at the same time. The intro audio was orgasmic to listen to, and the entire game was visually pleasing! Well done to the creators! :) Please, don't hesitate to have a look at my lets play! :)

Thanks for playing and posting your video. Glad you liked the music too.

This game was awesome! Just did a let's play of this! https://youtu.be/OcTM2jHn4kU

Thanks for doing a let's play! Always appreciated.

LOVED THIS GAME. I am even playing it in my free time when I am not recor

Thanks for playing and posting your video. I subscribed :) Also I noticed your frame rate seemed a little choppy. Was that the video quality or was it actually that choppy on your end?

It was on my end. The game ran fine it was just my recorder and thanks for subscribing!

ok cool that is good to know. And if you are interested, Open Broadcaster works pretty well for recording games.

Alright thanks! I will look into that

Loved this, such a great concept and quirky aesthetic. I included it in my round-up of the best free horror games on itch.io, which is here: http://www.dirgemag.com/five-great-indie-horror-ga...

Any news on moving forward with a full game? I'd love to keep up to date and share your progress with our readers!


Hey there. We have expanded the team by bringing on a writer. She's a really talented fantasy author, so we are super excited about that. We recently uploaded a new demo with updated lighting, UI and some minor bug fixes, and right now we are getting ready to show Little Bug at PAX! We may upload an expanded version of the demo in fall, but right now we are pretty focused on concepting out the full game and submitting to fests. Thanks for playing and reaching out!

This game FREAKING amazing, and honestly can't wait for the actual game I wanna to do a full gameplay of this! from the music to the dark themes, I think this was one of my favorite demos, great job Bela! and company! My experience with the game

Thanks a bunch! Awesome video btw. Love the excitement!

Thank you! haha can't wait for the full game! :D keep it up! I am honored to have played it!

Nice game! Is this made entirely using Unity?

yes it is. I used Blender, Ableton and Flash for the assets.

Appreciate the reply. Thank you and good luck

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I came across this while downloading some other game. It caught my eye a lot, because I was interested in someone else's title (I won't mention that here, because it'd be like advertising) very similar to this, except it wasn't 2.5D and all of that. I must say the playstyle of this game was a perfect balance of discoveries and difficulty to get through the confusion. I love it!

Thanks, I'm glad you appreciated the difficulty. Still trying to balance it out a bit more tho.

We Loved the game! Can't wait till the full game comes out!


thanks! workin on it....

Very beautiful. And the movement is great, finally no boring-slow walking around and precision-jumping, just flinging all the time without being only accessible to grappling-hook pros. :)

Its style is amazing.And I suggest the light ball should appear at the kid's side when resume(resurrection?).because it usually touches hand or TEAR-BULLET,then die again and again...

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The light ball is programmed to do what you are saying, but alas that "little bug" occurs randomly during respawns. I'm currently working on an update that will include a fix to that, some lighting changes and a local vs mode. So stay tuned! By the way, were you playing with a Mac or Windows?

Windows10.Thanks for your working.And I still have some questions.Is the kid a boy or a girl?Does the light ball have a name or the title "little bug" means it?What are the plants in the bottle?What will the vs mode be like?Or you dont have to tell me.I can wait to see in the full game.

Yeah those are all good questions. I will say that I am reworking a few things and all of those questions will become more clear. The main character is supposed to be a girl, but I chose to not femme her up too much.

ok!thank you=)

Loved this game! (Loved the music too!) Thank you for making this fun game! ^-^

thanks for playing!


While testing your demo, enjoying your beautiful art and your original concept ('cause there are and I enjoyed it :) ), I encoutered some problems. Indeed, playing on a keyboard alone, I had difficulties controlling both the character and the lightfairy and had to quit when those skills were the most required (I don't know if it's me who is terrible, or if other tester had the same problem ^^" ).

Apparently on gamepad (or even in coop) this problem is not a real one, but maybe a message inquiring the player to use a gamepad could help :)

Also, but this may be only my tastes, or it's intentional, I find the little girl quite disturbing ^^"

Except those "negative" comments, it's a wonderful game and I hope you'll be able to make it a full game :)


Thanks for the honest critique. Always appreciated. Players have been commenting that the last bit is pretty hard, but that was a design choice I made for this short demo. The full game will allow for a much smoother increase in difficulty. New character designs and other art makeovers are in the works as well.

Thanks for your answer ,I will stay informed of the future of this game, and I will definitively pay for a full game version :)

Good continuation to you !

No problem, thanks!

Love the rising tension as the demo builds to its finale. The joy of the tether is none too shabby either. Good work team, I look forward to the full game!

Such an adorable game. Plays incredibly smoothly, graphics are gorgeous, and such a unique concept. Definitely a favorite from this site so far, and I'm excited for the full version. Bravo!


Works and looks like a charm. I'm in love with gameplay and waiting for complete game! I don't know if that's something you want to achieve but the game has nice psychodelic feeling wich is what i like! Good job!

Thanks, yes I'm drawing up plans for a full version.

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This was a great demo game! Any chance it will turn into a full game?


Hey. Yes, that is the plan. I'm tweaking mechanics, writing and making new art at the moment, but I'm waiting to hear back from fest submissions before I announce a date.

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