A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

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The sun is setting and Nyah is lost in the darkening woods. She is alone after her mom vanishes, but finds strength in a powerful spirit she can control with her mind. She'll need to master her new telekinetic ability to navigate through a surreal world between life and death. With Little Bug's twin stick control system, you can simultaneously guide both Nyah and her companion spirit. Their connection is a multi-situational tool, allowing creative gameplay and fast-paced puzzles. meet some spirits who are "happy" see you...and some who aren't so much...

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!



"Little Bug is a REALLY cool game demo and I can't wait for the full version!" - markiplier

"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

Official Selection - Fantastic Arcade 2016

a game by Bela Messex @belamessex

music by Sepand Mashiahof @scabiesscabies

concept by Iman Sylvain @imansylvain

writing by Bayana Davis @yana_hallows

production help from Jamie Parreno

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!

More information

Published259 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS
Tags3D Platformer, artgame, Atmospheric, Dark, Hand-drawn, low-poly, Puzzle-Platformer, supernatural
Average durationA few minutes
Player countSingleplayer

Install instructions

Thanks for Downloading Little Bug! Note to MAC USERS: please leave "Windowed Mode" unchecked in the launch menu, as a bug in Unity causes some strange depth distortions and/or blank screen. Other than that, have fun and feel free to leave a comment or review.


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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AMAZING! So elegant in design, control, pacing...superb!


thank you so much! That means a lot.

A really thought-provoking little game with an amazing art style! very excited to see where this goes!


Thanks! It's definitely going places...

Really good game! Graphics were beautiful, gameplay original and fun, cute music and overall memorable experience. My only complains are that the difficulty rises too quickly, there is no real sense of achievment after clearing a hard part and the design of the main character is kinda off. It's not bad at all, it's really good, but the style clashes badly with the design of the world.

Hey there, thanks for the comment. I'm redesigning a bunch of assets and mechanics for the full build. Can I ask what you felt was off about the main character? And what would help to make the difficult areas feel more rewarding? Thanks again for your feedback!

I liked the game. The gameplay is very fluid and fun, though some parts were really hard at the end. It's okay since in the final build is gonna be a smoother difficulty transition. The visuals are fantastic, I really like the lighting.

I had to restart the game because the flying blue ball was stuck: http://imgur.com/nBOl0SJ

Thanks so much for that feedback. That is the first I've seen it get stuck there, so nice work with the picture of the bug!

This game was super creative! I really like the concept and the art style. I had a lot of trouble with a certain puzzle, though, playing on keyboard, and got very frustrated. Don't take that to mean I didn't enjoy the game--I thought it was fantastic.

Here's my lets play if you wanna watch:

Thanks for sharing!!

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I did a small trailer of it for a class in college, thought of sharing it with you. This game is absolutely awesome, I hope you get to finish it, as I look forward to playing it more.


wow! super cute. Thanks for making this.

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I played the game and I absolutely loved it!! It's really amazing and so creative! The art is beautiful and it's probably one of my favorite games! I can't stop saying it's amazing! Awesome job, can't wait to finish the game and see what the full version is like! : ) Also I now realized the game is only suppose to be 11 mins apparently, I was too distracted by the beauty of it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DG1NiVJ7XsE

Wow! Thanks so much! I'm glad you liked the art :)

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

We are working on the full game currently. The release is TBA, but follow our studio's twitter(@buddysystemla) to stay up to date on news.

Nice Followed :D, Will it be free ?? if not can u hook me up with a key ?

It won't be free. Still working on a price point, but we are keeping a list of folks we'd like to supply keys to. I'll add you to it, but no promises at the moment. Thanks for your interest!

Thank you so much !!!

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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=)

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