It's finally time to leave the nest.

The whole wide world sprawls out before you
(conveniently squeezed into just one screen),
waiting to be explored. Can you learn to fly?

Keyboard —

A / D or Left / Right — Move
W or Up or Space — Jump
R Retry (suicide)
Enter Make Nest
Esc Exit
Alt + Enter Toggle Fullscreen
M Toggle Mute
Backspace Refresh Screen
D + L — Delete Progress (press and hold)

Xbox Controller —

Left Stick or D-pad Move
A or D-pad Jump
Y Retry (suicide)
B or Start Make Nest

Please note that...

  • The game is quite demanding and might run slowly on older PCs. Closing other programs may help.
  • If the screen goes white (for example, after alt-tabbing) try pressing backspace to refresh the screen. This shouldn't happen but the solution is there in case anyone needs it.

If you get stuck...

  • Each stick you collect lets you build a nest. When you die, you restart at the most recently visited nest. Some areas are very hard to beat without having nests to act as checkpoints, so collect sticks when you can reach them.
  • There are five upgrades to find which improve your jump height or give you special abilities.
  • Throughout the world are seven gems. What happens if you collect all of them?

By Daniel Linssen
for Ludum Dare 31.

PlatformsWindows, macOS, HTML5
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(358 total ratings)
AuthorDaniel Linssen
Made withGameMaker
Tags2D, jumping, Ludum Dare, Ludum Dare 31, Metroidvania, Singleplayer, upgrades
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, High-contrast


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