A downloadable game for Windows

be the little fish. made in 72 hours!

flap LEFT then RIGHT to swim forward!

@_pikopik | @taxiderby portraits and cover art ♥

2017/3/28 - fixed a bug and added music

2017/3/29 - press F2 to invert up/down controls

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Published30 days ago


Idra_64bit.zip (21 MB)
Idra_32bit.zip (19 MB)


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I've played a game and it was really cool I love it, but it was so confused to swim around with WASD and X (backward).

I've played a game and it was really cool I love it, but it was so confused to swim around with WASD and X (backward).

I've played a game and it was really cool I love it, but it was so confused to swim around with WASD and X (backward).

You did a wonderful job in 72 hours, damn!

The only thing I didn't love about this was that it was so short. I've seen another commenter say it, but I agree—you have something really special here, and I hope you consider fleshing it out a bit more. It's a wonderful experience that isn't bogged down by too many mechanics, and I love the premise of the entire thing. You can tell you took it seriously.

Anyways, thanks a lot for making it. I saw you plan on finishing the level at least, I'll definitely play it, but please consider expanding a bit! Even a 15 minute experience would be a better taste of this neat underwater world.

Here is my Lumps Play, hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed your creation:

Lumps Plays is pop-up commentary. No voiceovers, but pop-ups. Remember Vh1 videos? Check it out—you'll like it :D

My ears are burning.

I appreciate a series that a deaf bloke can enjoy. Haven't watched it, so I can't comment on the feasibility of your series. Remember there are two types of artists: killers, and poets. Killers catch attention. Poets deserve more of it. You can be a killer and awful or a poet and starving. The successful artist is both a killer and a poet.

I don't murder things and I hate poetry. So I guess I don't agree. Hahaha.

This game was super cute! I loved the cel-shaded look, and swimming around as a little fish was really fun. The music was also super pleasant and atmospheric. The controls were a bit awkward at first, but they really did a good job of capturing the feel of swimming around as a fish.

I'd love to see this get developed into a full game, with more characters and a story! Although when you do, I hope the little fish gets more capabilities... a dash function would be nice, or perhaps a sound to make that would call Idra to you. I like the gameplay mechanic of using Idra's light to guide you through darkened spaces!

(To be honest, I was a little worried that as an anglerfish, Idra would try to eat me! ;3;)

This game is brilliant, you know? I gave it two stars on Kratzen, but those are the most generous two stars I’ll give in a while.

I know you have a lot of stuff going on — what developer doesn’t? — but you gotta trust me. You have something special here. I can’t force you to work on it, but if you do, I bet it’ll turn into something that I can look back on and tell people why gaming is worth keeping around.


Nice! Very interesting atmosphere and I'm curious to see where the story will take the little and less-little fish :-P. Also, I dig the dither effect and the toon shading. Found the controls confusing at first, but I eventually got the hang of them and they are suitably fishy.


And I agree with the other poster; the music is stellar and a big part of what drew me in.



oh man, I'm glad you enjoyed it enough to make a video. I don't want to get sidetracked too much from my team project, but I promise I'll be finishing at least the one level. please look forward to it and thank you!

I will! And hey, if you need a voice actor for it, let me know! I'm trying to get into voice acting lol

Not trying to step on your toes, but I think the game would suffer from voice acting! Fish don't speak.

Didn't mean the character I'm playing.... Maybe other characters if they're added later on.

Also, pixar kinda fixed that fish don't talk thing.....

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Just because Pixar did it doesn't mean all fish talk now. One of my favorite things about this demo was how the gameplay mechanics themselves were derived from actual characteristics of real fish—female anglers can't see, fish really swim by flapping, etc. plus I like the charm it has now, they could make voice overs for games like Animal Crossing too, but they don't for a reason.

That's true. I just should have explained the voice acting thing. Not trying to be rude, man. :)

DUDE! I LOVE THIS! PLEASE MAKE MORE! I'm gonna upload a video of it as soon as possible <3

The music and the art style just go so well together with this game. I wish the controls with the flapping went a little faster as you pressed left and right though. Especially trying to get through the gate.... It was a little frustrating, but I loved it nonetheless!