Kye for Playdate
A downloadable game
How to play Kye?
The Help section of the original game servers as a good intro:
Kye is a small smiley-face and its goal is to collect all diamonds in every level without getting stuck or eaten by monsters (spooky, right?). Kye can push some objects and, under certain circumstances, pull them. Players must experiment to find the properties of the various objects.
FACTS: Kye is named after the dog of the original game creator “for the way she rushes about all over the place”.
The first level is a playground, use it to try out everything there is!
- Kye was originally made for Windows 3.1 by Colin Garbutt and over the years ported and remade many times.
- If want to know more about the game and its history, check the My Kye Page, a fan site going back to 2002!
- You can play the original (version 2.0) on archive.org.
Crank to rewind
In its Playdate incarnation, Kye has a priceless feature: Crank to rewind! Simply use the crank to retrace last few steps when you find yourself in trouble. Be careful though, the crank is a mighty gift.
You can also skip back to any diamond pickup by using undo from game menu.
We release this game incomplete and buggy, but it’s a bit of a delight already! Please, try out the current version — first few levels should work without any problem. Let us know whether you like the game!
There are still important parts missing: most glaringly, some of the objects in the levels do not work — autosliders, doors, timers and black holes (these are all from the later version of the game). All these should work very soon!
The other thing is that there are several versions of the game and some of the levels may not work in our implementation. We’ll need some feedback, so if you encounter a broken level or, if you complete a level set and feel good about it, let us know!
We have a bit of a roadmap:
- v0.7 — all mechanics are implemented and tested DONE
- v0.8 — there are sounds and nice visuals DONE
- v0.9 — most bugs are squashed and there’s not a lot of new ones
- v1.0 — code is open sourced, thinking about level editor (editor is now DONE)
You can sideload this file to your Playdate via your account at the play.date website. If you never did that before, you may follow this tutorial: