Crashed on a desolate but mysterious planet you find yourself eye to eye with an ancient civilisation. Explore the planet, find powerful upgrades, and uncover its secrets.


move -  ⬅️➡️
jump - ⓩ 
climb ladders - ⬆️⬇️
special moves -  ❎ / ⓩ


Created during LowResJam 2022

Design/Art/Code: Johan Peitz (@johanpeitz
Music/Sound: Vav (@VAVMUSICMAGIC)

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Updated 5 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(170 total ratings)
AuthorJohan Peitz
Made withAseprite, PICO-8
TagsLo-fi, LOWREZJAM, Metroidvania, PICO-8, Pixel Art, Retro, Singleplayer
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Touchscreen


Ascent - Windows 996 kB
Ascent - MacOS 3 MB
Ascent - Linux 756 kB

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The red bugs in the end killed me randomly while dashing so I wasn't sure if I was messing it up or not but it turns out it was just a bug ... little annoying it took me 5 minutes to get past those 3  bugs at the end but loved the game overall 8/10 experience, PS: Controls like jumping dashing (xc) made my hands hurt in the end .. I would say space shift for more ergonomic inputs

Absolutely lovely!

I love this game. I would love to see it ported to the Playdate.

GG, great game

i found a weird 8 room


8/8 this was a great game. Since the console is so small also low res, I liked the map design and how this little map's layout seemed like it is big but it isn't. Pretty good Metroidvania  that is.

Happy to hear, glad you enjoyed it!

8/8 ... like how the controls need to be mastered over the time


I made a video on this game (43:21)

Cute and short :D

amazing game! but i didn't find 3 spirits(

Nice game! Like the atmosphere and level design. Got 8/8 spirits in 22:33.

That's such a cute game! I love it! The only problem is, that I can't get anywehre, because the jump isn't high enough.


There are other ways :)

Thank you. I now found a way.


5.52  8/8 I am so happyyyyyyy

well done!

thanks you

very nice. it works well.

Please give me the .p8 file

love it

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I got it with 6:27 with 8 spirits. Not to brag, but…


Nice game! But it took me 25:19 to pass the level...


I can't believe this was made on such a tiny console with such a tiny resolution in such a short period of time. This is insane. Please do tell how many hours you spent on it??

Everything from the dialog boxes, to the level deign, to the powers, it's a feet of something that's minimalist but has a lot of depth.


it’s an estimate but somewhere btw 20-30 hrs?


Is the game going to get a download for iOS and android?

not planned at the moment

ok! Love it if you do tho. Thx!

ok now ive found 6. 


update! Found all of them!


good job! 



does anyone know where the other 3 spirits are? I've only found 5.


Great pace and story, really enjoyed this game-

nice game

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Its a great game! Love it! Wish that the gravity control had its own button. Found myself mashing O and it messed with the game a bit, so don’t mash. The game is really small, and i would of liked the ending to be the guy to fly off in his fixed spaceship, but that said, i really liked the game, and my final time was 7:34. 


I like it. It's crazy how much can be conveyed with very few pixels.

pretty cool little gq;e/ i like the color ramp on the leavs and the fade when dying. simple but fun platforming. The track is also pretty nice!

I see some Cavernas in there! I’m working on tranquil tunnels, and I’m seeing some tiles in the game that would be amazing to include in there for the community to use.

Would you be willing to release the beautiful tileset used under CC0 or CC-BY?


This has to be my favorite PICO-8 game so far! Fantastic work, as always! I enjoyed the puzzles, built-in mini tutorials after each power-up, and the smoothness of the game mechanics. Fun story combined with beautiful low-res sprites made this a delight to play!


Thanks Matt, appreciate it!


This is a bite-sized metroidvania. It felt amazing to play! I loved every second of it!


It was good. In a couple of moments I got lost and could not find a new way, but it was interesting.

Very neat little game! I couldn't find the last spirit though, the game became a bit of a maze after a while :) Also I reckon this is very hard for inexperienced gamers

If you’re having a hard time, in my experience, the mobile controls or a controller is easier than pc controls. The map is small, but has hidden parts that I haven’t found yet. Great experience overall. 

This is a great game. I like it!




great game

I got the vine control and now I have no idea where to go

Have you been in the desert?

I already found the way, I just didn't realize that diving cancels fall damage.

That one is a bit unintuitive but I guess it also makes sense because it alters the way you fall.

This is one of the best mini Metroidvanias I’ve played. It has such great pixel art, perfect level design, fun original upgrades, and an interesting story. Perfect except.. too short :( I hope you will make a fuller version! This gives environmental station alpha a serious run for its money (I like it more)

Thanks for the kind words! I've kind of maxed out the possibilities for this within pico8, so maybe in the future!

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