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Squishy The Turtle (LD 34)


Squishy the Turtle is a puzzle game written for the Nintendo Gameboy. It was originally created in 48 hours for a competition called Ludum Dare. You play as a turtle, who must collect his eggs while avoiding the spiders and crabs covering the landscape.

Squishy has a special power – he is able to grow and shrink at will. Some places will only be accessible by Squishy in either form.

The rivers are infested with piranhas, so squishy must be big when crossing them to avoid piranha bites. Likewise, there are tiny spaces (like portals) that the big, slow form of Squishy cannot fit through. Spiders are also afraid of the big squishy, but crabs seek after him for food. Can you collect all of the eggs and get to safety?

You can see how it fared on the ludum dare website!

Source code is available on github.

Try It

Original Ludum Dare ROM: download

Updated MAGFest 2018 version: download


Directions – Move

A (keyboard z) – Grow/Shrink

B (keyboard x) – Unused

Start (keyboard enter) – Pause

Cartridge Details:

  • MBC1 with 8 banks.

Resources Used


MAGFest 2018

Squishy was featured by Babycastles at MAGFest 2018 – a 20k person gaming festival. Those lovely folks set up a tent with the game in it on a little CRT TV and a SNES/Super Gameboy!