A downloadable game for Windows

"A 2D arcade platformer. Hundreds of deaths. Endless frustration. Zero replayability. Simply... a masterpiece."

Fantasy Shift was my very first game development project. I created it in GameMaker Studio using their programming language, GML. I used this project as my foundation into the game development workflow. I had no experience in programming or pixel art, but I had to create every aspect of the game from scratch in around a month. I started off by writing a GDD (Game Design Document) and creating some level mockups with some placeholder art. I then went on to get to grips with the engine as well as get a basic primer on computer science theory in general. Over the course of the month I spent a lot of time building the features and refactoring the code as my object database grew larger and larger until I had finished my outlined plan for the game. I took the extra time to create some relatively nice looking pixel art for the game as well as adding in a tutorial section. By no means is this game great, or revolutionary, or innovative but it was my introduction to game development and I am very proud of the experience it gave me.

It's a 2D arcade-style platformer. This means you will die... a lot. There aren't many levels (6 + boss fight), so I focused on spending my short production time building very difficult levels as a trade off for extensive content. Don't get me wrong, I intended for the game to be hard, just not as hard as it actually is. I didn't account for the major difference in skill between myself and the players. I must've spent countless hours playtesting the levels, so by the time it came to release I could complete the entire game with zero deaths and was worried if it would be too easy. This definitely taught me to get others to playtest your game throughout development.

More information

Published1 year ago
Release date2 years ago
AuthorPixcel Studios
Tags2D, Arcade, Pixel Art
LicenseAll rights reserved
Asset licenseAll rights reserved
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilitySubtitles, Configurable controls, Interactive tutorial

Install instructions

Just double click the .exe to get going!


Fantasy Shift.exe (7 MB)