Soulward is an ethereal platformer where you have one tool used as your life, transportation, and weapon. Made by Brieyh'leai Simmons and Nic Lupfer for GMTK Jam 2019.

WASD - Movement

Spacebar - Jump

Hold Enter/"K"/"C" and use WASD - Aim shard

Release Enter/"K"/"C" - Shoot shard

Press Enter/"K"/"C" - again  after shooting shard to teleport to the shard

Hold Shift/"L"/"V"

"R" Key - Restart

Your shard can be teleported to only when charged. It loses charge after a throw, but is able to gain a charge by hitting an enemy or a wall. 

If you take a hit without the shard in possession you will die. 

PlatformsWindows, HTML5
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars
(131 total ratings)
Made withUnity
Tags2D, jumping, Pixel Art


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is this game being worked on?

this is a really good game! I have started speedruning it and would like to know if there is some way that I can get a version that I can change the cameras size and have a way to get to a level with out playing the rest of the game first?

thanks, again really great game!

Great game! It's quite challenging, but I manage to make it to the end!

3:30 my best Time

i got a 2:19.56 for all levels

Great game, fun and challenging levels, I didn't finish the game though. Maybe you could ad keybinding or a wider variety of working buttons for the shard since ENTER is pretty far away (at least on my keyboard and the other two buttons (C and K if I recal correctly) are having pretty awkward spots on a QWERTY keyboard.


i hope you contenue on a full game made of this master peace

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I love this game. I am wondering if anyone else is speedruning this? My best time is 2:39.10 on post jam version. getting that time took 93 attempts.

Good game I love it

level 1-11 is impossible

how do i beat it? ndbcnudfchnxuydughudjghj

It's really hard, but you have to wait for an owl to fly to you.

i did it without the owl, just jump, shoot, teleport repeat.

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40 score is the minimal score to beat the game.  Try it.  It's very hard.


when you actually get a hold of the controls this game is amazing omf


Hey Gumboot! I can't seem to message you on twitter, is there some other way I can contact you?


You should be able to reach out to comfyfish on twitter.


Hi, I was new in this game development and I just wanna ask a question. I couldn't find the answer on the web.

Is it ok if someone use this game mechanic to make an actual game (shard and teleportation)?

or it needs approval from the developer/author?


You don't need our permission or anyone's really. I don't think we were the first to do a throw-teleport mechanic. There's already a few other similar games out there now,  such as Daggerhood, and I bet there are others that we don't know about yet.


oh ok that's nice thankyou for your response :)


Liked the art style, the mechanics have potential. Feels like it pushed into a longer game that could end up having its own distinctive feel.


Is there any way to remap the controls?  Frankly, they're... not that great. I love the concept and the way it handles but the controls just make it way too frustrating to actually enjoy what should be a great game.

Yeah the control layout is tricky.
Have you tried playing with a controller? An Xbox or a similar style controller "should" work.


Hi! I think I found a glitch, but it could just be a feature. On Edge Chromium instead of the ethereal blue color pallet, it’s a red color scheme. Here is a screenshot :D


im pro in find bugs  i cant move im doing the rspawn animation


Try mashing the Shift, Enter, and R buttons XD


Hello there,

I have been directed to this game by a subscriber of mine. I was wondering if I could make a video on this game because I really like the look of it and I am thankful for the suggestion I got given.

^ . ^


Just in case gumboot doesn’t reply, here is some information: This is made in part of a game jam, and by entering gumboot has accepted that this game can be recorded in a video without needing to ask. It still is nice to ask, but if gumboot doesn’t reply that is some information for you :D

thank you for letting me know. I do like to ask just because I have had game developers not wanting videos made on their games, I thought it was just better to be safe than sorry.

I know, it’s just in case :D

Thank you

You’re welcome :D


Yes! We would love for you to make a video about Soulward!

Thank you! I can't wait to play


so good

It appears as though someone has copied your concept:


Very nice game, art style, mechanics, 5 star. I wish you make it into a full game with way more levels, intricate stuff.

awesome game!


awesome art style and mechanics! loved it!


I love the art style and game mechanics. I played the whole thing.


I absolutely love it


Absolutely amazing


I am blown away by this game. Incredible work for a 48 hour jam. Played the whole thing


Once you get passed level 11 you just start flowing with the character and it feels so awesome! 


Good to know, because that's about where I was going to give up.


This game is absolutely amazing! You should definitely make a full game!


loved this game

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Just the right amount of challenge. Mastering the controls is hugely satisfying. Would love to play more progressively challenging levels.

Great game!


Polished, fun, and original. I enjoyed playing this game


pweas make moreeee



I can't get past level 11


Great game and concept, but I just can't get past 1-11. It's too hard for me. I would love it if some YouTuber made a let's play of this game so that I could see how to get past these levels... haha... jk......... unless?


Hey, I just finished the whole game! it took around 30 minutes or so.

I may shoot a video for you to show you and upload it to yt


OOPS just finished the game, but it took me like... 3 hours, much longer than you took. I still think it would be really helpful for future players to have that video though if they get really stuck like I did!


Really cool concept. Does it have a story?

Most likely not since it was made in just 2 day


Wow nice

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