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Chapter One: The Garden of Etad Y'Alp

A first-person dungeon crawler for Playdate in the vein of classics such as Dungeon Master and Eye of the Beholder. Expect lots of environments to explore, enemies to defeat, weapons and items and magic to wield, and puzzles to solve!

Etad is an arcade adventure/exploration game crafted around the limitations of the Playdate. You won't get bothered with stats, inventory tetris or party management; instead expect pick-up-and-play hack'n'slash dungeon crawling with light puzzles and combat.

Every dungeon in Legend of Etad is unique and hand-crafted, with distinct art and game mechanics, and are linked together by outdoor "hub" areas. Each new area you discover will feel different from the last.

Etad is in development using tooling made with Unity for the content pipeline, and the Playdate Lua SDK for the engine.

Legend of Etad - Chapter One is the first of three chapters. It launches at a 50% discount, decreasing to a 25% discount for Chapter Two and full price for Chapter Three. Buy it now and get future chapters for free!

Chapters Two and Three will be released as updates, with interim bugfix and quality of life patches. Your saved game will carry through all updates, so when a new chapter is released you'll be able to continue right from the end of the previous one.

If you enjoy Legend of Etad, please consider leaving a rating!

What players are saying about Chapter One:

It's insane how well this controls, and how fluid the game itself is, walking around and exploring feels illegal on the playdate. I was dreaming of a game like this for the console - @BummerOfGeorge, Reddit
Playdating Legend of Etad by @GarethIW until dawn! One giant step in games for the lit'l yellow handheld. Amazing creation! - @land_patricio, Twitter
Yoooo this game is incredibly decent - @Shademonger, Discord
Legend of Etad is dope. Can’t wait to spend more time with it, but it’s got “Killer App” written all over it - @ralphiscool, Discord
Thank you for making Legend of Etad!! I’m loving it! Big nostalgia! I haven’t played a game like this since I was a kid messing with MS-DOS games! It’s awesome! - @JCP256, Twitter
Can’t wait to check this out over the weekend. CD-ROM vibes = you have my attention - @Cabel (of Panic), Twitter
Updated 3 days ago
StatusIn development
Release date 64 days ago
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(11 total ratings)
AuthorGareth Williams
GenreAdventure, Puzzle
Made withPlaydate, Blender, Unity, Aseprite
Tags1-bit, Dungeon Crawler, Exploration, First-Person, Playdate
Average sessionAbout a half-hour


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In order to download this Playdate game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6 USD. You will get access to the following files:

LegendOfEtad_1_1.pdx.zip 29 MB

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It’s a technically impressive game that takes me back to my old King’s Field / shareware RPGs. The controls are about as perfect as they can be given the limitations of the playdate, and any concerns I had about visibility on the size and bit depth evaporated. I can’t wait until it’s expanded upon or other people find inspiration in the style  

That being said, I’m stuck on the beam of light puzzles. I’ve explored everywhere I can but I either can’t find a mirror or I put one down in the wrong spot and locked myself out of a part of the game. Is this possible or so I need to draw myself a map? :)

EDIT: It figures that I’d solve a problem I’ve had for over a week five minutes after asking for help. Figured it out! I guess it shows where my head is during my morning commute :)

The game I was most excited to sideload onto my Playdate when it arrived, and I was not disappointed. This is a staggering achievement! Can't wait for the next chapters ☺️

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Hey, uh, dumb question, can you play playdate pdx games on PC?

edit: Looks like you can with the sdk? https://devforum.play.date/t/playdate-sdk-for-linux/628/12

Yes you can, though using the crank here might not be that fun.

Legend of Etad running in the Playdate Simulator for Windows

The game is amazing so far with good atmosphere, I dropped it for now though as the spider mines feel like they want me to bust out graph paper to map them out and I didn't feel like it.

Hey! Thanks for the kind words. I posted some spoilered hints about the spider mines here

My orientation is abysmal and I usually have to map out dungeons like that.

I feel like a compass would help a lot, any plan on adding that as part of the QoL updates people tell me you've been planning to add with the other 2 chapters? (going on hearsay here, forgive me if I sound imposing!)

Oooh, I quite like the idea of a compass, at least as a held item. Added to the to-do list :)

Yeah! Many times I thought "man, A compass would be hella useful about now" (I also thought a map would be neat too, but in the end I brute-forced the hub area and abused Excel for Mines lvl 1.

Are you planning on adding any new voice work to the game?

I was thinking the other day it would be fun to give some of the bosses voice lines... but there's simply not enough ram to spare!

Awesome game so far! And thanks for the dev log and transparency about sales, helpful for other devs curious about the space.

started playing it....... Love it

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Looks amazing! <3

I've made it about halfway through (based on the dev's notes) and I've enjoyed every moment! Can't wait to play through the rest. This game is definitely a must-buy for anyone who owns a Playdate.


love it! I got to the jungle pyramid level so far. this game is an amazing showcase game with what the playdate is capable of. puzzle solving is fun and that giant minotaur was a challenge to fight! can't wait to play more!


woah that was fast! Thanks for the kind words 😀

can't wait! Looking forward to this!

Been tracking this game since it's announcement... can't wait :D

My Playdate is ready


My anxiety is definitely ready 😬

20 hours and counting


10 👀


Just learned about this game today.  Looks amazing!  I love seeing what developers are able to do with the Playdate.

Really excited, can't wait for the release! Been checking the count down timer every day lol

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Can't freaking wait to play this game

can't wait!  looking forward to buying this!

looks cool




Looks super fun!