Ludum Dare 34 — December 11th-14th, 2015 — Theme Tied: Two Button Controls, Growing

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ALSO: has an experimental game downloader over here. You may find it useful.

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by fasterthanlime - Jam Entry

itch is a simple launcher for games

I made it so it would be easier to play other people's Ludum Dare entries — it's not a game, you can't vote for it,
but I did finish a lot of its features during the jam, to get it ready for rating season, so I hope you find it useful anyway!

You can read up on my journey here:

========= Instructions ============

* The easiest way to test games is to first ADD THEM TO A COLLECTION from the website.
* All your collections should show up in the client (you can always click around and/or restart if one is missing).
* THIS IS PRE-ALPHA SOFTWARE, be gentle with it!
* Please report any issues here:


As a developer, all you have to do to make sure your app can be run with itch is:

* Have a single top-level executable in an archive (.zip, .7z, .tar.gz, .tar.bz2), or an InnoSetup/NSIS/MSI installer
* Tag your uploads properly (the little windows/linux/osx logo checkboxes when uploading a game)
* That's it!

Make sure to test that it launches fine for others within the app. For now, you can run itch from the command-line to see debug output.

If you're really lost, ping me on twitter with the URL of your entry, and I'll try to see what's up.

(Also, yes, this is an official project, and we'll be supporting it, adding bugs and fixing features.)

Have fun!

Downloads and Links




cxsquared says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:41am

Really cool app. It's always nice to see good tools to play more LD games.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:04am

After discussion, I disabled voting for this entry, see here for why:

Comments on itch are better directed at the github repo: (or 'Help => Report Issue') or the community forums

psychomonster says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:22am

Wow this sounds great, will have a look at it, after a duty shift at the offive after only 3 hours of sleep ;)

IAmSpencer says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:29am

good work man, it's cool to see itch games [along with my own] on a desktop client, and the installation process couldn't be simpler [although, I do hope you add html games support in the near future!].

Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:39pm

Love this! And love that it works with collections, which is something I never used on until now! This will really help a ton with playing Windows entries in jams. Thank you!!!!

Atmog says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:16pm

Does this work with .rar files ?

hexagore says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:30pm

This is cool. I've made a special downloadable version of my own entry and added it to just to test it out. Works great! :)

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:38pm

The app does not support the .rar format at this time, nor is it planned.

If you're looking for a good, modern compression format I recommend .7z instead!

Pusty says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 8:41pm

wow this is awesome! I'm not sure why some of my games run some not (although it's awesome that they ran!). Also what if someone is releasing various versions? Well anyways can't wait to see more!

Gravity Games says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:04pm

Huh, seems cool. I'm giving this a download, I'll try to get my entry working with it later.

5you says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 11:44pm

Didn't all this existed, i'm gonna give it a try!

Dec 15, 2015 @ 2:43am

0.9.3 is out, you can alt-click on a game's thumbnails to see a log if your game failed to install/run properly!

Ben Allen says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 3:16am

This is fantastic

bfmags says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 1:01pm


Dec 15, 2015 @ 6:31pm

so glad this has finally come out. is a fantastic website and i'm so happy that its now a fantastic app.

01010111 says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 1:44am

You have no idea how happy this makes me! I love!!! Great work :D keep it up!

dx0ne says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 11:40am

Just wanted to thank you a million for this. You rock!

Dec 18, 2015 @ 4:15pm

+1 for awesomeness

Tanton-H2X says ...
Dec 20, 2015 @ 4:17am

Really Nice!!
Hope it for a looong time!

laaph says ...
Dec 23, 2015 @ 1:25am

Is there a way to change the directory that the games are kept at (specifically on OSX)? I might try trickery with symlinks.

local minimum says ...
Jan 3, 2016 @ 3:17pm

Hi. I'd love "Random LD34 game" collection (working on tag). Maybe actually trending tag or something in general. It is a bit annoying to have tabs open in the browser as it works at present, but I guess this is just an interim thing. Great work though.

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