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[BTNverse] Universal Thief

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This game was made in only 48 hours for the GMTK game jam 2020, and got 27th place out of 5419 entries!

The theme was "Out of control", so I made a game where the main character has a simple stealing mechanic but where you can steal metaphysical concepts and identities.

The game's numbers and setting spiral out of control through 5 different phases:

  • Office life
  • City life
  • Political life
  • Space life
  • ???


  • WASD/IJKL/arrow keys: move
  • Spacebar/shift/X/left click: interact
  • R / escape: restart level (very important)
  • F4: fullscreen (windows only)
  • In battle, use the mouse to select actions.


This is a hybrid between a puzzle game and an RPG. It has similar mechanics to a simple turn by turn RPG, with the main mechanic being that you can steal the enemy's move/HP/identity. However, you should approach it like a puzzle game, because you must figure out the best battle order to maximize your stats and abilities.


All coding and art were made during the allocated jam time, the music was composed before the jam, as allowed.

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Nice game.
I really enjoyed it.

when you go from plane to mayor all i did was steal an nrg beam from one bot and leave, then president uses land on first move so i can spam nrg on him and kill him. LOL skipped like 50 enemys
- update well sh maybe i shouldn't have skipped em all now i cant beat p. minister hong kong guy and president LOL
also the mountains autogen cool

If you're having trouble beating final area, go get Gravity, Boost and Second term (have around 200000 hp i think) and then go for the guy at the bottom left, then bottom right, then top, then middle.
Edit : Honestly i only remember this because i watched my sister play it, and then she skipped over using Gravity and got messed up in the final area. cool game tho

adriendittrick responds:

Very good strategy!

that was fun

I made the most op move setup with Nuke, Audit, And repopulate and I can never die (Only fail to progress)

adriendittrick responds:

very good combo!