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DeveloperMatt Pandina (Artcfox)
Code licenseGNU General Public License version 3
or (at your option) any later version.
Media licenseCreative Commons Attribution Share-Alike version 3.0
Video Mode3
Latest release1.0
Release dateOctober 3rd, 2015

Bugz is an all-original 2D platformer, written specifically for the Uzebox. It has 21 levels, and the object is to collect all the cookies in each level without dying. If you can finish the level before the time bonus reaches zero, you'll get a higher score. Killing the bugs will also increase your score. Includes single player, and multiplayer modes.

Game Modes

  • 1 PLAYER - race against the clock, and complete all levels for the highest score
  • 2 PLAYER - players compete for the same cookies, but otherwise cannot interact with each other
  • P1 VS P2 - players compete for the same cookies and can stomp on the other player's head (killing them like a bug)


  • A real physics engine
  • 3 level themes
  • 21 unique levels
  • 10 different animated bugs
  • 10 types of AI behavior
  • Original sound effects


In single player mode, you may restart the current level at any time by pressing START.

In either of the two player modes, both players must agree to restart the current level by pressing and holding START at the same time, but each gains the ability to respawn after death by pressing any button other than START. If you choose to respawn, you'll forgo the points you earned for that level, but you'll be back in the game sooner, and if you're lucky you may still be able to earn more points than the other player (or stomp on them if you're playing the versus mode).

Speed runs are certainly possible, and the versus mode is actually way more fun and competitive than I ever expected it to be. Seasoned players will find that it adds an entirely new dynamic to the game, but it also takes away your ability to restart the level any time you want, so you just have to roll with whatever happens (and seek revenge when the other player mercilessly stomps on your head).


  LEFT/RIGHT - move left or right
     UP/DOWN - join a ladder
        DOWN - fall through one-way platforms
           A - variable jump (the longer you hold it, the higher you'll jump)
           B - move faster (necessary to jump further horizontally)
       START - restart the current level (for 2p modes, both players need to press and hold START at the same time)
  ANY !START - 2p modes only, respawn after death by pressing any button except START
SELECT+START - return to title screen

In single player mode, the following button combinations are considered cheating and will zero your cumulative score, but in two player modes may be used to skip around the levels with no penalty:

   SELECT+SL - skip to previous level
   SELECT+SR - skip to next level

(In any two player modes, you will both keep your cumulative scores, but lose any points earned in the current level.)

Web-based Uzebox Emulator

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YouTube Video

BUGZ - Levels 1, 2, and 3 (720p@60fps, 44.1KHz audio)


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HEX File

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