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  Local Spelunker
Roving in the Dark is a cave exploration platformer set in 1996. You play as a bearded caver (known as "Local Spelunker") who is tasked with rescuing ill-equipped treasure-seekers while finding treasure, hidden there by a medieval thief, for the local museum. 

About the game
The focus is on the interaction with the cave system itself, meaning you are most likely to be killed by the cave itself. Think of slipping and falling into holes, getting hit by stones, getting supercooled, running out of batteries or being pushed by French cavers. Since you lost most of your climbing gear, navigating the caves will be quite a challenge. In the beginning you have to make due with just running, jumping and climbing up and down narrow passages. On your way you will find bits of your gear, opening up new areas. The game consists of 4 cave systems to explore, an overworld and several smaller locations like towns and lone houses.

Roving In The Dark is heavily influenced by the limitations of 8-bit era games, with tiny pixel art graphics, a low colour palette and a low resolution. This was hip when I started working on the game, and probably considered lazy nowadays :)
The game does not have music, but ambient sounds instead. The faraway sounds in the cave systems, the birds and the crickets are all 8-bit generated sounds.

Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
GenrePlatformer, Puzzle, Survival
Made withClickteam Fusion
Tags8-Bit, cave, Cute, Exploration, Pixel Art, Retro
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Gamepad (any)
AccessibilityInteractive tutorial


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RD1.2.zip 20 MB

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Just finished it. Super nice :) 


Looks amazing! Will play it today.

Looks good but I can't play the game with either keyboard or gamepad. :(

That is weird. What happens when you unplug the gamepad?


no :(


Just wanted to say that I've known of your work since the olden days of The Daily Click and was happy to see both this and the revised "Karloman" available. I've been playing both and having a blast. Just picked up the Crampons in "Roving...", and wondering just how much more exploration I can do.

Again congrats on making some excellent games. You've been a inspiration to my own game-making efforts. :)

Thanks, that is really good to hear!

Do itch.io buyers of Roving in the Dark receive a steam key with their purchase?...thanks in advance for your time, the game looks fantastic!

Thanks! The release of this game on Steam is in the hands of Clickteam so unfortunately I don't control that. I will keep this in mind for my next release!

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Hi! If you're interested (and if there's any text at all in the game), I could translate your game into Polish and/or German. Email me if you want: nnnikkiguy@gmail.com :)

looks great


Hi, I took a look at your game Roving in the Dark and I was interested in translating it into Brazilian Portuguese. If you have interested, send me a email :)
Email: charmandercharmandesco@gmail.com