A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

This is my submission to the I Can't Draw But Want To Make A Game (Again) game jam. The goal of which was to teach my daughter how to code and learn photoshop while also immersing myself in the renpy engine once again. We entered this one in particular because the barrier for entry was so low. No need to make it pretty, just make something.

So we discussed the type of art and how it would probably make for an ugly game. Which is where the idea for this came from. The story is a knock off of the classic Ugly Duckling books we all grew up with. It's a tale of a game trying to find someone to play with it. The art is based on the ZX Spectrum and the Questprobe games. 

The art is ugly (the code is even worse), but it was a great learning experience for the two of us so hopefully it's something you can enjoy as well.

Install instructions

Unzip the folder

Run .exe



TheUglyGame-1.0-linux.tar.bz2 22 MB
TheUglyGame-1.0-mac.zip 16 MB
TheUglyGame-1.0-pc.zip 34 MB

Development log


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This game also touched my heart! Right off the bat the graphics and music I knew I had to give this my full attention, excited for what was to come and you did not disappoint.  I enjoyed the story and how the end has a nod to the duck. The classic zx spectrum feel to it was icing on the cake. You and your daughter make a great team

Took a few shots to get the true ending