A downloadable game

Welcome to Yarntown, a Zeldalike tribute to Bloodborne. Explore the streets of a cursed, gothic town, hunting beasts and uncovering twisted bosses.

Created by Max Mraz in the Solarus engine. Playable on Mac and Linux via the Solarus launcher, linked below.

I'm not selling this game, since it's a fan game! But I am selling/giving away some of the graphics I made for this game, right over here!



(Secondary download link for all platforms)


(Source code)


(Solarus Engine)



  • Arrow Keys: Move
  • Space: Action / Dodgeroll
  • C: Swing weapon
  • C (hold): charge weapon attack
  • X: Shoot pistol
  • V: Use blood vial to heal
  • D: pause and save (you will restart at the last lantern visited)

It should work fine with a gamepad/controller, but pause might be right bumper because of weird default mapping. Or it might not be! It seems like some controllers will work, and some won't. I haven't had any issues with the cheap USB controller I have.

Install instructions

Unpack/extract/decompress either the 32 or 64 bit version, then click yarntown.exe to run the game.

Mac / Linux:
Download the Solarus launcher from https://www.solarus-games.org/en/solarus/download, then use it to open the data.solarus file.

Requirements :

Minimum of OpenGL 3.0 or OpenGLES 2.0 


yarntown-v1.0.6-32bit.zip 25 MB
yarntown-v1.0.6-64bit.zip 25 MB
yarntown-v1.0.6.solarus 19 MB

Development log


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this game was very fun. i've never played bloodborne, so there's probably more to this game that i could have appreciated. but im told it's a rather faithful recreation of bloodborne's beginning, so kudos. it also introduced me to solarus,  big ups!

Dude, this game is amazing.
Please, make the rest of the original game.

I'm going to enjoy

fascinating game! wouldn't have found it without this guy:

Wondrous superior being, therefore remember donation/

Very nice work on this! I've only been playing for a little while but I love it so far!

Please have an android port!



Read my full review on Yarntown here!

This looks amazing!

I love when people make "demastered" versions of games. Looks like you've done a fantastic job, keep up the good work! 👍

Will you continue to develop this game? Really looking foward! Wonderful job making this game!!!

Thanks! And no, I'm not planning on going any further with this as a fangame.


You REALLY should! It is a great simple version of the game. A demo just isn't enough. This is good! 


It's really fun!! I'm planning on uploading my full playthrough in a few days but for now I have put together a short video! Great job!!

Is this game complete? Or is a demo?


It's as complete as I'm planning to make it.

i have never played bloodborne but could you please add a feature like dark souls' fog doors so players know when they are going to fight a boss. Other than that your game seems really good so far

That's actually a difference between Bloodborne and Dark Souls, BB doesn't have fog doors going in, so you can be surprised when coming up against a boss. Other than the fact the level design is so excellent that you can usually tell based on pacing and visual hierarchy that you're headed into a boss area, hahaha

Bloodborne in 2D :D

This game is phenomenal, you got all the tiny details right, I navigated from my mental map of Bloodborne just fine, the combat was pretty satisfying (including that good good regain mechanic), and leveling had the same boost to things that Bloodborne has. It felt really polished, and I was sad when I hit the end. I'd seriously pay good money for a full game like this, or at least more of it!

Hi guy; you can "buy" the tile pack for give money to the creator. You can pay whatever you want:




Dude this game is so sick I can't even explain it!! Here's a video of me playing it if you wanna check it out. Words cannot explain how sick Yarntown is!

I've never played Bloodborne before, but this game is pretty fun! I'll probably write a full review when I've played it more and also when it's not almost 2 AM in my time zone, but for now, just know I'm liking it.

ok... i am a bloodborne addict who also loves pixel horror. so this game brings a tear to my eye lol truly this is amazing! 


interested in someone to help with the portuguese translation?
if so, feel free to ask

This is fucking dope! It's an awesome combination of two of my favorite games, and done very well! Only suggestion I have is maybe have different control options for PC user to switch to? Such as WASD and Left Click and Right Click attacks, other than that I loved it!

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Hell yeah; iron pineapple  has done a little "review" in her "I played Souls-Like games you've never heard of" video series. :D 


I definetly wanna see this on my android device!

Bloodborne Zelda?  Sounds fun.  Definitely playing.


I played your game and gave some feedback if you're interested.

What is a good way to stay up to date with any updates on this amazing game? If you're still working on it that is


Following me on Twitter is best



Love this game a lot! The way the game feels like BB while also surprising w. some of the shortcuts changing up is very fun! Also things like the flaming bolder missing and the water zombies being more dangerous (imo) made for really fun encounters!

Theres a couple of broken aspects; gascoigne getting stuck (see below), enemies hitting on fences, rolling up ladders but not stairs. Just small things i noticed.

Gascoingen getting stuck is actually something I love because it can happen in bloodborne just as well so i think  its a neat touch if intentional :) cleric beast is a lil sad but i like how you have to fight him right at his feet and cant rely on moltovs!

Highlight moments were finding the shortcut after the big central bonfire area and realizing the area where you would find eileen had a cool falling animation//sound. Also thanks for giving the first troll an actual reward :)

Began attempting a speed run if anyone wants to take a crack at beating my time :) https://www.twitch.tv/videos/692507931

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So I did a gameplay about this game because I'm a huge basher (fan tbh) of bloodborne. The hate and the thrill of the game flows through me again but in a pixelated way!

When I say "Alam nyo ba yung Bloodborne" in the beginning, it simply means "Do you know Bloodborne", I'm a Filipino youtuber so I did my very best to speak in english the entire game HAHAHA! (I also added subtitle in the game)

So hope you like it! Would look forward to more of your games and more update! Stay Strong and I'll support you every step of the way!!

It would also be cool to add a dash diagonally and weapons/firearms too! BTW I really love Yarntown!

Amazing little game, Great work! Control scheme does feel a little strange tho, not a deal reaker by any means, but maybe hooking the mouse buttons to attack/interact and shoot + WASD and Space would be nice, at least on Windows. Either way you did great, keep going!

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Honestly great game! Reminds me of Bloodborne for some reason idk why though. Fear the old blood hooters.

P.S.    Here is a png you can convert and make the icon for the game :)


a question ... in the game arcarnas tools exist? or if there is a possibility to add the Arcane attribute to the game in the future. thanks

Its possible. I'm not planning on doing it but I guess the source code is linked in the description.

Hey, super love this!! first saw it posted on a Bloodborne facebook group, maybe i'm being dumb but i've picked up shards to upgrade my weapon but i can't seem to get back to the hunters dream to upgrade my weapon?

Anywho, fantastic work my man! i absolutley love this!


nevermind i found it! just all the way back to the start, just beaten Gascoigne and man what a thrill this little game was! would definitley be interested in a part 2!!!

Amazing game!!! Here's part 1 of my Yarntown playthrough if you wanna check it out!

Only glitch I had was that giant bowling ball looking dude punched me into a corner and I had to restart the game xD

You can see it at 11:20 in the video above.

Other than that everything was 100% awesome and I'd love to see a full game of Yarntown!!

Thanks for making this Max, it was an absolute pleasure playing this!!


Found this after it was mentioned on the Giant Bombcast. Looks great!

Same =)

Hi, the game is fantastic!, I would  like to know where is located the savegame file, thanks.

$HOME/.Solarus/yarntown_saves I believe

You should get in touch with retrocommunities and try to create a version for machines like Genesis, SNES or Amiga, possibly changing a bit things


sorry for the question, more serious as possible to create a mobile version?
I love Bloodborne, unfortunately I don't have a PC or a PS4. so my doubt. :(

Absolutely great game

I love this, Yharnam is so cute in 16 bits


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First, I wanna say I really enjoyed playing Yarntown. That is because I'm a big fan and I really enjoy playing Souls and Souls-like games but because Bloodborne is a console exclusive game i was unable to play it. That's where your game comes in. I was really happy to be able to experience to some extent what Bloodborne feels like and for that I'm really grateful to you. All in all this is a great game.

Also i wanted to ask if you have any plans on expanding the game. For example expanding combat system(more weapons, different combat style based on equipped weapon, weapon buffs, new consumables), adding new areas, enemies and bosses(aslo i think it would be interesting to see you add new boss/es that you yourself created) and also mabye something like inventory system.

Basically all those changes would make the game into my main project, Ocean's Heart, haha. I'm not planning on expanding, definitely not without an animator.

wow ,i love this little game <

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