A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

UPDATE 8th Jan 2017: Psst! Our NEW game demo is here on Itch, get a first look and learn a new language!

Race against hunger and increasing cold as you find food and interact with a host of characters.

Everybody you meet has unexpected replies to the choices you make and both their and your actions can be a little nutty sometimes! Can you reason with Eric the Actor? Can you seek directions from David Bowie's ghost?

Made in under two weeks for Wizard Jam 4, this game was a blast to make and maybe we'll revise it after some feedback.

Developed by Abban Dunne in Unity with art by Bob created in Affinity Designer .The music is by Broke for Free.

We built this as part of Wizard Jam 2016. If you're interested in game development you can also check out the development log here.



Added status multipliers

  • fast & slow / noble & mingy / optimist & pessimist / satisfied & ravenous / fresh & stale / abundance & famine - Will now add or remove in increments.
  • reversed - Will only apply when the multiplier is an uneven number. So now it will toggle if you get it multiple times.
  • flatulence - You fart more often when the status stacks up. (never thought I'd be typing that)

Tweaked heart and food from choices

Now the amount of food you get and heart you lose makes more sense when compared to the decisions. It will also list that you got them along with the status effect.

Show buttons for all choices

Now all the choices will be shown, but some of them will be inactive depending on how dark your heart is.

Fixed Spelling

I fixed some of the bad spelling mistakes and rewrote a little to make stuff line up with the decisions.


Eating squirrels makes your heart a little blacker. More squirrels spawn.

Choice rooms

Added a max level counter to force a choice room if one hasn't appeared in a while.

More information

Published81 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date81 days ago
AuthorBig Bad Studios
Tags2D, Roguelike, rouguelite, Top Down Adventure
Average durationA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse

Install instructions

You might have to do the allow apps from anywhere thing on OSX


TheBearsBlackHeart-Linux-v1.1.0.zip (77 MB)
TheBearsBlackHeart-OSX-v1.1.0.zip (78 MB)
TheBearsBlackHeart-Windows-v1.1.0.zip (75 MB)


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I literally only just made it to the end! I mean, you can die in this game right?

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The characters you meet are so cool, especially the rabbit gave me a fun punishment!
Cool game, I like it a lot! Eventhough I messed it all up in the beginning!
Feels like the kind of game that keeps giving, you can play it several times and encounter different characters? How many characters are there? :)

Can anyone solve my problem?

Every time I try and download the game, it downloads for a bit, and then stops and says "Network Error." I obviously have my wifi network on, so I don't know what else it could mean. Someone please help me.

Despite it's beautiful and colorful aesthetic this game is deceptively dark and dystopian. A lot of fun to play as you spiral into despair.

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First off cute little characters :)

The first time I played, spent about 10 minutes moving through screens and waiting to come across anything outside of the eating mechanic. Failed to find anything so closed the game.

Second time I played I spent about half of that before spotting my first character, which then resets you and places you at the start of the next week. The delay between finding characters is honestly far too long, as the only mechanic that has to get the player through 5- 15 screens in between interactions is space to eat. It makes each screen a chore, and for such a small game that's not something you want. I'd bring it down to 5 maximum, tighten the experience overall.

Got to wake 13 without fanfare, week 14 I left the bear starve to get some sort of end state. I was annoyed because I had been doing a pacifist run and not eating squirrels only to have my heart turn black randomly during an interaction. As having a fully black heart does very little except lower potential interactions, shouldn't there be a way to reduce the darkness of the heart? Once it was perma black I just left it go all the way.

Is the point that bears need to eat little cute creatures to survive? Because that isn't really something anyone was unclear about heh.


Hey! Yes, all valid points and we are looking at reworking parts in an update. We created the entire game in about 10 days so yeah, some parts need tweaking.

Thanks for playing and for the feedback!

This game was to fun to not play :)

This was really cool! Rogue like games that are replayable are hard to come by. At least ones that are enjoyable. This is well done and executed! THANK YOU!

I really enjoyed this game! Though I was confused as to the premise (I thought there were 13 weeks to survive, but I got to 14 and the game kept going), and at first I was confused as to the "Black Heart" mechanic, though as my actions continually screwed me over, it became quite clear. I love these random event games, and this is no different!

Thanks so much for an amazing game!

Really loved this game!


And the second part of my playthrough in which we become one with the Dot Gobbler:

This guy is bear-ly coping with surviving the Winter.

Tried out your game if you want to check it out, really liked it. But boy am I one unlucky bear

the music is amazing

Hey there,

Incredible game! The outcome of interactions with the characters in the woods pissed me to no end and I do not believe there is an option to win with clear heart but ... I loved the style of the game , humor was insane and that music i could listen whole day.

I really enjoyed playing your game and I am sure to give it another try. Thank you for this little project and if you didn't yet do that, you should expand this project and reconsider releasing it as a full game ! XD

For anyone interested I am leaving small reaction video of my experience.

Enjoy !

Awesome game, damn PacMan though...I mean Dot Gobbler.

The Black Schmurf was a HILARIOUS addition to the game :P I had a pretty crazy run through, so make sure to check it out here :)

This game was a lot of fun, even though I had no idea how to not become corrupt lol. I look forward to playing it some more in my spare time!

Lost an arm, became packman, and had dinner on the moon. 10/10 Would divorce rabbit wife again.

This game is pretty fun, and nice! The sound effects were a bit annoying after awhile, but I feel that was the effect of being evil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2i0RjqOXRo

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