A downloadable game for Windows and macOS

Note: This was made hastily during a 2 week game jam and may be very buggy. It's abandoned now, so there will be no more updates. Download with caution. My future projects, which won't be part of a game jam, will have much more care put into them!

Ephem is a short turn-based RPG about a criminal thrown into the depths of a cursed dungeon. He tries to fight his way out, but he can't do it alone. He'll need to employ the help of a stranger who he meets deep underground.

But not every area is accessible to both characters, so the player will have to switch between playing both to continue through the dungeon. And with the horrifying monsters lurking about, it isn't safe to go alone!

Gameplay is about an hour long. I made this game with the help of Pyromantic who did the tileset and Hogwash who did icon art and skill animations!


Arrows keys to move.

Z to continue and to interact with things.

X to cancel or bring up the menu.

You can also click on stuff.


0.2 - Reduced game size and fixed a bug that disallowed the player from re-entering an area if they didn't complete a puzzle.

There's still a bug where it seems if you put the barrels in correctly but in a strange order, nothing will happen even if you did it right. Try re-arranging which barrels go on which spot and see if something happens.

PlatformsWindows, macOS
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(4 total ratings)
GenreRole Playing
Made withRPG Maker
TagsCute, Fantasy, labyrinth, Magic, Pixel Art, RPG Maker, Short, story, Turn-based, Turn-based Strategy


ephem 0.2.zip 86 MB
ephem 0.2 mac.zip 67 MB

Install instructions

Download the zip folder, extract it, and click on ephem.exe to play for Windows! I have no idea how Macs work, but there's a download for those too.

If for some reason the text doesn't show up, please install the font in the folder.


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The monsters are just … utterly destroying me right at the beginning. Any advice?

I'm not sure if this is clear in the game, but if you interact with the flame pillars you can replenish your mana and this can be used to heal yourself from the skill menu. This might make the game a bit easier if you weren't aware of that.

WHAT?! Okay, yes lemme go see if now I can survive! 

This is a great game, and i would give it a 10/10.

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It abruptly stops just after they talk, near the stream of water. Is that suppose to happen? Like, is that where the demo ends? Or is it a bug?

Other than that I really appreciated the game. Like Merb said, it's a cool concept. Too bad it's abandoned.

Nope that's not supposed to happen :/ The game ends after scrolling credits. I'm glad you liked it while it lasted!


cool concept, nice graphics, chill music, quite hard. some parts can be frustrating and the game itself is only an hour or so but overall a good game. 8.5/10


I loved the simple graphics of this game, and the story line was short but interesting. It was both heartwarming and sad.