A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Written for the Game By Its Cover 2018. 

Bloom is a fast retro inspired plat-former with 5 levels, numerous enemies and fruit  and special bonuses to collect (including the infamous Ice-cream trolly!).

You must help Squik pick flowers and arrange them in a row for extra points. collecting all the flowers leads to a bonus round and the next level. How far will you get without being hit by falling flower crates? If they get in you way, then punch them away...

Featuring accurate chip-sounds (from a custom chip synthesiser) and chip tunes.

You decide on the platform you want to play. Will it be the original arcade version, then NES version or the fabulous Atari 2600 version?

Dare you wait around for the trolly to be released?

Will you manage to get 3 matching flowers in a row?

How many crate will a florist mouse punch?

Will you hum along to the original chip-synth music and 8-bit sounds?

What will you do when the crates get too high and explode?

And who is responsible for the bonkers crane? Cyril the Lobster?

Will you Get hit by falling flower crates or blown to smithereens by TNT?

Both MacOS 64bit and Windows 64bit are fully supported.

Now includes Linux as well :)

Plays on any monitor even fullscreen - just click and drag to the size you require.

Full keyboard support with customisable controls.

Full high-score system.

Go on.... Play it!

Install instructions

Just download and run. everything should be fine.

Ver 1.04

  • Linux build

Ver 1.03

  • bug fixes
  • fixed hiscore being duplicated when entered
  • fixed hiscore wrong name when entered
  • new hiscore update code
  • fixed autoplay not resetting score
  • fixed fruit and fruit counter being reset correctly on restart
  • fixed score not being reset on start
  • fixed MacOS Mojave display bug
  • dropping tnt has a longer noise when hits ground
  • dropping tnt hit time shortened

Ver 1.02

  • fixed menu keyboard not activating exit
  • keyboard exit now operates correctly
  • modified code to potentially prevent 'top of ladder stop'
  • keyboard fire on 'option' now operates correctly

PLEASE let me know if anything goes wrong or doesn't operate as you think it should. And i'll get onto it :)

PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Release date Sep 12, 2018
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
GenrePlatformer, Action
Tags2D, Arcade, atari, Puzzle-Platformer, Retro
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


bloom103.app.zip 3 MB
Bloom103.zip 5 MB
bloom104lnx.tar.gz 3 MB

Install instructions


Development log


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I played Bloom for my Indie Game Showcase and I loved it. The game reminded me of the games I played on the Atari when I was a kid. I thought it was cool that it offered three modes, Arcade, NES, and Atari. The game is really fun and I recommend it.

That's really great - thank you :)

Hopefully there will be something new for you to play at the end of March...

Great job again, Adam. I don't remember this game at all but it was fun having a crack at the game anyway.

You've got some kind of bug with the title screen selection of levels, options and exit game buttons. Using the cursors to navigate won't let you select exit. You're able to select options but Space to activate doesn't work on the button. Exit isn't available to navigate to at all. Using mouse and clicking does work ok.

Also noted flickering in the arcade version when mouse going up the ladder with a flower but possibly that's meant to do that? Got mouse stuck at the top of the ladder as well due to some glitch but doesn't happen all the time. The worst kind of bug.

Hope you get some good comments for your work.

brilliant for finding those. I’ll get on to it and fix the exit navigation issue and th rest...

Bloom was never a real game, so don’t beat yourself up at not remembering it. But the core concept of the falling blocks goes back to a Commodore PET game I used to play...

Hi Xerra. Once again thanks for the bug hunting.

New update 1.02 addresses the keyboard issues and hopefully the getting stuck on ladders.

Question about the getting stuck. were you on the top level or the middle level, or both when it happened?

Definitely top level of a ladder when it happened. I'll try new version and see if it does still happen.