Batty Zabella is a point-and-click horror comedy designed to push the limits of outdated hardware, and provide a compelling experience even by 2022 standards.

It also marks the debut of a new horror icon; Batty Zabella! Help save her family and rid her home of phantoms. She may give you sass while doing it, but you'll love it.

The game can be enjoyed in browser, or downloaded as a Game Boy ROM to play on legitimate hardware (.pocket format also included for Analog Pocket devices). It's free to play on the web, but I would appreciate if those that enjoy the game also paid for the download to support future installments. The download also comes with a high-res PDF of the poster/cover art painted by b0nefl0wers.

MOBILE BROWSER CONTROLS:

  • Displayed as touch pad!

PC BROWSER CONTROLS:

  • Z - Accept
  • X - Cancel
  • Enter - Inventory
  • Shift - Map

Created by Kyle Sharpe Other works at sharpestories.com

StatusReleased
PlatformsHTML5
Rating
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(21 total ratings)
AuthorIce.Cold.Blood
GenreAdventure
Tagsbatty, Comedy, Game Boy, Horror, Point & Click, Retro, Spooky, Survival Horror, zabella

Purchase

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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $6.66 USD. You will get access to the following files:

batty_zabella.gb 1 MB
batty_zabella.pocket 1 MB
Batty Zabella Cover Art 18 MB

Development log

Comments

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your game is really beautiful, well done!

That means a lot! Thank you.

Is the game also available in German?

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Currently it is only available in English, but international versions may be coming in the future.

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A version in German would be great. I would also want to pay a lot more for that. :-)

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An excellent game I enjoyed every minute. At the end a special conversation with the creator!

Can we please have an Artbook for this game?

That's a cool idea, but probably not something that will happen just yet. When the sequel comes out, could maybe get something together that includes both games.

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I made it thanks to the hints. Best I could manage on this game was 9 holes. How long does it go on? Is there any reward at any point? I have to say, I wasn't expecting a whole arcade lol, I was expecting some unlockable "true" ending. And some extra fanservice with Batty.



Since you're cool enough to respond, might as well ask this too, what was this supposed to say? I could never really make it out.

Is it a name? A clue to one of the puzzles?

and here I'll also say seriously this is a cool game. I'm trying to get others to play it too. Though, being able to play it on an actual gameboy is a neat novelty I like the art and aesthetic so much that personally I hope if you make another one it's just like SNES art quality at least. I'd love to see this world/characters (especially Batty ) in higher def.

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Appreciate the interest in another game! There is a sequel in the planning stages, but I can't say too much more about it just yet. Currently in the process of getting physical versions of the first game available sometime after Christmas.

As for the arcade game, 10 is as far as it goes. There is a reward to getting 10 on one ball. Timing the 10th hole is tricky, but it can be done.

The text on the wall was never intended to say anything in particular, and is not a riddle of any kind. It was mostly just for lore about Bat-Son having a very unnatural birth.



It took me a lot of tries but damn. That was...nice, lol. I'll leave it vague for others to try. It helps that the board doesn't change between balls so you can kindof practice. Once you figure out how to get it in that hole, it's just about staying calm and repeating the motions. If the board shuffled around I could never do it though. As it is I had to die on ball 10 a bit to even figure it out once.

Kinda surprised Batty didn't have any dialogue about that though lol. Especially since she usually does.

But thanks for the hints. Would never have even guessed to try that otherwise. First time I played it I thought it was just set to keep cycling holes forever.

Is Batty's husband just a bat or a vampire that just doesn't go back to vampire form or is otherwise stuck as a bat. or is that lore spoilers.

Congratulations on getting Perfect 10!

For all intents and purposes, Husbano is just a bat.

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played that game irl it is so fun and much harder

where was that minigame?

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I found a speed strat for the queen 2nd phase if you put the cursor around that blue area, and mash shoot, you'll get 2 heals and a black orb. consistently enough to hit the queen and heal yourself to prevent from dying.

you can also use select to pause until you find the spot.

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BATTY HOLIDAYS!!

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*Loved* the aesthetic and the humor. Really fitting for Halloween gothy vibes. Some puzzles really had me stuck for a bit but not too bad. Also appreciated that you weren't afraid of leaning into the sex appeal, lol bc damn she is hot yeah. The Elvira inspiration really sold it.

Can I get a hint about where to find more spiders for a new game plus? I know they only show up temporarily, but I feel like the game should be able to detect you're doing a ng+ and just give you more hints in game about things like that. Encourages replaying. Brute forcing it by going to every single screen every time you make a small bit of progress works but feels lame.

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Thanks for the feedback! Glad you enjoyed the game, and the character.

The spider quest was meant to be an absurdly difficult easter egg hunt, but yes maybe overboard.

Since you're one of the first people interested in finding them all, I'll give you some hints:

SPIDER 1: Somewhere nearby before feeding Bat-Son
SPIDER 2: Outside puzzles as early as possible
SPIDER 3: A long dark tunnel after Husbano's advice
SPIDER 4 and 5: Above and below after finding Bat-Son
SPIDER 6: Some fresh air after statues vanish

So some spiders are missable?

They can basically all be missed.

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Enjoyed it overall but I found the boss fights to be absurdly hard, with basically no tolerance of even a single mistake. Maybe I'm just a pleb or there was a mechanic I was missing. There's no way I would have been able to beat it without abusing save states.

Thanks for the feedback! This is something I'll keep in mind for a second entry. Most people I think were able to study the orb movement pattern and find a good rhythm for defeating the bosses, but yes, the battles were difficult for some.

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I eventually was able to figure out the patterns, but even with the pattern it was so punishing that if I made one mistake I would be screwed. I basically had to be perfect, which was kind of difficult using the controls of the 2DS I was playing it on. It might be easier with different types of controllers though. I think it would have been perfect if I just had a tiny bit more health or the orbs stayed around a fraction of a second longer.

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You didn't really need to follow the pattern, I just sat my cursor where an orb and sparkles appeared closest to each other and let them cycle back to me on their own.I beat them first time every time that way.

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Fantastic! Got stuck for a bit though, will try again later today. Love the writing and the humor. The pixel art is also top notch. Well done!

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One of the best games I've played in a while to be honest, some puzzles were a bit confusing but the humour ,writing and beautiful art style make up for it. I give this game a solid 11/10 (the extra point comes from the pooping minigane) 

squeak, squeak! 

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That is a great game!!!

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10/10 game though I spend some time trying to beat the final boss not knowing you can't beat it

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Did you end up figuring out the related puzzle, though?

What puzzle? After getting the 2 thropies and unlocking the big door I've went back and searched every room and couldn't find anything do the 6 spiders unlock another ending or just an easter egg? And where can I find all spiders? I've only managed to find the one in the cave and the one in the tree 

There is something in Batty's attic that can be used on a certain corpse. That's the hint I'll give you!

As for the spiders... they are intended to be extremely hard to find, and not required for progression. I'll give one hint for those; they only show up at specific points throughout the game.

I played the game again and still couldn't find how to open the shed and the attic, may I have another hint please?everytime I've got an item or did something I went to the graveyard and I haven't found the crow

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If you sit around long enough in the graveyard, a crow is bound to show up eventually!

hiya, may i please have a hint? i can't find the trophies anywhere/get past that one door. do i just have to get better at repeatedly hitting the little floaty things in those two spots?

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I'll give you two hints about the boss encounters.

1.The black orb damages them, and the sparkle heals Batty.
2.If you return to the front door of the house after the trophies vanish, you can find something that might help you.

Hey, I picked up the full game today, and I've been enjoying it, but saving doesn't seem to work.  If I quit to the menu and load game, that works, but if I turn off my Game Boy, no save data is found the next time I load.  I get the same result when running it with an emulator on my PC, so I'm not sure what's wrong.

What type of cartridge are you using? I tested with EZ Flash, and was able to load my save on GB when using the "backup save" prompt when the cartridge boots. On emulator I had no trouble; it would create the .sav file which would allow me to load properly any time I booted the ROM.

I'm not doubting there could still be an issue, though. Give me more details, and I can look into it. I am also working with someone on the "official" physical release now, and making the sure the save is fully functional in that version is a top priority.

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I’m using an EverdriveGB X5. Other games save without issue on it, a .srm file is created on the SD card, but I don’t see any new files after saving in Batty Zabella.  For the emulator I use BGB running under Wine. If there’s any other info I can provide just let me know. 

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Hello! Long time coming, but... the save data issue seems to be corrected in the digital version. As a matter of fact, even saving in the browser version seems to work properly now.

At the very least, I can confirm it works 100% with the BGB emulator.

Hopefully you have no issues re-downloading.

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I downloaded the new version, and it’s saving fine now. Thanks for the update!

Can't find the basement. Seems cool otherwise, but I feel like I've clicked around just about every direction I possibly can see but I'm just not finding it.

Hi, unfortunately the batteries are not displayed in my full version of the game. In the demo version they are on the shelf in the basement. Unfortunately I can't get any further in the game. Or are the batteries hiding somewhere else entirely?

Haha, their location has been changed since the demo version. I can tell you they are in fact still hidden in that background, though. Inside something.

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YES! I got the batteries :-)

I'm totally stuck on the tv puzzle, could I get a hint on what to do to turn it on or what else to do from here?

Pay close attention to what Batty says when she examines the couch.

How do I solve the endless room near Husbano? I have no idea what to do at all

Husbano mentioned the TV was important.

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thanks I figured it out!

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Boobs

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Great Game!!!

Where is the basement?
Is it a secret?

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Nevermind I found it!

Glad to hear it! There definitely are some secret areas in the game, though.

Will you Tell us how much many you got after one week?

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Sorry? Do you mean how many sales?

oh, yea, srr my bad, had a stroke back there...

so how many sales do you have?

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I’ve been lied to :(

There's more than one toilet in the house. That's all I will say.

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bruh no poop game????!

amazing! If I may ask, can I get a hint? Stuck after using book :(

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Using the book will be a big help later, but there's a place marked with a question mark on the map that is critical for progression. The TV is also important.

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Amazing timing for the release and the game is very nicely made. Although I don't like horror or scary games, I take my hat off to you!

Appreciate that! I will say that the game is more "comedy" than scary, so you may enjoy it more than some!

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stunning artwork! can’t wait to play this!

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Thank you very much. Your own Game Boy work is very inspiring as well.

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     Ghouls and ghosts look no further for your next haunt! The horror, comedy, and intrigue will trap your retro soul and take you spiralling downward into artfully crafted darkness with Batty Zabella.

Beware!


/|\ ^._.^ /|\

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What a stunningly looking game (and gal)! Fantastic work, I'll immediately purchase it. Does it have a save function/password system or is it intended to be played in one sit? (If so I'd play it on the Pocket Go S30 instead of the original hardware - I like savestates). Anyway, congratulations to this very impressive release. :)

There is a save function that should work fine on Game Boy or Pocket. Thank you for the compliments! It has been a fun project.