They say they're protecting us, but from what?

Who do they think they are, keeping us behind these walls?

I gotta get out!

a game by

Scott Slucher

with music by

Robin Burgess


Zak can be played with Keyboard or a Gamepad.


Move: Left/Right, A/D

Jump: Up, W, Space

Attack: Z, K

Pause: Escape, P

Restart Level: R

Erase Save: hold Delete or Backspace for 5 seconds


Move: Left Control Stick

Jump: A, Y, Left Bumper

Attack: B, X, Right Bumper

Pause: Start

Restart Level: Select

If you want to support games like this, consider buying Zak DX, the standalone version! It's just a buck, and I've included a number of special features:

  • Screen Mode settings: Customize the way the game is rendered, even disabling the pixelation altogether if you want.
  • Cheats: Godmode, infini-jump, even guns!

In addition, you'll also get these Bonus files:

  • Music files! The FamiTracker project files for the finished soundtrack, plus a few from earlier in development!
  • Level files! The Tiled maps for every level in the game!
  • The original prototype for Zak, made in just a week!
Published Feb 28, 2017
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
AuthorsScott Slucher, nibor7301
Made withUnity
Tags2D, pixel, Short, Side Scroller
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller, Gamepad (any)


Buy Now$1.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1 USD. You will get access to the following files: 36 MB
Version 2 35 MB
Version 2 30 MB
Version 5


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the character who saves you is the same one from that other game. the one that just goes on forever without any fighting. are you assembling a hero team like marvel did the avengers?

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The Cal game is a prototype made for ProcJam, which I currently don't plan on turning into a full game. I've been working on Zak 2 for a long time (way too long) and Cal will feature heavily in that!


I can't wait until the next ones come out!

is there going to be a continuatio of this game?

I hope so! The secret ending looked really promising! >u<

Yes, I intend to do more games in this series. I'll need to ask for a bit of patience, though. As small as Zak is, it took me over 3 months to finish. Thanks :)