"Our adventurous hero promptly dashed in the castle, with absolutely no chance of survival."
‐ Minstrel song.

Click wisely and find your way through the unforgiving rooms of this small but unsafe palace...

Be prepared for a parody of medieval journey, and most of all prepare to face roughly 30 bad endings, some good ending(s), and special ending(s)!
5 music tracks will take you along this deadly expedition!


   Use your mouse to interact (the mouse pointer will change) Only LEFT mouse button is needed
   You may also need your keyboard sometimes ( Z or X )


- Inspired by the game Shadowgate (NES version) -

You're stuck ?

There is a hint page which might help you. However please note that it contains SPOILERS! It is broken down in several categories so that you could only use the tiniest necessary section, and only if REALLY NEEDED: ==> http://anto80.free.fr/?id=keineged-hints

You're good ?

[Speedrun] Know that you can complete this game in less than 30 seconds (even the perfect ending).

You liked this game ?

Please share your best times in the comments.
I would also really appreciate if you click on "support this game". 
Thanks for playing!

You want to write/stream something about this game?

Look at this presskit where you can download GIFs, read the story behind, full description etc...

From a learning perspective

This game was made with the wonderful Pico-8 engine.
In this pico-8 source code you will find examples of:
- Mouse management (position, click , hover, hold, and multiple mouse cursors)
- Cartridge data management : save/load scores and stats (filedata can be stored in browser cookie!)
- Linerays and flare effects (during title screen)
** Bonus: .p8 file also contains unused music and sound assets! **
To access to the source code you need to support by donating at least $1 USD.

Special thanks to...

Sylk for Excellent English proofreading, betatest, and good specific ideas. The third Scorpion is fully dedicated to You. *** You rock!! ***


“Keineged an nor is an adventure game of high speed experimentation that will result in many a goofy end, but its silly deaths make for a great deal of fun. Figuring out the one route on each screen that won’t kill you offers frequent laughs at the absurd ways one can pass on.”
  — Joel Couture on IndieGames+

Updated 28 days ago
Made withPICO-8
TagsComedy, die-and-retry, Medieval, Parody, PICO-8, Point & Click
Average sessionA few seconds
LinksPresskit, Twitter, Reddit


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keineged.1.7.53.p8 (Pico-8 source code) 93 kB
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My gosh, i don't think i died faster in any other game so far, and i have been playing games since mid 90's, literally just started the game and died, that's pretty mean! It's like the "Hero" has the worst luck possible and is also very Fragile, i mean two torches would be too hot, lol!
Overall it's a good little game even with the fact it's not my style of game, but it's art style reminded me of some nostalgic game i have been played in the past, especially Castle Master, for me that game was so frightening no other game got closer to that.

Because of Humor, Idea and Nostalgic value i give it a Score of 6/10, if it would be my genre it would be a solid 8/10, I think i may be too old for this type of genre and i am also tending more towards Sadistic than masochistic (mean's i want to kill more than i want to be killed;-)


Great little game ! I love how the speed of the game forces you to do things rather than think too much about them. You just try until it finally works. And even though it can get frustrating, each trap overcame get really satisfying.


Super fun game! Unfortunately I had just woken up before playing it and my coffee hadn't really kicked in so I wasn't really fast enough for just how fast paced this game is, nor could I really figure out what to do next. Anyways, I loved the style, the gameplay is pretty hilarious. Maybe I might pick it up again when I'm having a good, energetic day. Here's my video, hope you enjoy! 


Thanks for asking me to play this game, what a torture it was! But how great it felt when I finally had gotten out!


This was fun! It brought back memories of Shadowgate, and of the parody/meta things that used to pop up a lot on Newgrounds like the Impossible Quiz.

Good work -- liked discovered the endings and figuring out the puzzles a lot. It would have been nice to be able to use right-click to exit the death screen, though.

Made a video


Thanks a lot for making this video! Good job on finding the Debug Mode ! :D

Really enjoyed playing the game even with all the deaths and looking forward to what you will make next.


I got down to 15.6 seconds :D

I love the amount of details you put in there.
Especially the keypad tones cracked me up. I came to noticing them when I furiously mashed the C key out of despair and heard the music play. The tension of the instant and the rushing stress combined with that stupid tune made me laugh out loud.

Thank you for that wonderful Pico-8 game!

Thanks a lot for making this very kind comment :'-)
and most of all Congrats for having found these "secret" keynotes !! :D
Glad you liked the game and that it made you laugh out loud!


With its quirky sens of humour and merciless gameplay, this game is nearly impossible to rate. Sure, it  won't suit the taste preference of the majority of gamers nowadays. Still, this game is a gift with no malicious intent. It's a gift with a very exhaustive page of hints, because the game designer genuinely wants you to have fun and, in the end, to win, to beat their game. It's a gift meant for a niche audience of gamers opened to self-derision and highly imaginative parody. These blessed few  will be able to increase tenfold their sensation of accomplishment when they reach an interesting end, because what they draw from overcoming difficulties is determination instead of frustration and anger.

If the journey isn't more important than the destination to you, you should probably move on to another game. Well, to each his own!


Super Fun game to do with friends and trying to find all the endings !


Instructions unclear, couldn't stop the dancing scorpion from overtaking the world, should have immolate with it. 5/5 great tuning fork.


Great little shout out to Shadowgate. 20/20, would get trampled by gorillas again.


i can see some people getting really angry with this

btw fuck you rating 1 star shit game made me mad >:(


Completed with all endings! That was pretty fun :D