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In Alwa's Awakening you play as Zoe, a heroine sent from another world to bring peace to the land of Alwa. Equipped only with a magic staff she awakens in a distant land and must set out to help the people. Traverse dangerous dungeons, meet interesting and fun characters and explore the world in this 8-bit adventure game. Just like the old classics you won't have a flashing arrow telling you exactly where to go and what to do next. Instead you are free to find your own way and by using your magic staff you can progress through the over 400 unique challenging rooms in the game.

Alwa’s Awakening is a game that tries to stay as close as possible to the authentic 8-bit look with sweet pixel art, a soundtrack filled with catchy chiptunes and so much charm it’ll bring you right back to the NES era. With easy to understand controls the game is easy to learn but tough to master, just like how games were in the old days!

    A retro game with an authentic feel
  • A new challenging NES-inspired adventure game with the authentic feel and look of a Nintendo 8-bit game. Inspired by classics such as Battle of Olympus and Solstice.

    Use your magic staff
  • Equip a magic staff that holds many mysterious powers. Use it to solve puzzles and defeat enemies in over 400 unique rooms. Upgrade your staff by finding new gemstones.

    You are Zoe
  • Play as Zoe who has been sent for to help free the land of Alwa. With easy to understand controls, you'll jump and fight your way through the many different challenging rooms.

    Explore the land of Alwa
  • Explore a large interconnected map in true ‘Metroidvania’ style. Play the game any way you want and find your own way through the land of Alwa.

    Find new items and learn new abilities
  • Find and unlock a slew of different objects throughout the adventure that will both give Zoe new abilities as well as unlock new areas.

    An 8-bit soundtrack
  • Listen to a completely new 8-bit soundtrack with over 25 new original tracks composed by Robert Kreese. Also features a guest track by Prof. Sakamoto.


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Alwa's Awakening Windows 70 MB
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Alwa's Awakening macOS 71 MB
Version 1
Alwa's Awakening Linux 82 MB
Version 1


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Very nice and funny NES game - one of the best of it's kind which I've played yet. Our German-language review can be found in our recorded livestream starting at 00:18:08. Subscription to our YouTube or Twitch channel is welcome. 🙂

An exciting adventure that fantastically evokes the feeling of old NES games. It's excellent!

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I love the game. I bought it from GOG and Steam. I really want to buy the NES ROM in completed form. I missed out on the Digical preorders. I hope the ROM will be available for sale. It would be well worth $10. I'd pay $20 if that's the price.

Hello! Yes, the ROM will be available to purchase later this year :)

AWESOME!!!! Thank You!!!

Keep us all posted? 

I am mostly interested in the nes version but picked up this one to support the team and show appreciation. 

I hope to see the NES-ROM by June, or is there an approximate time frame?

Q3 is our plan! :)

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Any chance you may port Alwa's Legacy to a retro console?  If so, I WON'T miss the pre-order.

No plans right now , but we're definitely open for it if we can find a publisher :)

what's the meaning of Q3-Plan  ^-^


We'll release the game July 1st this year :)

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I've been scouring the web for weeks looking for a Digical copy. I was just about to drop $60 to get one from a UK seller on eBay when I found it in stock and at retail price here in the US. I ordered two Digical copies and I'll get them next week. I have it on Switch, PC and Xbox. Now I will FINALLY have it for my Analogue Mini Nt Noir.

OH JOY!!!!!!!


I'm a big fan of  this game!

Thank you!

does this include the final nes version of this game port?


The NES version is completely remade from scratch and contains new NES exclusive content, so it'll be sold as a separate game once the physical release has happened, which hopefully will be soon. 

what is the new content in the NES ROM version?


Three new areas and two new tracks :) About 1-2 hour(s) of content.

Awesome, suggest you sell these to handheld emulator fans who are using RGM portable handheld emulators like me - the ROM should be sold to them. Let me know if you want to work together on that as I would know to market to them.

AWESOME!!! Take my money!!


Own this on Steam and GOG but just bought it again on itch!


Oh wow! Thank you so much!

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LOL.. I also bought it on Steam so I would have it for the Steam deck but had already bought it on GOG. I bought it for Switch and Xbox. I bought it on itch.io so I could get the files for Linux. I just now found some Digical copies in stock. It's been a long hunt for a Digical copy but I have them ordered. 


Un divertido metroidvania con mucho sabor retro. Recomendado para los amantes de la vieja escuela.

Mi review completa en español: https://retroorama.blogspot.com/2020/01/indie-review-alwas-awakening.html