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Sway is a short bullet hell game modeled after the Touhou series that can be completed in about 15 to 30 minutes. This game was developed by a 2-person team in 4 months as part of a college independent study. Additional shout-out and credit to the folks at Analgesic Productions for allowing us to use sound effects from their game Anodyne! Also, feel free to join our official discord server (link is on the right).

In Sway you play as a nameless girl who has suddenly found herself in a surreal and hostile world. With no other option, you must press forward through an onslaught of bullets in hopes of finding a way back home. This game features over 45 beautifully-drawn backgrounds paired with 4 original piano compositions. You'll fight 23 unique enemy types and face-off against 5 challenging bosses.

Gameplay is simple!

Use the ARROW KEYS to move.
Hold Z to continuously fire bullets at your foes.
Hold SHIFT to reduce your speed and narrow your cone of fire.
Press X to use a bomb and clear the screen of enemy bullets.

Gather power tokens from fallen enemies to gain additional firepower.
Defeated enemies also drop faith tokens which increase your score.
Hearts grant you an additional life, allowing you to take more hits before dying.
Stars increase your bomb count by 1.

That's really all there is to it.
We hope you enjoy our first published game and we also hope to bring you even higher quality work in the future!
Release date
Illusion Labs
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Age rating
Not rated

System requirements for PC

  • OS: Windows 10 or 11
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Storage: 100 MB available space

System requirements for iOS

iPhone First Gen, iPod Touch First Gen, iPod Touch Second Gen, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3G S, iPad Wifi, iPad 3G, iPod Touch Third Gen, iPhone 4, iPod Touch Fourth Gen, iPad 2 Wifi, iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4S, iPad Third Gen, iPad Third Gen 4G, iPhone 5, iPod Touch Fifth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen, iPad Fourth Gen 4G, iPad Mini, iPad Mini 4G, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, iPad Air Cellular, iPad Mini Retina, iPad Mini Retina Cellular, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Cellular, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 3 Cellular, iPod Touch Sixth Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPad Mini 4, iPad Mini 4 Cellular, iPad Pro, iPad Pro Cellular, iPad Pro 9.7, iPad Pro 9.7 Cellular, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPad 6 1 1, iPad 6 1 2, iPad 7 1, iPad 7 2, iPad 7 3, iPad 7 4, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 7 5, iPad 7 6, iPhone X S, iPhone X S Max, iPhone X R, iPad 8 1 2, iPad 8 3 4, iPad 8 5 6, iPad 8 7 8
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Last Modified: Apr 22, 2022

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Faith 80
Finish the game with 80 faith. There's no secret this is just for fun.
Rainy Streets
Clear the third stage.
Carmine Beach
Clear the fourth stage.
Dark Forest
Clear the first stage.
Icy Meadow
Clear the second stage.
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