A downloadable game

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Down the Oubliette is a dungeon crawler for people who like tower defense games. Take on the ghost infestation below an abandoned country house.


  • Play through 4 randomised levels to get rid of all the ghosts.
  • Use 4 different towers: beacon, coil, fan, and torch.
  • Use the crank to activate fan towers or configure the controls to play with one hand.
  • Replay a floor as often as you need to. There’s no permadeath.
  • Use ghost energy to build and upgrade towers but manage your resources well or you’ll get stuck.


  • New notes - show new notes immediately or just add them to the notebook. You can always look them up in the notebook later.
  • Unlit spirits - show a question mark for each spirit that is hidden in the dark or hide them completely.
  • Fans - use the crank to activate the fans or activate them automatically
  • Turn - hold the B button to turn around or toggle turning with the B button
  • Erase memories - removes all unlocked content from the notebook. Ideal if you have a second player who wants to start fresh.

Note: automating fans and toggling to turn should enable you to play with one hand.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Made withPlaydate
Tags1-bit, Pixel Art, Playdate, Tower Defense
Average sessionA few minutes
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, High-contrast


Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

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

Down the Oubliette 1.0.1.pdx.zip 3 MB


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Great game. Lots of fun. Absolutely worth the $5. It's surprisingly deep, and there's a lot of finesse you can pull off by polishing your skill, so it's not just a generic tower defense game. It's vaguely similar to Dungeon of the Endless, so if you like that you'll probably like this. Highly recommended.

I’m really enjoying this. A lot of fun!

can’t believe how much fun i’ve gotten out of this little gem of a game. easily one of my must-buys for playdate. sadly beat it after around an hour and a half of intermittent play— any plans for a sequel or more levels? im trying a replay right now with no continues, but i’d love additional content, difficulty levels, and/or randomized new levels/layouts. 

thanks so much for this game! 

My son absolutely loves this game and has already finished (and restarted from the beginning again). Beautiful work!

Wondering if there is a soundtrack available to download anywhere?

Thanks for the kind words. The soundtrack isn’t available yet but I’ll figure something out.

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I didn't read anything about this before going in. took a little figure out but I enjoyed it so far. Really didn't expect it to be a tower defense. I look forward to playing more. Good work.
id be tempted to add some more detail or monsters to the thumbnail although i know u only see them in the dudgeon. I thought it may be a pulp game from the thumbnail


Thanks for the feedback. You’re right, I hadn’t considered that.

A fun new twist on tower defense! You yourself are the "goal" to defend from the creeps. Find side-alcoves to put towers in, leaving room to run past them and draw the monsters through their damage.

thank you for your service rdk

This is a cool game, and fun. Those paper spirits are making my life difficult! 😄

This looks amazing, I can't wait to get/register my PD so I can purchase Sketch Share Solve and later this!

I'm so looking forward to this one!