Entry for A Game By Its Cover 2017 (unfinished and a little buggy)


- Arrows left+right to turn head, arrow up to crawl forward

- Space to take a bite

- Enter/return to switch between fruit-planets

- Escape to quit


(Inspired by the Famicase cartridge cover "Galaxy Garden" by Michael Schillingburg)

I knew I wanted to make something with a beetle grub eating fruit/planets, but unfortunately I didn't have a lot of time, and never quite settled on an idea for the gameplay. I had fun with mesh deformation and custom shaders, though, so it wasn't all bad!

And you can play it! It's like a grub simulator. You can crawl around! And eat fruit! ... And that's it. Hopefully I'll think of something to use it for in the future.

Check out the short devlog from the jam forum if you want.

Source code here

StatusIn development
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 3.8 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
Made withUnity
Tagsartgame, Atmospheric, Life Simulation, Slice Of Life


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Instar Linux.zip 36 MB
Instar osX.zip 32 MB
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Instar Win64.zip 18 MB


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it would be cool if you slowly got bigger the more you ate, unless it does get bigger and im not noticing, lol

Weird, I like it

v nice

GOOSE BUMPS- the video game, Nothing to add here!