v1.1  update:

  • Added a save system
  • Made the HP steal ability better for easier grinding
  • Fixed some STOP-based bugs
  • Added a bunch of enemies to the final room so you can build broken combos.

This game was made in only 48 hours for the GMTK game jam 2020. It got 27th place out of 5k entries!

The theme was "Out of control", so I made a game where the main character has a simple stealing mechanic but where you can steal metaphysical concepts and identities. The game's numbers and setting spiral out of control through 5 different phases:

  • Office life
  • City life
  • Political life
  • Space life
  • ???


  • WASD/IJKL/arrow keys: move
  • Spacebar/shift/X/left click: interact
  • R / escape: restart level (very important)
  • F4: fullscreen (windows only)
  • In battle, use the mouse to select actions.


This is a hybrid between a puzzle game and an RPG. It has similar mechanics to a simple turn by turn RPG, with the main mechanic being that you can steal the enemy's move/HP/identity. However, you should approach it like a puzzle game, because you must figure out the best battle order to maximize your stats and abilities.


All coding and art were made during the allocated jam time, the music was composed before the jam, as allowed.



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I copied the photocopier which was using copy and accidentally caused an endless loop of photocopying

yeah this one is a known bug

i am stuck at mayor

I suggest getting boost (from a cop) and then thrash (from a trash can) .

Against the mayor, use boost 4 times and then thrash.

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I was going to write a whole comment about how The Almighty wasn't possible for reasons that none of you get to hear anymore but it boils down to me misreading the description of Nidhogg

This might be my favorite jam game ever. The story is really cleverly worked in for a game with no dialogue boxes, as you start as a lowly intern and grow stronger and possess cars and fight the... leader of China and destroy gods and become all-powerful. I mean wow. The bit with the plane is really clever and took me a minute to figure out. The strategy with which abilities you get is really neat, although Rally/Conquer, Boost, and Close will get you through basically all battles before the last few. The bit with the planets is awesome in every way; playing as Youranus is the pinnacle of gaming. Playing as really random things like street signs and doors is also really funny, especially since I fought The Almighty as a printer. And finally, this game is not only massive but massive and polished and I'm shocked that this wasn't expanded in an update because there's no way this was made in 48 hours.

Congratulations on making the most mind-boggling jam game of all time. Universal Thief deserves every second I'm putting into writing this. Which is a lot of them.

And while I was writing this I had possibly the dumbest question ever: What are The Almighty's pronouns?

hey, thanks a lot for the review :) This game was made with our heearts and souls, I'm glad you had fun! It was made in 48 hours (except the music, which was made beforehand by myself from other games I made), and then I spent a few hours occasionally the following week to iron out bugs and polish things.

The almighty's pronouns would be they/them!

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So g00d! And doors are too powerful.

yeh doors are mighty beings

The game likes to “hold the door”.


Is "The Powerful" the entity that ends reality on your previous games? since they use attacks in an "X" shape to destroy anything on it's path in 2 of your games and on this game they have an "X" on their face, as well as a move that is meant to destroy anything no matter anything's health, just something i've wondered as soon as i saw them

the powerful is just one aspect of the almighty :) basically a world-specific global god in each game. They will have similar goals and properties.


Uh, I have completed the entire game, killed every possible enemy and still dont know what stealing an enemys identity does except for when stealing an areas boss identity or the plane identity to advance in the game levels. Anyone figure out what it does, or if the creater of this game answers this question, what does it do

hey! I didn't have time to fully flesh out the identity stealing mechanic. One minor effect is that if you steal a car or a plane you can go faster / fly over water.


ok, thank you very much. Sorry you didnt have time to fully flesh it out but I'm glad you still tried! Also a little surprised your still dedicated to answering every comment! Have a good day, and great game!

I love each move's flavor text that changes depending on who uses it. Just when I think it couldn't get more ridiculous, it does. Had a lot of fun playing this, thank you! :D

thanks a lot for playing and for leaving this kind message :)

question: are you supposed to disappear when going above the damned in the final area?

I guess that's a bug but if you walk down you'll be visible again :p


2 boosts + gravity = instant death

yup, it's a good strat!

pretty good 

thx :)




"close" is too much of a loophole,please balance

yeah it breaks a lot. Sorry!


Game is not MEANT to be balanced however X)



I love this.

Bug report: using copy after a stop sign uses stop turns their stop to go. then if they use go, and you use copy, the game freezes.

Cool game!

thanks for playing :)

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God, Rally + HP steal is so OP

cool game!

DUDE talk about Conquer

DUDE talk about ragnarok

this game was made for broken combos :)

wait till you get conquer

How do i run the game once ive installed it I don't see any executable

Really fun game! The first chapters and fighting doors and printers made me laugh and the gameplay made me stick around. The art for the gods is gorgeous as well, whoever made those deserves all the praise in the world. All together, excellent!

Woah, cool game. Great job!

thx, I put my soul into it :)

It really shows, I hope you keep making awesome games!


wonderful game! I won, I'm so happy :3


congrats on winning :)

I used recycle on the enemy's go and it crashed my game. Was enjoyable though.

oh no

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After stealing the Mayor's ID, I got to the level with the island, the city, and the plane. I didn't steal the plane's ID, thinking I could just be the mayor, and I had to restart. Other than that, great game with fun combat.

you can use R to restart the level, also leaving the game and coming back loads your save

thx, also, nice to see someone replay to the comments even if they no longer work on the game. Amazing game, and I did manage to make it to the gods, couldnt beat them, but  still.


Yeah I try to keep up with comments, they are the reason why I make games :) glad you liked it!

so i used copy the enemy used copy if you do the math you know i found a loop

yeah my game can break sometimes X) it's a jam game after all


idea for challenge pick a identity then stay as the identity's move set until the final area good luck (i would try beating the game as a printer but the printer's attacks are basic i guess also you are allowed to get enemy's hp but you must stay with your moveset until final area)

That sounds like it would require a lot of luck and grinding X) 

unless you have complete the game with 10 hp just saying

yeah I did that one already X)


well me too


thanks :)

President used 2ND TERM!

This particular battle is beyond stupid.

I know right X)
So are most presidents.

just finished for the third time, current speedrun time 37:43

woah, nice time :)

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haha thanks! i'm no speedrunner but for some reason this game made me want to try :) new personal best 28:57

Okay, I desperately need help. I'm facing off against the mayor and I'm basically stuck because he keeps healing and none of my attacks that I had access to do more damage then his heal, and he does a heal every other turn

you can use eco-tax to divide his hp by 3 or use boost to boost your damage a bajillion times before attacking

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It one of the best game I have played . Are you still updating the game?If you are ,can you put an in game timer I love to speedrunning this game  but I did it without a timer so I love a in game timer to see how I did.


hey there, I will no longer work on this game, however a remake is being made bu UltraNinja, maybe check it out :)


Thank for the tips .




the best planet

I loved it, I'm definitely going to talk about it

thanks, I like it when people talk about my games :)

The game freezes if you use boost enough times lol. 
Great game though just don't sit there and spam boost lmao

yeah there's a certain power of 2 which breaks the game, I think it happens after you use boost 31 times or something.

Holy moly! This game is awesome! I mean, I suck at RPG's, but it was still a enjoyable experience regardless!!!

I designed it more like a puzzle game than an RPG :)


Absolute insanity, exactly what I wanted from "out of control"

thanks for playing :)


Became an intern, beat up my CEO, worked my way up, defeated lesser deities, stole their powers, defeated god, then stole his identity.

10/10 wouldnt touch ever again

Nice journey :)

I've been playing for a while trying to get through one segment, and the mecha goon keeps using recycling and i have land, and when they use recycle they use GO sometimes and that crashes the game :/

oh right I hadn't thought of that interaction. Try to avoid the mecha goons I guess? :/ Or steal another healing ability. What recycle does is reuse the last healing ability used.

I'm not sure if this is a bug, but you can carry over boosts to the next battle so long as you don't attack the enemy (such as they explode).

This was a bug but also it's a speedrun strat now so I am leaving it in :)

next update could be a button to check your current hp and can use healing attacks without going into battles

The would be a bit OP I think. Coz in normal RPGs you have limited MP/ inventory, here there is no such thing!

ok how about a hard mode setting cuz the game is too easy

Try this for hard mode:



I Have Returned And Have Done It I Have Beat The 1 hp challenge that was long

woah nice job! Was it fin?


10/10 you can fight the almighty god of the universe as an intern.

OP intern!

This game was awesome

thanks :D


The creator should expand i

Maybe if I have time one day I'll work on a similar project :)

The incremental games by adriendittrick are always a blast, and this one is much of the same; the different combos you can build up are great fun, and it's super satisfying to absolutely obliterate everything. The sprites are charming, too, and I especially like the flavour text of attacks.

The only issue I had was with the final area. At that point, I found the only way I could beat the final boss was with Nidhogg and Fenrir, and it did rely a bit on RNG, since it had to not pick the same move two times in a row . It was a shame to say goodbye to Boost, too ;(

Other than that, though, I loved this little game! Great work.


Thanks a lot for the thoughtful review :)


There is actually another way to beat the almighty, though it was a bit of a bug exploit. When you fight an enemy with explode, if you keep on boosting before it explodes, your boost will carry over to the next battle. So you can boost twice at the printer and just gravity the almighty to kill it.

oh, found a glitch, If you attack an enemy too soon after attacking one already you get frozen on the attack screen. you can still restart from here though. easy to do on the space level if you overlap with two moons and spam click where the attack button will be.

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