A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Mouse Quest is a top-down shoot-em-up ("shmup" for short), in the style of video games from the 1980's and 1990's. The game is written from the ground up in C and SDL, and contains all original custom-built graphics and sound.

You control Mike, a sentient computer mouse who's out to save the world from a virus-infected fleet of computer hardware! Fight the humble floppy disk and CD-ROM, all the way to perhipherals of immense size and ferocity!

This version of Mouse Quest is a small preview only, and includes just one level and limited game features. The quality of the full game may change dramatically upon release, so please keep this in mind while playing.

If you have any comments or feedback on Mouse Quest, please contact Les Miskin on trilinear.nz@gmail.com.

If you'd like to help support continued development of the game, consider making a donation when downloading the game from itch.io, or become a supporting member on my Patreon page Thank you :)

How to play

Start the game by pressing SPACE.

To control Mike, use the arrow keys on your keyboard, and press SPACE to shoot your laser. You can hold down SPACE to give your enemies a taste of your rapid fire mode, too!

To exit the game, press ESCAPE from the title screen. Or press ESCAPE twice if you're in the middle of a level.


Visual and audio assets

The PNG, OGG, and WAV files supplied with the game are licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0.

Other game files and source code

All other files supplied with the game which are not listed above, including source if you received it, are licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0.


Programming and design

Les Miskin

Special thanks

Rachael Ashby
Bob Brown
Steff Ashby


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

mq-ubuntu-preview-0.13.tar.gz 3 MB
mq-windows-preview-0.13.zip 5 MB
mq-mac-preview-0.131.zip 6 MB

Exclusive content

Support this game at or above a special price point to receive something exclusive.

Read access to in-development source code

For anyone who donates to the development effort of Mouse Quest, you will receive read access to the pre-release source code of the project, hosted on GitLab :)


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First Mac build now available :)

Version 0.13 introduces a short animation prior to your boss encounter, check it out :)