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Puzzle Depot is a box-pushing, bug-squishing puzzle/adventure game, currently in development by Laughing Manatee Games! Successfully funded on Kickstarter, this ambitious puzzler will be our first commercial release. Currently we are finishing our second round of external testing and working hard to finish the expansive campaign mode. In the meantime you can whet your appetite by playing our free demo, featuring the very first level of the campaign!


  • Box-pushing puzzles that bring new ideas to an old classic!
  • Multiple puzzle solutions, optional rooms, and secrets galore!
  • Optional challenges! Can you finish the demo without taking ANY damage?
  • Lovingly crafted pixel art, just like the good ol' days!
  • An amazing, ambient soundtrack!
  • An offbeat sense of humor!
  • So many bugs... (the creepy-crawly kind, not the software kind!)

The full game will also include a fully-featured level editor for creating and sharing your own devious puzzles with other players. This is the same set of tools we are using to build the campaign levels, including the ability to add NPCs, dialogue, and script cutscenes. We're very excited to see what you crafty puzzlers come up with!

Initial release will be here on itch.io, as well as Steam (release date is still to-be-announced... but we're getting there!). For more information and project updates, please check out our Kickstarter page.

StatusIn development
Rated 4.8 out of 5 stars
(13 total ratings)
AuthorLaughing Manatee Games
Made withGameMaker
Tags16-bit, 2D, GameMaker, Kickstarter, Pixel Art, Post-apocalyptic, Retro, Robots, Sci-fi, Sokoban
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityInteractive tutorial


PuzzleDepot_Demo.exe 36 MB

Development log


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Hey team,

Any news on Puzzle Depot? Haven't heard from you all in a while!


Thanks for checking in! I have another update in the works, I'm shooting to have that out before end of the month. I know it's been a long time coming. Currently we're wrapping up a new version of the game and completing the epilogue sequence for the campaign.
I'll have more news soon with the next update!

Hey Otto!

How's Puzzle Depot doing these days? I hope you can finish it one day. It's one of my favourite pushpuzz games I've ever played, really got me to appreciate the genre by making it a bit more accessible, while still being really challenging.

Hey, James!
I actually just finished up a new version of Puzzle Depot, the latest build includes endgame and epilogue content. We're definitely closing in, I have some backer content to finish up but the list grows shorter!
I know it's been a long while and I appreciate you checking in. I'd like to put together another Kickstarter update before much longer, I think we're about due for it. I'll be sure to update the itch.io page when that happens!


This game is great. The demo has a good length, the difficulty is perfect. Even the Graphic for this is nice. I enjoyed it andd recommend everybody to play this. I made a video about this games if someone is interested to watch it.

Thank you so much for playing the demo!
It's always fun to see someone's first reactions and thought process going through the puzzles. That's something we're really looking forward to when we release the full game.

I am glad, that i can play this game. :)

Excellent ! Will it get out of demo someday ?

It definitely will be emerging from its demo status once it's done pupating! :]

Testing has been going very well and we've made some pretty big steps recently. There's a new devlog up (mirrored from our latest KS update) with some fresh gifs to scope out in the meantime, while we continue pushing forward.

Thanks for checking in with us!


Just played the demo. Would love to see the rest of the game

came for tinker knight stayed for cool gameplay

So... This game is never coming out. Too bad, really could have been a nice one. 🤷‍♂️

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We're behind where we said we'd be, but, progress is still being made. I have a big update in this works, including things like getting this page up to date, our Steam page set up, etc.

I'm sorry if I've let you down with delays, but I'm glad you're still interested in Puzzle Depot and I'll do my best to make it up to you.

Thanks for reaching out!

It made a great first impression, my comment from almost 4 years ago is still here. I won't say to hurry but the mechanics and controls were already really great (that's what really makes or brakes such games) and the story/content is something that always can look like needing "a little more" (polishing, details, etc) but that also means becoming stuck in limbo.

In any case, thanks for your reply, it's good to see it!

I simply loved this game, can't wait to the date release!!!

hope to see this game finished in 2018.

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Hey keser-one, sorry it's been a while! I actually just made a quick KS update to check in: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1781334061/puzzle-depot/posts/2085854

Thanks for keeping an eye on Puzzle Depot, I know it's been a long wait. I'm confident that it will be worth it!

omg i am so proud and happy for you! you must be exhausted after this loooong road lmao.

ok i can still hold out a little bit more for it. still my day one.

Kickstarter Update #46: Progress Report

Things are really coming along! This update features our new Options menu, controller support, and improvements to the World Editor!

I went back and played through the entire demo again:

I still love this game so much, as i state in the video congrats are the successful funding for it ^_^

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Kickstarter Update #45 is up!

Sorry that I missed a couple updates! This is a good one, though...

We are pleased to announce that Shovel Knight's own master schemer, Tinker Knight, will be appearing in Puzzle Depot as a playable character, courtesy of Yacht Club Games! We're really excited for this opportunity!

And if you haven't checked out Shovel Knight yet... you really should :]

Kickstarter Update #42 is up!

The Circuit Update

This one is all about the changes that "circuit objects" have undergone, such as buttons, plates, and doors. Things are far more versatile than they used to be!

Great graphics! Looking forward to the complete game!

Esta bueno, con una historia y atmósfera interesante dentro de una mecánica de puzzles clásica.

Aunque muy corto a mi parecer.

Just wanted to say thank you everyone who has played and commented, we appreciate your support!

Also, there is a new update on our Kickstarter page, in which I go into detail about the puzzle design process. If you're into that kind of thing, check it out!


I absolutely love it. Simple concept but awesome atmosphere and variatons.

The demo was great! Surprisingly addictive and with a great art style. Can't wait to buy the full product!

How can that simple box-pushing job escalates to something serious this quickly?! Oh I love this game!

I love the look of it. Reminds me a little of CLARC, Parcel, Full Bore and Toki Tori 2+. I hope you're planning on releasing it for Linux eventually.


It looks and plays great. Looking forward for realese.

Btw. it doesn't work with itch.io app.