It's a 16 bit styled pixel Metroidvania crafted by someone who loves the genre! Put your fingers on WASD and arrow keys or grab your favorite controller to play, simple and easy as these games should be.
All Reviews:
No user reviews
Release Date:
Apr 14, 2023

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as ignored

Early Access Game

Get instant access and start playing; get involved with this game as it develops.

Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“The best time to help shape a game is when it is early on. What am I doing right? How can I help make this more fun for you? In pure time of just understanding how to work with the game development engine, bash my head against the errors, and make up the levels you see here I have spent over 200 hours providing what is available in Early Access. This does not count the hours spent obtaining, licensing, and editing assets for the game... it's impossible to track all that. When I started this product, it was simply intended to be a 10 minute game to be played on the main website just as a fun promotional toy, but Jessica's Uncomfortable Hanukkah Adventure has truly blossomed into so much more.

...and that's why we are here now. I am confident that this is the right time to share the game with all of you while the world map is only ten percent complete. I've got the enemy logic handled, the graphic tilesets all ready to go; what comes from here is tailoring this world to give a great retro gaming experience.

Among other reasons to release into Early Access? There's more cinema screens to come. Tweaks to the story, gameplay gimmicks I can work with. By gaining some genuine community involvement I can expand beyond those few who have seen and believed in my vision for this game. This journey has begun in earnest, and I'm eager to deliver a memorable game when I... when we... cross the finish line.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Hopefully release will be in time for Hanukkah 2023! I'll be updating as often as I can! I am the father and primary caretaker of a special needs child and there will be some challenges related to that.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The core gameplay loop is unlikely to change much to the final product. It's a retro styled Metroidvania: you know what to expect and I intend to deliver it to you. Consider the world at this point to be 10% done, the cinema screens (though none are available in the first Early Access) are only made one out of the intended 7.

At this point in release, though all but two of the weapons and one of the travel powers are already programmed in? You can, as of yet, only access your baton and pistol. Expect progression gating powers such as a super jump and short range teleport, as well as timed bombs and a homing ranged attack. More to come if my skills increase to the level where I can grow us beyond the original parameters.

There's music and art all ready to go which you cannot access, and I am busily grinding away at my word processor all the lore snippets you will find. By the end of this I am intending to, in addition to the the raw game itself, provide at minimum a 20 thousand word multi-threaded storyline. (I am a novelist and this is actually the easiest part of the work, for me)”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“As mentioned before, the core gameplay loop is established. Right now the entire introduction stage through the first boss is playable, then afterwards you may explore some into the main hub and one of the portals to a place where you will gain one of the progression-gating powers. All but two of them are already implemented within the game, you simply cannot access them yet.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The game will go up in cost approximately 25% at release and remain the current price during Early Access. I want to show you a fun game at an easily affordable cost, and this is a good price point for that.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“Would you like to get involved in the process? Please do! Email anything related to the game at If you wish to do so on a more formal basis, you can email me there and get access to the Trello tracking board.”
Read more

Buy Jessica's Uncomfortable Hanukkah Adventure

See all discussions

Report bugs and leave feedback for this game on the discussion boards

About This Game

Jessica's Uncomfortable Hanukkah Adventure is a retro platformer set in the world of Dog and Spider Private Investigations. Never read the books? No big deal! How many of us even care about the back story behind Mega Man or Castlevania? Be a cop out to rescue her family! Swing your baton at the jerks, shoot them, learn to be a spider that inexplicably cannot stick to walls, who knows what's ahead of you?

Not sold yet? Need more details?
- Explore a (mostly) nonlinear world
- Discover many different abilities and weapons to deal with your enemies and assist with that exploration
- Combat a wide variety of enemies... and learn why they vary so wildly from resilient cartoon characters through nightmare inducing horrors
- Find scraps and diary pages in this world as you attempt to assemble what stories converge here
- Still action cinema screens with voice and sound effect, just like the old 90s Japanese console CD games.
- Game story, level design and game mechanics all by the Dog and Spider Private Investigations series author Victor R. Ziblis
- Game music provided by chiptune musician Nordischsound and synthwave artist Zone Tripper
- Cinema screen art provided by Wyssp'

Hey. We know you can get an SNES game out of the closet whenever you'd like... and we aim to provide exactly the same fun you'd have doing that. We set out to make a game that our 12 year old selves would love. Why walk ALL THE WAY OVER THERE to play a fun platformer when you're already at your computer anyway?

System Requirements

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS *: Windows 8 or above
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any 2GB DirectX Compatible Video Card
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • Additional Notes: Controller STRONGLY Recommended
* Starting January 1st, 2024, the Steam Client will only support Windows 10 and later versions.

What Curators Say

7 Curators have reviewed this product. Click here to see them.

Customer reviews

Review Type

Purchase Type


Date Range
To view reviews within a date range, please click and drag a selection on a graph above or click on a specific bar.

Show graph

Filter reviews by the user's playtime when the review was written:

No minimum to No maximum
Display As:
Show graph
Hide graph
Excluding Off-topic Review Activity
There are no more reviews that match the filters set above
Adjust the filters above to see other reviews
Loading reviews...