Hard rock musical comedy metroidvania platformer. The wacky premise of Bad Pad is told in songs and is set around a gamepad's buttons who came to life, their endless battles, tons of jumping, mind controlling machines and a little bit of time traveling.
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Aug 8, 2018

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Why Early Access?

“Early Access is a program that allows us to get our game out there in it's current unfinished state while we are still working on it and constantly releasing updates, new content and patching up the game, this is a great way for you to get involved, we are are here to hear your thoughts, have any suggestions?, found something too frustrating?, bugs are eating at you screen?, let us know, we want to make the best game we possibly can, for you and for us!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We estimate 6-8 months of work to finish up the rest of the game, that being said, we might want to add or expand features based on your input, so it might take a little longer.
We will be releasing updates with new content throughout the development.”

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

“*The current Early Access version has 90% of the game, which is around 7 hours of gameplay.

*Some graphical elements, mostly UI, will not be fully designed in the first release.

*Some story cut-scenes animations will be missing.

*Music still in draft state, I'm writing the music as I'm building the game, to suit the levels as much as possible, once I'll have all the music done, I will retake some of the instruments, reprogram the drums or I might go for a live drummer, then I'll mix it all together to get an even sound and balance for the game.

*Even though we've endlessly tested and had many help from outsider testers, ensuring a stable experience, the Early Access version might still hold some bugs we missed, if you catch one, put it in a cup and send it over!

*Not all texts will be fully translated.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“*All game features, mechanics and UI are implemented, tested and working.
*4 Playable episodes, 16 levels, 150 scenes to explore.
*Cart riding and submarine levels.
*3 in-game arcade mini-games.
*7 boss fights.
*Intro sequence, act-2 ending sequence, and other in-game cut-scenes.
*20 music tracks.
*English voice-overs.”

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

“Yes, our dedicated early birds will receive a 50% off the retail price, we plan another milestone halfway through to the finish line with a 25% off the retail price.”

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

“We're already very involved with our players, getting some great ideas, comments and bug reports, we always listen and answer, your input is important to us!”
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July 5

Bad Pad 1.0 released!

We had a few extra things we wanted to added before hitting 1.0 and here are some of them:

Too many option, what to do?
The option menu was a bit overwhelming with everything stacked up into 2 screens, plus it didn't leave us much space to add new options.
So now there are separated options screens for game/sound/graphics/controls, plus we added a few new options, like disabling shadows, auto-run and cut-scenes music and speech volume control.

Where the save files are.
The game will now also save your progress to your local user directory and will multi-platform sync using Steam Cloud Saving.
Save files are saved to the OS user home directory /Saved Games/Bad Pad

Where are we and where are we going?
Originally when you finished the train boss at the end of act 3, you had to back track quite a bit to get to the next Arcade Machine that leads to act 4, back at the beginning of act 1.
Later on we decided to throw you back at one of the underground train levels exits in act 1, reasonably the whole underground area is connected and you could have ended up there, but it felt a bit of an unexplained gap to us and we think that consistency is important in a story line.
So we added a little bit of content here, there's another playable action level with some cut-scenes that ties it all together pretty nicely.

I like it when it's dark.
We added some more shadows throughout the game, this was not planned but it sure adds to the atmosphere.
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June 30

A new transmission from the depths of Evil Pen's castle.

A new transmission from the depths of Evil Pen's castle, Square needs your help!


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“An innovative adventure of an angered Square button unleashed from its controller’s gamepad.”
4/5 – Indie Game Reviewer

“Bad Pad already has all the makings of a good game. A great personality, polished movement, stellar level design, and balanced difficulty all make an appearance.”
Early Access Gaming

“Must Buy! We don't always have time to review everything, but we've personally played Bad Pad and think it's worth a buy. A great 2D platformer with an awesome soundtrack!”
Steam Curators

About This Game

Hard rock musical comedy metroidvania platformer.

The wacky premise of Bad Pad is told in songs and is set around a gamepad's buttons who came to life, their endless battles, tons of jumping, mind controlling machines and a little bit of time traveling.

Join Square in his adventures, survive Evil Pen's hellish castles, help save Hexa and Trapezoid and probably the rest of the world!


  • Humorous and crazy story-line told in songs and animations, those buttons sure can sing!
  • Original guitar driven rock and metal soundtrack that will keep you pumped.
  • Diverse gameplay with cart riding levels, submarine levels, spaceship levels and more.
  • 4 acts, 17 levels, more than 160 scenes to explore, metroidvania style!
  • 10 epic boss levels.
  • 3 mini classic arcade games.
  • Cool pixel art graphics and a retro feel.
  • Use of physics and changing gravity.
  • Environmental puzzles.
  • One item-based inventory system, hey a button doesn't have pockets, deal with it.
  • Tight controls and game mechanics + gamepad support.
  • Three game difficulties to select from.
  • Lots of steam achievements.

Give Bad Pad DEMO a try, it is always up-to-date and if you decide to buy to the full game you can continue playing with your saved progress.
The demo contains the first act of the game, with 4 levels, 40 scenes, 2 boss fights, 2 train levels, 1 arcade mini game and 2 featured songs.

This Steam Early Access game is currently not a finished game and may or may not change significantly over the course of development. To learn more about Steam Early Access, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/earlyaccessfaq/

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 1.4GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GT/s 4xx or Equivalent
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: 2.0GHz processor or faster
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia Geforce 600 Series or Higher
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
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