To the Core is a roguelite action-platforming speedrunner. Run, jump and dash your way through levels filled with obstacles and hazards. Fight through heaps of enemies to save your father and set record times.
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Mixed (199) - 66% of the 199 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date:
Jul 23, 2018

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July 25

Update 1.0.2529

Changes & Improvements:
  • Emily's movement has been tweaked further. Airborne momentum is back, but now without the slipperiness on the ground.
  • The camera will no longer try to lock on to Centurions or Cores. This may return in the future if we find a better way to implement this.
  • The Laser Scroomba now has audio for its charging and firing phases.
  • The Laser Scroomba's shots now extend slightly faster.
  • A few extra health pickups have been added to some areas. They're not in plain sight though!
  • Health pickups have some improved visual effects.

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed the first punch of the three-hit-combo not playing a sound.
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July 24

Update 1.0.2523

Hi! We're rolling out the first patch to the game, to address some feedback we've seen so far.

New Features:
  • Camera look inversion is now possible. Look for the new option in the settings menu.

Changes & Improvements:
  • Emily's movement feel has been tweaked a lot: acceleration/deceleration, air control, etc. Walking should feel less ice-y now. Let us know if you feel it's better or not!
  • Emily's running animation has been sped up slightly, to feel more in sync with the distance covered.
  • Improved consistency of headjumping.
  • Timer on the HUD is now hidden in normal (random) games. This is to help ease new players into the game and reduce pressure.
  • Changed collision in some level sections to prevent enemies from walking into lasers on their own.
  • Adjusted placement of lasers in some level sections to be a bit more forgiving.

Bug Fixes:
  • Fixed the game not starting up at all for some users who are missing some required dependencies. They should now be installed for you when you start the game.
  • Fixed Shield Centurions freezing when power-punched at the right time.
  • Fixed vase shatter sound and Dad's tips not respecting the sound volume setting.
  • Fixed some achievements unlocking for seemingly no reason.
  • Fixed Centurion stun sound continuing to play after death.
  • Fixed Boombas not always dropping core shards after they detonate.
  • Fixed Dad's comment about the health packs in the dead end area not playing.

Known Issues:
  • We are aware of crashes related to memory and video failure. If you are experiencing crashes, please get in touch in the Discussions forum. We'll ask you to send us some crash diagnostics data.
  • This update may reset your audio volume settings (but only once).
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About This Game

To the Core is a third-person action-platforming speedrunner with a roguelite structure.
Run, jump and dash your way through procedurally generated levels filled with obstacles and hazards. Fight through heaps of enemies to save your father and set record times.


  • Procedurally Generated Worlds: Explore new levels, encounters and structures every time you play!
  • Roguelite Aspects: Built for replayability and difficulty, To the Core is a challenge meant to be played multiple times.
  • Mastery of Mechanics: Master the simple controls of To the Core and combine them in interesting ways to find new ways to beat the game.
  • Online Leaderboards: Compete against your friends or the world to show that you master the game.
  • Weekly Challenges: Test your skills against the world by playing the same level and seed as everyone else.


You are Emily, the daughter of a brilliant but absent-minded inventor. Your father has been experimenting with robots and machinery for years, throwing his failed inventions in his interdimensional trash bin, saving big on cleaning costs. However, these inventions have built a world of their own and decided to kidnap your father to wreak havoc on the real world! It is your task to go in, save your father and get home before dinner!


To the Core is a free-to-play demo created as a student project from the NHTV Breda University of Applied Sciences.
We hope you enjoy playing the game as much as we liked making it.

Disclaimer: Support is not guaranteed, as the team has since moved on to different projects and companies.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 7 or higher
    • Processor: Quad-core 1.6GHz or higher (Intel Atom x7-series, or AMD equivalent). SSE2 support required.
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 8xx or higher (or AMD equivalent). Lower-end GPUs or onboard GPUs may work, but support cannot be guaranteed. Screen resolution of 1280x720 or higher required.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: Quad-core 2.6GHz or higher (i5 or i7 series Intel processor or AMD equivalent). SSE2 support required.
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (or AMD equivalent)
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 2 GB available space

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