What Lies Within…?

Delve into some ancient ruins following a mysterious voice, but watch out for the encroaching darkness! Keep your torch lit via passing flames and reaching checkpoints as you descend deeper. Avoid spikes, watch out for dowsing waterfalls, master difficult platforming and discover the ancient secret within!

Fairly tricky platforming, so congratulations if you manage to reach the end! Your time will be displayed on completion too if y’fancy speedrunning it!

Created for Ludum Dare 46 Compo! Created in 48hrs from scratch.  This is the post-compo version with a small number of fixes + tweaks applied to the original compo version, which you can play at: https://ldjam.com/events/ludum-dare/46/solais


  • Arrow keys: Movement
  • Z: Jump, Start game


  • Spikes: Avoid these.
  • Water: Douses your flame, giving you limited time to reach the next light source before the shadows consume you!
  • Checkpoint: Restart here on death.
  • Springs: Bouncy!
  • Other fun stuff: You’ll have to see! :D

Dev Notes Kept this one fairly straightforward this time. Liked the idea of keeping a flame alive keeping a tense pace through the platforming. Game’s probably waaay too difficult so if you manage to complete it Congrats! :D

PlatformsWindows, macOS, HTML5
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
Made withPICO-8
TagsLudum Dare 46
LinksLudum Dare

Install instructions

Unzip and run!


Solais (Download - Windows) 1 MB
Solais (Download - MacOS) 3 MB


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I did it! Nice game, challenging but fun. Ending was cool as well.

is it possible to get the cartridge for this version of the game?

Love it!

Amazing job! One question tough,  how these light effects and spherical "fading" where made in PICO-8?

wow. this was so great. and the gameboy style on mobile... 🤩


Really nice and fun :D 

I'm delighted to let you know that I featured your game again, this time in my Top 10 itch.io Games of the Week video! 


Amazing! I love retro style, 9 minutes of real fun.

Really great game ! The controls are tight and intuitive. I love the "Celeste" vibe it gives off. The only criticism I could give is maybe trying to make the platforms stand out a little more from background. It was a little difficult at times to discern, but was never too big of an issue. The art style and animations are on point and the atmosphere tops it off perfectly.  Also the ending was great. 

Good job !!


Fantastic game!! I featured it in my last video! I love how you captured the essence of the super retro genre!! Good luck with the game jam!!