A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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Chase the high score as you fight wave after wave of enemies intent on your doom!

ZZap! is my first game. It's a simple and fun frenetic twin-stick shooter.  It's the kind of game I would've designed for the Atari 2600 when I was 5 years old, if I could've.

Simply download and unzip 'ZZAP.ZIP', and play 'ZZAP.EXE'.

You pilot mankinds's last, best starfighter. In a hyperspace subdimension far removed from Einsteinian physics, you must hold back a flood of vicious aliens and their hostile technologies. As you destroy the horde, your score (and multiplier) increases, but so does your enemy's effort to destroy you, as they send new creatures and ships against you: Enemy ships can be docile and aimless, or aggressively fire weapons of their own. Some pursue you when angered, or become more dangerous when killed. Others recklessly explode when activated by a nearby starfighter - can you use this to your advantage?

More kills means a higher score multiplier, but don't get hit! You'll lose a life and halve your multiplier. Grab powerups to boost Points and Multiplier further, enhance your Laser to cope with the onslaught, or detonate a Bomb to buy a second of breathing space. Score high enough and you might even get an extra life.



AIM:                 RIGHT STICK

FIRE:                 RIGHT STICK

PAUSE:               ESC or START


Buy Now$1.99 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $1.99 USD. You will get access to the following files:

zzap-macos.zip 37 MB
Version 1.0.4.
zzap-linux.zip 40 MB
Version 1.0.4
zzap-windows.zip 38 MB
Version 1.0.4
README.md 1 kB

Development log


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Here's a gameplay recording I made after a few hours of playing:

Using the Itch launcher the game is unable to create a staging folder (Access is denied).

Hey, thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'm looking into this issue now. If you wouldn't mind, could you try downloading the game directly from the bundle page and see if it runs that way? I'll try to reproduce your problem on a couple of different computers in the meantime.

Yes, I can download it manually and install without any issues. I just played a bunch.


Ah ok. I guess it must be some kind of problem with the Itch launcher permissions maybe. Glad you got to play it at least! Thanks for taking the time to try my game, I really appreciate it.


So I've just now successfully been able to download, install and play Zzap! on the Itch launcher on two different computers, which makes me wonder if it's something to do with the security settings on your computer preventing installation of the game. This could be anti-virus software, firewall, insufficient user permissions... I'd suggest trying logging in to your computer as admin, launching Itch as admin, checking your firewall settings and allowing Itch as an exception to the firewall, and disabling any additional anti-virus software. I hope you're able to find a solution!


Ah, I see. I've now found the issue. Last night I pinned the Itch launcher to my taskbar and when I launch it from there it doesn't show the pop up asking me for permission to make changes to my pc. Sorry about that.


No worries! Now I know what to tell the next player who has the same problem.

Hey guys, update 1.0.4 is now live, you may need to re-download the game from the store page, if your Itch launcher doesn't automatically update it. 

Captain Zzap???

thanks for adding it to the bundle. Add another Z in there for Zelensky