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Tadpole Tales is a tiny 2D Hand Drawn Clean ‘em Up about a tiny tadpole cleaning rivers and fighting pollution. In this journey, you get to play in three different froggy forms based on your health, with wave-like patterns of enemies.

Clean 'em Up!

You heard it, it’s a clean ‘em up, not a shoot 'em up. All the animations you see are hand-drawn frame by frame. We hope that this little game can offer you a short yet pleasant experience, something that anyone can pick up and put in their library. This game is a love letter to retro gaming, reminiscent of GBA games. We hope you enjoy it!

Challenge Yourself!

Track your score and compete with others. Race your friends to see who can clean the river faster. Earn achievements by not getting hit or taking any hearts. We’ll even give you a special achievement for beating the dev’s score!

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Andrew Game Designer/Developer


Giacomo Artist/Animator/Designer

Tomer Sound Designer/SoundMaster

ActEsper Composer

Sebastian Additional Sound Designer


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Old Build 1.0 694 MB
FinalBuild1.1 PC.zip 697 MB

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Such a lovely game. Graphics were amazing, gameplay was good, sound design was great. I love shoot 'em ups and frogs. I couldn't tell if the hitboxes and hurtboxes felt bigger than some of the actual sprites, which made it difficult to dodge some of the larger projectiles. Had so much fun playing. 

Great stuff! Looking forward for more projects :)

Please check out the video and my channel: VladMan

Thank you! 

Hey, guys, I played this game on my Youtube channel and I would very much appreciate it if you checked it out this game is really fun and I highly recommend it. 


Game pLay looks like cuphead kinda

Cool Game. The art is really good and the music matches the level. The gameplay felt a little slow. If I died I didn't really want to wade through the same section again before the boss. Adding powerups that increase the players abilities beside the heart would help out a lot I think.

Cute game! Sadly, performance tanks for me after beating the first duck boss. Goes from running fine to 5 or less fps.


I love this game. Why?
Because when i first opened it, it crashed my computer entirely, making me realise i had to take a break from the internet.
Thank you

I wanna play this but it keeps quitting at the loading screen


What a great little game! check out my gameplay of it :)


5 out of 5 frogs. wholesome. rewarding. gameplay. dropped $5 into the pond for the devs. cant wait to see whats next. also agree with everyone about the checkpoint system. but then playing for an hour, ya know i kinda like the replayability and wonder how the difficulty curve would be maintained if they added checkpoints. so maybe it really is best how it is. also really liked ur footage TsukuruHouse and Cleo

Hey Andrew and Giacomo,
Been following all the devlogs and am so happy to see that the game has been published, it looks amazing!!! I own a mac and am unable to play the game, would love to see a mac build sometime in the future :) Can't wait to follow your next gamedev project

amazing game, the cute visuals elevate the game a lot. Also, the bosses animations are super cool, definitely a must play for all the shoot em up addicts like me :P.

The only grips i have with the game is that it needs a checkpoint system, al least after every boss. The game is not that hard with it's moment to moment gameplay, the real difficulty comes with having to beat the game in one sitting.

Loved this game!

*the witch's house flashbacks*


Stumbled upon this masterpiece on Reddit....Must say the Visuals are absolutely stunning and so is the Gameplay....Great Game overall....Keep up the Great work and have a Great day!!


Gorgeous animation and art style. :) Echoing other comments, I would suggest adding checkpoints and maybe increasing the number of lives starting out as well. Difficulty-wise it's still acceptable for me (similar to Cuphead, it's possible to progress with repeated attempts). 

On the technical side, the game hung very badly upon loading and crashed. It was only playable for me on Steam, but I still experienced some lag upon startup and during gameplay. This is a very cute, fun game that has a lot of potential. I would be happy to replay if the overall experience was smoother.


Great concept for a side scrolling shooter and really charming art style. My only complaints are a) the movement is too slow to maneuver through some of the tighter gaps between projectiles (as well as to respond to the projectile speed of the second boss) and the maximum powerup state makes it impossible to dodge literally everything.

LMAO it also crashed my PC.

Very cute font you use here though

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seems like some of us were having issues with the launch version i had to delete it , it was freezing my computer everytime i tried to open application others were having a similar problem just would not open , really no reason for it to be that demanding for a 2d game should always think about optimization if you spend multiple months on a project 



oh wait it did i just don't  know where to open it

it wont let me download it D:

a w e s o m e g a m e g a r u n t e e d



I just downloaded it, What do you think about? 

Very well made! Easy to use controls, great music, graphics etc...Almost beat the 1st boss! Will continue trying.

didn't work for me and slowed my computer by a lot, had to delete it


A good game, I leave my little gameplay. I have missed some checkpoint to avoid having to go through everything again but artistically I liked it a lot.

What are the differences between the final build and the old build?

Where are the Linux and Mac builds? :(


This is such a gorgeous game! I thoroughly enjoy playing it. I downloaded it thinking it would be a simple shoot 'em up that would entertain me for 5 minutes, but I've been playing for about an hour(can never get passed that stupid otter) and I haven't gotten tired of it yet! It's one of those games that just puts a smile on your face!
If the team continue to update the game, I have a little plea of being able to skip the intro cutscene, since it is a bit slow.

In case nobody was aware - it is controller compatible! I could just plug mine in, though I would like the game to inform me when the controller is plugged in.

Keep up the good work! :)

You can skip the intro cutscene, I forget the key but you either have to hold down enter, left click, or escape

Really beautiful, the art, style, gameplay. Really enjoyful. Made me remember Cuphead and Chicken Invaders. 

Overall, there might be a small problem with the number of hearts or the absence of saving stages. But my main problem was with the second boss since those bombs can be too tricky to go through, especially if two rows present the passage on opposite sides of the screen.

But, overall, I loved the game. 9/10

This game is an absolute gem. Reminiscent of Cuphead, a really fun and SUPER adorable game. A little hard! Haha



looks like cuphead graphics similar, i like this game graphics !


Your game is good both visually and in terms of gameplay. The general mechanics of power up (More life you have > more power you get > Bigger you are and thus susceptible to take damage) is a nice loop.

BUT damn this game is a bit too hard for me. Sure it keeps me engage to try and replay multiple times but I think several times it was unfair.

1. I think there is a lack of hearts in game (No heart after each boss, come on, we just had an hard battle). Plus sometimes hearts are just next to projecticle of enemies, it's unfortunate but it happened several times during my playthrough.

2. Sometimes it seems you just can't dodge the bullets of enemies. Your frog even with one heart isn't just fast enough.

Combined with the lack of heart (and the random behind it), I think this are somes points you should consider to improve.

Except from that your game is really good, Congrats, it could totally be a paying one :D


Yeah that's my only criticism with the game as well, I'd love to have a heart after each boss :) or at least have them be more predictable as to when they drop.

Hey thank you and I appreciate the feedback! 


This game is FANTASTIC. Really loved playing it! Took me a handful of tries but I finally cleaned up the river :D Loved everything from the art to the music <3

Thank you so much!! <3

cup head videos love it


Good job! I like the styling of the game, very nice!

Thank you!


At last! We got em bois! Finally managed to beat the game! Thanks so much for this wonderful game!

YOOOOO You dodged like a pro! Thank you so much for playing and trying out my game <3 really means a lot!

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