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Wee Knight must escape the haunted castle collecting gold coins and dodging the castles deadly inhabitants as he goes. Due to the enormous weight of his armor, Wee Knight cannot jump very high unless he consumes the magenta eggs found within the castle. But beware, the anti-gravity effects of the eggs do not last long leaving Wee Knight at risk of missing out on the castles many treasures. Prolong life by collecting the hearts and don’t let Wee Knight fall too far or he'll be crushed by the weight of his own armor.


Awarded 3rd place for Best Platform Game in Planeta Sinclair's Game of the Year 2022 awards.

Cassette Copies

Physical copies of Castle Escape are available from our partners at Cronosoft.

User Controls

  • Default Keys (can be redefined)
    • O - Left
    • P - Right
    • M - Jump
  • Joysticks
    • Kempston


  • All coins are collectable!
    • But you may need magenta eggs to reach them.
  • Points are also scored for collecting eggs and hearts!
  • Patience will help you sneak under the spiders.
    • Jumping over them is possible, but difficult.
  • Rats have a predictable behavior.
    • You can jump over them without eggs but it requires cat like reflexes.


  • The high-score table is auto-saved if ESXDOS (DivMMC) is detected.
  • Game engine: All hand coded ;)


  • Design & Coding
    • IrataHack
  • Graphics
  • Fonts
  • Levels Designed with Tiled by IrataHack
  • Music
    • Rich 'Tufty' Hollins
    • MmcM
    • rnR T.A.D.
  • Sound Effects
    • Shiru
    • IrataHack
  • Loader

Release date Dec 24, 2022
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(2 total ratings)
Made withTiled, GIMP
Tags2D, 8-Bit, Homebrew, Pixel Art, Retro, ZX Spectrum
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Joystick


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:

castle-escape-release.zip 442 kB
Version 3

Download demo

CastleEscape_Demo.tap 40 kB

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Probado también en el ZX UNO XL, se bloquea en cualquier modelo que se ponga. Por otra parte, decir que el juego está muy bien

Corrijo lo anterior. Con el kempston no me funciona. Solo teclado si. En 128k

Gracias por la información. Investigaremos.

En estos dos modelos, se queda bloqueado. Sólo funciona en 48K

No es compatible con el Plus 2A ni el Plus 3

Hola, el juego ha sido probado en +2A y 3.

Great game!

Great game. The movement of the protagonist, and the whole in general, is super smooth. Adjusted difficulty and great gameplay.

I love it, it's one of those games you must have. Congratulations!!!

Nice game, really enjoyed the demo and I've Pre-Ordered it. Looking forward to playing this over Xmas.

Thanks for your support. There are still some final touches needed but development is coming along nicely.

Ok so, I have no experience with the hardware, playing or developing, but the music in this game has convinced me, I think, that maybe it's time to look into it! It's so lovely and appropriate to the theme.

Ah, yes. The AY-3-8912 from General Instruments/Microchip Technology is the 'musical' heart of many a home computer, ZX Spectrum, MSX, Amstrad CPC, for example. Even some arcade machines used it back in the day, 1942, Frogger, and more. There is a Wikipedia page for it here.

me again, ok it works 

Fantastic, enjoy!

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on my spectrum 128k +2b only appears the scenario the player doen't appear nor everything moves on the screen only music and scenario :(

Sorry to hear it's not working for you. Currently only the +2 and below are supported due to the games use of the floating bus feature which is not supported by the +2b hardware. Stay tuned to the Devlog, if I find a resolution I'll post an update there.

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Aw hey! :) I remember we talked about it a year ago, I just looked and oh god I forgot to reply to your last email. I so sorry. But great to see you keeping at it. :) I'mma pre-order it and give that latest demo a go. :)  Glad my old pixels were good for something.

By the way, my username hasn't been Carnivac for about, I dunno, a decade?  I never made that ZXArt page. I don't know who did. The images on it certainly weren't from 2014 as it says. Actually did them in 2010 so I think whoever uploaded them to ZXArt did so in 2014. :) Anyways my name ain't hugely different but was tweaked in case Hasbro registered 'Carnivac' (which is a Transformers character) and I wanted something a bit more unique. :D

Hey Carnivius, (got your username right this time ;)) great to hear from you. Thanks for the support! I updated your username and linked to your itch.io profile.

Stay tuned to the Devlog for updates.

Aw thanks for the name adjust! :D
Yeah I'm following you now (not in a creepy stalker way) and I played the demo earlier. Man I suck at it but I'm having fun playing it. :)

I didn't think it was creepy... Until you mentioned it, and now it's weird... Just kidding.

I've been told it's 'Brutally Hard'. I've been playing a lot as I've been developing so I guess I'm used to it.

Awesome ! When is the final release ?

In true Speccy style I hope to have it complete by Christmas. Stay tuned to the Devlog for updates.


Nice game!

Thanks! Great video. You nearly found the secret passage to the lower portion of the rightmost 2 levels ;)

Cool game for retrolovers. Thumb up.