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Ardentryst - 0.20.2 Micrathene Developers Demo

Ardentryst is a free, open-source, cross-platform action/RPG sidescrolling game that is fun for all ages. Follow hero Pyralis, a warrior with fire magic, and heroine Nyx, an ice mage, on a quest through a castle, forests and snowy mountains to reclaim peace in the realm of Ardentryst.

Jordan Trudgett
Ardentryst is an action/arcade role-playing game with focus on a fantasy world by the same name. The player is guided through a storyline which he or her must act in and play a major role in keeping peace and order in Ardentryst. The game features two playable characters and a variety of weapons, items, armour, monsters, and beautiful level scenery and graphics.


  • Two playable characters
  • A good number of weapons, armour, items and accessories
  • Things you equip will be visible on your character as you play (eg. weapons, armour)
  • Walking, jumping, special abilities per char/level
  • A fantasy storyline
  • Spells, magic and summoning
  • Lots of monsters and friendly NPC characters
  • Lots and lots of sprite art married with digital painting, mainly in Anime and FF style
  • Fighting combos and flexible fighting system
  • Worldwide competition
  • A well-suited soundtrack and high-quality music and effects
  • 3 epic worlds/locations with bosses at the end of each--play as both characters to go through all worlds
  • Customise your character, allowing different play styles


  • Python 2.4 or greater (probably not Python 3)
  • pygame
  • A decent computer (1.6GHz CPU, 512MB RAM, dedicated graphics card at least)


This game is programmed by me and myself alone (since 2007), however I have asked a lot of my friends to help with various parts of the game, like art, story and game concepts, and the game would not have as much potential without them. Please see the credits listing in-game. :)

Check out my homepage for more information:


The first public release of Ardentryst! Hopefully many of you don't mind the 16MB download size! I've cut it down as much as I can...

Okay, I apologise for the lack of actual playable content in the game (one almost complete tutorial level) but you'll probably get distracted by all the cool effects and calming music that you'll want to play that level again, and again, with different weapons, stats.. ^_^ The main point of this release was the structural demonstration and a little teaser :)

Please comment, rate, critique! Bug-squashing is my first priority. At the moment, there is no specific Windows release (i.e. no EXE.) You'll have to play from source (Get python and pygame.)

I've removed the editing suite from the release to save space (and they're quite bland and user-unfriendly too. However if you still want to tinker with making your own levels, feel free to e-mail me at and I'll set you up a copy.)

All graphics were drawn by me. All music was composed by me. All code was written by me, and all of the story and the levels were designed by me too! O_o


This demo is intended for developers only due to the crudeness of features and all-around game development.


You can get through the whole thing with your keyboard. However, the game still accepts mouse input: while waiting for input, and on the main menu. You can click to skip the first few screens. Most things can be selected with Return and cancelled with Escape. The arrow keys are used for movement, numeric keypad for actions, you should learn it all in the tutorial. Enjoy!

Developers notice

The code is still in progress! There may be old artifacts or commented out bits and pieces lying around from a long lost time, just ignore them. I don't require any alterations/modifications/additions to the source (and cannot include them in the game) however, I do take into consideration suggestions and bugfixes, and all feedback is genuinely appreciated! Thanks!


Home Page


Ardentryst 0.17.6-Apoderus Unstable <ANNOUNCEMENT> — 17 Jan, 2008

Ardentryst 0.20.2 Micrathene Developers Demo — 24 Jan, 2008

Ardentryst 0.18.0-Limacidae Stable — 19 Jan, 2008

Ardentryst 0.22.0-Rhododendron Unstable — 11 Feb, 2008

Ardentryst 0.24.1-Chordata Unstable — 9 Mar, 2008

Ardentryst 0.80.0 Segue — 21 May, 2008

Ardentryst 1.05.00 — 8 Jun, 2008

Ardentryst 0.95.0-Segue — 27 May, 2008

Ardentryst 1.62 — 24 Feb, 2009

Ardentryst 1.62-bf — 11 Mar, 2009

Ardentryst 1.7 Time Warp — 10 Apr, 2009

Ardentryst 1.6 Broadhead (Final, Stable) — 15 Feb, 2009

Ardentryst 1.61 Bugfix — 16 Feb, 2009

Ardentryst 1.71-testing — 12 Aug, 2009 account Comments

  • Justin Mathis 2012-02-10 05:34

    Superb game. Nothing but compliments for your team.

    hector manuel 2018-07-08 21:47

  • tgfcoder 2013-03-10 06:39

    Ardentryst's new home:

  • Mekire 2013-03-12 14:29

    A damn impressive project. I wish you wouldn't collapse so many things into your namespaces with star imports, and I wish you would clean up your top level directory so it only had your main file in it, but those are minor minor qualms. I'm going to have to put in some time when I get a chance and play through this thoroughly.


  • Jimboy 2014-09-23 20:47

    Since the last comment was two years ago, I thought I might liven up this party.

  • Jim 2016-04-14 14:28

    SInce the last comment was two years ago, I thought I might liven up this party.

  • renesd 2017-03-10 12:03

    Looks like the website is at: