Glittering Light is a casual turn-based rogue-lite that runs in any modern web browser, as well as Linux desktops. The goal is to get as far as possible, collecting glitter for score along the way, and avoiding the nightmares. A typical playthrough lasts 5 to 15 minutes, but the game doesn't have a last level — and the levels never repeat.

How to play

Use the cursor keys or else the WASD keys to move around, hit the space bar to stand still for one turn. Being right next to a nightmare increases your fear; moving to the next level decreases it. Press M to toggle the map on and off; clicking in the viewport will identify a square's contents.

System requirements

  • For the online edition: any HTML5-capable browser.
  • For the desktop edition: an up-to-date Linux PC with 128M free RAM; a fast CPU is recommended for smooth rendering.

Disclaimer of warranty

The desktop edition is provided AS IS. In particular, I can't promise the game will run on your machine; otherwise it doesn't save to disk, connect to the Internet or anything like that.


Many thanks to Mark Burger and Justin Reid for beta testing and feedback; also Jessica Nichols-Vernon and Kevin C. Redden for compatibility testing.

Energy Drain sound © 2012 Iwan "qubodup" Gabovitch <> available as Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported.

Horror soundtrack by Kenten Fina; CC-BY 3.0.

"Dark Ambiences" sounds by Ogrebane; CC0.

Foot walking step sounds by Jute; General Public License version 2.0 or later.

Spell sounds ( here, here and here) by Bart Kelsey; CC-BY-SA 3.0.

Coin sound by Jesús Lastra; CC-BY 3.0.

Font: Ubuntu Mono Bold, under the Ubuntu Font License (included in the package).

Cover art made with POV-Ray. Desktop edition based on sdlBasic.

Published May 10, 2015
PlatformsLinux, HTML5
Release date Jan 07, 2016
AuthorNo Time To Play
TagsCasual, Colorful, Endless, Procedural Generation, Short, Surreal, Top-Down, Turn-based, vector
LicenseMIT License
Average sessionA few minutes
InputsKeyboard, Mouse, Touchscreen
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, Subtitles


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