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An unmarked letter appears on your desk. A boy has gone missing. 

With work having dried up, you decide to take on the case. What you'll soon discover however is a mystery far more ghoulish than you could have imagined.

PULPERGEIST is a classic point-and-click adventure game made for Playdate with Pulp. Solve puzzles, escape dangerous traps and enemies, and work to uncover the truth behind the missing child.

Note: this game will take approximately 4-5 hours to complete.

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What is the difference between the FREE and PAID versions?

The free version is an earlier draft of the finished game. You can play the entirety of the main game in the free version - and I hope you do! 

The paid version is the current, "complete" edition. It includes a number of neat, quality-of-life improvements, including:

  • "Case Closed" DLC - a 60-90 min epilogue chapter
  • a save system
  • background music & sound effects
  • numerous UI & dialog tweaks
  • Easter eggs
  • improved puzzles and boss fight
  • numerous bug fixes

If you enjoyed the free version, please consider purchasing the "complete" edition. Thank you!

Release date Jun 01, 2022
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(1 total ratings)
GenrePuzzle, Adventure
Made withPlaydate
Tagscase-closed, Playdate, Point & Click, pulp
Average sessionAbout a half-hour


Buy Now$2.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $2 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Pulpergeist: Case Closed 445 kB

Download demo

Pulpergeist-Free-Version.zip 228 kB

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Had a GREAT time with the game. Love the traditional puzzle solving and having to really scratch my head a few times before finding solutions. Very very good game.

However the epilogue DLC is VERY crash and bug prone. Upon reloading and hitting Continue after a crash, the game almost always bugs out and inexplicably returns to the portrait room from the end of the main game and reverts all progress back to that part of the main game. Only choice is to restart the epilogue all over, which I have done twice and am reluctant to do again lol. I'll return to the epilogue in the future when more patches are out. 

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Hi, I found a bug in the room with the "unfamilliar" reflection. After you give the ghost the 4 dresses, your reflection disappear. But it still says the thing about the unfamilliar reflection. Also, when leaving and reentering the room, the glass has completely disappear and you can go to the other side of the mirror. For the last part I'm not sure it's a bug, bug since there's nothing new to find, or something happening, I guess it was not made in purpose.

I play the case closed paid version of the game.

Hello! I just received my PlayDate today and I just bought this game too. If you're interested, I can translate the whole text strings of the game to Spanish language. I saw a German version of the game and I would love to see also a Spanish one. Thanks for making games for this tiny system!!! 

I'm excited to play (paid version) but I think I missed something. I just got the shovel and can't figure out how to use it/what to do now. It feels like I am missing something dumb but I have just been wondering around for a while pushing against everything. Do I need to use the crank or something?

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To "use" an item, you have to select it from your inventory (press B). Your currently selected item will appear in the bottom left corner of the screen. If you don't have the item selected, you won't trigger an events related to it. I hope that clears things up.

As for the shovel: one of the GIFs on this page should answer your question. 

I hope you enjoy the game!

Well that helps a lot. I figured out how to equip, but I guess because of the path I didn't realize there was anything to the left of the main lawn... duh.. Thank you!


I just beat it today despite the bugs only to see you’ve been working on fixes this whole time. Good to know! Really nice little game, I enjoyed this a lot.

Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Yes, I've ironed out many of the bugs since release. I hope everyone is downloading the latest version. 

Stay tuned: there's more Pulpergeist content coming in the near future! 


Looks good. I'm in!