Meawja is a 2D platform game where you will control a black cat, who is in his final way to become a ninja. You will slash and cut your way through 5 unique stages and sub-stages, all this with colorful retro graphics inspired in classic 8-bit games. It will be an arduous journey where the hero will face the Masters challenges to prove your worth.

Gameplay is based in old-school games where the player skills are tested every second. This way you will have to master the controls in order to keep advancing through the stages and defeat any enemy you encounter. Also, there are very few checkpoints, making everything even harder. You're in your way to become a ninja after all, so no shortcuts (maybe).

This game is the first big project from Galope Team, formed by two developers who are passionate about games.

  • Five stages

    Every stage is split in sub-stages (1-1, 1-2) and there's where you will have your checkpoints: at their very beginning. All of them have unique art, enemies and hazards, and of course bosses and minibosses. Can you defeat them all?

  • Infinite lives

    There's no life counter, so you can try as many times as you want. On the other hand you only have 7 energy points, so every damage is dangerous. Be careful!

  • Cinematics

    The game will have cinematics for a better storytelling, following the NES classic styles. Even simple, the story will have a challenging journey and charming characters.

  • Original Soundtrack

    Every music in the game (like everything else) is original and will be available for download.

  • Classic control style

    Back in the days, video-games had just a few buttons. You jump, you attack and toss shurikens. Its all you need!

  • Power Ups

    In your way to become a true ninja you will learn new secret techniques. But to use them you will need to prove your valor!

  • Secrets!

    There are many secrets hidden out there. Can you find them all?

  • Steam

    Achievements, cards and medals are on the way.

  • Cheat codes (oh, you!)

    If you look hard enough you can find some cheat codes to skip a stage or two. Who knows what else you can find?

  • Controller support

    Play with your keyboard and mouse or with an Xbox controller. Pretty fancy, huh?

  • Extra content

    We planned some extra content, but will be always free. A comic is one of them!

You can follow the development through our dev blog or our Facebook page! Links below:

(original website in portuguese)

For more information about the project, please contact us by the following e-mail, we will be happy to reply:

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Greetings, ninjas!

It's been a while since we posted an update, but don't worry: we're full steam ahead! We had some personal trouble but the 4th stage is almost done already. And that's exactly what I'll show in this post! Because of the game lore, this will probably be the last post until we launch it so we can avoid spoilers and leave some surprises. After this stage, there's only 1 left to finish and we can consider the game development complete!

The post will have no details about the lore, because of that will have more images than before.


In this stage, most enemies are Coyotes since you're invading their Hideout. It is a desert-themed scenario with few constructions made by the coyotes, all using wood, rocks, fabric, ropes and bones. There are mainly 3 common enemies: Archer, Bomber and Swordsman. Below, you can see their concept art and how they look in-game:

There's a sneak peek of them during gameplay (just missing the swordsman):

Also, there will be hazards like falling spikes, a blazer and fire traps. So watch your steps!



This time, the miniboss will not be only a bigger enemy, but a challenge. You'll have to fight waves of enemies in the arena, avoiding arrows, bombs and swords while the crowd watches every move. Only after you defeat all 3 waves you'll face a Sandbull, a big enemy who will try to pierce you with its horns.

The mechanic is really simple: It will run from side to side, but when it hits the wall, it get stunned for a while. Then you'll have an opening to hit its back. Once the Sandbull's is defeated, it will still run to the right door, break it, and then fall down.

Unfortunately, we can't show the boss from this map yet. We want it to be a surprise for when you play the game. It is almost done, so stay tunned!

Onward, ninjas!

Dev. Log #08 - The Crimson Woods

Dev. Log #08 - The Crimson Woods

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In this article, we'll tell more about the new map, its mechanics and enemies.

Dev. Log #07 - Stage 02 Boss and preview from Stage 03

Dev. Log #07 - Stage 02 Boss and preview from Stage 03

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In this article, we show the details about the Stage 02 boss development, covering the design and the fight basics, and a sneak peek on the third stage.

Dev. Log #06 - Beetle Jockey Making-of / Demo removed for now

Dev. Log #06 - Beetle Jockey Making-of / Demo removed for now


The development continues! With only the boss left, Stage 02 is almost complete. In this article we show more about the dev process of the miniboss and...

Dev. Log #05 - Comparison Shuriken x Sword

Dev. Log #05 - Comparison Shuriken x Sword


In this dev. log we will compare timing with the two different attacks that our hero can use, based on the feedback we received from players who tested...

Galope Creator

Greetings, ninjas!

I'm here to inform that, for now, we'll be removing the Demo version for download. The reason is, thanks to many feedbacks, we will make some changes and improvements, mainly in the training stage. Because of that it will be unporductive to keep the current demo for download (which is actually an alpha), as it will be quite different from the final version. When the game is 100 % finished, we will create a definitive Demo.

I want to say a big THANK YOU for over 200 downloads! I never expected that so many people would test the game! We received several extremely valuable feedbacks that will certainly help (and already helped) in development. We'll do everything possible to make Meawja polished, challenging and fun!

You guys are amazing ninjas! Thank you again!


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Hey devs, want to first of all congratulate you guys on the game. It's quite an accomplishment!

I've played until the Polar Bear boss, which I assume is when the demo ends?

The animations and pixel art quality is top notch, and I really like the characters I've encoutered. Also, props to the life bar, very cool detail.

However, I had a hard time differentiating the gameplay mechanics from the usual platformers out there, all of the movements I've seen before in many other games.

Jumping feels weird, the character seems to move way too much vertically and way too little horizontally, it feels disconnected from the animation. Also, the attacks don't seem to pack much of a punch to them.

I didn't quite like the boss, I feel like the main idea was good, but the battle prolonged too much. I'd like if its HP was either cut a little bit or it changed its pattern as its HP goes down.

A little after the plant boss there was this scene which seemed like I had completed the level, then I was instantly teleported to what seemed like another level, but this felt much smaller than the first part. I didn't understand what happened there.

Oh, wanted to let you know that I found the under consctruction screen and it made me laugh lol

Hope my feedback is in any way useful for you guys.

Thanks! :)

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Galope Creator

Hello, valahbr!

Thank you very much for this amazing feedback! Sorry for taking so long to answer, I had some personal problems.

Those opinions are surely valuable, its our first game so its really interesting to hear what the players have to say.

The game is indeed quite simple, the basic controls are no different from other platformers but that's intentional. We wanted our first game to be simple so we can learn step by step, no rush. I feel safer this way.

I did not understood what you said about the jump, you mean it is too fast? It is based on NES games but it could be a little weird for some controllers. Sorry but can you explain better about the attacks?

The main idea of this first boss is to test your resistance, that's why he have so much HP (and also because he is a bear). We'll add different patterns in each boss, but I totally get your point. Actually there was a plan to make a berserk mode once he gets 30% HP or something, but sincerely we forgot haha. Thanks for commenting this, we'll discuss it again to the final game. Also, maybe the room layout is not good enough for this battle, we can study it better to make the fight more interesting.

About that time you got "teleported", actually it was just the second part of the map. Every map will be split in 2 or more sub-stages, you have just moved to the second sub-stage from Crystal Cave.

Haha that construction site will have secrets in the final game. I'm happy you found it, you're the first one to find it on the Crystal Cave! Actually every map will have a cheat hidden that allows you to skip to that stage.

Oh, and there's more after the boss! The demo also includes the first part of Stage 2, I hope you like it!

Since you have found the secret, I have a riddle for you. It hides a way to skip to the second level (if you can solve it):
"Hold your shuriken for seven seconds, but only when you can see my name!"

And again, THANK YOU for playing and for your feedback! It is really helpful! You can contact us anytime here in IndieDB or Facebook =) if you ever need something related to the game, let me know!

Onward, ninja!

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This game looks amazing! The animations for everything looks so smooth and I really love the backgrounds. So exciting it was Greenlit! Looks like it is a really fun game.

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Galope Creator

Hello, Infinite_Machine!
The demo version is live! You can download it right now:

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Galope Creator

Hello, thank you very much for your comment! The Demo is right in the corner, already complete and we'll be releasing it this week. I can' wait to see your feedback.

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Galope Creator

We had a small issue with the image host service, all fixed now. For some reason all images hosted on Photobucket got broke, we migrated to imgur and its working fine.

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Galope Creator

We've been Greenlit on October 18, it was 10 days to finally achieve this and we are obviously really excited! Since we are in our way to release a playable demo, IndieDB was recommended by other developers and, well, here we are. Its our first big project and we have much to learn, but also much passion to create the best game we can.

Onward, ninjas!

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