Keys and Cowls is a very difficult retro puzzle platformer. Sneak your way through the Temple of Iris, past the keepers of the temple who can kill you with a glance, and discover the treasures and secrets within.

Arrows or WASD to move. Z to jump. X or Spacebar to throw keys.

Hold I to see your Statistics.

Originally for GBJam 5.

Updates (As of Nov. 12, 2016):

  • Adjusted Blind Friar behavior
  • Added 3 levels (Forge, Organ and Vault)
  • Added Secret Warp Zone (Accessible from Foyer)
  • Added Savegame
  • Slowed gameplay on

Updates (As of Nov. 3, 2016):

  • Fixed Bug that made keys double every level.
  • Added splash screen
  • Added Blind Friar
  • Added Ghost Squid
  • Added 2 levels (Catwalk and Workshop)

Updates (As of Oct. 23, 2016):

  • Fixed Bug that made Library and Bathhouse levels crash
  • Updated animation for characters
  • Added uncalled for and probably not very good mobile controls
  • Keys are now persistent

Updates (As of Oct. 21, 2016):

  • Monks' death-glare looks so much less awful.
  • Monks take a a moment to turn around, easing up the difficulty a smidge.
  • Score and statistics actually work now.
  • Fiddled with level layouts to improve the flow.

More information

Published107 days ago
StatusIn development
TagsFantasy, Stealth
Player countSingleplayer


Keys and (3 MB)


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This game is very good,i really liked the visual style, the sound goes very well with the game and is overall very pleasant,the game is not to hard and not to easy, just right.

The only small problem i could find is that the music goes mute sometimes and it takes a while to comeback, but thats it.