A downloadable game for Windows, macOS, and Linux

Flare (Free Libre Action Roleplaying Engine) is a simple game engine built to handle a very specific kind of game: single-player 2D action RPGs. Flare is not a re-implementation of an existing game or engine. It is a tribute to and exploration of the action RPG genre.

Flare comes bundled with a game made by the Flare team, the Empyrean Campaign. The Empyrean Campaign's story begins with the player being exiled from their homeland of Empyrean, resulting in them embarking on a quest to regain entry. This journey takes the player through many regions, with plenty of side quests along the way.

Flare was created by Clint Bellanger and has gathered several contributors over the years. For more information, please see the following links:


Windows, ZIP/itch client 142 MB
Version 1.14 Dec 10, 2022
Windows, installer EXE 141 MB
Version 1.14 Dec 10, 2022
Linux, 64-bit 127 MB
Version 1.14 Dec 26, 2022
MacOS 126 MB
Version 1.14 Dec 10, 2022

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Hello there. What is the situation with contributing translations?


The Tranisfex projects are probably the easiest way to get involved.

Hello there, is the game 64 bit only?

The Windows copy ships with a 32-bit version. I haven't set up the manifest here on itch for it to launch properly through the client, so your best bet would be to grab the installer EXE. It should have the option to install the 32-bit version.

For Linux, unless you're on a 32-bit distro that has Flare packaged, you'll need to build it yourself. Instructions for doing so are here: https://github.com/flareteam/flare-engine/blob/master/INSTALL.engine.md

neat, can't wait to Try this on My Windows XP machine!

It's fun so far, but is there really no way to turn off the heartbeat sound without turning off all sound effects?

In the Interface tab of the Configuration menu, there's an option labeled Low Health Notification. Change it to one of the options that doesn't include sound.

Awesome, thank you!

Having issue with graphics, hahaha. its all green

You could try forcing the game into using software rendering. First, find the configuration file based on your platform:

Windows: %APPDATA%\flare\config\settings.txt
Linux: ~/.config/flare/settings.txt

  1. Change the renderer=sdl_hardware line to renderer=sdl
  2. Change the hwsurface=1 line to hwsurface=0


Gotta love those royalty-free isometric assets. Usually means that the game is gonna be good for some reason.

Это моя любимая игра...

При поминаю как в детстве сидел задротил в ней еще не было сюжета, чисто механики (а может был, а я не заметил (он там точно был другим, там и локации другие были))

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Спасибо за отзыв, скоро кста выйдет версия 1.14, в которой был обновлён перевод на русский достаточно солидно. Так что рекомендую переиграть, когда выйдет, и, возможно, даже предложить свои варианты перевода на проекте Transifex

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experimental giving progression rise as passing knowledge accumulates

multiple forms and ideas separately congregate bringing together well thought entertainment

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🗡️flare 🔥

i am struggling to kill that metzel what you think?

he has lot of powers and he can increase his health again?

My recommendation is to try using some of the scrolls that Florin sells in Perdition Harbor. Specifically, the Summon Zombie and Reflection scrolls. They can really help turn the tide in a tough battle.


thanks i will try !

actually i have finished the game

it was awesome experience

does this game stop here?

i reached a altar and it say nothing here!

You're about half way through the game. You'll come back to that altar later in the story. For now, the way forward is the door to the south of the altar. You can unlock it with the key you picked up.

sounds cool! i have unlocked more areas now and i have now more than 10 hrs of gameplay!.

the game is really addictive!



i love this game!

i can play it for long

the style of game is impressive, with the story line and enemies. but i see why the enemy are respawning even if i kill them

the mechanics of hyperspace, alchemy are good, it took a while to understand though

I am planning to make a lot of gameplay on this.



The game's design is inspiring - not all intelligent life has died off in the gaming industry, it has simply migrated to a new locale. Fantastic job on Empyrean Campaign and likewise FLARE as the game clearly illustrates the power and comprehensive support provided by its engine. AWESOME.

Game still getting updated, and do you all have a Discord?


Very much so. I just posted our second release candidate for version 1.13 (release candidates don't get uploaded to itch.io). The full release of 1.13 should happen around the end of the month.

We don't have a Discord. Our community forums and IRC channel are listed at the bottom of the Get Involved page on our website.


Does the team accept donations ?


The project as a whole doesn't accept donations, but there are some individuals in and around the project that you can contribute to. I've updated the FAQ page with a list of them: https://flarerpg.org/faq/#donations


Awesome, thank you. I'll add them to my donation list.


Holy smokes. This game is really really good

Ho messo la lingua italiana ma i testi sono sempre in inglese,troppa pubblicità e poco da comprare dal fabbro,per il resto un buon gioco


I loved the game! I'll check the engine! Good Job! Good Old Diablo-style game (+engine obviously)!

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I really like this game. However, I am only able to get to the waypoint for Lochport Cemetary. There are no other indications of further places to go--and I know there should be. The version is 1.09.01. I am running Ubuntu 20.04.1. I see that there is a 1.11 version listed here. Perhaps that is the issue; needs to be updated? I downloaded that version--a tar file. Not really sure how to handle it though.

Your version shouldn't hinder your ability to move forward in this case.

In Lochport Cemetery, the way forward is located in the south part of the map. If you come across some gravestones that are spawning zombies, you'll be on the right track.

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Thanks so much for your reply. I've been to Lochport repeatedly and have found no exits to other areas. I'll go once more but I've been there numerous time, looking. I went into the underground area (I forget the name and got--I think it was a key, for another quest, which I don't have. Ah, what I DIDN'T do was to look back before I left that area. Zombies had spawned....another area! I then found the waypoint. 

how do you install this on windows ??

i run the installer, run the game and it crashes.

please help!!

That's unfortunate. It sounds like you ran into this bug, which has no solution at the moment: https://github.com/flareteam/flare-game/issues/816

I've been recently working with someone making a Flare mod that uses Windows, and I have been providing them with development builds of the engine. If you're willing to, you can try copying the flare.exe from this to your install directory: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DRLlo7nWfnIHNs7JBqKWrfwNPmDgMKYb/view?usp=shari...

Either way, could you provide a bit more information for me? It would be helpful to know:

  • Your Windows version (e.g. Windows 10 64-bit)
  • Your CPU & GPU
  • If you use an alternative input method for another language
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I think that i found the solution for that problem.

I opened text file settings.txt in this location:

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Application Data\flare\config

and changed the value of default render device to sdl (default value was set to sdl_hardware)  


after that i launched the game, and get the window Flare appears to already be runnig. I click Reset and game now works for me.

My specificications:

Windows XP 32 bit

CPU: Pentium 4 2.8 GHz

GPU: Ati Radeon 9200

I hope that this helps .


I love this art style. Great game!


And the music is great!


FLARE has three classes, check out the skills in this video:


I think Exiled Kingdoms for mobile (great for a mobile game) was made with this engine after seeing these images (same character images and textures)

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Exiled Kingdoms uses its own engine as far as I know. But as you noticed, many of the art assets are the same.


Thanks for this great game. Easy to play, easy to create own mods and (though I´m a total NOOB to C++) easy to modify and compile (I´m using Linux).


Downloaded this from Flathub, but since it's the same game, I'll just say it reminds me a lot of Darkstone. And for the few people who remember that game, that is quite a complement.


I remember trying an alpha of this game years ago, and while I liked it, I thought back then that this game would never be finished. I deeply thank you for proving me wrong. I'll be looking forward for updates!


Tons of contributors have helped keep this game moving. Justin Jacobs leads the engine effort and deserves a ton of credit for this 1.0 launch!


i have to sugest a campain with procedural generation


Excellent game. You guys rock. I hope you continue to develop the game and make a new campaign, new content, new quests, etc.


The game is better than 90% of steam indie games for linux.

Definitely recommend to try it out. The game is available in Snap store for those who don't want to download archive

Command to install in ubuntu:
sudo snap install flare-rpg

For other distros check how to install snap and then use command above.

Thanks for the devs for the game, love it!


>The game is better than 90% of steam indie games for linux.

ha ha this is true. Steam linux indie games sucks.