A downloadable game for Windows

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The Rusty Sword: Vanguard Island is a classic-style, top-down adventure game that features a small island overworld, a large non-linear dungeon, countless monsters to defeat, awesome art, and an amazing custom soundtrack. In the game, players must go on a quest to find the Vanguard Relic. Use bombs wisely! There are several paths that can be opened with them, both visible and hidden. We absolutely want to encourage exploration and multiple play-throughs.

Did we mention that we already have the game running perfectly on a Nintendo Switch?   

We're currently in the planning stages of a new, larger game called The Rusty Sword: Runelock Island, which will come to Kickstarter in the near future. It will use our work on The Rusty Sword: Vanguard Island as a foundation and feature a much larger overworld, towns, and several dungeons. We can't wait to show you!



Although The Rusty Sword can be played with a keyboard, we recommend that you do play with an official Xbox controller. Any XInput controller should work, but we don't currently have button re-mapping in-game and can't guarantee buttons on other controllers will map the same. However, using another software, like JoyToKey (https://joytokey.net/en/), to map the buttons on a controller of your choice to the keyboard assignments below works great!  


  • Xbox Controller: Dpad or Left Stick
  • Keyboard: Arrow Keys or WASD                

Attack with Sword

  • Xbox Controller: A
  • Keyboard: Spacebar or Z

Lift/Throw Objects (bombs, bushes, jars, signs, certain rocks) or Read Sign (make sure to face front of sign)

  • Xbox Controller: B
  • Keyboard: X          

Use or Equip/Unequip Item 1

  • Xbox Controller: X
  • Keyboard: C 

Use or Equip/Unequip Item 2

  • Xbox Controller: Y
  • Keyboard: V 

Inventory Menu

  • Xbox Controller: Start
  • Keyboard: 1 

Settings Menu (in-game)

  • Xbox Controller: Back
  • Keyboard: 2 

UI Confirm

  • Xbox Controller: A
  • Keyboard: Spacebar or Z 

UI Cancel

  • Xbox Controller: B
  • Keyboard: X  



  • Non-linear adventure structure with multiple ways to get to most places.
  • Several monsters and traps to encounter.
  • Designed around single-player, but entire game will be playable in two-player mode.
  • Awesome graphics and music.
  • Several display options, including widescreen and classic aspect ratios.


  • Download and unzip "The Rusty Sword Vanguard Island.zip"
  • Open "The Rusty Sword Vanguard Island" folder
  • Run "The Rusty Sword Vanguard Island.exe"
  • Trust exe if prompted



  • Any feedback on the demo is very much appreciated!
  • We are charging to download the demo with multiplayer to maintain our trademark for "The Rusty Sword"
Updated 5 days ago
StatusIn development
GenreAdventure, Action
Made withUnity
Tags16-bit, 2D, Anime, Exploration, Fantasy, Multiplayer, Pixel Art, Retro, Singleplayer
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Xbox controller, Touchscreen
MultiplayerLocal multiplayer
Player count1 - 2


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:

The Rusty Sword Vanguard Island.zip 24 MB

Download demo

1P Only The Rusty Sword Vanguard Island.zip 24 MB

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