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Indie dev turns Bloodborne 2D in Zelda-like Yarntown

Hey! Listen! The sweet blood, oh, it sings to me!

The Hunter fights the Cleric Beast in Yarntown Image: Max Mraz
Ryan Gilliam (he/him) has worked at Polygon for nearly seven years. He primarily spends his time writing guides for massively popular games like Diablo 4 & Destiny 2.

Bloodborne is a lot of things — the best game of the generation, according to some — and “cute” isn’t one of them. But indie developer Max Mraz dared to answer the question: What if Bloodborne was cute? And thus, Mraz birthed Yarntown, a 2D The Legend of Zelda-inspired version of Bloodborne, into existence.

In the middle of June, Mraz launched Yarntown for free on Yarntown takes place in Yarnham, the world of Bloodborne, but takes visual and gameplay inspiration from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past.

Despite its pixel art and 2D animation, Yarntown also has the familiar gameplay elements of Bloodborne. Players can level up, earn Blood Echoes, roll to dodge enemies, manage their stamina meter, heal with blood vials, and slash at Gothic baddies with their Hunter’s blade. The game even features at least two of Bloodborne’s early bosses: the Cleric Beast and Father Gascoigne.

Players can download Yarntown for free from Mraz’s page. Mraz describes it as “a Zeldalike tribute to Bloodborne. Explore the streets of a cursed, Gothic town, hunting beasts and uncovering twisted bosses.” It’s currently playable on Linux, Mac, and Windows PC, and offers some controller support.