At: the Gates is a roguelike mouse-aim shooter, in multiple senses of the word "roguelike". It is usually possible to complete a run with no deaths in under an hour, but you should expect a few deaths on your first play-through. The in-game instructions page provides you with enough information to get started. Learning the details of the game is intended to be a process of trial and error.

Due to browser limitations, the instructions page assumes you are using a QWERTY keyboard; if you are not, use whatever keys are in the corresponding positions. Playing with a laptop touchpad, as opposed to a physical mouse, is not recommended.

Updated 17 days ago
Tagsascii, Retro, Roguelike
Average sessionAbout an hour
InputsKeyboard, Mouse
AccessibilityColor-blind friendly, High-contrast

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I've had a report that with some graphics card configuration, 32-bit Firefox in Windows 7 fails to load level data correctly and produces garbled maps with the player stuck in a wall. I am going to look into fixes but for now just use a different browser if you get that; for the person who reported this problem, Chrome works fine.

Fixed; I was trying to use a non-power-of-two texture as a data source, which theoretically should work but practically sometimes doesn't.

And now the fix is also fixed; apologies if you got a level 19 with no exit in it on version 1.1.