Bulkhead is a top down action rogue-like with large procedural generated maps that are fully destructible. I have been working on this game since 2012. It is built using my open source game engine called The Frank Engine. This is still a early build of the game and there is much more planned for the future!



  • Move – WASD or Left Stick
  • Aim – Mouse or Right Stick
  • Shoot – Mouse Left or Right Trigger
  • Reload – R or Gamepad A
  • Melee – Mouse Right or Left Trigger
  • Throw – Mouse Middle or Q or LB
  • Select Item – 1-9 or Mouse Wheel or D-Pad
  • Map – Tab or Gamepad Back
  • Focus (Slows Time) – Space or L3
  • Swift (Run Fast) –  Shift or Gamepad X
  • Magic – Ctrl or RB

How to play

Gameplay is currently set up like a classic rogue-like where you have 1 life to get as high of a score as possible. Try to get to the teleporter to finish the level which is marked on the map. You can see a larger map by pressing tab. When you collect money you will keep it after dying and can buy new skill,  weapons, and characters.

If the game is running slow or choppy, try setting it to low graphics detail in the pause menu by pressing Escape.

2 Player Co-Op

A second player can join in if you have an extra Xbox 360 controller. This feature is still early in development.





17 Responses to Bulkhead

  1. Basil says:

    Just saw this game on some russian site.
    This game is just great, keep working on it.
    Thanks for it.

    • Frank says:

      Awesome, thanks!

      • Basil says:

        I have played nearly 2-3 hours and i want to request some advices:
        1) I think the main idea of game must be Space Prison Break or something like this. (Start without weapon and try to escape).
        2) I want to corpses do not disappear, because it spoils the gore and action atmosphere.

        P.S. I know that i am not developer, but with this things game will be better. And sorry for bad english, i am from Russia :)

        • Frank says:

          Very good suggestions! I want to have different scenarios in the game, prison break would be a great one.

          I would like to have corpses but haven’t had time to work on that yet. I will probably not add that for a while though because I want to change the enemy design.

  2. Carlo says:

    I saw a Youtube Let’s Play of this today and it looks great, can’t wait to get home and download it to try it out.

    At first blush it reminds me of the old game “Take No Prisoners”, but my memory of that is blurry since it’s been a while (http://www.mobygames.com/game/windows/take-no-prisoners). Maybe a few elements of Nuclear Throne but maybe that’s just the control scheme.

    Either way the engine looks great and the gameplay looks fun and skill based.

    • Frank says:

      Thank you! I will check out Take No Prisoners, maybe it will give me some ideas. Nuclear Throne is a great game and also part of my inspiration though I want to take things in a slightly different direction.

  3. Zech says:

    Chrome reported it as malicious. I quickly suggest doing a scan on your download.

  4. Andrew says:

    It is a great game! Maybe there must be more Psy/magic abilities like mental attack.
    And there is not very big arsenal…Please Try to make more weapons (something like railgun) or modifications for them.Also there must be MORE rainbowish colours. Try to make something like Visual Effects option.I play this game every day,and my record is 48 000(+-).

    (Sorry for mistakes,i’m from Russia)

  5. Andrew says:

    Playing it for days! Great game! waiting for new versions! my record is 312 633.

    I think you mus add armor to the game. And a new weapon. I think a glove that fires plasmaballs and draining energy will be great weapon.

    Like your game.

  6. Andrew says:

    DO you know about a bug with a unlimited ammo?

  7. Dmap says:

    Hi there, i really enjoy the game!
    But there is a bug, after finishing the first level I click but can’t go to the second level.. Its the same bug of this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttSxcKptyF0&feature=player_detailpage#t=539

  8. thomw2o0o says:

    Amazing game, I downloaded it out of curiosity but ended up playing it a lot :P. Can’t believe that this is really just 2D.

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