Everything must go.

“Empty.” is a minimalist zen puzzle game that teaches value of simplicity in life. The goal is to remove all objects by rotating a room.

The game has a novel puzzle mechanic that synergies with the unique stylized look. The flat shading style makes the room contents seamlessly blend with the background, enabling the game mechanic — everything that is no longer visible no longer exists. The player’s goal is to find an angle where objects visually disappear, making the room progressively cleaner and free of clutter.

We have been working on Empty. since the game prototype took the first place at the Ludum Dare 37 competition in December 2016, where it took the first place in “Overall” category (Jam). In its prototype form the game has gained many positive reviews here on itch.io. In fact, the kind of support the game had gained here from the outstanding players and developers community — became the encourage boost for making of the new version.

We have polished the game concept by adding the narrative to each level and the game look improving the shading system.

The game currently has 19 levels, which combined are typically solved in 1—3 hours. Each level starts with a stylish narrative that reminds the player to appreciate simplicity in life — to value the small victories and cherish experiences instead of things. To progress to the next level the player has to solve the previous one. The level difficulty is generally low, making it accessible for all ages.

The original soundtrack was composed to underline the game atmosphere of tranquility and curiosity. The desktop versions have a full soundtrack included. For mobiles and web version, in order to make the files smaller, the OST consists of a bunch of selected tracks from desktop version.

Controls: Pan with mouse or touch.


A page for the older 2016 version (in case you wondered how it started): http://dustyroom.com/empty-game-ldjam/

Home page for 2020 version: http://dustyroom.com/emptygame/

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(379 total ratings)
Tags3D, artgame, Atmospheric, Casual, Ludum Dare 37, minigames, Relaxing, Singleplayer, zen
LinksLudum Dare
Mentionsitch.io digest January 2017

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The game wont finish loading, it sounds great and i wish i could play it, does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do?

I'm stuck on the bike level. the hint is just green which is the color of the light but it doesn't fit in the green spaces.

This game is phenomental it almost made me cry


How do I beat the classroom level? There isn't enough space to fit the last half of the objects.

how can i download it?

Hi! The web version is not downloadable at the moment.


ur mom

amazing game!!!

Loved this, such a pleasant and creative experience


How do I make the preachy text disappear?


this game is so good! why didn't i find this WAY earlier? if you're considering this game, you absolutely have to play it! it's amazing!


do you have to get rid of the black table first? i don't understand the "hints". give me a real hint. i CAN'T FIT THE TABLE INTO THE COLOR!!!


that's a tight fit. TOO tight. YECHHH!!!! i beat the game, HA!

i was trying to fit that black table into the black background for like half an hour at least.

Hey! Glad you were able to solve the level. We'll take a look at the fit.

I’m stuck there on iOS, the black table on level 19, please help I was so close

This game is fun, and the messages between levels were really interesting and nice to read. Great game


Very peaceful and well designed. Full of 'A-Ha!' moments when you find the first one that fits. I loved it very much.

gg ez

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I'm almost drained of rotating, but felt happy to do the levels until finishes.

So impressed by this game, easy to play and understand a great deal of fun 


This reminds me of Superliminal in a way, challenging the player to see the world with a different perspective. Great game.

Just finished it, great game loved it!

It's a creative game that made me really think while turning around. It was surprisingly longer than I thought but while it made me a bit antsy I still had a lot of fun doing the puzzle, it really challenged my brain and made me use my braincells! Though I'm not a minimalist, in fact the opposite-- I appreciate the message and find it ironic how you guys are named DustyRoom yet the game is all about minimalist. Well, thank you for creating such a cool game!

Beautiful game.

loved this game! never seen a game thats like this before, its challenging, but never had me rage or get mad, it was always a simple puzzle, thats what i love about it! the colors and the soundtrack are very soothing as well!

Relaxing! Loved it!

I love the concept and art of this game, is beautiful

Love this game. Have played several times when I need to relax. Will there be updates or an Empty 2? 

Thank you for playing and digging Empty.. Not sure if there will be v.2, but we'd really like to do some kind of a continuation to this game.

i beat the game under 4 seconds

Awesome game.. loved how relaxing it is. Very well made. Thank you for sharing.



this is those games that get you addicted and wanting a part 2


I really love the game. It is a peaceful experience that I will recommend anyone to have in a chilling afternoon. The only flaw is that the music stops in the middle of the level.  Somehow I start loosing motivation and kills the vibe of the game (the music goes really well with the concept). I am sure this is an easy bug fix. Overall the game is really great!


i can't relax when the music is this loud

This game was so calming and nice to play. The soft drone of the music matches nice with the theme and tone of the levels. Thank you for the game 

Best game on itch.io so far!


This is a work of art!

Latest published Linux version package does not contain the "Empty_Data" directory.


Very calming and clever!


Really cool idea!

Awesome game! it's quite simple and it's very chill to play, i really enjoyed the game

chill game! really enjoyed it

What's with the pink triangle in every level?

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that's just a glitch

Just tried the new version, to see how it runs on Linux, and it's fantastic. I look forward to replaying this with the new additions you've made.

The only issue I have is...how do I quit? I can exit the level, but then there's no clear way to leave the game entirely. I had to tab out and quit from the taskbar.

Thank you very much for playing!

I just completed the game. Thank you for coming back to this, it was a wonderful experience originally, but an even better one now. I will recommend it to my friends.


I played this games several years ago and i was looking for it since. you know your game is good when i can recollect it, years later.

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