Sketchy Maze

"a drawing-based maze game."


Latest Release: v0.14.0 (May 5, 2023)

Change History


The Microsoft™ Windows release of Sketchy Maze currently comes as a ZIP file that you can extract anywhere and then run the sketchymaze.exe program to start the game.

Note: I do not yet have a code signing certificate for the Windows release, so you may need to click through the “Unknown Publisher” dialog.

Mac OS

The macOS release of Sketchy Maze comes in two varieties: a traditional “Sketchy” in a .dmg file or a form similar to Windows and Linux with a ZIP file that you can extract anywhere and run the sketchymaze program to start the game.

Note: I do not yet have a code signing certificate for the macOS release; you’re expected to know how to run apps from unverified developers. See Apple’s documentation how to do this for your version of macOS.


Flatpak (All Distros)

The easiest cross-distro way to download Sketchy Maze is via Flatpak, which is well supported on most popular Linux distributions including Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian and others.

There is not a Flatpak repository for this game yet; inclusion on Flathub or a custom Flatpak repository for easier install/updates is being considered.

To install the Flatpak manually:

# Download the .flatpak package. NOTE: it's distributed as a stand-alone app
# for now, a flatpak repo will be added at some point.
$ wget

# Install the .flatpak package.
$ flatpak install --user sketchy-maze-0.14.0.flatpak

# Run it. There should also be a standard app launcher in your menu.
$ flatpak run com.sketchymaze.Doodle

Fedora (.rpm)

Ubuntu & Debian (.deb)

Notice: the game depends on SDL2, SDL2-ttf and SDL2-mixer but the .deb package doesn’t declare these dependencies for compatibility between Debian and Ubuntu which name these packages distinctly. The following command should install these dependencies for all versions of Ubuntu and Debian:

# Install SDL2 dependencies
sudo apt install libsdl2-dev libsdl2-ttf-dev libsdl2-mixer-dev


You can download Sketchy Maze as a .tar.gz archive which you can extract anywhere and run. The binary is built on a modern Fedora system and hopefully should run as-is on other modern GNU/Linux systems, but sometimes shared library versions of SDL2 may not match your computer.

Sketchy Maze also works on Linux smartphone devices such as the Pinephone and Librem 5. Check out the aarch64 releases, built on Mobian testing (bookworm). The .deb package works best on Mobian!

Previous Releases

For older versions of Sketchy Maze please browse the releases site.

Project: Doodle v0.4.0 and Older

Older alpha builds of Sketchy Maze (codenamed Project: Doodle) are available from blog posts on the author’s personal website. These releases mainly targeted Linux and Windows with the occasional Mac OS version.

Copyright © 2024 Noah Petherbridge.