A downloadable game for Windows and Linux

Eist returns is an arcade-puzzle game first written in 1992 for 8-bit Atari computers. In 2016 it was given the second life on Android devices. Now Eist returns once again as an open source project for desktop computers. Feel free to download, play, and contribute to the project on GitHub.

Carry Eist through 40 boards, placing arrows on his way to indicate directions. Descent from the path will make him fall down. You need to pick up all artifacts for the exit to open. Along the way you will encounter doors: you need a key to open each one. Use the ladder to cross gaps in the path. It can only be set in designated places. Touch the ladder to pick it up and set it where you need. On some boards you will also find a pair of teleports: they move Eist to each another. Remember: the movement direction stays the same.

Before you click the board and put Eist in movement, plan the game carefully. You will have no time to think later.

Log in to the Hall of Fame to sync the game state between devices, and compare your results to other players on the game website. Note: the Android version uses the Play Games services, and does not store results to the Hall of Fame. It's also not yet open-sourced.

For more instructions on how to play, please check out Wiki pages. You'll also find some info on the Level editor there.

Install instructions

Windows users: download a file, move anywhere, double click to run. You may be asked to download and install Java Runtime Environment, if missing. Just follow the instructions in your web browser.

Arch-based Linux distros: please install the eist-returns package from AUR.

Attention: in the 1.0.1-1 version the password encryption has been changed to the safe MD5 method. Players' account have been migrated, but you need to update to the current version, log out and log in again.


eist-returns.exe - the game 12 MB
eist-editor.exe - the level editor 12 MB
eist-returns-1.0.1-1.deb - Ubuntu/Debian package 37 MB

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