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Grab your ray gun and put on a loincloth- it’s time for a text adventure! Battle aliens, plunder dungeons, and chow down on magic pizza as you strive to become the ultimate master of space kung fu! Shyfters beware- there’s a new barbarian in town.

Version 3.2.8 contains all 28 adventures in the series. Download the free sample bundle here.

What is Crypt Shyfter?
Crypt Shyfter is a long-running series of sci-fi/fantasy text adventure games built with a program called Twine. You play as a totally rad barbarian warrior on a quest to rid the galaxy of evil shapeshifting alien cyborgs called Shyfters. The games are frequently updated and new adventures are added regularly. To view the latest updates, check the devlog below.

How much does it cost?
$20 for the complete collection. If you'd prefer a more curated experience, see the list of available game bundles below:

Who makes these games?
Me! I'm Kung Fu Space Barbarian. I'm a weirdo who likes old-school text-based RPGs. Nice to meet ya. Or, as the Fuzonians would say, "Makkana!"

I found a typo/error in one of the adventures. Where can I report it?
Shoot an email to kungfuspacebarbarian [at] gmail [dot] com. Please include the adventure title and any details you have regarding the error (screenshots are a plus!). I'll update the issue for the next release.

What is the current version?

When will the next version be released?
I update the series fairly regularly, but version 3.2.8 will be here for a while. See this devlog for full details.

Will these games ever get graphics or music?
What need does a barbarian have for such things? We are a primitive folk! Pixel art and chiptune music exist for the coddled masses of civilization, not uncouth savages like us! But seriously- NO. Never. If you're looking for modern graphical RPGs, I suggest doing a quick search on Steam.

I downloaded the files but the font doesn’t look right. What’s going on?
The games use a custom font that may not be supported by all internet browsers. Try opening the games in a new browser if you’re seeing standard web fonts. I recommend Google Chrome.

I keep getting an error message when I try to save the game. Help!
This is a similar issue to the one above. Save files are stored locally in your browser, and not all web browsers come with that capability. Try clearing your cache or opening the games in a new browser. I strongly recommend using Google Chrome.

Will this be available on Steam/iOS/Android/holographic data pads?

Why can't I play as a wizard or a thief? You should add more classes!
I think you're looking for Dungeons & DragonsCrypt Shyfter is all about beefy barbarian heroes, not wimpy rogues and druids. Take your dual class dragonborn artificer/paladin elsewhere.

Who did the artwork on this page?
MisMash, PhantomArcade, Hankerin Ferinale, RadiBits, Omenakettu, and FuShark

What order should I play the games in?
When you download the bundle, you'll find each game labeled with a number (ex. 01. Frostfall, 02. Moonbright, etc). These numbers indicate the order the games were released, but the release order may not be the order you want to play in. If you'd like to stick to one genre at a time, check out the list below for a complete breakdown:


  1. Frostfall
  2. Moonbright
  3. Mon Magma
  4. Vortex
  5. Howling Flame
  6. Crimson Wings
  7. Pizza Quest
  8. Legend of Azmar
  9. Fallen Empire
  10. Blood Island
  11. Chapel of Evil
  12. Warriors of Cloud Mountain
  13. Citadel of the Flame King
  14. Dragonfire

Sword & Planet

  1. Exile
  2. Starwisp
  3. Rebellion
  4. Atomic Angel
  5. The Dinosaur Wizard
  6. Warp Hounds

Kung Fu

  1. Dreadnaughts
  2. Legend of Silver Wolf, Master of the Grey Blade*

Weird Western

  1. Limerick
  2. Oathbreaker
  3. Misery

Evil Shyfters

  1. Abomination
  2. Storm Shadow

Military Sci-Fi

  1. Turbo Wars

*Silver Wolf is a prequel to Dreadnaughts, but I would suggest playing through Dreadnaughts first in order to avoid spoilers.


Buy Now$20.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $20 USD. You will get access to the following files:

CryptShyfter_v3.2.8.zip 4 MB

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