As part of the GMTK GameJam 2020 part of our team decided to participate and came up with this little game.

Ctrl+C Ctrl+V your way through this little Puzzle Game and help a robot friend navigate through different levels.

In "Losing Control" you help a little robot through a world that is falling apart only using his ability to copy and paste. You can select parts or the whole level by clicking and dragging on desktop or using the on screen buttons and touch on mobile browsers.

How to play

GOAL of the game is to lead the little ROBOT to the end of each level.

You can MOVE by using the ARROW KEYS or WASD and mobile users can use TOUCH and the KEYS ON SCREEN.

The world of Losing Control is breaking apart but the purple bot has the special ability to COPY and PASTE parts of the level like shown below.

There is only a limited amount of CTRL keys to solve each level. So be careful what you use them for. CTRL+C to copy and CTRL+V to paste affect not only the regular floor tiles but also duplicate the VOID surrounding the broken paths. Special Tiles like the END, LAVA, PICK UPS and the ROBOT itself can't be pasted or overwritten.

What about the lava, you say?`

Sometimes the floor is LAVA and it spreads each time you move the little robot.

Some levels come with additional CTRL keys to collect, when you walk over them.

Now you know everything you need to solve this little puzzle game!

Good Luck and don't lose control!

Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars
(55 total ratings)
AuthorsIndieBurg, gap, littleBugHunter, Laura
Made withAseprite, PixiJS
Tags2D, Pixel Art, Singleplayer, Top-Down
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
InputsKeyboard, Smartphone


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Definitely intended!



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stuck at the second lava level

Edit: Nevermind I figured it out lol

I'm malding at level 35 but otherwise great game

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Great game but you should consider these updates for your game:
you should add ctrl + x in later levels and Rotation maybe in later levels there could be limited "C"s and "V"s (and "X"s) there should also be triggers for lava, so they don't start the second you move but it does when you step on the trigger

Those are very good ideas. Thanks for the input!
Unfortunately, no updates are planned at the moment.


i got to level 34 before i gave up

how do i copy (and paste)

Select a Rectangle with your mouse (Click and Drag) or via your Touch Screen

Then press CTRL+C  and CTRL+V (on mobile you can use the onscreen Buttons at the bottom of the screen)

If you run out of CTRL keys you cannot copy/paste anymore (that's the gimmick of the game :P)


i figured it out before you replied, but you helped newbies.


enjoyed it a lot! good stuff

28 stuck lol

SAAAAME someone has to help us




Not sure if it's a glitch, but when you erase the tile you're standing on, you can still move to tiles next to you. Also, if you move onto lava and collect an extra ctrl at the same time, the lava doesn't kill you. This gives no advantage, but you might want to fix it if you plan on updating. Still great game. I love how there isn't necessarily one answer to each level.


The first "glitch" about erasing the tile under you is extremely useful.

yes it definitely is

i did 29 with an extra CTRL you copy the c shape in the bottom right 

i have a suggestion for a new feature..  A level editor (i know basically nothing about text based code lol) so basically you set a size place the tiles put in a goal add some extra CTRL's set the starting amount (of CTRL's) and then you made you're own level but i assume the game levels were made tile based (because of the coppy and paste)


Help level 15 stuck nearly imp

Me too


can't beat level 15 and I know I can break level

How might one complete level 34?


I am stuck on level 7

Little hint for you then. The copied part stays in your clipboard so you can paste the same blocks multiple times without having to copy again. Hope that helps :)

Thanks I will see if it works :)

Level 26 was hard. But, I figured it out. Well was it intentional or a bug I mistakenly used?

This is really fun! though i was confused at the start. There's no tutoriel, other than that, really good!

I cannot even beat level 5

The lava steps level was unbeatable!


I promise you, it's not. All included levels are beatable :)

I just forgot that you can copy void and paste it.

this game is really cute and fun!  i saw in other comments that you intend to expand it and i'm looking forward to that!  my only suggestion is to have an undo button that doesn't just reset the level and what you've already copy/pasted...  it's a little frustrating to need to reset the level every time i try a new copied bit out.

Good suggestion, we will think about that. Don't want to make it to easy though and have people copy/paste random bits rather than think about it. 
Thanks a lot for playing :)

Great game, I really loved it (sorry for trying it out so late), but I am stuck on level 32, and I have searched on the internet and on these comments, but I still have no clue what to do!

No need to apologize :D Glad you enjoyed it so far. If you want a hint about lvl 32 let me know.

Wow that was an amazing game, its amazing that it took only 48 hours!  Its very unique and is very fun.  But, there is a game breaking glitch that you should know about.  If you send to inputs at the same time, lets say you have a macro pressing d 2 times, or if you press it s and click on the downwards arrow for example, your character sometimes moves twice, but the lava only moves once.  This also allows you to do other weird things.  I do not know anything about coding, but possible adding in a small input delay might fix that?  I don't know.  But besides that, the game was astonishing, im definitely going to show it to all of my friends!

Hey there, we're glad you enjoy playing our game and consider sharing it! As game developers, nice feedback is always really encouraging and keeps us motivated.

We'll definitely be looking into that issue, thanks for reporting it to us!

Anyone else stuck at 28 "void step" been at it for nearly half a hour before just giving up on it. I get the mechanic that you can void step as mentioned some where else. but for the life of me i cant see how that can help me

you have to move before you paste. Hope that helps

ctrl c and ctrl v don't work

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I've been staring at my screen trying to figure out level 35 for over an hour now.

Never mind I took a break for a day and figured out.

Glad to hear you've made it :P @littleBugHunter added this level without explaining it to us, and we too were absolutely overwhelmed in the first moment. I kinda figured it out when I randomly copied an area and it suddenly worked out :D

sorry... :( I'll rework it :D


Whoo. That was a doozy, but I beat it. The only level I needed help with was 34.

Though the level "Crosses?" took me forever for some reason! It really wasn't that hard, but I couldn't figure out what section to copy paste haha.

Great game! Kinda want more, but my brain needs a break.

how you pass it?

Good to hear it was a challenge :D
We are planning to turn it into a full game and will be posting updates about it on itch and twitter.
Hopefully your brain will have recovered by then ;)

Cheers, Laura

i can't pass the "Crosses?"

nvm i did it

What engine or language did you use to create this game?

The project was created with Typescript and PIXI.js :)

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Wow. I somehow managed to finish 35 with an extra control up my sleeve. (The Lava was hot on my heels)

Strat was simply to isolate the bottom two sources, and try to outpace the top right. When I came to the two bonus keys, I realised I may have fallen into a trap; but I saw that I only needed to paste the tile arrangement I was using to continue running to the exit over that gap by the exit just once.

Even though I just completed it now, exactly what I copied is a bit hazy. I think it was a group of tiles in the area of the bottom right-ish of the map.

All in all, a very nice little puzzler. Well done! I can tell a lot of love went into making this. :)

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I beat level 27? yeah!

I used a bug for it? HELL YEAH!!!




you can put yourself in a empty square and still walk to a block :3


Hey Jorge! Glad to see that you enjoy playing our game and made it that far!

That's actually a feature we named "Void Step" you have to use at certain points in the game :P


the moment that I realized it was wonderfull, glad that this is how is suposed to be :3

he patched that :(


He didn't patch it. You have to remove the tile under you then have a floor adjacent to your tile

Nice concept really loved it.

Ah a bug! Thanks for sharing this. We will fix it!
Game got confused if the lava or the key pick up is more important :D


made in unity??

Hey ThaCuber! The whole project was done using Typescript and PIXI.js

oh how good i can download it!


Hello, I had fun playing this game :) ...I have made a review video on Best games from GMTK game jam 2020, and I have include your game review there... Do check it out and also Share and Subscribe to my YouTube channel...Soon I will be uploading a walk through video of your game as well...Once again, Superb work... looking forward for more :)


how to beat 35 level?

this is a great game, i would just like to see maybe a menu? some levels are really tough

by menu i mean something to like skip levels

Hey rcatbird! We're currently working on creating a world/level selection screen which allows for skipping and coming back to levels at a later point. So stay tuned :-)

How do I run it?

Either you can play it directly in your browser, or use the itch client for desktop. We're soon going to release a downloadable executable for Windows.

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