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About the Project

This is a 2D sidescrolling multiplayer shooter, in which players use magical abilities to defeat their opponents and manipulate the world. The game features destructible terrain, some basic sand simulation, a fair variety of spells, and "working" online multiplayer1.

There should be no expectation that the code here is "good". It was almost entirely written by a highschooler who was undeterred by two consecutive last-place finishes in Java4k. As such, most of the code is laid out very poorly, completely ignores all best practices, and is absolutely riddled with linter warnings. That said, the game compiles fine, and it even runs, too. In fact, it's been tested to run on Linux, Windows, and MacOS!

Building + Running

As of 2020 the game can be built using maven and Java 8+. Simply clone this repo, cd into its root, and run mvn package. This will create a jar file under the target directory, which can be run through java -jar ./target/bending.jar

If you don't want to build it yourself, you can simply download the latest release from this page and run that jar file.


When you launch the game, you will be presented with a login screen. You can log in with whatever username and password you want, the login server hasn't been used in half a decade.

From there, you can choose a costume for your player in the Gear menu, and you can choose your spells in the Loadouts menu.

You can host the server yourself by clicking the Host button. It will ask you for server details - your answers here don't matter anymore. The game will be hosted on port 26077. You can join a server, including your own, by clicking the Join button. It will prompt you for a server address - if you are hosting it yourself, you can leave this blank. Otherwise enter the address of the server you wish to play on. I will for as long as reasonable have a server running on for the latest release of the game.


Action Control
Walk A and D
Jump W
Dig S
Cast Spell 1 Left Click
Cast Spell 2 Right Click
Cast Spell 3 Middle Click
Choose Spell 1-5 + Cast Spell
Choose Spell Scroll Wheel
Chat Enter
Move Camera Q and E
Move Camera CTRL + move mouse
Reset Camera Z

1Where "working" means "almost certainly has terrible bugs, but probably works well enough."