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A absurd factory game by Free Lives. Create everything from motels to obelisks - all powered by garbage and with a wonderful musical beat.

Made in 72hrs for Ludum Dare 47 by Sam, Evan, Jay and Robbie

Create intricate garbage powered supply chains all with the ultimate goal of powering the great Obelisk of Startups (tm).


  • Select / place - LMB
  • Click and hold to drag lines
  • Sell / delete connections - RMB
  • Pan - MMB / arrows


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Everything is Garbage Windows V0.3 (Post Jam).zip 25 MB
Everything is Garbage Linux V0.3 (Post Jam).zip 34 MB
Everything is Garbage OSX V0.3 (Post Jam).zip 30 MB
Everything is Garbage Windows V0.1 (JAM VERSION).zip 23 MB

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This is a strangely existential game with really nice and juicy graphics and sound design. A lot of fun trying to connect different things and making a relatively self-sustaining system. 

I do have a question though: Is the obelisk supposed to do something? (Well, personally I find it extremely ironic that it doesn't hahah)

REALLY enjoyed this one :) Love the art and the sound effects and well yea everything. Only thing I'd mention is make sure the menu has priority over things in the world. Really lovely little game.


I loved it! I wish there was more content, lol. I liked the silliness and the strategy involved. I also liked having to figure out how to angle things so I wouldn't cross the lines. Are you planning on expanding on the game further?


Amazing game, had a lot of fun figuring out where and how to put things and such. I do feel like the zooming could be a little more out, and a feature that would be nice for end game when you basically have no room  could be to create and add more islands, and a balancing feature could be the bigger the mass you choose to make it the more money needed. Just a thought I had. All in all 10/10 game.


When I start selling babies my money starts going down, what am I doing wrong?





Well, that was a surreal experience! I don't know what to say besides that. Funky. 

Possible bug - is the Obelisk supposed to do something? Its pop-up suggests that it is supposed to generate money, but while it glows to varying intensities, it doesn't seem to do anything with it. Also, they behave weird if there's two of them activating simultaneously - it's as if there is a global charge-up value, and with two of them, they both charge up half as much.


I noticed the same thing. I finally got it working only to have $6 and it wouldn't generate anything.


really fun game but i cant exit without pressing alt+tab

well you could also alt f


really love throwing babies into the steak house and selling toddler meat to the market.

Looks great and hilarious! Will there be a Catalina-runnable DMG version for OSX?))


i feel the same as the title nowadays. i hate everything and don't enjoy anything

sorry buddy


amazing Garbage

I loved the game, but I couldn't zoom out much.

Hello there! Really enjoyed the game <3 I'd like to contact you about a video I'm making. Is there any way to message you privately?

Thanks :D

Really enjoyed this game, I showed it on my twitch
Keep it deving, love everything about this game!!

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Can you make a 64-bit version of this game? My laptop runs 64-bit Windows and everytime i open the game it says error 0xc000007b. If you can, then i would love to play this game. I already put all the files from the archive to my desktop and the error still pops up.

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Really fun, but with a few problems, I couldn't exit without pressing Alt+F4 and it was confusing on what goes where.

same problem, i'm on Linux.

looked really cool, but couldnt exit. Then my computer started freaking out and stuff. im gonna have to uninstall bc it was sketchy af, and i thought my computer was under attack by a virus.

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Not too shaby. Few comments.

  • No exit button / menu to pause. It is hard to hit Alt-F4 on my keyboard. Similarly there should be a way to restart or do a save maybe? It is possible to soft lock, with not enough money to do anything, if you build your chain wrong, or put everything into babies or something.
  • I play Linux version, and Vulkan renderer works perfectly (`-force-vulkan`), so probably worth using it by default instead of OpenGL. This can be set in the Graphics, API for Linux, and rearanging order.
  • The zip file doesn't unpack to separate directory, thus polluting my current directory. Also no executable bit on the binary. AFAIK it is possible to fix in zip files, or switch to tar.xz 4) 
  • Destroying (selling) entity using right click while the animation is playing, sometimes leave a hopping entity not removed and just playing animation / spinning forever. Happened to me with few entities.

Other than that no complains.


This is PURE GARBAGE! In the best sense, o'course

One of the best Game Jam games i've ever played


Ohohohoho you sneaky. I didn't expect the game to be a criticism against Capitalism and the Rich, thought it was about Sustainability and Recycling stuff at first, but as I go further, things start to get more, revealing. Good Game, really love it and it's message.


The final piramid is not giving any money :( 


That's the Point.

Such fun! I can't seem to unlock anything further than the Bank though? I unlocked all areas and setup all the possible chains, but no more buildings and no Obelisk. What am I missing?

I'm playing the Mac version btw if that makes any difference

Hey! Can you press the down arrow below the bank? Or is it not there in the mac version?

Negative on a down arrow in the Mac version! I can now see from other people's screenshots how that being missing could cause my problem haha


I didnt realize selling babies lots me money. Welp time to restart.


LMAO, I love how the startup obelisk consumes college men, tech and gives nothing in return

What a cool concept! Super simplistic yet overwhelmingly fun!




Before I even saw this game, I was struck by how cute and simple the aesthetic is and at first glance, the game itself seems to be quite simple and fun. About the gameplay, it's really good and flawless, and the only bad thing I noticed was that the obelisk and the bank don't give money. Outside of that, the game has potential.

Fun stuff!  I didn't realize there were buildings more valuable than banks until I came to write a comment, so I guess I've got to replay!

Oh gosh... We could have made that more obvious! Thanks for the feedback (we'll try fix that)


I really love this! Such an awesome idea and excellent execution.  

Not sure what i'm doing wrong but the obelisk just eats lightbulbs and doesn't give any money or anything


I was affected by this too. If it's intentional and a way of saying bitcoin is a waste of garbage I think it's genius.

really fun! it's one of those games you can play on hours on end. the grapics are great too

Hey, where's the jam page so I can rate it?

Hey, thanks for playing! Here's the Ludum Dare entry 


Oh lol, i found two glitches. They are about infinite resources.

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lol, I didn't think to ever try that!

I found it by accident. It works with motels too but only when you put turnips into them.

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i finally completed it till the end. its just amazing!!

and pls subscribe


This game is fun, this is as far as I go. after repeating couple of times

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I tried playing as efficiently as possible without calculating how to do it. I know I lost just a couple of bucks but this is still acceptable. You don't know how many times I had to restart because I accidentally deleted one of my buildings though. I have to say my least favorite part is sometimes the linking doesn't work, and you have to select something and unselect it. But you can see by how hard I worked I still liked the game. 

This was just with 20 in each dump. I don't understand how the people below me have so much in their dumps.

Wow! That's amazingly efficient! I'm surprised that's even possible!


Impressive work for having been made in 72 hours, was really fun figuring out how everything clicks together.

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