Have you ever looked at an empty piece of paper for minutes and imagined various stories or mini games? No? Is it just me...? Alright... I'm the type that spends 10 minutes creating a silly drawing and for the next few hours I'm trying to find a meaning to all my own non-sensical scribbles.

Yep, this idea is perfect to create a GBA game about, Especially when this is the only idea that floats around in your exhausted thoughts. 

How to play

  • Left/Right : move your character horizontally
  • Up/Down : move on stairs
  • A : jump
  • L : switch character
  • R : hold for explorer mode 
  • Start : pause menu
  • Select : Goddess mode

When playing in browser, the key mapings are as follows:

  • D-Pad : arrow heys
  • A : Z
  • L : A
  • R : S
  • Start : Enter
  • Select : Backslash (\)


  • I should thank DogedomStudios for hosting Retro Platform Jam #4, the pretext and also the factor without which Notebook Adventure wouldn't have come into existence
  • BowersIndustry for discovering a ladder bug in the first level
  • for providing spectacular retro music-related resources
  • libgba for the GBA development tools
  • any GBA-related forum, article, post, source codes all over the internet, no matter I have read them or not. They are amazing and each one is a valuable source of answer for any of your possible questions.
  • The browser version of the game is hosted and emulated by GBA.js slightly modified to achieve a simplified layout
Rated 2.0 out of 5 stars
TagsCats, Game Boy Advance
Code licenseGNU General Public License v3.0 (GPL)
Average sessionA few minutes
LinksYouTube, Source code

Install instructions

This is a GBA ROM that can be played by an emulator like mGBA, Visual Boy Advance or no$gba. It can also be played on real hardware using a flashcard. It also works fine with GBA Runner 2 on the DSi.


NotebookAdventure-1-0.gba 322 kB
NotebookAdventure-1-1.gba 349 kB
NotebookAdventure-1-1-1.gba - hotfix 349 kB
NotebookAdventure-1-2.gba 363 kB
NotebookAdventure-1-3.gba - final 465 kB

Development log


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the controls and physics are kinda bonky and the out of tone music scares me but other than that it's a fun puzzle game of reuniting 2 friends


why do i hear no audio?

Sound is disabled in the browser emulator, because of performance reasons. For a full gameplay experience you can try to run the ROM on your own emulator/hardware 


I enjoyed reuniting the two friends :)

That accurately describes the gameplay! Thanks for playing it!

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I really like the idea of this game! I love the hand drawn look of the game. And it feels really nice. I did find one bug in the game, you can DM me on discord if you'd like to know more. I'm really liking where this is going!



Thank you for your nice words! I'm so glad you like it!