Climb deeper and deeper into the clouds using your tongue as a grappling hook, and find the only thing that can help you achieve your dreams!

Grapple Tongue is a platformer game made for Ludum Dare 48 by Mors with music and sound effects by CosmicGem.

The controls for the game are WASD/Arrow keys to move, Left Mouse Button/SPACE to lick, and R to restart from the last checkpoint. You can switch between the mouse mode and keyboard/controller mode by pressing the Right Mouse Button.

Are you a speedrunner? The game has an unofficial page!

Also, check out my website and join my Discord server to keep up with my future games.


v2.0.2 (24/02/2022):

  • Fixed the typo in the true ending with the penguin count.
  • Added a unique ending text for Hard Mode's true ending.
  • Made the timer at the ending more precise, showing the milliseconds.
  • Made the game's timer start the moment you press "Start Game", as opposed to starting when the game first loads.
  • Made skipping the opening logo more consistent.
  • Added a way to skip the slow title screen animation.
  • Added a "Speedrun Mode", activated by pressing S during the opening logo sequence. The only difference it makes is adding an in-game timer.
  • Made the game remember if you muted it the last time you played the game.
  • Fixed the graphical artifacts at the sides of the screen in the fullscreen mode of the Windows version.
  • Windows version now has its own icon.

v2.0.1 (04/11/2021):

  • Added a brand new title screen theme.
  • Improved the in-game music.
  • Redone most of the sound effects.
  • Changed many of the sprites in the game.
  • Increased the game length slightly, and added 2 more penguins to collect.
  • Added a brand new control scheme that uses the mouse.
  • Added a new hidden mode.

v1.1.0 (Post-Jam Update) (29/04/2021):

  • Fixed a ton of bugs.
  • Replaced some of the sound effects.
  • Changed the ending.
  • Added a HUD.
  • Added the Z key and the shoulder buttons as alternate ways to lick.
  • Allowed the use of the right analog stick on controllers for aiming without moving.
  • Added additional visual polish all around.

v1.0.0 (27/04/2021):

  • Initial release!
If the HTML5 version is running slow, try opening the game on an incognito tab. You can also try downloading the Windows version.
Also, on some computers holding Up+Left with a keyboard doesn't work. Try using WASD in that case!

Ludum Dare Page

PlatformsWindows, HTML5
Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(25 total ratings)
Made withGameMaker
Tags2D, GameMaker, Ludum Dare 48, Physics, Pixel Art
LinksLudum Dare


Jam Version (Outdated) 3 MB
Latest Version 6 MB

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Controlling the penguin (and their tongue) was so fun! 

Keep it up!

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3:55.655  2:36.450

6 deaths  3 deaths


Hi, do you know any GM tutorial to help me make things like this game? Ones I find are very advanced. Cheers.

I'm not very familiar with GameMaker tutorials, sorry.

love the game


1:50 new best

i thought i did good with 6:xx and the i see this 

sub 2 min no penguins

Nice!  Really fun mechanics, cute visuals, and a nice level of challenge.

I found the easiest way to get through the spike areas was by button-mashing, don't know if that was the intended way to do that.

Excellent game and really good music, I also like the penguin collectables as a bonus. The endgame message is nice, but it could use a bit more than just a plain-text screen imho, like a victory picture or something.

finally got sub 1 min with zero penguins thanks to any% route

Grapple Tongue (Gameplay Walkthrought)

Nice Game! Found it on GXC ;)

Sub 3-Minutes AND 0 Tries

I think to call this mission a success!If anyone tries to beat me, reply to this comment your time


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Better time by 10-Secondsalso happy new year!

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also is it supposed to say "8/6" and not 8/8?

and what was that secret ending about??

Oops, I added 2 more penguins as the post-jam update but I guess I forgot to update the ending.

Bug: Try this out for yourself, the end product is way funnier than a picture

Bug: At the start of the game I grappled onto the upper-right corner of two blocks and right after the bird touched the corner it died and went back to the menu screen lol

Sit :)


YOOO 3 MINS UNDER 10 TRYS RUN!!! (0/8 penguins :'(  )


The game can now be speedrun on for interested persons!


4th place in any% :)


i got the secret ending in 6 deaths and under 4 minutes, am speed!



I am faster by 1 second and got 2 more penguins 

This was my second try after missing one of the penguins ( the hidden one).

Sadly there is no alternative ending for getting them all :( Good job on the game!!

Thanks!! There actually is a secret ending for getting all the penguins under 10 deaths.

Oh no, I have to try it again D:


anyways, nice game Mors!


omfg, I am using the post jam version and it’s buggy lmao


If you have encountered a specific glitch you can help by reporting it instead of spamming about it in the comments...


Found another one, is the game this buggy lmao


lmao, just discovered a weird af glitch that sent me upwards through solid ground

Very fun game with a unique mechanic. It does have a big spike in difficulty towards the end but nothing too bad. Cute birbs ahead. 7/10

you litteraly connot grapple left and up, if you try, nothing will happen, making the game impossible to beat. (at least on the web version)

I'm not sure why that happens on some computers, I can't really replicate it myself so I'm not sure if there's anything I can do to fix it 

Maybe try WASD instead?

thx, it works when you use wasd

Good, but glitchy. The web version doesn't seem to work for me, and the exe file crashed when I rode the big block into the sky and the screen faded to white. Nevertheless, the game is quite fun. I like it.


Yeaaaah I didn't have time to squash those bugs unfortunately, I'll be releasing a post-jam version to fix those issues though.

Awesome! I'll be sure to check out the post-jam version whenever it releases.


It should be out now!


Excellent! I've played through it again, and it's a lot of fun. Haven't yet got all the penguins in under 10 deaths yet, but I'll get there eventually. This is my best attempt so far...