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Get it Physically NOW on NES or Dreamcast

Play the demo here:

Tapeworm puzzle disco is a grid based puzzle game where you play as a tapeworm; the local night club owner. It's your job to make sure the fleas enjoy themselves. You'll be helping them collect blood, play bangin tunes and get them to gigs on time.

Each level has an objectives and obstacles like: -Avoid enemies -Don't kill the fleas -Collect all the notes -Help the fleas collect the blood -Open Doors witch switches -Help Fleada get to the gig on time (Fleada is a cat walk model)

This Contains:

  • NES ROM (Mapper 30, Mapper 2) [Some emulators only support 2]
  • Retron 5 patch file 
  • Windows Version 
  • Emulator images(For use in cover flow)
  • Digital Manual (PDF)
  • Dreamcast.cdi (burn, use with dcmu or emulator)(coming soon)
  • Soundtrack (WAV)

Art/Design: Alastair Low 
Programming: Valdir Salgueiro 
Music: Tuï

The game was created for the NES but will be available fore NES, Dreamcast and PC through the kickstarter.

Note that this game was coded in C by Valdir Salgueiro and was not created using NESmaker!

Official Apparel through Red Bubble:


Presskit can be found here: http://lowtek.co.uk/press/sheet.php?p=TapewormDiscoPuzzle

Updated 20 days ago
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
Tags2D, Co-op, Dreamcast, Homebrew, NES ROM, Pixel Art, Retro, snake, worm
Average sessionA few seconds


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

TapewormDiscoPuzzleSoundtrack.zip 85 MB
Tapeworm.cdi 330 MB
TapewormDiscoPuzzleNES_05.zip 28 MB
TapewormDiscoPuzzleWindows05.zip 6 MB

Development log


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Hi! I try to play this game and Flea on a win 11 system with a 1920x1080 screen resolution, but it would put me the game to the right. Is there a way to have the game centered? Thanks! (I loved to play them on my other and older computer)

hi the emulator is a little weird.  Iv not tried on win 11.  Is in center on win 10
if you press Esc you can toggle fullscreen. Or try compatability mode on the app or you can try using the rom an another emulator. Mesen is the one i use.

I didn't come up with a way of making the windows version work with win 11 (but it is working fine with win 10). The Nes version work with the emulator. Thank you!


just wanted to pop  in and say I love this game! Amazing soundtrack, quirky vibe and really fun gameplay. One of the absolute best Playdate games out there!

Thanks , realy glad u enjoyed the game  :)

anyone can help?

I hope this message finds you well. I purchased the Tapeworm game for Dreamcast a while ago and have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with it. 

i need the  Dreamcast GDI or CDI file in order to fully utilize the game's capabilities. 

Could you please guide me on how to obtain these specific files?

Hi i assume you go the game off me at an event. I sent an email to your username for more info. :) if u bought the game on itch this is the page where u can donwload the nes rom and cdi.


The game is so much fun. I got the Windows version. How do you save your progress?

Thanks, thers no save feature on windows. you have to rememeber the 4 letter password on the levels tape, u can press select to see the code again.

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Does the NES rom work on MiSTer FPGA? 

Edit: I ended up just giving it a try, and yes it does indeed work on the MiSTer!

Hey there, does the NES rom version have actual music?

Not sure what you mean but ye if you buy the game here you get the soundtrack :)

Where do I get the playdate release?


Hi, it'l well put it on itch when its ready. Still early days at looking at  the sdk. sorry for the dealy


No problem! Just interested!

I am too interested to get this game on the playdate! good luck working on it with the SDK

Shows this was updated 3 days. What was changed?

A couple bug fixes and changed the color of notes on slippy tiles

For the NES version?

ye for nes, I already made the changes for dc just forget to upload them to itch for nes

What about the physical version then? 

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hello, in the description you talk about the Dreamcast version but when I want to buy it, I only see the PC version, the NES version and the soundtrack. Is this an oversight on your part
Edit : I will use your "NES to Dreamcast" tutorial ;)

Hi sorry for late reply, dono if i added it after but its there now. Tapeworm.cdi is the dreamcast version

The game has been beautiful. Congratulations. ^^

I love this game!  Will the Dreamcast CDI be available to download soon?

Hi, im glad you enojy it . i have added it now :)

Does the steam version come with the NES rom?

Yes, right click on it then brows files, then its the game.nes, you can rename it and use it on emulators. the itch version comes with soundtrack though.