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I Wanna Be The Guy: The Movie: The Game is a sardonic loveletter to the halcyon days of early American videogaming, packaged as a nail-rippingly difficult platform adventure. Players fill the role of The Kid, a youthful, vaguely Megaman-esque protagonist on a quest to become The Guy. This inscrutable plot, however, is just a vehicle for a wide variety of inventive, well-designed and frustrating jump-and-shoot challenges that pay homage to many of the games you loved as a child. The ever-fragile Kid explodes in a shower of red pixels at the slightest brush from the game's many obstacles, from traditional spikes and bottomless pits to more unconventional killers, such as plantlife and puzzle pieces.

Using a multiroute layout not unlike a Metroidvania, the game grants a degree of deadly exploration, without thoseextraneous upgades meant to make life easier. The game provides players with a choice in terms of their deathrate, thanks to a variable difficulty setting that changes the number of save points from frequent to nonexistent. IWBTG is open to all players; knowledge of videogaming history is optional, and may not help against the frequently ironic and always sadistic deathtraps located herein. And so, the question is left up to you...

Do YOU have what it takes to be The Guy?

I Wanna be the Fix

A program for recovering from bad saves that case inescapable deaths. https://iwbtg.kayin.moe/Drrnloads/iwbtf.jar

Avoiding Crashes

While IWBTG is a buggy game, over the years the community has figured out how to better cope with it's various problems. This information is copied from the IWBTG RTA speedrunning wikia ( http://iwbtgrta.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page )To deal with random crashes...

Right-click IWBTG -> Properties -> Compatibility Tab -> Run in Windows 98 Mode -> Run as Administrator

This is generally takes care of most crashes but there are still a number of predictable ones.

There are 4 spots in the game where it is guaranteed to crash upon hitting 'R' (reset) even with the above fix. Fortunately there is a workaround thanks to Fate (formerly known as Kiyomi_) on Twitch! Hit F2 for New Game and reload your save file to avoid them.Save -> F2 -> Reload Save FileDo this on the Save Points following: 

  1. The Mecha Birdo fight
  2. Dr. Wily, 2 screens over, where the drones shoot at you
  3. Mother Brain's red orb (same screen as above)
  4. The first save on the cart ride to The Guy's Fortress

Optimally, you should just hit F2 instead of "R" upon death following these screens.

Fortunately you will not lose progress on these crashes. so even if you forget to avoid them you will be okay, outside of a minor inconvenience.

Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars
(55 total ratings)
Tagsiwbtg, masocore, needle-game


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iwbtg.exe 68 MB


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I wanna maker,
Is that what that is? This looks like "I wanna Maker"


this is just trap adventure 2 but you have a gun


I wanna be the guy came out first but this is just the itch.io version

Very chill game. I advise to everyoneπŸ‘

btw can you add level editor that would be a great and good idea

Beyond the scope of this old game. If you wanna play with something like that, I Wanna Maker is free on steam and really feature rich. I didn't make it, but that means it's actually good.

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i found a iwbtg maker program




use winrar or breezip

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this is kinda easy for me now cuz i beat boshy and some other fangames



geomtry dahs


i am going to eat you


Bro, imagine if there was "I Wanna Be The Kaizo"

truee drakomatic


I find it strange how half the people here are returning for nostalgia or finding the game for the first time


yeah thats how like every game works you either have or havent picked it up

game quits itself, bursts your eardrums on starting the game. Controls are weird for keyboard. Wouldn't recommend tbh.

this game is better than most of the public itch.io games


certified hood classic

Ahh, the nostalgia hit me again!

this game is really hard. but its fun though

Is there an android version?

this is a good game very good

very good


i wanna be the guy the movie

You know I love my sanity and patience, but boy this game was one of the few indie games back in the day. So many lps losing their minds over this.

Sir how do I download it?


Press "Download Now" the red button, "No thanks, just take me to the downloads", and click the red download button on "iwbtg.exe".



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Fantastic classic. The controls are perfect, easy and simple to move and make precise jumps. Press right, go to the right, press left, go to the left. No speedups or unneeded sporks like in most platformers. To that, a small and a pleasant to play with hitbox.The spikes and cherries play a giant part in this game. Best part is the ending when you meet the final boss The Guy, i beat him and i am The Guy now!

In humor, this game still holds up to me. So far i beat this on hard, boshy on hardon, and am playing kamilia 2. This gave birth to a whole new genre of games! These games are mostly trial and error. Ultimate skill test.

"simple" I notice you didn't mention shift to jump... I rebound that to up arrow...


El Demente ndeah

Oh my god the guy from spy kids!? 

Just kidding. . .But is it?

Why is my game broken? No sounds or music plays, wait, the game is an 2007, it should have BEEN fixed! Maybe an 2019 edition?

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The game is and will for the forseeable future remain unupdated Unfortunately the game does not function correctly in modern versions of MMF2 so even minor updates would require a huge overhaul. This might happen one day, but no time soon.

That said, this is an old problem that some people have experienced. You can try checking this thread. http://kayin.moe/iwbtg/forums/index.php?topic=366.0 also making sure you try setting things like windows compatibility mode or whatever.

If you donated to download the game and none of this works, please don't hesistate to ask itch for a refund as I can't promise any future support for the game. That said I hope it works and I hope you have fun with it! I'm sorry I can't behelpful.

Best game ever made.







Well uh... This is the game that has the massive fangaming community behind it's back. This isn't that great of a game, but it's fantastic for it's time. This is also the game that made me start my carrier as a game developer. 6/10

I'm never finishing this game ever again. 


If this game dosnt exist,that say im not happy x)


Pai Troll


Make sure this game is on Steam.

why are you using hazel cricket's avatar?


Put this game to Steam.


it cost money to put game to steam


And it's easy to put stuff on itch and it's not on peoples radars as much. Steam is asking for trouble, while with itch, if they decide to take it down it's not that big of a deal. SO YEAH NO STEAM PEOPLE


I am okay with this. πŸ‘πŸ’―