After a global revolution dealt a final death blow to the world's crumbling industries, researchers and activists were left to pick up the pieces of their planet's ruined ecosystems. Their solution was simple: they turned themselves into pollution-eating mutants.

Now, over half a century later, the rivers are blue again and the birds have learned new songs. A beautiful world is stepping out of the husk of the old.

And the last waste-eater is waiting to die.


WASTE EATER is a 10-15 minute introspective about losing your humanity, and finding hope instead. Inspired by games like Far From Noise and Breathe.

This game contains references to topics such as death and suicide. Oh, and cannibalism.


Developed on the stolen lands of the Kulin Nation.

Silkscreen font by Jason Aleksandr Kottke

Homespun font by Brian Kent

Wind sound altered from Damien Devaux

Rain sound altered from Abinadi Meza

Thanks PoorDunce and Elissa Black for playtesting!

Updated 22 days ago
Published 27 days ago
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux, HTML5
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(25 total ratings)
GenreInteractive Fiction
Made withUnity
Tags2D, artgame, Atmospheric, Dark, Pixel Art, Short, solarpunk, Story Rich, Text based, weird
Average sessionA few minutes


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waste-eater-windows.zip 35 MB
waste-eater-linux.zip 35 MB
WE-source.zip 417 MB

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Where do I sign up? Get me out of here.

I was already imagining cryo and then a post-organic-body brain/cyborg that maybe volunteers for space/underwater/arctic life/science in all sorts of bodies.I was thinking about bioreactors (and similar) too.

that'd be awesome! there's a lot of sci-fi about bodymorphing to fit different conditions (To Be Taught If Fortunate and Trigaea come to mind) but it's usually about adapting to alien planets. would love to see more earth-centric stuff like this


Great writing. Loved the twist at the end. Possible sequel maybe?

thank you! i do love this little world so i might make more things in this universe. possibly in the form of a prequel where we see more of the wasters


A beautiful existential game. Full of wonders and melancholic hope for the future.

thank you so much! <3


Impressive atmospheric game that does a lot with a little + incredible style and art + great writing. Can’t wait for what’s next, cain!!

thanks so much for the lovely comment and for taking the time to check this out <3


That was a fun experience! Well... a moving experience. Awesome work!

thank you so much! glad you enjoyed it :)

This need to be a universe like a series or something


I do not like hating rich dudes but this game is very cool


i like the art style of this game its looks amazing 

the art was definitely 90% of the effort. so glad you like it!

visual novel style games are kind of un touched genre of games


An equally cynical and heartful communion here with an evocative setting. Love the art and bustling nature sounds. Very well done!

thank you so much!! really appreciate the kind comment <3