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THE IMPOSSIBLE is a minimal perspective illusion puzzle game. You control a small square in the IMPOSSIBLE world and remember: nothing is IMPOSSIBLE.

You can also take free key for Steam:

- Simple control. Play using the keyboard (arrows or W,A,S,D), full gamepad support (vibrations) or mouse swipe or click.
- 26 languages available (check bottom)
- After completing the test you will see your IQ score (intelligence quotient)...
- Relaxing music
- Small application size
- Obey the rules
- 30 levels (new levels & editor coming soon in free update)
- Beatiful minimalist graphic
- Linux, Windows and Mac OS support
- All resolution supports (21:9, Ultrawide etc.)
- They watching You
- Achievements
- Steam clouds
- Hint system
- Based on M.C. Escher impossible shapes and inspired by Monument Valley, Echochrome, Hocus, Portal, Evo Explores, Play with Me: Esacpe room and many other games.

KEYMAILER (free key)

"A pleasant experience for fans of the puzzle genre and fourth-wall-breaking" - 3rd-strike

"Taking the visuals and gameplay, you could compare it directly with hocus from 2015 but Airem have put their own slightly quirky take on it, complete with a Portal GLaDOS-inspired narrator to prod you along" - GamingOnLinux

"Breaking expectations and the 4th wall" PCGAMEIT

"Mind Blow 17/20" - Gamingway 

Please share your gameplay, I will share it on my social networks. Thank You. You asking me many times about monetize, so: 

I give you permission to upload and monetize videos (youtube, twitch etc.) with THE IMPOSSIBLE (and my other games). THE IMPOSSIBLE is for people 13 years and older.

English (Voice over)
Polish (Dubbing PL)
Portuguese - Brazil
Simplified Chinese
Spanish - Spain
Traditional Chinese


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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $3.24 USD. Your purchase comes with a Steam key. You will get access to the following files:

THE IMPOSSIBLE Windows 64 bit 1.2.12 125 MB
THE IMPOSSIBLE Windows 32 bit 1.2.12 120 MB
THE IMPOSSIBLE Mac 64 bit 1.2.12 154 MB
THE IMPOSSIBLE Mac 64 (alternate ver) 160 MB
Version 1
THE IMPOSSIBLE Linux 64 bit 1.2.12 139 MB
THE IMPOSSIBLE Linux 32 bit 1.2.12 144 MB

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Excellent puzzle game based on impossible figures (think MC Escher). Nice soundtrack to go along with it. Starts easy gets progressively more difficult, as games should do. First class support form the developer and currently on special offer!

Thank You :D


Hi Airem. I have downloaded The Impossible but when I try to open the application, I get the error message "The application Impossible cannot be opened". I am using a MacBook Pro running 10.15.7. Any ideas?

Many thanks


Mac 10.15.7 is Catalina ? Sorry for the late reply. But Airem = one person and I'm currently working on another games...

1) I can prepare a new update (1-3 days) and You will check if it's OK (I think on I can upload versions for MAC 10.15.7) if there is still an error you have to ask for a refund or I will send you a key for another game
2) You can also run IMPOSSIBLE in a different way, but you must write to me at
3) Or show this post and ask for a refund How are refunds handled - Questions & Support -

Let me know what are you going to do?

Hi Airem

Thanks for getting back to me. Catalina is correct. I am happy to wait a few days for an update. I’ll check back in a week or two (no rush) to download the update and give it a try. 

Best Regards 


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Thanks for your understanding, but... you have to do it quickly, because the refund is probably available for a few days? Otherwise you won't be able to return the game. For example, on Steam or Epic you have 14 days to refund, I don't know about

Anyway, check out the new version (THE IMPOSSIBLE Mac 64 alternative version - 160MB) and let me know if it works, if not:

1)  Make a refund or write to me I will give you another game
2) Alternatively, there is a way to run THE IMPOSSIBLE without any problems, but you must write to me (I will send you instructions... :P)
3) Another option is to run VirutalBox or Virtual Machine to run Windows and download THE IMPOSSIBLE for Windows from

I remember when Apple deprecated/not supporting OpenGL, problems started to arise, but I don't know if that's the reason ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. (


Hi Airem. 

Have tried the alternative version and it works just fine. Many thanks for solving this so quickly for me, that's what I call excellent customer service!

A note for any other Mac users. Mac OS will refuse to open this game initially as it is from an unidentified developer. Simply open System Preferences, go to Security & Privacy, and you will be given the option to open the game anyway. You only need to do this once and then you should be able to open the game as normal.

I'm glad the game works. I hope in the future there will be less problems with games on Mac :D.


I saw the credits(I think...?) but i didn't get my IQ results, am i missing something or?

Sorry, I will fix that soon in an update. You will be able to choose the last level from the menu and go through it again + see the results. I forgot that doesn't have Steam achievements :/. The game first published on Steam. 

Temp solution: Maybe You can use Steam? Please get free key When you run the game on Steam, the game will load the save game from the version, so select last level and play.

I see, thank you for replying.

No problem. Thank You.

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New update (1.10.11) is available! Now with Dark Mode (like in mobile apps): 

It’s a neat concept and I like the music, but the controls are really difficult. I’m on a mac and neither the arrow keys or WASD work, so I have to swipe with my touchpad and that only works about 25% of the time.

Hey! Sorry for late answer, but I was sick... I was updating the game right now. I added another control option. Maybe it will help? Or maybe you have any suggestions? Thanks for the message. You can use (WASD + QEZC, gamepad, mouse, or keyboard arrows up/down/left/up or left + up etc, or numeric keys). In the next update I will improve the mouse and check the touchpad (I will add some more options/configure, aybe a key binding?).

Why I can‘t go down here. There‘s no visible edge. Your puzzle game doesn‘t have rules. I‘m beyond upset with this.

Please obey the rules.


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some people mentioned hocus, but i played hocus, it is not exaclty the same, its different. and hocus did not invent that shape,

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You are right, without Marcel Duchamp ( and others people like M.C Escher, there would never have been hocus, my game and others. There were a lot of such games because the idea was publicly available.

We always find some similarities (Hocus 2015, Edge 2008):

But I don't think it matters. If You like hocus play hocus etc., but THE IMPOSSIBLE is different, only uses the same idea.

But if it were the same (1:1), I will enver publishing THE IMPOSSIBLE. Thanks for Your message. Sorry for the late reply but I was sick.


cheers man. it sucks when people say something like that and not knowing how hard it is to make a good fun game. i making a puzzle game as well and it is a nightmare to get it just right. "Eli was sad"

When something is popular (minecraft) people often think it was the first, but it's not a true (Infiniminer, Rolbox), today it's IMPOSSIBLE to be "first".

It's hard it's true, but You can copy some ideas from THE IMPOSSIBLE if You like it :D.

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true.  :)   Can i possibly contact you at discord?  i want to ask you a few simple general questions about making puzzle games if it is ok with you. I wont take much of your time. I would really appreaciate it. my discord:  mehrdadsh#4140


Sure, no problem. If you can add me as a friend, my nickname TheAirem or my channel (only use secret command! Lopez) and leave me a message. I have some work to do, but I always reply to message :D.

Cool animation from 83'


GLaDOS ? What the hell are you doing here ?


Can you tell me anything about the music? Do you currently have a dedicated composer, or are you using library music? Is the music in the game representative of what you hope it will be on final release?

Airem is a one-person studio, sometimes I create myself and sometimes I ask others for help. Do you make music?

I do! I've been reaching out to small projects I've found interesting to see what their music situation is like. Do you have an email or other way to get into contact?

Cool! :D. My email:, if You have soundcloud or youtube send me a link, I'm also on (type !lopez in registration room). Thank You.

New update is coming soon. Also, I added new Steam keys:

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For example Semblock from 2013 before hocus 2015 (there were thousands of games before hocus)

There was many games like this because we using the same idea (escheresque art style). But IMPOSSIBLE is different (check the trailer).

Maze illusion from iOS 2015:


very nice game, im making a game in the puzzle genre as well:

Thanks. Your game is cool.


Thanks, man, means alot, im kind of jealous of how good your game core idea is :) . and you also made the game itself very well too.

No problem :D

Brilliant! Congratulations, but I have already played an identical game and that is free. It's called Hocus ...

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Thank You :D. About hocus: Yes, we use the same idea, but there are many differences: Linux version, story, voice over, 29 langauges etc., and of course the real PATCH AI (she exists -> ). It's worth checking out IMPOSSIBLE on Steam.

This is an exact clone of hocus, which is free at the moment.

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Please don’t say that you were just inspired by the same thing. It’s okay to be inspired by the same thing, but this game has zero originality. It’s an outright clone.

No respect for devs who do this.

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Edit: "Semblock" - Illusion Based Puzzle Game from 2013/2014 (before Hocus was relased, 2015). There was many games like this, because all using idea from Marcel Duchamp, Rogera Penrose, Escher etc., but yes Hocus is more popular.

Old post: No problem :D, this is your opinion. But there are many differences (this games only use the same idea).

PS. Airem is one person studio there is no "devs".

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Remember: You can get free Steam key for THE IMPOSSIBLE:


Hi, I get the following message since yesterday when I bought THE IMPOSSIBLE and tried to claim the Steam key: "There are no keys available at this time, try again later".

Not sure if that's something which will automatically work later or needs a developer action. =)

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Thank You for your purchase. I have to upload keys to from time to time. I will upload keys today or tomorrow, sorry for the problems.

Check now and tell me if everything is OK. Thank You.

Yes, thanks a lot! Key redemption already worked yesterday. Installation  didn't then but did now!

I quickly played until the the first "impossible/the test is over". It's amazing! Thanks so much for supporting Linux! <3


I'm glad everything is alright! Supporting Linux is very important to me. Linux forever :D.

Hello, I'm having the same problem. When you upload new keys?

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Hey Airem, quick question. (trying to stay spoiler free) But I don't have windows word as of now. Will warning work with notepad? Its blank for me, just hoping I'm not missing anything. Great Game :D

Yes, it's a simple text file. If something goes wrong, let me know jtibbs :D. Thank You :D.

Doesn't work on my Win7 64 bit. The screen flashes a few times and then quits back to desktop. I tried both the 32 bit and 64 bit.

Hi reggiebrooks,

I checked windows 7 64bit on my old laptop for me it's OK. Could You run THE IMPOSSIBLE as administrator?

Or send me message:, I could create a "custom build" for you, maybe it will help.

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UPDATE: I will soon (1-7 days) update IMPOSSIBLE + engine (maybe it will help).

UPDATE 2: And maybe You could check Steam version?


Very unique puzzle game. Definitely had me scratching my noggin!


Thank You.

Impossible gameplay


Does it not copy the Hocus from think it is sure, don't it?And I want to say it is a simple and bad work.

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Two games using the same idea (Based on M.C. Escher impossible shapes) but different (it's simple shapes). Also please read the description of THE IMPOSSIBLE. There is 1000 games like Hocus. Before Hocus, there were a lot of games of this type.

There are 7.594 billion people in the world (I don't know how many developers but probably millions :D), what I want to say: put name of the game and someone will find another similar game for example puzz loop 1998 vs zuma 2003

Last time I created "Escape room" and later Sony released this movie "Escape room:


May you gives some examples? It can protect yourself and let more people to get it at the same time. My opinion is simple and bad because of the starting of your game don't displays the difference.

No problem :D. Send message to me and I will send you the key. Unfortunately, I don't want to show it all, but I think if you watched the video to the end, you would see the main difference...

Please don't understant me wrong, but I don't have a time to searching Internet (some players waiting for updates). Also, the coronavirus has delayed many things... Airem is on person studio I also working on other projects and unfortunately many games either don't exist or are hard to find today, so you have to find them yourself if that interests you:

my quick finds:

It could all start here: --> and "Impossible shapes". Anyone could see it and make a game. 

We also have other games.


I think if you take the time you will find more of it. Hocus contains many levels. Perhaps maybe we will find similar work before Hocus on the Internet? I found some old works like (levels 1:1) from 1999 or 2005. If you've got any questions, feel free to contact me.


Nothing is make sense. The original one is the best. Others is accessories only. You will be successful on career unless you get a new idea on these old works and take it into your game. This following is as like as trades but the best is only ones.

Nothing is impossible :D.


Don't listen to this clown, they have no clue what they're talking about. This game is wonderful and definitely has potential :)

I always talk to the players (it's hard because Airem is one person), but I like to hear opinion, criticism etc., my games are for You. I implement my old ideas. There will be IMPOSSIBLE 2. Because that's just the beginning and it will surprise everyone. But thank You. 

This game is an outright clone of hocus. There is no originality whatsoever in this game. It’s Impossible to respect devs who do this.

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If You have any problems with THE IMPOSSIBLE tell me. You asking me many times about monetize, so:

I give you permission to upload and monetize videos (youtube, twitch etc.) with THE IMPOSSIBLE (and my other games). THE IMPOSSIBLE is for people 13 years and older.

Please share your gameplay, I will share it on my social networks. Thank You.