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Tadpole Tales is a simple 2D hand-drawn "Clean 'Em Up" game developed by Andrei Cretu, Giacomo Autili, and Tomer Barnea, and published by Pinnical Studio. It was released on Steam for Microsoft Windows on March 12, 2021.


In this game, the player controls a tadpole cleaning rivers and fighting pollution. They get to play as three different froggy forms based on their health, with wave-like patterns of enemies.


  • All the animations in the game are hand-drawn frame by frame.
  • Their spin-off genre is "clean ‘em up", which is a take on shoot 'em up, where the tadpole shoots projectiles that clean the enemies, then they submerge.