Buggerman: The Xmas Heist

In ‘Buggerman’, you play the titular creature, Buggerman, an evil anti-Christmas creature, on a mission to steal all the gifts from Santa’s HQ. It’s a platform action game and a remake of the classic arcade game, Bagman.


Download for Windows XP and above. (4.73MB)
Download for Mac OSX (Intel). (5.12MB)

Current version v1.0 (released December 10th, 2012)

MAC OSX note:
Please be aware, that the games I’ve ported to OSX doesn’t run on newer OS’s. I bought my MacBook Pro in 2011 and have never updated it, so I can assure you that the games still work. BUT Apple has removed “Legacy support” from their operating systems, and since the language I’ve used hasn’t been updated to support newer OSX versions, the games won’t run on on newer and updated machines.

In this game your character is a robber of all things Christmassy, who runs around a Santa’s headquarters, collecting presents and depositing them in his wheelbarrow at the top of the screen. You climb ladders and ride elevators to avoid the angry elfs. Grab pickaxes to temporarily stun your pursuers, or to break down the wall in the middle of the screen – to grab an extra heavy and valuable present (this present is not required to finish a level, though).

Here’s some screenshots from the game.

In-game action

In-game action

Video of this remake.
Video from the original arcade game.
Gameplay description (from KLOV.COM):
Santa’s headquarters are two screens wide flips when cross the edge of the screen. You must grab all the presents and carry them up to the surface and place them into the wheel-barrow and you must so before the bonus points on the timer run out. Every time you pick up a present, it will slow you down to half speed (or slower) allowing one of the angry elfs to easily catch up to you. If you are carrying a present while climbing a ladder and an elf is pursuing you, you can drop the present on the elf’s head to temporarily stun him. Another way to stop an elf from pursuing you is by picking up and using a pick-axe to stun him. The pick-axe can also be used to dig a big hole in a wall. You can also escape from the elfs by getting into a minecart but the minecarts can kill you, if they run into you. Avoid moving minecarts by grabbing handles on mineshaft roof. Then let go of the handles when the cart is below you to ride the cart. To get out of the cart, you must press LEFT, RIGHT or UP at the appropriate time. You can also use the elevators to escape the elfs and the elevator will also help you reach the surface quicker, especially if you are carrying a present. Most of the presents are red, but there is usually a purple one behind a wall that can only be penetrated by a pick-axe. Even so, the purple bonus present is twice as heavy as the standard presents but also worth a greater amount of points, however it’s not required for being able to complete a level).

Unpack the ZIP file and you’ll end up with a folder called ‘Buggerman’ that contains the game files. Run the executable file to run the game. The game has been tested and is works on (at least) Windows XP, Vista & Windows 7. The game will write a configuration file to your Document folder. To reset the settings just delete this file. On OSX, mount the DMG file and install the game.

Use the ARROW keys to control Buggerman, and LEFT-CRTL to fire.
All keys can be redefined. Press ESC to exit from game to menu or back to operating system.

Legal Blurb:
This game is FREEWARE and must remain freeware. The game can generally be distributed however you want, as long as all the files are included and unchanged. It shouldn’t be sold or given away on any kind of compilation without my permission. I would like to ask, that if you’re going to include this game on a CD for a magazine or somewhere else, that you contact me first – I would like to know what kind places my little project goes…also it shouldn’t be asking too much, but then I’d also like a copy of the magazine or CD.

This remake was programmed by S. Borgquist (aka Sokurah), 2012. Graphics by Lobö and music by SpaceFractal.
Copyright for the original game belongs to Valadon Automation who made the original arcade game in 1982.

If you get a good score in the game you can upload it to here from the ‘Scores’ menu,
and have it compared with other peoples scores. Remember to set your name first.

Title: Highscores


Version history.
v1.0 – December 10th, 2012
Initial release.

v.1.1 – November 28th, 2014
Fixed issues relating to online scoring (Windows).